Started in 2014 by Eliza Romero - a Filipina American blogger, photographer, pop culture critic, and admitted bookworm - Aesthetic Distance was a way to finally create her "dream job" by combining her passions of fashion, writing and activism. Since the beginning, Eliza used her blog to showcase her personal style and each post was accompanied by her musings on pop culture and current events, particularly race and Asian American issues. People started to take notice and the response was incredible. That's when Aesthetic Distance shifted from being a blog to a community and a calling. It is Eliza's vision combined with her passion and talent for storytelling and building community.
Eliza has appeared on Buzzfeed News, AM2DM, The New York Post, Forbes, Fox 45 News, and The Baltimore Sun. She has emceed events like the Charm City Night Market festival and the Katipunan’s annual Filipino Fiesta. She has moderated panels about Asian American literature at the Baltimore Book Festival and the CityLit Festival.
Prior to starting her blog and podcast, Eliza attended The University of Maryland, College Park where she majored in Art History. She then earned her M.F.A. in Integrated Design.
Eliza is a supporter of We Need Diverse Books, an organization of children's book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.
She is the Public Relations Officer for the Katipunan of Maryland, the oldest Filipino cultural organization in Maryland and nonprofit that focuses on developing social and educational programs that promote Filipino culture. She is also one of the cofounders of the first Filipino Cultural School in Maryland.