Short Girl Crushing It - An Interview with Monica Magtoto (5'2")


Starting April, 2016, we are celebrating women 5 feet 4 inch and under "crushing it" doing what they love. We interviewed nine women from across industries to share their recent "crushed it" moments, career retrospectives, life wisdom, and more. Each week, we dive into one of their stories, and shared the monumental moments that have shaped their careers. Through their stories, we seek to inspire women, short and tall, to embrace their flaws and "crush it" doing what they love. This week's featured short girl is the 5'2" Monica Magtoto. 

To read all nine featured short girls' interviews, click here

Graphic Artist / Illustrator / Letterer

Magtoto Art

"I am grateful for the ability and strength to be able to do the things I enjoy, the opportunity to explore my artistic practice and have a place to do it in, the love and support of my family and my community throughout my journey towards self-love and acceptance."


Between 6/17 (Friday) and 6/23 (Thursday)
5% of the proceeds from the MADERIA store will go towards the non-profit Monica supports:


Suicide prevention is a cause that is near and dear to Monica's heart because she lost a dear friend to suicide 12 years ago. Since then, she has been actively involved in preventing another tragedy from happening.

We have reached the final (No. 9) installment of our "Short Girls Crushing It" series! I have been saving this featured "short girl" for the last because I want to conclude by leaving you with some thought-provoking arts from a local artist. And you will not be disappointed. Our featured 5-foot-2 this week is an incredible San Francisco native, who draws inspiration from her experience as a woman of color in a diverse and rapidly changing urban landscape. 

A graphic artist, illustrator and letterer, Monica Magtoto has an unique perspective and skill at expressing issues surrounding her community and heritage through dream-like, and bold, graphic imagery of women. Her creative influences include vintage sign painting, Victorian and Japanese art, San Francisco mural arts, Native American, and Mexican folk art. 

Speaking of heritage, Monica is the result of an interestingly wild mix:

    • Her father is Filipino, he moved here from the Philippines at age 4. 
    • Her mother is equal quarters: Filipino, Irish, Mexican, and Cape Verdean.
    • Her mother's mother is Filipino/Cape Verde; her father was Irish/Mexican. 

In addition to her heritage, which shapes her point of view uniquely, what is interesting about Monica's artworks is her choice of using coffee.


"I work primarily in watercolor, ink, and coffee. Through my work, I explore themes surrounding women healers and their tools and rituals. I also explore the use of patterns as meditation throughout different cultures."

Monica's Artworks

See more artworks on her website and Tumblr Page.

 "Waxing Crescent", 2014. Ink and pencil on cardboard (4.5" x 9").


"For the Love of the City", 2015. Watercolor, ink, and coffee on paper (20" x 15").


"Meticulous Minutiae", 2013. Ink on clapboard (5" x 5").


Monica's Latest "Crush It" Moment

I curated a group art show titled "Y No Nos Vamos - And We're Not Leaving", featuring works of more than ten artists from the San Francisco Bay area. The theme of the show focused on how SF and Bay Area artists are adapting and changing along with the current socio-economic shifts and seeks to empower different communities to preserve their heritage and culture while learning new ways to thrive in this place we call home.


Good Causes Monica Supports 

Monica does a lot of work with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Recently, she completed the fund raising effort of walking the 18-mile Out of the Darkness Overnight experience. Suicide prevention is a cause that is near and dear to her heart because she lost a dear friend to suicide 12 years ago. Since then, she has been involved in prevent another tragedy from happening. She even started a making a series of tips called Survivor Pro Tips  to share. 

The fund she raised here through our Short Girls Crushing It initiative support this incredible  organization in the research, advocacy, survivor support, education, and awareness programs – both to prevent suicide and to assist those affected by suicide:

The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention

Our Interview with Monica

(click image to enlarge interview)



Follow these 3 steps to get her featured. 

If your short girl ends up being featured, you both will receive a surprise from us. Our definition of a short girl's height is 5 feet 4 inches or under.

Step 1. Tag a friend:

Go to our Facebook page and tag your friend in the comment section.

Step 2. In your comment, include:


- a brief sentence about why she should be featured (i.e. what she has "crushed it")

Step 3. Share this post with her:

Share this post with your fellow short-girl nominee via emailFacebook or any other social media of your choice so she knows what might be coming her way. 



We'd Love To Hear From You!

Many incredible individuals come here for insight and inspiration. Share your "crush it" moment with us in the comment below or on our Facebook wall. It can inspire and support someone else to "crush it".


Posted on 17 June 2016


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