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Fil-Am Rapper-Scientist Ruby Ibarra Lands On The Cover Of NYT’s Style Magazine

Ruby Ibarra is a rapper-songwriter and scientist in San Francisco, working on a COVID vaccine!

More often than not, people always assume that art and science don’t mix. But in reality, these two disciplines aren’t mutually exclusive! There’s Leonardo Da Vinci, for one, who was a scientist, engineer, architect, painter, and sculptor, all in one. 

And today, female artist-scientist Ruby Ibarra is proving the world that you can succeed in both art and science fields! The Fil-Am music artist has recently graced the cover of T, the New York Times’ style magazine. (Read: LOOK: Future Doctor Keeps Passion For Art Alive With Own Brand, ‘Soon The Moon’)

But who exactly is she?

Asian-Americans on the NYT style magazine

The 33-year-old was recently featured on T, together with other Asian-American artists like Thao Nguyen, the Vietnamese-American vocalist and guitarist of the folk-rock group Thao & the Get Down Stay Down.


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Ruby is a rapper and songwriter based in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she had been living since her family moved to the US. She was born in Tacloban, and migrated to the States when she was just four years old. (Read: LOOK: Mattel Honors COVID-19 Frontliners, Including Fil-Am Doctor From Las Vegas!)

But even if she had moved at such an early age–and had already lived in the US for more than half her life–Ruby never forgot her roots. In fact, her songs feature English, Filipino, and Waray lyrics–with some talking about the challenges of being an immigrant, and the discrimination that comes with having kayumanggi skin that many Filipinos have. And she says one of her biggest music influences is the late Francis Magalona.

Biotech work

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But apart from being a music artist, Ruby also works for the quality control department of a biotech company in the Bay Area. She works for the quality control department for COVID-19 test kits. And yes, she’s also part of the team who’s working on a COVID vaccine!

“Outside of music, I’ve always been interested in science, because it pretty much explains how the world works,” she explains. (Read: Three Instances That Prove Science and Faith Work Hand In Hand)

And because of her line of work, Ruby says she gets annoyed and even pissed when she sees people not wearing masks, or when she hears that people don’t believe in the coronavirus. “It really is upsetting and alarming whenever I go out in public and I see people without masks,” she said in an interview.

Korean-American singer and rapper Audrey Nuna, and Korean-American director, musician, and author Michelle Zauner were also part of the feature by T. Physical copies will come out on August 22, but the story is already available on the New York Times website.

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