Angelina Rae Villarreal
Residence: McAllen, Texas
Nationality: Hispanic American
What do you like about being Latina?
One of the two major reasons I love about being Latina has to include the culture of course! Mexican food is incomparable; we make the best tortillas, guacamole, and raspas! Secondly, I love that outside the Rio Grande Valley, to be a Latina means that you are a minority, which isn’t a bad thing. I take it as representing a larger part of my people. This makes me stand out, giving me the upper hand to be heard when speaking on behalf of the Latino community.
What’s something about you that people would be surprised to know?
Something people may be surprised to hear about me is my upbringing. Throughout my childhood I was shuffled between family members due to the decisions made by my parents, resulting in an unstable home. I was exposed to graphic and unsettling environments while altogether getting bullied and ridiculed at school for two main reasons— not having money to fix my broken front tooth and for my muscular “manly” build. Years later I found the strength to persevere past these uncontrollable obstacles that shattered my self image and developed a passion for success, as well as a voice. Once I broke that barrier, I became unbreakable.
What are your favorite colors and outfits that make up most of your closet?
My favorite pieces to wear include skirts and dresses! The colors that make up my closet largely include pinks, reds, and yellows; When I’m having a bad day, yellow helps brighten my mood.
What trends are big in your city?
The thing about where I live is that sometimes it can be hard to style because it’s literally hell’s capital. The heat here is UNREAL. Because of this, most popular styles include shorts, two piece top/shorts/skirt sets and lots of crop/bralette tops. Every time I wear jeans during the day, I regret it!
However, there are many fashion influencers in the area so thankfully it’s not a typical laid back attire (athletic shorts with the basic over sized tee). Espadrilles and sun dresses are pretty popular right now.
What is your favorite brand/designer? What do you like about that brand?
One of my favorite brands is Gucci because it is so timeless. Their products feature designs that are incredibly unique and cater to all different kinds of genres, from the classic snake designs to their peppy floral designs.
But if you didn’t know, not only is Gucci a hot brand, they have also contributed over $20 million to help children who are disadvantaged, orphaned, or living in extreme poverty to gain access to obtaining a quality education and living a better life. I love Gucci but I love being able to make a difference in the world even more and it’s makes it easier to spend a little more for a product if I know they have a similar mindset.
Which actresses or models do you believe have the best style?
One woman who never ceases to amaze me is Jennifer Lopez, not just because she’s Latina but the woman kills it EVERY TIME. The girl has got it going on. She’s one of the few who can really rock any style and never stays inside her comfort zone. From classy and sensual to striking and dangerous, Jennifer is and always will be one of my favorites.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years and what are your goals?
In five years I see myself as a lead host for a big time entertainment show after accomplishing my dreams in the pageant industry. I love working sports events and hope to work with a sports channel but as a woman who loves putting herself out there, the entertainment biz is definitely where I belong.
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