Name: Marlu Silva
Residence: San Jose, CA
Nationality: American and Mexican-Salvadoran
What do you love about being Latina?
Everything. Our resilience, strength and courage. Latinas face many battles in so many different ways because we are so diverse. Latinas are beautiful sensitive women with big hearts and so much love to offer. At a young age we are taught to find solutions for everything and an obstacle can never be too big.
What’s something about you that people would be surprised to know?
I would think how direct and honest I am. I am a communication major and I don’t like to send hidden messages. With me, what you see is what you get. I appreciate people who can be genuinely honest about themselves with others.
What are your favorite colors and outfits that make up most of your closet?
My absolute favorite color is black. I love the elegance and simplicity of black. Most of my outfits always have black with gold accessories. My closet is made up of black, white, grey, and nudes. I like to keep the looks simple and chic with a statement piece. I do this because I love to play with makeup and create new looks. However, my go to make up look recently has been glowy nude tones with Marlu Lashes.
What trends are big in your city?
Currently, some of the biggest trends are comfy glam. I see a lot of over-sized bomber jackets, sweatshirts with heels and baggy coats. I am in LOVE with this trend because it’s super comfortable and I still feel fierce.
What is your favorite brand/designer? What do you like about that brand?
I don’t have a favorite brand. I like to shop anywhere and everywhere. However, I would say Aldo is one of my go-to brands. I used to work in retail and I worked for Aldo. I instantly became addicted. They carry everything I love, from shoes to accessories to things I never saw myself wearing. This brand really helped me explore my style and try new things.
Which actresses or models do you believe have the best style?
J.LO! That’s it. Jennifer Lopez is everything to me. Every time I have an event or I have to dress up, or even for inspiration I always look up J.Lo. I feel she is very authentic and is seriously still Jenni from the block. There’s something about her I resonate with and I aspire to achieve. To me, her looks are timeless and she can put anything on and rock it.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years and what are your goals?
I see myself grateful for where life has taken me. Every time I find myself struggling I tell myself it’s temporary and I am continuing the legacy of my hard-working family. I aspire to be my own boss and by then have built my Marlu Lashes empire. My small business turns three this year!
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