Name: Brianda Carrasco
Residence: Houston, Texas
What do you like about being Latina?
I have always felt defined by my drive and determination in life. That’s who I am and that’s what I am most proud of. I wouldn’t say an ethnicity defines that in a person, I think that comes through your personal experiences and how you choose to react to them. However, I do believe that my upbringing (being raised by a Latina, single mother) has been the root of all of my accomplishments and I am thankful for the morals and values that she has instilled in me.
What’s something about you that people would be surprised to know?
I am an adrenaline junkie and I love to travel. I have been skydiving in Portugal, bungee jumping and free falling in Dallas, sky jumping in Vegas, hand gliding in Brazil, amongst a few other things. I love the rush and that's also probably why I love competing and being on stage.
What is your favorite outfit in your closet?
I have never been a girly girl, in fact I grew up with boy cousins so I’m more of a tomboy turned beauty queen. I love dressing up in dresses and heels but I always feel the most comfortable when I’m wearing workout clothes. I'll have to say my joggers are my favorite.
Who is your role model and why?
I don't have a specific role model since we are all humans and no one is perfect. I believe that sometimes looking up to someone puts limitations on your own capabilities. Instead, I believe in being motivated by others to become the best version of yourself . For me that's a variety of athletes, celebrities and people in my personal life. For example, someone who I do have a lot of respect for is Tim Tebow. He stays true to his faith and does so much in his community for kids with special needs, which is also my platform.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years and what are your goals?
One of my goals is to leave a legacy behind. There are many things I want to accomplish throughout my lifetime but if I fast forward 5 years from now I hope to be a successful, fulfilled and happy person who is still involved in her community, working towards her goals and inspiring others to do the same.
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