Name: Erica Moala
Residence: Inland Empire, CA
What do you like about being Latina?
Oh man there’s so much to love about being a Latina but the main things would definitely be the diversity and beauty that we carry within our culture the different colors, shapes and sizes, the unity we have among each other, the empowerment we give one another, and the motivation and ambition. I definitely feel that we should not only share this within our culture but definitely share it with the world :).
What’s something about you that people would be surprised to know?
Well lately it’s like I’ve been living in two completely different worlds. I represent plus size women in the modeling industry in America and for some reason it’s very surprising when I break the news that I’ve been married for 10 years and am a mother. The other thing I represent is motherhood so when some family and friends come to find out that am modeling it’s like a shocker not only because I am plus size woman but because am a mother and a person with spiritual faith. It kind of makes me sad to hear how some of this generation is now afraid of commitment and I can understand from personal experiences but it is also nice to see two people supporting each other and in love unconditionally through the good and bad times. Also for my surroundings to be surprised about a plus size women with kids and spiritual beliefs to be in the modeling industry sometimes can be uncomfortable but yet motivating :).
What are your favorite colors and outfits that make up most of your closet?
My favorite color is green why because growing up in community were it was either red or blue aka crips and bloods is why I decided to go with green lol. But I love bright vibrant colors it reminds me so much of my Mexican heritage. My closet used to be made up of a variety of colorful things but now that I’ve been more involved in the modeling industry it’s slowly becoming black, white and denim only because it’s mainly the dress code requirement when I go to castings.
What trends are big in your city?
In my city everyone is different, which is one of the things that I love about it. But if I see something that everyone can relate with and share, it will definitely be denim. I see kids wearing denim, teenagers, young adults and adults, etc... wear denim. You see denim made in different ways from pants, to dresses, jackets, hats and even shoes.
What is your favorite brand/designer? What do you like about that brand?
My favorite brands are the ones that cater to all body types and every type of person, from kids to adults, it just makes things easier for me when I shop lol. But definitely Forever 21, Old Navy and H&M are on my top list for those very reasons I just named. They have definitely improved a lot through the years.
Which actresses or models do you believe have the best style?
Selena was definitely one growing up but nowadays I would have to say curvy model Bree Kish. I just love how she doesn’t follow the crowd and makes her own rules and incorporates her creativity within her wardrobe. I love how she stays true to herself with her retro/vintage Disney vibes. Definitely very inspiring and uplifting 🙂
Where do you see yourself in 5 years and what are your goals?
I see myself being an example for others, supporting any girl who aspires to do what I do(blogger), I want to leave good principles and show my personality with no pretension and have people follow me for who I am and my style!
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