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Name: Larissa Santiago
Residence: New York City
Nationality: Puerto Rican
What do you like about being Latina?
Every single time I tell people I’m Puerto Rican. I love it! I think it’s hilarious to see their surprised faces, and its always an opportunity to open the conversation about diversity, especially in the fashion and entertainment industry. People have a stereotype of how Latinos and Puerto Ricans look like, and I enjoy witnessing my contribution to change that. I also love pronouncing my full name in Spanish. It confuses people haha.
What’s something about you that people would be surprised to know?
Some people think I am an “only child”, but no. I have an older sister and a younger brother, and they are the most precious thing in my life. Most of my personality and creativity comes from growing up with them. We are SUPER loud and crazy when we are together, and they’re always there when I need them. And, we know all of Jim Carry’s lines on Ace Ventura Pet Detective. lol!
What are your favorite colors and outfits that make up most of your closet?
What, where, how, when, and with who. Those are the questions I ask myself before I get dressed. It all depends on the circumstances, and I have a closet that’s perfect for that. Basic items (pencil skirts, tank tops, blouses, jeans, little-black-dresses) let me mix and match to always create a new outfit. Color palate stays around the cool, darker tones; black is inevitable. Overall, my look is simple, effortless and elegant.
What trends are big in your city?
I’ll say, the trend in New York City is to follow your own style. There’s such beautiful diversity of cultures and lifestyles, everyone expresses themselves in a unique style. Some people like to be comfy and warm, some people embody their lifestyle and beliefs; the majority wears black, and then there’s people who wear bright colors and patterns. It all comes down to knowing yourself and wearing what makes you feel good.
What is your favorite brand/designer? What do you like about that brand?
I am currently infatuated with Rebecca Minkoff shoes. They are so elegant, yet comfortable. I’m also in love with New Vie Shop jewelry; they add a touch of elegance and simplicity to any look. Both perfect for someone who walks around the city every day and wants to look like you thought about your outfit, head to toe.
Which actresses or models do you believe have the best style?
Ashley Graham! She exudes such confidence and happiness. I think it’s sexy! Seeing her change the industry by doing what she loves while empowering women. THAT is a style I want to copy. Emma Watson and Marie Forleo are also women that I admire, not just for what they wear but for what they do and represent.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years and what are your goals?
My ultimate goal in life is to empower women and young girls to live a confident life without fear. I want to inspire them to take control and action towards their dreams, using tools I had to learn myself, like, mindfulness, creative expression and meditation. Longer term, I see myself having my own established production/consulting/education brand, probably within the fashion and entertainment industry, and then traveling the world as a speaker sharing all of it. In the meantime, in the coming few years, I see myself working with top commercial and high-end brands in print and tv, and making appearances in mainstream media like tv shows, digital series, and movies.
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