Name: Lenny Izquierdo
Residence: Los Angeles, California
What do you like about being Latina?
What I love more about being Latina is my culture. I love how hard working my people are. Despite any obstacles they might face, especially living in this country with no papers, they don’t give up. They’ll stand on a corner and sell flowers or fruit for 12 hours straight to make sure their family is taken care for.
What’s something about you that people would be surprised to know?
Something about me that people would be surprised to know is that I had a pretty hard upbringing. I was raised in the Foster Care system which was not easy at all. I dealt with homelessness, not knowing where I was going to live while finishing my senior year of high school could have easily stopped me from pursuing a better future for myself. But my drive to be someone in life and to be a role model for young girls going through similar situations was stronger than any problems I was facing at the moment. And looking back at it now, it was all worth it. Even if I only inspire 1 person with my story, I know that she or he will have a chance at a better future.
What are your favorite colors and outfits that make up most of your closet?
My favorite colors and outfits that make up most of my closet would have to be white, blue and black. I love styling amazing chic pieces from brands, as you can see all over my Instagram, but most of the time you will always find me wearing my favorite PAIGE blue or black jeans with a white tee from VINCE or RAG & BONE. Oh and you can’t forget a good pair of booties and a good denim or leather jacket. That is my go to look when I am rushing out the door.
What trends are big in your city?
Trends that are big in my city are probably distressed black jeans with a cute tee and the black GUCCI slides. And now that its starting to get hot, I would say a good pair of 501 LEVIS short shorts with a cute tank and some cute sandals. I am a very simple girl, I love wearing things that look effortlessly put together to be honest.
What is your favorite brand/designer? What do you like about that brand?
I love so many brands & designers. Especially up and coming brands. But If I had to choose I would say my favorite brand is PAIGE, I love what the brand represents. How inclusive they are for every type of body, and of course the designer herself, PAIGE is the most amazing and inspiring person. She was one of the first female denim designers in the industry back in 2004. She opened doors for a lot of women in the denim industry.
Which actresses or models do you believe have the best style?
The actress I believe has the best style would have to be Selena Gomez. I love how chic and stylish she is, but also keeps it very simple. She can definitely style everything and anything and still make it look amazing. She is one my fashion icons.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years and what are your goals?
This is a question that I ask myself every morning during my “me time”. I am very big on making goals and having them in front of you at all times so you know what you are fighting for everyday. In 5 years, I see myself owning and designing my own clothing brand. I actually have already started, it should be launching in the fall. It's a huge project I’ve been working on for almost a year and I could not be more excited. I also see myself having a non profit organization or charity that helps foster youths in the Los Angeles area by providing them with clothes and everyday necessities. Something that I went through when I first entered the system and many kids still go through everyday is not having clothes or a bag to put your belongings. They give you a black trash bag to put all your belongings and that’s what you take with you from home to home. The transition can be traumatic for a kid or teenager so if I can offer them a little help, why not. I have so many more goals such as buying my first home and traveling a lot but I think the two I mentioned before are the ones that mean the most to me and are the ones that push me everyday to get up and keep going. Hope these answers are good!
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