What do you like about being Latina?
I like to come from a country where we have many problems, and based on that we always fight to see our dreams come true. The concept of food and family is probably something that I love the most as a Latina. I grew up in a family where my father worked for many hours in a job that wasn’t the fanciest one, but he is an excellent example of persistence. Now, living in the USA, I bring with me all this kindness, happiness and courage from Colombia.
What’s something about you that people would be surprised to know?
Ha ha ha, I don’t know…. I’m the same Lilibeth everywhere, an open book who likes to connect with others and share her experiences or stories. But probably not everyone knows where I met my husband. Every time I share with somebody else where I met him, they are amazed. Hahaha ok, Here we go! I met my husband at the Beach on a beautiful sunny day in San Francisco 3 years ago. I asked him where the bathroom was, as an excuse to talk to him, and that day we ended up eating “arepas” in Pica Pica. Isn’t a cute love story to share?
What are your favorite colors and outfits that make up most of your closet?
The colorful ones! I love to have and create my style with all of them. Although I do have white and black pieces to balance my outfits.
What trends are big in your city?
San Francisco is a city that has a significant diversity of cultures. I think depends on the season, you can find good stuff around. Some trends can very relaxed and hippie but others can be very fancy and luxury.
What is your favorite brand/designer? What do you like about that brand?
I have been working for different entrepreneur designers in the city, and those have probably been my favorite. What I love about them, is their original, handcraft and creativity in their pieces plus the sustainability aspects that help communities around the world. For example, Sara Melissa is an incredible handcraft leather shoe designer who donates 5% of her income to a foundation in Nicaragua, and Totonga Bomoi works with women in Congo creating handcrafted head wraps and bow ties, helping them to bring some income to their families.
Which actresses or models do you believe have the best style?
There are a lot of beautiful models, and all of them have great style, but I have my favorite! She is a Colombian model; her name is Toya Montoya, she is beautiful and natural. Her style is full of colors that combine with nature, and you can see the happiness from her heart. She is also helping communities share the message of taking care of some natural areas in Colombia like Tayrona Park in Santa Marta, Colombia.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years and what are your goals?
I see myself with my own fashion business, helping empower women and taking care of the environment. My goals are to continue studying and learning more about sustainability and business. I believe that life feels better when we give more.