Maria Gabriela Melendez
Residence: New York City, NY
What do you like about being Latina?
I love having the opportunity to get a mix of both American and Hispanic cultures. I love how my culture is so extroverted, happy, and friendly. I believe that beauty is more about your attitude towards life than your physical apprearance itself, and that’s something I love about being Latina.
What’s something about you that people would be surprised to know?
I am an immigrant in this country and I had to learn a new language and culture in which I have adapted to perfectly.
What are your favorite colors and outfits that make up most of your closet?
My clothes are generally dark; but the main colors in my closet are black, white and red wine.
What trends are big in your city?
In New York everything is possible, you can wear anything you want and you won’t be judged. New York has many styles and different cultures that make a perfect environment.
What is your favorite brand/designer? What do you like about that brand?
I don’t have a favorite brand. I like whatever fits my body well; however when it comes to shoes and bags I love Steve Madden, Kate Spade and Coach.
Which actresses or models do you believe have the best style?
I believe that everything is about the flow. My favorite stars are Cara Delevingne, Winnie Harlow and Camilla Cohelo.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years and what are your goals?
I am trying to disrupt the beauty industry. I believe everyone is beautiful in their own way; but in my case, I would like to be one of the first models to break the stigma of short height.
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