What do you like about being Latina?
As I get older I learn to love being Latina more and more. When I was younger I hated the fact that I was different than all of my American peers whose families only spoke English. However, now as an adult I love all of the opportunities it gives me. I speak another language, I can understand and empathize with most cultures and their differences, and that I have been raised to love and give all that I have. I think being a mujer Latina means strength, power and love and I don’t think there’s anything more beautiful than that.
What’s something about you that people would be surprised to know?
Even though I work in fashion, love clothes, and am a former Wilhelmina model, I think the thing that most surprises people about me is that I used to professionally race cars. To this day, my father and I will travel on weekends to various car races and beat all of the boys.
What are your favorite colors and outfits that make up most of your closet?
I usually like to keep things simple. I try to match neutral colors with one pop of color to stand out. I would say my closet consists of mostly black/grey/white/tan with the occasional loud print or bright color to add a little bit of life.
What trends are big in your city?
Naturally NYC is known for its all black no matter what season it might be. However, I think lately people are trying to break out of that trend and give a little more color and life to the sidewalks of New York. Walking to my office in Bryant Park, I have been seeing a lot more outstanding prints and pops of colors in most people’s outfits.
What is your favorite brand/designer? What do you like about that brand?
I may be a little biased because I work for headquarters, but lately I’ve really learned to love Michael Kors RTW. Seeing how much work and detail goes into the entire garment making process, I’ve really appreciated the pieces that come out of it. I love brands and designers that focus on fits. I think a piece can be beautiful but if it doesn’t fit the woman like it is supposed to, it isn’t desirable.
Which actresses or models do you believe have the best style?
Kaia Gerber. She comes from an empire of fashion icons and seems to just be continuing that legacy.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years and what are your goals?
I currently run Production for Michael Kors Women’s RTW. I also competed in January for the title of Miss New York USA and finished in the Top 19 and was also awarded Miss Congeniality. I plan to compete again this year as well as for the title of Miss Long Island. I hope that in five years I have accomplished one of my many dreams as either becoming more senior in the fashion corporate field or using the title of Miss New York to start my own business venture.
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