Nickname: Kitty, my mother gave me this nickname when I was a little girl, and it's still my nickname today. I remember in school my friends would say,Here Kitty Kitty!, and I would get so mad , now I can just laugh at it.
Age: 25 years young, Leo baby.
What part of Miami (South Florida) are you from?
I was born in Mercy Hospital, Coconut Grove, but I grew up in the Westchester/Westwood Lakes area. An original 305 baby!
Describe yourself in five words:
Compassionate, Loving, Outgoing, Strong & Focused
What's the one thing you think everyone who visits Miami must do or see?
I would say go to South Beach because there is so much culture, diverse restaurants, and parties in South Beach that you can really get a taste of how beautiful Miami is. It feels like your own paradise, or vacationing on a private island!
What outfit in your closet best describes your personal style?
I like dressing glamorously and stylishly effortlessly. I'm most comfortable in some jeans, a cute shirt, of course a pair of fabulous shoes, and purse to glam up the look, and Voila, ready to go.
What's the one thing you can't live without?
Family time. Family is my support system and backbone - without them I wouldn't be me. I can't live without my wonderful family. I really love and appreciate them!
What's the craziest thing you've ever done?
One night after clubbing in South Beach, me and my girls thought it would be a good idea to go watch the sunrise on the beach but somehow we ended up in the ocean. Lol
If you could spend the night out in Miami with any celebrity, who would it be and why?
Hmmm, Mr. Dwayne Wade, Will Smith, or Jennifer Lopez. Dwayne Wade because he is Miami to me. He got drafted from college straight to Miami and won a Championship the first year here in 2006. Then another Championship in 2012 and we will win again this year! He's my Micheal Jordan. Will Smith because he made the song Welcome to Miami and I have been a fan of his since I was a little girl. He is a great actor, I grew up watching the Fresh prince of Bel-Air - the messages in the show were very educational and positive while still being funny and very down to earth. I think more TV programs should have more of these positive message for today's youth, especially in today's society. Will Smith then became a successful actor again doing a lot of big movies, one of my favorites was the Pursuit of Happiness. He is also a successful singer and artist. He seems like an overall positive person, humanitarian and someone who follows his dreams. I admire all those things in a person. I would also like to spend some time with Jennifer Lopez because I look up to her for everything she has accomplished. She is Latina, started her career as a dancer (which I love to dance ), took that as a platform to star in movies, (I've always dreamed about being an actress) and then becoming a successful singer, (I have a passion and ear for music). She's accomplished so many things that I would love to accomplish in my life. She is a strong , independent, beautiful, and a successful entrepreneur. She is a woman that followed her dreams, no matter what and succeeded. That takes a lot of heart, confidence and courage - I salute her.
What social issue is most important to you?
I think having more Youth Centers for children is important. Especially with the educational system cutting back on music and sports program, I think it will be good to open more Youth Centers where children can excel in programs. A place where kids can feel comfortable and they can talk to counselors about anything, i.e., issues they may be having in school or at home. Especially in today's times, with more incidents of bullying and children going to school with weapons, I think it's important to give kids space where they can feel free and safe, after all children are our future. Educating and empowering today's youth is an important social issue to me. I would also like to open more non kill animal shelters in Miami Dade since they're almost non-existent. I would also love to open a sanctuary for animals that are becoming extinct & need saving from poachers such as tigers and elephants, I'm working on that as we speak. To me animals are like children - smart and loving but don't have much of a voice and need protection from bad and abusive people. Protecting our animals from abuse and neglect is another important social issue to me. I also think it's important to set a good example for young woman because here in Miami it's very easy for young girls to get caught up in the party lifestyle, with all the glitz and glamour and that can be dangerous. It's important to have self respect, love, and confidence in yourself especially for woman. So instilling self-esteem in young women is an important social issue as well. Miami is a place known for beautiful people but it's important to remember it's not just about how you look, but what you have going on for yourself as a person because when your heart is in the right place you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.
What and how would you contribute to the city of Miami?
As stated in the previous answer, I would love to open Youth Centers for children and a non kill animal shelters in Miami. I currently do volunteer work with the Chapman Partnership in downtown Miami. Once a month my church goes and feeds the homeless people or people in transition. I would like to further contribute to the plight of the homeless. I also donate clothes, home goods, groceries, etc. as much as possible to the homeless or people in need. I feel it's important to give back to your community and I like helping out the people in my community. It's very rewarding and fulfilling to help the less fortunate, and it makes me feel so grateful and blessed for the things I have. I also would like to take people that are not familiar with Miami other than South Beach, to see all of the other wonders of Miami. For example, the architectural history of the area, Vizcaya, The John Deering Estate, Fruit and Spice Park, etc. I would also point out the pristine environmental landscape of the vast everglades. What makes a Miami girl different from all other girls? Miami girls always know how to turn heads and be the life of the party. It's something in the water! :)
If you had a magic wand what would you change about Miami and why?
I would clean up the streets when it comes to the homeless. For one, Miami is so beautiful architecturally and environmentally, that it's sad when you go to Brickell or Bayside and see the homeless people struggling to survive. We need to have available for the homeless and the destitute some programs that offer housing, rehabilitation if needed, health care, and job training so that they can become productive members of the city. I would also have people become more aware of protecting and saving our fragile environment especially are beaches and everglades.