What part of Miami (South Florida) are you from?
I'm from everywhere in Miami. I was born in Hialeah, raised in Kendall, went to school in Wechester (Southwest Miami Senior High), Graduated and work at FIU (which is in Sweetwater), and spend most of my time in Homestead.
Describe yourself in five words.
Fierce. Charismatic. Assertive. Compassionate. Cheerful
What’s the one thing you think everyone who visits Miami must do or see?
As cliché as this may sound, I think everyone should head down to South Beach and see what it has to offer. Whether it’s a quick bite to eat at one of their many restaurants, drink one of the delicious tropical drinks at their many bars, or take a stroll down Ocean Drive, South Beach caters to whatever guilty pleasure you may have. When you look around the streets, you see a melting pot of people and culture. It's a place where you can sit back, relax and have a good time. Not to mention South Beach is known for its beautiful beaches and beautiful people. It’s never a boring day here in Miami and I encourage everyone to experience the beauty Miami has to offer.
What outfit in your closet best describes your personal style?
I have sooooo many outfits that describe my personal style that I seriously couldn’t pick just one outfit. My personal style, like me, is many things. Depending on how I’m feeling will reflect what I am wearing. Sometimes I’m feeling laid back and I’ll wear my combat boots with a pair of dark jeans and a black V-neck and dress it up with my black scarf as an accessory. If I want to channel my inner fifties pin up girl with a modern twist, I’ll throw on a pair of high waisted shorts, a low cut top and a pair of wedges with some red lipstick. As long as whatever I’m wearing accentuates my curves and makes me feel fierce, I can pull off whatever look and whatever style.
What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
I can’t live without my family and friends. They are the fire underneath my butt. They are my rock, my inner strength, my everything. Sometimes when I feel like giving up on things, my family and friends are the people who make me feel like I can do anything.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
The craziest thing I have ever done was be a contestant on the reality show Nuestra Belleza Latina in 2007. I cannot begin to tell you how that whole experience was an emotional roller coaster. I laughed, I cried, and I was embarrassed on national television. However, the experience molded me into the woman I am today.
If you could spend the night out in Miami with any celebrity who would it be and why?
I would spend my night out with either Ellen DeGeneres or JLO. I think they are both fabulous women who I aspire to be like someday. JLO is someone who has been in the business for years and she has managed to stay relevant as an artist. She is someone who is in her 40s and can probably out dance any girl my age. Not to mention, she embodies a fierce Latin woman. I love the fact that she doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her and is always looking her best. Not to mention she looks like someone who would be fun to have a night out with in Miami. Ellen DeGeneres looks like someone who is funny, outspoken, and down to earth. I love how she’s always smiling and tries to please her fans in any way she can. I love her talk show and one of my goals in life would be to have my own talk show and be as good of an entertainer as the both of them.
What social issue is most important to you?
The most important social issue to me is violence and discrimination against women. This is a very predominant issue in today’s society and no matter how much people discuss the subject, it is still something that plagues our society today. In 2010, I participated in the Vagina Monologues which is a play that raises money for the V-day movement. The V-day movement is a non-profit program that raises awareness of violence against women all over the world. The monologue I portrayed was The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy. The role I played was a lawyer turned sex worker who tells the tale of her sex-capades. At the end of the monologue, she demonstrates all the different orgasms she has given women including the “triple orgasm.” It was an honor and a privilege to not only do what I love best for a very worthy cause but also play such a risqué character.
What and how would you contribute to the city of Miami?
First and Foremost, I can contribute my heart and soul to this city. I can offer inspiration to those, who like me, didn’t come from money and want to go to college and better themselves. I can talk to people and inspire them to reach for their goals and never let anyone tell them something is impossible. The same way I have helped out in AOII and in FIU, I can do the same for my city with the title of 'The Ultimate Miami Girl.' With my compassion and my love for helping others, I feel I can make this city shine like gold, if you let me.
What makes Miami girls different from all other girls?
I think most Miami girls are Latina’s and as a Latin woman, I think we have a lot to offer. Most Latina’s are driven, intelligent, hardworking, sexy, fierce, yet down to earth. We’re that special girl that can be taken home to mom. We have that je ne sais quoi (that something special that cannot be described). I feel like Miami girls are the whole package and no other city girl can compare to us.
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about Miami and why?
I would change the way people treat each other in this city. I love the diversity this city has to offer. However, I feel as if though people don’t always treat each other with respect and kindness.