Who is the most siginificant woman in your life and how has she inspired you?
My Mama Sylvia was like my second mother. I have spent most of my childhood with her while I was in elementary school. Mama Sylvia was a seamstress—a woman who lived simply, not blessed with riches but someone who is generous until the very end of her life. She was always raising other people's kids. My memory of her was always of kindness, even when her own life was not easy and not often happy. Mama Sylvia always inspired me to be a better human being, that whatever hardships, pains, and struggles you are going through, you always have a choice how to handle it. Also that you should never lose your humanity just because the times are tough, that you can always choose the right thing to do.
What's the best thing about being a woman?
The resilience. Women are born with so much inner strength to be able to go through so many challenges. The resilience to give even when you have given it all, to become a better partner, to be a present mother, to push forward with your career, to be healthy and fit, to be socially conscious, to be everything and still have fun and enjoy life and fashion,and everything in between. That inner toughness that says don't mess with my kid or you'll have it coming. That strength that encompasses protecting her family even when she herself is so fragile and frail—that’s the best thing about being a woman. You see this lithe limber body and you think it will break so easily and yet it just sways with adversities and sways back up again, and as we age we become even more.
What advice can you give other women to find and pursue their own passion and dreams?
From what I have learned, it is a case of just starting. Yes, just starting. Whatever it may be—whether you want to branch out as a consultant for your particular field of work or you want to explore your creative side. The key is to not getting stuck in the mindset that whatever you started has to work out and work out immediately. You could start, change it, restart, tailor it again, until you find the right formula for what you are looking for.
Makeup by Bea Colet and Alex Lisbona
Hair by Anton Toa
Photography by Shaira Luna
Creative Direction by Erin Torrejon and Tris Flores
Written by Erin Torrejon