Over the course of history, women have overcome a variety of obstacles. It was just ninety-six years ago, on August 18, 1920, when women gained the right to vote. In the decades following, female roles changed drastically. We are now living in a time where many believe that women are capable of just about anything they put their minds to. Still, challenges continue to present themselves, especially for Latinas. We’re expected to look a certain way and to be a certain way. When we go against certain ideologies, we are frowned upon. It has taken certain strong and influential women to hit the reset button on those false ideas and false expectations. One such woman is Edgy (Instagram handle curly.edgy). This Colombian beauty has not only taken social media by storm but she has also opened the eyes of so many women. Thousands of people have embarked on this natural hair journey with Edgy because they relate to her. Many have expressed how they wish that they had someone like Edgy when they were growing up; someone to remind them that their natural hair is beautiful and that they don’t have to give in to the pressure that society puts on so many females. Edgy has put a dent in the universe and that dent is only going to get bigger. Following is my interview with this beautiful woman:
Def_Curls: Where were you born?
Curly.Edgy: I was born and raised in Queens, NYC. My decent is Colombian.
Def_Curls: What do you consider your hometown and what is so special about this place?
Curly.Edgy: Queens has always been so diverse. With that being said, Queens has helped me learn about so many different countries and to be more open-minded.
Def_Curls: Who do you admire?
Curly.Edgy: I admire anyone who chases their dreams and makes them into reality; individuals who get out of their comfort zone and remain humble with open arms to teach others the tricks of the trade.
Def_Curls: What is your favorite quote?
Curly.Edgy: "A day without laughter is a day wasted."
So many people forget that things could be worse, and if you don't like something, then find a way to make a change. Life is too beautiful to not be grateful for the things you do have.
Def_Curls: What is your greatest achievement?
Curly.Edgy: Going back to school, this fall semester. I will receive my Associates and in the spring I am going for my Bachelors. Many make excuses about school: too much money, not enough time, it's too much work, or I rather just work! I've heard it all and I said it all myself before. My boyfriend then opened my eyes when he said "Education is a powerful tool, it's something nobody can ever take from you, either. It shows you how capable you are to be one of the few to reach the finish line".
Def_Curls: What has been your biggest challenge?
Curly.Edgy: Trying to control my OCD! I know I can't be in control of everything but I'm getting better haha
Def_Curls: What is the best advice that you have received?
Curly.Edgy: Always be yourself, be honest. Everyone respects people who keep it real and aren't fake.
Def_Curls: What is one of your pet peeves?
Curly.Edgy: When people borrow/use something of mine and don’t put it back where they found it.
Def_Curls: What has been a major turning point in your life?
Curly.Edgy: Hair modeling, it has definitely opened many doors that I didn't even imagine. This all started as a hobby and now I am representing companies that I've always loved for so many years. It's surreal but I take pride and joy in what I do. I'm excited to see what else is in store for me.
Def_Curls: If you could go back to the past and visit yourself at any age, what age would that be and what would you tell yourself?
Curly.Edgy: That would be age 12. I’d tell myself to appreciate life more, plan for the future, and don't simply live in the now. Pay attention to your surroundings and always remember that not everyone has good intentions. Live, love and laugh hard.
Def_Curls: Have you always embraced your natural self? If not, when did that journey begin?
Curly.Edgy: I didn't have anyone to guide me and tell me “Don't worry your hair is beautiful you don't have to blow dry it.” Oh how I wish for that little reminder growing up. I was teased and confused as to why my hair was curly. The flat iron at one point was my best friend and it's because it's all I saw and knew. I started really trying to learn and maintain my curls just three/four years ago. I wish I would've loved my curls from day one.
Def_Curls: As a Latina, how do you feel about the stereotypes and misconceptions in the Latin community? For example, the misconceptions about how we as Latinas are expected to style our hair or just overall how we are expected to look.
Curly.Edgy: It's sad to see how in the Latin community it's considered to have messy hair if you have it similar to mine, but I've learned that you can't make everyone happy and at the end of the day, if you're happy with how your hair is then proceed to do so. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion of what's beautiful. As kids we shouldn't be brainwashed to believe that the straighter the hair, the better it is.
Def_Curls: Which Latina do you admire most and why?
Curly.Edgy: Sofia Vergara, she is so adorable! You can tell that if you were to bump into her she would be all smiles and jokes and that's what matters. No matter how many movies or successful moments you have in your life, you remain yourself!
Def_Curls: What is your favorite food?
Curly.Edgy: Oh that's easy! Colombian food haha you can never go wrong with a Bandeja Paisa, yummm! I think if someone has not tried this meal they should and thank me later.
Def_Curls: Favorite music artists?
I can hear their songs alllllllll day long !
Def_Curls: How do you feel about the power of social media?
Curly.Edgy: I think social media when used to empower and put positive energy and knowledge out to the world, it's a beautiful thing. It's kind of like a gift and a curse. If someone doesn't like something they see on your page, there’s no need to be disrespectful. Just unfollow or keep scrolling. Harsh comments or negative feedback is uncalled for.
Def_Curls: Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Curly.Edgy: I see myself working alongside the corporate world for a business (preferably for curly hair products), married, with kid(s) and finishing my masters!
Def_Curls: How do you feel about the natural hair movement as it is happening right now?
Curly.Edgy: . Beyond over joyed! I'm so glad that I am someone who is considered an inspiration to help others feel confident enough to ask questions and learn to love their hair. Something they've wanted to do for so long but thought they would be judged. It pushes me to continue spreading the word one curly girl at a time.
Def_Curls: Who are some of your favorite naturalistas?
Curly.Edgy: There so many amazing natural hair bloggers out there I would have a laundry list haha everyone is so unique in their own way so it's hard to just choose one favorite! Everyone in this journey whether new or old is amazing!
Def_Curls: What are some of your favorite hair products & favorite makeup-products?
Curly.Edgy: Oh boy! I love products like Shea Moisture, Tarte, Deva Curl, Urban Decay, Cantu, Mac, Palmers, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Jane Carter, Nars, Oribe, Redken, Alikay Naturals, Design Essentials, Camille Rose Naturals, NYX and so many more. They all cater to helping women feel and look beautiful! What more can we ask for haha!
The more that I communicate with more women, women who are part of the natural hair movement, the more I realize how (in the words of the late Maya Angelou), “we are more alike, than we are unalike.” We were all little girls once. Our upbringings may not be identical or even similar, but most of us share many of the same concerns, fears, and struggles. It is how we overcome those obstacles and fears and how we use those experiences (good or bad) to work in our favor that truly matters. Edgy is a prime example of this. Even now, as she is taking steps to pursue her education, it is sheer proof that we all have so much more to do. Never stop learning, never stop living, and never stop being your true self.
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