Photos by Jeff Bachner for News
When Patty Lee of the NY Daily News (which happens to be in the Top 10 Newspapers in the US) reached out to me a few months back, she simply wanted to ask me a question for a news article she was working on. I was abroad and got back to her passed her deadline but asked her to keep me in mind for anything else she felt was relevant in the future.
She reached out to me again a few weeks ago and said she wanted to move forward with getting a piece about me in the paper. I always thought it would be something small, a quarter page at most. That was until she and her photographer were at my apartment during last weekend’s heatwave. She mentioned in passing that she was hoping the piece would be a full-page. I kept my cool but inside, I was freaking out and amongst other things, shooting myself in the head for not paying more attention to how my hair looked.
Then yesterday morning, at the crack, like kids waking up to open their presents on Christmas Day, I went to the bodega down the street from where I live and grabbed myself two copies of the Sunday Daily News. I didn’t even leave the store before I started shuffling through the paper. And to my surprise, my story was 3 PAGES LONG!!!! And to boot, my huge, full page photo was the cover of the NY Eats section. It’s a day later and I still can’t stop staring at it.
The story, which you can find here, could not have been written any better (thanks Patty), mostly because it highlighted my Latino culture which I hold so dear to my heart. I blog for a whole slew of reasons. And one of them, the most important to me, is to show the world that Latinas are more than just curves and sass. I strive to be a positive role model for all of the young, beautiful Latinas in my family, my sisters, nieces and cousins. I hope that my little corner of the Internet inspires them (and you) to reach for your dreams. And most of all, I hope it inspires mi familia to show the world how beautiful our people are.
Thank you Patty and thank you Daily News.