Where do you live? I’m from South Florida (HEAT CHAMPIONS!!!) but I’m currently living in Costa Rica on a Fulbright Grant
How old are you? No one likes you when you’re 23 hahahaha
What are you awesome at? I’ve been told this by others, and tend to agree, that I’m awesome at communicating!
What is your favorite kind of cake? I haven’t had nearly as much cake as one should, but hands down this cake right here in this picture is my absolute favorite of all time! It’s so beautiful and enticing that I had to take a picture of it to send you, but I had no plans of having any, had to watch my figure…of course that lasted all of 2 seconds. The 3 succulent, moist, chocolate layers with the nutella type frosting and almonds staring up at me were too much to resist. Finally, I forgot about my figure and dug in to pure bliss.
But I didn’t forget about my figure for too long. Body image is something I overanalyze constantly within the context of my Venezuelan family.
Venezuela is known for it’s vanity and record Miss Universe queens. It always ranks high among the countries with the most plastic surgeries performed per year, etc etc. This beauty obsession definitely reaches the whole country, and my family has not escaped it. I grew up having my curly hair blow dried religiously to go to elementary school, being told that I would be perfect if I just got breast implants, that if I smoothed out my nose with my thumb and index finger 100 times a day it would magically become more pointy, that the only acceptable measurements for a woman were 90 cm, 60 cm, 90 cm, and that I should practice wearing high heels because 5’3″ was just too short. These impossible beauty standards are enough to make anyone feel inadequate and less than worthy.
Yet my time in Costa Rica finally away from the super-glam environment of the University of Miami, our unhealthy American pop culture and my beauty-obsessed family has helped me feel less overwhelmed by these microcosms and has helped me solidify my own standards of beauty. I continue to embrace my curly hair, big hips and button nose a bit more every day…all while enjoying a piece of cake guilt-free, without worrying so much about my figure anymore
What is your unroast for the day? Today I love how my neon ensemble which doesn’t match in the slightest – neon green shirt, electric blue nails, and bright orange toe nails- somehow works and highlights my tan skin
Liz blogs at Pura Vida!
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Thank you, Liz!! Do you have a cake pic? Send it! firstname.lastname@example.org
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