Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Cosita Seria: Estefany Arias and Gentle Riot

Costia Seria: Estefany Arias creates a Gentle Riot through her brand

If the women’s march was loud and the airport protest of the Muslim Ban were fierce, Gentle Riot is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a small simple way of raising your flag through your everyday life. You don’t need to wait until the next protest to show your force and you don’t need to wait for Kendall Jenner to hand you a Pepsi. This badass brand created by Estefany Arias gives you a way to use your voice every day. You are a gentle rioter and she provides you with the gentle riot gear.

Soft spoken and sweet, Estefany is the last person you might expect to have a brand with the word “riot” in it, but then you understand what makes it “gentle,” yet powerful.

“I feel like Gentle Riot is a consistent practice in how to live and walk through fear,” says Estefany. Shirts with sayings like, “sin miedo,” “chillona,” and “cosita seria,” are for every girl who needs to walk out of the house with a reminder of how to live and walk through fear herself.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

From Guatemala to Redondo Beach: Andrea's Journey to Yoga

Andrea Morales in a yoga instructor who brings passion, love and skill to her teaching

It’s hard to believe that this peaceful woman in front of you has only a little over a year of of teaching under her belt, she seems so in her element. Andrea Morales, yoga instructor, is a Latina who brings passion, love and skill to her teaching.

“People say I give off a really grounding energy,” Andrea says of her teaching. She conveys this with almost the perfect balance of humility and confidence.

But it wasn’t too long ago that Andrea was feeling neither humble or confident. After high school, Andrea went straight into the work world. She worked a traditional 9-5 job at a ticketing company that allowed her the one thing she craved at the time, independence. That was enough for Andrea for a bit. 5 years in, she stopped and looked around. “Something in me said ‘you’re settling,” she shares.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Hollywood Stylist Yuri Loza and Her Rise to Success

Yuri Loza brings her passion for style to Television

Think back to your earliest days playing dress up as a little girl. You pull out your fanciest dress, frilliest socks, shiniest shoes, and you sneak into Mami’s room to ‘borrow’ one of her small purses. You spin around and admire yourself in the mirror. You’re a little fashionista playing dress up and your tiny heart is happy.

Many of us cut back on the boldness of our looks. We stop playing dress up and find other passions. But not Yuri Loza.

Yuri Loza is living every little girls’ dream as a Hollywood stylist. She spends her days working with T.V. stars dressing them from head to toe in the finest clothes imaginable. She knows all the tips and tricks to flaunt and flatter these celebs. She is the woman behind the look.

As a little girl growing up in Cudahy and Bell in California, Yuri was the go to girl for dressing up and styling her friends. Although she had no idea that being a ‘stylist’ was an actual job. “I thought it was just designing clothes!” she says. Still, when it came time to go to college, Yuri’s first choice was the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, otherwise known as FIDM, in LA. She thought she would go to college to learn how to design and create clothes.

Her parents thought otherwise, “They told me, ‘you’re too smart to go there.’”

Like many first generation children, Yuri’s parents wanted her to go to school for something that felt more tangible, something they could see her being really successful in. They didn’t find comfort in an education from FIDM, they wanted something more traditional.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Mitú's Youngest Producer is a Latina You Should Know

Stephanie Osuna-Hernandez gives us hope for the future of media

Being around a Latina on the rise is like being around a supernova. Blinded by their ability, watching the tailend of their stardust, squinting as you follow their trajectory into the future. That’s what it’s like being around Stephanie Osuna-Hernandez, the youngest producer at “We are Mitú,” the web based Latino entertainment company.

Stephanie’s work touches the heart and soul of the American Latinx. From the heart warming laughter of watching Latina moms try to create a viral video, to that cringe worthy chuckles induced watching her mom recreate childhood hairstyles with ‘los twisties’ -you know you wore them too! Her work is not just entertaining, it’s important.

Stephanie’s work at Mitú provides the American Latinx with an opportunity to connect, laugh, cry, and even get a little hungry with videos that remind us of home. They remind us of our moms and our generation gap, they remind us the amazing foods you can find across Latin America, and they even showcase badass lady brands like Mi Vida and Twisted Cotton Candy.

This work is important to Stephanie. Not only does she bring her own culture and values to her work, she brings deep pride and a desire to see Latinos succeed. And while it’s hard to pin down exactly when Stephanie's own success story began, what you can see is a clear trajectory towards the stars.