Something about Puerto Rico makes me feel confidently beautiful… Maybe it’s the language, maybe it’s the music, maybe it’s the entire culture. The first Miss Universe competition I remember seeing was in 2006, the year Miss Puerto Rico Zuleyka Rivera won the crown. I was inspired by her beauty and self confidence. I believe it’s essential to feel confident in swim wear, and who better to celebrate this with than local Puerto Rican designer Alexandra Escudero, the creative mind behind swimwear line Bienteveo en el Mar.
Atlanta holds a special place in my heart as I spent my school summers and college years here. I have fond memories of hiking up Stone Mountain and watching the laser light shows, spending weekends at Lenox mall, going to the music and art festivals in Piedmont Park, and eating my way through delicious ethnic restaurants on Buford Highway. (If you’re in Atl, you have to try the roti canai at Penang and the black beans and rice at Havana!)
In my heart, I am truly an island girl, and I permanently crave turquoise seas and palm trees. Maybe everyone does though? I wish I was home more often. I’m happiest when I am soaking up the serenity and natural beauty that defined my childhood. Oh, the warm sunshine and Caribbean blue skies…absolute heaven.
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
There’s no place like home. I’ve been around the world and the one place that continues to capture my heart again and again is the tiny, emerald island of St. Croix. Home Sweet Home. We’re only a mere 28×7 miles, but we’re a charismatic, vibrant, and proud people. We’ve been nicknamed “Twin City” for our two quaint and charming towns: Christiansted and Frederiksted, both with colorful architecture reminiscent of our diverse cultural history.
I first meet Alessandra Ambrosio on the red carpet at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival in France when she appeared in a stunning silver Versace gown. I have long admired Alessandra. She has always been one of my favorites models – and now has created one of my favorite swimwear lines!