I’ve always wanted to be a model. Growing up, my mother was a stylist, I used to watch her create and design new ideas. I was her little model, and I would prance around showing off her new looks with pride. I knew then, I wanted to pose and walk proudly for other designers in the future. I held on to that dream.
When I turned seventeen my hormones changed and like most young women I developed severe acne. My confidence was lost and the dream to pose for Vogue or walk for Zuhair Murad began to fade. It took me two years to clear up my skin and realize my acne was so much more than the “right “ cleanser. It was about the food I ate, the mindset I was in and the maintenance my body needed. It wasn't about the pills the doctors were pushing, It was my body telling me things needed to change. I started focusing on how to make “Taina” happy. I found new passions like skating and painting that help when I get stressed. I got a job at a non-profit that is filled with passionate young storytellers who keep me motivated. I started to study nutrition in college to learn how to give my body the best treatment. All of these new aspects made me different because I was no longer focusing on my looks, I was becoming a better version of myself.
My personal journey has taught me to be the best that I can be for myself and for others, the rest will fall into place. Our industry has been corrupt for a long time, putting looks before health. I am proud to be a RoleModel because the company empowers people like myself to be more than a pretty face. I know now that I am more, I have passions and dreams I have yet to accomplish and I want to teach young girls that our world is bigger than what we judge in the mirror. With a healthy mindset and spending time doing what makes us happy, we will realize how amazing our individuality is.