Betsy and I go back a few years, we met working a Charity Event at the JW Marriott Miami. We kicked off our friendship talking about work and finished the night off talking about our current similarities and how we were both recently Married at the time. Throughout years after we've connected again either working or attending special conferences and local events. We've supported each others hustle on the social stream. I've had Betsy on TSMS Radio and now I'm excited to feature her life and how growing up as a 2nd Generation American has shaped her into the "Living Latina" she is today. Check out our Interview below.
What do you remember growing up Latina?
Unfortunately, the first thing that comes to mind is sexism and machismo. As a latina, I had so many restrictions, I was shamed sometimes, I was given a hard time if I wanted to go out, or have any interests outside from what my parents wanted me to do. And my brother who was younger than me had more freedom. We were also advised differently, for example, I was advised to hold on to my virginity until a husband came by to claim me, while my younger brother was advised to wear a condom. I acknowledge that maybe my parents had their best intentions and came from a place to “protect me” but it only led to more confusion than protection. That’s why I feel so connected to Women Empowerment, and anything related to encouraging women to try their best and highlighting how strong and independent a woman can be. The second thought that comes to mind is a lot of delicious food made with love and partying. Latinos are festive, colorful, full of life and delicious food. LOL
Was there ever an instance of your life where you felt being treated differently or stood out because of your Cultural Roots?
Luckily, I’ve never felt as if I’m being mistreated because of my cultural roots. But I do live in South Florida, which is full of latinos. However, there was a time in my life when I was younger where I lived in Oklahoma and I was the only Latina in my middle school. My family and I were the only ones who spoke Spanish in the whole town, but luckily it was a good experience, all the kids were curious about us and would try to learn a few words in Spanish. While it was hard to make friends at first because English was my second language, overall it was a positive experience for me.
Do you feel that your life path was paved for your success?
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