As a trans-Latina model, representation is more than important to Chiqui...it’s informed her personal and professional paths. With hindsight and perspective, she’s taking time to appreciate and relish both who she is and what she loves.
First of all, how are you doing?
Hanging in there, the election has a lot of us on edge, not to mention we’re still dealing with the pandemic but there are a lot of new things happening in my life right now & I can’t complain about those!
If you could send a DM to your younger self, what would it be?
I’d probably tell myself to stay in school because you’ve got 1 more year & in the meantime, work & build on your drag image either after school or on the weekends. It will guarantee us success if you guarantee that you’ll continue to trust your instincts with drag & most importantly, pass all of your classes!
Describe your first memorable shoe-buying experience? Where were you, what did you buy, and how did you feel?
The first heel I ever bought was a black suede 5 inch platform heel. I wasn’t sure what femininity was “supposed” to look like, so I picked whatever shoe looked the most dramatic (my mistake). I ended up twisting my ankles twice on my way to see a drag show (in full drag) & had to be carried to the L train, a nightmare!
How do you feel about being in the first group of women featuring Larroudé?
Honored! Modeling is something I definitely see myself pursuing this coming year & I’m delighted that Marina trusted me enough to allow me to model her shoes!
What brings you joy lately?
Spending time with my boyfriend & self care. It’s important even through Covid to treat your body & remind yourself of how pretty you are, I think we’ve spent so much time indoors that we forget to take a second & appreciate ourselves.
What is your secret dream (post-pandemic, of course)?
I have a few, but I’m a big believer in keeping things to myself to not jinx the future. But! All good things, exciting & new things!