A M’ija to Meet: Elsie, Mexicana

June 28, 2007 at 10:36 am 3 comments

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What I love about being Latina: The glow of my skin, the shape of my body, the value in la familia, the traditions that flow through mi sangre

What I love about being Americana: the opportunities that are presented to me every day of my life  

My biggest challenge in growing up Latina in America: overcoming cultural traditions and pursuing my dream  

My biggest support in growing up Latina in America: Latina role models who communicated great inspiration through the examples of their own lives  

Why I am beautiful: because God made me in His image alone, with every curve, with every strength of being a woman, and blessed me with a Light to shine before others.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Elsie J Contreras  |  June 28, 2007 at 7:35 pm

    Awww – muchas gracias!

    Reply
  • 2. Raquel  |  June 30, 2007 at 3:00 am

    Congrats girlie!

    Reply
  • 3. Yvette  |  September 13, 2007 at 3:32 am

    VERY GOOD ELS!! Proud of U girl ;-)

    Reply

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