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!)