Dove celebrates and features "real women," in their ads, and we love them for that! Celebrating true beauty, the brand recently launched its new series of ads -- and Colombian Adriana Suarez represents for us Latinas! A student at Florida International University, she loves riding horses and entertaining her friends by throwing dinner parties. We caught up with Adriana to talk Dove details, her future goals and why she loves being Latina.
Tell us a bit about your background.
I am a first generation American Colombian. My parents, hailing from different cities in Colombia, met in the US. My grandparents, coming here with next to nothing, had to work extremely hard to ensure a good life for my parents and beyond. At that time my parents found themselves in South Florida, thirty years ago, South Florida was still very much developing. I remember hearing stories of my grandparents having to trek 30 minutes just to find a grocery store. Today, most of my family lives in Weston, FL. My parents and two sisters are a very close, tight-knit family. We are definitely a typical Latin family hosting huge get togethers with our extended family - the more the merrier!
What was your role in the dove deodorant campaign? How did you get involved?
Dove go sleeveless recently created a series of print advertisements celebrating women’s passions. I heard they were casting women to participate, so I sent my picture and a short video explaining my love for entertaining friends and family with themed dinner parties. Soon after I learned I had been selected to appear in the ad. It was very exciting! I will be featured living out my dream of hosting a beautiful Parisian-style dinner party all the while going “oh-so-soiree-chic” with the help of Dove go sleeveless Deodorant.
What does the Dove campaign mean to you? What do you hope women get from this project or product?
I believe women who pursue their passions can experience a more balanced lifestyle and stronger feelings of confidence, so I hope this advertisement will inspire women to celebrate their individual passions as well. My dinner parties require a lot of kitchen time and dashing about ensuring my friends are enjoying themselves, so Dove go sleeveless Deodorant, which provides 48-hour protection and softer, smoother underarms is essential!
What do you study at Florida International University?
I am studying biology and chemistry. My initial focus was on psychology, specifically behavior analysis, but just as I was about to start my senior year, I realized I enjoyed the scientific aspect of psychology a bit more. I have since fallen for conservation biology and neurology.
What do you want to do in the future?
I am at a bit of a crossroads. I love my new studies in conservation biology and neurology, but I am having a tough time choosing which route I will ultimately take. My goal is to land internships in each discipline to expose myself to the real-world experience of each field. I am hoping once I have gained those essential experiences, my choice will be little easier!
How do you think your Latina background has influenced your dreams or goals?
Oh, significantly. My grandmother immigrated to the United States in her 20s leaving behind my mother in order to get herself established in a new country. She worked tirelessly in sweat shops, moved frequently, and ultimately found her niche as a hair dresser - only just retiring very recently! On my father's side, his entire family came to the U.S. together - without knowing any English. Both families pursued the American dream and made it work. I am so grateful to have been provided with countless opportunities and am extremely motivated to seize those opportunities because my family worked so hard to get us to where we are today. The importance of education has also long been instilled in me thanks to my father. He always said, "education never goes to waste." Regardless of what my pursuits are or have been, what I am learning - whether it is piano or conservation biology - is valuable to my life's experience and will be used in some way in the future to shape who I am. That notion has truly stayed with me even through adulthood.
What are your hobbies?
Horseback riding is one of the most important ways my family and I connect and interact with one another. We are all avid riders, my uncle trained and boarded horses, and, in South Florida, horseback riding is a hobby we enjoy year-round.
About 2 years ago, I started to learn how to crochet from my grandmothers. Almost every time I see them I have a crochet needle and ball of yarn in hand. Being able to learn such a particular skill from them is something I hold dear. It is amusing to consider that skills such as crocheting were included in their curriculum at school.
Another hobby of mine is baking. Some of my friends even tell me that my reputation for a mean vegan cupcake precedes me. From green tea cupcakes to banana split cupcakes, I'll try 'em all! Figuring out how to 'veganize' recipes definitely gives me a sense of being a chemist in the kitchen.
What are those things you want to accomplish most in life – and how do you want to get there?
I would like to take more risks. My grandparents took so many significant risks by coming to the United States from Colombia that I believe I would be doing them a disservice by not continuing that legacy. I so admire them for their achievements. For me, by challenging myself, I know I will grow, improve, and thrive in any situation.
Watch Adriana 's Dove video below!
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