This new 5 Questions features a beautiful plus-size model, Nicole Esperanza Zepeda. She’s such a sweetheart and I think you should get to know her a little. I saw her last in New York City representing on the runway at Full Figured Fashion Week.
Name: Nicole Esperanza Zepeda
Hometown: San Juan, Texas
Current City: New York, New York
Modeling Agency: IMAGES Management, Figure 8 Model
Web site: https://www.facebook.com/nicole.e.zepeda
1. What does being a model mean to you?
To me, being a model means being myself. I’ve learned that when I don’t let criticisms hold me back, I inspire people. So, I breathe and put my best foot forward.
2. What or whom inspires you the most?
My mom; we have the same figure. She never wanted me to be “big” because she did not want me to experience the same struggles that she did, growing up. Nonetheless, I was an overweight child who was very, very embarrassed about my body, but I never noticed hers. What I did notice? Her smile. She smiles a lot and her work-ethics blow anyone I know out of the water. She’s all heart and she’s helped thousands of people… and she married an incredible man who’s done the same.
3. Where are your favorite places to shop?
Lane Bryant, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Express, I’m discovering Ashley Stewart, City Chic’s online store is my happy place, etc.
4. What is your fashion “weakness?”
A classy, well-fitted dress. I didn’t even go to my prom because I knew how hard it was going to be to find an age appropriate dress in my size. So, give me a dress that makes me feel like a woman and… stop! You’ll see, my personality comes right out.
5. What advice would you give to any new or aspiring models?
Trust your instincts. If something is telling you that you can do it, it’s not that you “can” do it, it’s that you’re supposed to. <3