Lluvia de Milagros de Leon
I studied Women and Gender Studies in the Bay Area, CA with an emphasis on critical race/Communications. I published a spoken word poetry book upon graduating and a month later, moved to Los Angeles to pursue activism in the art within the industries crossing Fashion, culture, journalism, and Entertainment. I have illustrated my social passions primarily within modeling, acting, singing, and writing throughout the years. As a represented model, published author and featured actress from music videos to Independent films, I still felt the calling to create and engage those around me. Therefore, I moved to New York one year later to continue my modeling and a newly founded company called "Imbue Inc." which is a creative incubator bringing together designers, artists, creatives, photographers, and industry professionals alike - all under one roof of services, network affiliates, and showcase events. My ambitious and entrepreneurial spirit was culminated and continues to be inspired by my evolving journey as the daughter of two prominent California politicians. My father who is the President of the State Senate chamber and has recently announced his run for U.S. Senate as well as my mother - the council woman and vice mayor of San Jose, CA. Two individuals who came from humble beginnings and through each stage of life, exampled the power of resistance, discipline, work ethic, and persistence. As a woman of color, within every aspect of my creation, pursuit, and overall career - I live to honor each struggle that has poetically sculpted who I am today while crafting each step or milestone into my love for social justice and artistic freedom.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Lluvia de Milagros. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
Given that my childhood - at that time, as an only child until my mother married eleven years later - I was exposed early on by my mother to Mexican folk art, poetry, philosophy, history, and social-political discourses. As the friends around me read classic American children books, I read Frida Kahlo biographies. As the children around me played in the park, I sat on my grandmothers' lap listening to her tales of migration. As all the hormonal teenagers chose their cult to follow, I listened to the poetic melodies of the "Nueva Cancion" genre of the Chilean movement following its lineage of musicians and poets throughout Latin American history. When all my friends had barbies, and I was intentionally banned from owning one, I turned to writing and other forms of imaginative entertainment that held the foundation for my creative voice as an artist and as a woman.
Lluvia de Milagros, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
My overall aspiration is to be known for having impacted the world around me - As a model, actress, and creator (hopefully) illustrating that intelligence, originality, empathy, and authenticity are the cornerstones of what beauty should look like in our society.
Who is your inspiration in life Lluvia de Milagros? How do you keep inspired?
Alongside my parents, my biggest inspiration would have to be my grandmother whose story and journey is the reason why we are even able to do what we do as a family. A woman who had little to no formal education, it was my grandmother who taught me the most valuable lessons within my educational experience. Lessons of forgiveness, love, humanity, and strength that rise in times of solitude and silence. A narrative that surpasses the biological and ethnic strands of the family and the self. She taught me the beauty and soul that glows within every fragment of humanity, even when it shatters like glass.
We all make mistakes Lluvia de Milagros; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Model, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
When I first moved to Los Angeles, I attended an acting program to better understand technique and form. Shortly after, I was asked to be represented by a modeling agency in the heart of Hollywood Blvd. A couple of months of going back and forth with my agent, I realized that my insecurities overshadowed my humility and without accepting naivety, I left the management emotionally and prematurely. I do not regret the timeline of my career thus far. However it taught me that despite talent which can be crafted and disciplined over time - it is oneself that will be the only obstacle in the journey from good to great. Recognizing that early on is like motivation ammo, you simply charge on and craft work ethic and genuine confidence over blind inauthentic ego.
Lluvia de Milagros , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Model, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
Depending on the project, brand, vision, or story - I am always professional and take every stage I am in absolutely seriously. However, I rank based on which area or client I feel more compelled to give my time, energy, and services to. This allows me to be organized and realistic with my craft and leaves flexibility to freely contribute in all areas of my artistry or creative expression.
Please tell us Lluvia de Milagros, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
Every day of my life. I manage four different niche industries at a time and have minimized those passions that I thought were passions but later realized were instead personal outlets of self-care. As rigorous or militant as it sounds, I schedule every responsibility and role into my calendar until it becomes normalized and routinized. Only at that point do I free up my energy and mental/emotional availability to release the curious, free-spirited, student of life that always ends up being the primary head space and therefore muse for my artistry to discover and therefore thrive.
Lluvia de Milagros, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I believe all communication forms are not about imposing one's beliefs in the name of persuasion; true impact lies in understanding ones language and form of consumption to best engage and therefore in certain cases, persuade. The art of manipulation is often a romanticized taboo, especially as a woman of color within authoritative forms of power. Manipulating the room around you is simply a form of connecting different minds, however - without the art of empathy the art of persuasion is merely charismatic and short-lived. This has been the fundamental philosophy of my communication tactics, that if I can not create the space for a director, writer, client, or producer to trust in me as a collaborator executing their vision, then the art of manipulating the tools at hand as a performer are meaningless. Through authentic conversation and finding ways to personally identify with the tasks needed per project opens a platform that is more impactful and reaches an audience more profoundly.
Lluvia de Milagros, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
The day I finally learned how to cry on command! A skill that reflected all these other areas of doubt, insecurity, and fear that prevented me in the past from pursuing or casting for certain projects. It was the moment I found my voice WITHIN my technique and felt this invisible barrier unfold before my eyes!
Lluvia de Milagros, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I am always creative with my work, even when the work itself does not seem creative. There is a way to differentiate the creative with the artistic. To be creative does not always mean it is an artistic medium, and therefore one is an artist. Also, to be artistic, does not always translate into the medium and craft that is moulded throughout time or experience. Sometimes, they coexist - however more often than not, I believe my artist self-thrives in a space that is unconditional which creates the launching pad for me to be in a creative space always, inevitably.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
Never let history and the industry define your beauty. Your beauty is ageless, colourless, genderless, and non-physical. The technique is the tool to help illustrate your story, yet it is your voice that brings the glory!
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes. As a collaborator whether it be modeling the narrative of your brand or creating upcoming content. I love to model or assist those I support and who I am passionate about in helping their visions begin, thrive, or expand!
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