Alicia Perez is a 21-year-old junior at the University of Alabama where she is majoring in journalism. Although she is a military brat, Perez calls Huntsville, Ala. home. Perez’s story reveals being exposed to multicultural families growing up, which never made her question her mixed ethnic background. Now that Perez is in college, she says that she struggles with never being enough of one race. She never feels like her body is skinny enough for one race while it is never curvy enough for another. Perez shares how she copes
with this struggle and how she finds ways to feel more confident about her body.
What is your dream job? I would love to work as an editor or writer for a big magazine, but all in all I just want to love my job and where I’m at in life.
What is your favorite food? Anything that has carbs or cheese haha
Who is your role model and why? I would definitely just say my family as a whole, they keep me going and for that I admire them. They’ve all always pushed me to be the best person that I can be and they’ve done that through their own actions.
What is your advice to women who struggle with body image? It’s tough, and I think it’s something that we as women will struggle with until the day we leave this Earth, but it’s important to remember that we are all unique women and for that we should embrace who we are.
What is your idea of happiness? I would have to say loving yourself flaws and all. There’s nothing like being able to walk into a room and feel comfortable with how you feel, not even look, but feel.
What is beauty? Beauty is life. I know that sounds corny, but I feel like beauty doesn’t even necessarily apply to women as everyone stigmatizes that. We as people need to learn that there is beauty in everything and everyone. Beauty is being happy with yourself and things around you and once that radiates you’re unstoppable.
What do you enjoy doing most? I would say writing and reading. I’ve been doing those two things for as long as I can remember even if I wasn’t good at it at the time!!
If not yourself, who would you like to be? That’s a tough question!! I guess someone who has a little more pull in society than me. Maybe someone in a political office or even a movie star like Eva Mendez. I think it would be great to be one of those people because I feel like it would be easier to really make a difference in people’s lives.
What is your biggest weakness? I would have to say that I’m nice to everyone and I expect the best out of them. I guess the only reason why I feel like it’s a weakness is because people end up taking advantage of me and what I have to offer.
What is your biggest strength? I think my biggest strength is also my biggest weakness. The fact that I expect the best out of everyone. I like that about myself because who doesn’t want others to have faith in them? I know that it feels good and that’s why I feel it’s important to give to people. My biggest problem is finding a decent balance and understanding that after the first two times of disappointing me I should probably let it go.
What natural gift would you most like to possess? I would say confidence in my abilities…is that even a natural gift? ha. If so, I think it would be nice to be a little more confident in what I have to offer and give.
What do you most value in your friends? I value them just being in my life. I know that I have those select few friends whom I can call and they would drop anything to help me. That’s the best feeling in the world to know that you have people like that in your life, to know you’re never really alone.