Curly Velasquez

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This is part of a special series, presented by US Lifestyle Group, that focuses on a diversity of American social media voices impacting our culture.

 

Curly's unique perspective on culture and entertainment can be found at BuzzFeed and social channels, including YouTube and Instagram.  

Describe your followers. 
I actually don’t like the word follower. It feels super weird to feel like this isn't a conversation. I call them my Curl Friends.

I think they are young, they love textures, color, design. I think they understand the gay life. They understand love. I think they love nature and they love magic.

What is the key to maintaining your influencer status?

I also don't really like the word influencer. I'm not trying to influence anyone to do anything except be themselves. 

But I think staying true to yourself — through your triumphs, your defeats, your strength and your vulnerability — is what keeps people around to hang with you.

What shapes your personal style?  
I wear whatever makes me feel like royalty.

I like feeling like the magical human — we all are.

My personal style is shaped by the weather. 

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How would you describe the current US lifestyle?
There's a lot of shit happening.

 

When have you used your social influence to impact social issues?
I like to shine light on issues having to do with the Latinx community. My entire family came over from El Salvador during the Salvadoran Civil War in the 80s. 

No one had papers — they just needed to flee. So I feel very connected to all immigrants — both documented or undocumented — who come here for a better life.

I post for DACA, I push for Trans children, Black Lives Matter — it's when we speak up for one another that we can’t be ignored. 

What is key when creating your social media post?
Is it pretty? Yes. Then post. 

Who has the biggest influence on you and why?
The women in my life and my dad.

Women continue to push for me to be the best person I can be, always. Women really are the key to the future.

My dad teaches me to be the best man I can be. He taught me it was okay to cry and show emotions early on, but also, that it was okay to throw down and be tough when I needed to. 

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