“My style arises where Earth mother, goth kid and hip-hop meet. In short: mad eclectic, super Miami.”

Yesenia Guadalupe IS Miami, Florida. The babe behind MyXXFly, she channels her fiercely eclectic style through each outfit. With an eye for bold fashion and a heart for sustainability, she features eco-friendly fashion and helps to spotlight other bloggers, artists, and fashionistas who make a difference.

Name: Yesenia Guadalupe
Age:
30
Current Location:
Miami, FL
Hometown:
Miami, FL
Profession/Blog:
Managing Director and educator at a learning center. Founder of Myxxfly.com.
Social Media:
@myxxfly all over your internet.

WYV: How do you describe your personal style?

YG: One year ago I wouldโ€™ve answered โ€œeclecticโ€ and left it at that. However, over the course of shooting for the blog, Iโ€™ve discovered that my style is much more distinct than I realized. The influence of growing up in Miami in a Nicaraguan household is all over the clothes I wear. Itโ€™s in my blood to run one degree hotter than average, so comfort and natural fibers are key. My wardrobe is exclusively cotton, linen, rayon jersey, and filled to the brim with skirts and prints. In that respect, one facet of my style is straight-up hippie Earth mother, the kind of breezy shit you would lounge around in on a hot day, or dance salsa in at Poneloya Beach.

On the other side of the equation was the influence of my grandparents’ Miami home. I grew up with three uncles who were very different, distinctively stylish, and all came of age in the ’90s. The heavy hip-hop influence from one, the grunge alternative sensibilities from the other, and the Miami freestyle dance scene that permeated every corner of the city shaped not only my political views but invariably my style. At 5โ€™9″ I donโ€™t own any heels, but love a good sneaker, boot or Birkenstock. My style arises where Earth mother, goth kid and hip-hop meet. In short: mad eclectic, super Miami.

 

 

WYV: Who are the people close to you that have shaped your style?

YG: My fly plus-sized grandma was a force to be reckoned with and my elegant grandfather had class and swagger in spades. I learned the art of being impeccably put together from watching them as a child. They were kind, confident, and made an impact when they walked into a room. My grandmother was 5โ€™3″ with an androgynous style; her hair was short, her outfits consisted of menโ€™s button-downs, shorts or trousers, but the shoes and accessories were decidedly femme. My grandfather was over 6 feet tall and lean; he wore button-downs, polos, and linen that hugged the body. I try to channel their spirit as often as I can, and wear the jewelry I inherited from them regularly.

WYV: Every part of the country seems to have itsย own fashion vibe and also itsย own issues regarding fat acceptance and body positivity. How would you describe the overall attitude in Miami, or at least your personal experiences there? What do you think is the driving force behind it?

YG: I would say the overall attitude in Miami in regards to body positivity is better than most other places. The driving force is our demographic. Miami is largely Latino/Hispanic and our bodies are as diverse as our skin tones. In my upbringing, being โ€œgorditaโ€ was never a bad thing — in fact, it was cute, and so there was never a lack of body representation in my day-to-day life.

That being said, fat acceptance is another beast entirely. Machismo is prevalent in our society, and so bigger bodies can be regarded as attractive, and are even sexualized in the culture, but only when distributed in a desirable, typically hourglass way. So while Miami isnโ€™t the worst, weโ€™ve definitely got a long way to go.

WYV: What makes you feel most powerful?

YG: Physically, I feel most powerful during weight training. Thereโ€™s nothing like power-lifting a bar with giant rubber weights on either end to make you feel like an Amazonian warrior goddess. Generally, though, I feel most powerful when learning and educating. In my day job, I am constantly surrounded by passionate teachers and mentors who empower me with their wisdom and perspectives.

WYV: Who are your top 3 celebrity StyleCrushes? Who are some of your favorite bloggers/IG fashionistas?

YG: The only celebrity style crush I can think of is Rihanna for her ability to be a fashion chameleon. I love how experimental her style is, and how no matter what sheโ€™s wearing she always looks effortlessly cool. My favorite bloggers/IGers? Thatโ€™s a much longer list.

My IG community wouldnโ€™t be complete without body positive guerrillera @kathyplusmx, fat fly poet @yesikastarr, and my daily dose of IG woke; my primas of @projectcagedbirds, who runs an L.A. based non-profit and works tirelessly to champion womenโ€™s issues in the community. As for bloggers? @jamie_jetaime is one of my absolute favorites and proves time and again that #fashionismagic. She has the greatest style: quirky, colorful, always fun and a little unexpected. Her editorial looks are absolutely inspired. My girl @thoughtscaughtinmyfro reps hard for the curvy petites and #procrastinaturals. Her blog/website, which recently launched, cuts deep and is the perfect combination of style and substance.

WYV: Which designers or brands are some of your fashion faves? What do you like about them?

YG: A cornerstone of MyXXFLY.com is to show that sustainable and eco-friendly fashion is just as stylish as anything you can buy new (if not more so). Consequently, my wardrobe is exclusively thrifted or second-hand, so my favorite brand/designer is the one that fits! When I do purchase items โ€œnew,โ€ I shop small. My two most recent purchases were a crop top from the etsy shop of body positive illustrator @keghazillus, and a Nicas in Miami t-shirt from @el_nicamericano.

WYV: How do you fight “bad body days” when you just don’t feel great about yourself?

YG: Thankfully, those days are few and far between, but when they do come my panacea is meditation, hands down. Throughout my teenage years and early twenties my โ€œbad body daysโ€ far outnumbered the good ones. Over time, after suffering from mood and eating disorders, I realized the problem wasnโ€™t my body, it was my head.

My university degree is in psychology and in time I learned how to not let external factors influence the way I felt about myself, but rather to nurture my mind body and spirit so I could in turn positively influence my environment. Meditation is a game-changer. Feeling bad about ourselves is often symptomatic of other things, and we have to be brave enough to turn inward, reflect, and find the root of the unhappiness that we erroneously blame on our bodies. Once I realized the power of consciousness, and the fact that my body is merely transient, any negative feelings I had about it became trivial. We are so much more than our physical appearance.

WYV: How do you wear your voice?

YG: I wear my voice in my wild curls, thick thighs, and brown skin. My hometown and motherland are subtly woven into my style, and sometimes literally written across my chest, but my favorite way to wear my voice is through accessories. My jewelry collection is an amalgamation of bracelets, earrings, rings and necklaces from all over the world. I know exactly where each item came from or who gave it to me, and every time I wear a piece it reminds me of where I’ve been, where I wish to go, and the wonderful people I’ve met along the way.

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