Jenny Pellicer

Aug 31, 11 Jenny Pellicer

City you live in:
I grew up in Oslo, Norway and I spent summers in New York City and Mexico City with relatives. Upon finishing high school I lived in Nicoya, Guanacaste, Costa Rica for almost a year working as a volunteer for the Ministry of Health. I then studied Law in the United Kingdom at Durham University. Following the completion of my studies I lived and worked in London, then Oslo and then Mexico City where in an unexpected turn of events I fell madly in love and moved to Venice. I now live on the charming and mad boardwalk of Venice Beach, California, doing what I love most, namely writing.

I speak all of the above with the additional Norwegian/Norwenglish.

Favorite Latin food you can’t live without:
Aguacates (avocadoes) on with salt or mushed into a glorious guacamole, freshly made tortillas, pan dulce, sopes, quesadillas de flor de calabaza, tacos al pastor and Tequila; it deserves full appreciation, albeit under the “food” category. It forms part of the Vitamin P category (pleasure). My grandmother has just turned ninety-seven and has a shot of tequila (mixed with sparking water) a day. I truly believe that it keeps the doctor away.

What is your Latina contradiction?
My most evident Latina contradictions that people often comment upon are that I don’t look Latina due to my blonde hair and green eyes and that when I speak Spanish I have a slight accent.
To that end, however, I am not just a Latina contradiction but a Norwegian, Mexican and American one too. I have a slight accent in English; people often ask if I am Canadian. When I speak Norwegian I frequently am asked where I come from (embarrassing as I was born in Norway. I always have to explain that I went to an International School and that I speak English and Spanish at home, etc.).
These “contradictions” that people see in me are often formed by their (often lacking) preconceptions of what an American, Mexican or Norwegian should look and sound like; they are, however, what make up my identity. I love to ski and go to the bullfights. I eat Moose and Carnitas. I grew up watching the Muppet Show, Barne TV (Norwegian children’s show at six every evening) and Cantinflas. These differences in my background form who I am. Who says a body of contradictions cannot make for a wonderful whole? These contradictions are in effect different cultural aspects which rather than contradicting one another function in tandem and complement one another.
Human beings are all different, starting from our individual fingerprint. We are all walking contradictions in some way, full of opinions, feelings that at times differ and indeed prove inconsistent with other views we may have. We all know that differences are what make things interesting, if that is considered a contradiction to some, so be it. To me, it is what makes us human.

When you think of Latin culture, what are the first words you think of?
History, endurance, humble, red, proud, pink, rich, yellow, poor, passion, green, variance, tradition and temperament are but a few words that immediately spring to mind. The Latin culture, however, is so vast, expansive and beautifully complex that it just cannot be summed up in a few words.

What is your ethnicity? Or where is your family from?
I am Mixed. My mother is from Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, and my father is from Mexico City and I grew up in Oslo, Norway.

Latina? American? Both?
Proudly, I am both and more.

Favorite Latin artist or music?
Pedro Infante and Mariza have voices that make me cry. Gustavo Dudamel conducts from the heart taking the music to a whole other level. I also love Salsa, Cumbias, Rancheras, Rumbas, Mambos, Pasodobles and Fados and of course Latino pop.

iPhone or BlackBerry?
iPhone, or as my friend calls it “GodPhone”.

How do you describe your style?
Simple, stylish and most of the time comfy.

What is your favorite Latin restaurant?
Contramar in Mexico City.

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