Tanesha Awasthi

Jul 29, 11 Tanesha Awasthi

City you live in:
San Jose, CA

English/Spanish/Spanglish:
Regretfully, I only speak English, and a tiny bit of a couple other languages, but not enough to carry-on a conversation. It’s sad I went so far as to get a teaching credential in Spanish during college, but lost almost all of my speaking ability due to lack of practice. However, if I were stranded in a strictly Spanish-speaking country, I could definitely get by!

Favorite Latin food you can’t live without:
Definitely Chips & Salsa (and my family will vouch for that!) I can certainly make an entire meal out of freshly fried chips and fresco salsa (no matter how spicy). Tortilla soup is in second place (a favorite amongst myself, my mom and four sisters).

What is your Latina contradiction?
Probably the questionnaire we all are asked to fill-out every so often concerning self-identity, which lists: Caucasian (not of Hispanic origin). How is someone like me supposed to answer that? I’m both!

When you think of Latin culture, what are the first words you think of?
Bright colors, amazingly flavorful food, great music, laughter, and the rainbow. (Latin culture encompasses so many different ethnicities, so we come in many shades and multi-racial mixtures, hence, the rainbow).

What is your ethnicity? Or where is your family from?
My parents are 2nd generation Americans, and I was also born in the US. My Father is Jamaican, Cuban, Creole and Native American, and my Mother is Spanish and Portuguese.

Latina? American? Both?
I never choose! Whenever I’m asked what race I am, I claim everything. It wouldn’t be fair to claim any one race or ethnicity over the others, because I’m proud to be multi-racial. I consider myself a multi-racial American.

Favorite Latin artist or music?
Definitely Shakira, especially when she fuses her Middle Eastern (Lebanese) roots into her music. (Many people don’t even know she’s part Middle Eastern from her Father’s side. I have a slight obsession with researching Celebrity cultural origins, can you tell?!)

iPhone or BlackBerry?
iPhone all the way- I can’t live without mine. It has everything I need, except the ability to give me a massage! (Maybe someone will create an app for that?)

How do you describe your style?
My personal style goes through phases. Right now I’m loving the vibe of accessorizing classics with seasonal trends and curve-accentuating belts. One thing I never shy away from when getting dressed is my gravitation toward unique, ethnic inspired/chunky accessories. I think it stems from not only being multi-racial, but also living in such a diverse environment such as the SF Bay, as well as being married to a North Indian from New Delhi, India (where amazing accessories are plentiful). I also always keep in mind that I look best in what’s flattering for my body, which means trends don’t always work for me. I enjoy manipulating trends to suit my personal style, as opposed to adopting the trend as it is seen in magazines or on the runway, because personal style is always in fashion.

What media in English and/or Spanish do you prefer/consume, as in what magazines, newspapers, TV shows, etc?
Latina has always been a great source of inspiration for me. It’s important for me to see women in media and print I can relate to, and I love seeing all the curvaceous Latina body-types they feature! I would love to do a cover for Latina one day- we need more curves in editorial across the board! Another magazine I have a lot of respect for is Marie Claire. I appreciate the monthly feature they do on women around the globe. It’s amazing to see what other women in the world are doing, experiencing, and dealing with. When all is said and done, we’re all the same.

[ethnicity]Multi-racial[/ethnicity]
[name]Tanesha Awasthi[/name]
[description]I enjoy manipulating trends to suit my personal style, as opposed to adopting the trend as it is seen in magazines or on the runway, because personal style is always in fashion.[/description]

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