Well, I’m a first-generation American, my Mom is from Puerto Rico and my Dad is from Panama, so I am Afro Latino. I am a proud New Yorker, born and raised in the Bronx. But now I claim Brooklyn because I’ve lived here for 20 years, which ironically is where my parents met at a disco in the late 70s.
What inspired you to be a makeup artist and hair stylist?
Actually, I am a third-generation hairstylist. My mom and her mom were hairstylists, both traditional, and worked in salons. It was initially a means for me to be able to handle my own hair, and it has developed into a career that I love. I actually started doing makeup because I went to a performing arts high school where makeup and hair were part of the curriculum. It sounded fancier than what my mom did so I tried specializing in it first. Now I am obsessed with hair and only do makeup on request!
Which 3 accessories are a must have that every lady should own?
A pair of power heels that, when you slip them on, you feel like your most confident self, a jacket or coat that you can throw on and look chic no matter what you’re wearing underneath, and a fabulous pair of sunglasses. I consider those three things my armor.
If you could collaborate with anyone past or present, who will it be?
Wow, that is a tough one. But probably Grace Jones. She is iconic, she is a risk-taker, and she is the queen of genderless fashion. I would have loved to work with her in the past and I would die to work with her now!
Is there a city or country you’ve always like to travel to for a holiday?
For a city/country I’ve been to, Costa Rica because it is one of my favorite places on earth. It literally means “rich coast” and it holds up to the name. For a spot I haven’t been to, The Maldives. It looks absolutely stunning and in the middle of the Indian ocean, so I would love to enjoy unplugging amongst the turquoise magic.
Would you rather be able to control fire or water?
Water, 100%. Water is life. I love to surf, and I’m a water kid, Both my parents are from the Caribbean. No droughts ever if I was controlling it!
If you could time travel, what will you like to witness or experience?
I would love to be a fly on the wall in ancient Egypt.
Does chivalry still exist today?
No. Its textbook definition is the medieval knightly system, so no. Women have rights, jobs, wants, and needs. We don’t have knights anymore, so how could chivalry exist? Socially speaking, the act of politeness has just pivoted. Gender roles are completely different and I don’t subscribe to them. There are examples of chivalry that exist, just not in its true definition, and I am okay with that.
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions Sabrina. One question before we end, how do you define “sexy”?
Sexy to me is an energy. I don’t think you need to look or be a certain way to be sexy, I think it is something that emanates when you vibe with someone that picks up what you’re putting down.
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