We had the good fortune of connecting with Naomi La Crespa and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Naomi, what do you attribute your success to?
I believe that the most important factor behind my success is my support system. Modeling has been a dream of mine since I was in college. I had so much support from my siblings, mom, friends and online friends. It is a cutthroat industry and had I not had the support I did + faith in myself I would not be pursing my dreams right now. It is still so surreal to me that I am getting booked to be part of projects that are shared with thousands of people.
I feel like a lot of the time people hold back and don’t go after what they want because they don’t have anyone in their corner telling them that they’re enough and they are going to be able to succeed. Of course you have to be your #1 supporter but it never hurts to have people cheering you on.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Discussing modeling as my profession is such a surreal feeling for me. I can’t believe I was able to dive into this industry last year. A goal of mine is to tap into Caribbean and South American media. Continue adding bigger bodies into spaces they deserve to be in. Contribute to representing for young kids. For them to learn that being fat is not a negative thing and they don’t have to hate how they look because its not the “standard” everyone pushes onto them.
I am Colombian and Dominican raised in Queens, NY. Like many others, especially Latino and Caribbean families, image is everything. I went from being a cute chunky child to a fat kid and my family was not with it. I dealt with a lot of judgement and I honestly believe the reason why it did not impact me so much is because of the friends I kept around. We weren’t fixated on our bodies, at least not in an extreme way. We were able to be just be kids. I am proud of young me for not harboring those comments and turning on myself. I am proud that young me was active socially and physically since the 8th grade.
I just want fat people to be able to exist and know peace. To not have strangers diagnosing them on the internet and calling them unhealthy. It is 2022 you would think that by now people would have learned that healthy comes in different sizes and shapes!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Baby when you come to NYC I would say the most important thing to do is to tap into all the food diversity we have to offer, especially in Queens! I would start by having them try Colombian coffee and bread from Nutripan on Junction Blvd and take some empanadas with hot sauce to go. For lunch we would head over to Flushing Main Street for some soup dumplings. For dinner we would head to Jackson Heights for dinner at Chivito De Oro and end the night with mango margaritas from Las Maragaritas.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate this shoutout to my family and friends who have been molding me into the confident woman that I am. There would be no Naomi La Crespa without the people who have uplifted and cheered me on since day 1! So thank you Mommy, Jonathan and Adriana for allowing me to chase after my dreams with undeniable support. Thank you to my amazing group of friends from middle school, high school and college. I have been blessed with amazing friends each step of the way into adulthood and I couldn’t imagine it any other way.
Joshua Santiago, Tre Crews, Bruna Lacerda