We had the good fortune of connecting with Rosario Sandoval and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Rosario, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
This project has a bigger meaning than displaying the body of a womyn. It’s a fight against standards and traditions of being ashamed of the female anatomy and what it looks like underneath the layers. Our fight comes from a place of deep thought, love, and dedication. It is meaningful to the both of us and hopefully empowering to you all.

The womyn body is such a magical and beautiful thing. YOUR body is your home, yet so many of us live in discomfort due to the societal demands and unrealistic expectations of — what we should look like, how we should dress, our weight, etc. This project was put together in hopes to empower not just you but also ourselves to love the body we are in, to break away from the shackles of what you should look like and just fully embrace yourself. YOU ARE ENOUGH, YOUR BODY IS ENOUGH. Embrace what is uniquely yours.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am in a two year program now on my last year getting my masters of social work. An aspiring medical social worker. As a little girl, I was obsessed with gloves, not any but latex gloves. Every time I stepped foot into a hospital, for whatever reason, I would go straight to the glove box and stash some. Somewhere along the way in my undergrad and extracurricular activities I found myself serving those who have been displaces and underserved. Then the two worlds became one– medical social worker in the making.

Some lessons I have learned along the way is that everything happens for a reason and just to go along with it.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
A week long trip would consist of dinning at different places such as Joeys, Mexican fusion sushi spots, taverns, downtown LA at a whisky bar that has the best drinks ever. I would definitely take her to Disneyland and the Malibu farm cafe for some brunch. I would also do some hiking trails and driving along PCH. I would also need a spa day for sure.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
One of my graduate school friends Kim Q. was the one who pushed me to launch this project when I thought it wouldn’t work or wouldn’t be successful Kim encouraged me to be a risk taker and just go for it.

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