We had the good fortune of connecting with Tatiana Quiapo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tatiana, what do you want people to remember about you?
I want to inspire people who look like me and see that there are opportunities for them (even if you have to make them yourself). I want to inspire girls who see themselves in me, and see that it’s not just the same demographic of women who succeed. I want people to remember me as the caring, sweet woman who is equally ambitious and triumphant despite every difficult struggle that has come my way.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a proud Filipina-American blogger, YouTuber, and actor who is part of the LGBT+ community. On the acting side, I majored Theatre & Minor in Political Science at UC San Diego, where I made the most difficult decision between acting and law as a career. I learned to be honest with myself; that life is meant to live for what makes me happy, instead of running after prestige and acceptance of others. I suffered from mental health struggles throughout college and even in the present, but that’s where blogging and YouTube has been a creative outlet for me. I enjoyed writing and talking about non-toxic, cruelty-free beauty and conscious fashion, thus I found my love for inspiring others through example (and saving the planet too). My brand is about teaching BIPOCs about slow fashion, low-waste lifestyle, and clean beauty, while also showing inclusive brands that are relevant to that niche. I want the world to know that if there’s anything to learn from me, it is to love who you are and you can be authentically yourself without having to apologize for it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love poke, and I am always looking to support places that care about the environment as well as the quality of the food they serve: thus, we go Sustain-a-Bowl in Marina Del Rey. They have high quality poke and everything from the packing to the fish that is served is sustainable. In Little Tokyo, we need to go to Fugetsu-Do, a family-owned confectionary that makes delicious mochi. On the weekend, we need to visit Wat Thai in North Hollywood where the temple has tents filled with vendors who make amazing Thai food for super affordable prices. My favorite vendor is the one who sells khanom krok, which are these little round shaped coconut pancakes that have a crispy outside and a chewy inside. I like getting lost in art, and we should visit museums like The Broad, LACMA, and MOCA. For clubbing I have to take them to West Hollywood for all the fun ’til 2 AM! However, if we rather have some downtime, I like visiting the Rose Garden in Exposition Park, then paddle swan boats in Echo Park to see a glimpse of the city skyline. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to thank Sara L. Miles, who always believed in me and pushed me to be my best. I would not be pursuing my career if it weren’t for Sara cheering me on. I want to thank Jun Wat, Dillon Dean, and Nathanel Martinez for being the positive, funniest, and generously loving group of friends/actors/models I can ask for. Thank you to you three for always inspiring me to keep going no matter what life throws at me! Lastly, I want to thank my family, my sister Sabrina, Cordane Richardson, and my friends for being my support system.
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