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

Hi Zaira, what do you attribute your success to?
I believe that the most important factor behind my work and success has been my passion through sharing, listening and building community. I put my heart into my work and I’m so happy when others are able to see my passion through my work but they can also see themselves in my work, too. Although I was a very shy kid growing up, my parents always encouraged me to lead with my heart and constantly reminding me that whatever projects or career I want to take, to do everything with heart and compassion. It’s kind of corny–I know–but I truly believe that if you put your heart and passion into anything you want to accomplish, it will definitely work in your favor and the best outcome from this is meeting amazing people who later on you can call your friends or maybe family. Please keep going, listen to your heart and be patient.

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.
Art lovers have a special eye for details and one of my passions in this life is art. Art is subjective and although I don’t share my personal artworks on my page, it’s one of my favorite hobbies. I do, however, share various of Central American artworks from artists from either born in Central America and/or born in the U.S. with Central American ancestry. Outside of our personal homes and visiting our respective home(s) in Central America, we don’t often get the opportunity to really know or see Central American artworks. I try to change that by sharing not only the artworks but also sometimes sharing a short bio on the artists. Art is one of the many ways, for many Central Americans, that make us feel connected and allows us to form an identity. Through art, we are able to see our history, get a glimpse of the future and acknowledge the artists we have today that are putting Central America on the map for the art world to see and recognize. Each Central American country has their own very distinct artworks that signifies a cultural identity and many of the different beloved artworks reflect the everyday life of the people.

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?
I’m from San Pedro, sooo I always try to show off my hometown to non-locals when I can haha. San Pedro is known for its port, fish market, Korean Bell, and our beautiful coast. To anyone wanting to visit Pedro (that’s how we locals call our home) one has to try our local favorite spot, Busy Bee Sandwiches and try some our well known fresh sea food. For anyone that is new visiting Los Angeles, I highly recommend visiting our world famous beaches. Each beach is so different from each other and yet each one has an interesting history that helps make what we know of Los Angeles today. As the proud Central American that I am, try visiting and supporting small-family owned Central American restaurants like, Sabor Nicaragüense Restaurant, Mar’s Caribbean Gardens Belizean Restaurant, Honduras’ Kitchen in Long Beach, Guatemala Bakery in Harbor City and La Cocina De Paquita in San Pedro. One of the best things about living and visiting L.A. is there is so much to explore and lots of options to enjoy and eat and drink.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There’s so many people who have inspired and helped me along on this journey and forever grateful for their endless love and support. My hilarious and loving parents and my artistic sister are the three people in my life who push me to think outside of the box, keep my passions going and allow me to be my authentic self. There’s so many to shoutout within the Central American community that it would take up almost two or more pages–no kidding! I love, love, love my Central American community and it is because of them that I continue to do the work that I do and where I continue to learn from and constantly build community and friendships. My Central American community has shown so much love and encouragement from the start of my work and to those I am thankful to call my friends, thank you for everything and ya’ll make me so proud.

Instagram: @centam_beauty
Twitter: @CentAm_Beauty
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CentAmBeauty/

Image Credits
@kiara_aileen_arts @pifflosangeles @patriacoffee @honduraskitchen @porquesomossalvis

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