Erzulliesta Maxine Alinell first came in for Erzullie's Plus Size Model Open Shoot. At that time, she was the second client (the first one is her best friend, Erzulliesta Angel Bautista). She was very shy at first, but I like that once she got in front of the camera, she got her fiesty energy on.
And now, here she is, part of the #TNEI2017 Top 5. We ask her --- who she represents as an Erzulliesta? This is her reply:
"I am Maxine and I represent the Erzulliestas who are breaking free from the norms that they've been tied to. Not that its wrong but self-discovery leads to a better expression of yourself the way you want to express yourself.
I was brought up in a very conservative family so I used to be really stern when it comes to studies and work but when I realized I can also be good at what I’m doing while I’m enjoying who I wanna be.
This is my body and I will enhance it the way I want, I don’t have to follow certain standards.
I am a professional but that doesn’t mean I cannot look like Beyonce.
I was 27 when I have realized that and that this is what I want to show other women. Discover who you really are, embrace it and from there you will be surprised how much you love that person you see when you look into the mirror. It is never too late, after all, nothing is sexier than a person who does his or her job with confidence while looking like a star." - Erzulliesta Maxinne Alinell