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MEET | SOPHIA ESPERANZA
Featured 12.31-1.6.19 | In this day and age, it’s not so easy to be inspired by a 24-year-old, but here we are, feeling all warm, fuzzy and woke by being in the presence of Sophia Esperanza, the only (yup, 24-year-old) actress and model we’ve come across who adds “vegan” as a descriptor to her title (vegan actress and model) and spends her days working her ass off for animal rights, environmental issues and making sure consumers are educated when it comes to the choices they’re making in their fashion and beauty purchases. In fact, the Texas-born, Mexican-French stunner is full of surprises. With 3.2 million (MILLION!) followers on Instagram, and a beauty that is so striking it’s hard to believe how deep it runs, it would be easy for Sophia to sit back, snap a few pics and call it a day, but that’s not at all how this girl rolls. Nope. Instead she uses her platform for good — really good — by making sure her followers are enlightened, aware and informed, and by focusing on authenticity and positivity at every turn (she famously underwent surgery in November to remove her breast implants, and talked about it candidly on her YouTube channel, making her one of the most honest humans we’ve met). She loves her cats, humidity, lemons and dancing (she built a dance studio in her apartment — if that doesn’t scream joy, we don’t know what does) and her motto: Do what makes you happy, just make sure it’s for yourself, is how we’re planning to live in 2019.
Welcome to Sophia’s week.
more about sophia
Sophia Esperanza is a 24-year-old actress and model who took social media by storm like many other millennials with her fashion-forward style and trendsetting ways. Sophia is a vegan guru and fitness expert who uses her social platform to promote a healthy lifestyle. Sophia has 3.2 million followers on Instagram and her Youtube channel has over 130 thousand viewers. On her YouTube channel, subscribers can follow the actress’ beauty routines and tips, favorite workouts and watch her prepare her favorite vegan recipes. Sophia was raised in a vegetarian household where her mom introduced her to the lifestyle and Sophia first gained interest for a meatless diet. By middle school Sophia would go back and forth with eating meat and remaining vegetarian. It was in high school when she decided to start limiting her meat intake to 1-2 times a week before completely eliminating it out of her diet. Shortly after, she did the same with dairy products. In 2015, Sophia went full vegan and has never felt better. Her veganism isn’t limited to what she puts in her body, but what she puts on her body from clothes to cosmetics as well. She doesn’t wear fur, wool or silk. She only uses cruelty-free cosmetics and grooming products. Sophia Esperanza is an advocate for animal rights, environmental issues and progressive alternatives in the fashion and beauty industry. Born in Houston, she found herself outside in the Texas heat most of her life. Leading a very active lifestyle, centered around her passion for her dance career; it set the stage for her interest in health and wellness. She works closely with PETA and has donated funds raised through clothing collaborations to her favorite animal charities. Recently, she spoke at the Simply NYC conference centered around Fashion and Beauty. She urged consumers to educate themselves in the production of items before purchasing. Another passion of Sophia’s is voice and on camera acting. She voices characters as young as 2 years old and enjoys embodying characters who push the boundaries. With everything she does, she wants to show the world that you can remain true to your values and create positive change for generations to come.