Cynthia Muñoz

Photography by  Diana Ascarrunz

Photography by Diana Ascarrunz

Tell us about yourself. Include where you’re from, what you do, how you’re thriving, and anything else everyone should know about you. 

I’m a native Austinite, but moved to Boston for college and stuck around there for about 9 years. Now I’m back in my home town, adjusting to the differences, and trying to become a part of the community. I work for a company called Stitch Fix which is awesome and female-centric and female-run. I am married and have a cat named Nacho. I am working on getting my name out there as a stylist for photo shoots and have some exciting projects in the works!

How do you identify culturally?

First generation Mexican-American

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What inspires you and who do you look up to?

I am a very visual person and am inspired by art and fashion more than anything. I love colors, prints, textures, and the little details that make something special. My first (and still biggest) inspiration was Selena. She was the first girl I had ever seen who looked and sounded like I did that I saw on TV and in magazines.

How has your Latinx background informed your decisions, successes, failures? What do you do when things go wrong?

Being from a family of immigrants and being the only one to go to college, I have learned the importance of getting an education. I went to Brandeis University on the East Coast, which is Jewish and very wealthy. I had never been somewhere where I was the only POC there. It was a terrifying and important experience. I learned to feel confident of who I was and embrace my differences. They made me stand out and helped me become the person I am now. In my current life, I am trying to get to know more Latinx people in Austin, and diversify my friend group. Most of my friends here are people who moved from Boston and all of them are white. I often feel like I need someone who understands my cultural struggles and successes so that’s why I volunteered to be part of this project!

Your best piece of advice for anyone who’s struggling?

Reach out! Ask for help! I am a big advocate of “fake it till you make it.” I often find myself being too afraid to speak up and one thing I always try to practice is to pretend to be that confident, outgoing person, and then eventually these things will be natural to me.

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Future goals and aspirations?

I want to do more in the art/fashion community. I am trying to build my portfolio and put myself out there. I want to take over the world!

One thing people should know about the Latinx community?

We aren’t going anywhere!

Your favorite Latinx owned business in Austin?

I love Poco a Poco! It’s a great pop up shop that connects Latinx makers from all over the city and country.

Where can people find you on the internet?

Instagram: @hymenallychallenged

tumblr: www.cindypopp.tumblr.com

Latinx Voices is an online photo and interview series spotlighting Latinx peoples in our communities. We want to amplify those voices–reminding people that we are not only surviving, but thriving.