My name isYasmin Alvarez Sanchez, I was born the 4th of September 1988 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Moved to Italy to live with my family in 2001, graduated as a “Tour Operator” in 2008, later I moved to Kiruna to work at the famous “Icehotel” in 2015, and ended up staying in Sweden for 6 years.
November 2021, I came back to Italy and in 2022 I was officially diagnosed with Thyroid.
After it I decided that I was ready to shared my mental health journey and my long battle with depression openly.
My goal is to encourage others and never to feel ashamed about their mental health journeys because the most significant thing you can do for yourself is ask for help and take care of yourself.
What is beauty?
How can we define it?
How does it affect us?
Growing up, I was not confident about myself and my body at all.
The media show skinny girls with the perfect body, and I was in my head fat compare to my little sister and my mom.
What I didn´t know was that I was never going to be like them since I was the typical Afro-Latina girl with "curvas peligrosas" like I like to call my body today.
Growing up in Italy, I didn't fit in at all; My Italian friends were skinny, and I had to deal with big thighs and an immense booty, so I was always wearing baggy clothes to make sure that people didn't notice me.
But it just didn't work, it was just making it worst for myself, and my parents were always telling me how beautiful I was, but like a good teenager, I didn't believe them.
I started realizing that I was cute in high school, and especially after I met some Latin girls at my school that became my best friends, we had so much in common and my confidence started to grown.
I was also getting attention from boys, and that just boosted my ego, but at my first lousy relationship, my confidence went to hell, and I ended up going to the school therapist.
The therapist was a sweetheart, she explained to me that there was nothing wrong with me, it was just how things were between men and women and that unfortunately dating is cruel, I was going to get my heart broken several times again and to never doubt my beauty because of it.
After that conversation, having Latins friends and supportive parents, I truly started embracing my body and my unique beauty.
I made not be super top model material, but in my eyes, I'm even better, and I hope that everyone out in this world knows that beauty is individual.
We cannot define beauty but we can make sure to make room for all of the different body types that this world has to offer.
We are beautiful creatures in our own and unique way, so let's stand up today and claim it because no one can make you feel good about yourself if you don't love yourself.