EXCLUSIVE: Mayra Veronica Talks New Music, Cuban Heritage, and the USO

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How do you make your Cuban heritage part of your everyday life?

Well now that I’m representing the Bettie Page clothing line -- I like to call it Old Havana. The whole Bettie Page style is old Havana in the 50s, which was the whole golden era where women were very feminine: the pencil skirts, the nice blouses, the nice dresses, the voluptuous shapes. I think I’m incorporating old Havana in my every day look.

Do you like to cook Cuban food?

Oh yes! 

Did you learn from your mom or abuela?

Yes, my favorite are fried plantains, strip steak, rice and beans.  You can’t miss those.

Do you make it as well as your mom does?

Probably not, even though I like to think that I do. No I doubt anyone can make it as good as her.

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Cristina Arreola, Associate Editor

Cristina Mari Arreola is the Associate Editor. Originally from El Paso, Texas, she earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New York City. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. See what she's reading now on Goodreads, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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