Aixa Ortiz-Herrera 31, Puerto Rican, senior graphic designer
You look like a painter with that beret on!
My background is actually in art! I wanted to be a painter growing up, and I went to art school. It's no surprise that I'm now a graphic designer.
Was there anything else you wanted to be when you were growing up?
Three other things: a model, a tennis player and a golfer. Go figure!
You achieved one of them: modeling. Still do it?
I modeled from age 15 to 23. My mom was my agent, and she had a blast. She loved the castings and making all of the phone calls.
So you must be particular about your look. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
I've streamlined it to an hour! I know I'm high-maintenance. I'm a pedicure-every-two-weeks girl—and they're the luxury ones, the spa pedicures. I love them.
Then picking outfits must be a challenge!
I see it as being a character. That's what I love about fashion—you get to try on all these different looks and personas. It's really about expressing yourself and, in the end, even finding yourself.
What do you shop for most?
Shoes! I have about 50 pairs—none of them are comfortable to walk in, but they look great!
What do you do during your time off?
I took Portuguese lessons before a trip to Brazil, I'm taking Italian lessons for an upcoming trip to Italy and I'm in a 12-week silk-screening class, learning the ancient Chinese art of painting and printing. I'm definitely not a couch potato!
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