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Vivala

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Vivala.com

A lifestyle website launched in 2015 focused on producing positive, witty, and smart content for young Latinas. 

photo: Jorge Flores

photo: Jorge Flores

From Farm to UCLA, Mexican-American Grad Pays Tribute to Parents in the Fields

During Eunice Gonzalez’s sophomore year at UCLA, it dawned on her that her immigrant parents drove her to be the first in their family to graduate college. Fast forward to graduation day this past May, and she decided to pay tribute to her mom and dad by taking portraits with them in the fields where they tirelessly picked strawberries for over 20 years.

photo: Miki Vargas, Den Design

photo: Miki Vargas, Den Design

Meet the Latina Behind the First LGBTQ Gym in the Country

Nathalie Huerta’s idea to open up a gym in Oakland, California, seemed far-fetched, considering two huge factors: She didn’t have a business plan and she wanted to cater specifically to the LGBTQ community. Five years later, the MBA grad says she wouldn’t have done it any other way because she didn’t just successfully start a small business, but she has built a tight-knit community in the process.

photo: iStock

photo: iStock

How Children of Immigrants Reach Their American Dreams

I can’t remember the exact moment I decided that the sacrifices my mother made when she left her native Peru for the U.S. meant that I had to work really hard. I grew up in a predominantly Latino neighborhood surrounded by second generation Hispanics who were all well aware of what our parents had overcome to give us a shot at a better life. Why did I do so well when so many of my classmates from the same background and schools did not?