SKYN: Hey Angela - it's so nice to meet you, thanks so much for taking the time to chat with us! You're an incredible woman who 101k people who already follow adamently, but for those of our readers out there who don't already know who you are, how would you describe yourself?
AV: I am Angela Velez - a hard working woman who believes strongly in love, in God, and in the strength of a positive mind.
SKYN: ...And that positive mind is just one of the many reasons why we love you. Tell us Angela, what got you into fitness?
AV: The desire to have a healthy lifestyle, to push my limits, and to be able to share something that I am passionate about with others.
SKYN: Sounds like the best kind of motivation. Do you have any tips for someone who might be looking to start living that healthy lifestyle?
AV: It could be summed into this one phrase that I love "You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.". This is a lifestyle that you can fall in love with.
SKYN: You take some incredible pictures with such confidence and grace, were you always this comfortable in your own skin?
AV: It was very difficult for me at first, as the days go by I get more comfortable, but I think it's always gonna be a little hard.
SKYN: Fair enough. Well you've certainly mastered it as far as we can tell. Being an amazing model yourself do you have any favorites of your own? Who is your favorite model?
AV: Gracyanne Barbosa. I admire her journey!
SKYN: Great choice - She definitely is so inspiring. Ok, now that we know who your favorite model is, do you have a favourite photographer?
AV: I love Mike's work @ohrangutang and Mario Arango @now_amariyo.
SKYN: Such solid choices, they take beautiful images.
SKYN: You're an incredible role model as well as professional model, did you have any mentors who really helped mold and guide you?
AV: Every person that crosses through your life teaches you something, but my best teachers have been my parents.
SKYN: Aw, that's so sweet. Well they clearly were incredible teachers, because you've obviously learned a lot and become a wonderful human. Is there anything random about yourself that you could share?
AV: I am lawyer, I specialize in tributary law and am a real estate consultant as well. As much as I love my work, it seems that life wants me to share something else with others and that's why I try to always have kind words that are motivational and filled with strength or hope for those who can or want to read them.
SKYN: Wow - that is incredible. So ambitious, wise, and really just so inspiring. You've accomplished so much and inspire so many, what is it that you are most proud of?
AV: I am proud to know that I can make positive changes in my life nonstop, that everyday I fight for what I dream, and I never surrender.
SKYN: What are some of the biggest revelations of the last year?
AV: Opening doors in fields I never even thought to be in, such as acquiring fitness sponsorships, modeling contracts, or professional photography.
SKYN: Those definitely are great accomplishments. Do you have any best memories from this past year?
AV: Definitively my marriage and my Honeymoon.
SKYN: Wow - congratulations! That would have been a beautiful highlight to the past year. Do you have any goals for the new year?
AV: Keep up the hard work, keep giving positive vibes to everything I do, and continue to be able to inspire others to achieve their dreams.
SKYN: Well you're definitely on the right track for all of that. Keep it up!
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