We had the good fortune of connecting with Nathaly Sanchez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nathaly, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
My name is Nathaly Sanchez, I was born in El salvador but raised in Irving Tx. I am the first generation to grow up in the US and first girl out of my family. My life has consisted of many ups and downs but i’m grateful for all the lessons i’ve learned throughout the way. Being undocumented and not having many opportunities has taught me to be humble open minded and grateful for all the little things. Regardless of my legal status, Iam grateful to be a part of the Dream Act which has shaped me into who i am today. This has pushed me to step out of my comfort zone and influence others in a good way. Stepping up for my self and family has impacted my life in many ways such as being able to network with others and be ambitious of everything that i do. Having the ability to tell my story makes me feel happy because i know many can relate. I have goals and ambition that i am going to achieve for my self and nothing is going to get in my way.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I consider myself a very creative and photogenic person. Once i see a camera i will pose for a quick picture. I love the fact that i can do it so naturally. My most favorite part about being a Fashion Model will be the ideas, outfits and sceneries. It takes a lot of time and effort to finalize the idea but after all it turns out amazing because it shows both mine and the photographers creativity. Some characteristics that set me apart from other will be that I am a very outgoing, generous and a friendly person. I love traveling and getting to know new places as well as meeting people. The act of being out at the beach or a new city makes me feel alive. Being able to make meaningful memories and experience those beautiful moments from the instant you plan your trip makes me so happy. Traveling and making new friends isn’t the only thing that sets me apart from others. My generosity plays a big role in personality as well. I am grateful for everything i have and love to give back to people who don’t have the same opportunities as me. I like to encourage others to never give up and to always keep pushing because if i was able to accomplish many things regardless of my circumstances, everyone else can too. I believe that we are all unique in our way and have our own story to tell. My path has not been easy at all , starting from being raised in a country where i had to figure out everything on my own to a place where i have been able to accomplish many goals. One of my most proudest moments will be the day i was notified that i will be representing my city, Irving Tx in a pageant. That day i felt so overwhelmed with different emotions because i did not think i will be the chosen one to play such a big role and represent my city. The moment i heard the good news my life changed completely, due to the fact that i had never done a pageant before. At that moment i knew i had to prepare myself to represent my wonderful city and make history. Getting to that moment in my life has shocking because I had always doubted myself without knowing that others did believe in me. I first started off by collaborating with photographers and helping them create content to promote myself and their brand. For my first ever collab, I actually stepped out of my comfort zone and reached out to photographers to see if they would like to work with me, some said yes while others did not respond. Never did i think that by doing that first ever collab it would open opportunities and allow me to work with so many other photographers. It was not easy at first due to the fact that i did get rejected because i didn’t have experience but i never gave up. Im proud of myself for taking that first big step without having a direction to go, to now being able to create a career out of it. I’ve learned many things throughout the way such as poses, catwalks and how to connect with others that now i can help others as well. Every career path has its own challenges but those are the little things that help you better yourself along the way and make you a better person. Modeling is one of the most beautiful ways to represent our personality and creativity. I encourage everyone to be open minded and step out of your comfort zone because the possibilities are endless and you’ll never know if that’s your hidden talen until you actually give it a try.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in the beautiful city of Dallas Tx. There is so many wonderful restaurants, attractions and places to visit. When my family or friends come down to visit the first place i recommend to go eat at will be the Reunion Tower located in Downtown Dallas. This is one of my favorite restaurants due to the fact that you have the amazing view of all downtown Dallas. The view is not the only great thing, there food is made with so much love that it will have you coming back to visit us. After eating a nice dinner, I always like to have a little getaway and head into our amazing dancing spots in Deep Ellum. There is a variety of different music as well as wonderful views for pictures and the chance to connect with people from our city. Lastly one of the coolest place i will recommend will be our shopping mall named, Legacy West located in Plano Tx. This mall has a huge selection of stores, restaurants, arcades, desserts etc. for all ages. I truly recommend Legacy West for either a date night or family night. These are the most exciting places to go visit in my opinion , when visiting Dallas Tx.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to start off by thanking my friends and family and everyone else that supports me and cheers for me in everything that I do. Most importantly i want to give a huge shoutout to my mom & dad for always pushing me to be better. I want to thank them for all their advice, support and unconditional love. I also want to give a huge shoutout to my sister for always being there for me and being my little manager in the process. Lastly i want to give credit to my photographers for believing in me and giving me so many opportunities to grow as an individual.

Website: https://josecruzjr23.wixsite.com/nathalysanchez

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nnattsanchez/

Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/sancheznathaly_

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100066301038241

Other: Email: natsanchez0627@gmail.com

Image Credits
@Misstxlatina @Roadtomisstxlatina @Horandestudios @Comite Cívico Centroamericano @Jrcruz2328 @Studio360_MJ @Jay.ortez @Marcbogdan @Henry_jones_1313 @Georgeofthejunglecx

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