We had the good fortune of connecting with Sheila Lopez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sheila, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
My favorite quote is from Selena Quintanilla, “Always believe that the impossible is always possible.” Being born and raised in South Texas, a Mexican American, and proud Tejana, Selena was an idol to me as a child like so many. She was the face I saw on TV that was like mine. Her entrepreneurial spirit is an inspiration to me to this day. I remind myself of those words she said when I feel like something isn’t working out the way I want it to. It allows me to keep going because there is another way to get there, another opportunity, another door to open.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Working as a model and content creator has been an enriching experience. I’ve collaborated with many creative and talented people and brands. The most rewarding has been with Latina brands like Hija de tu Madre, Jen Zeano Designs, and GRL Collective. And, I’ve also worked with brands like GoDaddy, Dia & Co, ModCloth, Ashley Stewart, Simpy Be, and TomboyX that I never dreamed I could work with. It hasn’t always been easy to work as a model and content creator. I’ve learned that as a small business owner, you start somewhere. Don’t hold yourself back from starting with the smallest step and each time you book a gig or finish a project, you learn something to take to the next. It is part of my brand and message to represent varying beauty and Latinas in media and entertainment. I want women to feel empowered and to feel seen.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend stayed with me the weekend in Austin, we’d start Saturday with brunch at Gabrielas Downtown on 7th street and enjoy the patio seating with a piña mimosa and chilaquiles. In the afternoon we’d visit the Mexic-Arte Museum and gift shop and explore downtown Austin with local favorites like the Museum of the Weird. At sunset, we’d be at the South Congress bridge near downtown to see the hundreds of bats fly off from under the bridge. For dinner, we’d eat at Taquero Mucho where we could get our pink taco craving paired with a pink margarita. Then, go bar hopping and dancing on 6th street and downtown to places like Jackalope, Halcyon, Mala Vida, and Highland Lounge. Halcyon offers coffee cocktails like the CHOCOLATE ESPRESSO MARTINI and desserts like build your own S’MORES fondue. Sunday, wake up to go to brunch at Licha’s Cantina and eat some delicious QUESO FUNDIDO, HUITLACOCHE quesadilla, and signature cocktails LUPITA with Watermelon infused tequila and VAMPIRO with spiced tomato juice and jarritos grapefruit soda. We’d explore Rainey Street like Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden. Then, take pcitures at Austin’s iconic murals like “i love you so much” at Jo’s Coffee or “You’re My Butter Half” on East MLK; Selena Quintanilla on 1619 East Cesar Chavez St., ‘Til Death Do Us Part E. 7th & Waller by El Federico, Let’s Band Together E. 6th & Chicon by El Federico, and Selena mural outside Taqueria Chapala on Cesar Chavez by El Federico And, end the night with a show at The Hideout Theatre and check out some comedy improv.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Community is everything and I am thankful to have that in my life. When I started modeling, I was supported by my best friend who now has his own photography service, Green T Media. He helped me start my journey and we’ve worked together countless times since then partnering with brands. I never believed in my wildest dreams I could shine through a camera lens. He made me feel confident and always rooted for my success. And, I cannot forget the organization Frida Friday ATC and its’ founder, TK Tunchez. I live in Austin, TX and was looking for a community, my people, as a Latina. Frida Friday ATX is a WoC centered monthly marketplace and cultural event. The team behind Frida Friday ATX always puts community first and I’ve been a volunteer with them for the past two years. They have always supported my career.
Photographer: Tommy Kim