We had the good fortune of connecting with Teresa Hurtado and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Teresa, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I have always been a creative. Art and reading were my escapes when I was a child. I loved learning about new people and new places through the characters in a book and dreaming up new ideas. As I got older, that transferred over to makeup and fashion. There was a point in my life where I lost myself and I really had to do the work to heal and love myself again. It was through this journey combined with my creative spirit that I decided to share myself on social media.
Being creative while also helping other women heal and feel confident gives me the purpose I’ve been searching my whole life. I get to be my real, raw, and authentic self while also representing a whole group of women who aren’t often shown in mainstream media. I wake up every day and pinch myself to remember that I’m living my dream life.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My entire ethos revolves around body acceptance and self-growth. I went through a period in my life when I hated myself and my body. I let my flaws and my hardships take over me to the point where I forgot who I was and what I wanted out of my life. I decided to make a change starting with my physical health. I lost over 80 lbs through a consistent gym routine and changing my eating habits. Then I focused on healing my mind and my soul through therapy. It was at this point that I realized how much I had to offer myself and the world. I shared my journey to self-love on Instagram and gained a following by being me. Now I”m a midsize model for several fitness and lifestyle brand companies and I help others share their stories through my podcast, Tere Tells All. I have learned that by being given this platform, I can do more good and share more inspiration by amplifying the voices of others. Making your life public is never easy, but I believe the good highly outweighs the bad.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love Houston for its diversity and am always excited to take friends around the city. I would start with an outdoor adventure. We would rent bikes and ride around Buffalo Bayou, take in the views, and get some insta-worthy pictures.
Then we would go into Midtown and have lunch at La Calle Tacos where we would indulge in some birria or pastor tacos along with a refreshing michelada or margarita. Of course we would have to get some shopping in at the Galleria.
I’m all about balance (I’m a libra after all) so other notable spots around the city would be the Crystal Clear Lagoon at Lago Mar, the Texas-shaped lazy river at the Marriot Marquis, e-bike rental in Eado, and a few of my favorite breweries like Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company and 8th Wonder. We would cool down by taking in the art at MFA (free admission on Thursdays!) and have a foodie adventure at POST HTX.
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?
I want to dedicate my shout-out out to all the women who follow my journey on social media. They are the reason I am here doing this interview today. It’s through our connection, our discourse, and mutual support that we have been able to grow our community. I would also love to dedicate my shout-out to Heidi Sommers, CEO of Buffbunny Collection. She and her company believed in me and gave me the opportunity to be one of their exclusive models and athletes.
Their mission to empower ALL women and give back to the community is what I love most about them.
Other: Podcast: https://anchor.fm/teretellsall
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