94 // BEAUTY AND THE BRAIN

Ocean Drive - - Contents - BY KATIE JACK­SON

A for­mer en­gi­neer, Colom­bian bomb­shell Melissa Varón is steam­ing up the Magic City.

COLOM­BIAN BOMB­SHELL MELISSA VARÓN WAS CAT­A­PULTED INTO THE SPOT­LIGHT AS THE MISS COLOM­BIA 2011 FIRST RUN­NER-UP. NOW, THE FOR­MER CHEM­I­CAL EN­GI­NEER-TURNED-MC2 MODEL IS STEAM­ING UP THE MAGIC CITY.

Favorite photo shoot to date? Five years ago, I shot with Cro­mos mag­a­zine. It was my first pro­fes­sional photo shoot, and I felt that it was some­thing I couldn’t stop do­ing.

You starred in Sil­vestre Dan­gond’s mu­sic video for “Ya No Me Duele Más.” What was that like?

It has spe­cial mean­ing for me be­cause it’s about val­lenato, the mu­sic of my coun­try. Sil­vestre is an am­bas­sador for Colom­bian [folk mu­sic] and wants to in­ter­na­tion­al­ize our mu­sic with his video, and be­ing a part of that mes­sage was re­ally important.

Thoughts on so­cial me­dia?

You can reach so many peo­ple through so­cial net­works, and that should be taken se­ri­ously. I try to carry a mes­sage that pos­i­tively im­pacts those who fol­low me

(@melis­savaronb).

Fit­ness rou­tine?

I love to take Julie [Wies­man Berk­lund’s] barre class at Ex­hale at the Epic [Ho­tel]. I’m Latin, and we have curves! And this class re­ally works my legs. I started eight months ago, and I re­ally feel a change in my body.

Who in­spires you?

My mother. My fa­ther passed away when I was 8, and my mother did every­thing for my sis­ter and me. She set an in­cred­i­ble ex­am­ple.

Ad­vice to as­pir­ing mod­els?

Mod­el­ing is not su­per­fi­cial; it in­volves sac­ri­fice and team work. Suc­cess does not de­pend only on your ef­forts, but on the ef­forts of those who help you on your jour­ney.

Melissa Varón starred in Sil­vestre Dan­gond’s “Ya No Me Duele Más” video. Help­ing bring Colom­bian mu­sic to an in­ter­na­tional au­di­ence “was re­ally important,” she says.

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