You’ve probably come across the stunning Juliana Provenzano but I bet you don’t know the personality behind her images. She was born in South America Colombia but has lived in NYC for 12 years. She calls herself a small town girl who loves the big city life.
How did growing up with South American- Colombia shape the person you are now?
Absolutely! I think we all can change later in life but we always keep the essence of who we are. I love my life now but I will be that crazy Colombian who enjoys the little things in life–sunsets, walking my dog, IN and OUT burger and football all day Sunday.
Tell us about your childhood and what did you enjoy during that time?
It consisted of mostly going to school and spending all my time I could with my girlfriends. We all went to all private catholic school–girls ONLY! So we all grew up together like sisters. Our memories are filled with talking about boys and chasing them. (laughs) We were desperate but we still keep the sisterhood going even until now!
What are your favourite things to do there now?
Now? Hmmm going and eating all the yummy Colombian goodies I can’t eat or get in the USA. I also love taking a siesta every day after lunch. God, I love that. Can you imagine if we have here in NYC?! Banks and subways close for siesta time? (laughs)
“Real love comes when you less expect it. Who ever gets real love should feel very lucky. Glad I just found mine.”
You’re a die hard NY Yankees and NY Giants fan and you love American sports culture–beer, wings, tailgating and watching baseball in the Bronx. Would you say you feel more American now than South American?
I do love all that! I have been here for 12 years and I am a proud citizen of the United States of America! I love watching football all day Sunday with long beer and wings. I spend as many days I can during the summer in the Bronx watching the Yankees play! Don’t get me wrong, I still have a very strong Spanish accent. I love soccer and every 4 summers when World Cup is on for a month, my whole life stops to support the Colombian team and I watch every game…(laughs) I’m such a tomboy. It’s like a super bowl every 4 years–can you imagine that?! I truly love my family and the blood I have will never change. I’m 100% a Colombian girl.
How do the cultures for modeling differ between NY/LA/Miami?
New York is where I live and love. It’s the fashion capital of the world. Everyone there takes things very seriously. We all love black. I love also LA– it is very laid back and casual. Miami is hot and fun; we are always in swimwear and at the beach–who doesn’t love that?!
Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years… Oh boy! That’s scary for me to answer. I’m very superstitious. I don’t want to say anything about the future otherwise I might jinx it. (laughs) But hopefully I’ll still be very happy and feel very loved!
What is your perception about real love?
Real love : it comes when you less expect it. It comes so naturally and once it does, it gets to you. You immediately know it. It’s a very strange feeling and it doesn’t matter what goes on outside but you want to hold it and keep it forever and for the rest of your life. Who ever gets real love should feel very lucky. Glad I just found mine.