Since her debut on Love and Hip-Hop Miami earlier this month, Amara La Negra has quickly become a household name.
Despite the drama, the 26-year-old former beauty queen is 100 percent grounded in herself — but admits that wasn't always the case.
Amara shared a heartbreaking tale with Yahoo! about the pressure to look a certain way to be successful — hence her strong stance on the industry accepting her as is.
“I remember being four years old, working on this network,” she recalled. “They had a hairstylist, and the hairstylist said to my mom, ‘You need to perm her hair because her hair is unmanageable and we don’t have time for this.’ I will always remember those words, and the look that my mom gave me."
"I looked at her like, ‘I don’t know what to do. Like what? It’s not my fault. What am I supposed to do?’ After that day, I remember my mom perming my hair," she explains.
Part of Amara's mission is to make sure other young girls don't succumb to the pressures she did at an early age — and wants to serve as a role model. She cites both her mother and the late Celia Cruz as her inspirations.
“My mom is everything,” she explains. “She built me the way that I am and made sure that I always knew that my color was beautiful. She always would tell me, ‘Because of your color, you’re always going to have to work twice as hard to be recognized for your work.’ I never understood it until years later — and she was right.”
“In the Latin community, she was the only Afro-Latino who made it worldwide, and she was like our Michael Jackson,” Amara shared about Celia Cruz. “Celia Cruz was the only Afro-Latino that looked like myself and made me think, ‘Oh my God. You know, when I grow up, I can be like her.'”
Her advice? “Don’t ever feel as if you need to change who you are in order to be accepted or in order to be beautiful,” she stated. “That’s my true issue. Not so much about a specific race. It’s just in general.”
Amara added, “Not everyone is meant to be skinny or tall or have a big butt or big boobs. Just take you as you are. If you want to change a little bit because it’s going to make you feel better, do it. But don’t do it because you feel pressured that you have to.”
Solid words from the shining star who recently signed a multi-million-dollar record deal with BMG and Fast Life Entertainment and already has plans to release her first single in the first quarter of 2018. Looks like even the haters couldn't keep her down.
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