CARAS DE BOTANIKA

HONOR THE INNER GODDESS IN YOU

About CARAS de BOTANIKA

Botanika Beauty is much more than a beauty brand. Botanika Beauty is a lifestyle brand that celebrates our rich Latinx culture, heritage, and beauty through a collection of amazing products that are authentic to our roots. Inspired by Botanicas, which are fixtures in the Latinx communities, Botanika links past traditions to the present through proven natural ingredients and award-winning formulas. Botanika Beauty inspires us to honor our inner goddess and reminds us that self-care is self-love.

And we want every Latina to discover her inner goddess!

So often all Latinas are stereotyped into one mold. We seek amazing women who have embraced their inner and outer beauty and love their natural hair. Kinky, curly, wavy, or straight; from Los Angeles to NYC with roots in Latin America, South America, Mexico, Central America, and of course the Caribbean. Our Caras through their ambassadorship touch on a variety of topics that impact the Latinx community, including beauty, colorism, and sexism. Yes, we are passionate about hair care and beauty, but we also want to converse about powerful themes and topics affecting our culture, including race, education business, and women empowerment in the diaspora.

Meet the 2021
CARAS DE BOTANIKA WINNERS

Dianca (Dee) Fernandez 

Diana is a proud Dominicana and DREAMER raised in Washington Heights. She currently lives in the Bronx, is an avid reader and a die-hard Yankees fan. Committed to radiating positivity and light, Dianca found her power once she found comfort in embracing her natural beauty. She has a passion for beauty, fitness and overall wellness. Representing the Latinx community, her aim is to empower women of all ages using her personal story to show them that all dreams, whatever they may be, are possible. She believes that the time is now to amplify our stories, tap into our purpose and uplift our communities as a collective.

Glorisette Santiago-Rivera

Glorisette Santiago-Rivera is a Boricua born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and currently based in San Juan. She has been on the curly journey since college and it has been a wrap ever since. She believes the curly hair journey is just the beginning of the journey of self love and empowerment. She loves seeing boss women of color empower other boss women of color. Currently she is trying to open new paths that will lead her closer to her dreams of creating art, including visual arts, performing arts, and writing. She believes the Latinx communities are full of unheard voices and unheard stories that are so important to amplify through many outlets so that as a community we can see ourselves equally represented and grow.

Glorivee aka Chica

Glorivee was born in Puerto Rico but whose parents are Dominican. She lives and was raised in Miami Florida. She isa mother of 2 and has been a full time model for the past 6 years.She has modeled for boutiques, commercials and been part of several music videos for artists like El Torito, Bad Bunny, Drake and Karol G.

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CONTEST RULES

• Must be of Latina descent.

• Must speak Spanish. 

• Must be 21 or older. 

• Reside in the United States, including PR

• Have a social media presence and be confident in creating content for your platform and for the brands platform.

• Have the ability to travel if needed and participate in virtual events.

THE PRIZES

The three selected Botanika Beauties will serve as the faces of the brand for 2021, and also each receive a 9-month paid $10K contract with Botanika Beauty. Our Botanika Beauties will have varied opportunities to engage with the Latinx community 
through Botanika sponsored live and virtual events designed to uplift and empower our community.

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Contest Judges

AISHA CEBALLOS-CRUMP

Passion, Grit, and Enthusiasm are the keys to success for Beauty Entrepreneur, Aisha Ceballos-Crump. Always having a passion for the beauty industry, Aisha studied chemical engineering at Purdue University. Upon graduation, Aisha went to work in engineering and sales and it didn’t take long before her passion for beauty resurfaced and took center stage. After a failed attempt at reality TV, Aisha started her journey in the beauty world.

For the next 16 years, she worked in the hair & skincare industry, developing products, formulas, manufacturing and marketing for several major beauty brands. This experience gave her the expertise necessary to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an entrepreneur.

Finally in 2016, Aisha stepped out on faith and began working on her own products; one that she had been using on her own multi-cultural family for over a decade. One range that was effective for the entire family to use based on her secret ingredient, honey. Thus, Honey Baby Naturals was born. Honey Baby Naturals became an instant success making Aisha the first Latina to have a natural hair and skin care line in mass retail. This accomplishment was a huge turning point that inspired Aisha to create her next brand, Botanika Beauty. The Latina community was underserved and ignored and Botanika Beauty created a strong voice for the Latinx community. Botanika Beauty launched in 2019 and is now available in Target and Walmart stores.

Of all her accomplishments, Aisha is most proud of the opportunity to represent Latina women in the community, while inspiring others to follow their dreams. In 2020, Aisha and her husband Greg of 19 years along with their three children launched Beauty Loft, a first of its kind beauty brand incubator that aims to help entrepreneurs develop successful brands. She hopes that her success thus far will empower women of color to become bold leaders and pave the way for future generations.

CESAR ROLON

Cesar Rolon Jr has an extensive and versatile background in community affairs, marketing, promotions, event planning and development. As a former radio and television executive, Cesar launched Imagen Marketing Consultants  a boutique agency specializing in experiential and activation marketing over fifteen years ago. 

Cesar currently serves on several boards, which includes the Chicago Public Schools, Dia De La Mujer Latina, Institute of Latin Music, Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center Chicago, the Puerto Rico Fashion Council and Vive En Forma – Get Fit Live Fit, Illinois Transplant Foundation and the Global Disaster USA organization just to name a few.   Cesar has a huge passion for community and education, which he believes goes hand in hand.

 

HONEY GERMAN

Honey German is a Media Personality and Lifestyle Influencer with a passion for music, beauty, fashion and body positivity. She works at NYC’s Power 105.FM and is a leader in the radio industry and LatinX community.

Honey currently works for iHeart Media / Power 105.1 FM as an On Air Personality, Music Coordinator and Digital Content Manager. She also works as an event host, red carpet correspondent and speaker.

Her positive demeanor, relatability and trend setting style have made Honey a favorite among brands, her social media followers and her radio listeners.

In addition, she dedicates time to mentoring college students via Power 105.1’s internship program and is also a strong advocate for Criminal Justice Reform, Body Positivity and Women’s Rights.

AIDELIZ HIDALGO BETANCES

Aideliz Hidalgo Betances is a Puerto Rican woman with Dominican roots, model, actress, and director of the youth-aimed community project “Passarella by Aideliz,” and coach of refinement and modeling for the “The Best 50’s & More,” a community project centered on the style and fashion aspects of mature womanhood. Aideliz has spent the past five years incentivizing the self-esteem of low-income girls in Puerto Rico and the development of talents of women fifty years of age or older.  Both projects are now four years old and operating at full capacity.
 
She is the first Black woman to represent Puerto Rico in the Miss International 2011 pageant held in China, placing among the twelve semi-finalists among more than 120 representatives. In 2012 she won the title of Miss Exclusive of the World Princess, held in Turkey, and was Second finalist of the Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2010 beauty pageant, where she earned the “Best Gateway and Best Physical Condition awards.”  In 2007 she participated in the National “Nuestra Belleza Latina” beauty and talent competition of Univision.

Enter the Contest!

Submit a video audition (up to 3 minutes) on why you should be selected 

Also send 1-2 links of the following 

  • Instagram static post – showing your hair 
  • Instagram video – showing content you have created 
** Video Upload format should be .mp4 and the file size should be less than 128 MB **
If you are experiencing any issues with your upload, please contact us at submissions@carasdebotanika.com
Video Upload File Size should be less than 128 MB and in .mp4 file format