I grew up in the beautiful, but often misunderstood, neighborhood of Watts in South Central L.A. — or as my dad likes to call it, Beverly Watts. From early on, my dad instilled pride in our home. He never wanted his kids to feel ashamed or embarrassed of their origins. As a result, I have drawn so much inspiration from my hometown that it shapes every part of me, especially my fashion. My callejera style is a love letter to my city, heritage, and self. It’s a reflection of me: a first-generation queer Latina.