20 Questions with Luana Barron
Photographed by Sarah Krick
Hodges Bay Resort & Spa
Luana Baron, the Peru-based beauty, obtained the title of Miss Teen Universe Peru in 2016 and is recognized as one of today’s most successful and sought after influencers and models. With over 600K followers on Instagram and TikTok, she continues to engage with her followers daily giving beauty tips, fashion must-haves, and travel inspiration. During our getaway to Hodges Bay Resort & Spa in Antigua, we sat down with Luana to learn more about the goals she wants to carry out in the new year and ways she hopes to influence people through her social media platforms.
Tell Modeliste readers a bit about yourself.
I am currently a student in Communications and Marketing, managing a clothing brand with very versatile and trendy styles that define me, and I am the image of some beauty and sports brands. I use my social networks to make women aware today that we are unique and empowered.
What are three goals you hope to accomplish in the new year?
Continue traveling the world, enriching myself with different cultures, to internationalize my brand, form a social aid NGO, and form shelters for abandoned pets
What is a valuable lesson you learned in the year of 2020?
That we must value and learn to be happy with the simplest things in life.
How did you develop your career as an influencer and where do you plan to take your career from here?
My career as an influencer was born as a hobby. Discovering that I could be an influence on many teenagers at the age of 17 made me use my platform to help and encourage changes to come from within, learn to value ourselves in order to value others and everything that surrounds us. Self-love is fundamental, only then can you give love.
Where do you gain inspiration for your content?
My inspiration comes from situations that I have had to live and from people that I appreciate a lot while pursuing my studies, fighting for my dreams. As for fashion, I love seeing trends and even creating my own in personal care, lifestyles, and travel, among others.
What factors go into the content you share on your social media?
The important factors for me are to convey authenticity, honesty, strength, and love, and be willing to fight for yourself as a woman.
What can Modeliste readers expect to see from you in the year of 2021?
I hope I can find content that motivates others to fight for their goals, to be empowered, authentic women, to be the change that begins within ourselves.
How do you hope to influence people through your digital platforms?
Basically to transmit security. I think that if you trust yourself, you can encourage and motivate others to believe in themselves, in their dreams, set them as goals, and see that there are no limits.
What inspires you and your career?
My family inspires me, my mother, a fighter, a strong woman. For me, mother is synonymous with perseverance. In my professional career, I always try to give my best. I like to share good and bad experiences, because even from bad you learn.
What would you like to say to your fans?
First of all, thank you for all the unconditional support. We are such a large community and I always have two phrases that accompany me: ‘The limits are set by you, there is nothing impossible’ and ‘Your dreams – trace them as a goal.’
What is at the top of your bucket list?
In reality, I live in the moment a lot, but I always motivate myself by thinking about my wishes, my dreams and how to turn them into short, medium and long term goals, depending on the priorities. If I think about a maximum wish right now, it is that my family and I have full health so that we can continue to enjoy every moment.
What is the easiest and hardest part of being an influencer?
The nice part is that I can interact and help others. The part that probably doesn’t convince me yet is being aware of how the phone takes away time, and how being a bit disconnected is something that we all always need.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I would definitely live between Italy and Puerto Rico. I think they’d be the best of both worlds. I would feel so inspired creatively in Italy, every corner is art. And I just can’t live without Puerto Rico’s beaches and warm weather.
If your life were a movie, what would it be?
If my life were a movie, definitely the title of the movie would be “Fighting for Your Dreams”.
How did you enjoy your stay at The Hodges Bay Resort & Spa?
Actually, sometimes I start to think there are places that transmit so much peace that they become magical. Hodges Bay Resort is definitely one of the places that I would love to visit again.