Cary, the etnies Girl of the Month, loves snowboarding. And when we say “love,” we’re not talking about how you love, say, pizza or puppies. We mean it’s her ultimate passion in life and the reason why she gets out of bed in the winter. In other words, she loves snowboarding with a capital “L.” We chatted with the 17-year-old Southern California resident about why she’s an etnies Girl, where she finds inspiration and some of her favorite things (besides snowboarding, of course).
etnies Girl: What are your interests?
Cary: My interests are writing, poetry, dancing, modeling, art, playing guitar and whatever I feel is fun and self-expressive.
etnies Girl: What are your talents?
Cary: I really don’t know. People say I’m good at dancing, singing, writing and snowboarding. I can also balance books on my head and make some people laugh.
“I love snowboarding because it’s one thing I can do for only myself. It’s something I feel like I’m at home with.”
etnies Girl: How did you get involved in snowboarding?
Cary: My mom first started snowboarding while I was still skiing at age 4, so she was the main reason why I got into it. When I got a little older, around 10 years old, I started snowboarding. That’s when I noticed that skiing wasn’t my thing and I didn’t like to fall with my legs spread open. I picked up snowboarding fairly quickly, and I enjoy it more than skiing. Nevertheless, I still would like to ski one day and see if I still remember how to “squash grapes.” I’m also getting into surfing. I got into surfing this summer and bought a pretty decent used board. I plan on doing it frequently throughout the year. My mom and I are trying it together.
etnies Girl: What do you like about etnies Girl?
Cary: What I like about etnies Girl is that you find and see girls wearing it who transcend the norm. The girls who wear it are diverse; their attitude and interests reflect on their character and style.
etnies Girl: Why are you an etnies Girl?
Cary: I’m an etnies Girl because I can kick ass! OK, just kidding. I’m an etnies Girl because I do what feels right to me. I’m not afraid to be an individual and I strive to be my best. I’m true to myself. That's who I think an etnies Girl is—someone who can stand up for the things they love despite the status quo. She’s a girl who believes in herself, is not afraid to be her own person, takes the initiative, and strives for the things she wants out of life and for what makes her happy.
etnies Girl: What do you do for fun?
Cary: I always have fun with my cousin, Noodle. We sing karaoke. We dance at parties when no one else is dancing. We eat a lot of good food and that’s always fun. We speak in our native tongue mixed with the languages we learned in school. That’s three or four languages in one sentence! Anything we do is an adventure.
etnies Girl: Where do you find inspiration?
Cary: Good friends and family inspire me. I have a handful of good friends who I truly admire and get my inspiration from. They encourage me to go for my dreams and let nothing get in my way. Music is my addiction; it keeps me going and releases everything inside of me. And my mother inspires me. She’s the strongest woman I know—a single mom who has raised me, her only child, alone, and still managed to give me all I need and more. She’s always reassuring me that I can make something out of myself and that I’m a good person.
etnies Girl: What’s your biggest accomplishment?
Cary: I’m so glad that I have made my way through high school. It’s been a car crash for the past three years. That I’m going to be graduating in 2006 is such a relief because I know I have made it and have become a much stronger person. My high school experience has made me grow as an individual, and it has sparked something inside of me that I never thought was there: a strong will.
etnies Girl: Why do you love snowboarding so much?
Cary: Oh man, I love snowboarding because it’s one thing I can do for only myself. It’s something I feel like I’m at home with. It keeps me thinking optimistically about anything I come across. It takes my mind off peer pressure and the superficial things that so many teenage girls put up with. I’m just happy I found something that I love. I get so psyched talking about it with my friends, setting up my board, and when I hear other people talk about it.
etnies Girl: Do you have any trips planned already for this winter?
Cary: I go to Mammoth almost every weekend. It’s easy when you have a season pass!
etnies Girl: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Cary: “Trust your own love.” I actually got it from a song. I trust myself, do what I want and love what I do—so with that in mind, my dreams will prevail.
etnies Girl: What’s really important to you?
Cary: My family, my good friends and my passion. I don’t want to take life too seriously because then I won’t be happy. I just want to live one day at a time and to enjoy every stage and accept every obstacle as a growing experience. My family supports me and helps me out in any circumstance.
etnies Girl: Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself?
Cary: I want to someday be a filmmaker and make snowboard films. If there is anyone in the L.A. area who rides and wants to chill out, leave me a comment, please. It’s so hard finding people who ride out here, especially girls. I hardly know any and I would really like to ride with more people who also enjoy riding as much as I do. Lastly, thank you to Sarah and etnies Girl for picking me as the September etnies Girl of the Month!
Cary’s Favorite Things
Animal: Horses, walruses, zebras, unicorns, frogs, fireflies, dragonflies
Color: Pale purple, electric blue, turquoise
Hangout: “Anywhere I call fun; for instance, somewhere where my cousin Noodle can sing karaoke.”
City: Huntington Beach, Calif.; Tokyo, Japan; Vancouver, British Columbia; Cebu, Philippines
Song: “There are too many to name!”
Album: “There are too many that I like.”
Band: Days Away, Mae, Cursive, Frou Frou, Head Automatica, Coheed and Cambria, Underoath, Pinback, At the Drive In, The June Spirit, Mock Orange, Aloha, The Early November, Bjork
Movie: “Adam Sandler movies.”
TV show: “Eat Bulaga!” (a variety show in the Philippines)
Sport: “Snowboarding for serious!”
Game: “Spoon! You can play this with your friends. When you’re at the lodge eating and chilling out, take turns mixing any nasty concoction together that you can fit on a spoon; give it to your friend and watch them it eat it. Then it’s your turn to eat their concoction. Whoever spits it out first loses.”
Food: “Sushi, Filipino food, tuna sandwiches, oatmeal raisin cookies and anything that pleases my taste buds.”
Candy: Jelly Bellys, Gummi Bears, caramel
Holiday: Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween
Smell: “Anything pleasant to my nose.”
Hobby: Dancing, writing, guitar playing, drawing, singing, photography
Guilty pleasure: Tiramisu, ice cream, root beer floats, cheesecake
Athletes: “Hana Beaman, Markku Koski, Danny Kass, Eddie Wall, Janna Meyen, Natasha Zurek…there are so many!”
Hero: “My mom for sure and my snowboard family crew.”
etnies Girl shoe: Lo-Cut ll
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