Kenysleth Salgado Lyons: a world-class model

Kenysleth Salgado Lyons: a world-class model
Kenysleth Salgado Lyons: a world-class model

Caribbean women are pure temperance, they do not back down from anything and are not willing to give up on their dreams until they make them come true. They are not only heirs to the realism of the mountains, sea, river and music, but they are also the creators of a limitless present that is opening up more and more scenarios for the universe of female leadership.

In that sense, fashion is one of those spaces of power that communicate and generate a great political, social and cultural impact, I have said it many times in different articles, fashion is a political act that impacts us and speaks to us in a thousand languages ​​and in infinite ways, within that great universe of fashion there are many protagonists, among them the models and today I am going to talk about one of them, Kenys Salgado, an imposingly tender woman of Guajiro origin, who walks with the strength of cacti, the ancestral rhythm of drums and accordions and is leaving her mark with the cosmic mysticism of the Montes de Oca, located in the Serranía del Perijá between the municipalities of Albania and Maicao, north of the Guajira lady.

Talking and writing about her is an honor, because it is a way to inspire other women and weave from genuine sisterhood the powers that make us unbeatable. Here I share with you excerpts from the great dialogue we managed to weave.

The obligatory question from my feminist perspective to Kenys was this: As a young woman, what is your message of female power for other women who want to leave their mark through modeling, fashion or art?

Answer: “My message to other women is to never stop fighting and persist in their dreams. We must not allow anything or anyone to stop us from achieving our goals. The key is to have a clear objective, no matter how big or small it is. The biggest fight is against ourselves, since we are the ones who decide whether we move forward or stop because of society’s opinions. We live in a century of change, and being different, instead of conforming to the molds imposed by society, is what makes us unique and authentic.”

Kenys How do you integrate your profession as an Electronic Engineer with the world of fashion as a model?

Answer: “Honestly, as a new model, I have found it difficult to directly integrate Electronic Engineering with my career in fashion.

Although at first glance fashion and engineering seem like completely different worlds, there are more points of connection than you might think. Every time I see a new collection or work with different brands, I notice the innovation and creativity behind each design. This reminds me that engineering is not only about software and hardware; it is also about innovating and reinventing in various areas.

Fashion, like engineering, involves constant evolution and the application of new technologies. Designers are constantly innovating, reinventing old styles with advanced textile technologies and modern production processes.

As a future engineer, I am excited to see how imagination and technology can coexist and transform fashion. For me, being part of this creativity and innovation in fashion is an honour. Although some may think that fashion and engineering are not related, I believe that both disciplines share a common spirit of innovation and creativity.”

Finally, I want to share with you an anecdote told by Kenys, as an existential metaphor and collective learning, to always remember that dreams will always be the infinite measure of our strength, faith and passion. Kenys’ story is definitely the clear example that women are the genuine representation of creative resistance and resilience and that everything we create in our being is possible to be created in everyday life. Thank you for inspiring us!

Anecdote: From Maicao to Paris Fashion Week. An anecdote that I will never forget is when I was casting for my agency Next; it all started like this: “I lived in Barranquilla, but at that time I was visiting Maicao, at my parents’ house.

One day, my manager called me to tell me that I had to send some videos for the audition with a major agency in Spain. The funny thing is that I had already sent those videos before leaving Barranquilla, but it seems that they were not enough to convince the agency staff, so they asked me for them again.

The problem was that, being in Maicao, I had neither heels, nor suitable clothes, nor a suitable place to record the videos. However, this audition was very important to me, so I had to find a solution somehow. I decided to go to my neighbor’s house to see if she had some heels that she could lend me. Oh, surprise! The only heels she had were two sizes smaller than my size.

Despite that, I put them on as best I could and recorded the video in my neighbor’s yard, which was the largest space where I could walk more than 12 steps, which was what the agency wanted to see. I sent the videos with a lot of worry, fearing that they wouldn’t be enough. The next day, I got a call from my manager. He told me that the agency in Spain had accepted me, but I had to get ready to go to Paris in a week, since Fashion Week was starting and they thought it was perfect to start with that.

I couldn’t believe it, I had achieved it despite all the difficulties, and from that moment on, this whole experience began.” Every story I write about a woman leaves me with a common lesson, which is that nothing is too big for women because we are heirs to a history of resilience that places us in a role of genuine creativity.

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