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Barbie Conga

Meet the full-time fashion blogger, also committed to health and natural hair

Her name is Cristina, but her followers know her as Barbie Conga, a fashion influencer chronicling trends on her blog BarbieConga.com. In addition to being the writer, model and stylist behind her one-woman operation, she also spends her days dreaming up business plans for how to get other people excited about fashion. “My number one goal is that readers feel inspired and a sense of familiarity when they visit my site,” she says. “They should be able to relate to me not just as a fashionista, but as a woman, too.”

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On her perfect day in New York. “I love to shop in the Soho area and also head to Brooklyn to check out pop-up shops and thrift trucks. (They’re trucks set up like a mini clothing store.) I also really enjoy trying out different restaurants and cuisines. For example, I recently came across an amazing Peruvian restaurant called Flor De Mayo. It not only stays open late, but it’s also great for a date night.”

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On a beauty trick she swears by. “I have multiple uses for Chapstick. I use it to do everything from freshen up my eyebrows to remove a makeup mistake like smeared mascara. All you have to do is dab it on.”

On something no one knows about her. “I still sleep with my baby pillow, as in the one I’ve had since I was a baby. I usually have to give a disclaimer to anyone that travels with me. If my stay away from home is long, my pillow comes with.”

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On the best piece of advice she’s ever received. “You will never be able to please everyone, so live your life the way that makes you happy.”