When I met you seven years ago you were straight up and down, and now I see that you have these fabulous lady curves. What do you to keep this body?
Girl, I’ve been going to the gym. I’ve always prayed about having a body [Laughs] because I was always so skinny. I would always get made fun of me and people would call me Olive Oyl. Guys never looked my way that’s for sure; they were too busy looking at the girls that were so much more voluptuous like you [Laughs] with your beautiful boobies. So yes, I feel like after 25 I started to get serious about my fitness and working out. Don’t get me wrong, I eat everything. I feel that when you deprive yourself, you do more damage than good. It’s all about moderation. I’m Dominican, and I love Spanish food. It’s a hard balance, but as long as you work out… I squat every day and night. No lie, even before I go to bed. I have my beauty regimen, my routine, and I’m serious about it.
I am going to be a part of the Julissa squat regimen.
Listen! I’m so serious about it. I use my Nivea Anti-Cellulite serum, and I will squat even through heels because I feel that even walking in heels your legs get toned. You just have to find ways to fit it. <y metabolism has always been a certain way. I figured that the weight that I am putting on should turn into muscle. It’s so hard though because the foods that you gravitate towards aren’t always the healthy ones. I always joke that Spanish people are on the “all carb diet,” not the “no carb diet.” My mom would literally make spaghetti with rice, and I’m like mom rice does not have to go with everything.
Tell me about the Steve Madden venture.
Steve Madden and I go around the country to different department stores. It’s me on the site getting you excited about the brand. We have models showing off the collection, we have a DJ and we giveaway free T-shirts, we raffle shoes, we take pictures with fans, and it’s a great time at the mall in whatever part of this country I’m in at that particular moment. It’s a great way to connect with your fans that watch you on T.V. and that maybe don’t think that you’re actually attainable. When they see you in their town, it’s exciting for them.
How do you feel about your fellow Dominicans like Zoe Zaldana, Laz Alonzo and how big they are doing it in Hollywood?
I feel that it’s great because people like that are making it more acceptable to do what I love everyday. Zoe Zaldana, Dania Ramirez, Jesse Terrero. These are boundaries and opportunities that who knows if we would have had whatever amount of years ago, and we have them now. Dominicans, we’re more than just amazing baseball players. That’s what a lot of people know us for, but there’s so much love and passion from that island, whether it’s from the arts.
Where do you want to see yourself in the next three years? What are your ultimate goals?
Tyra Banks, Kelly Ripa, obviously Oprah–the pinnacle. These are women that are strong, opinionated and who have respect in this business and do directly what I wish to do as host and TV personality. Women like Jennifer Lopez, being a Latina that has been able to transcend so many of barriers and cultures.
What are your words to live by?
Walk by faith, not by sight.