The stars were out in full effect in Hollywood last night at the American Influencer Awards. What is called the biggest night in social media, delivered exactly that. Kim Kardashian, Tyra Banks, Patrick Starrr, among other famous faces.
The AIA recognizes social media’s top talent and biggest influencers, and is voted on by the public. One of the major awards is Trendsetter of the Year, which this year went to one of our Texas Latinas, self-taught MUA, Daisy Marquez!
Marquez was born in San Luis Potosí, Mexico and came to the United States as a baby. Raised in Oak Cliff (Dallas,TX) she first began experimenting with makeup while she was attending Molina High School. Daisy then began to do 10-second eyeshadow tutorials on her Snapchat and soon began to have a strong following.
Eventually the day came when her fan base really started to blow up and seeing that she was unable to afford college tuition at the added extra rate that is applied to undocumented students, she decided it would be best to pursue her career as an MUA, which meant leaving her hometown of Dallas. In 2016, Marquez took the leap and headed west, to the City of Angels.
Part of Daisy’s story is the fact that she is undocumented. She went public with her personal story in a 2017 YouTube video that went viral, with over 1 million views. In her story time video titled, I’m Undocumented, Daisy takes us through the dangerous and terrifying experience of the day that she returned to the United States with the help of “coyotes,” after having visited family in Mexico.
During her acceptance speech for Trendsetter of the Year, the beauty influencer lovingly thanked her mother for giving her the opportunity to live out her dream, here in the United States.