Aug 03, 2015


India Perez-Urbano: Young and Talented

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“Hair” (Self-photograph, taken by India Perez-Urbano)

Name: India Perez-Urbano

Career/Professional Status:  High school student — 11th grade

City you live in: New York


Country of origin or family heritage? Born in USA, Dominican-descent

Three words that best describes you: enthusiastic, nerdy and visionary

“London Eye”

Stilettos or Flats? Stilettos

Who has always inspired you to be your best? My mother.

“Brewer Street, London”

Merengue, Salsa, Bachata or Other? R&B/Soul

What’s your favorite hobby or creative outlet? Art & Photography


25 million Latinas and counting! Your thoughts…? We’re going to take over…!

Countries you’ve visited, and your favorite one: Dominican Republic, France and England (my favorite)

Describe a perfect day off from school: Read; Figure Drawing class; go into the city; have dinner with friends at a Jazz club


Favorite TV show: The Voice

Favorite magazine: The Atlantic

Favorite Singer: Adele

What has been your biggest accomplishment so far? Recently elected Student Body President of my High School

“The Beach”

What has been your biggest challenge in life? Nothing so far

What is your next dream? Gain admission to my first choice college next year

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Angélica Pérez-Litwin

Angélica Pérez-Litwin

Dr. Perez-Litwin is the Founder & CEO of ELLA Leadership Institute, a multi-platform professional development organization designed to advance the careers and leadership of women. She's the creative force behind the LATINAS THINK BIG™ national tour, sponsored and live-streamed by Google.

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  1. Diane Librizzi says:

    Beautiful photos, incredible mind of a 16 year old. Empowered by an empowering mother it seems. She will go far.

  2. Flor Esquivel-Benitez says:

    Hi India,

    I had to take a small break from work and get to view the wonderful pictures that you took. More than anything, your young age and enthusiasm to learn, explore and to share it with other Latinas like myself. I am proud that you are body president of your school and have no doubt that you will achieve many other goals that you set yourself to. Everything happens for a reason, remember that. That being said, I met a single mother of two who is “Dominican,” and you reminded me of her. Although she has not had the same opportunities of exploring different places yet, she is a woman who works tirelessly to support her kids. It is just amazing what education can do. Keep up the good work so that you empower many more young Latinas to do the same. Oh and yes, we are taking over the world!!!!

    • Angélica Pérez-Litwin angelica says:

      Flor, thank you for taking the time to write such encouraging words. At New Latina, it’s all about celebrating, empowering and supporting Latinas of all ages and all walks of life. And, yes, education does wonders to the soul, the mind and communities.

  3. All I can think of is wow! So much future ahead for you India. Adelante!! Love your photos, my favorite is the self portrait :) Keep doing those!

    • Angélica Pérez-Litwin angelica says:

      Hola Dariela! This is Angelica — Can you believe she took that photo herself? I was like “how did you do that…?”

      I hope we can do a similar spotlight on you and your gorgeous photo. I’ll send you the questions!

  4. India totally rocks! :)

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