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The Dominican Republic.
If there was a proverbial paradise on Earth, this Caribbean country of roughly 10.4 million might be it.
Thanks to it’s array of breath-taking vistas of sand, beaches and palm trees, it has long been a popular vacation and getaway for many tourists worldwide. It’s capital–and largest city–Santo Domingo–became the site of the first permanent European settlement in the New World, and the oldest continuously inhabited city in the Americas.
After declaring independence from Spain in 1821, the Dominican Republic would experience a series of internal wars and conflicts before finally stabilizing in 1996.
While many look at it as just as a vacation spot, the DR has a long, rich and vibrant history all its own, and thanks to sports–most notably baseball–it would become known for more than its gorgeous landscape.
Notable MLB All-Stars such as Albert Pujois, Jose Bautista, Adrian Beltre, Robinson Cano, Edwin Encarnacion and Vladimir Guerrero are just some of the players to come from this baseball hotbed over the years.
In the world of entertainment and modeling, Hollywood A-listers such as Michelle Rodriguez and models such as Arlenis Sosa, Adele de la Cruz and Yadira Geara.
Thanks to her dark, exotic and sultry looks and curves, Elecia Mateo may be the hottest new thing to come out of the Dominican since sanchocho!
A Dominican actress and model born on Christmas Eve, Elecia has a degree in International Relations, and dreamed of modeling since she was little, which led her to participate for the first time in the beauty contest Miss Dominican Republic in 2005, and in 2007 in Miss Dominican World.
While she did not win, both beauty contents prepared her for modeling and led her to be the image of important brands such as Ron Macoris or Ron Brugal. Elecia starred in commercials for brands such as Brahma beer, or Presidente, and the national and international videos of Jhoel and Randy Shrille, among others.
In 2013, Elecia decided to go further and produced her first calendar in which she also appeared as a model. The calendar was successfully produced for 5 years and part of these benefits were donated to charities.
Her career continued to grow, and in 2015, started to work in Dominican TV in the successful show ‘El Escandalo del 13’.
Now, Elecia has gone from modeling to acting, where we have already seen her on the big screen. She has participated in projects such as ‘Puesto Pa Mi’, ‘Black Is The New Brown’, ‘Lotman’, or ‘Fantastic’.
Outside of modeling, Elecia Mateo practices CrossFit and boxing to stay fit and exercises every day and has a very healthy lifestyle. Below is my Q and A with Elecia as we talk modeling, her beautiful homeland, baseball and her hopes of being her talents to the States.
Who Is She?
Name: Elecia Mateo
Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Notable Publications/Media: Miss Dominican Republic (2005), Miss Dominican World (2007), El Escandalo del 13’, ‘Puesto Pa Mi’, ‘Black Is The New Brown’, ‘Lotman’, “Fantastic’
Social Media Links: Instagram: @eleciamateo | Facebook: @eleciamateo
Tell us all a little about you? I have a degree in international relations. I’m a model, actress, TV host, I love working out and boxing. I love the adrenaline that exercise gives me and I like to motivate others to change their life training and living a healthy life. I believe that nothing is impossible and that fighting for your dreams and perseverance pays off.
Define “Glamour Girl” what does it mean to you? A girl who is self-confident, and feels good with what she is decides to wear.
Thoughts on the rise in popularity of modeling on Instagram? Instagram is a platform that has given the opportunity to many people to be exposed to the public! That’s why I think it has grown so much!
What is it with the Caribbean producing so many fine-ass women, and what is it about dominicanas in particular that make them so sexy, spicy and stunning? We are unique because of our happy spirit. We are dreamers and fighters. wherever we go we stand out and that sensuality that flows through our pores! We have big hearts, and how it’s said, you reflect what you are inside!
Who was your idol growing up? Angelina Jolie and Julia Roberts
Michelle Rodriguez is from the DR as well as Arlenis Sosa, Adele de la Cruz and Yadira Geara. What are your thoughts on the infusion of more Latin models in the industry? I am happy that they are opening doors to Latinos. They have been an inspiration for many of us who are pursuing a dream and with their good work I know that we will be given more opportunities to show our talent.
Your country LIVES and BREEDS baseball players. Who is your fave DR player? I don’t have favorites. I support all of them!
Plans on coming to the States full time? Sure, I’m going to fight for my dreams!
Pumpkin spice, Salted Caramel or Peppermint Mocha? So difficult! I love them all! hahaha
With fall coming up, what fashion and fitness tips and trends do you have for looking good and staying in shape? My advice is to wear whatever makes you feel comfortable. You have to get to know your body. To stay in shape, I recommend going to the gym minimum 3 days per week or doing some sport. And the most important thing is how you eat. Go to see a nutritionist.
G-string, thong, frenchies or commando, which do you prefer? I use everything
What would you say is your best feature? Be persistent!
What makes you feel sexy? To feel that I’m in shape
What attracts you most to a man? His smile, determination, self-confidence, to feel protected
What is THE one hot fashion item that you must have/or get this season? Shorts , loose dresses, sunglasses
Athleisure? Fashion or fitness fad? Fitness.
Any plans for this coming fall? Travel
What is one area that most people overlook—but should—pay attention to more in getting in shape? Strengthen the lower back! It is a beautiful area and gives you strength to do the other exercises
Fave music? All of them. I love music!
Sports: Any favorite teams, clubs and players? I love baseball, basketball and now I’m learning soccer
What advice would you give to women aspiring to get into modeling? First, study everything about modeling and prepare yourself physically. After that, try everything you can with determination, hard work and faith.
Happy Woman Crush Wednesday!
Special thanks to Ms. Elecia Mateo, Marisa Sanchez and SGG Public Relations for their assistance during this Woman Crush Wednesday! Q and A feature Email us at [email protected] if you feel that you have the look of being our next GG! girl.