Amy’s Napoles Ochoa She never imagined that her childhood dreams in Cuba would come true; For her, becoming a model and beauty queen and achieving success in the United States was very far away.
At just 18 years old, she won the title of Miss Teen Universe Arizona queen after arriving on American soil in 2021 and competing in the competition for the first time Beauty contest.
“I can’t believe my nine-year-old self’s dream is coming true. A year ago I was in Cuba asking God for the opportunity to make my dreams come true and unfortunately I had to leave a whole life behind to make them come true,” he wrote on his Instagram after winning the competition last May had.
“I experienced poverty and oppression, as 11 million Cubans do now. “I will not give up until my voice is heard around the world,” she said alongside photos of her proudly holding the Cuban flag.
In an interview for Telemundo 51The young woman said that she worked and practiced a lot to achieve this success and even modeled at home in front of her mother to prepare for this moment.
“Since I’ve been living in Cuba, I’ve always told my mom, ‘Mommy, when I go, I want to be a model, I want to do something modeling, a competition,'” Amys said, but she knew it was in Cuba so it was difficult to have these opportunities. .
He spent most of his youth on the island with his grandmother, waiting for the moment to move to his parents in the USA, which he did at the age of 16.
The new beginning in this country was difficult, especially because of the language: “On the first day of school I came home crying because I didn’t understand anything the teachers had said.” I often felt a little left out because I didn’t know how you communicate.”
These barriers have been overcome because Amys Nápoles Ochoa is now a beauty queen, but above all a winner who serves as an inspiration to many young Cubans.