Instagram has its perks. One of them is the social communities you quickly become a part of—through your industry or interests—and the friendships that are created through that. Journalist and creative consultant Kelly Talamas is one of the coolest and most stylish friends I’ve made on social media. I honestly can’t pinpoint how we first interacted on Instagram, but we connected and clicked. Kelly and I both work in the fashion-editorial space, we were both first-time moms at the time, we’re both of Latin descent (her mom is from Cuba, and my mom is from Paraguay), and we both have a true pride and passion for Latin American culture, fashion, and people.
In fact, Kelly is my go-to person when it comes to all things Latin American fashion. At just 28, Kelly became the editor in chief of Vogue Mexico and Latin America, and through the role, she became a pioneer in showcasing Latin America and bringing international attention to its creative talent. She’s called three Latin capitals home—Mexico City, Bogotá, and Panama City—and now consults for a range of clients, including Chanel, Silvia Tcherassi, and Polo Ralph Lauren. Last year, she launched Latinness, a platform that highlights the region’s talent and diversity through its creatives.