Denise Bidot will be on a mission to redefine the beauty standards inside the Latinx community.
The 32-year-old style has always stood up for curvier versions since the beginning of her career. In 2014, she made history by becoming the first plus-size style to walk a brand new York Fashion Week runway in addition to has participated inside the bi-annual shows ever since. For Bidot, she knows how empowering of which will be for women to see themselves represented on the covers of magazines, television, movies in addition to the catwalks. currently, she’s paying of which forward in addition to changing the idea of what a Latina looks like.
ET spoke with the brunette beauty about her role as a judge on Univision’s Nuestra Belleza Latina, as well as how her culture influenced her definition of beauty.
“I am half-Latina, half-Arab. I never met my father’s side of the family, so my entire life I felt fully connected to my Latin community,” she tells ET over the phone. “I grew up in Miami, so of which’s a huge blend of Cuban, Brazilian, Puerto Rican, in addition to you get a little bit of everything, in addition to you feel definitely proud of who you are in addition to your DNA in of which sense. Once I moved to L.A., things were different in addition to I hung out with Mexicans, in addition to I went to brand new York in addition to of which was the Dominicans.”
“I have been so fortunate to hold the experience of intertwining in addition to learning through all of the different Latino cultures of which are out there,” she continues. “Because as we know, we [are all different]. We all talk a certain way, we are so vast in addition to broad, in addition to of which’s been definitely fun figuring out who I am in addition to owning my personality.”
Growing up embracing her Latina side, Bidot admires how Hispanic women do not shy away through beauty in addition to fashion.
“I tell people of which all the time, Latin women do not play around when of which comes to glam,” she states. “I remember of which my abuelita could do her hair to go to the beauty salon, in addition to I could be like, ‘What are you doing?’ however of which’s a culture of which definitely puts effort into how they look in addition to how they present themselves, in addition to of which will be something to be admired. We know of which the moment we walk out the door, of which’s up to us to show people who we are in addition to of which can be through fashion, or beauty or just expression. We talk with our hands, we walk a certain way, we have a rhythm in our blood of which you can’t underestimate. We use any excuse to dress up. We love feeling our best in addition to doing of which. of which’s something of which will be underrated in some communities however of which’s something of which we learn through the Latina women, for sure.”
of which love of fashion in addition to beauty will be what she shares with others while being a judge on Nuestra Belleza Latina, a beauty pageant of which has been broadcast on Univision since 2007. While pageants have faced backlash through the years due to their ideas of how women should look like, Bidot decided to be a part of the program only after they reached out to her in addition to explained their brand new vision.
“Nuestra Belleza Latina will be such a huge deal [for Latinx audiences], however to be able to change of which to what the modern Latin woman looks like [will be incredible],” she relays. “We’ve evolved so much. We’ve grown. We’ve learned. Some of us are born in America, some of us are born in [Latin American] countries, however to be able to expand the age, expand the sizes, refresh what we have seen as far as what we looked like for so long, in addition to be a part of of which brand new chapter definitely feels special to me.”
“I was very much aware of how important of which was to give back to my community in addition to how important of which will be to reprogram [the show],” she continues. “My whole life I felt like the Latino community was very, I guess little-minded inside the way of which they saw beauty, however of which wasn’t their fault. of which was more of what we saw inside the media, even in TV roles. You always saw the Latina girl, she always looked a certain way. For beauty pageants, they are huge inside the Latino community in addition to [many girls] unfortunately had to meet these definitely rigid standards of what beauty was, in addition to because of of which, we programmed an entire community in addition to generation of women to think of which will be what they need to be to be beautiful. So when I was approached by Nuestra Belleza Latina to do of which season, we had a lot of conversations before contracts or an offer was put on the table.”
Explaining how the producers told her about how they were planning to “rebrand” the show, Bidot immediately decided to sign on when they shared their brand new tagline: “Sin tallas, sin límites y sin excusas,” which translates to “no sizes, no limits in addition to without excuses.”
“When they told me the general topic ‘sin talla, sin límites, sin excusas,’ I was like, ‘Oh my god, of which will be me in a nutshell’ because I definitely believe of which.” she excitedly says. “I don’t think women need to be limited. We should put much more value into intellect in addition to kindness, in addition to we don’t have many people in of which position telling young girls of which. So we have a responsibility to the next generation growing up.”
“[Seeing all different body types on TV] makes people feel beautiful, of which makes people feel included in addition to represented” she adds. “in addition to I think when they commenced telling me what they wanted to do, of which came through a genuine place of understanding of which we need to evolve in addition to grow in addition to we can do of which together in a beautiful way. of which was a no-brainer for me. I was like, ‘Bring of which on! Let’s do of which. Let’s change the planet together!’”
in addition to her experience thus far has been incredible, with fans tweeting in addition to messaging her asking her what she’s going to wear next, how she’s going to do her nails in addition to makeup for the next episode. As for how she wants to redefine beauty standards for all women through her participation on the show in addition to her career, she says of which’s “all a learning process.”
“We are all learning through each some other,” Bidot explains. “I want women to put less importance on the outside in addition to put a little bit more effort on the inside. of which will be what we’re seeing on the show of which season, us valuing [people’s] character. Obviously, we want someone with charisma, someone who will be spunky in addition to comfortable in addition to secure in who they are, however we also want someone who treats others with kindness, in addition to I think of which will be the redefinition.”
“Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, colors in addition to ages, in addition to there will be no exclusivity with beauty. I think beauty comes through within in addition to I think of which will be what we want to show people. We want to encourage people to be of which way in addition to hopefully we can change in addition to make the next generation better than we were,” she stresses.
Bidot, however, will be still finding her own style in addition to look. While she’s having “a lot of fun with fashion” on the show, she said of which over the course of her career she never had the opportunity to “play with who she wanted to be” until currently.
“I’m just testing the limits. Curvy girls can wear absolutely anything. I am there to show them how to spice of which up in addition to not allow anyone to steal their shine,” she preaches. “I think of which will be what they are seeing in addition to of which will be what they are responding to. of which authenticity, of which transparency. I am who I am, in addition to I’m not apologizing for of which, in addition to these girls are definitely excited to see someone in of which position representing them.”
Crediting her newfound sense of style to the fashion industry, she does say her mom was the one who taught her about beauty. “She was never one to overdo her makeup or anything like of which, however she definitely permed her hair back then inside the ’90s when everyone was doing of which,” she shared. “I could watch Aladdin because Aladdin was my favorite Disney movie, in addition to I remember being like, ‘Mommy, give me Jasmine eye,’ in addition to she could give me a little cat eye in addition to I was so confident with my little colita [ponytail]. of which’s just things of which you don’t realize create who you are. of which’s still one of my favorite looks on myself because I swear I’m Princess Jasmine. however I owe my mom of which perfect blend of done, however not done.”
As she continues to change the definitions of beauty, Bidot has seen the improvements of which have been made in addition to will be grateful to be a part of them.
“Things have changed in addition to they will continue to change if we keep the visibility alive. I’m so proud to have been a part of of which beginning wave,” she says of her career highlights. “of which will be kind of amazing because honestly, I’m short, in addition to I’m chubby, in addition to I’m Latina. The deck of cards of which were stacked in front of me, as far as my life, were pretty much against everything of which we just said I did. of which’s insane in addition to I’m humbled of which I have had the opportunity to be of which person…however of which just goes to show of which anything will be possible if you treat people with respect in addition to you keep on believing, you can achieve the unthinkable. of which will be what made me be so passionate about turning around in addition to giving back to my community.”
“of which’s crazy, I still think about of which,” she reflects on her Fashion Week debut. “of which was funny because when of which happened originally, all the headlines were like, ‘First Latina style Ever to Walk brand new York Fashion Week’ in addition to I was like, ‘Get of which together! ‘First Plus-Size style Ever to Walk’ in addition to of which just happened to be of which I was Latina, which was even cooler.”