Kristin de la Renta – Personal Biography
I grew up in a military family on Macdill Airforce Base, in Tampa, Fl. My Puerto Rican and Irish (i.e. VERY southern) cultural backgrounds always left me feeling somewhere in the middle. Amidst the trauma of a family riddled with addiction issues, there was makeup, music and dancing to set me free.
My father was a computer programmer for the Airforce by day, street style Latin dance instructor and Latin jazz sax player by night. He met my mother at an Arthur Murray studio where she danced as well. I remember gazing up into my mother’s mirror looking at her in awe as she practiced her makeup rituals for a night out on the town, to go dancing with my father. It was as though I was being prepped for a place in the world as a Makeup Artist and Entertainer unknowingly.
When I was 3 my mother split and it was my father, younger brother by 3 years and I until she came back when I was 11. Music, makeup and fashion always had a synergy to me. Where there was one there were the others and vice versa. Listening to music, creating looks and dressing up was a sort of escape, a defense mechanism if you will. I could be whoever I wanted, in any reality I wanted and I loved it.
I began writing and studying music (voice) somewhere in middle school. Texting didn’t exist yet. Notes were custom to communicating with friends and I’d pass them off in between classes. In high school my writing began to take shape as poetry and prose. It was as though all the broken thoughts of my youth were able to cohesively stick and I felt safe on the page.
When I finished high school I enrolled in fashion school. I wouldn’t finish the program but became disciplined in various art techniques. Quite organically and before Estee Lauder bought them out, I was introduced to MAC Cosmetics and started to transpose those technicalities into the medium of makeup. Upon exiting fashion school, I then enrolled in music school as a Voice major and began modeling shortly thereafter which in turn lead to acting. Writing has been a constant through it all and in retrospect, has saved my life.
Currently, as a single mom healing, evolving and growing as a person, I’d like to be able to use these past events and lifelong passions to help others. The beauty industry can be very vain, but it’s also very personal and intimate. As are the Fashion and Entertainment industries. I aspire to be that person that crosses the path of someone under the guise of any artistic medium, and makes a difference.
The world needs love.
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