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Nadine Machado

Jersey City, New Jersey | Designer | Milagros Designs

I was born and raised in Brooklyn NY, and my nationality is Puerto Rican. My mom moved us over to Union City NJ in the late 80’s. I then graduated from Emerson High school, and got accepted into the Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T). in New York. I studied the technical side of fashion. Sewing and creating became second nature to me. I picked up sewing in the seventh grade and when I entered high school, my sewing teacher would give me these small sewing projects for the school. My sewing teacher pushed me to take a pattern making course in F.I.T while I was still in high school. I would go on Saturdays, for six weeks and I completely fell in love. Now I have my Associates degree and 20 years in the industry.

What have been your struggles as a Latina?

My struggles as a Latina is that I come across people that judge me without having a conversation with me. I really wish they would get to know who I am first.

What does Latina Made mean to you?

What Latina Made means to me is having an appreciation of my heritage, and a great importance of family, staying true to who you are and loyalty.

What made you who you are today?

What made me who I am today is the drive that I have in me. I create my list of goals and I challenge myself every time. My passion helps me get through my accomplishments.

What advice would you give to young Latinas in our community?

The advice that I would give is, stay on your grind and be consistent. Things take time, so prepare yourself with patience. Things don’t happen over night!

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