Change Clothes: Meet Budding Plus-Size Model & Radio Personality Jaylah Sandoval
In a world that demands more from women, it often feels like a requirement for the millennial female counterpart to wear many hats in order to remain indispensable in her chosen field. Jaylah Sandoval, a first generation Latina with a fondness for top 40s music and fashion culture, is a rising plus-size model and iHeart radio voice who also juggles being a mom, wife and daughter. Talk about a jack of all trades!
VIBE VIVA caught up with the Costa Rican and Salvadoran beaut inside a cozy brewery on 5th avenue. Get acquainted with a woman who’s hustled her way through a male-dominated industry.
My occupation in one sentence:
In one sentence? Im a modern day Latina renaissance woman.
Now-a-days, I have to be a jack of all trades and master them all in order to survive. Not only in the industry, but in life. At work I have to do everything from being an on air personality to digital content producer. Then add everything else that includes playing model, mommy, wife and daughter. I gotta do it all!
My MLK moment (realizing the dream):
There are actually two. One: being the first moderator for BMIs Urban Educational Panel that was held at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. That experience was never part of the plan. I don’t think I ever in my wildest dreams thought I’d be doing what I love to do and in my genre, being the Latin market at THE APOLLO THEATER. I mean, legends have performed on that stage! When it happened, it was very surreal.
Two: when I did a live broadcast from Universal Studios Broadcast center. Having started my career in Florida, I always saw it as a right of passage in the radio world of Florida. So, it was a big deal. It was something I always wanted to do and when I was offered the opportunity to do it, I legit went home and had a moment. It’s those moments that make it all worth the hard times and struggle!
The hardest project I’ve ever worked on:
Myself… It’s a continuous project and practically never-ending – continuously learning how to communicate with different types of people, changing my frame of mind in moments of pressure, stress, chaos, breaking unhealthy cycles with communication, even something as simple as continuing to learn to love myself in times of change. Especially now with my daughter is in the picture. This is something I constantly work on. I have to lead by example and, no, I’m not perfect. I have a lot to work on, but I’d love to at least be able to maintain a healthy balance between my career, my crazy Latino family (you know husband, baby, mami, papi, my brother and the rest of the clan) and still being me.
My biggest personal win:
Having my daughter and becoming a mom. And I thought getting through the nitty gritty of the industry was tough. [Having a baby] was probably one of the hardest times for me. It’s not all butterflies and glitter like they make it seem. It’s scary and nerve-racking, let’s be real. That tiny, little delicate human is all your responsibility [Laughs], but getting through it and seeing my gorgeous daughter developing, learning and growing makes all the sleepless nights [worth it] and all the fears go away. It has made me stronger then ever. Like the fire burning that was burning inside of me is now a wild fire!
What it means to me to be Latina:
What it means to be Latina? It’s a blessings to be a Latina. I feel like we have so much diversity and have so much to offer and bridge together. It’s like we are an unstoppable force of fierceness, filled with passion, a dash of sazón and a whole lot of beauty.
I’m still working on…
Learning how to be on time! I’m forever on Latino time. Thanks to my husband, I’ve gotten way better I must admit. He hates being late, go figure.
Current favorite turn-up song:
“Hasta el Amanecer” by Nicki jam. It’s perfect for cruising down the highway or getting ready to head out feeling sexy and fierce. I love me some Nicky Jam.
My favorite anti-stress reliever:
I’m always running around so when I get a second to relax, I love getting lost in a good TV show binge. I don’t discriminate, I’m really into everything from Once upon a time to Jane the Virgin to The Walking Dead to Shameless to Pretty Little Liars. Tt really just depends on the day of the week.
The definition of a boss:
When I think “boss” I think Jennifer Lopez. Fierce, unstoppable, multi-talented and passionate. Somebody that no matter the trials and tribulations finds a way to move forward, rise above and continue to break barriers. Not only for Latinas, but for women in general.
Photography courtesy of Nikki Gomez.