Modern Brown Girl is a lifestyle site for a new generation of Latinas. At MBG, we strive to illuminate the beauty of everything through the lens of the culturally savvy. We will not recommend or feature anything that we are not passionate about ourselves. We hope you will follow us on this journey as we strive to bring you a collective of all things mind, body, soul.
Modern Brown Girl, LLC. is based out of Chicago, Illinois.
Gabriela Garcia, Founder & Editor
A graduate of the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Comparative Literature, Gabriela worked for literary agencies in the film and television industry in developing literary talent for studio films and network television. She went on to become a talent agent with Pakula/King & Associates in Beverly Hills, working with casting directors and studio executives from Warner Bros., Sony, Universal, Paramount and Fox in the development and marketing of talent and in contracts and negotiations. Gabriela was previously the Director of Marketing for Najera Consulting Group, a strategic consulting firm based of Chicago, and served on the Board of Directors for Teatro Vista, Theater With a View. She was nominated by the Chicago Latino Network for 2016's Latino Entrepreneur Of The Year Award.
Yanira Garza, Beauty & Style Editor
Yanira Garza is a Chicago based beauty and style expert. For the past 15 years, she has worked as a makeup artist for some of the biggest brands in the industry like Chanel, Shiseido, YSL, Smashbox, Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier. Yanira is also a freelance stylist and has worked with top models from Elite, Ford, BMG as well as actor Freddie Rodriguez, Café Magazine and Chicago Magazine. In 2012 she was featured by Latina Magazine as a “Favorite Latina Blogger” and again in 2013 as a “Top Ten Beauty Blogger” to watch. Learn more about Yanira at YaniraGarza.com
Shidume Lozada, Social Media Manager
Shidume is a San Francisco Photography Creative who has been involved in the arts from a young age. She grew up in Houston, Texas where she attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. And later graduated from the California College of the Arts with a BFA in Photography.
In 2011, she was a founding member of the Airbnb Photography Team, which has been a key element to the companies success and brand. Her work has earned her 2 Cannes Silver Lions for her work in marketing campaigns, and a Shorty Award for 'Best Brand on Instagram' for her work with the Airbnb Social Media Team.
Shidume continues her work with Airbnb, while also engaging on other creative projects and brands outside of the company. You can see more of her work at: www.shidumelozada.com
Cynthia Chavarria, Contributing Writer: Ask Mi Comadre
Cynthia Chavarria is from the Chicagoland area. Before giving her no sugar coated advice in “Ask Mi Comadre,” she was giving her advice right on the streets. She is in the process of completing her bachelor’s degree in International Studies. Cynthia is passionate about staying socially aware, supporting all things that promote goodness and growth, and remembering that it’s never too late to do anything that you want in life. Get your daily dose of Cynthia on Instagram & Twitter.
Jessica Mann, Health & Wellness Contributor
Jessica Mann is a proud mom of two beautiful girls, Jada Ari (12) and Priya Rose (4). A Chicago native, she currently resides in her home city where she runs her company, Ari Rose Body Care. Jessica launched Ari Rose in November 2016 with a desire to provide women with beautiful, clean, and conscious body care options. Jessica's interest in hand-crafted body care came from her passion for healthy eating. She'd always been aware of the foods her family consumed, but didn't realize how important the products are that we put on our skin. Prior to being her own boss, Jessica graduated from DePaul University in 2008. She launched a non-profit organization shortly after college and served as the Executive Director, providing inner-city youth with educational, overseas travel opportunities.