We had the good fortune of connecting with Arrem Lei Yanez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Arrem Lei, what principle do you value most?
Be Kind. Be Respectful! This is something I have learn growing up being being a “nobody” in the Philippines. As a kid of a poor family, I was always bullied by other kids who has well off parents. I was bullied from the way I look, (I wasn’t the cutest at all), from the clothes I wore, (my brothers and I share same shirts and pants) and for being the opinionated kid that sounds too old for her age. I always know how it feels like to be outcast and I do not want that for anyone. I always want people to feel they are important and they are loved. This is also what I tell my children, to always be kind to others no matter what. They always have to respect others, even if that person is the worst criminal. Growing up Christian, in a Seventh Day Adventist belief, I believe that these people are God’s Children too and God loves them unconditionally and so who am I to condemn them, who am I to disrespect them.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am an artist and an influencer. I never thought I would be where I am right now. I mean, I am not the biggest influencer but I am doing great for my size. Getting to where I am right now wasn’t really easy. 5 years ago, at the age of 34, I started on youtube creating my makeup looks out of .99 Cents Store finds. I never had makeup brushes or high end makeup. Imagine that age not making much because I was a housewife and starting from scratch in the makeup industry. I am so happy for other kids who have parents who provides them and can afford high end products. I do not wanna say I am jealous of them in a real sense, coz I know there’s a time for me to have those things and I knew it will come. So I started with the sponge brushes that came with some cheap palette, on sale lipsticks and foundations I can find. It probably didn’t really match my skin tone but I had to have something and that’s the only thing that is available for me at that time. I get mocked too for doing what I do when I post my photos encouraging people to check my videos on youtube. I was also told “GOOD LUCK WITH THAT” sarcastically, when I tell them what I do and when I share them my hopes but in response I say, Please, “Thank you I need a lot of that”. In reality though, it hurts me, that people who I thought would support me was actually the people who would mock and laugh at me. But my hopes and dreams didn’t stop there. I kept going and did what I had to do till one day Urban Decay, a cosmetic company, asked me if I would like to be in their PR list. That was one of the best day of my life. I never thought it would happen, I just kept my hopes up. I was actually just hoping for smaller brands to at least like my post and that’s all I could ever wished for. Now I get a lot of offers from other big companies and that made me proud of my self. Filming and being a mom wasn’t easy as a YouTube now Influencer on Instagram, but I made it. I just have to sacrifice some Netflix time. In my mind, If I have time for Netflix I don’t have time to whine about a couple hundreds of dollars poorer. So I work hard. I spend more time on bettering my self, than watching movies and making sure what I am doing will get me paid or will pay off. I believed that if I work hard good things will come my way sooner or later. All I wanna say is if you work hard and put dedication on whatever you’re doing your life is gonna be much easier and you can always say I did my best. The fruit of your labor is always sweeter.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I live here in Arizona, and there are really gorgeous views here that I really think is not just gorgeous but it is majestic. I’ll definitely take them to Sedona, Grand Canyon, and to see Superstition Mountain. Maybe we can go check Tortilla Flat and check the authentic remnant of old west town and watch the actors reenact old times.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
A huge shout out to my mother, Ma. Mirasol Echica, for raising me. She is the most wonderful imperfect person to me. She has the greatest and biggest heart. She showed me how to love and respect and she showed me kindness. She has helped so many people even when these people are not in the best reason to be helped. She has treated some ex convicts so very well, helped them to start a new life and even let them in at our home when I was younger. Now, at 66, she still helps people in the Philippines who runs to her and asks for help she’s here with me in the US.
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