Amara La Negra’s Dream is to Share the Spotlight With Even More Powerful Women

"The moment you stop caring about other people’s opinions is the day that you start living your life.”

When we talk about the ingredients that make up a trailblazer (confidence, purpose and courage) Amara La Negra is the total package.

VH1 sat down with the Latin singer and Love & Hip Hop Miami star to talk about her journey to becoming a burgeoning trailblazer. The Dominican artist always knew from childhood that she wanted to be a star, but there weren’t many women who looked like her in the spotlight.

Over time, Amara grew to be comfortable in her own skin and embrace her uniqueness. The secret? “I learned not to care! The moment you stop caring about other people’s opinions is the day that you start living your life.” Not only has this philosophy helped Amara live her best life – it’s inspired her to carve a lane for others to live theirs as well.

As she reflects on her path to being an unapologetic hero, Amara can’t help but think of her mother. As the sole provider for their family, Amara’s mom worked hard and barely missed a day of work, even when she was injured. Thinking of all her hard work and sacrifice brings Amara to tears. “Everything that I am is because of her. In every single thing that I do, I thank God and then I thank her.”

Ultimately, Amara hopes that her message will resonate, not only with Afro Latinos, but with anyone who may be struggling with self-acceptance. The message is to never let any make you feel less than you are. Cue the standing ovation!

Watch Amara’s full interview above and check out highlights from VH1 Trailblazer Honors on VH1.com.

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