Modern Muse: Hugette Montesinos
I vaguely remember my first e-mail to Hugette, Editor in Cheif at DISfunkshion Magazine. I think it went something like, "I love your magazine. I connected with it instantly. You speak my language. Please let me write for you!!" I Crossed my fingers for a reply but honestly was pleasantly surprised when she wrote back to set up a meet and greet. We sat down for coffee soon after and I gushed about how deeply I resonated with the magazine's purpose and that is was exactly the kind of publication I wanted to contribute to. Her response was overwhelmingly positive and I became a contributing writer for both the online and print magazine soon after. Not only did Hugette's belief and encouragement allow me to gain international exposure (it's still crazy to see my byline in print!) but it also connected me with so many independent strong females that continue to have a positive influence on me today.
And while I interviewed and wrote about all these extraordinary ladies and their stories to success, Hugette was the quiet dedicated backbone behind DISfunkshion- working a full time job while giving 110% to spreading the message of love and empowerment. There wasn't a detail about the magazine she wasn't involved in and not a photo that didn't have her artistic signature all over it. I can only imagine the amount of e-mails she receives a day, the difficult decisions she has to make for the wellbeing of the magazine and the time and finances she had to devote to building her dream from scratch.
Hugette continues to be one of those women who positively influences me and the reasons are plentiful. Her relentless pursuit to create something beautiful and beneficial for the females of our generation is moving. She works from the heart, endlessly motivating and inspiriting everyone she comes into contact with. And she does it all with a calm conviction, fantastic style and a huge smile.
It seems only fitting that Hugette be featured as a Modern Muse, not only because she IS one, but because through DISfunkshion, I realized my purpose to share fabulous female's stories of prosperity, and for that I am forever grateful. Hugette, thank you for your confidence and support and thank you for Disfunkshion!
When and where did the idea for DISfunkshion begin? With my passion for women, travel, social issues, fashion and art. The idea actually sparked at a Borders bookstore one night as I was browsing through some inspirational magazines such as National Geographic and Oprah Mag.
What is the intention of the magazine? To encourage, exhort and empower women to be all they were created to be with no fear!