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María Cristina "Cristy" Marrero habla español. She is obsessed with relationships (hence her Zoosk.com gig as their first-ever Latina spokesperson in 2014-15) and also with creating content with substance that connects with diverse audiences. Developing platform-first-focused strategies while helping brands engaging "the right way" is her calling. She is also an islander. This avid "conversationalist" as she prefers to be identified, left Puerto Rico when she was 19 years old because a clairvoyant had told her she was a gypsy in a past life. Despite her mom's worries that she may not come back alive, she prevailed. Only a few years later, Cristy would become Editor-in-Chief of Siempre Mujer magazine, published by Meredith Corp, the first Latina to ever win a Women in Communications, Inc. Rising Star Award (2013), as well as a Julia de Burgos Award honoree (2014) from National Puerto Rican Day Parade, a MIN Most Intriguing People in Media honoree (2015) and a Folio Awards Top Women in Media 2015 honoree. Most recently, NYC Comptroller, Scott Stringer honored Cristy with the prestigious Hispanic Heritage Month Award (2015), along with other two Hispanics making a difference. At age 30, the chatty gypsy suddenly became the youngest Latina in the U.S. to assume that position. Under her leadership, Siempre Mujer was named “Best Women’s Magazine” on Adweek's Hot List in 2011. In 2014, she was promoted to Group Content Chief for all Meredith Hispanic Media titles, becoming once again, the youngest Latina to assume this role. In 2015, Cristy became the Editorial Vice President for Hola and Hello Media and founding Editor-In-Chief of Hola! USA Spanish and English editions, putting the brand on the American map. Within a year, the magazine reached more than 400,000 readers on a monthly basis and 1.5MM MPV's on the website. A nationally recognized editor and lifestyle expert frequently quoted in media, Cristy appears frequently on Extra!, Primer Impacto, Un Nuevo Día, and Al Rojo Vivo (Telemundo), The Today Show, and 4 New York NBC News (NBC), among others. You can see her every week on CNN en Español’s Showbiz as its New York contributor and on Despierta América (Univision) as a lifestyle expert. Her eloquence (irreverent humor!) and expertise on the Latino community in the U.S. has secured her important speaking engagements as a moderator, judge, panelist, and emcee, such as Celebrando (San Diego), San Antonio Book Fair, Hispanicize (Miami), PRSA Travel and Tourism Conference (San Antonio), FIT Future of Fashion Judge (New York), among others. Throughout her career, Cristy has interviewed many world-renowned personalities including Sofía Vergara, Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias, Shakira, Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú. But before she "got lucky" in New York City, she also worked and lived (and partied!) in her motherland of Puerto Rico and later on, in Buenos Aires and Miami; Cristy began her career as a reporter for Caras Puerto Rico before becoming fashion and beauty editor for Vanidades, both owned by Televisa Publishing. Today, besides considering herself a happy Latina, because "happiness is her birthright", she is a proud former Board Member at the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, and a volunteered as a board member at March of Dimes and A.S.M.E. This passionate traveler who has lived in three different continents (so far!), is also a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor and Reiki master; the last two being her biggest accomplishments in life because they keep her sane. Challenge has always been a constant in Cristy's life. Change is her passion. This year's challenge, for instance, successfully published her first book Las Imperfectas (Penguin Random House) that became an Amazon bestseller within the first 30 days of its release. She is now working on her second book to be published in Spanish and English in the Fall of 2018, as she looks forward to owning a quiet home on the beach (fingers crossed!) with a huge balcony and a mandatory hammock, devoted to her writing, yoga practice and teachings. Meanwhile, she lives in Brooklyn and enjoys the city life, even though she calls herself an eternal beach bum. But most importantly, Cristy is a "boricua hasta en la luna" (AKA Puerto Rican even on the moon). Oh, and she loves the sound of the words "relájate y coopera" together—mainly as a wishful thinking at tough times. (She is also obsessed with parenthesis. They give her extra space for B.S.)