MY NAME IS AUREA…
Coming from a vibrant and electric Puerto Rican background, Aurea was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. She calls herself the JLo of her generation, having multifaceted talents and passions, sass and the determination to not be boxed in by anyone or anything. She grew a passion for arts at an early age, writing poetry, and could usually be found either writing in a note book or singing and dancing in the center of a room. Her love for Acting developed at the age 8, after a school project gave her a first hand view of what goes into making a film. Though she had a challenging childhood--first being in foster care, while later becoming adopted--Aurea was able to overcome these emotional moments by delving into small projects at an early age. Her go-getter attitude pushed her to be a part of many short films, student projects, and theatre productions. She ventured into modeling while in her Sophomore Year in high school, and explored it more in-depth after her first year at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she also began dancing again. After her first year of college, Aurea took a short hiatus to pursue other interests. In 2011, she returned to modeling and began working as a freelance artist.
On social media, she became known as AUREA or DEFINITIONDESIRE, her brand growing from a standpoint of "lust", where she owned her sensuality and sexuality, growing confident that this wasn't a side of her that needed to be hidden. Aurea takes pride in being a free spirit, defying normalcy, and not living by society's standards, hoping to inspire all women to do the same. DEFINITIONDESIRE may have derived from glamour and sensual imagery, but for Aurea it means so much more. It is the drive that forces her to keep chasing the dream and be healthy in all ways possible. The desire to have anything and claim it.
Aurea is a huge advocate for mental health awareness, having been challenged with depression and anxiety throughout her whole life. She was heavily involved in writing several articles, creating dance pieces, and sparking a large integrated marketing campaign around depression and anxiety in college students and within herself. She continues to be transparent about her mental health journey and develops pieces every now and then while vocalizing her journey via social media and through her publications.
In 2013, Aurea decided to go back to school, and 2 years later graduated with honors from the City College of New York in with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, having majored in Advertising and Public Relations and double minoring in Theatre and Journalism. She's utilized her education and personal experience to figure out how to market herself as an artist, and still continues to blossom. Throughout her recent years, she has published several articles, winning a finalist Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists in 2015 and has gone onto pursuing a variety of personal and professional passions.
She is currently working as the Creative Director of her own art full-time, ranging from film projects, modeling and diving into new mediums of art, proving she can be brilliant utilizing both her beauty and her brains. She aspires to grow professionally as an artist, diving into all sorts of creative projects, and eventually open her own Artist Management Company helping other artists like herself flourish into the best versions of themselves. In the meantime, she continues to create work for herself and other artists like her. Stay tuned to see her portfolio lengthen!