Navigating her way through life, one poem at a time.
Nazareth Mendez is the perfect example of the saying “What is sad for your heart, is good for your art.” The untimely passing of both her father and her uncle in 2004 brought her to a dark place, but it’s also brought her to poetry. Mendez used her newfound craft as a coping mechanism to deal with her tragedy and has been writing ever since. “It was very hard for me to completely wrap my head around the situation,” She says. “Instead of speaking about the subject, I dove into writing…I would write 8 pages almost every week of different stories and as I grew up I went back and forth from short stories to poems.” The result for Mendez has been a vast catalogue of poems and stories filled with tales of joy, heartbreak, and the human experience.
“Instead of speaking about the subject, I dove into writing”
Despite her loss early on in her life, Mendez had always been surrounded by lots of love, in the form of her large family. “My mom is one of 10 and they all have more than three kids,” She says. “So yes , I have that typical Dominican big family, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.” Nazareth learned patience and understanding through this upbringing, a quality that she now extends to her friends and her social media following, which is over 20k on IG.
“Yes , I have that typical Dominican big family, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.”
In addition to Instagram though, Mendez has also used YouTube as a platform to speak and reach the people. What started with just hair tutorials, has blossomed into a place where she speaks on issues that concern her and potentially, her viewers. “My favorite videos to film are definitely the ones where I sit down and give whom ever is watching advice, whether that is how to deal with anxiety or learning how to love yourself,” She says. “If at least one person watches my video and it helps them, I feel like Ive done my job as an influencer online.”
“My favorite videos to film are definitely the ones where I sit down and give whom ever is watching advice, whether that is how to deal with anxiety or learning how to love yourself”
As far as for the future, Mendez knows she wants to be in happy place. She plans to graduate with her bachelors and dive into the film industry, either in front of the camera or behind the scenes. Despite how far she gets in life though, she vows to continue writing. When asked her favorite poem that’s she’s done so far, she replied: “My own favorite poem has to be one called ‘Cravings’, about a young girl that craves to be perfect but at the end of the day that craving consumes her and ends up tearing her down.” Interesting. With all she’s been through in life, she is certainly no stranger to these cravings. These days though, Nazareth Mendez knows she’s not perfect. And that’s what makes her work so damn beautiful.
photographers: @mrcheyl, @secretattack