I remember Janet saying, “Always find a spot in the mirror, because if you can’t look at yourself, how do you expect other people to look at you?” and that was it for me.
What made you join the Vixen Army?
Throughout my entire life, I have struggled to find out who I am. In high school, although I was overweight, I participated in all my school events, was a part of the dance team and had a type of confidence I found myself yearning for in my adulthood. After having my third child, it was difficult to adjust and balance school, wifely duties and motherhood. I turned to food for comfort, and whether I was having a good day or a bad one, food became my go-to. During this time, I took minimal pictures and hated participating in anything that would require me to show myself to the world. In March 2016, a friend of mine told me to give Vixen a try. When I started Vixen, I was hiding in the back of the classroom and would die before I raised my hand as the new girl. As Shanut performed on that stage, she had this glow about her and she sparked the fire inside me once again. I left there unsure if I was going to survive to see another day, but was HOOKED! I found myself going every day! On one of those days, I remember Janet saying, “Always find a spot in the mirror, because if you can’t look at yourself, how do you expect other people to look at you?” and that was it for me.
It has been seven months since I started Vixen, and I have lost a total of 45 pounds. Which is great! But it’s what I have gained that has me devoting my time to Vixen. I found that confidence again. I have found my inner goddess; the one that pushes me to be the best version of myself. I have learned that mistakes will happen, but in life you just can’t stop moving. Slowly, I began to feel comfortable in my own skin, and I’ve stopped thinking that beauty is only what we are supposed to look like. Losing the weight was a plus, but that is not what keeps me going back. As a full time mother, wife, and teacher, I look forward to distressing my life by walking through that door. I look forward to tapping into that long-lost confidence and letting myself show. Thanks to Vixen, I found ME again, and I am forever grateful and changed because of it.
Name: Vicky Pino
Occupation: Teacher (3rd Grade)
Kids: 3 (2 Girls and 1 boy)
Favorite Cheat Meal: Pizza and chocolate
Favorite Routine: Work A$AP Ferg
Favorite Lipstick: Mac Flat Out Fabulous
Favorite Pop star: Rihanna
If you were a pop star, which one would it be? Beyonce
Life Motto: “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”