Jessie Diaz has had an amazing couple of years. As a member of the #vixenarmy, you could catch her front row in our Manhattan classes slaying every single move. She then took the leap and became a Certified Vixen Workout Instructor, taking her love of dance and using it to inspire others. She’s an huge advocate for body positivity and letting others know that healthy comes in all shapes and sizes. If life wasn’t grand already, she then makes the most beautiful baby with the love of her life, gets married, then lands a national Lane Bryant campaign and lives happily ever after. Thank you Jessie for sharing your story with us and giving the rest of us hope. (Patiently waiting for price charming in our DM’s like…)
Describe each moment:
When did you meet? We met about 3 years ago because he messaged me on Instagram after recognizing me from an old blog post featuring curvy women.
How did you meet? We flirting on Instagram for a bit and decided to meet for coffee.
What was your first impression of him? He was tall! He is a whole foot taller than me, maybe more. We actually didn’t get it off in person. It was weird. The date felt forced. We left feeling ok about it but decided to continue talking over the phone and texting and had a much better 2nd date at a Mexican bar!
How did he win your heart? He was always a gentlemen. And passionate about God and his career goals.
Where was your first date? Well I’ll go with my second bc our coffee date was awkward. But he took me to this hole in the wall Mexican joint that to this day has the best guacamole I’ve ever tasted! They had a karaoke machine and so he proceeded to turn it on and serenade me. He has an amazing voice.
Where was your first kiss? After our second date before going home.
When did you realize you were in love? Around the holidays, about 3 months in. Something about the holidays that make you fall in love.
Who first said, “I love you”? I don’t remember! Haha I think him?
Most romantic moment since you’ve met. One of my favorite dates was going to have spiked coffee and watch live jazz, then to the IFC theater to watch the Oscar-nominated foreign short film nominees. It was a cultural and romantic experience!
Most awkward or embarrassing moment since you’ve met. Omg, I totally fell down a flight of stairs 4 months into dating and he had to pick me up and bring me to his place to have him and his mother bandage me up. That was my second time meeting his mom!
3 things you have in common
Our love for 80s synth pop bands like Wham and Culture Club.
Our love for travel
Our love for Christ
3 things you don’t have in common
Certain political views
He doesn’t like ratchet music so that’s my escape when I’m alone in the car!
Top 3 wedding moments
Our first dance because it was amazing and choreographed and we spent a couple days working on it.
Me and my dad’s first dance because I get my dancing skills from him and we just laughed the whole time.
Our midnight countdown into confetti blast since our wedding was this past NYE.
Fill in the blank:
I got 99 problems but ??? Love ain’t one!
How hard was it to write vows? No because we didn’t! Haha we went traditional and were happy with that.
Describe your personal evolution as a woman throughout your relationship. Well I became a mom first before a wife so becoming a mom changes you. You become selfless and nurturing and …a little more stressed. But my maturity level has changed and the fact that my husband is such an amazing father and partner in crime helps me become a better parent and wife
As a woman, what do you think is the key to finding love? Patience! I’ve dated some lame guys, even damaging to my aura. Guys that didn’t suit me but I feared to be lonely. I think it’s ok to be alone and wait to a good guy. Dating casually is fine but don’t commit yourself to someone if you don’t feel right about something.
Top 3 tricks or advice to keep love alive in a relationship regardless of time, ups or downs. Don’t go to bed angry, it’ll be hard to sleep and you don’t wanna wake up upset!
Pray! If you believe in God, I cannot tell you how much that has been essential in our relationship. Keeping God at the center of it all.
Mix things up for date night. Don’t become the couch couple. Try to do something fun once a month. Last month we went to Art Battle NYC and had a blast!
Cheers to that!