The #ChingonaFest Project: What's a Chingona & a Few Words with Eliana Mercedes

Welcome to WEEK 34 of #ChingonaFest Fridays on Aspiring Mama. If you’re new to the blog, here’s the link to the my Latina Dimelo column that sparked the conversation that’s still going strong (and if you're here just for the podcast link, click here!) The premise is this: I want to raise my daughter to be a Chingona — on purpose, Las Tias and cultural backlash be damned. If you like the column, I’d love for you to share with your social media circles, leave a comment on the link, or whip up a happy lil’ Letter to the Editor telling them how you feel and send it off to You may not think that kind of thing makes a difference, but trust me when I tell you that it does.

Today’ featured Chingona is a special one and I think you'll like getting to hear more about how the original chingona's fabulous little brain works. This little girl is the reason this whole thing started, so it made sense to revisit the convo on the podcast before moving on. I asked Eliana a few question here and you can listen to the rest on the poscast! 

Don't forget to follow her on twitter andinstagram!

I'd also like to thank Julia Carillo of Soy Chingona jewelry for sponsoring this week's #ChingonaFest post! Check out Julia's sassy line of Pretty Things at Soy Chingona, and follow her on Instagram and twitter! Email at at for details on how your website or business can be featured!

So let’s get to that interview!

Eliana Mercedes: Because this is the look of a child of a blogger who is not impressed with a camera in her face. 

Eliana Mercedes: Because this is the look of a child of a blogger who is not impressed with a camera in her face. 

Pauline Campos: What's your favorite quote?

EM: Yourself is yourself and who can argue with that? I said that on your podcast. Your friends think I'm adorable.

PC:  We'll have to work on your confidence, I see Describe yourself in third person.

EM: I have no idea what third person is.

PC: And your language arts, I see. You have the chance to eat dinner and drink wine with one person, living or dead. Who is it, what do you eat, what kind of wine, AND WHY THAT PARTICULAR PERSON?

EM: Princess Katie. We would eat ice cream. Probably rainbow flavored. I can't have wine because you said it's only for mamas. I'd serve chocolate milk, chilled, of course. I'm not picky. Store bought or homemade is fine.

PC: Princess rock stars are the absolute best. Do you chew your ice cream? (Or is that just a Me thing?)

EM: I chew it. Doesn't everybody? Chewing is pretty much a human thing.

PC: That's what I keep asking the internet and they keep looking at me like I'm crazy! Why are you looking at me like I'm crazy? Never mind. Describe your perfect day.

EM: A perfect day would be getting a horse, probably pretty reasonably because, yaknow?

PC: No, not exactly. But m'kay...Would you rather be a unicorn or a Pegasus. Why?

EM: I'd rather be an alicorn.

PC: Of course you would. If you could wish for three things what would they be? And no, you cannot use one of the wishes for three more wishes.

EC: A horse, a unicorn, and a pagasus. Because I could then wish for a alicorn because I'd have a unicorn.

PC: You're smarter than me, aren't you? Nope. Definitely don’t answer that one.


UPDATE: My #Dimelo column will not be updated with new material, but rather, be kept online to feature reader favorite columns from the print magazine. Be sure to get your questions in to! 

And there ya have it. To nominate a Latina for a future #ChingonaFest Friday feature, email me at or tweet me with the hashtag #ChingonaFest. Interested in SEEING YOUR NAME OR BRAND HERE? Email me for details sponsoring the weekly #ChingonaFest Fridays feature right here on!

Oh! And be sure to send me your questions to dimelo@latina.comFollow me on Twitter, instagram, and here’s the FB fan page!  As for the ChingonaFest Project podcast? I'm making it stick this time. Just gimme a bit to figure out how to get this baby on iTunes with a dedicated RSS feed. It's always something, isn't it?