Beautiful Inside Out

Iselita’s got 99 problems but finding opportunities in Japan ain’t one of them. “My plate is so full at the moment. From acting on TV to modeling for magazines to offering private English and Spanish lessons, I literally have five to six situations requiring my immediate attention,” she said as she ticked a few items off her to-do list on a tablet device. “And now I also have all these business ideas running around my head.”

This busy bee comes to us from Lima, the gastronomic capital of Latin America, where you can find vast quantities of quinoa, an Andean staple.

“Global consumption of quinoa is going through the roof right now,” said our enterprising Peruvian who is thinking of dabbling in the import-export industry to capitalize on growing demand.

“Problems are just opportunities in disguise.”

When not strutting her stuff and teaching Japanese people how to roll their R’s, Iselita provides assistance to those affected by the 2011 earthquake through Peace by Piece, a volunteer group.

“We also had a very strong earthquake back in 2007 and the Japanese were one of the first to offer aid to Peru,” said our humanitarian, who wanted to return the favor and provide help to disaster-stricken areas.

Her kindness and generosity seem hereditary—mom has a heart of gold herself. “I look up to my mother as a role model. She goes to the countryside, where there are lots of mining companies, and teach housewives there how to make alfajores, a traditional confection.”

Like mother, like daughter: Beautiful inside out.


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