Hey Siri, play ‘Black Widow’ by Rita Ora and Iggy Azalea! Why you ask? Well this week’s feature is a Big Brother US Black Widow. Jessica Milagros played a quiet but smart game on the 21st season of the US’ Big Brother. I sat down to chat with her
1. Since today is #TMITuesday is there something that you can tell the readers about you that they may not already be aware of?
I’m a pretty open book. Fun Fact: One year, I lived out of a suitcase, traveling the country and visiting over 40 cities. Best year of my life!
But if no one knew, I mentor beginning and aspiring models to learn their angles, take better photos, get signed to agencies and book their first clients. I love it.
2. How has your life changed since your time on Big Brother?
What’s changed the most in my life since Big Brother would be the amazing fans that follow and support me. This also comes with an equal amount of the opposite fascination from other people, and them being toxically over involved in my life. It’s quite fascinating how people love to judge without having all the details. But I’ve learned to take the praise along with the criticism.
3. You’re an advocate for body-positivity, what advice do you have for anybody battling personal struggles with their image in need of a pick-me-up during the pandemic?
I would say that it’s most important for us to give ourselves grace during this time period. For a rather long time, many of us have been learning how to merely survive during this pandemic.
It’s important to not dwell on negativity and not focus on anyone else’s accomplishments other than your own personal journey. We have more time to follow others on Social Media and that can be toxic too, because some of it, is just not real.
Remember, confidence varies. Some days are better than others, but ultimately it’s the dialogue you tell yourself. My motto is: Would you talk to someone you love the way you talk to yourself? Be kind to yourself always.
4. If you could choose one song to be your ‘theme song’ what would it be and why?
Confident by Demi Lovato I find it to be so empowering when a woman understands her worth and embraces herself and is confident in her decisions no matter what others may say. The question is always relevant “what’s wrong with being confident?“
5. With the surge of Big Brother participants competing on ‘MTV’s The Challenge’, would you consider going on the show if you got the call?
It’s never a No, But given the nature of the show itself, I would have an uphill battle to climb, just on the bias alone, given that it’s a very physical competition, and by observing some of these players I can bet that I t’s not what they think of when they see me.
6. On the note of that show, are you rooting for any BB Alumni on the hit series?
I feel all the BB alumn are playing an exceptionally well game but I want to see a rookie really hit it out of the park so I’m rooting for Amber B
7. Did you tune into Big Brother All-Stars, what were your thoughts on what fans thought was a “boring and white season”?
I was counting my blessings that I wasn’t on it. Lol. Every year, I feel, fans over hype the season and disappoint themselves. I had a few favorites and once they left I really didn’t have a preference on whatever way it went but was disappointed that some players were having the same privileged conversations. I’m more excited to see how this season may change with the 50% BIPOC initiative tho.
8. What is a “normal” day like during the pandemic for you?
If I don’t have a photoshoot early morning. I wake up, do my yoga stretches, make a bomb breakfast, start work (emails, content creation, meetings, mentoring sessions, week prep) depending on the day, I watch my shows that I recap (Bachelor, Challenge, BB, Sequester etc.) Go for a long walk or run and cook dinner for my hubby and daughter. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I go live on You Tube to host our Recaps on “Girl Let’s Agree to Disagree”. Super chill days
9. What is one item you wish you had with you during your time on Big Brother?
10. What’s next for you?
I’m very open minded about the future and have used the pandemic to try new things and projects. That being said, despite the industry shut downs, I want to keep working in the fashion industry and also move into more hosting, public speaking on body positivity and confidence and creating content/acting. Hopefully you’ll be seeing more of me in the near future.