Oh, look at Debbie Aquino

Philanthropy is what moves our new digital cover star forward. That, and the spotlight she deserves.

01 декември 2022

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• Photography: Fabio Piemonte • Assistant Photography: Daniela Vasconez • Art direction & Styling: Alexandra Pavlova • Styling Assitants: Adrien Bedoucha & Thomas Forchi Franceschi • Hair & Makeup: Sasha Lebid

Do you miss modeling?

I didn't realize how much I missed it until I got back recently. I missed traveling and meeting new people the most.


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What was the most difficult moment for your project Kids Helping Kids Succeed?

At the beginning of Covid when we were doing boxes for special needs, we were at our max of 150. Every day, someone would reach out asking for help because they were out of diapers or baby formula, and we, unfortunately, had to tell some that we couldn’t help them, which was heartbreaking.

What about the inspiration behind it? 

The inspiration came after a 3rd-grade social studies project for my son, who is 19 now. We realized just how many homeless kids there are in Florida.


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How do your children accept the charity work that you are doing? 

My son started when he was 9, and my girls were basically born into the charity. My girls Vivi and Nina have monthly chores helping organize the birthday parties at the shelters and packing and distributing food boxes to the homeless every month. Daniel is in college, so he only helps on Thanksgiving and Christmas when he is home. He loves delivering toys during Christmas season.

Do you believe in luck or hard work? Or maybe both? 

I definitely believe in hard work and faith. You get what you put in is my number one rule in life.


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You seem to be dealing with so many things. When do you find time for yourself?

I get up early every day with my kids, and from 8-10, while they are in school, I exercise. When I don’t have to run back to work, I try to get a massage at least twice a week.

What do you like to do to take care of yourself? 

I do CrossFit when I'm in town a least 4 times a week. I like running, and I also have a Yesol bike at home, so I ride it when I don't have time for the gym. I eat healthily and try to keep up with my habits as much as possible when traveling.


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