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On the list of fun places on the internet, the Instagram accounts of Southern California real estate agents would not be very high up. But what if I told you that there was one where the American dream seemed possible? One where even if you didn’t believe in yourself, at least someone did? One where motivational speeches, glasses of wine, and tropical-print bodysuits combine?
Enter Veronica Recinos, Los Angeles realtor and the reigning queen of the internet. She went viral last week thanks to her unconventional techniques to motivate prospective clients, which sometimes involve props and/or puns. Here’s one of her videos, in which a wine glass is smashed after only one sip(!!!!):
There are others, and they all end the same way: Veronica turns sideways, points to the camera, says, “I am gonna show YOU how to be a homeowner,” and then promptly walks out of the frame, presumably to go close a deal on a house. The moment was instantly meme-ified, turning the 11-year real estate veteran into a surrogate for all the things we’re best at:
i’m gonna show YOU how to leave a party after only being there for 15 minutes pic.twitter.com/gl3RLE8a4a— jaboukie young-white (@jaboukie) June 16, 2018
I’m gonna show YOU how to bottle your emotions and lead yourself to a mental breakdown pic.twitter.com/ua2cP0vPkT— antonio (@antoniodelotero) June 18, 2018
But the one part of her videos that’s new every time is Recinos’s incredible outfits, which range from bright pink Hawaiian-print jumpsuits to leopard minis and statement belts, always paired with stilettos. So when I called her to find out where her wardrobe came from, I was pleasantly shocked to learn that she makes it herself.
Indeed, Recinos launched a lingerie and “exotic clothing” company with her daughter Tiffany this year called Tiffany’s Nudes.
“I had a lot of ideas, and when we started designing our own items, I just realized that when I grabbed the pattern paper, it was just something that came to me naturally,” she tells Racked. “When we were creating our lingerie and our exotic clothing, the ideas were there on how we would be able to fit strippers and people in that industry, and even women that have nice bodies; they love it. As they started buying more and more from us, we were like, ‘Okay, we’re really good at this!’”
When it comes to her style, she says that fit is the most important thing. “I try to find a [good] fit, because I’m not a skinny, slim woman — [I’m] not full-bodied-figured but, like, I have a big butt. I’m serious! I always try to find a way to cover, but I also want to show my body ’cause I’m single! And I’m like, oh my god, I have to show a little bit of my body, you know?” Though she says her favorite look she’s worn in her videos is the blue tropical stripe bodysuit, it’s no longer available on her site.
Another key to Recinos’s videos: working the angles. Each video is usually shot in just one or two takes and is fully improvised (if it’s a bad day, it might be more like eight, she says), and Tiffany, who films them, knows exactly how to get the right angle. “My tip would be just make sure you’re in the right light, because that’s so important,” Recinos adds.
The iconic wine glass video, however, was a little different. “That idea came from Tiffany. The day before, we invited one of our friends over to eat and he brought us a really expensive wine bottle and Tiffany said, ‘Oh my god, I don’t like it!’ And she said, ‘Mom, why don’t we make a video with you saying ‘Stop wine-ing about it’ and you throw a glass on the floor!” And I said, ‘I don’t know if we should do that.’ But we always go with the flow, so I’m like, ‘Yeah, let’s do it!’ So the next day in the morning, we got up and she’s like, ‘Ma, we need the cheese, we need the crackers,’ and we even picked a good spot.”
Though she’s a real estate agent first, Recinos still adopts her trademark motivational tone when asked what her advice would be for people struggling with their sense of personal style. “I think that nothing is impossible,” she says. “If you put your all to it, good things happen to people who grind and sweat blood. Never give up on yourself. If you have a design and you feel that your design is not good, not to think that way, because any design at any moment can blow up.”
As for her newfound viral fame and becoming a gay icon, she says, “It’s weird, like it’s not even happening!” But for someone with two careers who is also a writer — she published a short story called “Ernem the Victorious King of the West” last year — and who’s already caught the attention of Rihanna’s beauty brand, to use Recinos’s own words, nothing is impossible.