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Commencement 2018: Address to the Graduates: Lilliana Vazquez, Style Correspondent
Guest speaker, Lilliana Vazquez, addresses the graduates at FIT's 2018 Commencement Undergraduate Exercises. May 24, 2018, Radio City Music Hall.
Lilliana Vazquez is one of the most sought-after personalities in the industry, acting as host, influencer, style advisor and producer to the biggest names in entertainment, both on- air and online. She has quickly become one of the most watched, multifaceted talents, thanks to her signature brand of approachability and her unique ability to capture an audience’s attention.
On Today, Vazquez shares her experiences and expertise with millions of viewers each week where she can be seen covering the latest trends and news in technology, business, travel, entertainment, and lifestyle. She is also NBC’s secret weapon on the red carpet at the Golden Globes, the Emmys, and the Met Gala. For Access Hollywood, Vazquez has led coverage of the biggest names and entertainment events in the world.
As a media-savvy millennial, Vazquez has always been at the forefront of what’s next in the digital space. It started in 2008 when she launched her blog, The Cheap Chica’s Guide to Style, and followed up the success of the site with a namesake book, The Cheap Chica’s Guide to Style: Secrets to Shopping and Looking Chic, in 2013. The blog has evolved into a lifestyle destination with more than 200,000 faithful followers across all of her social media channels.
In addition to her day jobs, Vazquez is the expert producers and executives call to lend style expertise to segments on entertainment programs, including E! News, The Wendy Williams Show, The Talk, and The Rachael Ray Show. Vazquez has also served as an ambassador, spokesperson, and content creator for some of the world’s biggest brands.
Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, to a Puerto Rican father and Mexican mother, Vazquez is a proud Texan and Latina. She attended George Washington University on a full academic scholarship and graduated with a bachelor’s degree, double majoring in international business and entrepreneurship. Vazquez is involved with the Hispanic Federation, which is the nation’s premier Latino nonprofit membership organization that seeks to support Hispanic families and strengthen Latino institutions through work in the areas of education, health, immigration, and economic empowerment.
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