Meet the Spring 2010 Cabo Beach Model - Crystal Hemphill -
I first took interest in Mexico while studying Pre-Columbian art in my 10th grade art history class. I was overly fascinated with the history behind each art piece and land mark, and I wanted to make fantasy reality. I wanted to walk the grounds as the Mesoamericans once did and interact with locals to learn more about their cultural history. The cultural wealth of Mexico is not merely limited to its ancient land marks and art; it can be seen and felt in its streets, in its celebrations, in its people. In short, it is in every aspect of life in the country.
Do you have a favorite place in Mexico? If so, why is it your favorite?
Teotihuacan was absolutely amazing to see in the flesh. Not only does Teotihuacan boast one of Mesoamerica’s most splendid examples of ancient architecture, but it was also a very spiritual place to visit.
When I think of Mexico, I think of _________________.
Mariachis because I feel that Mexico is vibrant, romantic, and rich in culture!
What do you think about the travel warnings in Mexico and all of the controversy occurring with tourism?
I do not feel that these warnings should discourage tourism in Mexico but rather educate potential visitors and raise awareness when traveling abroad. Do your research and travel in areas in which you feel comfortable. I have visited over 15+ cities in Mexico and have always felt safe.
Why do you think other people should visit Mexico?
Whether you wish to have a family vacation, romantic getaway, or an educational enrichment experience, Mexico has something for everyone!
Why did you pick Animal Lovers of Mexico Association (ALMA) as your charity of choice?
I have rescued every one of my pets, always volunteered with numerous animal rescue organizations and strongly support spay, neutering and rescuing animals. When I studied in Mexico the number of stray dogs and cats in poor health there surprised me. I realized Mexico is not as well equipped as America to support this particular cause and it was heartbreaking. ALMA is an exemplary rescue and has saved over 2000 lives even though they operate solely on donations. Animal rescue is not as common in Mexico and the organizations that support it need all the help they can get - monetary or volunteering time. Animals are and always have been a great source of happiness in my life. They bring as much joy to our lives as we bring to theirs and every animal deserves a chance at that.
Animal Lovers of Mexico Association
ALMA (Animal Lovers of Mexico Assoc.) is a non-profit Mexican corporation with the main mission is to support the well being of domestic animals of the Los Barilles area. Through private contributions (we receive no govt. funding) we are able to provide spay/neuter, vaccines, and veterinary services for animals of families who qualify for our assistance.
ALMA is entirely run by volunteers and all proceeds benefit local animals. ALMA - "Together we DO make a difference"! Read more about ALMA and make a donation here: http://www.almacares.com/
The All About Cabo Beach Model Contest
The beach model contest allows an avenue for professional models supporting Mexico to use their fan base combined with All About Cabo's viewers to benefit a Mexico charity of their choice. The model will be featured with photos, a description of their career and positive thoughts regarding Mexico. Accompanying this is a summary describing the model's choice of charity with an option to donate in support of Mexico and their favorite model.
One of these models will be selected at the end of the year as the All About Model of the Year. They will be chosen based on how much money they raise for the charity of their choice.
If you are interested in being a beach model, you must be at least 18 years old. Fill out our application form!