Internet Sensation Lauri Garcia Talks About Haters, Being A Proud Mexicana, And Juggling College Life With A Side-Hustle
You won’t meet many 18-year-olds like social media sensation Lauri Garcia. The Mexican-born triple threat has a combined follower count of over 700,000 across TikTok, Youtube, Instagram, and Twitter, and that number grows by the thousands daily. Yes, we said daily. Basically, there’s no medium she can’t master. And Garcia’s internet savvy is only the tip of the iceberg for this multi-hyphenate teenager. Not only does Garcia run a mini media empire from her smartphone, but in her downtime, she’s just like us. Lauri MF Garcia (as she affectionately calls herself on the internet) she also moonlights as college student, working towards her degree in nursing at her local college.
Perhaps that’s what makes Lauri so popular–she doesn’t pretend to be someone she’s not. You won’t see her social media feeds clogged up with spon-con or her Instagram posts photo-shopped past the point of recognition. Garcia has built her devoted following off of unapologetically being herself. Recently, we got to talk to Garcia about how she manages her time as a college student and a TikTok icon, the influencers she’s inspired by, and how she deals with the haters.
Mitu (M): For those of our readers who aren’t familiar with you yet, tell us a little about your background.
Lauri Garcia (LG): I am an 18-year-old who loves making videos on TikTok and Youtube. I was raised in Jalisco, Mexico and now live in North Carolina.
M: You’re active in all the popular social media platforms. Which one do you like the best and why?
LG: My favorite social media platform is definitely TikTok because I get to express myself and my ideas through videos.
M: You’re bilingual and speak both English and Spanish, but the majority of your content is in Spanish. What made you decide to be a Spanish-language content creator?
LG: The main reason was because most of my family lives in Mexico and I wanted them to be able to understand my content.
M: The Mexican flag is featured prominently in most of your videos. Is this a conscious decision on your part? Do you have pride in your Mexican heritage?
LG: I was raised in Jalisco, Mexico for about 13 years of my life. That flag means a lot to me, it reminds me of where I came from and who I am. I’m proud to be Mexicana.
M: Have you been recognized in public yet? If so, what was that like for you the first time it happened?
LG: My first time being recognized in public was so exciting. It was at a Mexican Festival (El Grito) and three girls came towards me asking, “Are you the girl that makes TikToks?”. I was so happy! Those three girls made my day and after that, more and more people started asking for pictures and telling me they love my content. I felt so loved and it only motivated me even more.
M: What did you think when your videos first started to go viral?
LG: I’ve been making videos for years now, so when my fist video went viral, I was so happy that my time was finally here. Never give up on your dreams.
M: Was it hard to balance the demands of high school while being an influencer?
LG: I started to make videos once I started college, so I had a little more free time to manage a schedule for class, homework, and making videos.
M: Is it a challenge to remain constantly upbeat on social media? Have there ever been times where it’s hard to stay funny?
LG: It’s really all about time management. The challenges I face are motivation for me to make people smile. I care about my followers and I know there will be days when someone is having a bad day. I love being the person that can always put a smile on someone’s face.
M: Being a young woman in the public eye can be tough–especially for someone who is brave enough to share their personal life on social media. Is there any advice you can offer to your fans about dealing with haters?
LG: What are haters? Tirales una naranja para que se las pelen. My mom always told me: “Ignoralos y tu sigue adelante, entre más las ignores mas te van a tener envidia”. I’m all about positive vibes, so I don’t really like to argue back unless it’s necessary. I really don’t let negativity affect me. I let the world deal with it instead.
M: Is there a Latino in the public eye that you look up to? That you’d like to model your career after?
LG: Juampa Zurita has been my role model ever since he started with Vines. He started from being so small to being a great and important person in the Hispanic community. He’s a person that loves to help his people, and has done amazing things, such as building houses for the ones in need in Mexico.
M: Who is your dream collaboration?
LG: My dream collab would be with [Youtube beauty guru] alannized. I love him so much. His personality brings a smile to my face every time I watch his videos. He is such a nice, sweet and unique person. Alan, if you’re reading this, I love you so much y ojala me des algun dia la oportunidad.
M: Where do you see your career going next? Do you have any new projects on the horizon?
LG: Well, right now I’m focused on school. I’m working on a nursing degree and after that si dios quiere, I’ll be in Los Angeles in two years.
M: What would you tell fans of yours who are looking to follow in your footsteps as a digital content creator and influencer?
LG: No matter how hard your path gets, never give up and always keep pushing yourself to do better. Sometimes you’re going to have to cut people out of your life and that’s okay–people leave for a reason. And lastly, always be yourself, nunca te compares a otras personas. You’ll get to where you need to be. Todo a su tiempo.