Kilsi Rodriguez, Bilingual Content Creator and Event Producer
Kilsi Rodriguez received her Bachelor's in Psychology from The University at Albany in 2012 and received her Master’s in Special Education Degree from Hunter College in 2014. In 2017 she extended her teaching license to include a certification in teaching Business and Marketing. She currently works as High School Business Teacher teaching Entrepreneurship and Advanced Placement Psychology.
Natural Hair Journey
She decided to stop perming her hair her senior year of college in 2012. She transitioned for three years and big chopped in June of 2015. As a Latina with kinky curls, she felt that there wasn't enough representation of her type of hair in the media, Instagram & YouTube. She also felt it was unfair that she was never taught to embrace her natural hair. So she decided to learn as much as possible about how to care and style her type of hair.
The Social Media Journey
On December 31st 2015, she started her Instagram page (Le_Frosie) to serve as a resource to those who also felt underrepresented, lost or unable to embrace their natural hair. She used her platform to inspire, empower and help other women create their own beauty standards.
The Start of Afros & Rizos
Kilsi decided she had a big enough following to take her influence beyond social media. She began planning an event that would represent everything that her platform stands for. Tirelessly working her full-time job, coaching and vlogging she was able to make her vision a reality.
She selected the name Afros & Rizos because she wanted to create an event geared to all hair types. As a bilingual blogger, she wanted to stay true to her roots. The goal of Afros & Rizos is to help women of all ages feel inspired, empowered and able to create their own beauty standards. With the growth of the natural hair, self -love/ acceptance movement, Afros and Rizos was created to offer a safe space where women in different parts of their journey can come together and know that they are not alone.
Social Media Influence
Panels & Guest Appearances
Empowering Curls NJ
United Curls in Corporate America
Healthy Hair & Skin Care Forum 2
Cocktails & Conversations
Mott Hall Latino Heritage Celebration