Victoria Barbara has put in hard work and dedication to grow a fanbase of more than nine hundred thousand followers on Instagram. Her provocative, high fashion photos have gained her just the attention needed to fuel her budding acting career and status as a fashion icon. She recently appeared in Hard Visit alongside Clifton Collins, Jr. and has a swimwear line on the way.
Where are you from?
Victoria: I am from Miami Florida, born and raised.
As a child want to do when you grew up?
Victoria: I wanted to be an actress.
How did you end up in Los Angeles?
Victoria: I ended up in Los Angeles a few years ago with this dream but, it didn’t work out the way I planned it. So I ended up going back home and working on something completely different.
You have a very large and engaged social following. How did you go about growing your audience?
Victoria: The way I grew my numbers was by being very sexy. Taking a lot of sexy pictures. A lot of skin. For me, in the beginning, I needed to do this because I was not famous, and I wasn’t on TV or anything yet. So, I tried it out and I saw that one sexy photo circulated everywhere, and everyone was stealing it. I was growing a lot from this one image. That is the direction I went. I’ve been doing that till now. I am trying to transition. I’m still going to be sexy and all that but, it’ll be every sixth or seventh photo. From now on, I want to portray more of who I am, who I really am. I love fashion. I love cooking. I have six dogs, nobody knows that [laughs]. There’s a lot of things people don’t know about me. My friends are there and they love me but they don’t know much about me. So, this is my time to show them who I really am.
What kind of dogs do you have?
Victoria: I have a Chihuahua and a Min pin, a micro Min Pin, 3.8 pounds and my Chihuahua’s seven.
Victoria: In the middle of my move they got together, at six and seven months, and they blessed me with four babies. They’re mixed between chi and Min pin, but they are beautiful.
What are their names?
Victoria: Summer, Joy, Mia, Hunter, Grace and Ace.
Can you tell us about your first film?
Victoria: It’s called Hard Visit. I played a hit woman alongside Clifton Collins, Jr.. We filmed it in the desert in Palm Springs.
What did it feel like to walk in front of the camera on a professional level for the first time?
Victoria: It was very nerve wrecking. I’m not good at being in front of the camera. I’m good at photo shoots but, when it comes to speaking and all of that, I get very nervous. In the beginning it was very frightening. But, then after a few days I started feeling a lot more comfortable because it was such a nice, comfortable cast.
If you had an opportunity to choose a role, what type of role would you love to play?
Victoria: I would love to play a Bond Girl.
If you could choose one actor or actress, alive or dead, to share the screen with, who would it be?
Victoria: Chris Hemsworth.
You love to cook. Does that come from the Miami roots?
Victoria: It does. I’m half Cuban, half Brazilian. I was raised by my mother’s side, which is Cuban. So, I have this love for Cuban food and I love cooking it. When I was 13 I asked my grandmother to teach me, because I love eating, and I love cooking, and I love hosting.
What do you do to relax?
Victoria: My ideal break from reality is my meditation. I like secluding myself away from everyone. It could be at home or with my dogs. That’s how I regroup. I just take sometime by myself for a few days, and that helps me regroup and get back to reality.
What is your go to karaoke song?
Victoria: It’s by Diana Summers. It’s Raining Man. Hallelujah, It’s Raining Man.
What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?
Victoria: South Africa, Cape Town.
What is a cause that you care deeply about?
Victoria: Robert Shapiro’s cause, which is for drug abuse.
What are three experiences on your bucket list?
Victoria: I’d love to see Machu Picchu in Peru. That’s one of the places I would love to visit. I’m very spiritual so, I like stuff like that. I’ve never been to Hong Kong, China. I’d love to go there. The third would be Thailand.
What would your best friend say is your worst quality?
Victoria: Bossy. I’m too bossy.
What would they say is your best quality?
Victoria: I’m very sweet, very giving, very generous.
If you could try any other career, what would you try?
Victoria: Horse racing. I would love to race horses. A jockey.
Is there anything else you’d like to go OnRCRD about?
Victoria: Look out for my swimwear line, it will be completely different than what you see most runways. I am launching it in Miami and wont be using traditional models from agencies. Not just tall and skinny. I want curvy girls, girls with small waist and nice big hips and really thin as well. Basically I want my swimsuit to fit everyone, women of all different sizes. I want it to be just as flattering on the tall skinny girl, as it will be on a nice curvy girl, and also to be affordable.
Follow Victoria on instagram @bvictoriaangel
Photographer: Mario Barberio
Makeup – Elizabeth Seropian
Hair – Lucy Gedjeyan
Stylist – Joi Salvador