PAOLA'S CHARITABLE ROOTS
Paola Estefania was born in Venezuela, in the city of Coro, in the state of Falcon. Her father had a thriving career as captain of oil tankers for PDVSA, what used to be the country’s backbone and South America’s leading oil industry. During an oil strike in 2002, Venezuelan opposition attempted to overthrow President Hugo Chavez from power by creating an oil lockout. Her father was among the opposition leaders, who strongly believed in a new referendum to stop government corruption. As a result, his assets were illegally seized and confiscated. Paola’s family feared for their safety, and sought political asylum in the United States, settling in Orlando, Florida. Paola went on to live the American Dream, moving to Los Angeles and earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design and Architecture. She worked hard to build her own business from the ground up, and she went on to start her own fashion label, with accolades including designing custom pieces for magazine covers, dressing celebrities for music videos, sporting events, red carpets, and more. Her work has been featured in esteemed publications including the likes of Forbes, GLAMOUR, Harper’s Bazaar, Maxim and Sports Illustrated. However, in spite of her continued success, Paola never forgot where she came from. During a recent visit to Venezuela, Paola personally witnessed the devastation of this country, and decided to take matters into her own hands by creating a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to helping the citizens of Venezuela. That’s when Your Guardian Angel was founded. Her goal is to help her fellow countrymen, women, and children in need. Your Guardian Angel receives medicine, clothes, food and many other essential products and ships them to those in need in Venezuela. In addition, 15% of all earnings from Paola’s streetwear line, Humble Hustler, goes directly to purchasing and shipping these basic necessities.
Now more than ever, Paola realizes the importance of leveraging her global platform to give back. She is an active philanthropist in the city of Los Angeles, constantly serving underprivileged Latino communities and doing her part to raise awareness. She also promotes diversity through her streetwear line Humbler Hustler, and haute couture line, Paola Estefania, to give opportunities that she never received when she was starting out.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
What once was a thriving country, Venezuela is now seeing a dramatic decline in enjoyment of economic and social rights, with increasingly widespread hunger and sharply deteriorating health-care. During a recent visit to Venezuela, Paola personally witnessed the devastation of this country, and decided to take matters into her own hands by creating a non-profit, charitable organization Your Guardian Angel dedicated to helping the citizens of this country. She collects donations of medicine, clothes, food and many other essential products and ships them to those in need in Venezuela. In addition, she donates a high percentage of sales from her clothing brands to purchase and send these basic necessities.