Celebrating the spirit of women with Raquel Pomplun


MangoBunch celebrates, rejoices, inspires and drives every woman to be the most awesome she can be. In this feature we interview Raquel Pomplun on women empowerment and her stories. Here’s what she has to say.

What have been the high points in your career?

Being the first Mexican-American Playmate of the Year for Playboy. Not only setting stone in history in one of the biggest legacies, but also making a statement as a woman. Most feminist are against women posing for Playboy, but if there’s something more feminine is that! Celebrating the gift of nature of how beautiful our human bodies are, but more specifically how women’s bodies are made to perfection, a perfection that needs to be admired it any shape, color or size it comes in. Also, sexuality has always been used to suppress women and empower men, it’s time for sexuality to empower anyone, to be accepted, and to take all the taboo and dark connotation off of it. I am a true believer that knowledge is the core power of disarming fear and hate. You can only be free with knowledge, you can only be happy with freedom.

Do you idolize any woman?

Yes, Selena Quintanilla. She was the epitome of the closes thing to perfection. Fun, happy, conscious, responsible, hard working, spontaneous, and she did all that as a minority and empowering always women and femininity. Oh, and did I forget to mention that she did it with poise and as gorgeous as she was. Come on! She brought the boostie!!!! She was just perfect.

Do you feel it’s difficult to keep our culture alive in modern era?

I feel that the only thing that does affect our culture now a days is that people are communicating less and less. People live in their phones, work, tv more now a days and less time having human to human contact, and with that, most cultural activities are getting lost. However, there is a conscious awareness of this so there might be a turn and our culture may grow, evolve and grow stronger.

One thing that you want to change about womanism?

That womanism is about being 100% a woman, being strong as a woman, being empowering as a woman, being great as a woman… NOT trying to be strong as a man, empowering as a man or great as a man. We are biologically, psychologically, hormonally, physically different, why want to be the same? Besides what a woman’s body can do should definitely put us on a different plane: we bare and bring life to this world. Endure your womanism to live next to the manism, not with it.

What is your message for the youth (women)?

You are capable to do ANYTHING, anything you propose in life. Never let anything or anyone make you believe anything different. Even if things may seem dark and impossible, it’s at that point were you cannot give up, you have to push harder and move faster, because clarity will come along. You are the queen of your life and you get to dictate what goes on it.

Please share one such story which you think has brought changes in your life.

Really all experiences have brought changes to my life. There’s really not one specific story that stands out. Sometimes there are just tiny moments that bring that change, maybe it’s just an optimistic perspective that keeps the good changes coming 🙂