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Pentatonix Singer Kirstin Maldonado: “I’m Proud of Being Latina” (EXCLUSIVE)

Dec 13, 2013 By: Sugey Palomare

Pentatonix Singer Kirstin Maldonado Exclusive Interview

It is all about the music for Pentatonix. The talented a cappella group has quickly earned props for their flawless cover of “Little Drummer Boy,” which has earned more than 17 million views on YouTube – and the success just keeps on growing. The third season winners of NBC’s “The Sing-Off Competition,” have also landed on Billboard‘s top charts for their holiday album, PTXmas, which dropped on December 8th. We got a chance to catch up with Pentatonix’s Latina band member, Kirstin Maldonado. Find out what the 22-year-old had to say about being Latina, her craziest fan encounter and more.

Did you ever imagine Pentatonix becoming as huge as it has?

“Definitely not, actually…when I initially auditioned with everyone I was just thinking this would be a fun thing to do with friends! Maybe it’d lead to something else, maybe not, but regardless, it’d be an amazing opportunity and I’d learn a lot as a performer! But a few weeks into the show I think we all realized that we had something amazing, that we had been put together for a reason. It was really inspiring, and because we knew we had something special we decided to always shoot for our dreams and take this PTX ride as far as it would go!”

What is the best/wildest fan encounter you have had so far?

“I personally haven’t had the craziest fan interaction, but I just love that because our fans and I have so many common interests, we’ve become friends. It’s really a beautiful support system, PTX to our supports, and we all always look out for each other!”

Which Latina pop stars do you look up to and why?

“Well, J.LO was my girl from the block growing up [catch that?]. I knew all her songs and was absolutely obsessed with her, her career, and everything she was doing. I also really loved Selena, who J.LO played in the movie. I just think she was a really beautiful spirit and so talented, and I felt I related with her a lot. And of course, Shakira is just beautiful and so incredibly talented. I just watch her and am amazed.”

What do you love most about being Latina?

“My family makes some amazing food! I don’t know, I feel like I’m just proud of being Latina in general…who I am, where I came from, my family; all provided a solid foundation for me to grow up and I was just raised with so much love!”

What advice do you have to little girls who want to follow in your footsteps?

“I really want to inspire people to reach for their dreams. I feel like this generation undervalues themselves a lot, and I want to support all the young girls out there who ever feel like they’re not good enough, or are insecure about what they’re doing. Everyone has their insecurities, everyone asks if they are doing the right thing. You just can’t compare yourself to others, especially in the entertainment field. You are you! You are special because you are unique and that’s what you bring to the table in every outlet in life. If I could go back in time now and tell myself that I would, haha!! And whatever your passion is, if that’s what you really want to do, go for it with all your heart and put so much work into making it the best it can be!”