Blessin Giraldo is an actress, dancer, and the breakout star of the widely-received documentary Step.
She manifested her gifts of stepping and used that as a direct correlation to higher education creating a platform to entertain while educating her audience. Blessin has served her community in giving the youth of Baltimore an opportunity to shine a light on their goals and dreams. Together, she’s created a culture and safe space for urban African American teenagers to channel these frustrations into art.
Blessin is considered one of the most influential Marylanders by the Daily Record News Company, and one of the top influential teenagers in America awarded by Teen Vogue. Blessin has taken her passion for stepping to the next level as it was broadcasted on a national hit TV show “ So You Think You Can Dance”.
She has been interviewed by 60 Minutes, The Today Show, ABC, and Robin Rene Roberts on Good Morning America where her pride and liberty didn’t go unnoticed. Blessin iterated to Ms. Roberts that “Success is never owned, it’s rented, and rent is due each day”. Blessin continues to pursue her dreams as a full-figured, 5-10, model. Blessin is an afro-latina who displays the importance of representation in the modeling industry. She’s been published in Glamour Magazine, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Latina Magazine, Target Commercial Ads, Good American Campaign and Essence Magazine. Her efforts to be resilient, dedicated, and persistent is evident in Blessin’s life journey. As a leader and educational activist for creative arts, she continues to inspire young women and men to challenge the lackluster American public education system. As a result of her efforts, she has had the opportunity to perform live in front of Tina Knowles, appeared at College Signing Day with Michelle Obama, and sat aside Hillary Clinton on a panel as they discussed the importance of education and female politicians. Her rise to success continues to be evident well into her years.
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