Born Janney Marin, show business is in her bloodlines. Chiquis’ early memories revolve around assisting her grandfather and grandmother as they transformed a tiny booth at a swap meet into one of the most influential Mexican labels north of the border. With the phenomenal ascension of her mother, Chiquis’ education in four separate high schools marked turbulent chapters in her life but served as a great opportunity to be an essential part of her mother’s businesses. Chiquis was an important part of her mother’s many charities, including The Jenni Rivera Love Foundation, which assists women who are overcoming domestic and sexual abuse. It’s this public face that has built her a burgeoning young fan base.
“Feedback on Twitter and Facebook, and letters that I get from kids as young as 5; it is just amazing,” marveled Chiquis. “I love the fact that I can be a role model. I’m not perfect. I’ve made mistakes. But I have to learn from them. If these children are following me, I want to do something positive and good.”
And she says that identifying as Latina is essential to this message. “You have to be proud of who you are. I was born here in the U.S. but I’m Mexican. I tell the kids to speak Spanish – being able to communicate in two languages is great.”