Coming from a vibrant and electric Puerto Rican background, Aurea was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. She grew a passion for arts at an early age, writing poetry. Her love for Acting developed at the age of 8, after a school project gave her a first hand view of what goes into making a film.
She ventured into modeling while in her Sophomore Year in high school, and explored it more in-depth after her first year at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she also began dancing again. After her first year of college, Aurea took a short hiatus to pursue other interests. In 2011, she returned to modeling and began working as a freelance artist. On social media, she became known as AUREA or DEFINITIONDESIRE, her brand growing from a standpoint of "lust", where she owned her sensuality and sexuality, growing confident that this wasn't a side of her that needed to be hidden.
Aurea takes pride in being a free spirit, defying normalcy, and not living by society's standards, hoping to inspire all women to do the same. She is also a huge advocate for mental health awareness, having been challenged with depression and anxiety throughout her whole life. She was heavily involved in writing several articles, creating dance pieces, and sparking a large integrated marketing campaign around depression and anxiety in college students and within herself.
In 2013, Aurea decided to go back to school, and 2 years later graduated with honors from the City College of New York with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, having majored in Advertising and Public Relations and double minoring in Theatre and Journalism.
Throughout her recent years, she has published several articles, winning a finalist Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists in 2015 and has gone onto pursuing a variety of personal and professional passions.