Hi! I'm Iliana.

Most know me as Grow Mija. I’m a Queer Latinx illustrator, mother and pug whisperer currently based in Houston. But I hop around between here and my hometown in Los Angeles. No better way to get over my fear of flying than to hop between states! I’ve been a freelance illustrator for over a year, but just made the jump to full-time freelance in June.

I started Grow Mija as a love letter to my youngest sister, Chachi, to show her art that looked like her and to let her know how amazing she is. Now I want to share my love letter to brown girls all over the world. My message is simple:


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balls (especially his own)


being outdoors

decolonization and dismantling the patriarchy


dyson vacuum

asking for free art

the vet

the patriarchy