Bella Maria Varela was born August 30, 1993 conjoined to her twin sister, Abigail Varela. After the separation surgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, her family settled in the Columbia Heights neighborhood in Washington DC. Until the age of 18, she danced ballet at the Dance Institute of Washington and the Jones Haywood Dance School. She then attended Miami University of Ohio, where she majored in Mass Communications and minored in Photography.? She is currently working as the Assistant Director of the Renwick Gallery Store and on the side she works on her fine art photography.? She is also very involved in the All Our Kids DC community, that?develops?diverse communities of support in the DC Area.? Her goal is for her photography stories to be featured in a museum to encourage young artists to share their own stories. She sees photography and art as her tool to fight for diversity and equality in the world.?