Remember the ‘Why not both?’ girl from the Old El Paso adverts? Of course you do!
The memorable ads, which aired in Australia around 14 years ago, featured a cute little girl who refused to pick between “crunchy and soft tacos”. Now, she’s all grown up.
Mia Agraviador was six years old when she became known for the Spanish catchphrase, “Porque no los dos?”
Soon, the phrase became a meme for any topic of conversation that required a decision to be made.
Now she’s a 20-year-old barista living in Sydney who proudly calls herself the “taco girl”. While she’s grown out her iconic bangs, she hasn’t really changed that much!
Her Instagram bio reads, “Hi! Yes, I’m the ‘Porque No Los Dos?’ Taco Girl”.
However, in an interview with Pedestrian from November 2019, Agraviador said she used to feel uncomfortable when people would bring up the advert. Particularly when she was growing up.
“I was still in primary school,” she said. “People in my class saw it and then suddenly more and more people would ask ‘Were you on that ad?’ I remember being a little bit shy at the time.
“I actually didn’t like that attention. I really had a time where I didn’t like it and I felt really uncomfortable and upset if anyone talked about it.”
In her spare time, Agraviador is a keen painter. When she was 15, one of her paintings — a portrait of her brother — was chosen as a finalist for the Young Archibald Prize.
She told Pedestrian she was painting long “before taco time”.
Agraviador still acts from time to time, having recently appeared in ads for the Australian furniture brand Koala.