Before she became a YouTube superstar, Dulce Candy Ruiz served as a soldier in the U.S. Army. The Mexican-born video blogger arrived in the U.S. as a child and was able to enlist with a green card right out of high school. After dealing with bouts of depression and a 15-month deployment in Iraq, Dulce Candy posted her first makeup video tutorial on YouTube and the rest was history. Now, at over 2 million subscribers, the veteran-turned-beauty guru is the author of her own book, The Sweet Life, and CEO of her own lifestyle brand, Dulce Candy Inc.

This is the interview that ran on NPR stations when “Enlisted” premiered.

The following is the extended digital-only interview Maria Hinojosa had with Dulce Candy.

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