Meet 17 year old Kiersten, a successful model who is so much more than just a pretty face. She has overcome bullying in school and rejection in the competitive modeling industry. Rather than letting this knock her down, she built her confidence and stands proud! She has a big heart, too, and loves giving back to others through volunteering. She is truly beautiful on the inside and out! Read her own words here..
Tell us about yourself!
My name is Kiersten and I am 17 years old. I am originally from New York, but now I live in Miami, Florida.
What does being a teen Latina model entail?
Beina a Latina teen model can be very challening at times as racism still exists in the world. Sometimes, casting designers will pass by the Hispanic and Black models and instead pick the white/fair skin, blue eyed blonde haired girls. I am very confident, so when I am not picked by a designer, I don't let that bother me.
How are girls following you? Through social media? Letters?
I have a following of young girls and teens through social media. I am currently taking acting classes to further enhance my skill set. Also, I work as a volunteer in numerous hospitals and animal shelters. I believe in giving back to the community and helping where ever there is a need.
What was school like for you? You said you were bullied - what happened and how did you overcome this?
As a young girl, I liked to eat alot and had some baby fat on me and I would be bullied by the other kids saying that I was fat and ugly. That really hurt my feelings, but as I grew up, I started eating right and lost all of the weight. Don't get me wrong, I still go the gym and work out, but also I have incorporated eating healthy foods in to my diet.
How did you begin modeling?
I started modeling at the age of 13 and have modeled ever since. On the streets people would tell me, "You are so pretty, why don't you model?" So, my mom took me to an agency and they took photos and soon after that, I was modeling.
Do you have other interests, what are they?
I love to read books, love to go shopping and love to be in front of the camera. I also like to play volleyball and riding my bike.
What advice do you have for young Latinas pursuing their dreams?
My adice to young Latinas trying to purse their dreams is shoot for the stars and don't believe anyone that says you can't do it. You can do anything you put your mind and heart to. With hard work eventually comes rewards. Latinas-Let's stand and be heard as we do have a powerful voice!
Who is your biggest role model?
My biggest role model is my beautiful mother who I adore with all my heart. She is my mother and father as my parents are divorced and I rarely see my father.