Interview with Miranda Celis (@miranda.celis)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

Thank you so much for having me today! It all started when a couple of years ago, my brother’s friend started modeling and acting, for me at that time the world of fashion and acting was something far away and somehow “unattainable”, finding out that someone so close to me was achieving his goals and living in that industry that many think is very closed, made me realize that nothing is impossible, so I started sending my material to agencies, many times the agencies rejected me but I did not give up until one agency signed me, and I was lucky enough to get my first gig that was the worldwide coke campaign directed by Alma H’arel.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

The best thing I got out of modeling was that it taught me to not compare myself to other people. When your career depends on your looks and you constantly lose jobs to women who, essentially, look better than you (because, you know, they got the job and you didn’t), it can put you in a really unhealthy place mentally. It got so bad for me that I had to totally eliminate all behaviors that encouraged comparison. It’s a habit I’m so grateful to have ditched.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

My advice to girls starting out modeling would be to build a supportive community that you feel comfortable opening up to! Having friends who are also in the industry really helps to navigate all the highs and lows, especially when you’re fresh into it and don’t really know what you’re doing. Don’t give up, trust in your dreams and don’t underestimate your desires.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

I have to thank my family infinitely since as much as my dad, my mom and my brother have unconditionally supported me, even in my moments of doubt and loneliness. I don’t think there is only one story, I think there are many in which when I have felt in complete darkness my family has helped me appreciate what I have and not give up.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I really put effort to create positive change and more transparency in the industry by protecting my individuality and trying to motivate other people, I speak up and I try to inspire like I was inspired.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

I have two actually, the first one is “fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering”. Over time this phrase from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace has helped me to gather strength and be brave, it helped me to realize that suffering is a choice and that all core of a problem is fear.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

The reader can follow me via Instagram @miranda.celis.

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