Can you tell us a little bit about your modeling and acting career?
I’ve been modeling for quite a long time right now. I was actually scouted at the age of 7 in Hong Kong on a train. Since then, I’ve appeared in a lot of TV commercials and advertisements on magazines and newspaper.
What is your definition of success?
My definition of success is to be able to follow your passion, and at the same time, to use your potential and talents to the fullest, and be of service to a purpose that is larger than yourself.
What brings you to compete at Miss Universe Canada? Why?
I started modeling at a very young age. Being in the fashion industry, you’re constantly being judged by your appearance and the way you look. Having conquered and overcome a lot of challenges such as mental health, self-esteem and body image, I’d like to use my resilience and confidence to influence the youth.
What quality do you like about yourself? And why?
I’d say it’s the confidence, as well as the resilience in the face of adversity. I think these two qualities are essential to success.
What makes you believe you can represent Canada to compete?
Like I’ve said before, being in the industry for such a long time, I’ve overcome a lot of challenges that today’s youth are facing such as self-esteem, body image and mental health. I’d like to use my personal experiences about how I’ve overcome these challenges to inspire today’s youth in a positive way.
What is your future goal?
My future goal is to become an influential Hollywood actress and entrepreneur, and continue my philanthropy work becoming a goodwill ambassador for causes that are timely and relevant to today’s youth. I think the Miss Universe Canada organization provides a wonderful platform for me to accomplish all these goals.
About Cara Castelli
Cara Castelli is a fashion model, actress, lifestyle influencer, and founder of Ignite Your Light Canada- a charity dedicated to moving mental health forward in Canada by promoting universal awareness and social inclusion, and holding fundraising events. Currently completing her graduate study in Global Business Management at University of Toronto, Cara aims to become an influential actress, entrepreneur and philanthropist.
Discovered at the age of 7 on a train in Hong Kong, Cara has appeared in numerous advertisements on television, in magazines and newspapers. Over years of modelling, she has travelled extensively around the globe, having modeled for such brands as Roberto Cavalli, Lanvin, Ralph Lauren and DSQUARED2.
At Vancouver Fashion Week F/W 2017, where Cara modeled for international labels, she participated in Be Body Aware Project, alongside Boston Marathon survivor and global amputee rights advocate Adrianne Haslet, to promote body positivity and inclusivity. Not only did the campaign gain extensive recognition from the public, Internet and mass media including Vogue, Teen Vogue, CBC and FASHION Magazine, it was also shared on social media by Kim Kardashian West and Lil Wayne.
On New Year’s Eve 2016, Cara was invited as a guest speaker on succeeding in the face of adversity – among some of Hong Kong’s government officials – at the New Year Charity Gala held annually in Hong Kong. Philanthropy has always been an important part of Cara’s life. She has been actively involved in fundraising and volunteering for charities and organizations such as Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Operation Smile Canada, SickKids Foundation and Women’s College Hospital.
Having navigated through many life challenges such as self-esteem, body image and mental health, Cara aims to be a role model and goodwill ambassador for causes that are timely and relevant to today’s youth. She lives by the principle- “be the light you wish to see in the universe”.
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