I've worked with Kailyn time and time again and she is my go to model when I'm in the Tampa area. And I consider her mom my mom's doppelgänger. So it was fun to be working with a fun face again this time I actually picked out the clothing and went into my closet and styled all the looks for her.
What made you take the career path as a model?
I was always very tall and lanky growing up. Around the age of 15 I was already 5’10” and people were always asking me, “Do you model?” That planted a seed in my head and I began to think, “No I don’t, but I would love to!" I danced ballet and that was my hardcore passion growing up. I already loved performing and being on stage. I felt that modeling fostered that love as it is a performance art of some sort. When you model, you have to know your body and your movements must make a designer’s work of art come to life. I have also always been fascinated with the fashion industry, having a passion for it already only further encouraged me to begin modeling.I began modeling at age 15 when I signed with Wilhelmina, but still had a huge focus on ballet and my education, and had to balance all of them. My education is still very important to me as I attend law school, but I love that I get to work as a model, its an outlet for me and something I enjoy so much.
What is your title?
My title is Miss Tampa Bay USA 2017, I compete in Miss Florida USA 2017 this July with the hopes of making it to the Miss USA stage representing my home state in 2017.
How has your title changed you as a woman
I wouldn’t say that my title has “changed” me per se as I feel that I have the same morals, values and goals in life that I have always had, nevertheless, pageants really have changed my life! Pageants have given me the opportunity to bring awareness to causes that are close to my heart. They have given me a voice that others can hear on a level that I otherwise would have never had. They have given me more confidence in myself, in my ability to achieve my dreams and to affect change. Not to mention, I have made some of my best friends through pageantry.
If you could obtain a super power what would it be?
To fly! I am always so busy and want to be able to do everything and be everywhere at once. If I could fly, that would definitely help!
You have worked alongside some incredible people, who has been the most influential?
I have been blessed to work alongside some amazing people, but believe it or not, the most influential have been the people I have met through the Best Buddies Organization. Best Buddies is an organization bringing awareness to the inequalities that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (idd) face. The young adults I have met through that group are so positive, have so much courage and live each and every day to the fullest! They inspire me to never take the blessing in my life for granted and to follow my greatest aspirations.
What has been a stand-out out moment in your career so far?
Although I have accomplished many things that I am very proud of, I feel that my stand-out moment is yet to come!
How hard do you push yourself?
I push myself extremely hard, to the point that I sometimes do too much and get sick as a result. I just have so many things I want to accomplish in my education, in my modeling career, in pageantry, in my volunteer organizations and even in my personal life that I sometimes take on more than one person should. People always ask me how I manage to do everything I do. Its a combination of my extreme passion, my work ethic and my drive to succeed. I am a first born Cuban American and my grandparents sacrificed so much to bring my family to the U.S. and give their children and grandchildren better opportunities. I think of their sacrifice every day and it pushes me to never take any of the opportunities in my life for granted and to always strive to be my best self and work harder in order to achieve my dreams!
What are some of the greatest fears you think pageant queens face?
Failure. I know for me in particular, I put my heart and soul into preparing for a pageant. My dream is to be on the Miss USA stage and my greatest fear is failing to achieve that. I always remind myself that at the end of the day, its not failing that defines us but how we overcome our failures. When we get back up on our feet, we have already achieved something great and have become that much stronger! Preparing for a pageant and competing on stage is something I love and enjoy tremendously! I am going to soak up every single moment of the process and the rest is in God’s hands!