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Riflettore Model and Beauty Queen: Kiara Camelle Rosales

Kiara has given us a brilliant bio and great advice for anyone considering beauty pageants or modelling.

Background and Beginnings: How did you get started in the modeling industry? Was it something you always wanted to pursue, or did you fall into it by chance?

In the year 2019, I joined Matahum sa Casate, a barangay pageant, which was my first-ever pageant experience. I used to be extremely shy and conservative, especially when it came to my attire. Actually, joining Matahum sa Casate was unexpected, but despite that, I won as the 2nd runner up and clinched titles for Best in Swimsuit and Best in Long Gown. Who would’ve known that would mark the beginning of my modeling journey?

To be honest, I never saw myself joining pageants when I was younger. My only dream was to be a Public Servant, serving those in need of help and assistance. Behind my success and where I am now, there will always be the ones who made me fall into it, not by chance but by destiny.

Challenges and Rewards: What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced as a model, and what do you find most rewarding about your career?

In the world of modeling and pageantry, individuals often face harsh criticisms, racial biases, and unfair judgments. They encounter comments about their appearance, body shape, or ethnicity that can be hurtful and demoralizing. As a model and a pageant enthusiast, the biggest challenges I’ve faced include encountering constant pressure to maintain physical appearance, facing discrimination and judgment, dealing with a competitive nature, and navigating the unpredictability of modeling and pageantry.

Despite all of these challenges, I find this industry equally fulfilling. I often find satisfaction in expressing myself creatively, building confidence through my performance, and gaining opportunities for personal growth and self-discovery. I also find strength in my resilience and use my platforms to advocate for diversity, inclusivity, and equality. The journey may be demanding, but the sense of accomplishment and fulfillment that comes from overcoming obstacles and achieving success can make it all worthwhile.

Industry Insights: How do you stay competitive and relevant in such a dynamic and ever-changing industry?

In the modeling and pageantry industry, staying competitive and relevant involves a combination of factors. Firstly, I continuously hone my skills and improve my craft, such as practicing poses, refining my runway walk, or working on my public speaking abilities for pageantry. Secondly, maintaining a strong personal brand and unique identity sets me apart from the competition. Whether it’s through my style, personality, or advocacy work, having something distinctive to offer definitely helps me stand out in a crowded field.

Preparation and Routine: Can you describe your daily routine in terms of fitness, skincare, and overall preparation for photoshoots or runway shows?

As a model and a pageant enthusiast, maintaining my fitness, skincare, and overall preparation is crucial for my performance in photoshoots and runway shows. Here’s a glimpse into my daily routine:

  • Fitness: I start my day with a morning run and drink plenty of water, as hydration is essential. Then, I hit the gym at 5 p.m. to tone up my muscles and refine my body appearance. Getting enough sleep is also important, aiming for at least 8 hours. Sometimes, I do yoga for stretching, as it helps with my flexibility and mental focus.
  • Skincare: When it comes to skincare, I don’t need a lot of products since I’m not into whitening. Instead, I focus on products that help my skin glow and look flawless in front of the camera.
  • Preparation: The night before a photoshoot or show, I ensure I get plenty of sleep to avoid any puffiness or dark circles. I drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep my skin hydrated. On the day of the event, I keep my diet light and nutritious, focusing on foods that give me energy without feeling too heavy. I arrive early at the venue to settle in, review the shoot or show details, and do a quick meditation or breathing exercise to stay calm and focused. Lastly, I always double-check my wardrobe and makeup to ensure everything is in place for a flawless performance. Balancing fitness, skincare, and preparation helps me stay at my best, both on the pavement and in front of the camera.

Memorable Experiences: What has been your most memorable modeling experience to date, whether it’s a particular photoshoot, runway show, or campaign?

I have plenty of memorable experiences to share, but one that stands out is joining Miss Universe Philippines Bohol 2024. It was my first time stepping into national pageants. Joining MUPh Bohol 2024 was prestigious, as it was one of the most prestigious pageants ever held in Bohol. Since I already have a child, I am limited to joining some pageants that consider my case. Despite that, MUPh Bohol was my first step into national pageantry. I may not have won the crown, but I believe I won the hearts of many Bol-anons who were captivated by my story—a story of a black woman who aims to inspire others by being the voice of the voiceless and promoting self-acceptance despite one’s flaws.

Future Aspirations: Where do you see your career going in the next few years? Are there any specific goals or projects you’re particularly excited about?

As of now, I would be more likely to focus more on my studies since this year would be my last year in school. I would be thrilled to graduate with a bachelor’s degree and become a Policewoman in the near future. Who knows, maybe I’ll be joining Miss Universe Philippines soon.

Advice for Aspiring Models: What advice would you give to someone who is aspiring to become a model, especially young men who may feel uncertain about entering the industry?

To all young men and women aspiring to become models and pageant enthusiasts, I’d say, embrace your uniqueness. Both industries can be demanding, but staying true to yourself is important. Focus on developing your skills, whether it’s mastering poses, refining your walk, or developing your speech power. Don’t be afraid to seek guidance from experienced professionals. Remember that rejection is part of the journey, but it’s not a reflection of your worth. Stay resilient and keep pushing forward. Surround yourself with a supportive network of friends and mentors who believe in your potential. And most importantly, never compromise your values or integrity for the sake of success. Your authenticity is your greatest asset in a competitive industry.

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