Maisa Castro, a 21 years old model from Brazil who is very passionate about modeling. She has adored fashion industry from a very young age. She is into modeling since 6 years now. When asked about what is that one things she extremely adores about modeling, she told she loves how flexible it is. She loves how modeling gives her a choice and freedom to explore different places. Adding more,
“There’s no such a thing as boundaries in the modeling industry. This is because models can’t get stuck to anything. We travel so much, we see different cultures, we have to change our appearance according to the job and client’s needs, we meet new people, we leave our family behind in order to chase this dream. It’s a lifetime experience at a young age. That’s what I love the most: the excitement of new experiences.”
Talking about her first job she did in China when she was just 17 years, Maisa says,
“It was my first job in my entire life, in Shanghai (China). I was only 17 years old. They liked my profile because of my naturally wavy and voluminous hair. But they wanted more hair. I had to wear a 3kg hair extension for this shoot, and my head was paining like hell! I get headaches just by thinking about this moment. But the picture’s results were just amazing. It was definitely worth the pain.”
Maisa is extremely inspired from Brazilian model Gisele Caroline Bündchen. She watched her walking ramps since she was kid. She feels that the situations are the ones that brought her into this career. Elaborating to this she says,
“It was very natural for me. I was taller than the kids my age at school and people used to tell me that if I lost weight I could be a model (as I was a little chubby in my childhood). I started seeing fashion shows on TV, I watched Gisele Bündchen doing her catwalk and my heartbeat was high as the sky. So it wasn’t anybody specifically but many situations that brought me to this career.”
When Maisa started modeling 6 years back, social media did not played an important factor. She feels earlier it was just about how well you perform that it. But nowadays the scenarios are different. Explaining it she says,
“Now, with social media influencers, it’s not only about how good your work is or how you catch people’s attention on a campaign. It’s also about how many followers you have, how many people are checking your stories on a daily basis. I completely understand why brands are looking for influencers, it can be good or bad. It completely depend on the person. If you are genuine on social media and if you are being your true self then it’s an amazing thing. On social media I can show BTS, the backstage and the struggles of modeling. So new models can understand that it isn’t just a glamorous life.”
Maisa was always criticized for being fat. Despite all this she proved everyone wrong and kept on walking towards her goals.
” No matter how skinny, for the agencies I was always fat. I needed to lose more and more weight. My wavy hair was too frizzy, my nose was too big, my breasts too small. In a family matter: they thought my job wasn’t a real or good job. In the beginning they didn’t support my career and they thought it wouldn’t bring me anywhere.”
Maisa is a fitness enthusiast. So, we asked her to share her fitness regime with our readers. She told that she works out just 4 times a week. Working out is just another passion of hers.
“What I like about it is the way you challenge yourself, and when you see the results all the work is worth it. I try to workout at least 4x a week. And move my body everyday. Of course sometimes there’s a busy work week, so it may not be possible. But I try to at least do a little exercise.”
Apart from modeling and fitness, Maisa loves travelling, she has travelled almost 17 countries for work. She considers herself extremely lucky to travel all around the world and experience different culture of different places. Her next dream travel destination is Africa and Maldives. Maisa visits India quite often for work and associated with few designers and photographers in India as well. When asked about what is the one thing she extremely loves about India, she says,
“I love how Indians love their culture and family. How family is important, and the commitment Indians have to them. I also love how they take good care of animals, it makes my heart melt.”
Talking about gender stereotypes followed in fashion industry, she says that thankfully people have started being vocal about a lot of things. Though certain things are still same for women.
“I think now there’s a lot more acceptance and the industry is much more open for diversity. Though there’s still the idea that women should do certain things, women should just be pretty and nothing else in life. That man needs to be powerful and women pretty. Why not both for women?”