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Shirley Capaldo is no stranger to SHEEN Magazine. She is a SHEEN Beauty, model, Miss Jersey City, actress, a mentor to the youth, the creator-founder of Jersey City Fashion Forward 2019, and much more! We caught up with the influential woman who has impacted the lives of so many people to discuss her latest project, Jersey City Fashion Forward 2019 in hopes of bringing fashionistas together and why she is so passionate about encouraging the youth of our world.

Tell us about yourself. What inspired you to get into the pageant and modeling/entertainment world?

I wanted to model and be an actress since I was nine and I actually did my first pageant when I was nine. It got a little expensive so I branched off from that because my parents couldn’t afford it. When I was in the Philippines in 2012, my family over there wanted me to join another pageant. It kind of reignited that want of getting back into acting, modeling, and pageantry. So I went full force! I actually saw Tony Robins’ Live in California and he changed my life. I decided that I was going to do it full-fledged.

Right now, I’m modeling, been on Good Day New York, E! News for some segments, I’ve been in movies, and I do a lot in the community. I am a mentor for Big Brother, Big Sister. I am on the board for Metropolitan Family Health Network, a health center in Jersey City, and I am producing a fashion show now! The fashion show I am producing now is to benefit and raise awareness for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

You are the creator-founder of Jersey City Fashion Forward 2019, what inspired the creation of it?

I’ve always dealt with, “you’re too short to do runway.” I’ve had experience doing events and as a model, I have experienced being backstage because I finally got to walk New York Fashion Week after eight years. I’ve been in Jersey City for the past 14 years and I’ve seen a void in fashion for a city that’s growing so fast and excelling in everything else. There are so many fashion-minded people here so I wanted to create something where everyone in Jersey City and New Jersey as a whole could look forward to that’s a high profile, community-based fashion show.

Why is it so important for you to encourage the youth to take time for self-development?

Where I came from, I didn’t have anyone to look up to myself. I dealt with anxiety, depression, and PTSD. From experience, it’s important to have that person to idolize and look up to, especially when you’re in a really dark place. It’s important to instill that while these children are young because their minds are still fresh to the world. They’re still grasping and learning different things. I see my little about four to five hours a month but in those hours you can see the change in her. She goes through her everyday life and struggles but she still has that mentor or someone that is there with her.

What can we expect to see from Shirley in the future?

I want to do a couple of national commercials. I really want to be in a movie directed by Christopher Nolan (laughs). I would love to do a couple of action movies. Marvel just came out with a Filipina superhero named Wave. I think that is so awesome I’m striving to be one of those superhero characters.

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