Check our exclusive interview with gorgeous Colombian model, actress and dancer Stephanie del Toro.
Hi Stephanie please tell us a little about you?
I am from Colombia, am crazy and passionate about all what I do, I love to performance every time that I have the opportunity. What else can I say, I am a very simple girl who believe in herself and trust that if you want something and work hard for it, you just get it.
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Passionate, spontaneous, adventurous
Who was your role model as a child?
I was such a ladder I used to say what we will going to play. Always super girly taking the makeup of my mom, but its funny cause now that I grow up never wear make up
What’s the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do at night?
The first thing its being thankful and feel blessed for what I have, I love to get amazed like a 5 old years girl and see the miracles of the life, In my mind I repeat to myself I can do it,( even when I still have awake and half sleepy) and just right after this, I open my eyes get up, have either coffee or a quick green juice and I’ll go to workout, and then I am ready for start my day. And the last thing , I take a shower I put perfume and some chocolate oil and I go to the bed having the sensation that at least I did something which will take me where I want it to be .. So I get in my mind the idea that tomorrow I’ll do a little more than today
How did you get started in modeling?
I am from Colombia (to be precise from the Colombian Coast a little town called Sincelejo), I always dream big (over there they requires me as queen of beauty, former as miss Colombia but I at the end the committee of beauty in my hometown told me that I didn’t represent the typical beauty – cause I was too skinny my features wasn’t as the typical girl -, so I knew from always that I didn’t want to compete for a crown I wanted to work, being In photoshoots and video shoots , being the face and body of campaigns, being in the magazines, in covers, etc. When I moved to Bogota to go to the university I get scout for the first time for a very important Italian photographer Aldo Bressi R.I.P. who used to live in Argentina and was in Bogota for an event of one of his schools of photography, and I was invited to that event and he was the first who discover me and told me I have a carrier in front of my eyes, that day he did a nice photoshoot with m . Then I start to work in agencies in Colombia, My first job and actually photo shoot was the branding campaign for Colgate plus whitening for Latin America. After that having a double life going to the law university ( having my swimwear and heels ready for casting and reading tons of law books) I had a weird feeling cause even working for a lot of the most important brands, magazines and designer, I knew that my future wasn’t there (cause in my country which I love in a way that you have no idea, and I have to say that I feel so proud being Colombiana I never felt appreciate as an artist) , so one day before I went to live to New York to improve my English in a language school after I get my bachelor degree ,I met a really good friend who is a super talented designer Juan Pablo Socarras he encourage me and told me that I have to keep it up.
When I went to live to NYC I have to be honest and admit that I still having the flame on my dream but I wants expecting becoming an international model, Cause I wasn’t the tallest or the skinniest I mean I am still being Latina. The point was that I have to admit that I didn’t expect it, but one way after class I was walking on the 5 street in Chelsea and an Italian designer scout me and ask me to be her model for his look book and then after I go there and had this awesome photoshoot the adventure began.
How has modeling changed your life?
In every aspect that you can imagine, in special making my more awake of my flaws, wanted me to inspire people, inspire girls, modeling has taking my to places that I dreamed about, took me to get more into spirituality and the deep part cause even when I can’t lie about that I work with my appearance I learn that the very important strength come from inside. And I had learned that you first have to dream it, then you have to put your whole heart on it, work hard and keep it up , stand if you fell, but keep it.
What is the most rewarding part of your work?
The amount of happiness that I get when I am in front of the camera doing my performance and becoming different versions of me is something priceless, on top of the fact that I love travelling and thanks my work I get to know amazing places, cultures, people. What else can I ask for
The most important thing when you are shooting is?
First make sure asking to the brand representative, photographer or director what exactly they want me to be to make sure, and then just play and fun start.
What’s your advice for the newer models?
The x factor to be successful in the business is CONFIDENCE, feeling comfortable in your own skin, don’t pretending or wanting something different to being yourself , you will never will fill up yourself looking around, you have to looking for inside yourself, find strength and became the best version of you ever possible. I still working on it. Being positive and working on it is key
Who are some of your favorite models and designers?
I like a lot this kind of timeless iconic models as Cindy Crawford, or the talented Audrey Hepburn… of my Colombianas I adore what’s Sofia Vergara is doing. Of course of the new top I like a lot of the VS super models, I like Irina shayk.
About brands my list is endless, Coco Chanel, Tom Ford, Roberto Cavalli, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen.
What are guilty pleasures food wise?
CHOCOLATE (Sugar free chocolate), nuts, cashews, almonds, and sweets. But I am hypoglycemic so I always find the way to get sugar free desserts.
How do you keep fit?
I love to Dance, so Dancing and doing High intensity workout, as kickboxing, boot camps, using my jump rope, and sometimes hot Bikram yoga. I don’t like routines cause gave me bored I have to do something that I find fun and challenging. I love to try a lot of new staff whenever I can.
How is a normal day in your life?
I am very active so workout, then castings , meetings , shootings, if I have time to cook something tasty and healthy I spoil myself, not too much time for resting being honest so when I finish my day I am always super tired and sleep like baby.
What is your idea of a perfect Sunday?
First starting my day with a nice outdoor activity, jogging, biking, hiking or something that’s make me sweat, then I love having a nice big brunch if it have acai bowl with all the nuts and fruits I like as topic is even better, a facetime with my family to catch with them, after that meeting friends for coffee or taking about life and laugh at it, if I am close to the beach I love to go and take a walk (get tan) and catch the sunset, if not I like to go to the Turkish bath or sauna, movies and then but the end of the day a hot long relaxing bath with candles and scents and I am a brand new Stefi and super happy girl.
Best advice ever given?
I you want it you do it, if not you don’t want it enough.
Name 3 things you can’t live without?
Any plans for 2016 that you want to share with us?
So many things going on, that I will love to share them with you as soon as killing it. But I will share my biggest goals I want to be Sport illustrated model so bad I don’t know how but I’ll making one day soon .. For now, I am working a lot on my fitness and becoming the best version possible of me, because I am having many nice projects coming soon, I got the feeling that 2016 is a great year for me.
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
I will make my name my brand and I will explore more of my skills.
Favorite song? Why?
I love music so pic one is hard for me, if the question is my favorite one to listen I have to say “Feeling Good” Nina Simone cause It make me smile and make me feel so good, my favorite one for dance is “Guajira” I love u 2 much Yerbabuena cause I have to dance it.
What music can we find on your iPod?
You will find everything, music its so important for me, I love deep house (vocal deep house), underground music, todays hits, jazz, salsa, champeta, a bit of reggeton, hip hop, famous movies song tracks, tons of Colombian music with a lot of flavor (drums), I think is the most eclectic and versatile iPod cause you find playlist for any moment.
What do you think of Social Media?
It’s the best platform to show yourself and I have to admit that I am not very good at it, I’ll improve. For my work is very important I got a lot of nice offers. And I get to know a lot of talented people all around the world that I would love to work with. Social Media is a powerful tool.
Where we can follow you?
I know I have to open snapchat but is coming soon.
Quote: Do it with passion or not at all.
Key words: Be you, be crazy, be light, be wild and be kind.
Favorite Artist: Frida Khalo.
Movies: The Pursuit of Happiness, Eat, Pray and Love, Troy.
Travel Destination: NEW YORK
Drink: Coconut water, smoothies, Red wine
Sports Team: I am not crazy fanatic about any particular one but when Colombia is playing in soccer I support the with all of me
Tv Show: I don’t really watch tv, so please don’t laugh at me by I like Sex and the City.
Book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo, I read it when I was teen, and It really opened and change my mind.
Black and White Close-up: @jesuscorderooficial
Car Black and White: Juan Carlos Ariano @arianchang
Black Jacket: Ace Amir @spadestudios
Black and White (body): Ales Babini @bellezamoda