by MIKE CHAIKEN
Stepping out onto the fashion catwalk, model Miranda Rio wants to provide a positive role model to all women.
The 25-year-old from Golden, Colorado said one of her biggest interests is “fighting for my fellow women.”
“I want to show that women of all sizes, shapes and backgrounds are capable of running the world one step at a time,” said Miranda, who was a recent winner at the Magnifique Showcase held in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Magnifique is organized by former “America’s Next Top Model” contestant Victoria Henley.
“I want to show that modeling is evolving and is something that should be totally inclusive,” said Miranda (@rio_de_miranda ). “I want to show that even though I am short, tattooed and curvy, I am worthy and welcome in the industry, as is anyone else with the same dream.”
“I wouldn’t be where I am today without the influence of strong, independent, and ambitious women,” said Miranda.
“My interest in modeling started young, but was not fully embraced until I broke out of my comfort zone at 24 and ended up a finalist in the Miss Fashion Global 2021 competition for the curvy division,” explained Miranda. “I never thought I was able to follow this dream due to many reasons including self-esteem issues, bullying, traumas, etc.”
“However,” explained Miranda, “through the incredible support I have from my family — my mom especially, friends and Victoria Henley, as well as my own personal growth over the years, I have been given the ability to show that I am capable of anything I put my passion and heart into, regardless of my perceived limitations.”
As evidenced in her photographs, Miranda said she loves tattoos. But she also enjoys music and artistic expression.
When she’s not on the runway, she teaches children for her day job. She is currently studying for a degree in human development and family studies at Colorado State University.
Photos by Lisa Gullo (@darkmoonstudio.co)
Makeup/hair by Carissa Schlam (@thestarduststylist)