Exclusive Interview with Former Model Ms. Candela.
Updated: Dec 16, 2020
This New York-born and Spain-raised Latina beauty started her modeling career in a beauty pageant at the age of 15. She continued her career by appearing on multiple hip-hop and Latin music videos, she also did some print and online campaigns and earned a significant social following back in the old myspace days.
Meet former model Ada also known as Pura Candela / Ms.Candela.
A decade later, Ms. Candela shares with us at Our Pink World her story about why she stopped her modeling career and talks about what she's up to these days.
How old is Ms. Candela now and what is life like?
Ms. Candela wanted to keep her age private but she is in her 30's. She has no children, has never been married, and is a huge dog lover and animal advocate.
What is Ms. Candela's background/ethnicity?
Ms. Candela's parents were both born in Uruguay but the family roots come from a mixture of Europe. She was born in New York City and at the age of 3, her family moved to Spain for 7 years.
What are Ms. Candela's hobbies?
Ms. Candela enjoys traveling, kayaking, fishing, reading, and caring for her 4 little rescued dogs.
What is Ms. Candela's favorite food?
Ms. Candela loves carbs, she truly enjoys white rice or pasta. She also enjoys sushi.
As a teen, what were Ms. Candela's favorite things to do?
In her teen years, Ms. Candela spent most of her time modeling and working on different gigs. She definitely enjoyed taking pictures.
(Photography by Finesse Levine)
Why did Ms. Candela stop modeling?
The end of her modeling days started when she received a call from her younger sister who lived across the states. Ms. Candela was in N.Y.C and her sister lived on the west coast.
In 2010 Candela put her life on hold to help her sister's dreams come true to start a non-profit, no-kill animal rescue. Ms. Candela packed her bags and within weeks she had moved to the west coast and ever since she has been a huge part of her sister's organization and is hands-on around the clock. Candela continues to be a huge part of the animal rescue, they have helped many animals in need and have found forever homes for thousands of pets. Ms. Candela's organization has been very successful. They have over 13 thousand subscribers on YouTube and their most popular rescue video has over 5.9 million views... Little that Ms. Candela knew that back in 2010 her life was going to drastically change and end her modeling days.
(Video: Finesse Levine | Model: Ms.Candela/Ada)
What is Ms. Candela up to these days and what is her new journey?
Back in March, Covid19 (coronavirus) hit the west coast pretty bad, everyone had to be quarantined and many businesses and events had canceled... right at that same time, Ms. Candela had injured her ankle/foot very badly which left her immobile for four long months.
Not only was she stuck at home due to the pandemic, but she had no other option as she couldn't walk or get around, to begin with.
During those four months of healing and being immobile, she had gained some weight. As a former model, the first thing she wanted to do after healing was to get right back in shape.
How does Ms. Candela keep in shape?
Ms. Candela shared with us that this is not the first time she has gained a few pounds. She's always been up and down with her weight but always managed to get back to her normal weight, which is around 125. She mentioned that in order for her to keep in shape, she does cardio and her eating habits must consist of proteins and vegetables.
Candela mentioned that she is not a pro when it comes to fitness, but she knows the basics and it has always helped her keep in shape, but with age, losing weight can be challenging, and she's definitely going through the struggle right now.
Ms. Candela will be trying different healthy and natural methods to help her get back in shape. She is not afraid to share her journey with the world and she will be documenting everything during this new journey.