—THE INSPIRER—

Ocean Drive - - Fresh Faces -

Mi­ami na­tive Candice Fran­qui’s un­de­ni­able charm has landed her high-pro­file gigs, in­clud­ing a spread in Seven­teen. Now, the teenage Ford model is us­ing her new­found sta­tus to pro­mote self-love and pos­i­tiv­ity to her peers.

How were you dis­cov­ered?

When I was 14, peo­ple would come up to me and say, “Your legs are so long! Are you a model?” It was al­ways a dream of mine. One day, my mom and I started send­ing my pic­tures out, and the next thing you know, I was signed to Ford Mod­els.

Who is some­one you’d love to work with?

Jor­dan Tay­lor Wright

(@tay­lor­cut­films). He’s an amaz­ing pho­tog­ra­pher who col­lab­o­rates with many dif­fer­ent celebri­ties, in­clud­ing Ciara. I’ve never seen pho­tos so dif­fer­ent and unique.

Fa­vorite Mi­ami res­tau­rant?

An­thony’s [Coal Fired] Pizza

(2626 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 786-456-9200; acfp.com) is so good. I love the meat­balls there. I’m get­ting hungry just talk­ing about it! I also like Splurge Juice Bar & Café (18505 NW 75th Pl., Hialeah, 786-8576969; splurge­juice­bar.com).i

usu­ally get an açai bowl.

What do your peers think of your mod­el­ing ca­reer?

I’ve al­ways been bul­lied and was never sure why. It’s a trau­matic thing, es­pe­cially when you’re young and learn­ing how to ac­cept and love your­self as you are. Bul­ly­ing is not cool, and I love to stand up to peo­ple and help other girls or any­one who is be­ing vic­tim­ized. Over time, you get stronger and you learn to love your­self and not care what peo­ple say.

Words to live by?

“Ev­ery great achieve­ment was once con­sid­ered im­pos­si­ble.”

@can­dice­fran­qui

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