MRS. SOUTH EAST ASIA
Name: Shiela DeForest
City & State: Golden, CO
Birthday: September 7, 1973
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Occupation / Career: Stay at home wife, Model
Country of Citizenship: USA
Place of Birth: Pagsanjan, Laguna, Philippines
Languages: English, Filipino, Tagalog, Basic Spanish & French
Education / Special Training: Bachelor of Science Major in Tourism
Name on Facebook: Shiela DeForest
Name on Instagram: milehighfashions
Tell us about your family:
I was born in the Philippines. My mother was an educator and my father is a retired Lieutenant in the Philippine Marines. I have one sister, who lives with her family near Munich, Germany. My parents still reside in my home town and I visit them at least twice a year. My husband goes with me on some of these trips too. Luckily, my husband gets along well with my family and I with his. I am married to an airline Captain which is like kismet, because I am a former flight attendant. We've been married for almost 6 years now but we celebrate 2 wedding anniversaries. The first one was our courthouse wedding because I came here on a K1 or Fiancee visa. Our story is not the norm for this kind of visa because we met each other's families way before we got engaged, visited each other frequently during our courtship and went on holidays together. There was even a time he flew all the way to Sydney, Australia just to spend a day with me. Awwww! We had an intimate wedding in Bohol, Philippines attended by both our families and friends who traveled from different countries to celebrate our special day. I’ve been blessed to have married into a wonderful family here in the US and they welcomed me with open arms. We do try to visit them in ND and WA as often as we can and my in laws visit us in CO several times a year.
In my spare time I enjoy: Volunteering, traveling, reading, spending quality time with my husband, listening to music
People describe me as: Friendly, happy, loyal, devoted wife
Special Talents?: Karaoke Singing
United States: Mrs. South East Asia Globe, Mrs. Beauty of the Americas, 3rd Runner Up Mrs. USofA Globe, Mrs. Rocky Mountains Globe, Denver Style Magazine Editorial, Poshmark PoshMarket Brand Fashion Show, PoshFest Convention Speaker and Closet Consultant, Poshmark Party Live Denver Speaker, Noodles & Company Model, Hand Model for Colorado Lottery, Chili's, Rosetta Stone, BNP Paribas Indian Wells Tennis Tournament, WOW Philippines US Tour
Philippines: High School Class Valedictorian, University of the Philippines College Scholar, Escada Sport, Wella, L'Oreal Color Trophy model, Hugo Boss, Johnny Walker brand ambassador, Shell Philippines brand ambassador, CalCarrie Models, Contestant Supermodel Philippines, Contestant ASEAN Model Search, Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines BodyShots Modeling Competition, Buffalo Jeans, Rustan's Marketing Corporation, Marks & Spencer
Singapore: Kenzo, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Diva Models, Luna Bianca Bridal Boutique formerly Graceful Image Bridals, Terranova, The New Paper, Badgley Mischka, Flora Cheung, Smint
China: HSBC Beijing Golf Open
Dubai: Face of Emirates Airline, IWC/Mercedes Benz Watch Launch, Cover Girl for Ilustrado Magazine (Premiere Filipino publication in the Middle East), Beijing Olympics Commemorative Fashion Show, Dubai Desert Classic Golf Tournament, Dubai World Golf Tournament
Qatar: QTel Prepaid
Germany: BMW Open Munich, Emirates Airline Berlin
Canada: Rogers Cup Tennis Tournament
Something unique or quirky about you?:People think I'm too tall to be a Filipina. As per my 23 and me DNA results, aside from the obvious that I have Southeast Asian ancestry, I am also part Native American, West African and Spanish.
What is your personal philosophy: Believe in yourself.
Why is this important to you?: I grew up in a country that still has a generally western oriented concept of beauty. I must say that it was hard because these are your own people yet they cannot appreciate the local beauty traits which reflects the heritage and history of your own country. Despite this, I never let it stop me from pursuing a career in fashion. I was rejected countless times but I learned to be strong and kept on believing in myself. I persevered and eventually, brands and designers appreciated my talent and my morena (olive/brown skin). Modeling also helped me gain confidence in myself to expand my market and found an agent in Singapore. This was my first time to travel and work abroad. Eventually, I also found opportunities to harness my public relation and customer service skills in the diplomatic corps and travel related careers, which helped me continue my travel around the world. I would have never achieved this if I doubted myself in the very beginning.
Your best asset?: People say I have a very genuine smile
As a woman of empowerment, what is your "Magic"?:
I am a global citizen. I have lived in many countries that exposed me to different cultures. My work environment was also very multi-cultural that constantly varied sometimes even daily. I learned to be respectful of other cultures as a result of this. I am naturally curious and open to learning about other cultures and this helped widen my horizons and learned about the world in the process. Through travel, I've been to the most amazing destinations and even to countries that may not make it to a bucket list. Traveling to these countries was a privilege. These days, some might not consider visiting them because they're not Instagram worthy but it opened my eyes to how some people in the world live. And that opened myself to helping others in whatever way possible.
What hashtags best describe you:
#travelwithpurpose #beautifulinmybrownskin #globetrotter #joyoftravel #poshboss #happywife #beautygivesback #helpkeepheritagealive
What food would we always find in your refrigerator?
Berries, Arugula Salad, My mother in laws' homemade pickles, almond & flax milk, wine
What is your favorite family recipe?:
My parents' Chicken Adobo
What is your guilty pleasure?:
Dark chocolate bar
What household chore to you actually enjoy?:
Favorite Family Ritual:
If there were an extra hour today I would:
Read a book
In my beauty bag you would find:
Pretty much every makeup item and more.
I just learned:
How to replace a garage door opener
I stay fit by:
Going to Zumba and Body Pump classes, dancing
How did I ever live without my:
Husband and smart phone
______ is the new black:
If there was a magazine title about you, what would it say?
"The world is your classroom: 53 countries and counting"
Complete this sentence: Success Requires…
Someone you admire:
A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
Moscato or Champagne
Favorite thing about yourself:
Best advice you’ve ever been given:
Love and respect yourself.
Lover or Fighter:
What makes you happy?
Spending time with family and friends, traveling,helping others
The thing about yourself you would like to change?
To not be content with status quo, I should continue to keep myself open to trying things outside of my comfort zone like joining Mrs. USofA Globe.
Facebook: Shiela DeForest Instagram: milehighfashions