Let me introduce myself. I’m Casandra and I’ve been married for 4 years to a crazy Basque man from San Sebastian, Spain. Together we have one beautiful and even crazier 2 year-old, little man, and a little girl soon to be on her way. My husband is a wine importer and I work as a runway and print model.
I’ve had the amazing opportunity to work as an International model with features in Vogue Italia, Cosmopolitan, Savvy, Glady’s, Washington Life, and other international magazines. As well, as to be featured on the cover for the July 2013 issue of Pregnancy and Newborn, while pregnant with my little man.
I have walked for some of the industries top designers in the USA, Paris and Spain, including Oscar De La Renta, Marchesa, Chanel, Nicolita, Boy Meets Girl, Jason Wu, Gucci, Akris, and many more.
I have landed National Campaigns and worked as an on-air model for Living Proof, Smashbox, Ojon, Dior, Hair Cuttery, Bubbles, and Salon Cielo.
In 2010, I represented the United States in China, for the Miss International pageant, where I was named 1 of 7 Iconic Women of the World. And in 2008, I won the title of Miss Maryland USA where I went on to compete in Donald Trump’s nationally televised Miss USA competition in Las Vegas, Nevada.
When I look back over the past several years, I am unbelievably grateful for the opportunities I have had and the experiences that have come my way, but I always feel the need for a “disclaimer,” so to speak. Yes, many of these opportunities have been “dream come true” type of events in my life. They have brought with them moments of struggle, tears, laughter and joy, but the truth of the matter is, none of them have brought fulfillment alone. None of them have made me who I am today. They are all just passing moments in my lifetime. Yes, some greater moments than others. But it has only been through my faith, my love of God and His love for me, that I have found true and authentic happiness. Happiness that doesn’t pass with the times. Happiness that doesn’t flounder when struggles seem to difficult to handle.
It has only been through His strength that I have overcome the “need” to conform to an image society has created for me. It is only through His grace and mercy that I have overcome and broken free of the chains society places on us to evaluate, compare and drain ourselves and the life He created for us with judgement, endless self-criticism, comparisons and jealousy. It is only through Him that I have been able to find the strength to turn my ashes, into His beauty and to, without fear, live the authentic life in which He created and intended for me to live.
Through Him alone, I am able to live in this world, but not be of this world. With His grace and His mercy, I can sign His name at the end of each day, knowing I have eternal acceptance, love, and peace within my life.