My name is Vanessa Fernandez. I am 23 years old and I come from Cantabria, Spain. I characterize myself as an empathetic, sensitive and confident woman. However, my biggest quality is that I am always smiling no matter the circumstances. From a very young age I have felt identified with this motto: “everything happens, everything comes”. To me it has always meant that no matter what we go through in life, as chaotic as it may be, you will always obtain a valuable lesson that will allow you to grow as an individual, keeping in mind that whatever is meant for you will come in its due course. To me that is the definition of destiny.
My biggest reference and source of inspiration and admiration is my mother. She is a strong woman who raised me, took care of my needs and cared for my education all by herself. I see myself now as a 23-year-old woman and I can also picture her with a 3-year-old baby at the same age. I put myself in her shoes and because and can only imagine the strength it took, and for that I will always be grateful to her.
One of the core values my mother taught me was to respect and love nature and animals. For that reason, I constantly try to connect with mother earth. I grew up surrounded by mountains, rivers, sea and snow, wonders that my hometown Cantabria has to offer. A special part of my family is constituted by my four-legged friends: My 3 cats, my 2 dogs and my mare. They have been with me in every moment, showing me selfless love and making me happy in a way I could never explain.
I currently live in Madrid, where I work as a professional model for designers like Agatha Ruiz de la Prada and Jesus del Pozo, and several brands like El Corte Inglés, Coca-Cola, Repsol, Yamaha, L’Oreal, Wella, among others. At 18 years-old I walked the runway for Mercedes Benz, also filmed a commercial for 7Up, and at 19 years-old I was already modeling in India for brands like Only Triumph, Motor Hero and Vogue India.
I have always had a great connection to children, from there comes my passion to see them grow and help them become great people in their future. I understood that my degree in education will allow me to transmit all these values and make a contribution against bullying by encouraging positive relationships and serving as a mediator for communication and respect between children and their families. I combine my bachelor’s degree in education with a certificate in child education, serving children from 0 to 12-years-old.