Mirella Caldera is a South American model living in Los Angeles. She has been featured in the Playboy Cyber Club's Hottest Girls of MySpace 2007. She will be featured in Lowrider Magazine in August 2008. She spoke openly about her interest in philosophy, moving between South America and the States, and her trips to an orphanage in Mexico.
You describe yourself as an Alpha student of life and philosophy. What kind of philosophies to you like to study?
An ‘alpha student of life and philosophy’ means that I am a constant learner. I want to know about everything and anything. I want to know about the essentials to life, such as how to perfectly gloss my lips, and bra panty coordination - to the not so essential, like the neuro-chemical imbalances of a schizophrenic on diet pills. As for the school of philosophies I like to study, well those vary from year to year. I have however always been consistently partial to eastern philosophy. I enjoy reading the Tao Te Ching and The Gita. As complex as this world seems, we are all one, from the same cosmic soup. Much of our anxiety as humans is that we feel lonely and isolated from each other, but alas we are all one. OOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMM
You mention your ability to adapt. What are some of the most challenging things you’ve had to adapt to?
As a kid my family traveled from South America to the United States quite frequently. I would spend a year in school here in Los Angeles and then spend another 4 months in South America. It was confusing, and difficult. I went from living in a large hacienda with 5 dogs, cats, and speaking Spanish or French, to moving back to LA and living in a little house in a primarily Jewish neighborhood. I remember my friends re-teaching me English when I returned from my visits abroad. I would come back speaking Spanish but within a month I was fluent in English again.
Junior high was difficult for me because I had many Jewish friends but I wasn’t Jewish. I didn’t go to Hebrew school or have a Bat Mitzvah. Then the Hispanic girls didn’t like me because I hung out with white girls, and the Asian girls didn’t like me because I wasn’t Asian enough. It was hard on me. Lunch time made my stomach turn. It was hard on me because although I had friends, there was no one group I truly felt I was a part of. Eventually I learned to just follow my own beat, do my own thing, and most importantly, leave my mind open. You can’t learn to adapt to anything if you initially try to judge it. Just keep your mind open and let it flow. This sort of mentality has always gotten me through difficult times.
Your father raised you to compete like a man. How has that helped you, especially in modeling?
What I meant by that statement is that he taught me to commit, persevere, focus and not take anyone’s bullshit. It’s a true travesty when you see a girl who gives up on her education, career, goals because she’s pretty and believes she shouldn’t have to break a nail to reach them.
In modeling my father's teachings are not so applicable. A girl’s success does not depend so much on her endurance and commitment but her looks, youth, sex appeal. Let’s face it, you can be as determined as hell but if you don’t look the part, you’re wasting your time. Modeling is fun, but not something I would bet the house on. I just do it because I can.
You are a student of music also. Do you play any instruments? What kind of music speaks to you?
I come from a long line of musicians, so music was always around me. I played the piano, clarinet, and cello. I also studied opera and sang in professional productions from a very young age.
What kind of music speaks to me? I seriously love all music. From Gershwin, to Lil Wayne, but what speaks to my heart more than anything is Jazz, especially Ella Fitzgerald, and her main man Chick Webb. I think I was an old southern jazz musician in my other life. Janet and Mariah always speak to me too. When I was nine, I wrote and directed a musical based purely on Mariah Carey songs. We had a long run too. I think we put on two shows before bed time, and I gave myself the lead of course.
Tell me about the Volunteer bus trips to the Hacienda. How can someone get involved on those trips?
In a nutshell this is how it goes: There is a shuttle that is scheduled to pick you up at a predetermined destination, such as the parking lot near the Getty Center. Therefore, you and your friends get up at around 5:30 AM, drive to the shuttle meeting place. Climb on the bus at 6 or 7 am. Take a nap in the shuttle while it drives you south of the border to TJ (You will need a passport).
When you reach the orphanage, you get to hang out with the most gorgeous children, and play games such as softball, or do arts and crafts. You get to hold new born babies, and chase after three year olds. You’ll have a blast, get fed, and then be shuttled back to your original pit stop by 6pm.
Not only will you feel fantastic about yourself, you will appreciate how amazingly blessed you are to live the way you do and have the circle of friends you have. I first took this trip in college, and then was re-introduced to the program. I recommend that you visit the website www.corazondevida.org.
It’s also damn sexy when a woman or man gives a shit about something beyond themselves, and doesn’t just talk about it but takes action.
What can we expect from you in the future?
You can expect me to continue learning and growing. That’s all we can really ask of each other.