Mode around the Globe: Cynthia Parker
Prince Waikiki, Hawaii
Photographed by NICK URTEAGA
Videography by NIKO VELASQUEZ & RYAN CHUA
Tell us about yourself.
I am Cynthia Parker from Toronto, Canada. I am a 17 year old social influencer who has gained representation from Talent X in Los Angeles. I am currently in the United States working with a highly coveted 01 Talent Visa.
Describe yourself in three words.
I’m very independent, a powerhouse, but also a bit of an old soul.
What can people expect to see from your social media platforms?
You can expect to see a variety of Lifestyle content from me. I will be posting on my YouTube, Tik Tok, and Instagram showcasing: fashion, dancing, improvisation, and traveling.
Can you share insight into the process of creating the platform you have today? What challenges did you overcome and which part seemed seamless?
Having the platform I do today is one of my greatest accomplishments. I’m grateful for the opportunities Social Media has allowed me to have. It can be exciting meeting new people, traveling, learning new trends. However, one of the biggest challenges that I’ve had to overcome was learning how to deal with negative hurtful comments online. I have accepted that there will always be strangers behind a screen typing insults or misinformation about me. It can be emotional and I try not to let it bother me. Nothing has been seamless – it has actually felt like a roller coaster.
What’s something people would be surprised to know about you?
People assume that I’m extremely intimidating, when I’m actually quite the opposite. I am a very approachable person. I truly hope I project genuine content and promote self love to others. I want people to love themselves and to feel confident in their own skin. Self love and positive self talk is empowering.
What’s a goal in your career you hope to accomplish?
Mark my words… I will be starring in a movie one day.
What and who inspires you the most? Why?
My mom is my biggest inspiration. She encourages me everyday to be the best version of myself. My mom is strong and independent, and I apply these qualities into my daily life. I am thankful for her support and the trust she has in me to do what I love and to pursue my dreams.
As an influencer, how do you hope to influence people through your platform?
I hope I can radiate all that I have learned through a screen to try to influence others.
Who are your favorite content creators?
I really adore Cody Ko and Kelsey Kreppel on YouTube. Not only are they the sweetest people, but the content they put out is authentic and real.
Are you working on any exciting projects you can share?
I’m starting to expand my career into different paths and trying a variety of new things. Acting and modeling are my top two desires. I’m very excited for my future and can’t wait to show the world what I’m capable of.
What are three items in your closet you cannot live without?
Looking at my closet, I could not live without: a pair of low-rise jeans, a baby tee, and some platform boots.
Essential product in your beauty routine?
It’s essential for me to have bronzer blush and highlights incorporated into my beauty routine.
What was your favorite part of staying at Prince Waikiki? What activities would you recommend for someone looking to visit?
The views were breathtaking. Waking up in Hawaii felt like being in paradise everyday. The hospitality at the Prince Waikiki was exceptional and the scenery was beautiful. I would recommend going for a hike in the mountains to see all of the greenery, or renting a board/ boat and exploring the crystal clear water.
What are you looking forward to most in 2022?
I’m most excited to see where 2022 takes me and what the future holds. This year feels like a new beginning as the world hopefully starts to return to normal. I want to make the most out of every day.
What advice would you give to someone who aspires to have a career like yours?
The biggest thing I’d say to somebody aspiring to have a career such as mine is, that nothing is impossible! Focus and dedicate your time to whatever you want to accomplish.
What would you like to say to your fans?
I would like to express how grateful and blessed I am to have people who care for me and support me, even in the slightest way. It’s such a surreal feeling that I wish to reciprocate through this message. I love you and you make everyday a better one for me. Thank you for everything. You are so beautiful and deserve happiness. Make today the best one yet. With all my heart, I LOVE YOU.