Some pageant veterans might remember her as a tall candidate during Ford Models Supermodel of the World Philippines 1992 (won by Abbygale Arenas) and BodyShots Philippines 1998 Elite Model won by Kuku Trinidad. Her maiden name is Shiela Teodoro, the 5’10” exotic stunner from Laguna. A lot has happened to her since then. She worked as a fashion model here and in Singapore, while continuing her pursuit of an academic degree.
After finishing BS Tourism at the University of the Philippines Diliman, she went on to work for the British Embassy Manila as a Press/PR Officer before getting accepted as an International Flight Attendant for Emirates Airlines. Years passed, and she eventually crossed paths with future husband Timothy DeForest, a Pilot for JetBlue. They have been married for several years now, and have blissfully settled in Golden, Colorado, U.S.A.
In the US, Shiela continued with her daily duties as a wife, while still accepting occasional modeling assignments. With so much free time in her hands, she got into starting an online marketing shop where she imports an assortment of accessories made by poor families in Oriental Mindoro in cooperation with Threads of Hope.
She also got active in volunteer work. She initially involved herself with Bella Boutique which helps to make over underprivileged but deaerving American teens who want to have their most memorable Prom appearances. In between season, she hooked up with Dress For Success which – like the previous group – gives more meaning to the lives of previously incarcerated and battered women who want to return to the work mainstream. She helps in more ways than one – dressing them up to actually coaching them into becoming more confident and productive members of society.
And then, the opportunity to go into pageantry landed on her lap. At the age of 45, she was initially reluctant. But with her husband’s approval, she took part in Mrs US of A pageant where she won 3rd Runner-Up. And as part of the Top 5, she was offered to represent Southeast Asia in the upcoming Mrs Globe to be held in Shenzhen, China from November 22-December 2.
Below are photos from the intimate sendoff held at Sunnies Café in BGC High Street. She will depart for Shenzhen tomorrow to join 80 other married women around the world to vie for Mrs Globe 2018.