Becca Pereira, Model + Aspiring Chef
Name: Becca Pereira (@bb.becky)
Zodiac Sign: Aries
We invited Becca to our studio to get to know the witty and incredibly humble model on an intimate level. Becca, who started modelling at the early age of 16, talks about her experience, what she has learned from it, and her next move to an unconventional career path.
Was modelling something you've always wanted to do?
Not really. I was scouted when I was 16 in Barrie where I was living at the time. I would take the bus downtown on my own. After high school, I didn’t have a career plan so modelling just fell into place.
There weren't many Indian models especially during the time I started, so there was a lot of work. Eventually, I moved to Toronto and was paying for my own rent when I was 17. I was making a decent amount of money and it was fun.
I’m now at a point in my life where I want to do something more than just modelling. So, this year I’ve decided that whenever I have an interest in something, I’m just going to do it.
What have you taken away from modeling over the last 6 years?
Working with so many different creatives, I was able to see all of the work that goes into a shoot and behind the scenes stuff. I found that a lot more intriguing than modeling itself. It opened up a lot of different connections as well.
I’ve also learned to be a little more extroverted. Not being fake though – I think there’s a fine line for sure and I hope I never come across as that. Haha.
It’s been fun but it’s gotten to the point where I don’t feel challenged. I feel like its so one-dimensional of who I am.
Do you think that if you were to do more collaborative work, it would keep you more interested?
Totally. Just even today, asking for my advice on styling felt really exciting.
How do you stay true to yourself through all of the motions especially at a young age?
The people I surround myself with. My upbringing has a lot to do with who I am. I just could never let myself be that “person” and let it get to my head. My mom keeps me grounded and humble.
My mom is someone who was always changing jobs which also has taught me to never have fear and always try something new.
You mentioned that you wanted to go to culinary school. Where did that inspiration come from?
Yes! It’s something I’ve loved doing for years. My mom is a chef, my grandma was a chef. It’s in my blood. When I cook, I just feel so relaxed.
The industry is so different now and there are so many things you can do within the food industry. Like, Food media.
What are some of your favorite dishes to cook?
I love to cook Indian food. But, I also like to experiment. The other day, I made dinner and decided to plate it nicely. I have to say that was the most exciting part of cooking. I spent an hour taking photos. The food was cold but the pictures were bomb (laughs).
Favorite Restaurants at the moment?
Mezu (Toronto), Sqirl (LA), Bar Raval (Toronto)
Favorite Place you’ve travelled to?
India, Bali and Japan.