Tell us about yourself (where are you from, age, whatever you want to add)
Hello! I am Mikayla Compton, I am 18 years old and I am from Simi Valley, California. A lot of people call me Compton as a nickname and I can play the flute.
What is your biggest dream?
My biggest dream is to just have a family and live a happy life.
What does it mean to be your own kind of beautiful?
To be my own kind of beautiful means to be unapologetically true to myself and not let anyone else define me or decide who I get to be.
Tell us about your modeling experience.
I have been freelance modeling since I was 15. I have modeled for photography workshops, I've done studio photoshoots and themed photoshoots in full costume. Mostly I have done smaller, more casual photoshoots with local photographers.
What is your dream brand to model for?
My dream brand to model for would have to be Brandy Melville.
How would you describe your fashion style?
I'm not really sure how to describe my fashion style because it's always changing but I would say it's usually modest with a little bit of edge and a lot of color.
How important is self-awareness and confidence to you in your everyday life?
It is very important for me to be self-aware and especially confident in my everyday life because it's what keeps me from sitting in my room feeling sorry for myself or feeling like I'm not enough. Confidence is the only thing that helps me move forward with my day and get tasks done that I need to finish.
What makes you beautiful/handsome?
What makes me beautiful is my individuality, my lack of conformity, and my confidence in being 100% myself.
What would you say to another girl/guy your age who is struggling with their confidence?
If someone was struggling with their confidence I would tell them to first get off of social media where everyone looks perfect because they're not. Then I would try to understand fully where the lack of confidence comes from by respectfully asking them questions about it. Once I am understanding what the issue is I would tell them to start out slow and work on being confident and loving themselves one small area at a time until one day they're confident in themselves.