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Mia Toledo

What makes you beautiful?

Mia Toledo’s love of dancing and acting keep her busy. Her “fearless” attitude helps give her the confidence she needs. When she was recognized by New Moon magazine as one of their 25 Most Beautiful Girls, she caught our eye too! Find out what advice she gives girls just like you.

What grade are you in?


What are your favorite subjects?

I love math, because there is always something new to learn, along with the fact that it applies to almost every little thing that we do or see in our lives. I also like English, for the freedom and beauty of words.

How did your interview with New Moon happen?

I receive New Moon every time a new issue comes out. They advertised a contest, where they would pick 25 girls who submitted an essay about why they were beautiful to publish in their 25 Beautiful Girls issue. I decided to give it a try — I submitted my writing in past issues, but I was never published. This time, my hard work came through. Now I am a published writer.

What do you want to do when you are older?

I want to be a well-respected actress who appears in movies, commercials, and magazines. I also want to write a couple of books that I might make into movies.

How did you get interested in your current hobbies?

My weeks these days are filled with acting and dancing. I do both at a place in Chelsea, New York called Locomotion Dance Theatre. I got interested in this troop from the dance teacher at my school, Jenny, who invited a couple of kids to dance at this studio. I have been dancing, choreographing, and teaching the younger kids for 3 years now. 

What do you think makes you unique?

I think that the fact that I want to make a change in the world is a very big thing. Some people look through their newspaper and see another bombing in Rwanda, or a terrorist attack in Pakistan. But not everyone is jumping up onto their feet and helping those in need. I want to donate to organizations such as the Red Cross, UNICEF, and orphanages. The fact that I know my voice does count toward something big makes me unique.

 What advice do you have for other girls?

I would tell all the girls in the world to not be afraid of trying new things. There is always going to be something out there that seems daunting, but that is no reason not to go out and get it. Being afraid takes you nowhere in life, because you miss opportunities. Even though losing sometimes is hard, it’s not as bad as never trying. If there is nothing in the whole entire world that you can go out and fight for, then what is there to live for?

Content last reviewed March 01, 2009
Page last updated March 01, 2009

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health.