Gianina Acevedo is a Youth Mentor, Model and Philanthropist that donates her time to various charities while inspiring others to do the same through the endless passion, energy and drive that she offers to all. She values the unity of a family, self worth in a woman, an active animal activist and is a prominent child advocate.
An honors graduate from Florida International University, with her Bachelors Degree in English and a minor in International Relations. She received her Associates Degree in Mass Communications and Journalism while working as a writer/ reporter for the school newspaper. As she juggling her degree, she also graduated from the most intense Paralegal Program in the nation, University of Miami, Certification of Paralegal Studies. While being a part of Phi Theta Kappa, she also took great pride in completing her 1000 hours of community service. In 2014, she acquired her Real Estate License. She will be starting her master’s degree in 2015.
Her life blossomed, when she won the distinguished title of “Miss South Florida USA 2013” for the Miss Universe Organization. This gave Gia the opportunity to participate in Miss Florida USA televised pageant. Here she won the impressive “Top 15”. Her title also gave her the honor of hosting and judging other beauty pageants.
Gianina Acevedo has graced runways for world renowned fashion designers. Her favorite runways consist of Miami Beach International Fashion Week, and Funkshion Week. In 2012, Gia with her business partner, produced a Charity Fashion Show, “Swim Show on Ocean.” Here, she attained top internationally known designers and models to help raise thousands of dollars for a well known pet charity. Her broad appeal has allowed her to be featured on radio, music videos and in TV shows such as Deco Drive, CNN, CNN Espanol, ABC, Univision, Telemundo, Crowning of Champions, Fashion TV, and many more. She has been honored in countless magazines such as Ocean Drive Magazine, Brickell Magazine, Venue Magazine, South Florida Guide, South Florida Luxury and more.
When not in front of the cameras. Gia’s sheds light on her childhood story of being the target of bullying and ridicules during the transition of her childhood. Gia was born with a Nevus of Ota on her left eye, which expanded on her face as she went through her teenage years. She was told by doctors that she could potentially lose her eyesight to this rare birthmark. By the time she was 13, unfortunately her Nevus covered about 50% of her left side of face, but, luckily her eye was speared. In 2011, Gia’s life story, was covered by ABC and raised over $10,000 for Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation, which she considers her family.
While Gia is known as a host and model, she is greatly known for her charitable acts through out Florida. She is an ambassador of Childhood cancer and takes pride in helping one of her favorites charities, A Prom to Remember since 2011. A charity that provides the ultimate prom experience for children battling cancer. In contributing with this charity she has realized that cancer can sometimes steal your life but should never steal your dreams. Also, she is working on shedding more light on a charity very dear to her, God’s Innocent Angel’s (GIA) Foundation, which raises funds and awareness to children affected with Rett’s Syndrome.
Being an honorary member of the Multi-Chamber of Commerce, keeps Gia active in her community. She was honored along side the Mayor of Miami, Tomas Regalado, at the Chamber’s 2012 Holiday Event. Recently, she has been invited to be a guest host at an Event at a Walt Disney World Resort, to benefit Kids in Distress. She also is the current host (MC) for the soon to be Reality Show, IDA Program. This program has honored her to work with such music legends as Jon Secada, Rudy Perez and David Frangioni, as they mentor young artist’s dream.
At such a young age, she acknowledges and appreciates the mentors and supporters that have guided her in the process to excel in gradually making her visions a reality. Evidently, regardless of which route her bliss takes her, she wants to help create a more promising road for children charities. Her life demonstrates that it’s challenging growing up, but to be categorized as “different” in any sense of the word, can be life altering, if you don’t have the right support system. Her philosophy of, “The more you give in this world, the less you need,” has definitely been a belief that she lives by.