Drug addict turned model: woman finds passion in new, clean life
- EFN Staff | March 24, 2017
She was a drug addict now turned model; Amber Cappo changed her life around with her newfound passion. Cappo shares a glimpse of her personal story and proving to many that change is possible.
It all started when Cappo was 15-years-old when she started drinking and smoking marijuana but soon the addiction progressed into something bigger.
“I started getting into heavier drugs, prescription drugs, cocaine and eventually crystal meth,” she says. “My life revolved around this drug.”
The 21-year-old model is originally from Muscowpetung First Nation but currently resides in Regina. In October, Cappo signed with a Regina-based modeling company called Infinity Models that works with almost 100 models who range in all shapes, sizes, ages, gender, ethnicity backgrounds and experience levels according to their social media page.
Trading in her addiction lifestyle for sobriety, Cappo said she won’t miss living in that everyday constant fear when she used.
“I feel so relieved that I never have to worry about getting my next bowl or hook up,” she admits. “Or stress the fact if I’m going to eat or get high today. I definitely will never miss that.”
When I did get job opportunities for modeling, I was still using. I realized that I had to give up one or the other. I decided I have a good opportunity here and I better not let it slip away so I chose to stay clean and now I’m doing much better.”
Cappo dropped out of high school when she was 16-years-old but returned to school to receive her GED in 2015. Growing up she was always told that she should pursue a career in modeling. That stuck in her mind with her throughout the years even through her worst. She met her current model agent Tennessa Wild who offered Cappo to model with Infinity Models.
“It gave me a new perspective like if you find what you love and you love what you’re doing, you can have a new hope to best something,” she says. “It encouraged and helped me to stay clean.”
Cappo has been busy doing photo shoots and fashion shows but wants to take it to the next level. She applied for a beauty pageant called Miss Power Woman and hopes to get the title to represent Canada. The advice she shares with those who are currently struggling is to keep pulling through no matter what battle you are facing.
“Just because it’s your current situation, don’t let it become your future,” she adds. “Don’t give up hope because there is a better way and you can overcome it. It’s never too late. You might just make history by telling your story.”
Cappo will find out soon about the results of the Miss Power Woman 2017 beauty pageant.