We are starting 2019 off on a high note! This week our #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY is the lovely Stella Acquisto! Currently residing in Toronto, Ontario, Stella is a highly regarded TV reporter and personality. What we love most about this incredible woman is her playful spirit and love of adventure. As a self-described adrenaline junkie, Stella enjoys the thrill of stepping up to the plate and trying new things. From skydiving to plunging in freezing cold water, this girl is always up for the challenge. An interesting fact about Stella is that she used to be a flight attendant, which allowed her to travel all around the world.

Before making her way onto the television screen, Stella studied Journalism at Seneca College and earned a Political Science and Communications Studies Degree at York University. Stella joined the Citytv team back in 2011 with the launch of the CityNews Channel. She was first hired as a traffic reporter but joined the weather team within a couple of days. During her time at Citytv, Stella also worked for Fox Soccer as their game-day weather specialist. Later, she joined the CityNews team and went on to covering news, the weather and athlete of the week. Today, her role is Community Correspondent for Breakfast Television. Prior to her arrival at Citytv, Stella worked in Northern Ontario for three years covering news and weather. Additionally, her time up north allowed her to take her skills abroad where she covered a four-part series in Haiti, a year after it experienced an earthquake in 2010.

We admire women like Stella who continue to push societal boundaries and challenge the status quo. Stella is a true believer in grit and determination and is a beautiful example of what it means to follow your heart and intuition. She reminds us of how important it is to not get caught up in comparison, especially through the lens of social media. Your beginning will not look like someone else’s middle, and Stella encourages all of us to stay focused on our goals by tracking our own progress. Stella’s story ultimately teaches us that difficult experiences are the bridge to reaching our dreams. We absolutely need to encounter challenges to get to where we want to be. Thank you Stella for reminding us to trust that we always know ourselves best!

Written by Alessia Rotino

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

Why is it important for women to pursue their passions?

It’s important for women to pursue their passions because it’s important to remind the world there is no limit in what we can do. When I was trying to get a job in broadcast journalism, I was constantly reminded of how hard it is to find work in the industry. I’m glad I’m stubborn because I would never be here today, doing what I love, if I listened to those who doubted me. 

What do you think is the most important thing for young girls to hear right now? What advice would you give to them?

Don’t look at social media as the standard. People don’t always post everything that is happening in their lives, usually just the good things. Also, sometimes people on social media can be cruel and make you doubt yourself – don’t listen to them. You know your self worth. Be confident!

Tell us about a moment in your life where you were pushed to your limits and forced to grow. What important lessons did you learn along the way?

Years ago, I was offered my first broadcasting job in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, that’s an 8 hour drive from my home in Toronto. I decided to take the position because of the opportunity it could provide me down the road. The idea of moving away, on my own, far from friends and family wasn’t easy, but I’m glad I did it. I realized that I would need to work extremely hard to get people in Toronto (a main broadcast market) to recognize me; I also learned how difficult it was to live alone with no support system close by. In the end, making that move was a big decision, but an important one because ultimately it led me to my goal.

Why do you think it’s important for women to stand up and use their voices? What does “using your voice” mean to you?

I think it’s important that we use our voices because there is power in numbers. In some places around the world woman can’t always exercise this freedom to talk out loud and express themselves. In the early 1900s, in Canada, women were afforded the right to vote and since then we have seen many women do amazing things with their voice. Using your voice doesn’t always mean standing up on a podium and advocating for your right to be equal, but it means using whatever platform you can or have to express yourself and stand by what you believe in.

What’s your definition of a YGTGirl?

A female who is a part of a community that encourages and supports other woman to know their self worth.