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Shay Mitchell talks about how she isn't afraid of failure.

Shay's Biography

Shay Mitchell is an actor, model, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and author with nearly 20 million followers on social media. Mitchell invites her fans behind the scenes of her daily life with an average of 2 million views per clip on Snapchat.


Mitchell is a native of Toronto, Ontario. At an early age she told her parents that she wanted to be in performing arts. At the age of 10, Mitchell was selected by an international modeling agency during an open casting call. By her late teens, Mitchell had modeled in cities like Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Barcelona. She then returned to Toronto to pursue acting, and later earned a role as Emily Fields on ABC Family's popular series "Pretty Little Liars."


Mitchell has also expanded her reach into writing and fashion. She co-wrote a new book "Bliss" (2015) with her best friend Michaela Blaney and she released two fashion lines. Mitchell also serves as the national spokesperson for the Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion collection and was an ambassador for the Somaly Mam Foundation, a nonprofit organization that focuses on combating the global sex trade.