Hailing from Australia, Cara McIlroy is co-founder of popular juice brand, Genie Juicery, whose outlet is situated in ifc shopping mall, central Hong Kong. Cara was born in country Victoria, this is where her love for animals was ingrained and went on to spend a majority of her adolescence in Brisbane.
A mixture of Australian, Singaporean, Swiss, Irish, Thai, German and Arabic, Cara’s unique heritage helped direct her towards a formidable career as a model and TV presenter. Starting out her profession in Singapore, she was quickly lured to the hustle of Hong Kong as a promising 21 year old model. Cara has walked for the likes of Dior and Max Mara and has shot a host of commercials, print ads and fashion editorials for magazines such as Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Clair. A highlight was appearing alongside supermodels Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell in a Duran Duran music video. In 2010 the popular celebrity model branched out into TV hosting, debuting on Channel V, Star World and National Geographic Channel.
Being an avid health nut, Cara and school friend Melanie, saw a massive health gap. Having both worked in the city’s thriving fashion industry for many years, they began to feel the repercussions a busy lifestyle of a Hong Kong city dweller has on ones body. With no suitable detox options available at the time, Genie Juicery was born. As certified Health Coaches from the school of Integrative Nutrition, the girls put themselves in good steed to educate Hong Kong’ heath conscious. Originally a juice detox program, Genie Juicery has been delivering cold pressed juices since 2011. With the demand for healthy options growing in the city, the girls took the leap and opened their first flagship store in the iconic ifc shopping center. The store opened in August 2014 and is successfully selling cold pressed juices, smoothies, nut milks, cold brew coffee and snacks to Hong Kong’s health crazed. Genie Juicery is a one-stop destination for all things healthy.
As a wife, mother, dog lover, business owner and career lady, Cara is a woman who wears many hats. And with plans to open more Genie stores throughout Asia, this mum-trepreneur isn’t slowing down anytime soon.