Despite being surrounded by an environment beset with social problems and unrest, little Carolina held fast to her dream of becoming a star, in any capacity. She completed primary and secondary school, and became well established in a local ballet school, where she practiced for nine years. Her passion for dancing has remained with her until today, and helped her gain composure in her now public life. Was discovered when she was in her late teens, Ardohain became interested in a local clothing brand that was publicly requesting non-models to be part of an upcoming ad campaign. As she already worked as a saleswoman at one of the brand’s stores, she already had the inside track and landed a spot in the advertisements. When they hit the stores in late 1999, legendary South American modeling agent Pancho Dotto was struck with Ardohain’s killer look and subsequently exhausted all resources to find her. When Dotto finally got a hold of Ardohain via telephone, a deal was struck in a matter of minutes. She signed on with the Dotto Models agency and that same day, attended and booked a contract with an international company. Five days later, she was flown to Mexico to film the subsequent commercial. Her celebrity escalated just as quickly.