Only child, Shirly Karvinen grew up in Africa where she lived with her parents for seven years. At age seven, her family moved back to Finland to start her in elementary school where she grew insecure because of bullying. Eventually, once Karvinen grew older she moved to the capital and it changed her way of thinking. With an Applied Sciences degree, Karvinen went off to China to explore her roots which led her to get an internship at the Embassy of Finland in Washington D.C. After coming back to Finland, she continued her studies and worked at the Ministry of foreign affairs. Karvinen hopes to take home the Miss Universe crown, and if she does, she hopes to raise awareness for bullying since the issue is so close to her heart.