RISA is a Japanese model who loves to dance! From hip-hop to jazz, RISA is always on her feet! She absolutely adores shoes and when she visits New York, she always buys a new pair for her collection. She enjoys traveling, shopping & finding new and exciting places to eat! RISA is a city girl who spends her time walking and biking through Tokyo!
RISA describes her style as a fun traveler – she loves wearing one piece outfits and always has an accessory item that has a cute design on it such as stars, rainbows or even a unicorn! Her favorite Disney princess is Ariel the Little Mermaid & she likes to eat a delicious grapefruit and dried figs.
Her biggest accomplishment is when she was the 2nd-runner up in the Miss International Japan 2014 beauty pageant.
Pauline Bynum is an American model and an award winning nationally competitive figure skater. She has been skating ever since she was 18 months old (can you imagine how cute she must have been as a baby ice skater?!). Over the past summer, she won 3rd place in the Parade of Champions National Showcase Senior Interpretive. Pauline also competed as an ice dancer in the Olympic Qualifier in 2014 where she gracefully danced on the ice.
When she is not hanging out on the ice rink, Pauline spends her time creating single pieces of ceramics. Her favorite ceramics piece is the starfish she made out of clay. While she used to swim competitively, Pauline now loves to swim just for fun! She always gives back by donating her hair every 2 years. If she could be a fruit or vegetable, she would be a eggplant because she is an vegan.
Pauline modeled in New York Fashion Weeks’ Couture Fashion Week, showcasing the upcoming Spring 2017 collections.
Ashley D. Burgess is an American actress and model who has a passion for traveling. With her spontaneous and playful personality, she is not afraid to get on a plane and travel the world. Just recently, she came back from a trip to Tokyo and Thailand. She always carries her passport because she says that you never know when your next adventure will be and you have to stay ready! She hopes to one day start a travel blog where she can share all of her exciting adventures. Ashley loves animals and enjoys hanging out by the Santa Monica Beach in California. When asked if she has any quirks she said, “I’m a quirk! What do you mean? Have you met me?!”
If she could be a fruit or vegetable she would be kale because like the super-food, she really cares to “help heal others from the inside out.” Her passion for natural health and wellness is almost as strong as her passion for exploring the world.
Although she has been signed with Wilhelmina Models for only 6 months, Ashley has already taken major runways by storm, including having modeled for New York Fashion Week’s Couture Fashion Week for the Spring 2017 Collections!
Natalie Smith (on the left) is a model and a future psychiatrist. You can find her studying for medical school or writing a segment called “Ask a Short White Coat!” for Essex Fells Magazine. She always carries around a pen, because you never know when you’re going to need it! If she could be a fruit or vegetable, she would be a pomegranate, because it is sweet and complex like she is.
Charlotte Smith (on the right) is a model who loves musical theater and playing the piano. Her favorite foods are French fries and bread. If she could be a fruit or vegetable, she would be a green apple!
Natalie and Charlotte Smith are sisters who modeled together during New York Fashion Week’s Couture Fashion Week!
Tanasha Nelson is currently a musician, an R&B singer and a model. As a Couture Fashion Week model, she walked the runway with style! You can find her playing the guitar and performing in local gigs. Her dream is to sing and motivate people through her singing. She loves makeup and her favorite makeup is MAC Cosmetics. She has a lust for nature and if she could be any fruit or vegetable, she would be a pineapple!
Mike Bellaty loves to play volleyball and hang out on Dewey Beach. If he had 3 things in his bag he would have a volleyball, a pack of gum and a MetroCard. He enjoys relaxing and playing video games. His passion for helping others shines brightly through his work in the healthcare field and through his volunteer work abroad with NGO Nepal & International Travel.
His biggest accomplishment is marrying his one true love, Jenna Elizabeth Marie-Montabano-Bellaty. It was so cute watching Mike and Jenna run around backstage and then later model on the runway during Couture Fashion Week. If he could be a fruit of vegetable, Mike would be a passion fruit.
Mike modeled for New York Fashion Week’s Couture Fashion Week showcasing the Spring 2017 collection.
Jenna Elizabeth Marie Montalbano – Bellaty is a model who not only walked the runway for New York Fashion Week’s Couture Fashion Week’s 2017 Spring Collection, but also worked behind the scenes as a runway coach! She spoke with designers to help them create the perfect runway walk to showcase their collection during the fashion shows. Behind the stage, you can see Jenna giving advice and prepping before taking on the runway.
Jenna loves playing volleyball and volunteering her time helping others. When she isn’t working as a substance abuse counselor, you can find her hanging out on the beach or cooking up delicious dishes such as rigatoni amatriciana. If you’re lucky enough, you may even get a chance to hear her randomly speak in a different accent (she does a fantastic British accent). Her biggest accomplishments and happiest moments is marrying her husband and best friend, Michael Bellaty in 2015 and getting sober in 2011. Her everyday style is a pair of comfy pajama pants with a bralette top. If she could be a fruit or vegetable, she would be a lemon since she loves eating lemons!