Living the American Dream with Model Lyndz Tuyishime

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Designer @fannyhousecollection

Born and raised by a single mom in Rwanda, Africa, model Lyndz Tuyishime left her family to go to America to 1) further her education and 2) to become a top model. She followed her heart and left everything she knew and loved to chase her dreams.

Lyndz came to America all by herself. She wanted to learn about the fashion industry and bring it back home to Rwanda.

She spent the first couple of years living in Maine and studying for her associates degree.  While she was in school, she was modeling and taking pictures with her friend, a fashion photographer. She started doing photoshoots and posting her photos on Instagram. She began falling in love with the camera.

Even though Lyndz was modeling, she still felt like she was still living outside of the fashion world. She thought back to her dream…. the reason why she left Rwanda to become a top model… and decided it was time to take action. She was going to move to Atlanta, Georgia and try out for DC Fashion Week.

The moment she broke out of her shell was when she walked for fashion designer Ean Williams, the Director and Producer of DC Fashion Week. Ever since then, she hasn’t stopped! She’s modeled for Couture Fashion Week 3 times. I actually met her at Couture Fashion Week!

What really stood out to me is that Lyndz strives to give back and help people first-hand. Last year, she decided to have her own runway show fundraiser to raise money for women’s education back home in Rwanda. She went to the drawing board. She knew models and designers from her modeling career, and she knew the hotel industry from her day job. It put her in the perfect place to bring the community together to support her cause.

She reached out to her dear friend, model Ritha who loved the idea! That’s when Fashion 4 Hope was born! They got 5 designers together to showcase their collections at the runway show. Between the money Lyndz raised with Fashion 4 Hope’s runway show and her own savings, Lyndz was able to send one young talented woman to the University Libre Del Kigali. 

 

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Designer @dur_doux Photographer @phelanmarc

 “Fashion 4 Hope is about building each other up, supporting each other and standing together.”

 

I’m in awe of how Lyndz was able to 1) create her own fashion show and 2) bring the fashion world together to make a difference. Models and designers were working together to further women’s education. How incredible? Lyndz came to America to further her own education and now she is using fashion to help another young woman back home also further her education?! To me, that’s inspiring.

 

“We can make a big difference in communities and daily lives.”

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@salome_fiker

“God put me on earth to be a voice for the hopeless”

 

Without further ado, here is Lyndz’s interview:

What inspires you?

My family. My mother. My brothers – Yves and Luc – and my cousin Isimibi who is part of our family. I want to make them proud and I want to make my country proud.

What was modeling for Couture Fashion Week like?

It was very tiring, stressful and a lot of waiting.  A lot goes on behind the scenes…like waiting for hair and makeup. You have to be patient. If you leave to go get a sandwich, they might take another model.

What advice do you have for aspiring models?

Do your research. Look at the designer’s clothes and their makeup styles. Prep yourself mentally and see what the designer likes in terms of how their models walk. You have to practice, train, and go with the flow.

What is your hardest challenge?

Accepting that not everyone will like you and understanding that if a designer doesn’t like you, not to take it personally. Back in my country, I am too skinny. Body shaming is real. I’ve heard “you’re too skinny…you’re not beautiful”. When I lose weight, my shoulders bones show. Some designers love it. Some think I’m too skinny. It can give you a meltdown.

How do you deal with that?

I’m a positive person and look at life as a second chance. There are so many designers who love me and have become my friends over the years.

What was your most embarrassing modeling experience?

One time, I was so nervous that I walked the wrong way during the runway show… and I kept walking!

If you could be a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?

A carrot. Its’ good for your skin and I like them. You can eat them raw or cooked.

Who is your hero?

My mom. She has unconditional love for me which has saved me as a person. Even if we aren’t in the same country, we are still close. She’s a hardworking, single mom who inspires me everyday.

 

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Photo by @tovch  Styled by @pinkautum

“Even if I can help one person have a better life, that will be enough for me”

 

Lyndz is currently working on another fashion show to raise money for more young women to go to college.

Are you inspired by Lyndz? Be sure to leave a comment below on what you think! Also, be sure to subscribe to my blog and follow my blog’s Instagram @newstylemode

Love always,

Jenny A

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Goodbye T-Shirts & Sweatpants. Hello Athleisure! My Thoughts on Janelle FUNARI New York’s Collection

“Give a girl the right activewear and she can conquer the world”

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Models: Nélia Martins, Aislinn Ennis, Maddie Kirkland, Sofija Singer, Bre Gail

Active wear isn’t just for the gym anymore; it’s becoming the new fashion statement. From cute sports bras to chic leggings, athleisure is the “out of the day.” To sum it all up, athleisure is basically fashionable clothing that is made for working out. But you don’t have you don’t have to workout while wearing it, you can wear it anywhere – sitting in class, taking a walk or just hanging out with friends.

During New York Fashion Week, I saw Janelle FUNARI New York’s performance wear on the runway at Couture Fashion Week. It’s modern. It’s sexy. It’s stylish. Oh, and it just so happens to be designed for the “city warrior” A.K.A the busy New York City girl. Which is what I am.

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Designer Janelle Funari (middle)

How cute?! Some of the models walked onto the runway with adorable little pugs. They were wearing designer outfits from Janelle FUNARI New York, showing off the collection’s fashionable dog apparel. Just imagine… you and your dog can look stylish together! #twins

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Model Bre Gail (left) ; Model Aislinn Ennis (right)

While I typically don’t walk out of the house in just a sports bra and leggings, I could really imagine myself wearing the Janelle FUNARI New York collection. The collection spoke to me. It’s an all-black women’s collection which gives off a feminine yet edgy vibe. I really like the outfits – between the blazers and leggings – It’s definitely something I would wear while walking down New York City.

“Our Couture Athleisure collection was created to empower all who wear it and inspire woman to feel confident, comfortable and elegant! We want our fans to be able to wear our line day to night and to feel like a warrior!” – Janelle FUNARI New York

I really like how this collection can be worn both in the day time and at night. Most of my days are pretty jam-packed so having an outfit that would be perfect for all times of the day sounds like a dream.

My Top 3 Looks on the Runway:

  1. This is my favorite look from this collection. When I saw model Madison Puricelli walk down the runway, I saw myself.

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Model Madison Puricelli

2. Matching outfits?! Just imagine you and your dog are both wearing designer apparel. How cute? But seriously … adorable

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Model Maddie Kirkland

3. To me, this outfit says “Don’t try and mess with me. I am fierce.”

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If you love this collection, you can check out all of their collections on their website Janelle FUNARI New York

A special thank you to Janelle FUNARI New York for providing the gorgeous runway pictures in this feature.

Love always,

Jenny A.

 

Andres Aquino’s Turbulent Waters Swimwear Collection at New York Fashion Week

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On the runway at Couture Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week is one of my favorite times of the year! Over the weekend, my brother and I went to Couture Fashion Week where we saw designer Andres Aquino‘s Turbulent Waters Swimwear Collection. Personally, I have always adored designer Andres Aquino. He’s very creative and I think that his work is stunning.

I really enjoyed seeing his swimwear on the runway. Each model strutted down the runway in one of his bathing suits matched with a pair of high heeled black boots. Most of his designs were black and gold pieces.

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Model Samantha Sepulveda

My most favorite piece from his collection was worn by the award winning model, Samantha Speulveda. She wore his finale piece – a gorgeous black one-piece bathing suit with elaborate gold sequined sleeves.

I think the most shocking part was that designer Andres Aquino’s swimwear were all one-pieces! I can’t tell you how excited I am. I don’t usually wear bathing suits but when I do, I try to wear a one-piece.

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Jenny Alweiss on the runway with model Lyubov Pylyponyuk

Honestly, I’m in love with the sexy sequined bathing suit look. Recently, I’ve seen videos on Facebook of one piece bathing suits with sequins. I wonder if they’re waterproof!

It’s a little crazy for me to think of wearing a bathing suit when I’m still bundling up in all of my winter gear! I guess when it’s hot out, I’ll be ready to hit the beach in style 🙂

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Love always,

Jenny A.

Model DAYNA DELEON

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Meet Dayna

Dayna Deleon is an American model who is a cowgirl at heart. She worked on ranches before buying her own cabin in January. She was living in her own house before she moved out east. She can’t live without her close companion Nomad, her 5 year old horse. Dayna and Nomad have traveled together across the country (which is where he got his name…Nomad)!

Dayna describes her style as the Western style. Her favorite piece of clothing is her leather jacket with fringes and silver conchos. She enjoys ice hockey, long boarding and skiing. Dayna said that she was the only girl to make it on her ice hockey team in Colorado. If she could be a fruit or vegetable, she would be a strawberry!

Dayna modeled for New York Fashion Week’s Couture Fashion Week 2017 spring collection.

You can follow her on Facebook: Dayna Deleon

-Jenny A.

Paris Model BONNIE SARIGIANIS

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Meet Bonnie

Bonnie Sarigianis is an ambitious model who will go to great lengths to accomplish her goals. She just moved to Paris to pursue her love of dancing and was accepted into her dream dance studio, the MRG Studio! She loves Latin dance and Kizomba dance because the music makes her feel so alive.

With a book in her hand, Bonnie’s always studying a new language. She speaks English, German, Arabic and is currently learning Russian. It’s no wonder that Bonnie loves to learn new languages, since she’s lived all over the world in countries such as Germany and Jordan! While she lived in Jordan, she taught a course to help students prep for their TOEFL test. Her biggest accomplishment is doing her Masters in International Security. Bonnie always carries around a red lipstick and a good book. If she could be a fruit or vegetable, she would be a kiwi or pineapple because they are exotic!

Bonnie modeled on the runway in New York Fashion Week’s Couture Fashion Week for the 2017 spring collections.

You can follow her on Instagram: bonniesofia

-Jenny A.