Model or Role Model? Abby-Leigh is Both

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Photographer: V. Howe

RESPECT. EMPOWER. BE A ROLE MODEL.

In a world where it is easy to lose your way, role models are so important to have. They inspire you. They shape you. They empower you. I love how model Abby-Leigh strives to not only be a model, but also to be a role model. She wants to empower other girls and give them a voice. Abby’s biggest piece of advice is “Respect people for who they are.”

“Younger girls look up to me. I want to give them power even when I feel like I have lost mine.” – Abby

The most shocking part of our interview was when she mentioned that she wants to empower others even though she’s faced nasty comments from people that she knows. I find it extremely inspiring that Abby pushes through the negativity to shine though.

Abby stands up to be a role model.

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Photographer: @ianjam6

My Interview with Model Abby:

Jenny A. (me): What is your hardest challenge as a teen model?

Abby-Leigh: The negativity I get from the other boys and girls. Sometimes they try to bring me down. I want to be comfortable in my own skin and lift people up. People say things about me – they call me names and make comments about my glasses. I’ve also gotten nasty messages which I have had to block or delete. Sometimes the nasty messages are from people I know. That’s the hardest part. Sometimes it’s from strangers. They are just doing it for a reaction.

Me: How do you deal with the negativity?

Abby: At first, it gets to me but then it makes me stronger and keeps me going. It makes me want to model more. Don’t let anyone get you down. Follow your dreams.

Me: Who is your role model?

Abby: I have a lot of role models but, my # 1 role model is my mom. She’s my best friend. She’s amazing and does everything. We talk about everything and even watch Prison Break together!

Me: Do you have a motto that you live your life by?

Abby: You can’t blame society when you are society. Younger girls look up to me. I want to give them power even though there are times when I feel like I have lost mine.

Me: You’ve spoken about beauty on Instagram, what does beauty mean to you?

Abby: It’s not about looks, it’s about personality. Beauty in the inside, not on the outside. Being nice doesn’t cost anything.

Me: You’re a model for Izzy Be Clothing. Tell us a little about the brand!

Abby: I love Izzy Be Clothing. It empowers girls. It lifts girls up and gives them a voice. I want to do that too.

Me: What has been your favorite modeling experience?

Abby: The time when a big crowd of people arrived for my photo shoot! It was outside and I was wearing a beautiful evening gown. I was so shocked that they all came!

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Photographer: V. Howe

Me: When you’re not modeling, what do you enjoy doing?

Abby: I love reading and writing. I’m also a gamer girl. I like playing Fortnite. Sometimes people call me a tomboy and sometimes they say I’m a girly girl. I say, I’m both.

Linda: What do you hope for your future? Do you have a goal? 

Abby: I want to be a really big model like Victoria’s Secret models Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner.

Me: If you could be a fruit or a vegetable, which fruit or vegetable would you be? 

Abby: I would be a pineapple just like the quote “Be a pineapple. Stand tall, wear a crown, and be sweet on the inside.” Everyone should be a pineapple.

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Photographer: @ianjam6

I want to hear from you! Who is your role model? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Also, be sure to subscribe to my blog and follow my blog’s Instagram @newstylemodeYou can follow Abby on Instagram @abbyleigh7504

Love always,

Jenny A.

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Runway Model Kate Citrone

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Photographed by: Thomas Foreman

Meet Kate

Kate Citrone is a professional model who has been on the runway too many times to count! She has modeled all over the country including L.A, Savannah, N.Y.C, Orlando & Miami. Being on the runway gives her a rush of adrenaline and makes her feel more alive! Her biggest tip on conquering the runway is to make sure the audience is satisfied. “Your goal is to make the whole room fall in love with you,” she says.

Kate’s dream is to become a high fashion international runway model! She wants to be on the runway every day for the rest of her life! Her next modeling goal is to walk the runway for the London, Milan and Germany fashion shows. If she could walk down the runway with any famous model, it would be with Tyra Banks or Naomi Campbell.

When Kate is not modeling, she is watching a Harry Potter movie or an episode of the Outlander series. If she could be in a movie, she would be in a action movie where she would be a spy or carry a sword like in the Underworld Series!

She loves hanging out in the dance studio and volunteering in her community. Kate dedicates her time volunteering with the Police Athletic League (PAL). One of the volunteer events which combined both of Kate’s hobbies of dancing and volunteering was “Dancing with our PALs,” a spin-off of “Dancing with the Stars.”

Kate’s style is casual. She wears blue / black skinny jeans, a tank top, combat boots and lace-up sandals. Kate collects choker necklaces and anything related to Mickey Mouse! Her favorite desserts are strawberry cheese cake and Ben & Jerry’s chocolate fudge brownie ice cream. If she could be a fruit or vegetable, she would be a zucchini because they make good pies!

You can follow her on Instagram : kate_citrone

-Jenny A.

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Thomas Forman @tsunamitommi

Max Sadik @maxim.sadik

Jordan Patterson @jpvisual_

Model TONY LIRANZO

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Photographed by: Jenny A.

Meet Tony

Tony Liranzo is an outgoing, playful and sexy model who absolutely loves to dance hip-hop! Tony lives it up in NYC where the whole city is his dance floor. He pursues his passion by continuing to dance and by teaching hip-hop to his dance students. Tony says that his biggest accomplishment was when he moved to Manhattan which inspired him to continue to pursue his dreams of being a model.

Tony describes his style as Bohemian street wear. He usually wears a black V-neck shirt, black skinny jeans & black boots or Converse shoes. His signature look is a mesh shirt, a bomber jacket and ripped jeans.

You can find him running, lifting and working out in the gym. Three things he always carries are gym clothes, a bottle of cologne and a good book. Tony is always traveling all over the world to fashionable cities such as Paris, New Orleans and Los Angeles. Every time he travels, he buys a new shot glass to add to his shot glass collection. If he could be a fruit or vegetable, he would be a juicy strawberry.

Tony models and acts for MMG – Model Management Group USA & Canada. He also dances at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and studies acting at The Michael Chekhov Acting Studio in New York.

You can follow him on Instagram: tonynana

-Jenny A.