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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 “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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“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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Light it UP! My 10 Top Looks from the Fire Collection by FUNARI NEW YORK

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Photographer: Noel Valero  Models: Ayla Rain

One of the top highlights from New York Fashion Week was FUNARI New York’s fashion show. I was so excited to be a VIP guest that I came early and hung out on the red carpet with the fashion dogs. I couldn’t resist! They were so cute walking around and posing on the red carpet in their stylish FUNARI apparel. I actually sat on the red carpet posing and petting the fashion dogs who would later be walking on the runway in the FUNARI collection.  There was even a dog wearing sunglasses, chilling and putting his front paws up on the bar!

The collection is called Fire and it was lit. One of my favorite parts of the fashion show was when model Jeremy Soriano started the show off with breaking two concrete breeze bocks with a sledgehammer! I felt like he was breaking down the barriers between gender roles and making way for designer Janelle’s dynamic unisex collection. I like how the models walked down the runway leaving the crushed debris behind them. It was as if they were blazing a new path. Janelle’s swimwear collection is all about inclusion. Her diverse gender neutral pieces can be worn by all. She wants you to be sexy, bold and empowered.

These are my top looks from Janelle FUNARI’s Fire Collection:

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Photographer: Noel Valero Model: Sydney Stipanovich & Bentley
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Photographer: Noel Valero Model: Jade Ming
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Photographer: Noel Valero Model: Jeremy Soriano
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Photographer: Noel Valero Model: Morelle Momo Thomas
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Photographer: Noel Valero Model: Kevin Christie
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Photographer: Noel Valero Model: Kevin Jatos Robinson & Xolo (The Hairless Dog)
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Photographer: Noel Valero Model: Maxine the Fashion Frenchie
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A special congratulations and thank you to Janelle Funari for her fabulous fashion show! If you want to see her other collections, check here.

Also a special thanks to photographer Noel Valero for capturing the moments with his spectacular photos.

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Love always,

Jenny A

Sea the Beauty: YDAMYS SIMO’s Collection at Style Fashion Week

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Photographer : Red Bird Photography LLC

After seeing the collection, all I wanted to do was rent a boat and sail off into the sea. All of the pieces in the collection have a feel-good vibe. I think they are a lot of fun. I love the message behind this line: shatter the norms and redefine the way you see beauty.

“Sea The Beauty of a soul’s depth and the surface will never again be enough.” 

The Sea the Beauty collection is all about seeing the beauty within yourself. Loving yourself. Knowing that you are beautiful.

 

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Nick Santonastasso was the opening model for the line. Everyone around me stood up when he walked down the runway. He was fierce. He was captivating. He was inspiring. “The most attractive thing you can be is different”- Nick Santonastasso

Shatter the norms. Redefine beauty.

“I am immensely proud of the brand I have created. I am proud of the unique designs but equally proud of the positive message I attach to them. I want to make a difference in the world. I want to leave the younger generation with a positive message and a positive image about themselves.” – Designer YDAMYS SIMO

 

These are my top looks from this collection:

 

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What do you think about this collection?

I want to thank Red Bird Photography LLC for capturing YDAMYS SIMO’s collection. All photos in this blog post were taken by Red Bird Photography LLC.

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XOXO,

Jenny A.

Model Yuliya Aranovska

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Meet Yuliya:

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

 Yuliya Aranovska is a Ukrainian born model who has both a big heart and a dazzling smile. She dreams of channeling her modeling career into making a positive change in the world. Her ultimate goal is to encourage kindness and help charities. She also hopes to one day have her own fashion line and store.

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Like a true New Yorker, her style is a mix between edgy and classy. She usually wears all black for castings, but loves to show color in her usual wardrobe. Makeup? She always uses a little bit of eye liner and mascara and BB Cream moisturizer with a high SPF. On a nice day you can find her taking in the gorgeous backdrop of the city. One of her favorite go to spots is the 230 5th Ave rooftop lounge.

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She loves the arts! She draws with all types of materials, such as chalk pastels, markers, sharpies, and paint. She revealed that has a deep appreciation for street style graffiti and photography. She loves expressing herself through dancing and writing. If she could be a fruit or vegetable, she should be an onion, since it has a lot of layers (for all you Shrek fans!).

Yuliya is a travel bug! You can find her traveling and just exploring. When she travels she likes to experience the world like a local. She’s been parasailing, surfing, and paragliding! One of her favorite adventures was ATVing in Costa Rica!

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During our interview she realized that her favorite animated characters are always the mischievous female leads like Angelica from the Rugrats and Helga from Hey Arnold! (go figure!). Maybe she was inspired by them to break the rules a bit. 

At 5’7, an inch below the typical 5’8 height for female models, Yuliya has still managed to walk NY Fashion Week for Dan Liu & FTL Moda, Fashion Gallery New York, Philly Fashion Week, DC Fashion Week, and participated in presentations by Hellen Castillo from Project Runway, & many others. I think it’s very impressive because while it may seem like she is “just an inch below the standard”; an inch below the industry standard is a lot in fashion. Yuliya said that each of her experiences have been dreams come true & that is why she encourages all to never give up on their dreams.

You can follow her on Instagram: @Yuliyasofficial

-Jenny A.

Model JOSEPH HALL

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Meet Joseph:

Whether he is running track or walking the runway, Joseph Hall is always bringin’ it. Between his ambition and his determination, he has won gold medals for his athletic performance. He’s been running track with his dad ever since he was little. He looks up to both of his role models Michael Johnson and Usan Bolt, Olympic gold medalists and track & field legends.

Joseph creates his own style. He has fashion designers such as Vernis make his clothing. Joseph likes to stand out and be unique. He dreams of making it to the top of the modeling industry and helping his family. You can find him hanging out in Dave & Buster’s and working out at the gym. He loves chocolate cake. His favorite movie is Titanic. If he could be a fruit or vegetable, he would be lettuce.

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Joseph walked in the 2016 Brooklyn Fashion Week. He recently competed in the 2017 PLITZ Fashion Marketing Emerging Model Competition.

You can follow him on Instagram: @trackstart

-Jenny A.

Model Lashira Moné

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Photographed by: Jenny A.

Meet Lashira:

Through her bright and bubbly personality, you can just feel Lashira Moné’s smile from across the room. She is a runway, catalog, editorial & commercial model. She is a spokes-model, mentor and soon to be fashion designer. Lashira is also a vlogger and fashion stylist. She grew up watching Tyra Banks, her role model on America’s Next Top Model.

Lashira dreams of starting her own online boutique. Her style can be classified as chic. Even though her favorite color is pink, she wears black 95% of the time. Lashira’s go to outfit is high waisted pants, thigh high boots, a blazer and to top it off a choker. Her go to makeup is lip gloss.

You can find her listening to ’90s music and sketching. She loves to sing even if she’s not good at it. Her favorite movie is Matilda. She can’t live without chicken and rice. If she was a fruit or vegetable, she would be a strawberry… sweet and vibrant.

“2017 is my year of growth” – She looks forward to branching out and traveling the world to collaborate on projects and build her brand.

This past week Lashira modeled for New York Fashion Week’s Small Boutique Fashion Week. She also walked in Stevie Boi show and was live streamed on CBS New York.

Lashira was the Miss Maryland USA 2017 finalist. She has modeled for Macy’s, Surreal Beauty Magazine and different fashion shows in D.C. Lashira did a fashion segment for channel 8 in D.C. She also walked for Henry Picado twice in 2 different fashion shows.

You can follow her on Instagram: lashiramone

-Jenny A.

Top 5 things for Ringing in the New Year

Runway model Pauline Bynum shared her top 5 things for ringing in the New Year!

Here’s the countdown:

#5. Spend time with your loved ones. – It’s the perfect holiday to just be yourself and spend some quality time with your friends and family! 

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#4. Go to a New Year’s party. – Cheers! What better way to celebrate than going out to a rockin’ New Year’s Eve party?!

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#3. Watch the ball drop. – Take a train into Times Square and wait till midnight…or snuggle up on the couch with your pet and watch the ball drop live on TV!

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#2. Write down your New Year resolution(s). – You can either save your resolutions or do something a little more magical like putting them into a sky lantern.

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#1. Just have fun. Whether you’re out partying or even just spending a quite night alone, make sure you enjoy yourself!

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-Pauline Bynum & Jenny A.