NYFW with Fashion Model Tommy Maksanty

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Photographer: Jose Rodriguez

As New York Fashion Week comes to an end, I thought it would be the perfect time to publish my interview with 2016 Mr. NYFW Model of the Year, Tommy Maksanty.

Meet Tommy:

Jenny A. (Me):  Which celebrity do you think you look like the most? 

Tommy (TM): People say I look like Edge the Wrestler if I were to put on weight.

Me:  What is it like for you behind the scenes of a fashion show?

TM: I’m pretty much laid back. I just watch and take a lot of things in.

Me: Does it ever get hectic?

TM:  I live in Virginia but I travel up to New York  for fashion weeks. Some days I’ll overbook myself.  In September 2015 I had 9 fashion shows back to back. I would go to a fitting where I would hop on my longboard and travel to the next fashion show. Last February 2016 during the snowstorm I snuck backstage during Style Fashion Week and ended up walking for M the Movement and accidentally closing Style Fashion Week for Richie Rich @richirichworld.

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Credit: @amconyc @soulmodelmanagement @clickmodelny

Me: What’s your worst fashion experience?

TM: Back in April 2016 I had a fashion show up at the UN and my taxi cab drove off with my knapsack, longboard and all my stuff. It was a complete nightmare. I lost everything from February New York  Fashion Week.

Me:  If there was one designer you could model for, anyone in the world, who would it be?

TM: Tommy Hilfiger.

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Photographer: @chrisbrownofficial

Me: How would you describe your style?

TM: I wear what fits and I make it work.

Me: What are your hobbies?

TM: Walking on the runway, longboarding, traveling and other outdoor activities.

Me: Where do you like to hangout?

TM: Anywhere by the water, somewhere on a mountain and sitting VIP at fashion events.

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Photographer: Jose Rodriguez

Me: What are 3 things you always carry with you?

TM: When I’m in the city I always have my longboard since I don’t like to walk –it’s too congested. I’ll also have my Bluetooth headset and portable phone charger on me.

Me: What’s your dream job?

TM: Getting paid to work out and smile.

Me: Who inspires you?

TM: My father. He gets up around 5:00am for work every day and doesn’t come home till late. He taught me how to be a hard worker.

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Photographer: Jose Rodriguez

Me: Who is your favorite demigod?

Hercules. I like the way people idolize him. He’s pretty cool.

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

TM: A watermelon – because everyone loves watermelon and it’s my favorite fruit.

Me: How would your friends describe you?

Tommy actually had his friend Ben answer this question.

Ben:  Tommy is like Johnny Depp’s stunt double. He’s smart, good looking, and has a great body with cut muscles.  You can put him on any billboard and any product will sell– he’s the real deal.

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Photographer: @sarosh_photography ; Designer: @imalandrinibeachwear

Tommy won the September 2016 Mr. NYFW Model of the Year by ASC Productions. He was even featured on a billboard in Times Square for winning! He was awarded Model of the Millennium by the King of Fashion, Andre Galliano. Tommy has modeled for New York Fashion Week in 2015, 2016 & 2017. Tommy also promotes onemama.org lolafo.com luminousworldwide.com eznethaircare.com.

You can follow him on Instagram: @TommyMaksanty

-Jenny A.

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Top 5 Tips for the Summer

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Model Tanasha Nelson; Photographer Chromatic Culture

Model Tanasha shared her top 5 ways of how to spend the summer like a model.

  1. Wear your outfit like it’s a statement! Whether it’s a simple t-shirt & shorts, or a sassy dress, always rock your unique style. Bring out your best self!
  2. Go outdoors and shoot. Meet with your local photographers. If you have your own camera, bring your tripod with you and shoot in unexpected places. You’ll be in love with how amazing you feel afterwards.
  3. Travel! Travel & modeling go hand in hand! It’s really an exciting feeling to just get out of your comfort zone and shoot with photographers from different states. Personally, I can’t wait to begin my summer travels where I will get to create and network.
  4. Be body positive! Always keep a light spirit. As a model, I have to be able to be myself in the best way possible. That is what brings out the beauty of a model. My authentic self is everything.
  5. Love yourself. Before anything, know that you’re a model and love yourself in your own skin. Believe in you!
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Model Tanasha Nelson; Photographer Chromatic Culture

You can follow Tanasha on Instagram : @Shezamodel

What are your top tips for the summer? Share them below in the comments!

-Jenny A.

10 Fun Facts about Model Yaxin Han

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Photographer @street_views MUA & hair @rissasally Designer @stephj.etfashion

Meet Yaxin:

10 Fun Facts 

#1 Not only is Yaxin a model, she is also a boxer! She shared that she boxes to give her more power, energy and some stress relief. #beast

#2 You can find her on the basketball court shooting some hoops and playing basketball. Did I mention she’s very athletic?!

#3 She loves to belly dance!

#4 She enjoys hanging out with friends and watching animated movies.

#5 She likes to hop on a bus or a train and travel to different places.

#6 She is bilingual! She speaks both Mandarin and English.

#7 She defines her style as street style. Her go-to outfit is jeans, a shirt and a pair of sneakers.

#8 She looks up to Brazilian fashion model Giselle Bündchen and American fashion model Gigi Hadid.

#9 If she could be a fruit or vegetable she would be an apple because it’s amazing, smart and fresh.

#10 Yaxin walked the runway for Banana Republic, ZARA and Ann Taylor during the Boston Fashion Week Fall 2016 show!

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Photographer @imaginator_deto Designer @rebekahsilverdesigns
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Photographer: @imaginator_deto Designer: @_williambradley MUA:@trendtye
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Photographer @imaginator_deto Designer @qsnewname

Yaxin has also modeled for Style Week Swim Fashion Show, Project Runway Designer Showcase, Boston En Vogue Fashion Week, Plitzs New York City Fashion Week, and Voge Fashion Runway. 

You can follow her on Instagram: yaxinhan

Which is your favorite fun fact? Write to me in the comments! I’d love to know!

-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 Lilly Norris

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Model Lilly Norris absolutely adores the outdoors! You can find her camping, hiking, rock climbing or even just enjoying nature. If she could be a fruit or vegetable she would be a strawberry, because they’re (a) delicious, (b) very cute, and (c) they grow wild…just like her!

“My dream is to model for Vogue and to be able to make a positive change in the lives of women who are suffering from trauma.”

Her main goal is to be able to use modeling to travel internationally and raise enough funds to open her own Women’s Trauma Centers in underprivileged areas. She is currently studying business so that she can help provide the necessary resources to trauma victims.

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Fun fact: She’s competed in nationwide engineering competitions where her team electronically wired 120lb. robots!

Her favorite tv show to binge watch is Game of Thrones because the women in it are so kick ass. “Daenerys could have my heart any day of the week.”

Lilly is fascinated with super villains. Speaking of which … Poison Ivy is her favorite. She likes to cosplay and go to different conventions.

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Fun fact: Lilly creates her own cosplay outfits.

Her style is a mash up between (1) a sexy Gothic club goer (2) a hippie straight of out Woodstock and (3) a CEO of a major company.

Lilly has modeled for Charleston Fashion Week 2015, 2016 TIBI NYC 2016, Atlanta International Fashion Week.

You can follow her on Instagram: lillyofficially

-Jenny A.

Model Jessica Shea Zeletes

Meet Jessica:

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Photographed by: Jenny A.

“As a model, my major focus is (1) being a role model and (2) being fearless. I am a brand, a boss and a business.”

Jessica Shea Zeletes is a model who is all about trying new things! You can find her hanging out on an airplane or reading in Barnes & Nobles. Whether she is traveling to different cities or tasting different foods, Jessica enjoys living life. She loves playing volleyball, flipping through fashion magazines and taking professional photos.

She dreams of becoming an international petite supermodel. Even though she is a petite model, her ultimate goal is to be a Victoria’s Secret model.

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Photographed by: Jenny A.

“Modeling is my life.”

She hopes to one day walk for designer Philipp Plein. Jessica’s top role models are Hillary Duff, Tyra Banks and Ava Capra from America’s Next Top Model. If she could be a fruit or vegetable, she would be a pineapple because it is tasty, juicy, tarty, and interesting looking with a hardcore in the middle.

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Photographed by: Jenny A.

Jessica’s style is a mix between chic and eclectic. When she is in Florida, her go to outfit is shorts, a tank top and a pair of Converse shoes. When she visits New York, you can find her wearing a turtleneck, pants and snow boots. She is obsessed with fashion, purses and shoes.  Her favorite perfume is Hillary Duff’s With Love.

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Photographed by: Jenny A.

“Nothing stops me.”

Jessica doesn’t let fear stop her from achieving her goals. Back in January 2017, she was in the airport waiting for her flight to New York when the Fort Lauderdale shooting happened. Instead of panicking and going home, she boarded her flight so that she would be able to compete in the 2017 PLITZS Fashion Marketing’s Emerging Model of the Year. Even with all the stress of the traumatic shooting, her determination pulled her though allowing her to win the petite model of the year.

You can follow her on Instagram: Jessicasheamodel

-Jenny A.

Grace DiDomenico

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Photographed by: Matthew Cacace @bo2m_photography

Meet Grace:

Grace DiDomenico is an energetic and creative model who loves to have fun. She enjoys dancing, cheerleading and talking on the phone. Her best friend and role model is her mom. Her favorite family trip was when she went to the Grand Ole Opry tour in Tennessee.

She dreams of living in Paris and walking the runway there. Grace’s style is wearing trendy clothes with an urban twist. She likes collecting makeup from Kylie Cosmetics by Kylie Jenner, BH Cosmetics and Mally Beauty.

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Photographed by: Brittany Diaz @Brittanythemakeupgoddess

Grace is a girl scout. Her troop sang songs to the elderly and packed gift boxes for children. In the spring, they are going to Rocking Horse Ranch to learn how to care for horses. After all, she loves horseback riding.

While she doesn’t really like fruits or vegetables, if she could be a fruit or vegetable, she would be a kiwi…tart yet sweet. She likes watching Grey’s Anatomy, listening to 21 Pilots and snacking on some s’mores.

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Photographed by: Debbie DiDomenico

Grace was a finalist for the PLITZS Fashion Marketing’s 2017 Model of the Year Competition. She also competed in the 2017 PLITZS Fashion Marketing Kid’s Fashion Democracy show. Grace said that she gained a lot from both shows.”Backstage is a lot of fun!” It was a great experience where she was able to make friends in the fashion world.

You can follow her on Instagram: grace.didomenico

-Jenny A.