Shot by – @Steffano.Morte
How did you start modeling?
My cousin, Nellie Blue is a model (she likes to refer to it as “nodeling”) and she got me hooked about two years ago. We did a photoshoot with Danielle Levitt for a Chanel spread in Exit Magazine the summer of 2014 and ever since I’ve been working on getting my foot in the door.
Tell us what are you into besides modeling?
I am an actress and bookwriter for a new musical, Elise, set in a 1910 brothel. I also love love love to cook thanks to my mama who is a chef! Risotto is my best dish.
Who is your favorite artist?
Keith Haring and Olivier De Sagazan (If you don’t know who he is – go google him; he is a brilliant performance artist.)
Did you grow up with a large family?
Nope! I am an only child. Lots of pets.
What do you do in your free time?
I love running along the Hudson River, searching for cozy and fun NYC neighborhood spots, binge-watching every episode of the Housewives and Top Chef.
What’s the biggest city you’ve been to?
Not sure which city I’ve visited is considered the “biggest,” but New York City will always have my heart.
What’s your most favorite city to visit?
I love spending time in Westchester, NY, Los Angeles in very small doses and St. Maarten is my ideal island-life getaway.
What city do you have on your list to go to before you die?
I have never been to Paris and I am dying to go.
Do you like pets? Do you own any?
I adore animals. My parents take care of my childhood pets, 2 adorable kitties and doggies.
What turns you on about a man?
A man with an adventurous spirit. Someone who exudes confidence and exuberance and makes me feel sexy. It is nice to go out with a man who makes you feel weightless; someone who you feel you don’t have to be constantly “on” around.
If you spot a guy you like how do you get him to approach you?
Every girl has her “look” she gives a guy she’s attracted to, but I’ve also approached men many a time myself. No woman should be intimidated walking up to a man she is interested in.
Are you single?
In bed what’s your favorite position?
All of my sexcapades stay in the bedroom.
Are you a giver or taker during sex?
Depends on the man and the vibe.
Do you look up to another model?
Brigitte Bardot – my idol.
What is your favorite style of modeling?
I love portrait work; it is always nice to emote and create an aura in a photograph.
What type of photographers do you like to work with?
Photographers who make you feel comfortable and radiant… your relationship with your photographer is incredibly special. It should always feel open and creative.
What would you say is your best feature is?
I like my eyes!
What’s ultimate with modeling?
Being you. Being in the moment. Breathe!
What is fun and rewarding about modeling?
Leaving a shoot and feeling like you told a story. It’s also always lovely to get your shots, scroll through and find a gem that makes you go, “Ohhhh yassssss Queen!”
Describe the atmosphere when you’re on a shoot. Do you play music? Do you talk with the photographer?
Absolutely. I am a huge music lover and it definitely gets you into a groove when there is music playing. I believe getting to know the photographer is always key. You should be on the same level when creating an image, so getting to know each other is crucial.
Where do you like to shop at and what is your favorite store?
AllSaints, Alice & Olivia, Free People. I also love finding thrift stores in Brooklyn and on the LES.
Do you dislike anything about modeling?
Have any advice for aspiring models?
Keep yourself healthy and wake up every morning motivated. Always be open to collaboration and have a clear vision of how you’d like to represent yourself.
What distinguishes a good photographer from a bad one?
A good photographer exudes energy and willingness to create a great photo. A good photographer is welcoming and gets to know their subject. “Bad” photographers breeze on through and do not communicate well with their model. If you want a stellar photo, the photographer and model have to be open with one another.
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This article is published in Alwayz Therro Issue 70
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