5 QUESTIONS FOR MODEL ALLIANCE MEMBERS
1. It’s New York fashion week! Describe your typical day.
My typical day during fashion week is showing up to my scheduled shows early, going to my castings and trying to get some time to eat in between, because it’s usually really hectic.
I see Liya Kebede as a role model. Not only is she a really beautiful woman who does a great job as a model, but she also takes advantage of the opportunities she gets to do things for her African community. I think that’s something to look up to. I’d love to be able to do something for my country in the near future.
3. Your best and worst fashion week moments?
My best fashion week moment was when I was part of the 20th anniversary of the DKNY collection and my mother came all the way from [the Dominican Republic] to watch me stroll down the runway. It was really amazing because I didn’t expect her to be there.
My worst fashion week moment was when I didn’t know I had a show, and I got there really close to its start and had to get ready very quickly. The shoes also got stuck in part of the garment while I was on the runway – I thought I was going to fall.
4. This summer the MA introduced legislation that would include fashion models under 18 in child performer regulations in New York. The bill passed unanimously and is awaiting the Governor’s signature. Do you support the legislation, and why?
Yes, I support the legislation, because under-18 models need some type of guidance. At that age, you are still really young to make your own decisions – especially because there’s easy access to so many things and if models’ parents are present, they can really help them grow in a healthier way.
5. Advice to fashion week rookies, and the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?
My advice is to try to be yourself as much as you can and not get influenced by things that go on around you. When someone doesn’t hire you for a job, it’s not anything personal.
The best advice I’ve been given is to never forget who you are and where you came from.