• Model on a Mission, Meet Carol Alt

    You’ll know her as a classic ‘80s supermodel (who’s considered to be one of the most famous of them all by some), but today? She’s got a little something different going on.

    While you’ll still probably find some great clothing and travel inspiration looking at her social media, Carol has specifically dedicated herself to doing more than making you look good: she wants you to feel good as well.

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    Read on to learn more about her career, and how she’s working to accomplish this goal. You’ll also see a few of the common questions asked online and where to follow her online.

    The basics

    This 57-yeard-old Super Model will be marking another year on earth in December of this year, and her wiki lists her as being a New York native. She’s 5’10 and currently represented by The Model CoOp in New York and d’management group in Milan.

    Her career began while she was still in her teens, and she reached the height of modeling goals only three years later: landing the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. That was obviously a huge door opened for her, and her Wikipedia credits show it. She’s had covers in pretty much all the major fashion magazines, including ones around the globe. She also has been the face behind some of the biggest beauty and cosmetics brands.

    She has had an extensive acting career here and overseas. This has also included stints on reality TV and several awards. She was also married to hockey player Ron Greschner for 13 years, beginning in 1983.

    Beyond the Cameras

    Versatility is key in a long, successful career, and Carol is proof of it. She’s also credited as an author, mostly focusing on diet, health, and modeling. She’s also been a part of a documentary taking people inside the modeling industry, giving viewers insight into their favorites and what it takes to be part of the business.

    She’s also a philanthropist, supporting a number of charities centered around helping animal and children.

    A recent project is a show on Fox News that delves into health and wellness. It’s called “A Healthy You” and began back in 2013 and ended in 2015. It was a thirty-minute program in which she shares her own tips for living healthier, as well as the advice of others. According to celebrity net worth, all this has helped her to build a net worth of 25 million.

    The Mission

    The last project mentioned was just one part of Carol’s mission, which she’s talked about extensively: helping people get and stay healthy, and feel better. She’s got a series of blog posts detailing her own health struggles, as well as her extensive research that led her to a raw diet. She talks about cleansing, the dangers of sugar, and how it’s important to work with your doctor and do the research to find the diet that will help you feel your best.

    Social Media Stats

    Instagram: @modelcarolalt

    Followers: 118K

    Twitter: @modelcarolalt

    Followers 116K

    Facebook: Carol Alt

    Likes: 114K

  • Exclusive Interview with the Model Who is Normalizing Stretch Marks on Instagram

    Every once in a while we stumble across a girl on Instagram who just steals our hearts. One such person is Vanessa Ariel Torres, a beautiful Puerto Rican & Indo-Trinidadian model who we've watched build her social media following from the ground up over the years. With her cheerful spirit, and effortlessly gorgeous photos she's been popping up all over our feed lately, so we felt it was only right to share the goodness with our Bikini Luxe babes.

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    One of our favorite things about her is that she doesn't Facetune her STRETCHMARKS. Yup, you read that correctly. She's got a bangin' body and has tiger stripes JUST LIKE THE REST OF US. It's so refreshing to see other girls commenting on her posts, thanking her for being real and honest and not photo-shopping her body. We can't get enough! So, it's time for you to meet Vanessa, one of our favorite babes on the 'gram.

    Meet Vanessa, the triple threat beach babe who's beautiful, intelligent, and has a good freaking soul.

    How old are you and where do you live?

    I'm 20 years old I live in South Florida.

    Tell us a little about yourself?

    Well, I’m Vanessa Ariel Torres - named after my mother’s favorite girl’s name and the Little Mermaid! I was born and raised in Southeast Florida where I lived with my gorgeous family consisting of my mother, father, brother, and little sister.

    I enjoy really simple things - my favorite black coffee with agave nectar in the morning or a yummy smoothie bowl, sitting and watching tv all day with my cats, going to the beach when it’s hottest outside, or even just taking myself out for food and, of course, documenting my life through pictures! Each day is such a gift - there’s always some joy and fun to be found.

    What are you are most proud of?

    I’m most proud of who I am as a person and my achievements. My mom raised me to be a strong, independent, smart and confident woman and she really did succeed. Pretty much everything I love about myself, I owe to her.

    I’m so grateful for confidence and self-assurance to come easy to me because I see so many girls struggling with that every single day, but it means the world to me when I can pull other girls out of that and help them gain the confidence that they so deserve to own.

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    What’s the first thing you do in the morning?

    First thing I do is stretch, say good morning to my cat, drink water, and then head to the bathroom to start my morning skincare routine.

    You’re gorgeous, what does your beauty routine look like?

    Thank you! I use a lot of natural products and weekly face masks. I make sure to wash my face at least twice a day and always before I get into bed. I NEVER forget to moisturize!

    If you had to wear the same outfit for the rest of your life - what would it be?

    High-waisted sweatpants and a cropped t-shirt with my Nike’s.

    We want to know, what’s in your beauty bag?

    My beauty bag is all skincare products. I start with a salicylic acid cleanser, then rose water toner, hyaluronic or glycolic acid, and either jojoba oil, rosehip oil, coconut oil, or vitamin e oil for moisture. It takes me a pretty long time - my friends and family always make fun of me for it! As for my makeup bag, I always have concealer, mascara, eyeliner, lip gloss, and an eyelash curler.

    Who’s your favorite musician to jam out to when no one’s looking?

    I have so many that I love! There’s Camila Cabello, Vance Joy, Lovely the Band, Christina Aguilera, Yerba Buena, Rodrigo Amarante, J Balvin, Ludwig van Beethoven. I love so many genres.

    If you could travel anywhere in the world - where would it be?

    I would island-hop the South Pacific Islands! That part of the world looks so surreal.

    What’s your favorite thing to do in your down time?

    I love to have picnics on the beach - there’s such bliss in eating my favorite foods in the warmth of the sun with the ocean as my view. Or of course there’s those amazing days where I can stay home and cuddle up on the couch with my kitties watching Netflix with some hot ginger tea.

    They say you are what you eat, what are you?

    I’m a smoothie bowl topped with almond butter and cacao nibs!!

    If your best friends could tell us something embarrassing about you, what would it be?

    Probably that I’m actually very dorky, tell corny jokes that I think are legitimately funny and a big nerd who’s always sharing “fun facts” and I only know this because I’ve been told so!

    What are your favorite looks from Bikini Luxe?

    I absolutely love Soah and Agua Bendita. The lifestyle shots with each bikini are stunning and makes you want every piece LOL.

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    Where do you get your sense of style from?

    That’s almost a tough question because I have so many different styles based on my mood! I usually tend to go for a comfy sexy-boho style, but then there’s the edgy styles, laid back and flowy style, crisp-fashion styles, and sporty styles.

    In general, I get my sense of style from what makes me feel awesome and truly speaks to me. Because, you know, clothes totally talk.

    What inspired you to start modeling?

    Every year since I was little, my mom and I would watch the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and the Miss Universe pageants. It was so empowering and beautiful to watch - I wanted to be them!

    Being a source of inspiration and empowering other people would be a surreal feeling. I always loved taking photos, so around 17 years old when I started using social media a lot more, I took to social media to share it and it started from there!

    Is this something you do Full-Time?

    I’d definitely consider this as a part-time kind of job because it doesn’t take out as much time as a ‘9-5’ and I’m also a college student. Between modeling and building my presence on social media, I’ve been studying to earn my Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience and Biology, which I’m super excited about because my major is a field that has always interested me- I want to study the human brain and our behaviors, tendencies, and why we are the way we are!

    I earned my Associate’s Degree in Biology at 18 years old because I went to college for the last two years of high school - which I am so immensely proud and grateful for (I was not a fan of high school life).

    Tell us about your dream collab, who is it and why?

    Victoria’s Secret - the women they’ve worked with are goddesses. It’d be unreal!!

    Girls worldwide want to do what you’re doing, do you have any advice for them?

    Be good to yourself, your body, and other people. Everyone loves kind-hearted people and I strongly believe that you attract what you put out. Also, just be yourself! It sounds cliche, but in a world full of millennials trying to look, act, and be like each other, feel free to be the odd one out.

    Emphasize the little things that make you different and that you love about yourself whether it be something mental or physical.

    What’s next for you?

    Currently, I’m just making sure to have fun with whatever I do. I plan to travel a lot more in the next year and so on, so I’m super excited for that. I’m done waiting to live my life, traveling is what I’ve always wanted to do and I don’t see the point in prolonging something that makes me feel whole!

     

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    Twitter: @vanessaarielt

    Instagram: @vanessaarieltorres

    Age: 20 years old

    Ethnicity: Puerto Rican & Indo-Trinidadian

    Location: South Florida

    Major: Neuroscience and Biology

    Modeling Agency: Neon Model Management

     

  • Meet Model and "Secrets" Video Star Hannah Donker

    A model hailing from Canada, Hannah Donker was chosen by Maxim as a breakout star in 2016. She caught Maxim’s attention by posing for Elle Canada and other high profile magazines. She also served as the face of one of Garnier’s larger ad campaigns.

    She has been modeling since 2014 after she caught the attention of a modeling scout who found her on Facebook. As a result, Hannah moved to New York City to pursue her career.

     

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    Hannah has made a career for herself by signing with Wilhelmina Models. She may be best known for her performance in the “Secrets” music video. The video stars the song’s artist, Abel Tesfaye, alongside Hannah, who plays the role of his girlfriend. The premise of the video is that she is talking in her sleep and is confessing her secrets: that she has been dating another man. The video features Hannah spread out on a bed tossing and turning in her sleep because she’s dreaming of someone else. Abel looks on, angry that she is dreaming of the man she is cheating on him with.

     

     

    Facial Yoga and More Beauty Secrets

    Aside from her modeling, Hannah is also known for practicing an unusual beauty routine. She engages in something known as facial yoga, which no doubt contributes to her good looks. Hannah has explained that the first step in the process is to use a hydrating cream to tone and cleanse the skin. She explains step two as pinching the skin on the face, moving from the forehead down to the bottom of the chin and both cheeks. Repeating this for 30 to 45 seconds finishes step two of facial yoga. Step three is to lock fingers from both hands together and use them to gently push and pull on the skin. The fourth step in the process is to use one’s fingertips to tap on the outer edges of the face. The fifth and final step is to use an additional skin hydrating product and massage it into the skin under the chin.

    Hannah confessed that she started giving herself facial yoga at home because she always gets a facial done from a professional while she is traveling to various locations for modeling shoots. 

     

     

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    Her Instagram page can be found @hannahdonker, where she has 23.7 thousand followers. Her Facebook page can be found @donker.hann, where she has a handful of loyal followers.

    Though Hannah isn’t as experienced as other models she has made her mark in other ways. In fact, Fashionista.com has named her among the social media influencers to keep an eye on in 2018. There is no doubt that she will continue to become even more popular as she continues to dive deeper into the modeling world. Her candid interviews with various websites and magazines have shown that she has a lot to offer. Fans that have already discovered her admire her beauty.

     Hannah Donker Wiki

    • Age: 27 years old 
    • Nationality: Half Jamaican, Half British
    • Hair Color: Brown 
    • Eye Color: Brown 
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Agency: Elite Model Management

     

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  • Will Model Leyna Bloom Walk the Victoria's Secret Runway?

    Dancer and model Leyna Bloom has made major strides within the transgendered community. Though she works as a female model, she was born a male. Starting in 2014, she took part in a magazine cover feature discussing the topic of the transgendered community. She appeared on the cover of the magazine with her fellow transgendered peers.

     

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    Meet Model Leyna Bloom

    After Leyna’s mother was deported from the United States, while Leyna was still a baby, her father continued to raise her. When she was in the sixth grade, Leyna took up dancing and joined Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet. By the time she was 14 years old, she was performing with Misty Copeland as part of the American Ballet Theater. Interestingly enough, she was given a dance scholarship courtesy of the Chicago Academy of the Arts, but failed to finish her studies because the Academy considered her to be a boy and therefore wouldn’t allow her to perform as a girl. Instead, Leyna went on to complete her studies in 2008 at the Chicago Academy of the Arts. Prior to working as a model she worked at Manhattan, New York’s NoMo SoHo restaurant, where she was a hostess.

     

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    Potential Top Victoria's Secret Model? 

    As a trailblazer for the transgendered community, Leyna gained much attention for walking the runway at 2017’s New York Fashion Week where she modeled for the brand Chromat. This brand is known for having transgendered models represent them. Also in 2017, Leyna appeared on the cover of the October issue of Vogue India. However, she was incorrectly identified in the magazine as being fellow transgendered model Geena Rocero.

    Leyna has also set her sights on becoming a Victoria’s Secret angel. She even ran a public campaign to make herself their first ever transgendered model. Leyna feels that Victoria’s Secret models should be more diverse than they have been so far.

     

     

    Model on a Mission

    Leyna is passionate about fighting for equal rights for the LGBTQ community. She fondly recalls having attended Chicago Pride events as a teenager and has stated that she felt liberated while she was there.

    Part of her efforts to fight for equality included participating in a photoshoot outside of the Stonewall Inn. She did it to pay tribute to everyone who had previously fought for LGBTQ rights. 

     

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    Leyna utilizes social media to help get her message out to the public. She can be found on Instagram @leynabloom, where she has 125,000 followers. She can also be found on Twitter @leynabloom, where she has 11.8 thousand followers. It is safe to say that Leyna is out to make a difference in the world. She is passionate about the causes she believes in and is not afraid to share her true self with the world. Leyna serves as an inspiration to every transgendered woman that feels like she can’t be successful in today’s world. Only time will tell what Leyna will accomplish.

    Leyna Bloom Wiki

    • Height: 5′ 10″
    • Nationality: American
    • Other name: Leyna Ramous
    • Hair color: Brown
    • Eye color: Brown
    • Birthday: April 25th
    • Husband: Vukasin Vujic
    • Residence: New York City, NY

     

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  • Style Like Bikini Model Vita Sidorkina

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    Russian fashion model Vita Sidorkina was born in Khabarovsk and lived there until she was 17 years old. At that young age, she relocated to New York City in 2011 to launch her modeling career.

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    Having just arrived in NYC, Vita go started modeling right away and appeared on the runway during the 2011 New York Fashion Week. She also walked the runway for Oyster as well as major brands such as Hermes, Tory Burch, Carmen Marc and Rebecca Minkof, among others.
    The same year, Vita even graced the cover of a magazine called French Revue des Modes.

    The next year she went on to appear on the covers of Elle and Alexis magazine. She also posed for L'officiel in Singapore. Following that, she appeared on the cover of Designare in 2013. Vita also appeared in a Creem magazine fashion editorial.

    Starting in 2014, Vita began posing for the Italian version of Vanity Fair. She also began to model the Pink line for Victoria's Secret, as well as the brand's other lines. The next year she went on to appear in the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. 2015 was a busy year for Vita, as she also appeared in fashion editorials for Telva, Teen Vogue, Dressed To Kill, Paper and the Spanish version of Marie Claire magazine. Since then she has also been spotted wearing Sauvage.

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    On a personal note, 23 year old Vita got engaged to her boyfriend at the end of 2016 and married him over the summer of 2017. The wedding was held on Italy's Amalfi Coast and Vita wore a dress by Zuhair Murad.

    She and her husband now live together in NYC and when Vita isn't working she is lending her support to the Voss Foundation, which she hosted a fundraiser for at East Hampton's Georgica.

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    Vita uses social media to stay in touch with her fans. She can be found on Instagram @vitasidorkina, where she has 825,000 followers. In addition, her Facebook page can be found @vitasidorkina, where she has 405,958 followers.

    • Nationality: Russian
    • Height: 5'8" 
    • Age: 23 years old
    • Measurements: 30-22.5-33
    • Occupation: Model
    • Husband: Valerio Morabito


    As a young, successful model, Vita has used her career to raise awareness for the Voss Foundation, something she fully believes in. Her commitment to her career and to making contributions to the world is refreshing coming from such a young woman. Women of all ages can look up to Vita and model their own careers after hers.

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    In a short time, Vita has had a budding modeling career and all signs point to it continuing full speed ahead. Vita poses for brands that make her feel beautiful and brands she believes can help make other women feel beautiful too. She is an inspiration to young people because she has shown how much one can accomplish if they make a commitment to doing so. Vita's career is likely to keep flourishing as she continues to make her mark on the world. She will continue to inspire women and show them that they can be as successful as she is.

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