• 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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    Instagram Influencer Information:


    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


  • How Instagram Influencer Ines Silva Has Made the Unicorn Unique

    Are you ready to meet another Instagram influencer? This has become a big business these days, with popular accounts being able to command hundreds of dollars or more for each post they create for a brand. Companies find it an easy, cost-effective way to get their message in front of an audience, and the more followers one has, the more likely you are to get big bucks. Keep reading to learn more about her brand, her channel, and other information about her. You’ll also find out where to keep up with her online.


    International Passions

    To start with, Ines is a Portugal-based influencer, and that is her native language. She did a video on her YouTube channel where she answered some common questions her followers want to know. From that video, we know that she is a college graduate with a degree in fashion design. She just turned 25 late last year, according to Famous Birthdays, and is a lover of languages. She currently knows her native tongue and English well, although she also knows a little bit of Spanish, too. She’s also got a passion for Japanese culture, which has inspired her to learn that as well. She admits to the language being very difficult for her.
    Check that video out on her Ines Silva channel. To learn even more, keep your auto-play enabled because the very next one is a video giving fifty facts about herself. She shows off a lot of personality and gets very personal, talking about her broken finger and one of her big phobias. (No judging!)


    Online and Beyond

    Obviously, we’ve already mentioned she’s an online influencer. That means working with brands such as RowNYC Hotel, Tiger Mist, and Miss Guided to promote their brands. She also is the owner of a couple of fashion brands, the handles for which she links in her main Instagram bio. One is Neuher, which is described as a feminist brand whose focus is on creating things that are a great fit for a woman’s body. It mostly seems to be form-fitting jump and bodysuits, but she also has a red reversible dress on the site as well. Her other brand, RIP, seems to be geared more toward sweatsuits, hoodies, and things like that.
    She also is an active vlogger, sharing travel videos such as her trip to Japan. She also does videos reviewing different brands, gives glimpses into her routine, and makeup videos. Besides that, she adds more value to her audience by teaching them such of her Instagram secrets that led to her success on the site. She also has a couple of videos where she teaches viewers her native Portuguese.  


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    You can find her YouTube Chanel at Ines Silva. As far as social media, her main account is her Instagram, @IrisLovesUnicorns, and you’ll definitely see her love of color on the account, as well as her fun side. There are a lot of shots of her favorite brands, but she also shares the occasional not so perfect shot to be real and show off something cool that was in the background. The account is followed by over 200K users. You can find her clothing brands by searching the handle @rip.apparel and @neuher_official.

     Ines Silva Wiki

    • Age: 25 years old 
    • Hair color: Black
    • Eye color: Brown
    • Nationality: Half-Portuguese and Half-Mozambican


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  • Find Out The Key to Instagram Influencer Alessandra Sironi's Success

    Alessandra Sironi’s Rules for #Winning

    This next influencer is someone that is similar, and yet different, from a lot of the successful Instagrammers who’ve made posting pictures their livelihood. If you haven’t met her yet, get ready to learn all about where she came from, why social media users are following her, and what she believes are keys to success in life.
    Like the many other accounts we’ve featured here, there are a lot of things to take away from what she does and how she handles her online presence. Some of them just might help inspire you to make a big move. First, let’s get into some of the basics details.



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    Alessandra, unlike some of the other Instagrammers out there, has a website where you can learn all about her and her background, even though most of her content is found on Instagram. Here are a few quick basics to get you going. For the rest, check out her website at sironialessandra.onuniverse.com.
    She’s a college graduate, having attended school in Miami, Florida to study Communications. Not a bad education base for someone who makes her living online. This shows that it’s important, whether you go to a formal school or study independently online, to learn as much as you can about what interests you. You never know what facts might end up serving you well later on.



    Another common rule of being a success: she’s diversified herself big-time. She talks on her website bio in length about not wanting to be labeled as anything other than a creative person, whatever form that takes. She lets that passion pull her behind and in front of the camera, as well as writing, photography and other artistic endeavors. She uses all of these talents to pay the bills through modeling, design gigs, and more. She’s also an investor, something she talks about on her social media, as well as a master of two languages.



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    If you want to find the Venezuelan-born influencer online, there are plenty of places to catch up with her and get some inspiration for your latest swimsuit acquisition or other products, as well as see some great travel locales.
    The main account is @sironialessandra, which has over 100,000 followers. This account mostly features colorful bathing suit and clothing shots that are accompanied by fun captions that are written in a mix of her native Spanish and English. She favors a versatile style that goes from fun and playful to classy elegance to skimpy beachwear.

    Here’s the cool thing about her social, and something that shows her attention to branding. Her other account, @alissmile, is done in pink tones that fit the dreamy, romantic feel of the account. She chooses to mix photography with inspirational memes that will give you plenty of motivation to kick the week off right.
    Finally, she has a third account that one must follow in order to see what’s on it. Her bio at @desaturatedale says she likes to be on focus. Based on the bio, this one seems to talk more about her creative side: editing, writing, dancing and acting. That one is followed by over 1300.


     Alessandra Sironi Wiki

    • Age: 25 years old 
    • Hair color: Brown
    • Eye color: Hazel 
    • Ethnicity: Hispanic
    • Facebook Page: facebook.com/sironialessandra
    • Twitter: https://twitter.com/sironiale


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  • Best Looks For a Summer You Won't Forget

    It’s time to send your style into overdrive as summer hits its peak heading into August. There’s no better time to gear up for exciting events and activities you’ll miss when you’re bundled up in cozy sweater reminiscing about your past season’s memories.

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    For the Pool Party …

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    The California One Piece suit from Solkissed was made for the girl who lives to stand out. The 70s style cut bottom leaves your legs looking miles long, while the plunging, open back adds a dramatic touch. The unique hand-painted bull design makes you feel like you just walked out of Coachella and onto the rooftop pool. Most of all, the siren call color of red will set you apart and show you off like the star you are.


    For Swim and the Sand …

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    Let’s not forget one of the most important parts of summer: soaking up the sun. Whether you’re gunning for a goddess-like tan or simply a suit to swim in, Dbrie’s Daisy Set is the perfect match. The top’s sweetheart cut bandeau with adjustable shoulder ties coupled with the bottoms offered in a range of coverage lets you choose your style and comfort. The simplistic and flattering look is one that can’t be missed.


    For Brunch …

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    Cheers to bottomless mimosas and perfecting this feminine yet daring Sunday morning look. You’ll be even more excited for brunch when you can show off Lolli’s Flirty Romper. The adorable frill cap sleeves and bottom cut make this look cute, while the center cut and saucy neckline captivate. Being sexy and girly never looked so effortless.


    For the Outdoor Barbecue …

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    Nothing says summer more than outdoor grilling with your favorite people on a warm summer evening. Keep cool (and chic) in Soah's Sunny Red Wrap Blouse (to be paired with Coco Red Culottes Pants). The soft silk/cotton blend material paired with the deep V neckline makes it a season staple. Better yet, throw it over your bikini and make it your go-to cover up!


    For the Gym …

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    It’s so much easier to motivate yourself to hit the treadmill if your outfit is as killer as your abs. Michi’s Le Mans Bra leaves you strapped in and ready for high impact action without sacrificing style. The deep colors make the even lightest or deepest summer tans pop while the modern bondage style cut provides high support but keeps the shape slim and streamlined. Two words: elegant yet edgy; the Bikini Luxe way.


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  • 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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