By golly if New York City isn’t still the model capitol of the U.S.! It seems that’s where all the aspiring models flock to, unless they are born and bred there. And, it was to my advantage to find a fresh face, a rising star, who has a few ideas of her own for fashion world domination.
Kirby Marzec, 18, Greenwich Village (NYC)
What are you doing these days?
I just started my freshmen year at NYU as a Journalism Major. I plan to take summer course credits at FIT for Fashion Merchandising and Marketing. Basically, I??™d like to consider my major Fashion Journalism! Also, I recently jumped on the Fashion Indie bandwagon as a writer… probably one of the most liberating things I??™ve done in a while!
What do you think you’ll be doing in five years?
Five years? Well, seeing that my undergrad degree is four years away, I see myself attending grad school at either NYU or Columbia University for journalism. If all goes according to plan, I??™ll snag the coveted W Magazine internship through NYU and I??™ll be on my way to replacing Anna Wintour at Vogue. High aspirations? Of course not! Haha!
Who is your fashion icon?
I love Katharine Hepburn! Her style is so poised and confident, yet so feminine and sexy! Love it!
How did you get into modeling?
It actually started off more as a hobby. I always loved to pose for the camera, so my friends and I would dress ourselves up in vintage clothing, do our hair and makeup and take really edgy photos. Like most teenage girls, I went through that ???I want to be a model??? phase and began doing several local gigs back home in Buffalo. I decided to attend the International Model and Talent Association in the summer of 2006 where I competed in runway, high fashion photography, TV commercial and monologue competitions. I won several awards at IMTA and was scouted by a few different agencies, but nothing really came of it. Modeling in the Brooklyn Bridge show was actually a coincidence! I had my interview at Fashion Indie for the writing position I now hold, and Corey texted me that a model had dropped out. [Hello agents… come and get her!]
What are your thoughts on the competitive, rigorous nature of the modeling business?
The business is so selective. There is more to a model than a pretty face, long legs and a slender torso. Models need the whole package; everything from facial features, eye color, proportions, shoe size and even skin tone are taken into consideration. Personally, I think most models were born to do it. It isn??™t like playing the violin, you can??™t practice to get better. You either have what it takes, or you don??™t.
Do you have any beauty tips to share with our readers?
Coming from the cold and dry Buffalo, NY, I never leave without chapstick! There is nothing worse than having sore, dry and sometimes cracked lips in the cold weather! Keep those kissers looking beautiful by hydrating them with chapstick!
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Which jeans can’t you live without?
No question. Hands down. Without a doubt. G-Star jeans have got to be the best brand in the whole world. Not only are they super stylish and sleek, they fit exactly how I like them, tight but forgiving low on my hips. I??™m actually heading to the new store on Lafayette tomorrow to pick up a new pair! I??™ve got my eye on dark wash straight-legs!
If you had to sacrifice one pair to the denim gods, which pair would it be?
I think I??™m pretty much over the Diesel denim trend. Ever since Diesel changed buyers a few years ago, the jeans have become tighter, less forgiving and oftentimes detailed with really gaudy pockets. And since when was it okay to wear jeans right at the top of your butt-crack? Not my favorite.
What if you had to sacrifice two pairs?
I could probably say farewell to my Miss Sixty jeans too. The skinny/ straight leg look is really in right now, and I??™m just not feeling the whole wide leg jean anymore!
What pair of jeans do you want to add to your collection?
I have yet to own a pair of True Religion jeans! I hear that they are super comfortable and look good dressed up or dressed down! I??™m looking for them in a dirty dark wash!
— Kathy Ng Hassan
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