Ashley Stewart & TRUE Model Search Winners Interview
Living TRUE couldn’t wait to interview Veronica P. and Tennae M. – the winners of the Ashley Stewart & TRUE Model Search! Read what they have to say about becoming a model, following their dreams, when they feel their most beautiful, and more!
What attracted you to modeling?
Veronica (V): I used to help organize charity fashion shows with ChangeinLOVE and modeled in them myself. It honestly happened organically by accident.
Tennae (T): It’s a career I’ve desired as a child.
What advice would you give to anyone dreaming of becoming a model?
V: The advice I would give to girls who are interested in becoming a model is to figure out your WHY. In my opinion, becoming a model and having a successful run in the business requires one to be original and creatively artistic in your craft. Companies will acknowledge your work ethic, but your supporters are connecting with your WHY.
T: Don’t pressure yourself.
Name one of your favorite places you’ve been?
V: My favorite place I’ve been, besides my home land Tonga, is the Philippines.
T: The Bahamas.
What is your favorite pastime?
V: My favorite pastime is when I finally decided to love myself after a bad breakup with my first real boyfriend at age 19. I thought I was going to die. (Look at me living and loving everything about life now!)
T: Hanging out with my husband.
When do you feel most beautiful?
V: I feel most beautiful when my eyebrows are freshly threaded lol. I don’t wear make-up unless I’m on set or doing events, so I love a clean natural look!
T: I feel most beautiful when my skin is naturally glowing, eyebrows are freshly waxed, and my curls are poppin’. ?
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
V: The best advice I’ve received is from one of my best friends, who also happens to be my big brother. “Own every moment, don’t think about anything other than making the most of every minute. Own it.”
T: “Study and show yourself approved.”
What tips do you have for staying healthy and active?
V: Tips I would give on staying healthy and being more active are to google the American food system, corporations such as Monsanto, genetically modified organisms and study the body anatomy. It’s not a matter of comfort, but of survival. Health is Wealth just as Knowledge is Power.
T: If you don’t do anything, at least walk for 10 minutes a day.
What is your favorite healthy snack for on-the-go?
V: My favorite go-to healthy snack is avocado on wheat toast with a dab of black and cayenne pepper. Super easy, fast, and fulfilling.
T: Sliced cucumber marinated in lime juice, salt, and cayenne pepper ?
If you are leaving the house and can only apply one beauty product, what would it be?
V: If I’m leaving the house and I can only apply one beauty product it would definitely be my Elf pink umbrella lip balm.
T: Mascara and lip-gloss – I can’t just choose one.
What is your favorite quote?
V: I love reading, so I’m always finding new ones! Currently it’s: “Nobody has the power to stop what you’ve been blessed with.”
T: “Who are you listening to?”
Who is your fashion icon/inspiration?
V: I really admire Rhianna’s care free attitude. Her style embodies her personality and if I were to look at someone as a fashion icon it would be someone who inspires me unapologetically me. I try to be my own inspiration. I know my struggles and my strengths best. The only person I want to be is better than who I was yesterday. Nobody’s perfect but I’m willing to learn, always. I believe in being a leader to myself before leading anyone else.
T: Lately, I’ve been inspired by singer/songwriter India Arie.