OUR JULY MODEL OF THE MONTH, JANEL KOLOSKI, GIVES US A SNEAK PEAK AT HER LIFE AS A TRUE MODEL.
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TM: What are some of your favorite interests and hobbies outside of modeling?
JK: I really love exploring New York City. I try to go to different museums, shows, parks, galleries, concerts and restaurants as often as I can. I also love taking dance classes at studios or trying salsa in Union Square or Bryant Park.
TM: You just got back from vising orphanages in Mexico. Tell us about your experience.
JK: The experience was very enlightening and certainly made me appreciate my life and all that I have been blessed with. The orphanage is near the United States border but the area suffers from extreme poverty. I have been supporting Bethel orphanage for years and the children are well taken care of. They have access to school, clothing and three meals per day. Many children at the orphanage have parents but they cannot afford to keep them. During my stay we went to a village a few miles from the orphanage to give out food and other supplies. Those living there have no sewage, have a limited amount of water and their houses are made out of tires and plywood. They work in the fields making $8 USD per day. It was very heart breaking but a pleasure to spend time with people of Mexico. In all their struggles, they were still very kind.
TM: We hear you are active in many other charities. Tell us a little about each one, why you got involved, and where we can find out more about them.
JK: RestoreNYC is a non-profit organization that provides a safe house and rehabilitation services for human trafficking survivors. They are found in New York City with help from law enforcement and then the survivors are brought to programs through RestoreNYC. I volunteer to the residents. I learned about human trafficking a few years ago at a concert and wanted to help because it is a truly disturbing issue and I have always been an advocate for human rights. You can find out more about RestoreNYC by visiting their website at RestoreNYC.org
I am also currently involved with a socially conscious accessories line, Brokenness, which dedicates 25% of all profits to fund and develop programs for individuals with disabilities around the world. I became involved with this company because my brother has autism and I believe that everyone should be given equal opportunity and training to work. You can find more information by visiting their website.
TM: What is your favorite place that you have traveled or a place you would love to visit?
JK: Unfortunately, I haven’t had the opportunity to travel my yet, but I would love to visit Italy.
TM: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
JK: In 10 years, I plan to be in a more influential role as an advocate for human trafficking victims. I will be modeling and acting as well as becoming a program developer for WEAReBROKENNESS.
TM: How did you get started modeling?
JK: I was approached about modeling when I was a contestant in the Miss teen USA Pennsylvania pageant. I started doing print work in Pittsburgh and then moved to NYC to work in print and production fit.
TM: How do you keep your body measurements consistent?
JK: I eat healthy and dance or do Pilates.
TM: What is your favorite type of workout?
JK: I love to dance Zumba, dancehall, salsa, ballet, hip hop etc.
TM: What is the hardest part of being a fit model? Print model?
JK: It’s not as easy as it looks. You really have to learn your body, angles and fit terms. For fit it took a lot of practice standing for long periods of time and practice to keep my weight evenly distributed. Print requires the ability to portray different characters. It’s more than just smiling for the camera.
TM: What is your favorite healthy food and what is your guilty pleasure?
JK: I love chopped salads. I also love chocolate, especially peanut butter chocolate.
TM: What is the craziest thing that has ever happened to you?
JK: When I was 18, I was running on a trail in rural Pennsylvania when a hawk swooped down and scraped the top of my head! It felt like someone threw a ball at the back of my head. I was bleeding and so freaked out. My doctors laughed and said “you have your tetanus shot, you are fine.” Only me.
TM: What tip would you give someone starting out in modeling?
JK: Be true to yourself, persistent, and positive. Do not be discouraged if you get turned down many times, it is a tough industry. Your confidence and beauty will shine through and clients will appreciate that.
TM: What did you do before working as a model?
JK: I worked as an aid for individuals with cerebral palsy and autism, in classrooms and at home respite care.
TM: How did you come across TRUE Model?
JK: Someone suggested production fit modeling to me when I was younger and I decided to look into it. TRUE really stood out to me because of the genuine personalities of the staff and the experience Dale Noelle, President and founder of TRUE Model Management, had as a model.
TM: Anything else you would like to add?
JK: I just encourage everyone to pursue their dreams and enjoy the adventures that come with that journey! Above all remember all that matters is that your actions make others feel appreciated and loved.
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