OUR MAY MODEL OF THE MONTH, CHRISTINA MALDARI, GIVES US A SNEAK PEAK AT HER LIFE AS A TRUE MODEL.
Name: Christina Maldari
Social Media: Instagram: cmaldari
TM: What are some of your interests and hobbies outside of modeling?
CM: I am very close with my family, so I love our Sunday dinners and our annual trips to Cape May, NJ! I am an avid runner, I practice yoga and you can usually find me in the gym! I am trained in ballet, jazz and hip hop dance since I was three, so staying active and the arts are a huge part of my life.
TM: What is your favorite place you have traveled or place that you would love to visit?
CM: I truly enjoy traveling, whether I explore a new town just thirty minutes from my home or take a road trip across the country. While in undergrad at Binghamton U, I studied abroad in Italy; being immersed in a new country and environment was a beautiful experience. Since I’m Italian, it was an extra special trip for me. I was able to practice the language with the locals, eat amazing food and take in the gorgeous cities and countryside. I met great friends there and appreciate Europe’s rich history. I can’t wait to go back!
TM: What are you career goals?
CM: My focus is to continue building my career in fashion and modeling. I feel so passionate and happy; I plan for longevity in this industry. I also volunteer for local not-for-profit agencies in my neighborhood. I was the chairperson for the inaugural and second annual Walk-a-thon’s for the Child Abuse Prevention Center in Westchester, NY. Throughout my life I have always aspired to help others. I feel inclined to be an advocate for those in need.
TM: How do you keep your body measurements consistent?
CM: My body is naturally proportionate but I put in effort to maintain consistency. I work out often, sleep well, eat healthy and drink a ton of water. I listen to my body and don’t push myself to the extreme. Balance is important in all aspects of life to stay healthy and fit.
TM: What is your favorite type of workout?
CM: Any workout that engages my whole body and builds core strength is ideal. Lately, I have been obsessed with the Stairmaster, the Row machine and the TRX rope. They might look intimidating, but they are amazing tools! I like to challenge myself, so quick rest breaks and bursts of high intensity work well for me.
TM: Do you think strength training is important for female models?
CM: Of course! I like to use my own body weight as resistance, but incorporating some weight to your exercise routine is vital. I like to throw in an extra 20lb kettle bell while doing my squats, and I use a 12lb weight ball while doing sit ups. This aids in muscle strength and creates an overall lean and toned outcome.
TM: What is your favorite healthy food? guilty pleasure?
CM:I have a huge appetite and I love home cooked meals from my mom and grandma. Anything they make is healthy and delicious (so I tell myself). I play around with my Nutribullet and make myself spinach-berry smoothies every day. My parents own a bakery so I’m surrounded by goodies often. I usually grab a sfogliatelle when I stop by. A sfogliatelle is a flaky, shell shaped Italian pastry filled with cooked ricotta. It’s a nice combo of subtle sweetness with a crunch! Right out of the oven with some cappuccino is a perfect treat.
TM: Models often times need to eat on the go. What food/snack do you like to carry with you?
CM:I always have a huge water bottle with me, my Nutribullet shake, a Cliff protein bar and tons of fruit. Sometimes I make an almond butter and jelly sandwich to tie me over until my next meal.
TM: What is something most people don’t know about you?
CM: I like to paint. I find it really relaxing and it’s a fun project.
TM: What is your favorite type of clothing to model?
CM: Honestly, everything. Athletic clothes and Jeans are comfortable.
TM: How did you get started in modeling?
CM: I have modeled in the past, but about two years ago I was introduced to fit and showroom from another model at TRUE. She introduced herself to me at the gym and told me to contact Dale at TRUE. I am so thankful!!!
TM: What tip would you give someone starting out in modeling?
CM: Be passionate, motivated and patient! Things will come together when they’re meant to- so keep trying and utilize your resources. You are your biggest advocate. It also helps to work with an amazing team that supports you 🙂
TM: What is the most important thing to remember as a fit model? Showroom model? Print model?
CM:It is important to remember the 5 P’s: be professional, positive, personable, polished and of course, punctual. I like to build relationships with my clients and coworkers- they are all amazing people and have taught me so much along the way.
TM: What did you do before working as a model?
CM: I was in my first year of graduate school at Sarah Lawrence College studying Human Genetics- prenatal and cancer counseling for hereditary conditions, sporadic and congenital anomalies. I have also represented the Coty, Inc. and Clarins-Puig brand fragrances at Bloomingdales as a perfume sprayer. We won’t spray you, I promise! I try to stay busy, and really love all the schooling and jobs that I have put my mind and heart into.
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