gyabNYC’s first featured model is Samantha, a performing artist in NYC, originally from Newport News, Virginia. Samantha graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and is continuing her education at The New School, working toward a BFA in Musical Theatre and an MFA in Directing. Her interests include acting, dancing, directing, classical voice, modeling, playwriting, song writing, and poetry. It’s safe to say that Samantha is a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to the art of performing! Here are her specs:
Weight: 138 lbs.
Hair: Blond - Long
A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT SAMANTHA IN HER WORDS:
How long have you been modeling for?: I started modeling this past year. A friend of mine was studying under Eddie Collins and used me as a model for a lighting test and the turn out was so good, I decided to take up modeling on the side. After joining Model Mayhem, my work just took off!
Any modeling areas you specialize in: Most of my work is considered beauty or commercial, since I am a petite plus size by industry standards. However, I’ve started a bit into high fashion with the hopes of one day changing the world’s view on what high fashion looks like on the natural female body.
Describe yourself using 5 adjectives: Headstrong; Goofy; Outgoing; Playful; Supportive.
What are your hobbies?: No joke, my hobby is motorcycles/cars. My grandfather is a mechanic in my hometown and my dad is a car/bike enthusiast, so growing up around that I followed suit and learned the trade a bit. I have four bikes that I help work on and I toy around with my own car from time to time. I LOVE going to car and cycle shows!
Ready…set…what’s the first word that comes to mind?: Pickles! I had some with my lunch :-P
What is it that draws you to modeling?: The reason I like to model is because I feel that so many young girls think of models as “skinny” or “tall” and sometimes that image can be harmful for the average girl if taken too far. I feel that through my efforts and the efforts of those like me, we can change this image that the industry has created and become good, healthy role models for younger girls. Plus, on the flip side, being in front of the camera in the hair and makeup and clothes makes me feel awesome!
What is your greatest passion in life?: Whether it’s through singing, dancing, acting or modeling, my greatest passion in life is to affect those around me in a positive way and help those who need it most.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?: I hope to be performing professionally in a Broadway or Off-Broadway show. A commercial print ad or two wouldn’t be bad either!
What makes you beautiful?: It’s definitely what’s on the inside that counts, because if the inside is beautiful, the outside will follow. I do my best every day to treat each person I meet with love and compassion. It’s not always easy and I don’t always succeed, BUT I do my best.
Why are you drawn to the girlyouarebeautifulNYC mission?: I am drawn to the gyabNYC mission because I believe in positive role models, loving who you are, living by example, and supporting those who are seeking similar goals. If we all work together, we can create a safer world for young girls and even guys, to love themselves as they are and to live happily in their own skin and image.
1 - Photography/Hair/Makeup by Anastasiia Tymashova; Blue tank top by A.N.A; Skirt and Belt by New York & Company; Bracelet by TrippNYC
2 - Photography/Hair/Makeup by Justin Clynes (http://www.jclynesphotography.com); Gold leotard by American Apparel; Bracelet by Juicy Couture
3 - Photography/Hair/Makeup by Justin Clynes; Red dress by Strawberry
4 - Photography by Ralph Wood; Samantha singing the National Anthem for the Peninsula Pilots baseball team in Hamtpon, VA
To see more of Samantha or show some love on her fan page, feel free to check out more at: http://www.modelmayhem.com/SETurlington and http://www.facebook.com/SamanthaElizabethTurlington
Samantha may also be contacted at: SETurlington@yahoo.com