Feb 28

Gaëtane Valembrun is a freelance model and aspiring actress and writer in NYC.  She is also a college student studying Psychology, and has worked for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Foundation.  Beyond that, she has teamed up with four other NYC models to form a group called the Diverse Dolls.  The group is comprised of intelligent, beautiful and hardworking ladies who share the common goal of success in the entertainment industry.  They all differ in their unique appearances and individual pursuits, and work together to find each other new opportunities!

Ethnicity: West Indian
Height: 5’7”
Weight: 125 lbs.
Bust: 34”
Waist: 26”
Hips: 36”
Dress: 5
Shoe: 8
Hair: Dark Brown - Medium
Eyes: Brown


Occupation: Student
How long have you been modeling for?: On and off for 9 years
Any modeling areas you specialize in: Fashion; Beauty; Runway
Describe yourself using 5 adjectives: Bold, Social, Hardworking, Bubbly, Funny.
What are your hobbies?I love writing inspirational poems or screenplays.  It’s a way for me to express myself.  When I am not doing that, I love yoga, dancing and acting. 
Ready…set…what’s the first word that comes to mind? "Maxwell."  Gosh, he is so fineee!  ;-)
What is it that draws you to modeling?When I was a young child I was  a tomboy.  Surprisingly I was also an 8 year-old girl who could create a Barbie Doll outfit without any experience in sewing or fashion. However, my tomboyish style made my parents put me in Barbizon Modeling School and I am glad that they did!
What is your greatest passion in life?I hope to open up a Film Production company in the near future.  I have so much I want to share with the world.  I want to inspire young girls through my screenplays!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?: I see myself finished with two college degrees and accomplishing my dreams!  Maybe even married! ;-) 
What makes you beautiful?What makes me beautiful is knowing that I am perfectly imperfect, beautifully flawed, yet blessed!  Blessed knowing I won’t let my obstacles define me, but allow them to make me stronger and to inspire others.  My poems and screenplays embody that!
Why are you drawn to the girlyouarebeautifulNYC mission?I am drawn to this mission because real beauty includes more than just the outside features.  It’s your inner beauty (your heart) that shines  out more!


1 - Photography by K. Antonio (
2 - Photography by M.M.M; Pink skirt by Express; Bracelet by H&M 
3 - Photography by Gill; Hair & Makeup by Mahoganni Essence
4 - Photography by FFJ (; Black skirt by Express; Black heels by Ann Taylor; Necklace by Forever21

To see more of Gaëtane, feel free to check out her portfolio (

Gaëtane may be contacted at: 

Feb 11

This week’s feature is Tanu Suri.  She resides in New York City where she models and acts.  Tanu is also an avid Sci-Fi and Social Media fanatic.  She exhibits great versatility and a strong love for what she does!

Ethnicity: Indian
Height: 5’3”
Weight: 125 lbs.
Bust: 34”
Waist: 27”
Hips: 37”
Dress: 4/5
Shoe: 8
Hair: Brown - Long
Eyes: Brown


Occupation: Actress/Model
How long have you been modeling for?: 6 months
Any modeling areas you specialize in: Commercial; Print
Describe yourself using 5 adjectivesCharismatic, Loyal, Friendly, Ambitious and Dedicated.
What are your hobbies?Photography, creating art with discarded or reusable materials (crafts), reading constantly (at any given moment I am reading one book or possibly two sometimes), catching up on must see movies on netflix, dancing (any kind - not professionally trained in anything, I just enjoy it), taking in everything NYC has to offer - museums, concerts, landmarks, etc. as much as I possibly can!
Ready…set…what’s the first word that comes to mind?: Socks.
What is it that draws you to modeling?Being able to completely be someone else (a different character) in the image depending on the project.
What is your greatest passion in life?: Acting and teaching.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?Hopefully have been casted in at least one major motion picture.
What makes you beautiful?My ability to appreciate everyone and find positive attributes in even the most difficult sorts of people and situations.
Why are you drawn to the girlyouarebeautifulNYC mission?I am drawn to the girlyouarebeautifulNYC mission because it is truly a great mission for younger women. It showcases that beauty is completely subjective and you do not have to adhere to what people tell you is beautiful. Beauty comes from the inside out and is really always in the eye of the beholder regardless of how cliche that always sounds. I really hope that this blog sheds some light on how much work goes into making people look the way they do in images in magazines, on tv, in movies and most media outlets that you see them in; it is NOT real. It is creative work that a huge team produces, from make-up to wardrobe stylists to hair stylists and photographers to photoshop geniuses to directors. It is a production and it is generally inspired by real life but never does it emulate it. I am very excited that I am able to be a part of such a great blog that is dedicated to such an incredible and valuable issue. 


1 - Photography by Eric Walton (; Makeup by Oana; Gray dress by Green Ville
2 - Photography by Steven Gorgos (; Denim dress by Funny Story; Green jacket by Ali & Kris; Boots by Steve Madden 
3 - Photography by Santiago Portillo; Wardrobe provided by photographer
4 - Photography by Eric Walton; Makeup by Oana

To see more of Tanu, feel free to check out her portfolio (

Tanu may be contacted at: 

Feb 09
LOVE this ad! Rock on Levi’s :)

LOVE this ad! Rock on Levi’s :)

Jan 31

Here is just a sneak preview of what we accomplished this weekend.  Everyone had an absolute blast and I have to say that we had the greatest combination of models, MUAs, hair stylist and photographer.  Don’t mind if I pat myself on the back for making such wonderful, intuitive selections ;).  No seriously though, it must have been the grace of God that brought us all together.  We all cooperated and worked so well together and I think the end result will be both beautiful and empowering.

Credits, love, and thanks to the following individuals for making this production such a success:

Anne (
April (
Aubrey (
Cara (
Lauren (
Samantha (

Jose (

Jess (
Jessie (
Rani (
Sabrina (

Lior (

 *If anyone is looking for an amazing, reliable, fun, and passionate team to work with, I recommend any and all of these wonderful people!

Jan 30
Jan 29
Today gyabNYC launched its first photo shoot to promote the mission.  It was an absolutely incredible day, spent with wonderfully amazing and energetic people.  Photos and credits to come very soon! :)

Today gyabNYC launched its first photo shoot to promote the mission. It was an absolutely incredible day, spent with wonderfully amazing and energetic people. Photos and credits to come very soon! :)

Jan 18

gyabNYC’s feature this week is Courtney, a model from Bristow, Virginia. When she’s not posing in front of the camera creating beautiful photos, Courtney is a writer, artist, pianist, and designer.  She currently attends the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC.  She is a creative, hard-working, genuine girl who always puts 100% effort into everything she does.  Courtney has a mixed European background of Irish, German, French, English, Welsh, and Scottish.

Ethnicity: Caucasian
Height: 5’6”
Weight: 120 lbs.
Bust: 34”
Waist: 26”
Hips: 36”
Dress: 2
Shoe: 8.5
Hair: Brown - Long
Eyes: Brown


Occupation: Student
How long have you been modeling for?: 3 years
Any modeling areas you specialize in: Beauty/Glamour
Describe yourself using 5 adjectives: Genuine, High-spirited, Intuitive, Creative, Faithful.
What are your hobbies?: Piano, Poetry, Modeling, Painting.
Ready…set…what’s the first word that comes to mind?: GO! 
What is it that draws you to modeling?: I enjoy intertwining the beauty on the inside with the beauty on the outside through photography.
What is your greatest passion in life?: To be an amazing concert pianist…like Evgeny Kissin, but without the craziness. 
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?: I see myself graduated from FIT with my bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Marketing and working for Vogue.
What makes you beautiful?: God first made me beautiful on the outside; what keeps me beautiful is the purity of my heart and mind.  
Why are you drawn to the girlyouarebeautifulNYC mission?: It speaks what should be the truth about modeling.  Models set examples.  I don’t want to set the example of an eating disorder, an over-active ego, or overt sexuality.  I want to be someone that a girl can look at and say, “Hey, I want to be like her because she’s a great person.  She’s beautiful on the inside and out.”


1 - Photography by Geoffrey Franz (
2 - Photography by Allen Frasier (; White collared shirt by Macy’s; Vintage gray wool vest; Black pants by American Apparel
3 - Photography by Jun Kyeung (; Makeup by Goose; Vintage white wedding dress
4 - Courtney in her element, playing piano, one of her favorite hobbies

To see more of Courtney, feel free to check out her portfolio ( and her blog (

Courtney may be contacted at: 

Jan 01
Dec 27

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:

Ethnicity: Caucasian
Height: 5’2”
Weight: 138 lbs.
Bust: 37”
Waist: 29”
Hips: 39”
Dress: 10
Shoe: 8
Hair: Blond - Long
Eyes: Blue


Occupation: Student/Performer
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 (; 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: and

Samantha may also be contacted at:

Dec 15

The Average Girl

There is no question that in most cases, what we see on the inside pages of the most trendy glamour magazines and on the runways at the world’s most esteemed fashion shows does not even remotely resemble us, or probably any real girls we know for that matter.  Models are often disqualified from a casting before even having an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and potential.  ”Qualifications: 5’9” or taller only, size 2-4, NO EXCEPTIONS” is a popular standard I’ve come across as of late, and not even just for high fashion, high-paying jobs.  But the real question is, how many of us actually come within reach of satisfying this criteria?  According to Full and Fabulous, an organization that views plus size as a state of mind, not a dress size, “The average American woman is 5’4”, weighs 140 lbs, and wears a size 14 dress.”  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports a similar statistic of 5’3.8” and 147 pounds.  If judging healthiness by the common Body Mass Index (BMI) metric, the American average yields a BMI of approximately 24.0 which falls in the normal range (18.5-24.9).  Current day fashion models stand an average of 5’9” and weigh a mean of 114 pounds, resulting in a BMI of 16.8.  This result classifies them not just as underweight (<18.5), but also as being at a drastically unhealthy and potentially dangerous size.  

There are a number of implications that can be pulled from this terrifying truth.  For one, it is not natural, normal, or healthy to be the size of a fashion model.  Except in extreme cases where a health condition exists (or an extremely, abnormally fast metabolism), it is practically impossible to NATURALLY be this size.  This suggests, as many of us are well aware, that some type of eating disorder is likely the driving force behind this anomaly that has become a standard.  It’s a shameful truth that much of the fashion industry still supports such a destructive trend.  A self-damaging lifestyle is never something to strive toward and imitate.  No matter what size, it is most natural and appealing to maintain a healthy weight for one’s height and an active lifestyle, and to make informed decisions when it comes to self-image.  Secondly, from a business perspective, the whole approach is counterintuitive.  How is it a marketable advantage to showcase fashion models to the American public, when the average girl is such a stark contrast?  It’d be far more profitable to target the largest consumer audience; in this case, normal-sized girls!  Some claim that the clothing tends to look and fall better on a taller, leaner model, but I’d like to cite an oldie but goodie on that note:  You tell me who the piece looks better on.  If you haven’t read this article, please do.  It’s very refreshing and heartwarming.  =]

Stay tuned very soon…the first model will be featured in just a couple of days!