Relay for Life of Manhattan

I’m participating in the first-ever Relay for Life of Manhattan at the Roseland Ballroom on June 1.

I’m usually not one to fundraise, but for the first time this year I saw cancer up close and personal. I want to make sure that other people who need to fight cancer WIN just like my Valentine did.

If you or anyone you know would like to support me and my team at the Relay, please click here.

Thank you so much. And here’s to kicking cancer’s butt!

Tweet It Forward: Celebrating the Gift of Giving

It’s not that I’m unlucky, I’m just not particularly lucky. (Cue Nicki Minaj: “No I’m not lucky, I’m blessed, yes.” I am incredibly blessed and want to take a quick moment to say thank you to the friends and family who have made that so. You know who you are.)

I lose expensive jewelry, I immediately scuff new shoes, and I can’t wear white while eating spaghetti–okay, maybe luck has nothing to do with it and I’m just a big klutz. But after a recent run-in with a pickpocket, I had been feeling like whatever smidge of luck I had left had just about run out. Continue reading

Model Madness Part Deux

Saturday, America’s Next Top Model held a redo of the open-call auditions for runway hopefuls under 5’7″.

By all reports, the audition was a far-cry from the violent stampede that the March 14th first attempt disolved into.

However, there was far less publicity, both on television and online. I wouldn’t have known about it until reading the news that everything went smoothly, had I not been passing by the location by chance that morning.

On my way to model tryouts, Part 1

At just before 6 a.m., I longingly stared out the window of a cab on my way to Penn Station for a weekend in New Jersey. For a split second I thought of abandoning my plans in the Armpit of America to try my luck for a second time at the model thang. At that time, I would have been close to the front of the line: there were roughly 100 young women waiting in line, carefully barricaded by metal fences and police officers.

I figured that the crowd would turn out in full force, with women eager for their second chance. But UPI estimates that there were only around 500 hopefuls in line! 500!?!? There were an estimated 10,000 a month ago! People like me, dying just to show a fierce runway walk to one single television producer, were given a second chance that they didn’t know about. What good is that, Tyra?

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Model Madness

By now, most of you have probably heard about the car-overheating-turned-bomb-threat-turned-stampede that broke out at America’s Next Top Model Open Call Auditions in Manhattan on Saturday.

If you somehow missed it, read this.

To anyone who knew I was there and may be worried or wondering, I left before any violence or chaos broke out. I was however a part of the massive disorganization and must say I am incredibly disappointed with how both the Park Central Hotel and the NYPD handled the entire situation. Continue reading