These Newcomers Love Summer Rain, Skateboarding, and Empathy

Kore

Who:
Kore Vandalon (@korevandalon); 178 cm / 5’10”; Dutch from Sittard, The Netherlands; born August 25th.

Where:
Models Rock Agency (Heerlen – mother agency)

— Who is your favorite entertainer?
Ohhh, this is difficult to answer for me, honestly. I have so many people who I really like and even inspire me. But if I have to choose, at the moment probably Erykah Badu, not only because of her music, but also because of her whole being. She has this energy around her that you can almost even feel through a screen.

— What are three interesting facts about you? 
1. I love the rain, even though I am more of a summer person. I love when it rains and even when it storms. I even like to walk outside in the rain, of course when you have to be somewhere it can be inconvenient because you’ll be wet without the opportunity to change. But when I’m going home and it rains I usually walk an extra time round around the block.
2. I love to write. My notes are full with random thoughts. Sometimes rhymes, but mostly just words and conversations I have with myself which I try to translate into some kind of a story.
3. I like to sew, I never throw away old clothes because I want to give them a new life by making something new from them

— One thing people may be surprised to find out about you:
I can touch my nose with my tongue, I have met maybe one other person who can do it too, but then of course I don’t ask every person I meet if they can touch their nose with their tongue.


Ayrton

Who:
Ayrton Gusson (@ayrtongusson); 186 cm / 6’1″; Brazilian from São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil; born September 2nd.

Where:
Way Model Management (São Paulo – mother agency)

— Who is someone you admire and why?
My grandpa, he is the most patient and reasonable person I know.

— What is something you wish you knew more about?
I wish I knew more about how to impact politics as a citizen.

— How and when did you become a model?
It happened last year (2020), as most of us stayed home during quarantine we also had time to think more about ourselves during that period. I started to think of modeling because I had previous interest in fashion but never thought to work with it before, then I decided to send some polaroids to my agency and here I am.


Marica

Who:
Marica Ranno (@maricaranno); 177 cm / 5’9.5″; Italian from Parma, Italy; born June 4th.

Where:
Wonderwall Management (Milan), 777 Casting Management (London – mother agency)

— What are three interesting facts about you? 
1. The first interesting fact about me could be that I love art in all its forms, I always want to know more.
2. It is easier for me to write than to talk about my emotions.
3. I try to capture every nuance of my personality through drag.

— The best and worst aspects of your personality:
I think the best aspects of my personality is that I’m very empathetic and the worst is impulsiveness.

— Who is someone you admire and why?
I admire those who express themselves without fear and those who are genuine.


Max

Who:
Max Marlisol; 189.5 cm / 6’2.5″; German from Hamburg, Germany; born February 17th.

Where:
Place Models (Hamburg – mother agency)

— One thing people may be surprised to find out about you:
Besides the active and curious Max, I’ve got an inner-70-year-old lady that sometimes loves to spend her evenings with a cup of tea and documentaries about the landscape in northern Germany, haha.

— An issue or cause you are passionate about:
Skateboarding. Just because it’s not only a way of being active, it’s a way of combining your own style with being outside and having a good time with your friends. It’s not about being or becoming the best – in skateboarding there is no way of grading it or need for competition. The atmosphere when you show up to a certain spot is so friendly and supportive, that even when you show up alone you’ll have a good session because you always meet new people. People come together, showing each other how to learn new tricks and pushing each other. In no other sport would one get applause from the whole crowd just for landing his/her first ollie after hours of trying – or have you ever heard of an Olympic stadium applauding for a sprinter who just learned how to run? I think it’s a unique sport, where it doesn’t matter how good you are, it’s just about enjoying time while expressing yourself with your board. And the feeling of learning and landing a new trick, that you worked so hard for is simply stunning – that’s why I am so passionate about skating.

— What are three interesting facts about you? 
1. I study psychology.
2. I can juggle (sometimes more with words and situations than objects, lol)
3. No matter the circumstances or temperature, when I’m at the sea – I have to get into it.


Yijun

Who:
Yijun Xie (@xie_547); 179 cm / 5’10.5″; Chinese from Guangzhou, China; born February 22nd.

Where:
SMG MODEL MANAGEMENT (Guangzhou – mother agency)

— Who is your favorite entertainer?
Ouyang Nana, a Chinese cellist and actress. I love her lovely personality and musical talent. She is good at posing, and her photos are so stylish.

— One thing people may be surprised to find out about you:
At first meet you may think I am very quiet, but when you get familiar with me you will find I am an outgoing girl.

— Who is someone you admire and why?
My mum. Because she always tells me what to do when I am in trouble.


Ousman

Who:
Ousman Sillah (@ousman_sd02); 188 cm / 6’2″; Spanish from London, UK; born April 17th.

Where:
Milk Management (London – mother agency)

— One thing people may be surprised to find out about you:
I was born in Zaragoza, and lived there for the first 15 years of my life. My parents are originally from Gambia, and I’ve lived in London for the past 5 years. Because of this, I can speak and write in three different languages.

— What’s a story your family/friends like to tell about you?
The fact that I can sleep through ANYTHING at all. My family always say that Armageddon could be outside my window, but I’d still be still be snoring.

— One thing you never want to do again:
LOCKDOWN! (but obviously will if needed, ha)