These New Faces Talk Dance Battles, Body Positivity & Miley Cyrus

Alina

Who:
Alina Grimmeisen (@alina.grimmeisen); 179 cm / 5’10.5″; German from Speyer, Germany; born October 14th.

Where:
Modelwerk (Hamburg – mother agency)

— One thing you never want to do again:
I once rode the same roller coaster 11 times in a row and that was a very bad idea which I wouldn’t do again.

— An issue or cause you are passionate about:
Body positivity. I think it’s very important that everyone feels good in their body and no one should tell anyone else that he or she should change anything about themselves.

— What are three interesting facts about you? 
1. I love traveling and dancing.
2. I like cooking and baking but hate cleaning it up afterward.
3. My dance group and I became vice European champions in 2019


Dexter

Who:
Dexter Balasz (@dexterbalazs); 189 cm / 6’2.5″; Swedish/Hungarian from Gothenburg, Sweden; born October 4th.

Where:
Lind Models (Gothenburg – mother agency)

— Who is your favorite entertainer?
If I may choose someone dead, then Janis Joplin. For making many of my favourite songs, but also for her effortless cool and seemingly sweet personality. Watching her perform, even 50 years too late and through a grainy screen is something spectacular, goosebumps!

— What’s your most prized possession and why?
My beautiful old blue roaring Jaguar XJ8. Simply because it makes me feel special in a wonderful, Bond villain kind of way every time I drive it. It drinks about a million gallons of gasoline per mile, but is of course worthy of each drop!

— What are three interesting facts about you?
1. I love the sea! Being born and raised on the west coast of Sweden, I greatly enjoy everything that comes with it. From boating or surfing to just being in the archipelago and enjoying the views and salty air.
2. I have an interest in languages and speak Swedish, German and English. Right now, I’m trying to learn Italian with the help of Duolingo and Il commissario Montalbano!
3. I really like going to antique stores or yard sales and buying old, beautiful furniture and unnecessary but pretty household items.


Kaylin

Who:
Kaylin Williams (@kaylinwil); 180 cm / 5’11”; American/Turkish from Wilmington, North Carolina
, USA; born December 5th.

Where:
Ican Model Management (Bucharest – mother agency), DNA Models (New York), Why Not Model Management (Milan)

— The most interesting thing about your family?
My dad was an overseas basketball player so my family and I lived in many different countries.

— What are three interesting facts about you?
I love styling clothes, I speak English and Turkish, and I can go thrift shopping all day.

— Your most embarrassing moment:
I was at a 7th-grade dance and there was a dance circle so my friend and I started having this dance battle with two other kids. Everyone was cheering — but when it was my turn I was so nervous I suddenly forgot how to dance and everything got quiet. I was just awkwardly standing in the middle of this circle with kids just staring at me. The worst part is that I told everyone that I was a really good dancer.


Ondra

Who:
Ondra Vacek (@_tb4c_); 182 cm / 5’11.5″; Czech from Prague, Czech Republic; born August 25th.

Where:
Clique Models (Prague – mother agency)

— What are three interesting facts about you?
I was dancing ballet, jazz and contemporary dance for about 10 years. I also love painting and drawing and I study graphic design in Prague.

— Who is your favorite entertainer?
I love Miley Cyrus, I feel like she is the best rock star at this time. She is smart and has the greatest voice.

— One thing people may be surprised to find out about you:
That I am a very generous and kind person.


Sumia

Who:
Sumia Ansari (@sumiako); 176 cm / 5’9″; German from Kabul, Afghanistan; born March 26th.

Where:
Mirrrs Models (Hamburg – mother agency)

— The most interesting thing about your family:
My family members are the strongest and bravest people I know. My parents left their hometown in Afghanistan for us children to get an education and freedom. I am always going to be grateful for my parents. They didn’t know each other when they met and married, but they are in love.

— What’s your most prized possession and why?
The golden rings of my great-grandmother. They have emotional value and no prize will be ever that high.

— Your most embarrassing moment:
My first time in high heels at a wedding! When the food came, I was so excited to get some delicious Afghan food (yummy!!). So my plate was full when I accidentally twisted my foot and all the food fell down on the floor. I tried to hide how embarrassing that was and walk like a strong young lady and smile my red face away. BUT, at that moment, a 50 (or maybe 60) year old man stepped on my food and fell in it. With his beige suit. All I could do was help the man of course but I was so ashamed because everyone was laughing at me. Now I laugh about this story!


Ryan

Who:
Ryan Almeida Da Silva (@waderyan_6); 188 cm / 6’2″; Brazilian from Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, Brazil; born October 14th.

Where:
Jocler Turmina (mother agent)

— What are you super interested in that most people have never heard of?
I am interested in telling the world that in Brazil there are serious problems with basic sanitation. In many places, people do not have access to water and hygiene. No one is talking about it.

— How did you become a model?
I took to my girlfriend to do a casting with [model scout] Jocler. He looked at me and said, “Your girlfriend doesn’t have a profile but you do” and then he invited me to make some polaroids to present to the market.

— Who is your favorite entertainer?
I really like Jacques Berman Webster III, stage name Travis Scott. I like his attitude and also like him because he has a history of fighting.