These New Faces Talk Russo-Ukrainian War, Body Inclusivity, and Pollution

Alina

Who:
Alina Chalyshyr (@al.chl) — 174 cm / 5’8.5″ — Ukrainian/Turkish from Kyiv, Ukraine — born August — she/her.

Where:
Dope Models (Kyiv – mother agency), Blow Models (Barcelona)

— One thing about yourself that surprises people:
I currently live in Ukraine, but I was born in Turkey and speak Turkish.

— When you found out about the Russian invasion of Ukraine a few weeks back, where were you?
Every year, on my boyfriend’s birthday, we go skiing. So on February 24 at 02:00 we flew from Ukraine to Turkey. 2 hours after our arrival, Russia attacked Ukraine!

— An issue or cause you are passionate about:
My friends and I are engaged in volunteering and fundraising for Ukrainians and the Ukrainian army. Therefore, I want to ask you for help for our heroes, for our army! https://www.comebackalive.in.ua


Ashley

Who:
Ashley Niemann (@ashleyniemn) — 179 cm / 5’10.5″ — German from Hannover, Germany — born July 17th — she/her.

Where:
Most Wanted Models (Munich – mother agency), Titanium Management (Paris), Elite Milan, Titanium Management (London), Trend Model Management (Barcelona), Modellink (Gothenburg)

— An issue or cause you are passionate about:
That everyone can live as they want without being reduced to their looks, income, or attitudes towards life. Especially in the model business, dimensions still play a major role. As long as you’re comfortable in your body, size doesn’t matter.

— How did you become a model?
I was in Cape Town on holiday with my family and was approached there. Two months later I moved to Cape Town for a short time and that was the start as a model. Before that, I was scouted when I was 14 and 17, but I wanted to finish school then.

— What are three interesting facts about you?
1. I love to hear music with a good rhythm. I listen to music to think about something but also when I’m cleaning. (When I’m in my comfort zone and listening to music, I often start dancing.)
2. I love to be organized. I write hundreds of to-do lists and I’m happy when I can tick off points. I also love sorting things out. 
3. I like being on the road and getting to know new places and people, but I’m also happy when I’m back home and have my everyday life and my bed.


Douglas

Who:
Douglas Moore (@douglasmoore_) — 188 cm / 6’2.5″ — Indonesian from Sidoarjo, Indonesia — born November 1st — he/him.

Where:
Future Models Indonesia (Mother Agency)

— The most interesting thing about your family:
My father came from England to Indonesia whilst he was legally blind because of a work accident and yet he still succeeded in Indonesia

— Your most embarrassing moment:
Once in school, I wanted to prank my friend that was in the toilet by chucking a firecracker in the stall but when the door opened it was my math teacher in there.

— One thing people may be surprised to find out about you:
I love speaking in Javanese! Every time I get a chance to talk in Javanese I’m always engaged In the conversation.


Niccolò

Who:
Niccolò Geuna (@011_nico) — 188 cm / 6’2″ — Italian/Dutch from Torino, Italy — born December 20th — he/him.

Where:
Matris Opus Management (New York – mother agency), The Society Management (New York), Elite Paris, Elite Milan, Uno Models (Barcelona), nest model management (Berlin)

— What’s your most prized possession and why?
Probably my skateboard. I use skating to get away from any problems I have to deal with in life, often it’s the only way I manage to cope with things, and besides, I really have fun 🙂

— An issue or cause you are passionate about:
I am really trying hard to pollute less often. It takes an extra effort but I find it really important, we are trashing the earth and it has to stop.

— How did you become a model?
I got scouted quite randomly at the flea market in my hometown by my wonderful mother agent.


Nicolas

Who:
Nicolas Aditi (@nicoaditi) — 182 cm / 5’11.5″ — French from Argenteuil, France — born November 26th — he/him.

Where:
Stéphane Gaboué (mother agency), IMG Paris

— What are three interesting facts about you?
1. I failed my driver’s license test 5 times.
2. I did an audition for a French game show (but I was rejected)
3. I know so many songs that my friends call me “Shazam” like the mobile application.

— Your most embarrassing moment:
One morning, while I was in high-school my alarm didn’t go off. I had to be ready to catch my school bus in 15 minutes. In the rush, I forgot to put on my shoes and spent my day in slippers at high school.

— The most interesting thing about your family:
One weekend a month, with my family, we all get together and organize a board game tournament. The one who has the most points wins a reward, and the one who has the least points has a challenge like cooking dinner, doing all the dishes…


Yani

Who:
Yani Matsunaga (@yani.matsunaga) — 173 cm / 5’8″ — Brazilian/Japanese from Maringá, Paraná, Brazil — born July 18th — she/her.

Where:
Joy Management (São Paulo – mother agency), Muse Management (New York), Women Management Milan, Nevs (London), Louisa Models (Munich),

— What are three interesting facts about you?
1. I was born in Japan, but I grew up in Brazil since I was 7 years old. I’m a crazy mix, my dad is Japanese and my mom is half Italian and half Brazilian.
2. I was born with a birthmark on my left leg, very different… that’s what makes me unique.  I’ve always been very confident about it.
3. When I was a teenager, I practiced typical Japanese dance, with a group… we participated in national championships and were champions for years… it required a lot of dedication and discipline.

— Who is someone you admire and why?
I admire my dad, he is very disciplined, always does his best regardless of anything, is hardworking and teaches me to be independent and focused on what I want for my life.

— One thing people may be surprised to find out about you:
That I don’t speak in Japanese anymore… when I went to Brazil I had to learn Portuguese and I forgot my native language.