Name: Carina K.
Where are you from: Fairfax, Va
Favorite Music Artist(s): Childish Gambino, Solange Knowles, SZA, The Internet, Sylvan Esso, and Glass Animals
Twitter: @purelycari
Instagram: purelycari

OTM: Tell us a little about yourself. What do you do when you’re not modeling?
Carina: I’m currently on a gap year off before college, so I’m working as a barista and waitress. I’m also doing some traveling! This past summer I went to Puerto Rico and took my first solo trip to Belize.

OTM: Tell us something we wouldn’t know about you.
Carina: On my trip to Belize, I went snorkeling in the second largest coral reef in the world! I also swam with sharks and stingrays and even got to touch them! That was definitely the coolest part of my year, and probably of my life so far!

OTM: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Carina: I see myself living in a city like LA or NYC doing a job that allows me to be creative and isn’t the same thing every day. I’d like to be modeling more and on my way to starting my own business- in something fashion related!

OTM: If you could give advice to an up and coming model what would you tell them?
Carina: Get as much practice in as you can, in every area of your craft! I had no idea there were so many local opportunities to model and network with local photographers. You can build your portfolio and make great connections from right where you are, all while getting better at what you do every day!

OTM: What’s one word to describe yourself?
Carina: Determined. I dreamed of being a model when I was a kid and it’s one of the only ones I’ve really stuck with. I’m working every day to make my dream a reality and make myself proud, and I’m meeting amazing people and having a great time all the while!

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