Featured Model: Sasha Krumholz Lynn

"I am a dancer and take classes and teach for hours 5-7 days a week. Fitness is very important to me."

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Tell us about yourself: Why do you want to work as a model? Why are you interested in modelling as a career?

I used to hate being in photographs, and always felt like a dancer that didn't have the right body to do what I wanted to do with my life. I was sometimes made to feel inferior as a teen, for having curves and being short. I always secretly wanted to perform on Broadway, and become a professional dancer, and it took working in emergency medicine as a paramedic for several years and almost taking the path to medical school, to realize that I needed to be true to myself and give the artist within me the voice I lacked for so many years. Working in Ems was rewarding but very exhausting, and I experienced sexual harassment and sexism often in the work place. I was forced to "toughen up or get out", and I had to learn how to quiet the expressive and emotional side of me. I also learned that I was supposed to hide the desirable and feminine parts of myself in order to not draw too much attention to myself, though I was not always successful, I came to realize that I had become disconnected from myself, and decided to take a break from an incredibly humbling and moving, yet highly stressful world of medicine, to become a full fledged performer and artist. I have lost weight and become more fit as a dancer, and I work hard to encourage the dance students and fellow models I work with, to love their bodies and themselves. The journey of over 3 decades has been paying off, and I strive to inspire and be inspired to encourage people to find their voices, and love themselves in their own bodies.

How important is modelling education: Have you attended modelling courses? What related courses or studies have you taken?

I belong to a Vogue House in NYC and have attended workshops there, but would like to attend more in the future. I am self-taught.

What do you think makes someone “fit” to be a model?

I think you are fit to be a model if you are confident in yourself, or learning to be more confident, and want to learn how to create beautiful, powerful, or unusual images as an artist. I also think you are fit when you want to endorse something that you believe in, and you know how to tell stories or create certain moods/establish relationships with your face and body. As a dancer, I work hard at this to tell stories through my movement.

What are your goals as a model? How do you see yourself progressing in this field?

I want to continue to tell stories/create scenes that grab the viewer's eye. I'm also interested in doing commercial work. I want to create images that are risqué, so that I can use art for social change as well as a conduit through which I will spread beauty. I plan on getting signed to an agency and making more of my income from modeling, and combining dance and fashion photography on a more regular basis. I want to continue to do this in NYC and Boston, and travel more to other cities as well.

What do you know about the advertising industry?

I was a psychology major in college and understand well how psychological tools are used to influence viewers and the public to convey messages in the media. I am still learning of course, and look forward to being better educated in these fields firsthand.

How do you communicate with people? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements?

I am an excellent communicator, especially having worked in emergency medicine, where communication is the key to life or death! I am very friendly and am open to trying different themes for photo shoots/different looks, etc, since I am often called a chameleon and quite enjoy changing my appearance as soon as people become too used to me and the way I appear.

Do you eat nutritiously? How often do you exercise or go to the gym?

Yes I eat healthily. I am a dancer and take classes and teach for hours 5-7 days a week. Fitness is very important to me. I want to reinforce, especially for the young ladies that I teach dance to, that it is not only possible but it is also crucial for one to feed his or her body well and maintain muscular strength in order to do what it is dancers must do to stay fit, and this is also crucial for our bodies to stay fit and healthy in our young adult years and beyond.

What is your dream role as a model?

My dream role as a model is to encourage other curvy women like me, and people in general, to love their bodies. I want to do humanitarian work as a model, and I also want to combine dance and modeling more so that models who can actually dance are represented in this form of advertising, and because we know how to tell stories with our bodies and draw in a viewer in a multitude of ways. I also want to represent underground Vogue culture in NYC and continue to show how dance/performance visual art/music and the LGBT community intersect in the photography world.

Do you have any limitations? How do you define your boundaries when choosing to accept a modelling request?

I don't have many boundaries, other than refusing to work with photographers who conduct themselves in an unprofessional manner. I am an artist and love trying new visual concepts or themes.

State your availability: Would you travel? Work full-time, part time? Any hours?

Yes I can travel. Possibly part time, or more. I am having a blast doing shoots and creative collaborations, and travelling to do this would be amazing!!

What is your most memorable experience so far?

My most memorable experience so far as a model was from the first real photo shoot I ever did, when I initially planned on doing a ballet in point shoes shoot, with a slightly dark or gothic concept. I brought dark eye makeup and gothic/rock and roll type jewellery, and was nervous as hell driving there thinking about how I had never done such a thing, hoping that I wouldn't fail miserably. Upon arrival, the photographer began running with my idea excitedly and suggesting I wear her pinstripe unitard and possibly even wear a mask. I ended up wearing a gas mask and contorting my body into crazy shapes all over the floor, and had no idea that that day would inspire many more shoots with this woman, Kay Piazza, and that it would push me to become a visual artist as I am becoming still, to this day!

Booking Information:

Instragram: @sashisush

Email: sashisush@aol.com

Photo Credits:

1) Photography- Kay Piazza, MUA/hair stylist- Jennifer Cooke, Wardrobe and mask- made by Nicoletta Marie Lyons for Lola's Urban Vintage.

2) Photography- Peter Buccheri,

MUA/hair stylist- Sasha Krumholz Lynn,

Wardrobe assembled by- Sasha Krumholz Lynn

3) Photography- Richard Bertone,

MUA- Jacquelyn Vokey,

Hair stylist- Monica Melo

Dress by Takeiya Perry for Takeiya Original line

4) Photography- Kay Piazza,

MUA/hair stylist- Sasha Krumholz Lynn,

Wardrobe assembled by- Sasha Krumholz Lynn

5) Photography- Peter Buccheri,

MUA/hair stylist- Sasha Krumholz Lynn,

Wardrobe- claws and crown designed by Kitty Zen for Haus of Kitty Glitter, and outfit assembled by Sasha Krumholz Lynn



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