I grew up in a little cow town in Marlborough, CT. I attended Eastern Connecticut State University and have a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Before modeling, I interned for a while in juvenile probation. Growing up there wasn’t much to do, so you could find me chasing my two older brothers around in the woods, covered in sap, or trying to sneak my way into playing in their little league baseball games. At times I think it got under their skin a little bit, haha. One year, somehow I snuck my way into playing on my brother’s baseball team when we were kids. They must have been short a player or ten. I had to be about 8 and the only girl because it was of course an all boys team, so the rest of the kids were 1011 yr old boys. Anywho, my brother got up to bat and struck out, and then I proceeded to to take my turn at the plate and hit a grand slam and won the game. Not much has changed to this day. I recently played in my brothers work league game and I’m still dirty and covered in sap
The capsule collection I did with US based company Swimsuits For All came about through a conversation I had with the company whilst on a modelling shoot for them in the Caribbean. We identified that I had a really important message of ocean conservation to spread and incorporating that into a swimsuit line, something that people wear while at the beach seemed like a no-brainer! I really wanted people to understand that waste plastic in our oceans is a huge problem, every year millions of marine animals die due to plastic ingestion and entanglement and it is starting to affect humans as well, entering our food chain. Swimsuits are technically made out of plastic, and plastic out of oil. So what better way to highlight the problem and reduce the footprint of the swimsuit then to make the swimsuits out of recycled PET water bottles. The quality, texture and reliability of the fabric is exactly the same if it were made from virgin materials, so its a win win! We further refined the waste by shipping all the garments in recycled paper bags instead of the typical plastic bags and the designs of the swimsuits as inspired by Australia’s amazingly beautiful Great Barrier Reef. Kicking marine debris butt one swimsuit at a time!