Model of the Week: Nayeli Figueroa is the diligent Dominican student who debuted at Dior

Nayeli was shot by Ezra Patchett, with styling by Marianne Krauss, and hair and makeup by Paca Navarro @ Kasteel Artist Management.


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Name:
Nayeli Figueroa

Agency:
Viva Paris ()
Viva Barcelona ()
Viva London ()
Why Not Model Management (Milan)
Luis Menieur Model Management (Santo Domingo – mother agency)

Age:
17

Height:
5’9″

Instagram:
@NAYELIVFV

Place of Origin:
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Ethnic Origin:
100% Dominican and proud of it

Birthsign:
Aquarius

How discovered:
I had a neighbor who was a model at Luis Menieur in the Dominican Republic; she told my mom there was an open casting on the 13/05/2017 for new faces. I went to the casting, and he went crazy about me hahaha! A couple of weeks later I was placed with Viva.

What was your first modeling job?
My first job was my first show for Christian Dior! I was a bit nervous, my legs were a bit shaky, but before going to the runway I prayed and it all was even better than I ever dreamed! I never thought I could ever be in a place like this, it was magical!

Favorite things:
I love dancing, can’t live with my phone and I like Instagram very much :$ But the most important thing is my family and spending time with them.

What are you listening to at the moment?
It has to be happy and moving music; Ozuna is my favorite at the moment!

Favorite movie, tv show:
I love romantic movies; I would say my favorite movies are Forrest Gump and Pride And Prejudice.

Favorite designer, fragrance or beauty product:
Favorite scent… at the moment “Good Girl” from Carolina Herrera and Victoria’s Secret splashes. A favourite designer? Hard to choose!

What were you doing before modeling?
Study, study and study!

What would you be doing if you weren’t modeling?
Again, studying :) I would love to go to university, but I’m not sure what I would study… maybe medicine? Hahaha

What’s something uncool that you love anyway?
Have you heard about eating fries with vanilla ice cream? People say it’s horrible but I love it! Also Oreo cookies with peanut butter… strange but delicious!

Favorite modeling experience so far?
I think it was a shoot I did in Barcelona; it was the first time a photographer told me to move however I wanted; I was free to move in front of the camera playing silly, moving, jumping… it was crazy fun!

What’s the best thing about your hometown/country?
It has to be the people; their energy, their smile… oh, and the food for sure!

Which brand would you really love to model for?
It has to be working with the master Steven Meisel. Wow! Can you imagine?

Place you would love to visit:
Bora Bora is a promise I have with my cousin. And Greece with my mom.

Currently you’re obsessed with/about:
I can’t get off my mind the way I had my hair before, hahaha! It was curly and I love it! Working on that ;)

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Always be positive (by my mum), everything can happen (I saw it in a movie, can’t remember where…) and always believe in yourself… this was something I realized after all the good things that have happened in my life :)

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