Portraits by Melodie Jeng for models.com
Every once in a while a wonderful and unexpected new face comes from nowhere. Such is newcomer’s Lineisy Montero sudden rise into the runway spotlight. The Dominican rookie’s debut season left us all in awe with her statuesque frame, mesmerizing eyes and mini-fro. With an exclusive for Prada and a handful of Parisian design heavyweights from Givenchy to Céline including her into their lineups, this natural beauty gives us an interview on how she captured the attention of the power players by just being her charming self.
Where and when were you discovered?
I was discovered in an amusement park in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic when I was 13 years old. A scout and stylist of my mother agency, Ossygeno Models, asked me if I would like to be a model.
Were you always interested in fashion?
I always loved fashion but my true dream was to be a great fashion designer. I never thought of being a model – but absolutely love it!
What have been your favorite experiences modeling so far?
Getting to Europe – Paris, Milan! I have never been in an airplane. When I got to Paris, my bags were lost; it was cold. I thought of just going back home. The next day I just realized that I had gotten there by the grace of God and the destiny he had for me.
Are there any designers that you really like to wear? How would you describe your style?
I was born watching the designs of Oscar de la Renta. I love the elegance and classic styles his designs always had.
What was it like walking the Prada show?
It was an unbelievable experience. It still feels like a dream. It was my first runway show, I can’t even describe it. After the show, so many people were congratulating me and saying I looked beautiful, it was really something I will never forget.
How have you been enjoying the experience of fashion week overall?
I have discovered that this is what I love and what I want to do in my life. Every day I am more excited of this experience that I have had the opportunity of living.
What is your dream modeling job?
To be on the cover of a very important magazine.
What do you like to do during your personal time?
I like to enjoy with my family. I am very close with my mother and grandmother. When I am not working I really love spending time with them.
What inspires you?
My country and the beaches there. I believe it is the best hidden paradise.
Are there any career goals or aspirations you have right now?
I want to have a clothing line after I have my modeling career. Right now, I just want to work hard, have financial security and be able to help my family.
Who do you admire the most fashion or otherwise?
I admire my mother the most. She raised us without my father’s help, and worked so hard to be able to give us an education. She is almost graduating from accounting. She is my true inspiration.
Tell us a little bit about your beautiful hairstyle.
I love my natural hair, I cut it right before the shows, and when I look in the mirror I love it!