MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/sirenesdesoleil
I am an American born, French Citizen who was raised in Houston Texas until the age of 6. I lived in France for 8 yrs, which I believe gifted me with a taste for luxury, and french classical style. I appreciate all things beautiful and live by the saying "La joie de vivre"; As I personally believe that following ones passion in life, never becomes a job but truly is a passion for living.
Upon returning to the U.S at age 14 I became aware of how kids and teenagers had a lack of fun and proactive ways to engage in sports and leisure; due to financial issues. It gave me the motivation to start a charity for children who had nothing to do, or nowhere to go. I later attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, and started building my repertoire for Design and International Trade and Marketing. I knew I wanted to create something that involved both my support for charity and my love for fashion. I regularly empathized with my beautiful friends that had children and couldn't appreciate and love their bodies in a bathing suit. As a project in college, I decided to make my own swimsuit, and got showstopping results at the beach. I saw that all types of women wanted my designs, and it hit me that i should start my own swimwear line. I want to focus on promoting confidence in all women, while supporting several charities and helping the economy; by providing legal jobs in the U.S.
At the age of 24 I met my partner, Colombian born; New York raised, Valentina Arbelaez. She, as my associate creative director of the brand quickly became the edge needed to balance my brand. I recognized her passion for fashion and sense of style, as it is opposite of mine but still refined in culture. She was born into a very political family, and also has relative connections to textile factories in Colombia. Sharing the same goals and an understanding of the business, we as a duo represent a unique combo of ambitious and powerful young women. Ready to change the world, our dream of becoming philanthropists is represented in our day to day lives.