Model of April 2011:

Oriana

My name is Oriana Layendecker. I am half Italian, half American. I grew up in Ramstein, Germany and moved to the States when I was 15 years old. I am now an Art and Visual Technology major at George Mason University.

I started modeling by accident. It began three years ago in the state of Washington where I was assisting a shoot and the model was unable to make it. The photographer took a look at me, and told me to get dressed. From that moment on, I had caught "the bug". It was so exciting and expressive. It gave me an adrenaline rush; and for someone who was working as a ski instructor, that's something I was constantly looking for. Once the photos were published, I began to receive attention from other photographers. One thing led to another, and the next thing I knew, I was signed with a local agency. After a year, I packed up and moved to the East Coast. Once I arrived, I started networking and going on castings. It was hard at first because there is a higher concentration of talent out here, but once I booked one job, it always led to another. I am not quite where I want to be as a professional model yet, but I am learning and trying everyday. I am at a steady pace, traveling back and forth between DC and NYC. I  am so grateful for the amazing opportunities that modeling has given me already. It has brought me to the coolest places and I have been blessed to work with some of the most creative people. I look forward to continuing this passion of mine in hopes of an even brighter future!

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