Model of the Month: Kristin Gallina

Our January Model of the Month is the stunning and jet-setting curve model, Kristin Gallina! Continue reading to learn more about Kristin:

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1. Where you are from?

I am from Brooklyn, New York.

2. What you are into… studies, hobbies, special skills etc..?

Besides modeling, I have been a licensed hairstylist and makeup artist for the last 12 years. I worked in two salons in Brooklyn but now with modeling I am more of a freelance stylist. I also write a beauty column for a magazine called Love U Magazine.

3. Favorite clients from the biz?

Some of my favorite clients in this industry that I have worked with would have to be JunaRose, Lord & Taylor, Madewell, J. Crew, & Warp and Weft! All amazing brands to work for!

4. Dreams/goals any thing else of interest (any other dream clients?)?

_MG_5284RT.jpgI would have to say my dreams for my modeling career are to become a part of the change that is happening as we speak in the fashion industry. I would love to see Victoria Secret Models being curvier. I would love to see big brands such as Gucci, Fendi, Prada, & Chanel feature curvier models in their campaigns. Yes, the industry has started to change but it has only just begun so I would love to be involved in something epic and ground breaking. The way Ashley Graham was the first plus model to be featuredon Sports Illustrated, something like that would be amazing. I would also definitely love to work with Lane Bryant, Good American, Forever 21, Swimsuits for All – just to name a few.


5. What would be a career highlight for you?_MG_4645RT.jpg

The highlight of my career for me would be getting the chance to fly to LA to meet brands and designers on the west coast and even getting to do some modeling work while I was there. Los Angeles is exciting and filled with glam so to get to see that was a great experience for me.

6. How did you get into modeling?

One of my very good friends who I have grown up with my entire life got me into it, Christen Marucci. She hooked me up to the talented Nikki Gomez who then scouted me and connected me with Bicoastal. It was always a far off dream and Christen, Nikki & the Bicoastal team made it happen! I am forever grateful to them all for making my dream more of a reality.


Fashion Gives Back

It’s that time of the year where we know many have recently been thinking about charitable giving for year’s end. It is truly heart-warming to know the people we work with are so generous and charitable.

We got to chat with creative director Claudia Marenco of Human Habit about how she’s helping improve the lives of Guatemalan people and native Mayan women!

BICOASTAL:  We know you are passionate and involved about something near and dear to your heart. Do you have a moment to let us know what it is and how you got involved?

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CLAUDIA MARENCO: Yes, I am helping a non-profit organization Multiplica Guatemala that works with local artisans. I am designing bags and sandals.

BICOASTAL: Amazing! Can you tell us more about Multiplica Guatemala?

CM:  Multiplica Guatemala is an ethical brand and a local non-profit organization, with the alliance of INTECAP (Technical Institution of Capacitation and Productivity), seeks to improve the lives of Guatemalan people. This economic and commercial incentive is achieved with the collaboration of native Mayan women; giving them the opportunity and tools to empower them to become entrepreneurial women in business.  They learn how to assess risks and make decisions that benefit them and their families.

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Make sure to follow Multiplica Guatemala on Instagram here to keep up with them and shop their products!

We also got to chat with our model Suwana Perry about the charity she is working with! Continue reading to learn more:

BICOASTAL MGMT: We know you are passionate and involved about something near and dear to your heart. Do you have a moment to let us know what it is and how you got involved?

SUWANNA PERRY: Beauty for Freedom (BFF), a 501(c)(3) Non-profit foundation, whose mission is to battle the crisis of human trafficking and empower survivors, raises revenue for survivors in the developing world with a fresh approach of self-worth and empowerment through the arts. We engage the industries of Beauty and Fashion as powerful allies in the fight to end human trafficking through public campaigns, our travel-abroad arts therapy workshops for survivors and events.

BICOASTAL MGMT: How did you get involved?

SUWANNA PERRY: My dear friend Monica Watkins is the co-founder of Beauty for Freedom. We met through modeling years ago and I always admired her passion for creating platforms which encouraged charity, social consciousness and artistic freedom. I attended a BFF event about two years ago and we reconnected. We met for coffee a few weeks later and she asked me if I would like to get involved. It’s truly been a powerful experience.

BICOASTAL MGMT: What makes this issue near and dear to your heart?

SUWANNA PERRY: We all deserve the power of choice. The basic human right to have ownership over your own body. To not be violated or used at someone else’s will or due force. These issues are happening all around the world and possibly in your neighborhood. Education/ legislative change and supporting non-profits with feet on the ground are so important. An estimated 40 million people are in slavery today, we have to keep going until we see change. Here are some more statistics:

Labor Slavery- About 50 percent toil in forced labor slavery in industries where manual labor is needed—such as manufacturing, farming, ranching, logging, mining, fishing, and brick making—and in service industries working as dish washers, janitors, gardeners, and maids.
Sex Slavery- About 12.5 percent are trapped in forced prostitution sex slavery.
Forced Marriage Slavery- About 37.5 percent are trapped in forced marriages.
Child Slavery- About 25 percent of today’s slaves are children.

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