Fashion Model of the Month – Carty

We are thrilled to have our fashion/commercial star on the rise, Carty Caruso, as our July Model of the Month. From juggling his acting career to modeling for clients like Instagram, American Apparel, and Macy’s, Carty juggles many talents. Continue reading to find out more about Carty’s ventures in the entertainment industry!

1. Where you are from?

I am a New Yorker! I’ve lived all around the city and Westchester, but really when people ask, I just say NYC.

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

Hip Hop is the love of my life.  I am currently recording my first mixtape; I have been collaborating with many of my friends who are also passionate about the craft. Besides keeping up with the latest music, I am also an avid gamer. My favorite games of all time are Super Smash Brothers, Halo 3, Skyrim… I could go on and on about all the things I love to do, but let me summarize instead. I drink the best coffee you have ever had, and I don’t settle for less. I try to keep up with my style, and I have been making my own jewelry lately. I want to finish school sometime when modeling and acting calms down, my dream would be receiving a degree in Astrophysics.

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My favorite clients would definitely be all the casting directors I have gotten to know over the years: Wulf, Nina Goldman, Grande Morris, and of course Eric Cano, just to name a few. I have also become family friends with Victor De Souza and Jerome Lamar.  I try to treat everyone equally in my life, so it’s hard to choose favorites from over the years. Recently, I was on the hit Chinese TV show Over the Sea I Come to You, which was a great experience, but that’s a story for another time.

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

I would like a Prada resort campaign, to be the face of Tom Ford’s cologne range, be featured as the cover of V Man magazine… is that enough ambition for you? I’d also love Hedi Slimane to create his next pair of skinny jeans exactly to my body specifications.

5. Career highlights?

Seeing myself on every Sky train platform in Bangkok was surreal for sure!  Billboards are always fantastic, but what’s ultimately even more fulfilling is creating some really unique and downright beautiful images with a creative team… even if it pays less.

6. How did you get into modeling ?

Long story short, I got signed to my first agency after finishing my acting conservatory back in 2016, but they mismanaged me so I ended up going independent for the next year or so. I met with BICOASTAL MGMT after months of trying to get signed elsewhere, and Malissa and the team immediately got me to work. In 2018, I left for Thailand and spent 3 months working in Bangkok. I spent the rest of the year doing television in China before coming home and making big moves this year.  This has definitely been my best year yet and I don’t plan on slowing down any time soon!

Fashion Model of the Month – Leneve

We are thrilled to have our fashion/commercial star on the rise, Leneve Mellow, as our June Model of the Month. From juggling her studies with digital journalism– to dancing–to modeling for clients like Instagram and Clinique, Leneve does it all and it’s no question why we’re so proud of her!



1. Where you are from?

I am originally from the Bronx but my family is from West Africa and Dominica.

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

I am into journalism… meaning writing articles and learning about the media politically, socially, etc. I’ve been a dancer for 10 whole years and l’m good making water droplet sounds with my mouth and can put my foot behind my head too. I can also play a little bit of the violin!

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My favorite client was doing my first job for Xerox. My lips were the star of the campaign which was pretty cool. I loved it because I met new people in the process and built amazing connections!

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

My dream is to hopefully become a bigger person in the modeling industry and would be the happiest girl on earth if I ever had the opportunity to walk for Victoria’s Secret, Versace, Louis Vuitton, or Prada! I would also love to focus my studies on journalism, and possibly also open a dance school in my country in Africa one day.

5. Career highlights?

My career highlights would probably be getting to know new people with every casting and job I do, including being able to show my personality and the fun side to me.

6. How did you get into modeling ?

I got into modeling when I was very young, doing shoots with my mom who modeled at a young age as well, also knowing my dad was a model too, so I guess I got that sense of looking up to two beautiful models. This is my first time doing modeling for myself and being part of my first agency!

Model of the Month – Lauren Ryan

We are thrilled to have our star on the rise, Lauren Ryan, as our June Model of the Month. From fitting with clients like Jenny Yoo to American Eagle, Lauren continues to show love and devotion to the industry!



1. Where you are from?

Native New Yorker. Born and raised in Bronxville. I’m also an Irish citizen.

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

I love live music! One of the most beautiful things about living in NYC is that the music never stops. There is always something new to see and discover. I feel incredibly lucky to have access to see such talent… I can barely hold my excitement for Phish summer tour!

I also hold a big place in my heart for Yankee baseball.

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Love them all! Though my good friend Jodi Sandman at Crescala Fashion Development has been a dream client. Crescala has allowed me to work with dozens of some of the most talented emerging designers in the industry. It’s been an incredible pleasure to do fit and showroom work with such an amazing group throughout the years.

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

My dream clients would definitely be any of the major French fashion houses. Azzedine Alaia, Chanel, Dior, Lanvin, YSL etc. The opportunity would allow my inner fashion nerd to shine bright… and to be a part of fashion history would be pretty cool too.

5. Career highlights?

Every new season is a highlight! It’s such an honor being part of the design process and helping the designers tell their stories through the collections. I love to see the brands I work with evolve and grow. I get so excited whenever I see celebrities wearing garments fitted on me in magazines and on the red carpet. It validates me and that what I’m doing is getting done right.

6. How did you get into modeling ?

From working in the industry! While attending LIM college, I had a long standing internship assisting the designer at Adrienne Vittadini who then started to use me occasionally for inhouse fit. I signed with my first agency shortly after. But the technical skills and understanding of garment making I leaned from that experience transcends throughout my fit modeling career.


Model of the Month – Clare Rae

We are thrilled to have our star on the rise, Clare R, as our May Model of the Month. From being featured in Seventeen Magazine to Eloquii – Clare does it all! Continue reading to learn more about Clare, what inspires her, and her dream clients!


1. Where you are from?

A tiny beach town in FL called Vero Beach. 

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

Dance! I grew up doing competitive dance and studied musical theatre in college while dancing professionally in Miami. I’m fully addicted to face masks (it’s a study, hobby, and special skill!) as well as spending time researching and furthering all things body positive. 


3. Favorite clients from the biz? 

I love working with my Full Beauty Brands team! They’re so fun to work with. It’s never boring. I also love getting to see what’s coming up for Eloquii. Their clothes are truly amazing!

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

A dream client would be Chromat or 11honore. They have such amazing visions. Chromat is the most responsible and progressive brand – it would be amazing to be a part of that. But in general I want to be a part of normalizing plus bodies in the mainstream narrative through commercial, acting, print, or fit!

5. Career highlights?

My first big print feature was 17 Magazine. It was an all sizes swim shoot and it was a blast. I couldn’t believe my “full tummy” fit was a full page in print in a magazine! 

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6. How did you get into modeling ?

I have an acting background so I was submitting for a wide range of jobs through breakdown services, and an overwhelming amount of the response was for “curvy girls needed” in print/commercials (this was in 2012 when the industry was a little more niche). Then, one of the production team members from my 17 shoot suggested I look into agencies specifically for modeling. 


Model of the Month – Janine T

We are thrilled to have our star on the rise, Janine T, as our March Model of the Month. From Project Runway to Prada – Janine does it all! Continue reading to learn more about Janine, what inspires her, and her dream clients!

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1. Where you are from?
I am originally from Brooklyn NY.

2. What you are into… studies, hobbies, special skills etc..?
I enjoy reading and the results of exercise. I studied art (fashion illustration, story boarding, children’s illustrations – it was my favorite). I also love trying new things by giving myself goals aka resolutions. One year was getting back into ballet, another was boxing. Just recently I did swimming lessons and this year is belly dance! Anything to break up my comfort zone.

3. Favorite clients from the biz?

My favorite clients have definitely been the Alexander Wang team (love their vibe and energy), Shake and Go – always hard work but fun days, and I enjoyed working with the Marist Fashion Department (always so exciting to see creativity from the ground up with a student’s perspective and their nerves about their designs heartwarming because we’ve all been there). With Fuzzi, Cedric Charlier and recently Moschino, always love our adventures from day to day with my AEFFE family.

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

Everyone who knows me knows that my ultimate dream client would be Chloé, I have followed the brand since Karl Largerfeld was creative director followed through with Stella McCartney, Phoebe Philo and then Clare Waight Keller and now Natcha Ramsay- Levi and still I fall in love collection by collection. Zimmerman is another client that I would love to work with, something about getting the opportunity to work with an utterly feminine brand – same with Ulla Johnson. And to work with the timelessness that is Ralph Lauren and DVF, I would die! Let’s also not forget about Richard Tisci, everything he touches is golden! But there are so many creatives and so many different fields to choose from, I want to do it all!

5. Career highlights?

I really loved my Prada x Elle webtorial still one of my highlights, great team, great work and a feeling of satisfaction was definitely met with that one. Project Runway was really lovely to work with not only did it introduce me to television but also the production and all the work that comes with that. I also made and kept a lot of friends I cherish.

6. How did you get into modeling or acting?

I was originally scouted but it didn’t turn out to well. I dabbled a bit afterward but it wasn’t until I actually volunteering with the CFDA and happened to be able to watch the show I was helping out with. It was Anna Sui and it opened up with this dance number and after the little dance Karlie Kloss steps out and just struts down that runway, I was so in awe and so inspired, I really wanted to be that strong and confident. She was my major inspiration that started me modeling I wanted to have that presence, plus my love of seeing things from beginning to end also gave me the drive to go into it. I love to follow a process and see it’s outcomes and to be surrounded by all the creative facets that involve modeling it’s what keeps me inspired.


As always, NYFW was a whirlwind! See some highlights below of our girls rocking runways + presentations, features by Vogue, WWD and more!

Model of the Month – Jesse Wasmuth

We are excited to announce Jesse W as January’s Model of the Month! With career highlights such as filming commercials for Amazon and American Express, and now gaining experience as a perfectly proportional Fit Model, Jesse is an upbeat, knowledgable, go-getter.

1.) Where are you from?

I’m from Dayton, Ohio (birthplace of aviation woot woot!), but I’ve lived in NY for over a decade! It’s my home now, and I can’t imagine life any other way.

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

My passions really revolve around my family right now. My partner and I have a daughter, and he has children from before, so when the big kids are home we are a party of 6! Anything that we can do together on the weekends is great, and feels very restorative. It usually involves a significant amount of napping, reading, cooking, and of course some wine by the fire in the evenings.

We primarily live and work in the city, but we also spend a lot of time out on Long Island where we also have a home. During the cold months hiking and walking on the beach are a huge thing for me. There is a bird sanctuary out in Sag Harbor that I love to visit, where you can see a variety of wild birds in their natural element. They will even sometimes swoop right down and land on your head and hands, hoping that you will give them some seed, and you can always see deer and wild turkeys too! Walking on the beach and collecting trash is also a passion of mine. It’s really easy to make a small difference by just picking up garbage, so I try to do that regularly.

My life’s passion has to be creating with my hands, though. I am a maker, so I love cooking, baking, and gardening to name a few of my favorite hobbies. This summer I had my first vegetable garden since I’ve lived in Ohio, and there truly is nothing like fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers from the garden, still warm from the sun. I also love running, biking and swimming; really anything that involves being outside!dsc09321

3. Favorite clients from the biz?

I have had a wonderful time with the crew at Club Monaco, and I love working with the team at Adrianna Pappell. I am looking forward to working with more brands in the new year! I studied Technical Design at FIT, so I always am happy to see friends working in tech and design when I’m out and about in the garment district. It’s yet another thing that makes NY home to me.

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

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It would be a dream come true to be fit modeling full time. I love the potential of the job, and I think that from a modeling perspective, working in fit is where you can make the most difference for the companies and for the consumers. If something is wrong about the way a garment feels, it’s

not going to be purchased, and even if it is it may not see the light of day. How many times have we all bought something because it was cute, only to get home and realize that it makes us feel like there is something wrong with us since it doesn’t fit quite right? Every body is different, and everyone should be able to feel great in well fitting and flattering garments! I’m glad that I have certain specific measurements that make me a good candidate for the job.

Some dream clients would be J. Crew, James Perse, and Lululemon because I literally live my life in their clothing; they fit me so well. Alice and Olivia achieves and amazing fit too, and I personally know one of the pattern-makers there, so that would be huge for me. If I were in Europe, I would flip out to be able to work with Celine, Jill Stuart, and Rick Owens, (to name a few) because I admire their work and fit so much.

5. Career highlights?

Walking in fashion week and getting cast in an America Express commercial, then later on an Amazon Kindle commercial, were absolutely career highlights for me.

When I first moved to NYC I was focused on becoming a fashion model, but the top agencies kept telling me that I looked more commercial. I didn’t really like that, because I wanted to be in editorials, doing the fantastical and creative stuff! I ended working freelance, and I walked in fashion week in NYC, which felt like a dream come true. The real payoff was when one of my old boyfriends from Ohio called me up and told me that my picture was in Paper Magazine from the show. I was shocked because I had no idea, and also giddy and proud. I bought 5 copies fo that magazine, give or take..

Throughout the years I would occasionally get street casted for commercial projects, and that’s how I got the part in the two commercials for TV! I loved the camaraderie of being on set, and the long hours and intense commitment was really cool. The cushiness of doing projects with such big budgets wasn’t bad either. It turns out, I actually like doing commercial jobs! Through the avenue of commercial work I have been able to work with my daughter on a shoot for the children’s brand Skip Hop, which was great fun.

6. How did you get into modeling or acting?

I have always been interested in modeling, and I had the support of my family to move to NY to pursue my dreams. I had some time away from it for family and school, but never too much time, as I feel like I’ve always had one foot in the modeling world. I’ve cycled back around to fit because I think fit is such an interesting and integral part of the process of making beautiful and well-loved clothing, and I love being a part of the process!

Bicoastal Giving Back

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Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
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The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is one of the world’s most notable, nonprofit environmental organizations. Valuing realistic and long-term solutions, the Environmental Defense Fund fosters beliefs of conserving natural systems and solving leading environmental obstacles such as changes in climates, oceans, ecosystems, and health. By collaborating with others, EDF fights for change by capitalizing on varying strengths and weaknesses made possible through teamwork to discover unique solutions.
For more information on the Environmental Defense Fund, visit their website here.
Greenpeace USA
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Established in 1971, Greenpeace USA has been determined to change the world for over 45 years. With offices in more than 50 countries and a dedicated group of people who are committed to spreading Greenpeace’s values, this organization has practiced peaceful protests to disclose environmental issues across the globe. Combatting serious concerns such as global warming and the degradation of oceans, Greenpeace spreads awareness about destruction and champions diversity as the solution to provide altering perspectives to preserve the natural world.
For more information on Greenpeace USA, visit their website here.
Action Against Hunger
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Action Against Hunger is a prestigious charity committed to fighting against hunger and saving malnourished families. Receiving the highest four-star rating from Charity Navigator, being listed as an ‘A-rated’ organization by CharityWatch, and earning the Guidestar’s Platinum Participant Seal and the “Best in America” seal, Action Against Hunger is proud of their outstanding appraisals and assessments. Over the span of almost 40 years, Action Against Hunger has been involved in assisting more than 45 countries by catering to areas that have struggled from natural disasters, food shortages, and destructive strifes.
For more information on Action Against Hunger, visit their website here.
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
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With major values surrounding the proper care for animals, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is known as the first, and now one of the largest, humane societies in North America. The ASPCA has performed a notable amount of accomplishments — some of those being rescuing over 47,000 animals and raising around $12 million for Animal Welfare Organizations. Through animal rescue, placement, and protection, ASPCA is committed to assuring justice for defenseless animals across the country.
For more information on the American Society for the Prevention of the Cruelty to Animals, visit their website here.


Our November Model of the Month is the gorgeous bombshell, Jenesia Torres. From being the perfect size 18 Fit model, to booking print, commercial, and more, she does it all! Continue reading to learn more about Jenesia, her highlights, goals, and how she started:

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1. Where you are from?
I’m from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, however my family is from Utuado and Coamo, Puerto Rico.image1 (6).jpeg

2. What you are into… studies, hobbies, special skills etc..?
I love to bake! I’m a sucker for a new recipe . I also really enjoy traveling … it’s my new obsession! My next trip I plan on is to Greece. Learning about new cultures is just so humbling and interesting to me.

3. Favorite clients from the biz?
All of them! ❤️

4. Dreams/goals any thing else of interest (any other dream clients?)?
A major goal of mine is to get into Latina magazine and represent for the Latin American community! It would be cool to represent “high end” brands like Versace or Gucci as a plus size woman… really be a trailblazer! Dreams can happen – hehe.

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I would also love to work with an athletic brand like Nike.. really show the world how us thick girls can get down and dirty in the fitness world.

5. Career highlights?
By far meeting with the team of Lane Bryant! I also think at the beginning of it all… being a social media influencer for brands like Fashion Nova and Xehar Curvy really was fun and helped jumpstart my career through social media… it was so cool seeing my face all over the internet for the first time.

6. How did you get into modeling or acting?
By accident! I went to a fashion event and they thought I was one of the models in the show … from there many photographers ask to shoot me .. the rest is history!

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We are happy to announce the birth of a new company, Malissa Young Mgmt, currently representing some of Bicoastal Mgmt’s strongest actors for Film, TV and Theater, founded by none other than, you guessed it, our Founder, Malissa Young!

For those Casting Directors who work with Breakdown Services, please keep an eye out for submissions from Malissa Young Management for your latest projects! Here are just a few of our actors we are proud to work with!


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And see Zebedee Row’s reel here!