• Class of 2017: Genesis Vega

    With eyes ahead to the new year, we brought together the fresh new faces that are challenging the status quo. Artists, activists, and musicians, our Class of 2017 is forging the path ahead with hope and optimism.

    Genesis Vega always dreamt of being a model. Now that she’s living out her dream she’s using her platform to call for change, for representation for all body types and ethnicities. We chatted with Genesis about her hopes for 2017 and how her positive mindset helps her push forward. 

    Age: 19
    Occupation: Petite Model
    Sign: Gemini 
    Senior Superlative: Best Dressed

    Who is Genesis Vega? 
    Genesis Vega is a petite model. I live in New York, but I was born in Dominican Republic. My parents are from Pakistan, and my mom is Dominican, I'm mixed. I am trying to make it out in the modeling world as a petite model. But I definitely want to break the boundaries for other models as well. Like petite curvy models. There are not a lot of them in the industry and I feel like they need representation too. So, I want the modeling industry not to be just one body type, one skin color, one ethnicity. I want there to be different ethnicities, different body types, what you call unattractive faces. We need more representation. 

    Did you always know you wanted to be a model? 
    Yes, I did. I always watched Victoria Secret runway shows with my mom. I was like “Mom, I want to be a model.” And I would do my little catwalk, and she would be like, "I believe in you," and my dad would be like, "Maybe be a doctor," and I was like, "I can be both, a doctor and a model."

    How would you describe your own personal style?
    My personal style is very quirky. It’s very '60s, '90s, '80s, '70s. I love watching old fashion shows from the 1990s. I was just getting inspired by Versace, Gucci, Fendi. And then I watch anime shows like Nana, and her style is amazing, like the best goth style I’ve seen, honestly. So I definitely like adding a little bit of everything into my style. It says something about me. 

    Photo by Logan Jackson

    What’s a normal day like for you? 
    A normal day for me means either modeling, school, or watching Naruto

    As a creative individual with the platform you have, do you feel like you have a responsibility to help create change in the world?
    I honestly am privileged. Because of my body type, I get the shoots that I want at the end of the day, rather than someone who's fat, curvy, or thick. I definitely take that into account when I'm going to casting. Okay, if I don't get it, I'll get the next one because of my body type, and it's not fair for me to be sad about not getting a job because I know I'll get the next one. It’s a privilege. There are other people actually struggling to get through castings, and then I’m here crying about it. It's important to keep it in perspective, what you do get, and what you do have. 

    How do you think our generation can incite change? 
    By not competing against each other. We are always competing when we should be nice. Teamwork is dream work, you know? If this generation would just come together instead of judging each other for things we can't change. I feel like our generation will break boundaries. 

    What do you hope for yourself in 2017? 
    In 2017, I hope to get signed to one of my favorite agencies. I’m pretty positive about it. That’s one of my main goals, to get signed so I can help my mom out and be an example for other girls like me. 

    What do you hope for the world in 2017? 
    That we keep positive mindsets. Just stick together and know that everything is temporary. Nothing is permanent. 

    Say something to your generation. 
    I will be the next Hokage. I’m joking, that’s from Naruto. My advice is: don’t limit yourself. Don’t ever limit yourself because you have the power, even if you don’t see it, just by the way you think. You’re gonna have a good day or a bad day, you can change it just with your mind. You can set goals for yourself that you don’t even think are possible. If you can make a dollar, you can make a million dollars. It's all about your perspective and your mind, if your mind is rooted in positivity, then good things are coming your way. 

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