THIS MODEL, EQUESTRIAN, AND MARINE BIOLOGY STUDENT TURNS PASSIONS INTO UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES
BY JENNIFER VIKSE
INDUSTRY: How did you get started modeling?
Kayla Wathen: After I decided to send pictures into agencies through
online submissions. Once I signed with MMG model and talent management,
I had my first photoshoot. I started right after my 17th birthday,
and have had many amazing experiences…worked with a number
of great brands, and was featured in the July issue of the magazine
Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Abroad.
Any other notable gigs?
One of my favorites was modeling Yaniv Persy’s bridal collection for his
Lavish by Persy line during New York Bridal week in 2017. This was an
outdoor shoot at Bryant Park in Manhattan, and the dresses were absolutely
stunning and the pictures were amazing. Another of my favorites
was with Kiss products, where I modeled their press-on manicure and
pedicure nails. It was different from what I usually do, and the team
couldn’t have been better.
I live in a small town in New Jersey, but close to the city. I am just a
short train ride away, and hope to be able to move there one day.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I’ve always had an interest in modeling and fashion. I combine that with
love for animals and the ocean. So, when people asked what I wanted to
be when I was a kid, I would reply marine biologist, and I’m thrilled to
say that marine biology is what I am going to school to study!
How does your background influence your look?
Being so close to Manhattan…I saw a mix of casual and trendy city
styles, so I incorporate both of those into my style.
What’s your favorite thing about fall?
Hands down, it’s my favorite season, and what I love most about it is
the fashion. Fall style I simply adore dressing and shopping for!
What are some other interests?
Horses are a big one. Since the age of 10, I have been a competitive
equestrian and have owned a horse for the past seven years.
What do you hope for the future?
I’d like to grow as a model and be able to pursue this career even
further. I love what I do.
How would you describe your look in three words?
Trendy, chic, and self-reflecting.
And your personality in three words?
Authentic, personable, and hard-working.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Absolutely! You can do anything you put your mind to. If I had one message
to give to girls or young women my age, it would be to never give
up or let people tell you that you can’t do something, because working
hard towards dreams pays off in the end. Nothing is impossible!
WEIGHT: 115 LBS.
DRESS SIZE: 0-2
SHOE SIZE: 8