An Interview with Model Seyna - Her Inspiration, Her Favorite Denim Staple, and Her Best Advice

An Interview with Model Seyna - Her Inspiration, Her Favorite Denim Staple, and Her Best Advice

Tell us a little about yourself.

My family is originally from Senegal, so that's where I claim, but I was born in New Jersey and grew up between Senegal and Florida. I moved to New York from Tampa, Florida two years ago, and have been working in philanthropy since. I got into modeling almost inadvertently. I've had offers and opportunities in the past, but didn't take advantage because I was either too afraid or didn't have approval from my parents. Recently, one of my colleagues really got into photography and started taking pictures of me (in the office, mind you). We took some decent headshots, and I submitted them to JAG, not really expecting anything. Fast forward a few days, and I was sitting in this cool space in Chelsea discussing a contract with JAG.


What do you hope to accomplish in the next 5 years?

Something great that I haven’t quite figured out yet.


What inspires you?

I’ve always been inspired by Senegal; my heritage informs my identity and how I perceive the world. Recently, I’ve been drawing inspiration from the creative renaissance happening throughout Africa in art, fashion, youth culture, etc. Millennials are creating authentic things that marry tradition and modernity, and the movement is being echoed to the rest of the world. I love and look up to that a lot.



What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? 

"Make peace with your body, it's not man-made, there are no flaws, there are no mistakes." -Warsan Shire. 



What denim staple is a must-have in your opinion? 

For a long time, this was skinny jean for me, but I’ve found that a good pair of high-rise wide leg jeans are all a girl needs.



What’s your favorite thing to do in NYC? 

As an avid fan of alone time and caffeine, I’m all about discovering quiet, quaint cafes on random corners around the city. 

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