Our marvelous stylebook models, Crystal (left) and Ernesta (right).
Crystal and Ernesta, the glamorous gals who modeled in our “Nine to Fine” stylebook, share the dream of dazzling the world with their modeling know-how, but their awesome aspirations don’t stop there! These fearless femmes see their futures as full of possibility and their responses to this career-oriented Q&A is enough to inspire you to explore your own ambitions.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? How about nowadays?
Ernesta: When I was little, I wanted to to be a lawyer. Now, I want to be a performer, a teacher, a coach, and a model. I have traded one beast for the challenge of balancing many others.
Crystal: I wanted to be one of the guys that stood in the middle of the road, selling flowers to people! (I’m sure my parents were thrilled.) To be honest, I still want to be the guy in the middle of the road selling flowers. But I would do it right! Go big or go home, they say. Scratch the white buckets. I want a legit street garden. And not only flowers, but “rush hour” fruit and vegetable snacks. How much better would your day day be if you could go shopping from your car?
What is your proudest achievement?
E: My proudest achievement to date is graduating from college.
C: This photo shoot is actually huge for me! Never have I ever imagined myself on the front page of a website (and one that I shop on quite often).
If you could have any job for one day, what (or whose!) would you choose?
E: I would love to live the life of Beyoncé. She’s one of my favorite performers — I love the energy she presents onstage, and [her] natural vocal ability. It would be great to experience the adrenaline rush on such a large scale.
When it comes to the working world, what’s the best advice you’ve ever given or received?
E: “Do what you love, so that you can love what you do.” This advice is great motivation for a gal like me. When one is driven by passion, little can stand in the way of the ultimate destination.
C: Make sure you’re happy. Money comes and goes. Believe in yourself and what you do, and everything will fall right in place.
What do you dream of doing in the next 5 years?
E: In the next five years, I hope to still be living and learning. Beyond that, I’m pretty open.
C: My goal is to work my way into non-profit organizations and eventually have one of my own… My theory is that if we want to see positive change, be it in our neighborhoods, children, environment, or even our health as a country, we have to start small, with each other. Build relationships, learn from others, flourish on like-mindedness (not to be confused with closed-mindedness), and spread good feelings far and wide. Life is meant to be enjoyed, so why not use our energy to help each other enjoy it for years and years to come?