Model Behavior: SJ Son

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Actor, comedian, dancer. SJ is the host/producer of The Shame Game, a monthly comedy show @Union Hall. She choreographs dance comedy shorts most recently in Quittin Da Biz

WHAT'S THE BEST COMPLIMENT YOU'VE EVER RECEIVED?

My cousin, Celine, who directed my music video"Quittin Da Biz", called me a "high-functioning weirdo." This made me feel pretty fucking awesome. That's exactly the image I've been going for for a while.

 WHAT'S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU'VE EVER GOTTEN?

The key to failure is trying to please everyone. My dad reminds me of this all the time. So now I please no one BUT MYSELF WASSUPPPP #notsorry

WHERE WERE YOU WHEN YOU GOT YOUR FIRST PERIOD AND WHO DID YOU TELL FIRST?

High school locker room and friends from my swim team.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?

I'm very proud of my pronounced sideburns. I used to hate them because it made me look manly, but as I've gotten older I've realized they: 1) keep my ears and side-face warm during brutal NYC winters 2) Keep me looking questionably androgynous which is great when I play funny male characters, which is a lot.

WHAT ARE TWO ITEMS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

1 - Eat a large pepperoni pizza pie starting from the center of the pizza, working my way out towards the crust until you are left standing in the center of a ring of crust.

2 - Spiritual/yoga retreat in East Asia somewhere tbd.

TEACH US HOW TO DO SOMETHING.

How to make breakfast: Unwrap leftover eggs from yesterday's egg sandwich. Microwave for 30 seconds. Disconcerting smell? Add Tapatio and Netflix. Voila.

TELL US SOMETHING THAT IS TMI.

My first sexual experience was when I was in 7th grade I used to go down to my parent's basement and moon my pet birds 1x/week. It felt really wrong, but also really right. 


 

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Model Behavior: Anna Callegari

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A UCB writer/performer raised in Chicago and NYU graduate.  Member of the sketch teams Garlic Jackson & Dolly.  She loves eating all foods.

WHAT'S THE BEST COMPLIMENT YOU'VE EVER RECEIVED?

"You're great at cheering me up." 

 WHAT'S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU'VE EVER GOTTEN?

"Focus on yourself."

WHERE WERE YOU WHEN YOU GOT YOUR FIRST PERIOD AND WHO DID YOU TELL FIRST?

In my house THANK GOD, I got it in my sleep! Talk about luck. My mom and my sister.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?

My sense of humor and ability to never be full.  It's a blessing and a curse really.

WHAT ARE TWO ITEMS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

Have the tasting menu at Blue Hill at Stone Barns and buy a waffle maker. 

TEACH US HOW TO DO SOMETHING.

Make the perfect cookies by shaving 2-3 minutes off the time the recipe says to bake them for.  Then make sure they're completely cooled.  Now you have the perfect softest gooey cookie.

TELL US SOMETHING THAT'S TMI.

I'm worried about that I'm going to spend my entire rehearsal holding in farts due to the massive amount of vegetarian chili I just consumed.  Wow, I really TMI-ed the crap out of that TMI.

ALSO, MAYBE YOU SAW ANNA ON BROAD CITY.

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Model Behavior: Sue Smith

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I'm a comedian and mother of two cat children--Brin and Noodle. 

WHAT'S THE BEST COMPLIMENT YOU'VE EVER RECEIVED?

Hmmm. The negative stuff tends to stick with me more... Time Out NY called me one of the Top 10 Female Comedians in NYC. That was a huge compliment!

 

WHAT'S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU'VE EVER GOTTEN?

Feelings aren't facts, this too shall pass, the only way through it is through it.

WHERE WERE YOU WHEN YOU GOT YOUR FIRST PERIOD AND WHO DID YOU TELL FIRST?

At a chili cookoff in Pennsylvania. I didn't want anyone to know! I told my friend Amy first. 

  

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?

I'm proud that I've had the guts to pursue my dreams for the last eight years. 

WHAT ARE TWO ITEMS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

1 / Go to India. I gotta get my Eat, Pray, Love on. 

2 / Own a house. A girl can dream, right?

TEACH US HOW TO DO SOMETHING.

Do you know how to use a menstrual cup? It's so cool. Get one online, fold it half, and shove it up your vagina till your period ends. Boom. So much better than tampons. 

TELL US SOMETHING THAT'S TMI.

This new antidepressant is making me constipated.

SUE MAKES US GIGGLE:

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Wear the Pants / Sara Zucker / Glossier

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All social media, all the time + too many beauty products + too many sweatpants + not enough Prosecco = Sara Zucker

 

WHAT'S THE BEST COMPLIMENT YOU'VE EVER RECEIVED?

If you tell me I "look cool," I'll force you to be my best friend. There is nothing else I've worked ever hard enough to achieve than looking cool, which is why I recently bought a moto jacket and aviators. "Cool" equates to the personal style of an extra from 'Top Gun,' right?

WHAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU'VE LEARNED SINCE JOINING GLOSSIER?

That the simple act of appreciating consumer insight can truly change the course of how a brand is built and grows. We love feedback, we thrive off of it, and when our fans ask for something there's a great chance that the request will be integrated into Glossier's future.

 TEACH US HOW TO DO SOMETHING?

After you're finished reading this article, gently close your laptop, push your chair back, stand up, walk outside, keep walking—do this for at least five minutes, grab a coffee or something, breathe—turn around, walk back to your office, sit back in your chair, and open your laptop back up. You're welcome.

HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE THE GLOSSIER VOICE?

Witty, inclusive, fun. We're all about getting to the core of what beauty is today and celebrating each individual girl (or boy!) for who she (or he!) is.

 

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?

Through the years, I've forced myself to be comfortable with the uncomfortable and because of that I'd like to think that I adapt well to change. Being flexible is a professional skill that I strive to achieve.

WHAT ARE TWO ITEMS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

I feel like I'm too young to have a bucket list—I'm not even 30—but I would love to visit Machu Picchu and own a home. Like, a real home, with shutters on the windows and a potentially haunted attic.

TELL US SOMETHING THAT'S TMI.

A majority of my jeans have never been washed. Ever.

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Wear the Pants / Andy and Sophie / Tampon Run

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ANDY: I’m a 16 year old high school junior. I’ve been coding for three years. Additionally I love robotics, playing piano, and volleyball.

SOPHIE: I’m a 17 year old high school senior. I discovered the joys of coding last summer. Other passions include photography, reading, and eating.

TELL US ABOUT "TAMPON RUN"

SOPHIE: Tampon Run is an 8-bit side scrolling game to combat the menstrual taboo by spurring thought and discussion. It features a girl who throws tampons at oncoming enemies. Andy and I created the game as our final project for a Girls Who Code summer program where we met last summer. We posted the game online at the beginning of September to share with our friends and family. By the next afternoon we had been written up in four outlets in the UK, and from there it snowballed. We were written up all over the world, and started getting emails and tweets of support from around the world. In the winter Pivotal Labs, a major agile development firm, worked with us pro bono to make Tampon Run into a mobile app. The game not only stands for the fight against the menstrual taboo, but also shows that girls can and should code. 

WHAT'S THE BEST COMPLIMENT YOU'VE EVER RECEIVED?

ANDY: "If I have a daughter, I want her to be like you.”

TEACH US HOW TO DO SOMETHING?

ANDY: How to start programming: don’t be scared! It's very easy to get started and if you go step by step it’s not so overwhelming.

  1. Google "how to learn computer programming"

  2. Begin the wonderful adventure that is computer science

WHAT ARE THE THOUGHTS THAT WENT THROUGH YOUR HEAD DURING THE DAYS YOU WERE CREATING TAMPON RUN?

SOPHIE: We created Tampon Run as our final project for the Girls Who Code summer immersion program. I loved making the game come to life little by little everyday. I also liked that I knew how everything in the game was actually working down to the code, and that it was something I had directly made happen. But I never once thought that we were making something that would resonate with so many people around the world or that one day it would become a mobile app. 

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?

SOPHIE:  I’m proud of how I’ve grown through this 6 month Tampon Run journey. I used to be terrified of public speaking even when I just had to give a class presentation. I would shake and almost throw up. More than public speaking, I was generally afraid to speak up and speak out. Through this experience I’ve had to do a lot public speaking that I’ve learned to overcome my fear. I’ve also learned the value of speaking my mind and now have the confidence to do so. 

WHAT ARE TWO ITEMS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

ANDY:

  1. Develop a game for Oculus Rift/Google Cardboard (virtual reality devices!)

  2. Visit space.

TELL US SOMETHING THAT'S TMI.

SOPHIE: The second day of my first period I went over to a friend’s house to bake cookies. It was the first time we had ever hung out outside of school, so I was a bit nervous. As we put the cookies into the oven, I started to feel like it was time to change my pad. I had never had to change my pad outside of my house and I had no idea what the etiquette was. Did I throw it out in her garbage? What if there wasn’t one in the bathroom? What if she saw it there after I left? I decided the best course of action was to do nothing. An hour later I sat uncomfortable and cross legged eating the cookies in her kitchen, hoping that I didn’t bleed through the pad. By the time I left her house the situation was beyond dire. I frantically walked towards the train unsure of how to fix my problem. And then I saw the light—a bathroom in the nearby public park. I entered the dimly lit, paint cracked, strange smelling park bathroom and with a huge smile on my face I changed my pad. By far the grossest and most joyful pad change I’ve ever done. 

 

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Wear the Pants / Robin Reetz / Digital Journalist

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Georgia, New York, London, South Africa, North Carolina. Overanalyzes it all, talks about feelings a lot, loves peanut butter/every animal. 

WHAT'S THE BEST COMPLIMENT YOU'VE EVER RECEIVED?

That I'm genuine and self aware. That's extremely important to me, so I was thrilled to hear that.

TEACH US HOW TO DO SOMETHING?

How to practice self-therapy through writing a personal narrative in four steps:

1. Write down what you're thinking. This can be really challenging, but sit down and do it.

2. Keep writing, then write some more.

3. Practice every day and hopefully – maybe – you'll soon become comfortable with it.

4. Edit x 100, then read back and feel good about the fact that you've been able to articulate your feelings on paper, and hopefully have learned something about yourself along the way. 

WHERE WERE YOU WHEN YOU GOT YOUR FIRST PERIOD?

At my locker in my seventh grade classroom – thank god it was at the end of the day. But yeah, a seventh grade classroom. How awful, awkward, and appropriate is that?

WHO DID YOU TELL FIRST?

Most likely a friend, on a piece of college rule notebook paper, written with a lilac gel pen. Definitely would still have the spiral things on the side. That sounds about right.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?

My family and my husband, obvs, who is the best and have always been incredibly supportive of me. Otherwise, I would have to say my accomplishments. I'm a classic introvert but have done a lot of things in my career and personal life that I've wanted to do even though I was scared/wanted to go home and put on yoga pants the whole time. But I still did the things I set out to do, so I'm really proud of that. I try to use my blog as a space to remind others than we're all basically the same, and hopefully inspire them to realize that and do things they may initially fear. I'm proud of that, as well.

WHAT ARE TWO ITEMS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

Honestly, I don't have a bucket list – I just try to go after the things I want to or feel compelled to do as they come. These wants and desired outcomes are limited when it comes to travel and major changes, but I just try to live my ideas as they come since you never know how long you'll be around. May sound cheesy but folks – it's true!

WHAT'S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU'VE EVER BEEN GIVEN?

To take things one at a time. It's an idea that can be hard to put into practice and is something we're faced with everyday on both a small and large scale–whether it deals with organizing yourself for work or for major life changes. I'm not the most patient person in the world so it's something I'm constantly reminding myself  of.

TELL US A TMI MOMENT.

I feel like my entire blog is a case study for TMI. Maybe read this, this, and this. Also, this isn't exciting but it's a TMI in the sense that it's super lame: From elementary school to high school, I wrote every single outfit I wore on a calendar, and wouldn't "allow" myself to wear the same shirt or skirt unless a month had gone by. Really, really lame and OCD.

 

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Wear the Pants / Leslie Bradshaw / Made by Many

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Managing Partner @MadeByMany NYC. Loves lifting, building, data, words + science. 2x @Inc 500. @UChicago PBK grad. Terroir + family @BradshawPinot.

What's the best compliment you've ever received?

“You scare me, but in a good way.” —drama teacher, senior year at the University of Chicago

This was said to me after I turned in an at-scale model set (with full lighting) for my interpretation of “The Seagull” by Anton Chekhov, which also included a sketchbook of costumes I had done based on hours absorbing the costume gallery at the Art Institute of Chicago and actual pieces of jewelry I crafted to match. I classically over-delivered. It should also be noted that said drama teacher scared me (in a good way), with all of her mouth / voice exercises and interpretive dancing. Like whoa.

Tell us about your belief that STRONG IS THE NEW SKINNY.

I grew up in the Kate-Moss-of-the-90s era. You know, when rail-thin was the “it” look. During this time, I watched close friends and my teammates struggle with trying to achieve what had become the cultural standard for what a woman’s body should be: SKINNY. Admittedly, some women are born that way, but most have to try every fad diet and extreme tactic to achieve this unrealistic standard.

Fast forward to 2015. While ghostly thin runway models haven’t gone away, Kate is back-and-better-than-ever, and some people are literally born that way, it honestly feels like there has been a shift in cultural expectations—and allowances—for female body standards.

Some factors for why there has been a paradigm shift could be some, all, or an interplay of a few things: (1) the relatively recent rise in pro-strength workout crazes like Cross Fit and PX90 for women; (2) the emergence of Instagram as a platform where women who are strong congregate, build followings, and share knowledge; (3) the return to whole foods and macro-focused diets (and away from the fat free / sugar free or fat / protein fads); (4) a number of men touting their preference for women who are fit and curvy over super-slender; (5) the media and fashion brands dipping their toes into non-skinny waters more and more; and (6) having buff icons like Michelle Obama and Jennifer Garner and curvy icons like Christina Hendricks and Kate Upton helping give girls more diversity in role models.

My final note on this: I believe that in order for women to achieve equal footing in male-dominated areas like STEM, wealth accumulation, and board rooms, we need to be at our very best mentally and physically. I wholeheartedly believe that a balanced diet and strength training are elemental for challenging incumbents and achieving at the highest levels. A foundation of strength is exuded in everything from your posture and presence to your handshake and comportment.

Teach us how to do something.

I want to teach more women to weight lift—especially strength-building, full-body moves like power cleans. 

Because I can’t be in the (weight) room with you, I can do four things to get you well on your way to lifting correctly (and heavy!):

  • SUGGESTED LIFTS. To get familiar with the lifts, you first must get familiar with the vernacular. A good starting point is to check out these Wikipedia entries: Powerlifting(link) and Olympic weightlifting(link) (power cleans(link) are 50 percent of the Olympic ‘clean and jerk’ lift; they are also my all-time favorite lift).

  • SELF TEACH. Speaking of my favorite lift, check out how it’s done via this instructional YouTube video power clean (link). Start light, even without any weight to get the motion down. Most gyms have 45lb barbells and smaller ones, too. For killer lifts that will really get your heart rate up and your physique cut, check out YouTube and Instagram under key terms: deadlift, Olympic lifting, and powerlifting.

  • BUDDY METHOD. Encourage you to get a lifting buddying—maybe a gal or guy that knows the ropes? someone at the gym you admire? a sports coach? And if you have the resources: A HELLA BUFF TRAINER.

  • WHY IT EVEN MATTERS. Weight lifting is a force multiplier to any positive thing you want or have in your life. However, a lot of women shy away from it. I have heard reasoning to do so range from “I don’t want to get all bulky” to “I tried it once, but I didn’t get results” to “I don’t know how to do it correctly.” Well ladies, I’ve included a few tools above, so let’s review a few myth-busting facts:

Fact: One pound of muscle takes up way less space than one pound of fat. It is one of the sure fire ways to drop inches. See: http://www.precisionnutrition.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/fat-vs-muscle.jpg (link)

Fact: Having more muscle and less fat looks noticeably different. From the way clothes fit you, to the way you look in a swimsuit, to the way your muscles are defined on key areas like arms and legs. Three words: Michelle Obama’s arms.

Fact: Having more muscle on your body will increase your basal metabolic rate. Basically, when you aren’t doing a whole lot, you will burn more with buffer muscles than without working them.

Fact: Weight lifting, combined with a super clean diet, lots of sleep, lots of water, and lots of consistency helped me lose 60 pounds in under three years. Here’s my story (link) and what I learned, for those interested.

What are you most proud of?

Living an intentional life rooted in being healthy, being a good person, and cultivating a tribe of special people. Not that I was too far afield, but it wasn’t until recently that I rewired what I was doing to no longer be overworked, undernourished, overextended, or compromised.

What are two items to do on your bucket list?

1 - Be a part of a leadership team that takes a company public or sells for a nice multiple. It’s less about the monetary gain and more about doing everything I love at the highest level: hiring and cultivating great people, nailing product-market fit, establishing the right processes and procedures, negotiation, stakeholder engagement, strategic communications, etc. I basically think of it like winning the gold medal in Business Olympics.

2 - Meet someone special that will support me as much as I will support him.   

Tell us a TMI moment.

I was dating a guy long distance a while back and because of temporary circumstances, we were relegated to snail mail. When I was home visiting, I got inspired to take some tastefully sexy photos and print them out using my mom’s computer. I took the photos from the printer and mailed them off, but because I had so many other things open on my mom’s desktop, I forgot to close out the print preview screen. Hours later, my mom asks me: “Are those photos for Mike*?” Horrified, I answered: “Yes.” She replied: “Oh.” And we haven’t spoken about it since (but imagine once I send her this blog post, we will have a good laugh about it). Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh. So embarrassing.

*Name has been changed to protect the innocent.

 

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