Name: Kristyna Elise

Location: Colorado Springs, Denver, and Vancouver BC



Photographer: Terry Ewald

 IG: @tlewald


1. What inspired you to get into this industry?

My love for cosplay got me into modeling. I wanted to recreate an Audrey Hepburn Breakfast at Tiffany's photo shoot and I have been modeling ever since. My favorite photo shoots are always the ones when I am acting as someone else or recreating a movie.

2. How long have you been modeling?

I have been modeling off and on for years but have been more consistent the past 3 years.

3. Who is your favorite model?

One of my favorite models is @saraontheinternet I find her to be a true inspiration. She is not only beautiful on the outside but on the inside as well.

4. Were you always comfortable in your own skin and in front of the camera?

I was not always comfortable in my own skin or in front of the camera. A past relationship made me very self-conscious for awhile. But realizing that it doesn't matter what other people think and learning to love yourself was an amazing discovery for me. I love my body and I love being able to show that in my images.

5. Did you have any mentors who really helped mold and guide you?

No I never had any mentors.

6. Do you have any tips for aspiring models in the industry?

No matter what anyone tells you, keep trying and never give up.

7. Do you have a WTF moment at a shoot?

I always have a WTF moment at a photo shoot lol. There was one shoot I was up on a huge rock and hikers were starting to pass by, the people passing by were yelling "Work, Work it girl, Pose... yea gimme that face!" The photographer was still shooting so I had to ignore it and stay in the moment. But hearing them in the background all I could think was "COME ON!"

8. What are some of the biggest revelations you've discovered through modelling?

Some of the biggest revelations I have learned through modeling is that it is actually not as easy as you think. If I feel comfortable and relaxed while modeling then I am probably not doing it right. My body always hurts more after a photo shoot than after a day of working out. Another revelation was learning to trust myself and feel confident in myself. You have to be a little fearless when you are modeling. It's an awesome feeling.

9. Tell us something random about yourself.

I absolutely hate balloons. When one is in my presence I am always on edge waiting for it to pop. I am a very jumpy person, loud noises no matter what make me jump. My friends are used to it but if you take me to a movie they always laugh at me when I'm jumping out of my seat because of a motorcycle noise lol.

10. What are you most proud of?

I am most proud of my perseverance. I had a photographer once tell me that because of my tattoos and my height that I would never be a real model. But I just smiled and kept trying because I believe you can do anything you put your mind to.

11. When it's all said and done, what do you want to be remembered as?

When it is all said and done I want to be remembered for being positive and for being kind. This world is already full of mean people and I want to be remembered as someone who made people smile above all else.

12. Any people you've worked with who stand out who you'd like to give a final shoutout to:

One of the first photographers I have ever worked with was Terry Ewald. I absolutely love working with him and he is always willing to oblige me on any idea I have. Including getting up at 5 am to do an outdoor shoot.