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Mode Around the Globe: Katrina Elle Zarutskie



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Katrina Elle Zarutskie

Photographed by SHAUN VADELLA @vadellaphoto
Videography by COLE CHRISTOPHER @thecolechristopher

CONRAD TULUM RIVIERA MAYA @conradtulumrivieramaya

When did you begin your career as an influencer/model? 
I started my career as a model pretty young. I was scouted at a Target when I was in middle school. I was modeling on and off throughout high school and then was bitten by a nurse shark my freshman year of college. The shark bite went viral resulting in thousands of followers. I was thrown into the influencing world and have never looked back.

What was the highlight of your trip with Modeliste?
My favorite part of the trip was definitely all the new lifelong friends I made. I loved being able to connect with people who all have similar passions, are so creative and talented, and I loved learning from them. I am so happy and grateful I was invited on the getaway, thank you so much Modeliste!

City getaway or tropical getaway? 
For sure a tropical getaway. Being born in Southern California, my happy place is the ocean/beach. I feel most at peace and relaxed when I am near the water.

Do you have any exciting upcoming projects that you can share with our readers?

I am currently working on a few new projects in the fashion/lifestyle space which will be launching in the next few months and a big project that will be released by the end of the year. Stay tuned 🙂

3 items you cannot leave your house without?
1. Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 Tinted Face Sunscreen – living in Miami, sunscreen is a must. I love this face sunscreen. It has a super smooth texture and there is a tinted version that adds a little coverage. I have bottles of this everywhere!

2. Aquaphor Lip Repair – I am not a huge makeup girl but always have to have my lips moisturized.

3. BKR Water bottle – always being on the go, I rarely get a chance to chill and always forget to drink water. I absolutely love this
water bottle. It’s so aesthetically pleasing and the glass bottle makes drinking water way more enjoyable.

What is something about yourself most people would be surprised by? 
Although my social media doesn’t really show it, people who know me say I am really funny and I am super easy to make fun of because I’m so extra sometimes it’s comical. Likewise, I’m very energetic, and very easy to talk to. I have super open ears and I am always open to listen!

Which products are you loving this season to stay hydrated?
For this season, I have been obsessed with Laneige Lip Mask to keep my lips smooth. For my face I’m loving the Drunk Elephant Marula Facial Oil and La Mer Creme De La Mer as a moisturizer.

How do you balance your work life and your personal life? 

I am still figuring out the perfect work life balance. Being your own boss is a challenge. You have to be extremely disciplined and always keep your goals in sight. It is extremely easy to get distracted when you work for yourself. I have an amazing assistant who keeps me on track and helps me tremendously with all of my tasks. I am currently building a team and support system which enables me to delegate tasks, especially working on larger projects. I have picked a few things that are non negotiable in my personal life and ensure that I do not let work get in the way of those people and things.

Girls night in or Girls night out?
Ahhh such a hard question. Really depends on the night. I love going out with my girl friends but also have become such a homebody recently. Living in Miami, the perfect girls day is taking the boat out and spending the day drinking rose, swimming, and dancing on the boat.

What is your favorite makeup trend right now? 
My favorite makeup trend right now is the super natural look. I am loving the more blush + sun kissed cheeks and highlighter. I also have been doing the no mascara trend and love how natural and fresh faced it makes me look. So effortless!

Who is someone that inspires you?
My family and friends inspire me constantly. I’m very fortunate that I have many people in my life who are always reminding me what dedication, commitment, and a great work ethic looks like. I am endlessly inspired by nature, travel, music, adventure, and good vibes which fuels my creativity and the content I create!

What makes you feel confident? 

Fashion has always been a way for me to express myself, my creativity, and definitely makes me feel confident. There is no better feeling than wearing a super cute outfit and slaying. On the other hand, confidence definitely comes from within and is something I am still working on. It is extremely hard to be confident in this industry where you are always comparing yourself to others. I have learned that in order to succeed, you have to stop caring what others think and know that you are unique and deserve the opportunities. Fitness also plays a big role in my confidence. I love Pilates as it truly has transformed my body.

The best advice you can give someone who wants to pursue a modeling/content creator career?
The best advice I can give is be yourself. No one is you and that truly is your biggest strength. Embrace your quirks and uniqueness. Additionally, this industry is harsh and you will hear a lot of no’s. Don’t let rejection stop you from pursuing your passion and living your dreams.

What would you like to say to your fans/followers?
THANK YOU! I would be nothing without the community we have built together and I am so grateful for all of you! I love you guys!

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