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Mode Around the Globe: Olay Noel



Photography by LISA ROCHOV

Videography by RYAN CHUA

Fairmont Kea Lani – Maui, Hawaii

Meet Olay Noel, our latest Modeliste Muse. Her journey into the world of modeling ignited at the young age of 15, instilling within her the confidence to pursue her dreams. From there, she collaborated with local photographers in her hometown of Atlanta, further honing her skills in front of the camera, before ultimately making her move to New York City to sign with her dream agency, Wilhelmina Models. Through her social media platform, Olay endeavors to inspire others to live authentically and passionately pursue their interests. Whether she’s sharing her love for music, showcasing her favorite modeling opportunities, or unveiling her fashion and accessory brand, MIANIK, Olay’s platform offers a blend of style, encouragement, and empowerment.

How did you begin your career?
I first took an interest in modeling when I was 15, and entered a shopping mall runway competition, which I fortunately won. This boosted my confidence and opened my mind to all that was possible for my future. I worked with local photographers in my hometown of Atlanta to build my portfolio and experience in front of the camera. The love flowered and a few years later I moved to NYC to sign with my dream agency, Wilhelmina models.

How do you hope to inspire people through your social media platform? What can your followers expect to see when visiting your social media page(s)?
The best thing I can do is lead by example. I do all I can to create a life tailor- made to my interest and encourage others to do the same. God has blessed me with a love for music, modeling and entrepreneurship and this is what I’m happiest doing. Life is going to come with uncertainties, ups and downs no matter the path you choose so I believe it’s critical to do what you love so that passion will keep you inspired. I share my love of music, my favorite modeling jobs, and my fashion and accessory brand MIANIK on my social media pages. You may catch a dance move, roller skating or a workout routine every now and then because I enjoy staying active.

What do you predict will be the biggest makeup trends this spring?
I love a pop of blush on my cheeks to brighten a natural makeup look. I am a lifetime lover of juicy lips and the new lip glazes do an amazing job of keeping my lips hydrated all day.

What was your favorite part about your stay at the Fairmont Kea Lani?
The best part about staying at Fairmont Kea Lani was being so close to the ocean. The views of the whales, morning yoga on the beach while hearing the waves crash, and the stunning sunsets every night at dinner are moments I will cherish forever.

Do you have any upcoming travel plans? If so, where?
My next adventure will be to Jamaica for their annual carnival in April. This will be my first time playing pretty mas with the band, dressed in my colorful sparkly costume and I am beyond excited for this experience of my Caribbean culture.

What was your favorite Pixi product you tried while in Hawaii?
The sheer cheek gel was love at first application! I love the vibrant rosy color and glow it gave to my cheeks and can’t wait to try the other shades.

Girls night in or Girls night out?
Nothing quite compares to being cozy with your girls in the comfort of your home. One of my favorite moments from this trip was our Galentines girls night. We laughed so hard our stomachs were hurting and in my book that beats going out to any party.

What’s your go-to airport look? Essentials to pack in a carry on?
A comfy oversized jogger set is my go to airport look. I always carry a coat no matter where I’m going because it’s always freezing on the plane. My carry on must haves are passport with a pen, wire earphones, neck pillow, alcohol wipes, phone charger and a backup battery in case the planes outlets don’t work (we’ve all been there) and lastly my silk heated eye mask will give you the best sleep you’ve ever had on a plane.

What’s a typical work week like for you? Any advice you have for staying productive throughout the week?
In a typical work week I juggle between modeling gigs, building my accessory and clothing company MIANIK, and writing and recording new music at the studio. I love to create so that’s how I spend most of my time. In the mornings I workout, which can be anything from a hike to pilates or a HIIT class and in the evenings I cook and prepare for the next day. Staying organized is my key to being productive and I do this by writing down all of my to-dos and scheduling reminders for events and special dates on my phone calendar.

What’s your current skincare routine? Any products you’d recommend for our Modeliste readers?
I keep my daily skincare quite simple with a foaming face wash, fermented rice exfoliating scrub and Osea face cream, which I’m obsessed with and an SPF. Every other week I’ll give myself an at home facial where I go in more depth with my facial steamer, clay mask, and serums to bring out my best and brightest skin. I went through a phase of using a million products on my face but found that less is more once you find the few staples products that work best for you.

What’s something your followers would be surprised to know about you?
I share a lot of myself with my followers but one thing they don’t know is my love for acting. I’ve been studying for many years and enjoy being able to express myself in that way. Eventually, I will share it with my followers and the rest of the world but for now it’s sacred.

Where do you gain inspiration for content? Any tips & tricks you’d like to share for those inspiring to have a career like your own?
Collaboration is my favorite way to stay inspired. Stepping outside of oneself and working with other creative minds to create something truly unique is the content I’m most proud of. I encourage others to do the same as well as research and ask for advice from people who are where you want to be. Today there is information easily accessible on practically everything under the sun so use those tools and ask loads of questions.

What makes you different from other content creators?
I believe my variety of interests and professions separates me from other content creators. Creating music, fashion accessories/clothing, and 10+ years of modeling experience ensures there is never a dull moment or something exciting to see and learn.

What would you like to say to your fans/followers?
I adore you for being on this journey with me and appreciate all of your love and support over the years. I hope you continue to come along for the ride because we have an exciting future ahead!

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