Mode Around the Globe: Serene Hesri
Photographed by Monique Yelvington @roughhgem
Videography by Gabe Sanchez @galzmedia
Special thanks to Vallarta Adventures
What was your defining moment as a social media influencer?
I think my defining moment was realizing I have the power to use my voice and make a difference with my platform. There are so many important things going on all around the world that many people are not aware of. I love to reshare news and stories, creating a safe space for conversation.
How do you hope to influence people through your social media platform? What can people expect to see when visiting your social media page(s)?
I hope to influence people into being more confident and realizing everyone behind a screen is just another human being. There is a stigma with being “perfect” online, but “being perfect” is not something you will see on my page. I like to be authentic and connect with people who have the same struggles or fears as I do. Connecting with people all around the world makes you feel understood, and allows you to realize you are not alone in your journey.
What do you predict will be the biggest trends of fall?
Fashion is cyclical, so I think this Fall we will see the 90’s minimalism look returning. We should see fashion trends be dominated by leather, cargo pants, and oversized knitwear or coats. I’ve also been seeing oversized cargo maxi skirts coming back, which could be fun to see how they’re styled in various ways!
Favorite dish to make for the holidays?
My absolute favorite holiday dish and something I bring to every party is my famous sweet potato casserole with marshmallows! I believe I saw the recipe on a blog post a couple years ago and it never fails to be the hit dish.
Favorite brands / places to shop?
I have so many favorite brands and I love to constantly switch it up and support small businesses. My go-to’s however usually include Revolve, Zara, Nordstrom and different trendy online sites.
A movie you can watch on repeat?
I am a movie fanatic. I LOVE movies. I think my favorite movie ever is Avatar, however, I cannot watch it on repeat because it is almost a 3 hour movie. I’m a big action movie fan, I love Marvel comics and think every Marvel movie is amazing. When I’m bored I will put on any of the marvel films, from Iron Man to Captain America, Spider man etc. They are all so entertaining and fun to watch.
What’s your go-to airport look? Essentials to pack in a carry on?
My go to an airport look is definitely anything with a hoodie (because I don’t like to put my hair/head on the seat behind me) and any kind of long yoga pants, long socks with sneakers or slides. I must be covered up, I think it’s an OCD trait of mine. Essentials in my carry on include; some extra clothes, sleeping eye mask, book or word puzzle, portable charger, disinfecting wipes, airpods, my Supergoop sunscreen, IsClinical emergency breakout serum, and Summer Fridays jet lag mask.
What was the highlight of your stay with Modeliste at Villa Premiere?
I believe one of the best highlights was taking the boat with all the girls and exploring/visiting beautiful beaches of Puerto Vallarta. We got to swim in the warm ocean and enjoy each other’s company. The boat crew was also amazing and provided us with the best guac, chips, and snacks I’ve ever had! That night we also did a fun shoot and saw an amazing sunset followed by a lightning show in the sky! Beautiful memories, in a beautiful place with beautiful people.
What’s a typical work day like for you?
My work day changes throughout the week. I am still helping and working with my dad in our family business as well as taking on a more serious role on my social media account. I try to balance both of these jobs equally and give the best effort in my work. I always start an early morning with a walk, followed by breakfast, work, and gym in the later evening. I like to switch it up, as routine sometimes bores me and I enjoy being flexible with myself!
What’s your everyday make-up routine? Any products you’d recommend for our Modeliste readers?
My absolute go to everyday product is the Ilia Super Serum Skin tint SPF 40. I never fail to put this on every morning. It has a beautiful tint that adjusts to your skin tone, while protecting you from sun damage. I follow this up usually by touching up my brows and applying a liquid blush. Right now I am currently obsessed with the Rare beauty formula. I then top this easy look off with a SPF gloss from either supergoop or Paul’s choice and that is it! Natural and beautiful.
What’s something your fans would be surprised to know about you?
I really enjoy writing. I began daily journaling and I feel like that is one of the best ways to express myself and find a release outlet for my emotions. I’ve always considered writing a book and expressing my inner thoughts. I have been through a lot of traumatizing things throughout my 26 years of life, but I’ve also experienced such beauty and happiness. One day, I hope to have the courage to pick up the pencil and write for my friends, family and fans to read and connect with me on a deeper level.
Are you working on any projects you’d like to share?
Currently we are in the talks of something fun with the whole family! People love our crazy family dynamic and enjoy watching us all together. There is a possibility you may see us in the light of reality TV….but I cant give away too much detail just yet!
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?
I know it may sound repetitive at this point, but you have to be yourself and be as authentic as you can, while still keeping some things personal to you. People connect with you and see you shine through the lens. My sisters and I all have very different styles and personalities and we take pride in our own differences. You would be surprised to see how many people resonate with you as a person. Test out that waters and don’t be afraid to zero in on a niche group of people. Take inspo from your favorite online influencers and create in your own way. Always remember, it also doesn’t happen overnight and it takes commitment. This job cannot be forced or it will tear you apart. It should always be a natural thing, with no pressure and a lot of love!!
What makes you different from other content creators?
I think a lot of content creators just keep up with the new trends and create to entertain and stay relevant. As for me, I’ve found I get the most happiness from creating content to inspire people. Content can touch people on an emotional level and inspire them to pursue their passions and be who they want. It feels extremely rewarding for content creators when they know they’ve impacted someone in that way.
What would you like to say to your fans?
I am forever so grateful for the outpour of love and support I’ve received over these last 2 years from my supporters. Especially during my chemo treatments, this was a really hard and low time for me. I sometimes think back and wonder “how did I get through it?” I know in my heart it was because of my fans and the online connection I’ve built and felt with so many people around the world. You are my friends and you lift me to be a better and stronger person everyday. I love you guys and I am always here for you too!