use this link By Jaclyn Pelopida


At just 16-years-old, Kristina D’Antuono has a maturity level and wisdom way beyond her years. When discussing her teenage years, instead of complaining about school or lack of freedom, D’Antuono credits her current age as shaping her into the person she wants to become.  “As a teenager I am still shaping myself and changing day to day, and everything I have been involved in throughout my life has helped create the person you see today,” explained D’Antuono.

“One of my favorite quotes is ‘life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.’  I’m unsure of who first said this, but for years it has been one of my favorite quotes to live by,” said D’Antuono. Looking forward to the years ahead of her, D’Antuono already has a plan in motion for where she sees herself in five years. “I am 16-years-old now, so in five years I will be 21. By then I hope to be in my third year of college and heading toward a career in biomedical engineering. I still plan on being active in modeling and hope to be a part of many modeling engagements.”

TS: “How long have you been acting/modeling?”

KD: “I have been modeling for only a year. Although that isn’t very long, I have made so many friends and created memorable experiences at every assignment I am sent to.”

TS: “How did you get started?”

KD: “I first got started in January 2014 when I was talking to my mom about being interested in modeling. I found the Donahue Models and Talent website and found the contact information. After emailing Yemi Sekoni and setting up an appointment to meet with her, I found myself starting to model and taking classes a week later. I was obviously nervous, but Yemi welcomed me and made me feel comfortable almost immediately.”


TS: “What made you want to become a model/actor/actress & why?”

KD: “I have always been interested in the modeling industry and looked up to all of the models I saw on television or runways. It was one of those things I wanted to do, but never thought I was actually good enough to attempt. The day I got interviewed by Yemi, I told myself not to get my hopes up because I’m not like those girls I see on runways or in Victoria’s Secret advertisements. After being accepted by the agency, I was determined to prove myself wrong. I’m happy I did because that’s what brought me to where I am today.”

TS: “What was your first modeling/acting experience like?”

KD: “My first modeling experience was at Valencio Photography for my first photo shoot and I was terrified. Going in, I had this image in mind that I wanted to portray and I would try to think of things other models do that I could emulate. When the shoot first started I drew a blank and had no clue what to do with myself. Throughout the process, Valencio made me feel more comfortable and more ideas came to mind. In the end, the shoot was a success.”

TS: “Who is your biggest inspiration?”

KD: “My favorite model and greatest inspiration for as long as I can remember would be Candice Swanepoel. She came from a small South African village and started modeling at the age of 15. From the time she was discovered, she was determined to make something of herself, and now she is one of the most well-known models in the world while still being known as down to earth. For that, I respect her and will always look up to her as a role model.”

TS: “What has been your greatest achievement as a model/actor?”

KD: “My greatest achievement as a model would be being more comfortable with who I am and not being afraid to put myself out there. When I first started, I would constantly think to myself about all the other models that are more beautiful than me or better than I am. Now, I don’t view myself as less than them, but rather equal to them. I have more confidence in who I am and the things I do, and in my opinion gaining confidence is a great thing to achieve.”
CR6A0168Born on April 21st and currently residing in Glocester, D’Antuono’s favorite childhood memories are from those of her and her brother Michael. “I remember when we would cause trouble and my parents would send us to our room, (which we shared at the time). Instead of sitting there like we were supposed to, we would tear apart our beds and separate the mattresses to make blanket-forts,” explained D’Antuono. “I remember another time when I saw the smallest spider on the wall of the shower and screamed for my brother. Seconds later he was there with a samurai sword ready to kill it.”

Describing herself as an outgoing person with a bubbly personality, D’Antuono believes “there are so many more positives to focus on than there are negatives. I know that I am a strong-willed, determined, and honest person. This can often get me into trouble, but I hope others see that my intentions are good.”


TS: “What article of clothing do you currently have in your closet that makes you look and feel your best? Why?”

KD: “My favorite article of clothing would be my black blazer. Almost any outfit can instantly look more sharp and sophisticated when a blazer is added. It can be dressed up with a pencil skirt, or look more casual with a pair of dark jeans. It is definitely a go-to piece of mine that makes me stand out in the best of ways.”

TS: “What’s your favorite form of exercise?”

KD: “I have been cheerleading for six years and have always enjoyed it. During my off season, I have more time on my hands and exercise on my own at the gym or at home. I have also been kickboxing since I was six years old and love doing that whenever I can.”

TS: “What country are you eager to travel to?”

KD: “I have always wanted to travel to Italy. Family members of mine have been there on multiple occasions, and I always want to join them. Being Italian, it would be fulfilling to see the country my family originated from.”


TS: “What’s your favorite dessert? Why?”

KD: “My favorite dessert would by far be cheesecake. You could lay out 20 different desserts in front of me, but if one of those is cheesecake it will be the first thing I go for.”


TS: “What is the biggest piece of advice you have for other up and coming models/actors out there?”

KD: “For any upcoming models, just remember to always be yourself, don’t be nervous, and have fun! You’ll create many friendships and make memorable experiences no matter what kind of assignment you do. If you’re doing something for the first time, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Everybody has been in your shoes at one point, new to the whole idea of modeling, and they understand what you’re going through. So don’t be scared, just hang on for the ride and see where it takes you.”

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