September Cover: Omahyra Mota By Ellen Von Unwerth!
Omahyra is a one-of-a-kind, a rare breed whose looks are as eccentric and beautiful as their personality. The Dominican born, New York City raised model DOMINATED the fashion industry with her androgynous punk looks in the early to mid-2000’s, modeling for designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Roc-A-Wear, and Victoria’s Secret. For our ‘Women In Fashion’ cover, Omahyra teamed up with famed photog, Ellen Von Unwerth; however, this isn’t the first time the two have worked together. Omahyra posed for Ellen in her 2005 book, “Omahyra & Boyd”, which has attained icon status by fashion and art insiders alike. Check out our shoot and interview with Omahyra below and in our new issue, available HERE!
I’m happy to open doors for these girls. Bad Girls have a different kind of beauty, something that not every girls has. I’m love to see girls like this be very successful, and inspire others to do the same.
A lot of people remember you for Jay Z’s hit video, “Change Clothes”, and being the face of his clothing line Roc-A-Wear , how was it working with Jay?
Jay was amazing to work with. He was so professional, and had such manners. I was impressed and I would love to work withhim again!
Most memorable fashion week experience?
Most memorable was London! The fashion is so cool, and the city was so alive. I connected with people on a different level, I loved the vibe and the culture. Specific moment is walking in Alexander McQueen, the show with the carousel! That was an amazing experience.
What was is like growing up in Dominican Republic?
Happy! DR was one of the happiest moments of my life. Feeling so free, playing, and just being a kid. It’s always summer in DR, so I hung out a lot with my friends on the street. We would wait for the streets lights to go out at night and play games. And in DR, everyone knows everyone, so if we ever did something bad, they would find us.
You just had a beautiful little girl! How does it feel to be a mom?
This is another stage in my life, it’s unreal sometimes, I have to pinch myself so I know I’m not dreaming. It’s a blessing, and THE best thing that has ever happened. It makes me a better person, and now I can’t imagine my life without her.
Would you want your daughter to follow in your footsteps and become a model, or get into the fashion industry?
If that is what she wants, then I would be by her side 100%, just like my mom did for me.
How did the shoot with Ellen Von Unwerth for the 2005 book entitled “Omahyra and Boyd” come about?
Ellen had approached me about having an idea for a book. We have always had a connection when shooting, and this book, was one of the easiest things I’ve done. Ellen was always with me, throughout Fashion week in Europe, backstage at shows, in my house in Queens, all over Manhattan. Everything was very impromptu and when I look back at it now, if gives me flashbacks of that period in life. It makes me smile, and I cant wait to show my daughter.