Thank you Elan USA for making this collaboration possible.
I’m so excited to share one of my favorite collaborations to date. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be in Hawai’i shooting fall looks for Elan USA. The photographer I worked with is someone I’ve kept a close eye on for almost a year. It turns out, one of my nearest and dearest knows him.
A little story time because every event turns into an adventure with me. We decided to meet early in the morning at Diamond Head Lighthouse. My driver was basically all “HERE YA GO, COUSIN. HAVE A NICE DAY. BYE.” and left me. Vincent wasn’t anywhere in sight and we both didn’t have cell reception.
I asked the surfers where “the end of the road” would be because Vincent said something about meeting at the end of the road. One guy said to head towards the lighthouse, that I could go up on the sidewalk but it would take awhile. Homeboy suggested I stayed below, along the coast to make my move. “You’re in great shape, sis. It’s high tide, but you can totally handle it.” K, BRAH.
Guys, I don’t have pics of me in almost waist high water, with waves crashing on me in clothing. That was such a wild experience and I can’t believe I went through with it. At one point I thought, ” A wave is going to swallow me, this is it.”
I had to walk on lava rock at certain points. These were smooth, some were sharp. LOL. what is life.
Made it to THE END OF THE ROAD pero like, after I found Vincent, we went back to where the waves almost killed me and shot these gorgeous photos.
Elan USA is one of my favorite resort/swimwear line. It was such a pleasure being face to face with Elan himself a few months ago at The Surf Expo. I’m a proud Miami girl, so whenever I can rep home, I do it.
This Elan cover up is perfect for the beach, lounging by the pool or a low-key casual day.
We spent the last hour shooting in the ocean. I’m amazed that he caught me smiling because the waves tossed the both of us around the whole time. This was such a cool experience, my heart is happy.