Hi! My name is Charisse (Shu-reese) I live in LA. I love to play video games (add me on Twitch :] – CharisseyCup) – bake and cook. I also have an extreme affinity for all animals, especially dogs, and my dog, Gigi <3
1.When did you first realise you wanted to be a model?
America’s Next Top Model Season 1 really inspired me to want to model more.
2.At what age did you first start modelling?
I first modeled for Sears at age eleven.
3.What was your first big break and how did it arise?
My first big break was when I was published in Maxim Magazine in the top 100 for their Hometown Hotties campaign. It was obtained partially by voting and partially by Maxim selecting me. Thanks ya’ll 😉
4.What would you say is your biggest achievement so far?
My biggest achievement thus far was receiving a prestigious award at the college I attended. Only one student per year receives it. I was selected for having good grades all around and for being gifted in foreign language. I’m a firm believer that being intelligent can help you in any career. It does not mean you have to become a doctor, unless you want to, of course.
5.How do you like to stay fit?
I was a dancer before I was a model. I stay in shape by rehearsing and performing with the belly dance company I am in, as well as going to Latin nights to dance salsa, merengue and bachata. I also love yoga, taking any dance class or hiking with my dog.
6.What’s your favourite food?
PIZZA!! Anyone who really knows me, knows this ;-P
7.Any advice for people wanting to start modelling?
One of my goals is to be a motivational speaker. I love helping and inspiring others. I would say do not ever give up. Your biggest enemy is honestly yourself. You may think you are not tall enough, skinny enough, etc., but there are so many opportunities out there for every shape, size, race and age. You are perfectly imperfect just the way you are! The hardest part is putting yourself out there. It will continuously get easier after that 🙂 You can always message me too!
8.What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
People tell me all the time that my life should be a reality TV show because the weirdest things happen to me on a daily basis. For example, the other night, I went to the grocery store. I was coming from a belly dance performance, which means I had glitter lipstick on and glitter all over my body. A man came up to me and asked me if I was a unicorn because of all of the glitter hahaha it was totally unexpected which made it hilarious.
9.What’s song best describes you?
Lose Yourself by Eminem
10.What would you be if you weren’t a model?
If I didn’t have a career in any of the arts, I would be a Veterinarian.
11.Tell me something about you not many people know?
I had a scholarship to go to Cornell, but I chose a career in the arts instead.
12.What do you like doing in your free time?
In my free time, I love playing Overwatch online with my gamer friends or hanging out with my girls. We do normal girl activities, like lay by the pool or go out for drinks and dancing.
13.What do you think is the most interesting thing about you?
The most interesting thing about me is that I speak fluent Spanish and Italian.
14.What was your nickname at school?
Reese or Charissey Cup
15.What three things do you need to be successful in this industry?
You need to be extremely hardworking and focused yet also personable.
Photo credits are David Hickey @davidhickeyphotography on IG.
Find Out More About Charisse Mannolini
Facebook Page – www.facebook.com/CharisseFanPage
Instagram Profile – @CharisseyCup
Twitter Profile – @CharissesPieces