Living on an exotic island is what many of us dream of, and for Californian model Andrea Stickel, this is her every day reality residing on the picturesque island of Oahu in Hawaii. We recently had a chat with Andrea about how she got into modelling professionally, what she loves most about Hawaii, and what exciting plans she has installed for 2018. We think she is kicking serious goals and cannot wait to continue following her journey.
We were lucky enough to have Andrea recently shoot in Local Luxe Swim bikini's, with Hawaiian Photographer Amber Mozo behind the lens. Thanks to Andrea and Amber, we can now all be teleported to the beautiful shores of Oahu, Hawaii while we scroll through these latest shoot images.
Andrea, Can you tell us about your background and where you were born?
I’m a native Californian. I was born and raised in San Jose, and then I went on to college at the University of San Diego where I earned my bachelors in Communications and Business. While I was a full time student in college I was also dancing for the Chargers. Once I graduated I moved to LA to pursue modeling full time. I now live in Oahu, Hawaii and continue to model full time back and forth to LA.
What do you love most about where you live?
I love that I get to be with my best friend and boyfriend in what I consider to be the most beautiful place in the world. Living by the ocean is calming yet inspiring.
How did you get into modelling and how long have you been in the industry for?
My Mom got me into modeling when I was younger. I used to be with Ford models in San Francisco when I was 10-18 years, until I moved down to San Diego to go to college. I took a small break to focus on my studies and dancing for the NFL team. But by the ending of earning my degree, I was discovered by a Photographer, Gail Bowman, and signed with a nearby agency, No Ties Management, who I am still with today. I am also signed in Hawaii and Miami as well.
What is your most treasured item of clothing in your wardrobe?
Currently, my most treasured item is jean shorts by Grlfriend denim from Revolve. They are so classic and especially since I live in Hawaii I can wear them all year round!
What Local Luxe Swim pieces are you currently loving on our site?
The Luxe Essential Top and Bottoms in Chilli, also the Luxe Cowrie Top and Bottoms in Bisque! Soooo cute!
Do you have any exciting plans for 2018?
In 2018, I will be launching a clothing line called “Ambassadors With Aloha” with my boyfriend, which mostly consists of yoga wear, and then we will be bringing out a men’s line. I will also be attending Miami swim week in July!
Photography: Amber Mozo @Ambermozo
MUA: Reanin @Reanin.Glah
Swimwear: Local Luxe Swim @Local.Luxe.Swim
Andrea wears the 'Luxe Essential Top' and the "Luxe Essential Pant' in the colourways Chilli and Bisque.