I have a very close friend named Shayla, also known as "Shay Money." She was the photographer that everyone in our small Kona town RAVED about (and still raves about). Shay was just as clueless about the scene as I was but with our friendship, and motive to shoot bikini pics on our little island out of pure fun, innocence, and passion, we were able to succeed. At the time, there was no "pressure," just two little sun-kissed gals and an old camera named "Joe." To this day, Shay still takes photos for me, and even though she is behind the scenes, she is a big part of the Midori family.
As time went on, I paddled less often and found my new passion for modeling. It isn't your mainstream ambassador story, it's just the story of some sunburnt little girl who got really damn lucky. Five years later, I still remain extremely loyal to Midori. The opportunities I've gained, the friends and connections I've made, and even the person I have become is all because the little "40k and growing" company, aka Midori Bikinis, decided to trust in this hot mess of a beach rat with pixilated videos. There is hope!
Life in Hawai'i
Growing up on an island is vastly different from life on the Mainland. On the island, surrounded by Hawaiian culture, I had many unique experiences and opportunities. My childhood seemed pretty normal to me since no one from Hawai'i really hypes up "being from Hawai'i." The countless adventures with my friends were normal things for us to do on weekends.
Being outdoors and finding the next new place to adventure to or "Secret Zone" as my friends and I would call it, is what got us really excited. As small as the island may seem, there is always something new to explore. We run in a pack of six, also known as the "HoneyGirls." I don't over exaggerate when I say that my friends could literally "out-adventure" any guy I know!
After moving to San Diego to go to college, I learned to appreciate the barefoot adventures to waterfalls, fresh fruit and poke bowls, mud baths in the wilderness, and miles and miles of untouched land. Luckily I have the Midori team nearby and I made many new friends to explore the town with.