NEW YORK — Radiant is a word that immediately comes to mind when describing the beauty of Melodie Monrose. Native to Martinique, the rugged paradise of an island in the Eastern Caribbean that is part of the Lesser Antilles, Melodie has always loved the beach and the sunlight miles and miles of unobstructed sands afford. Melodie brings that sunlight with her no matter where she goes. Melodie recently achieved a personal milestone by having a campaign of hers appear along Houston Street, the prime advertising spot of Lower Manhattan. “I took a picture [of the billboard] and sent it to my mom and she was so happy for me,” explains Melodie about the afternoon she spotted the campaign rendered at such an immense scale. “That would be one of the peak fashion moments, but I have had so many.” True story. Melodie’s many peaks include having walked the runways for nearly every major fashion house, photographed with Mario Testino, appeared in various editions of Vogue and other leading publications, and much more. In an industry where models of color are continually underrepresented, Melodie is a shining example for all. Melodie is unequivocal in the advice she gives young models of color and insists they should strive to move far beyond expectations set for them. Aim for the radiant sun, which is what Melodie has always done.

Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Melodie Monrose”; Interview and video, Damien Neva; Model, Melodie Monrose.