Name: Airaby Vaeda Mann
Hometown: Hattiesburg, MS
Where are you from?
What does a typical day in the life of Vaeda Mann look like?
If I'm feeling strong and capable, I usually kick things off with a morning workout before breakfast. But if I'm feelin a little more like taking it slow and easy, I'll start my day drinking warm lemon water (life changer), loads of coffee, and throwing on some music while I make a big, beautiful breakfast. The good and sometimes crazy thing about modeling is you never really know what each day will hold. Sometimes you have to be on set by 6 A.M, sometimes you get an email and have to be ready for three different castings in two hours, and some days you have absolutely nothing on the agenda, so you take a nap and contemplate your existence. No day is ever really your typical 9-5, and for that I'm very thankful. But I can guarantee each of my days typically involve lots of coffee, roasting veggies, and a little bit of Gilmore Girls on the treadmill 🤘🏼
How did you end up being scouted as a model?
I was hired for my very first job when I was 16 years old. I had been working sales at the prom dress store Susans Shoppe throughout all of high school, and one of the sales reps for the dress designer Tony Bowls saw my picture, spoke with Tony, and I was on a plane to Little Rock, Arkansas, to shoot his fall collection a few weeks later! I had been freelance modeling ever since, and then 3 years later that same beautiful sales rep and friend introduced me to a scout with Next Models. I finally took the leap in February, flew straight to Miami after finishing a job in Fort Myers, Florida, and signed with Next Models Miami. The last few months have been a dream come true. :)
What has been your favorite project to work on?
Man that's hard, there's always something unique and beautiful about each one! But one of my favorite locations so far was this tricked out gypsy school bus on a farm near Athens, Georgia. We were shooting for a store there, and this bus was covered in all of these different textured curtains and pillows and even had a tiny library in the corner and beads and dream catchers everywhere. It was the coolest dream bus I had ever seen and plus there were free roaming fainting goats all over the farm- that was such a great day 😂
What do you like to do on your off days?
I'm pretty bad at off days honestly, I always feel like I need to be doing something. But while I was in miami, I did become a sucker for afternoon naps on the beach while the sun was going down. Or finding a cool local cafe, bringing my book and journal, and hanging out and decompressing for a while.
You obviously have a rocking bod, any fitness tips to share?
Staying active is important, but I believe it's so much more about what you put IN to your body. I try to stick to whole, natural foods as much as possible- Mama Nature is looking out for us. Eat pure, eat the rainbow, and your mind and body will thank you :)
Whats your favorite part of being a model?
Experiencing new people and new places.
Whats your top destination to visit and why?
There are so many places I want to go, but I'd really love to spend time in Australia one day. The coasts, the food, the sunshine, the animals, the accents!
What advice would you give to new models?
Comparison is without a doubt the thief of joy. Don't let self doubt creep in; I'm still trying to learn and implement that everyday. Believe in yourself and remember kindness, love, and gratitude will take you so far.
Describe your style?
I've got simple and flowy deep in my bones thanks to my hippie mamacita. I love anything simple you can just throw on, deep deep V's, and I almost always have on my red bandana :)
Who inspires you?
Most definitely my mom- every single day. She's been a social worker for 11 years, and her heart for helping people is seriously incredible. As I get older, my admiration for her grows and grows. She's taught me the importance and magic of simply being kind to everyone you encounter ever since day one, and I'm so thankful that she has.
Name some items on your bucket list?
•to one day be on set for a job, taking photos with huge, beautiful, exotic cats and animals... Cuddled with baby cheetahs, lions, tigers, wolves... I would be in absolute heaven on earth.
•to one day open my own breakfast and brunch cafe
•explore Montana, Oregon, and make my way back to Colorado
I add something new to my bucket list everyday though, these are just a few!
What are your favorite tunes you are listening to right now?
My music taste is all over the place depending on my mood. I'm loving Sylvan Esso's new album- Coffee will always be one of my #1's. A little ashamed of how much I love Despacito, too. But I'm usually listening to any classic rock or Willie Nelson or any music by my daddio Mark Mann, especially when I'm on the road and feeling homesick ❤️
The best piece of advice you have ever received and from who?
It may not have been said to me personally (if only) but in Jimi Hendrix's book Starting at Zero, he wrote a letter to a fan and said "regardless of what other people think about you, just so long as you have your freedom of mind and freedom of speech and thought, don't let nobody turn you on your own thoughts and dreams. Love you forever."
Certain pieces of advice impact us in different ways at certain moments of our lives, and that letter really spoke to me- especially after choosing to move and start working instead of going straight to school. We only have this one life :)
Whats your favorite quote?
So many favorites, but I'll always love "if you can be anything at all, be kind."