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Af­ter Next Man­age­ment dis­cov­ered her through In­sta­gram at just 16, Jack­sonville-born Ka­t­rina Motes made the move to the 305, strut­ting down Swim Week run­ways and ap­pear­ing in cam­paigns for stylish re­sortwear brands.

What do you like most about Mi­ami?

Ev­ery­one is do­ing their own thing and is so pas­sion­ate. I love it.

Who is some­one you want to col­lab­o­rate with?

Mario Testino. One of my goals is to be in his Towel Se­ries when I’m older.

How do you stay in shape?

I re­cently did a class at Barre Mo­tion. I was dy­ing, but it was a good burn! I do ab work­outs reg­u­larly—a lot of crunches and Rus­sian twists. Then I like to bal­ance it all out with yoga. I’ve been tak­ing classes with my mom since mid­dle school.

Fa­vorite Mi­ami hang­out?

Lin­coln Road. I love peo­ple-watch­ing.

You were dis­cov­ered on In­sta­gram. What role does so­cial me­dia play in your ca­reer now?

A lot of girls mes­sage me on In­sta­gram and ask for [mod­el­ing] ad­vice, so I think of it as a great way to con­nect with peo­ple. It’s also a place to share your per­son­al­ity and who you are, so clients can see who they’re go­ing to be work­ing with.

What ad­vice do you give to as­pir­ing mod­els?

I al­ways tell peo­ple just to be them­selves and to ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery step of the jour­ney. It’s hard to get started, but it pays off in the end. Do you and work hard! @ka­tri­namotes

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