Youth in the Spotlight

Who Am I? – By 2017 Shortstack Model Alexandra Ramirez

Alex Marie, Shortstack Model, Photo by Infinity 88 Photography I don’t know who I am. I know my name is Alexandra Ramirez and I’m a 16-year-old girl, but I don’t know who I am as a person. I don’t know if I matter to anybody or if my life has any meaning. I’m so lost and I always been lost. I’ve been depressed for 4 years, since I’ve been 12 years old. I got abused for most of my life. [...]

Brunch with Gabrielle Noel

Gabrielle Noel is a Brooklyn-based model and writer spreading positivity wherever she goes. I’ve known her for 8 years and I’m always impressed with the energy she brings to a room, especially under such a demanding schedule. Gabby has recently signed with Shortstack Modeling agency, a program that allows young girls who do not fit mainstream modeling standards to participate in charitable fashion events and learn about the industry. In addition, she writes fiction and non-fiction pieces in her [...]

Carmelina performs at St. John’s University

March 20, 2014 Growing up in the inner city comes with some advantages and disadvantages. There are tons of places to visit and so much to do. New York City is the city that never sleeps.  However, there was always something inside of me that wanted to explore more; become more. I knew that my ticket to becoming something more would be getting an education.  I love my parents and sometimes we butted heads, but one thing they wanted was their [...]