Interview With an Angel; Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Party 2014

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week Boise won the very distinct privilege of hosting the Official Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Viewing Party for 2014!

Yay, us!

A huge event was put together at Boise Towne Square, with hundreds of seats, beanbags, VS swag & goodies, and a red-carpet-worthy photo backdrop for pictures with visiting Victoria’s Secret supermodel Elsa Hosk. Thrilled fans turned out in droves for this event, and the line stretched around Towne Square’s center court, overflowing up the stairs and into the second level! Many had been there since lunchtime, anxious for their chance to see the Fashion Show and meet Elsa. I threw on my favorite Express emerald green sequin party dress, and headed to the show…

elsa_hosk_ammophotog_stylespygirl_7I was delighted and honored when KTVB Ch. 7 News asked me to step in as an unofficial reporter to interview Ms. Hosk for the  4:00 news!!! But what do you ask a famous,world-traveling, professional Angel? I reached out to YOU, for some creative interview questions! Here is what YOU asked Elsa, and her inspiring responses:


Me: Is this your first time in Boise?

Elsa: It is my first time in Boise, but I’ve been to Idaho before. I’m from Sweden

Me: Whats your favorite thing about being a Victoria’s Secret supermodel?

Elsa: Oh my gosh, there’s so many things I love about it! I love traveling, I love the fashion show, I love the shoots, I love the whole surrounding thing. Victoria’s Secret is like a family and everybody working for us is just incredible people.

Via Madisen Ellen Phipps: What does wearing the wings mean to you/what do they represent to you and your favorite thing about being apart of the Victoria’s Secret organization? 

Elsa: This was the first year I got to walk in wings so it was really, really exciting. I had no idea that I was going to get the wings so when they told me I was just blown away, I almost started crying. And it was this moment where you’re like, oh my God I worked so hard for this, it’s a big accomplishment! And you see the girls walking down, so powerful, and it just makes you feel like you own the world for a second. It’s so iconic, the Victoria’s Secret wings.


Via Ellen Belle Hanson Ask her what her favorite characteristics are in a photographer when she’s working with one…like anything that makes her feel comfortable so she can do her best!

Elsa: Oh that’s a good question! I think when the photographer has a lot of confidence and can tell you what they want you to do, and can give you direction… Or, if he wants you to be completely free and just like let you move around and be yourself!

Via Sonnay Alvarez: How did you begin your career in modeling?

Elsa: I started when I was 14 but I didn’t go full time until I was 18.  I went to school, and played basketball, and then I decided to really go for it.

 Via Autumn Short/Me: – Any health, fitness, or diet advice you’d like to pass on to other aspiring models?

Elsa: Work out and be healthy; it’s so important to take care of your body, for a model, because it really is your job. I try to work out 6 days a week, but if I travel it’s hard.

Me: Do you work out on the plane?

Elsa: Oh no, some people do that and I want to be those people, but I just don’t have the confidence, ha ha ha.

Via Amanda Woods: With the ever present emphasis on appearance in our society, what advice can you offer for women to be confident in any situation?

Elsa: For me, it’s been to not compare myself to others, because once you start doing that you can never achieve happiness. You just have to find that confidence within yourself, that acceptance, just be happy with what you’re given, you know?


We asked Tina Kierce, Marketing Manager for Boise Towne Square, some additional questions:

How did Boise win this incredible honor?

Tina: “Girls at Victoria’s Secret received challenges from their company managers to promote the contest for the party on social media. Boise won the fashion show part by a landslide!”

Did you know what was going on, much in advance?

Tina: “This was a big surprise. We were very excited about it and up until the day it was announced we were wishing and hoping and very excited when we won.”

How is this event important for Boise Towne Square?

Tina:  “Here we are in Boise and we are hosting the only viewing party in the nation for the most sought after fashion show in the world and our customers get to come and enjoy it and it’s absolutely fabulous.”

elsa hosk multi gridIt was a blast to see so many cool people turn out for this event! I hung out with photographers Ammophotog (Amanda Morgan, whose photos are included in this article!), Alysha KautzAlejandro Martinez (Lucid Imagery), fashion stylists Kellie Levesque (Fashion Kellie) and Heather Schwabe (Style Therapy), models Cara Dempsey, Bailey Heasch, Nicolette Roper, local news producer Char Jackson, and about 300 more excited local lovelies from all over town!

Congratulations, Boise – we ROCKED this Angel party!!!

XOXO, Tanya

Summer is Hot, but RAW is HOTTER!!!

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Have you heard about the latest arts & entertainment event to hit this town? If you haven’t been to a RAWartists show yet, you definitely have to check it out! If you HAVE been to one, then you know how unforgettably entertaining they are, and have already bought your tickets for the next one! 😉

It’s only $10 per ticket, for an amazing night of art, music, fashion, and fun, and you get to specify which artist your dollars support!

What is RAW? According to their website, RAWartists’ mission is “to provide independent artists within the first 10 years of their career with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity.”

This is happening all over the country, with live, incredible shows every month! It’s a dream come true for new & emerging artists of all genres; it gives them the opportunity to showcase their talent in a fun, party atmosphere, surrounded by their friends, the artistic community, and hundreds of appreciative fans!

Oh, and did I mention how FUN it is??? A night of inspiration, artistic expression, and partying with tons of cool people, all for less than the cost of a movie ticket – AMAZING!!!

In Boise, RAWartists’ local coordinator, the brilliant & savvy Amy Johnson, has packed each months’ show with an incredible variety of local talent. Photographers, musicians, artists, jewelry designers, hair & makeup artists, fashion shows, flame throwers, dancers, short films… From beginning to end, each RAW show is nonstop entertainment. It’s also an opportunity to support & encourage this town’s thriving artistic community, meet these talented folks one-on-one, and rub shoulders with some of Boise’s most fun & creative people!

I had the privilege of attending June’s RAWartist Boise Solstice show, and it completely surpassed my expectations! The Powerhouse is a perfect venue; artists’ displays were showcased on both floors, while live performances rocked the stage. It was so much fun to peruse the amazing photography (one of my faves, Aubrey Brower was there!), enjoy awesome tunes by Skyward Down and The Riled, shop the edgy steampunk jewelry by Amber Conger (Refinerii), and try NOT to wiggle my hips when the Starbelly dancers hit the stage, ‘cuz I would have spilled my drink! 😉

Trying on Refierii bracelets, with creator Amber Conger
Necklace by Refinerii

By the time the show’s grand finale began – the fashion shows! – the crowd was abuzz with barely-bridled anticipation. New-to-Boise clothing designer Erika Bates debuted her Asuyeta clothing line, a 50’s inspired ultra-flirty ensemble of flowing fabrics & frill that I can’t wait to feature in my next article!!! (Coming soon, I promise!)

The models, styled by Deco: Hair & Makeup Design, sashayed down the catwalk to a retro-inspired music mash-up that completely captured Asuyeta’s essence of punk, spunk, & girly fun. You could tell they were having a blast in their pin-up looks and gorgeous outfits. Asuyeta’s clothes seem to have a life of their own, with airy fabrics that swirl & twirl like dandelions caught in a spring breeze.

The second fashion show was by Nena Earl’s Bourgeois Chic line, and showcased a completely different energy! Warrior-clad male models marched down the runway first, to set the scene for the fantastical display that would follow. Styled by M2 Artistry Hair & Makeup Design, the fierce & fabulous models hit the catwalk like something out of a Mad Max-meets-Walking Dead post-apocalyptic dream.

With accessories by Aubrey Brower and Amber Conger, these warrior brides were anything but blushing! The Bourgeois Chic line was a fitting finale, equal parts drama, fashion, and entertainment!

The next RAWartist Boise show ~ Mixology on July 19th ~ is shaping up to be equally amazing, with artists like Whale and Ryan Bayne, levitation photography by Ammophotog (LOVE her!!), and the FINAL BOISE FASHION SHOW from the much-loved and immensely talented stylist & designer Tod Alan. Tod has been a brilliant creative light on this town’s fashion scene for many years; count on this fashion show to be his MOST amazing one yet!!!

Get your tickets NOW, because I have no doubt the Mixology show will sell out! I’ll be there – wouldn’t miss it for the world!!! 😉

See you soon!



To purchase tickets to a RAW show in Boise, go here: . Click on your favorite artist, and purchase tickets through their link to support their work!

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Me with Asuyeta's creator, Erika Bates
Asuyeta models before the show
The Bourgeois Chic men

Stylist Camilla from Deco Hair & Makeup

Bourgeois Chic model

Kelsey in Asuyeta swimwear

A stylish partygoer!