This Merritt Island native, Vanessa Panzak, currently attends FAU studying business in hopes of moving to New York next year to pursue her long-time dream of modeling. For the past six months, she has been doing lifestyle modeling for a jewelry company in South Florida, as well.
Panzak has had a passion for modeling since a young age, but she never knew a successful modeling career was in her future. During her teenage years, Panzak suffered with a compulsive disorder called trichotillomania, which causes hair loss. Being a teenager can be difficult and this certainly did not help her self-confidence. She opened up to her mom during her junior year of high school and since then, she’s had the support to get stronger. After a year and a half of letting her hair grow back, she decided it was time to pursue modeling. This life-changing experience has molded Panzak into the beautiful and talented person she is today.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Erin Tully-Tennant grew up in Inverness. She holds a bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy and is currently practicing at Holmes Regional Medical Center as an advanced respiratory therapist. She is also a wonderful wife to husband, Chad, and mother to 6-year-old Chase. As if her schedule isn’t busy enough, she also enjoys traveling, paddle boarding and cooking, along with yoga and working out. She lives by the following idea:
“Since modeling is a career that involves ostentatious vanity, it is absolutely necessary to appear confident (even when you are not). Moreover, you need to have lots of assertiveness to be different and stand out from the crowd.”
It was this very mindset that encouraged Tully-Tennant to not only apply for this model search but also be more confident within herself and learn to stand out from the crowd.
Alia Dinally has a bachelor’s degree in organization management from Eastern Florida State College and is currently on track to graduate with her MBA in project management by December. She decided to pursue this type of degree because she loves educating herself in business practices and determining what drives business competition and execution. She truly enjoys helping companies reach their full potential. In fact, she hopes to pursue her doctorate once she gets started in her career. Dinally has lived in Melbourne for most of her life and loves working out, shopping, modeling and is an avid Disney fan.