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Reading Between the Lines with Hailey Solewin | Seattle Washington PDF Print E-mail
Angels - Interviews
Written by Khalid "Bless Theangels" Bey | Editor in Chief | As Seen in NY Times Bestseller: Rat Bastards   
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Pretty pictures, beautiful angels, amazing design all appear within Angels Playpen, visually intoxicating us into an addiction. Still these words shared between two minds carry the most potential to resonate in a much more lasting manner. We, whether wittingly or not, create an alternate reality, nothing truly imagined so it’s still the real world, just a little more focused. We provide our viewers with something they can actually read, a short story perhaps. Our angel now, Hailey Solewin, is a self-admitted avid consumer of script and prose. “I am a huge reader,” she says righteously, “it’s one of my biggest pastimes and hobbies.” Between the lines written here in Angels Playpen we’ll gleam a little more than words can adequately communicate.

 

 

Words are powerful. They convey thought and emotion, trigger reaction and command attention. Here, they will shape a mini-biography of a once quiet and shy angel, who hasn’t changed very much even though she is now a public persona. “I mean, I am still the same person,” she states matter-of-factly. “I’m a brutally honest person… I don’t believe in sugar-coating stuff… but I am also the type of person that will do whatever I can to help my friends in anything they need.” Reading, we already know as Hailey’s greatest hobby, with horseback riding and hanging out with her friends being her other interests. “Oh and Xbox,” she adds with a fit of laughter, “[I]love killing me some zombies.”

 

 

Enthralled by the adrenaline rush of killing zombies on Xbox isn’t the only thing she loves, she also loves her kitchen and the magic she makes in it. “I love to bake and cook,” she says of what she loves to do in her “homey room.” But it’s the simple things in life that matter most in a world that occasionally offers a slap when all you want is a hug. Between her daughter, flowers and good books, Hailey finds solace when it’s needed. The simple things, like a hot bath and a good book after a long day of work, a home-cooked meal or the undemanding act of watching her beloved television shows; Walking Dead and Once Upon a Time. And then there is her ultimate guilty pleasure. “My homemade black forest cake,” utters our angel lustfully, “omg… I’m such a fat person in a skinny person’s body.”

 

 

Confidence and self-respect, two powerful words on their own, are used to define another incredibly powerful word; Hailey, believes these things are the true meaning of beauty. Healthy living directly contributes to beauty. “I take very good care of myself,” she reports. “I have great skin and it’s very rare [that] I have any outbreaks in pimples.” Still she knows she can do more as part of her healthy regimen but I couldn’t imagine what. “Getting off my butt and going to the gym regularly,” answers the usually pimple-free model. Beauty offers superficial gain in a highly superficial world. “Unfortunately it does,” concurs Hailey, “as shallow as it sounds, I have gotten away with not paying to get into clubs or brought drinks… just because I’m hot.”

 

 

Words seem to hold a measure of control, or lack thereof, over our angel. She finds it hard to limit herself in any discussion. “I’m interested in so many things,” she says of her favorite subjects to converse on. “I don’t have one specific topic that I can only talk about.” I try to think of a topic she would enjoy, something that would elicit much more than an effortless response. Maybe get her to contemplate something deeper. “My first tattoo is a bass cleft and a treble clef in the form of a heart on my right wrist,” Hailey talks body art, “it symbolizes my love of all music and passion for playing piano.” With her clavicles pierced, body modification and body art, are subjects I’m sure she could easily carry on a conversation about as well.

 

 

Hailey is a model of course but here we learn much more. We learn how she started in modeling, what first propelled her bare all for the masses. “I just thought it would be a fun, creative thing to do.” The act of dressing up in costume to become something or someone else attracts her; it’s the part she loves most about modeling. Every model has brands they love in particular to work with and for Hailey we know Victoria’s Secret is number one but in truth she’d love to work with them all. “Determination and creativity,” offers Hailey as the key to being a successful model. “Fashion is art and if you don’t have either of those then you’re screwed.”

 

 

Hailey’s personal fashion sense is pretty laid back with a bit of militancy. “I love being comfortable,” she describes. “My go to in my closet is a pair of black leggings with an oversized really soft sweater and combat boots.” Shopping isn’t a name-brand excursion. “I don’t shop a lot of big brands unless it’s for shoes, jewelry or purses,” she admits. “I’m a huge Michael Kors fan right now… but I get most of my clothes at H&M, Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters.” It is said in fashion that accessories are everything, but for Hailey they’re not so important. Earrings maybe the closest she gets to accessorize proudly. She never leaves home without perfume, keys and lip-gloss, all in her purse.

 

 

Hailey’s heritage can sometimes be a point of confusion. “I’m mainly Italian,” she says, “but I have a little bit of French and German in me, although a lot of people seem to think I’m Ukrainian or Russian a lot.” She lives in Seattle, Washington but is originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina. The greatest craze living in Seattle brings is the wonderful seafood, nothing surpasses it she confesses. Her preferred destinations when traveling away from home include the Island of Hawaii. “Heck,” she curses, “anywhere sunny and warm with a nice beach.” What she characterizes is nothing short of ‘Heaven on Earth’ which I ask her to describe in further detail. “A bikini, a hot guy, a beach, a tropical drink and crab with butter…” she details, “OMG! Amazing!!!”

 

 

Lying in her bed, Hailey finishes answering the questions before her as she watches the traffic below. Dreams of becoming a Victoria’s Secret Angel are exposed, a complex heritage unearthed, desires expressed and fears declared for the purpose of literary consumption. The fact that her biggest fear is of drowning, a fear we both endure; “scares the crap out of me,” she admits, as do I. The fact that she hates body odor on a man, and prefers her man be confident and takes care of themselves. In fact she hates any bad smell due to her overly sensitive nose. When it came time to talk about her passion in life, words failed her. Should I read between the lines? What can be gleamed when no lines exist outside of a question, no answer given? Well, I think we can safely assume her passion to be playing piano which her first tattoo symbolizes…

 

 

Photography: Michael Jonathan