Country Class ft. Kalyn Lea | Small Town, Ohio Print
Angels - Interviews
Written by Khalid "Bless Theangels" Bey | Editor in Chief | As Seen in the NY Times Bestseller: Rat Bastards   
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From a small town in Ohio, a rather mysterious angel comes our way, seen through the eyes of a trusted photographer, Chris Epp of Epphects Media. Her name is Kalyn Lea and she still lives in the small town that birthed her. “Everyone is extremely laid back, everyone knows everyone,” she says as the best thing about her town. “I love the country life.”



“I love going to Elkins, West Virginia during the winter months to snowboard at Canaan Valley Ski Resort,” says Kalyn of her favorite places to visit. “It’s nice to snowboard on an actual mountain with real snow, unlike Ohio!”



“I used to be extremely quiet and shy but modeling has brought me out my shell.” Since becoming a model, “My confidence has definitely gone up, I am happy with who I am and have learned to accept myself.” Even though she didn’t have the expected characteristics of a model, there were still signs that modeling could be in her future. “Ever since I was little I enjoyed having my picture taken,” remembers the surprise sex symbol, “I was known for changing my clothes at least ten times a day… which I still do.” Kalyn loves the photo shoots that happen to be a major part of modeling itself. “Putting outfits together,” she says in addition to always trying new things. “It is such an adrenaline rush for me!”


Cruel Girl, Victoria’s Secret, Fox and Rock and Roll Cowgirl are companies Kalyn would love to work with. “I would like to devote more of my time to modeling,” she mentions of her ultimate goals. “I would like to explore different areas of modeling such as fitness [and] high fashion.” She knows it’s her new-found confidence and ‘thick skin’ that will aid in her quest to have a fruitful career. “Not everyone is going to like your look,” she says, “You have to learn to work hard and keep on trying. If you want it bad enough it will happen.”


When she isn’t modeling Kalyn enjoys riding and showing horses. “I work on a Cutting Horse Ranch (Lazy H Ranch), where I exercise the horses and also get to show them as well,” she says excitedly. “I also love snowboarding during the winter.” After a long day of work, only one thing satisfactorily relaxes her. “I love going to the gym after a long day. Exercise is extremely important to me and I love staying in shape!”



Each of us must deal with the negativity that plagues the world. “I focus on all the good things in my life. My family and friends and my dogs and horses make me very happy,” she says with palpable enthusiasm. We all also have certain things we are simply passionate about. “I am very passionate about supporting our troops,” says Kalyn. “Both my brother and my cousin are in the military so it is something I really care about. I am very thankful for the men and women that serve overseas and fight for our freedoms every day.”



“My idea of ‘Heaven on Earth’ would be having time to relax, going four-wheeling with all my friends all day and having no worries!” Kalyn admits she isn’t your typical ‘white sandy beach’ kind of girl. “Although I model,” she says, “I’m a lot tougher than you would think at first glance. I’ve never owned a vehicle that doesn’t have a lift kit on it and big tires. I guess you could say I’m a tomboy.”

If she considers herself a tomboy then that would help explain how she defines her style. “I would define my style as classy/country,” Kalyn illustrates, “I love my jeans and boots but I love to dress up too.” Rod’s Western Palace is her favorite place to shop. “My favorite accessory would be purses, especially big ones! Every time I see one I like I just have to buy it.” And she never leaves home without her phone, makeup and her basset hound.”



Beauty cannot exist in an unhealthy host. A healthy person is usually an attractive and beautiful person. “My healthiest habit is watching what I eat and working out daily. I focus on both aspects of taking care of my body. I want to be the best that I can be.” Health conscious she is, a guilty pleasure occasionally hampers her efforts. “I am in love with cheesecake,” she admits. “I try not to indulge too often much but it’s definitely my weakness.” But what does beauty mean to the country cutie? “My definition of beauty would be someone who is confident as a person. I believe beauty ca be on the inside or on the outside. I believe that if you have an ugly personality it makes you ugly on the outside as well.”


“The most attractive thing about a guy,” says our angel, “would someone who is a hard worker and someone who treats people with respect! The most unattractive thing would be cockiness! I can’t stand a guy who thinks he’s the best thing there ever was! Get over yourself!” Well… we can see what drives a thorn in her side regarding men.



Fears threaten to consume many of us, yet a strength that most don’t know they even have, prevent each one of us from giving in to our fears. “My biggest fear is not taking chances when I can and settling for less than what I deserve. I want to live without regrets and take chances when I have the opportunity.”



Kalyn answered the questions she wanted, dodged the ones she had no interest in, which creates a narrow but seductively mysterious view of who she is however when asked what makes her… her, she lets us know she isn’t all vagueness and evasive. “I am extremely sarcastic,” she says ending the interview, “and I like to joke around. I have a sense of humor. I don’t like to take everything too seriously.” Good to know. Thanks angel.



Photography: Epphects Media