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Believe it or not I got into the fashion industry to bring environmental issues to a wider audience. My passion is for nature. I’m the biggest nature freak! I began modeling when I was 17 and have degrees in Environmental Science, Entomology (yes... bugs!), and Geographic Information Systems (radar/remote sensing/mapping) from Cornell.

I was quite literally rocking and rolling in rainforests, studying sewage sludge, managing mine reclamation and mapping invasive species when I was struck with the idea that the fashion industry might be a good venue to disseminate environmental awareness. Now here I am with NEXT Models, working exclusively with designers, projects and programs that are focused on more environmentally - and socially-relevant stuff. I want to show girls that you can totally align your values with who you are as a person... just sometimes takes a little added effort, but it’s soooo worth it. You can tune in to my travels - from sustainable style shoots to sustainable development in Africa; shopping tips to my Style, Naturally book tour. www.summerrayne.net

My Sign: Gemini

What are you wearing right now? a John Patrick Organic tee; funky print pants by Henrik Vibskov; big blinging rings by Old Hollywood, Kirsten Muenster and Cloven Hoof; a.d. schwarz African blackwood cuff; zoe&zac wedges.

What has been your most memorable job so far? Shooting with Norman Jean Roy for Vanity Fair only because I thought we were going to die when he started driving 100 mph in the electric tango car. And also Peter Beard - because I wanted to talk Africa and he was all over the place...probably because he had 50 beautiful women walking around the studio!

Originally from? The exotic state of Northeastern Pennsylvania

Where is your home right now? Williamsburg (Brooklyn, NY) most of the time; 2 months at the Mezimbite Forest Centre in Mozambique.

What is always, always in your handbag? Bom lip balm; my wallet; my cell phone

Fragrance you love? a little mango ice-tea roll on perfume...very natural smelling and you can take it anywhere with you!

What workouts do you do? I am psychotic when it comes to being active. I do a lot of total body conditioning, running, dancing, hiking...walk a ton; and I'm starting to do yoga too...

Favourite band? Ray Lamontagne

What are you listening to right now? Tin Pan... a great Brooklyn band.

Favourite designer? Manish Arora. He’s bold. Leila Hafzi. She’s beautiful and fearless. a.d. schwarz... it’s the sustainable development-design project I’m working on in Mozambique.

Favourite store? Kaight NYC on 83 Orchard Street in New York.

Favourite website? Treehugger.com

Latest purchase? A beautiful organic cotton print dress from Birdtextile.com. I got it in Sydney, Australia.

Nickname? Eco-Model, SRO

If your house was on fire, what would you save? My computer; my pet insects

What's your fave thing to do on Saturday? If I’m home, just relax... otherwise sit in the park with friends or play some tennis or something.

stats
hair: Brown
eyes: Brown
height: 5'10.5" - 179cm
bust: 34" - 86cm
waist: 25" - 64cm
hips: 37"
shoes: 10
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September came and went but before it was too late I had to share with you the best ponytail and fish-tail braid that I ever did receive from John Masters hair team backstage at the Green Shows.

http://www.vimeo.com/6673878

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This past month I shot an eco-conscious beauty shoot with Gilles Bensimon for Above Magazine - a Vanity Fair-style mag for Avant-garde environmentalists. It took place on a beautiful beach - but unfortunately one located at the tip of Long Island in the middle of winter. Submerged in freezing cold water isn’t my ideal shooting condition - but hey, since when do I call the shots on these things anyway? :o) Despite the cold temperatures, I must admit the opportunity to shoot outdoors was invigorating.

I love how Gilles sat right down in the cold water.

The curious case of the dancing dog!

http://www.vimeo.com/7383572

Some editorial shots from ABOVE…


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Brazilian Christmas

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My friend Fabianne closed down her Cafe & Pastry shop on Christmas Eve night and created a feast for us. It was a proper Brazilian Christmas with rice, beans, lentil, fish and the most exquisite desserts. Of course she cooked for an army so I ended up taking about 10 pounds of food home.

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Going Goldie Locks

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Going for the Gold! Gold-plated hair at a recent photoshoot. Hey, rappers get gold teeth. Why can’t girls get gold hair?

who Summer RayneOakes

when December 14th, 2009

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Familiar Face on a News Stand

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Passed by the news stand on Prince and saw my cover for the VERY Style Guide for which we did a behind-the-scenes video here. Nice surprise!

who Summer RayneOakes

when December 8th, 2009

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Mugalicious Mustaches

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My friend Chris and I showing off the staches!

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when November 30th, 2009

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Kayaking in Kona

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Took a little time out to go kayaking in the rain in Kona, Hawaii. This of course was after I swam with sea turtles.

http://www.vimeo.com/7383847

who Summer RayneOakes

when November 20th, 2009

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