Melisa Gun is a published fashion model and the reigning Miss New York US Nation 2021 titleholder. Since she was a child, just like every young girl; she always dreamed of walking down the runway, trying on different looks, participating in famous shows and working with brands.
Melisa has been a model since she was eighteen years of age and what began as a hobby turned into a second job for her. Melisa views the modeling industry as one of hard work and dedication, “There is definitely no place for laziness, irresponsibility, and lack of motivation here. People in this field know that to be a successful model you need not only to have good external parameters but also other important qualities – persistence, character and commitment”, says Melisa. Living in New York. Melisa decided to cast for Miss US Nation pageants, it was an opportunity for her to advance her modeling career and try something new.
She was selected to represent Miss Manhattan and later advanced to the state pageant that occurred on June 26th 2021, Miss New York East Coast US Nation 2021 and won the title for her state. Melisa is excited to advance to the national competition: Miss US Nation 2021, which will be held in Las Vegas, NV and put in her best effort to represent herself and the state of New York. One stereotype that Melisa would like to break about modeling and pageantry is bringing out the professionalism of the industry and showing others that just like any profession; modeling is a real career that requires effort and commitment on your part in order to succeed.
Something unique about the model of Turkish descent is that she speaks 4 languages – Russian, Ukrainian, Turkish, English and Melisa is now learning how to speak Arabic. Not only has Melisa lived in Turkey, but she has also resided in Russia, Ukraine and Switzerland while she was a child. Melisa has a passion for equestrian sports; she says that interacting with animals helps take her mind off daily routines. In 5 years from now, Melisa sees herself as the Face of a Fashion House, as a famous model and happy wife to a man that she loves.
Melisa has an impressive portfolio – she has been on the cover of GRAZIA, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, FHM, GMARO, Playboy, TOUCH, L’Officiel, MAXIM, Glamour and the list goes on for a long time.
Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar catches up with Melisa Gün exceptionally talented fashion model and the reigning Miss New York US Nation 2021, here she talks about her fitness routine, diet, journey, and her success story.
You were born at Kusadasi on the Aegean coast of Turkey and have lived in Russia, Ukraine, Switzerland, and now residing in New York USA. You have been modeling since you were eighteen years old and what began as a hobby turned into your profession. You have been on the cover of the World-leading Magazines. This propelled your modeling career to the height where you have been at the top of the world of fashion and glamour modeling. Tell us more about this fairy tale journey?
Oh gosh, yeah, that’s quite a journey! I started modeling as a hobby because I thought I might enjoy it, and then I realized I could turn it into something more serious and I started dedicating more time to it, learning to ropes and looking for ways to stand out. Modeling world is very competitive, but once you find your style and get to know other models, artists, photographers, it’s a real pleasure to do what you love. I have always been into fitness and I am glad that I could bring that passion into my work.
Having lived in different parts of the world and experienced different cultures, speaking more than one language, I think I can say that I have a good understanding of what is essential for each of them, and I also try to reflect it in my work. Being on the cover of magazines I used to look at the shelves when I was a girl, was a dream come true. We admired those beautiful young women looking glamorous, and now I am one of them, and I hope that I can inspire more people through my work.
It is dream come true for a model to feature in the iconic magazine “Playboy”. In November 2021, you were featured on the cover of Playboy Australia. Elaborate on your experience working with Playboy. And how it has been a catalyst to your meteoric rise as a glamour model?
I suppose being on the cover of Playboy is a dream of every model, for me it was something I had always wanted to achieve, so when it finally happened, it was one of those moments you know you can never forget. I loved working with them and I had a great team looking after me. For a model it’s crucial to feel comfortable during a photo shoot, because you need to feel relaxed and be able to enjoy yourself, otherwise it may reflect badly on the results and the photos may not come out the way you want them to. So yeah, I had the time of my life working on those and I hope it was just the beginning for me and that I’ll get to feature in some of the Playboy issues in the future.
After school you graduated from the University of Aegean in physiotherapy. Then you entered the Faculty of Medicine at Istanbul Medipol University in Istanbul and wish to become a neurosurgeon. Tell us more about this aspect of your career?
I have always thought that health is one of the most important aspects of our lives and I wanted to get an education that would allow me to help people get fitter and healthier, hence both degrees. I guess knowing a lot about how our minds and bodies work has helped me in my fitness journey and in getting the results I was hoping to achieve. I believe that it’s necessary to have some practical background that you can be proud of, that’s why my medical studies are so essential in my life, as it means having more independence and experience, plus I just love helping people in any way I can and I believe that my education will assist me in that as well.
You have interests in equestrian sports, fitness, practical shooting, winter swimming, surfing, playing the piano and saxophone, rafting, chess, and also like to jump with a parachute. You have been active from early childhood, as a teenager, and became a master of sports in running, 200 to 400 meters with barriers. How your active sports life since early childhood has been a source to make you a perfect model demanding odd long hours of work and stress on one’s physique?
I can’t imagine my life without movement. For as long as I can remember, I have been active, but I wouldn’t say that I’ve been fanatical about it even though I am proud of the results I achieved in sports when I was younger. Having such a varied background probably prepared me for my modeling career, as I do not shy away from long hours and busy schedule and I know how to sustain myself and maintain good mood and stay active and positive. It’s hard work, but when you love what you are doing and enjoy yourself and the company of people you work with, then it is much easier to get through the longest of days.
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