LeAnne J. Mangano stands 5’10 and hopes to change the narrative on our the modeling industry see curvy women. This Bryn Mawr-native hopes to one day model for Prabal Gurung.
Name: LeAnne J. Mangano
Agency, if any: No agency yet, but working on it.
Where were you born? Bryn Mawr, PA, just outside of Philadelphia.
Ethnicity: Bi-racial. African-American and Sicilian.
Zodiac Sign: Pisces ♓
Favorite things: Old movies, all kinds of music, food, and traveling.
What music are you listening to at the moment? H.E.R., Leon Bridges, J Cole, and Teyana Taylor.
Favorite movie, tv show: Movies: Goodfellas, Stalag 17, Jaws. TV Shows: X-Files, Blackish, Project Runway.
Favorite designer, fragrance or grooming/beauty product: I love different designers for different reasons. Dolce & Gabbana are one of my favs for their ultra femininity; in both their clothes and their fragrances.
What would you be doing if you weren’t modeling? Acting or working in non-profit.
What’s something uncool that you love anyway? I’m a science nerd and am a huge Star Trek fan.
What’s the best thing about your hometown/country? Philly is a major city with a real neighborhood feel, not just manufactured cityscapes. Plus, if you’re a Foodie, you’ll be in heaven here!
Place you would love to visit: Nepal.
Which brand would you like to model? Prabal Gurung.
Favorite modeling experience so far? Modeling in Time Square this S/S 18 NYFW for designer Bella Rene.
Favorite season? Spring.
Favorite junk food? Cheese fries.
Where do you feel the most stuck in your modeling career? Trying to break through to a top modeling agency. Being a plus size model is hard enough, but being a visibly plus-size model (i.e., more significant than the standard size 10-12 model) makes it almost impossible to break into the next level. People don’t seem to be ready for curves yet.
Currently, you’re obsessed with or about? Exploring Thailand and South Asia.
3 Words that best describe you as a person? Compassionate. Nurturing. Adventurous.
Favorite entertainer or public personality? Tracee Ellis Ross, Solange Knowles, and Erykah Badu.
Your favorite quote? “Life is a banquet, and most poor sons-of-bitches are starving to death.” – Mame the Musical
Any shoutouts? Major ups to my family & friends. Their encouragement and support make all the difference.