Alexandria just got a little more glamorous thanks to Tameka Young, fashion model and wife of new city manager Rashad Young. Last week she was unpacking her new home here; this week she’s walking her first New York Fashion Week runway.
“I’m married with a family, so it’s like living a double life,” she told us Monday.
The Youngs met in Dayton, Ohio, and married 10 years ago. Her husband’s career means they moved every few years; the addition of two young sons — now 5 and 3 — kept her from pursuing a full-time modeling career.
As a result, Young (5’11” and size 2) has done just a few shows and a little print work over the last decade. (You may glimpse her face on QVC: She’s one of eight models selected to launch Kimora Lee Simmons’ upcoming skin care line.) Another factor: At 33, she’s a decade older than most of the models strutting down the runways. “Some people think that’s great, and some just say, ‘You’re 33?’ They’re not impressed. But just because you have children doesn’t mean your dreams die.”
Moving closer to New York — and working at New York’s celebrated fashion week — was always one of those dreams. Last month, she finally landed a spot on Indonesian designer Farah Angsana’s runway Wednesday. Her husband won’t be in New York but will probably see the show streamed live on the designer’s Web site.
And speaking of beauties with local connections: Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) might be the most popular guy on Capitol Hill this week. His 19-year-old niece, Kate Upton, snagged the cover of this year’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue wearing a Republican red, barely there bikini.