While navigating the modeling industry, Caley-Rae has learned how to prioritize to make the best work moves while also staying happy and healthy. Between traveling and keeping up with her workout regimes, Caley-Rae is constantly on the go but her busy schedule is exactly what has taught her how to hustle and be her own boss. Get to know Caley-Rae and what she loves most about modeling below, and see her put MISSBISH apparel to the test at CruBox above. You can shop the pieces she’s wearing here.
Give us a little intro. How old are you and where are you from?
I’m 24 years old and was born and raised in Castle Pines, Colorado.
How and when did you start modeling?
Modeling was always something that interested me but I never thought about doing it professionally until my senior year of college. I double majored in Advertising and Fashion Media at Southern Methodist University. One of my fashion courses required me to do an in-depth writing piece on a person in the fashion industry. I wrote my story about a booker at a local agency. He ended up taking me under his wing and started setting up test shoots to develop me. I signed with the agency at the end of the semester and modeled recreationally in Dallas until I graduated. I fell in love with it and decided I wanted to give it a shot so I moved to Miami after graduation where I signed with NEXT models.
What do you love most about being a model?
Getting to meet new people and travel. Every day is different, which keeps things interesting. I love that the teams on each job bring a unique energy and creative process. I’ve gained so much life experience and have become so much more open-minded through modeling. As tough as it is, I wouldn’t trade it for any other job.
What’s one of the most interesting shoots that you’ve done?
The most interesting shoot I’ve done was a swimwear campaign in the Exumas, Bahamas where I had to swim with sharks. The shot was me and another model floating in the water holding hands with sharks swimming around and underneath us. The photos turned out amazing but it for sure was a little scary getting in that water!
Modeling requires a lot of traveling. Do you have any tips to cure jet-lag?
It sounds so simple and silly but drink water–water is really the cure for everything! Flying is so dehydrating which causes fatigue and your skin to dry out. I always notice a big difference in both my energy levels and skin when I force myself to hydrate.
What are your must-have beauty products?
I use very little on my face–a simple moisturizing cleanser and baby lotion! That’s it. Less is more in my opinion when it comes to putting things on your skin. I did recently get a NuFace Microcurrent toning device and have noticed a difference. I love it.
What do you do in your downtime?
It’s very important to me to live a healthy lifestyle so the first thing I do with my free time is workout. I workout with a personal trainer once a week and mix up classes at Pure Barre, Soul Cycle, Barry’s Bootcamp and Crubox. I’ve been teaching Pure Barre for the past 6 years. I taught all through college in Dallas and still teach out here in LA. When I actually allow myself to relax I love seeing movies, too. Movie Pass was the best thing that ever happened to me!
If you weren’t a model what would you be doing?
I love modeling so I haven’t really put too much thought into what else I would want to do. It would be something in the entertainment industry! I’m interested in hosting so I could see myself transitioning into that space at some point.
What does MISSBISH mean to you?
Lately, we have been hearing so much about women. Our voices are being heard louder than ever before and we are embracing an attitude of encouragement and unity over competition and cattiness. MISSBISH celebrates that and shares the stories of badass women striving for progress over perfection. To me, being a MISSBISH means empowering confidence in yourself and your girls!
Who is your MISSBISH?
I look up to so many women! My mom and I are extremely close so I would say she is my biggest role model. She’s there for me 24/7 and has been my rock through every obstacle I’ve faced in life. I also really look up to Adriana Lima. I had the opportunity to work with her this summer on set of a TV show I was filming. She was truly one of the kindest humans I’ve ever encountered. She was so nice to everyone on set. Her work ethic and personality far outshined her beauty–which is saying a lot because she is breathtaking.
What does #CommitToYou mean to you?
#CommitToYou means giving yourself the time and your body the attention it needs for you to live a happy and healthy lifestyle!
What are some ways you practice putting yourself first?
One of my new year’s resolutions was actually to say no more often. Last year, I found myself saying yes to everything and constantly overwhelmed by my schedule. It became stressful trying to make it to everything I had committed to. I didn’t want to let people down, so even when I knew I didn’t have time I would say yes to try to support them. Saying no when I don’t actually have the time in my schedule has made a huge difference. I have so much less anxiety and am able to be more present and dialed into the things I do say yes to.
What’s your advice for other young women who are struggling to commit to themselves?
I saw a post on Instagram that said “1. Make a list of all the things that make you happy. 2. Make a list of all the things you do every day. 3. Adjust accordingly.” I think that’s such great advice. We all need to make ourselves and our happiness a priority. My best advice is to fill your time with meaningful things and things that you know will enrich your days. Cut out the fluff!