Models Of Queens
Teresa was a club girl. Her first job was at the tender age of 15 working for the now defunct Metropolis. She worked coat check, as a cashier, and ran the guest lists.
A lot of people say I grew up too fast, said Teresa. But it helped me learn a lot.
Teresa abandoned the club world to work at a construction company in Astoria. Her grandmother is training her to be an office manager. She claims the men dont come on to her because theyre kind of older brothers.
Raised in Astoria, Teresa moved to Whitestone when she was 11. She attended PS 193 and Bayside High School where she studied music. Then she went off to Queens College for a year but transferred and followed her boyfriend to Westchester Community College to study human services at night. She wants to help the police with cases that involve children and become a social worker for children who come from broken homes or are abused.
My happiness comes from seeing other people happy, said Teresa.
The best part of modeling for her is the freedom. You can be yourself and get paid for it, said Teresa.
Without sadness, she said she was rejected from Playboy magazine. Her lack of disappointment comes from the fact that she doesnt pose nude. Her goal was Maxim magazine, because, in her view, their photos are more tasteful.
Modeling was an accident for her. It was a family friend who started taking modeling photos of her and from there it bloomed.
Even though she doesnt smoke, Teresa has done a cigar calendar. She had some fun shots of her garbed as an Indian and her Italian and French Canadian background didnt prevent her from passing for an Indian her photo is adorning an Indian restaurant in Manhattan.
What does she look for in a guy?
Growing up, I was all about looks, said Teresa. Now I can care less about that. She wants man who has a sense of humor, is silly and family oriented.
Teresa spends a lot of time with her younger brothers, parents and three dogs. Family night out consists of going to Outback Steakhouse and then Evergreens on Francis Lewis Boulevard for karaoke.
Were a musical family and big Mets fans, said Teresa.
Shes been singing ever since she can remember. In second grade, she was Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz" and sang in a choir group at Bayside. Teresa likes to belt out tunes by Destinys Child, Whitney Houston and the Supremes.
Teresas favorite place in Queens is Cherry Valley, a 24-hour deli in Whitestone Village. After a late night of fun at clubs, shell stop by the deli, which is packed with Queens nightlife. You cant move in the place, said Teresa, who said that lines sometimes trail outside. She usually orders the chicken cutlet.
Deadbeat Rap For Rapper
Rapper/actor Christopher Martin rose to fame as one half of the rap duo Kid n Play, but his ex-wife wasnt playin when she had him busted on charges of failing to pay child support.
The Queens-born and raised Martin, a.k.a. Play, was arraigned in federal court on Long Island for failing to pay his $159 a week child support to his ex-wife. According to his wife, Martin has not even been in contact with his now 7-year-old son for the last five years.
Martin, along with his eraser-headed partner Christopher Reid, a.k.a. Kid, rose to stardom in the late 80s as a pioneering rap duo specializing in positive messages to young rap fans.
Their popularity peaked with the movie House Party, but by the third installment of the series the stars of the original were not even invited they were replaced with a younger rap group. They disbanded in the mid-90s, but the image of the eraser-head hairdo lives on.
In her ongoing effort to keep her name in the spotlight, former Assemblywoman Cynthia Jenkins has done some interesting things. It seems that ever since she was thrown off the ballot about seven years ago and replaced by Bill Scarborough in the Assembly, Cynthia has been a candidate for just about every office in her community.
As a result she has been thrown off more ballots than anyone else we know. CJ has done it again! In an ode to consistency she was just thrown off the ballot for Council District 27 (Archie Spigner's seat).
Cynthia, who lost and regained her District Leadership in recent years, can always be counted on to keep things interesting. But alas, she wont be on the ballot come September 11th.
Armed For Battle
What began as a drunken brawl 24 years ago, has become a respected sport at beaches and festivals throughout Queens.
The New York Arm Wrestling Association calls Bayside home, but muscles its way around the city to compete and have fun at the brawny game. This years competition took place at Rockaway Beach and attracted competitors from all over. . .
The winner . . . Queens of course.
It used to be a grudge match type of thing, or two guys who were drunk at a bar, said Gene Camp president of the NYAWA. But now, its a legitimate sport, and were trying to get into the Olympics.
Separate teams are made up of men and women, grouped by body weight, and children, who are grouped by age. There are also categories for lefties and righties.
We also have a 50-plus and a 60-plus team for right-handed men, said Camp. But there arent too many men of that age who arm-wrestle, so we team them up on the day of an event.
Queens has been the mainstay of the association since 1977, when they battled it out at the old Sunnyside Gardens Arena. Nowadays, they teach, coach and practice in Bayside, and even have a website: www.nycarms.com.
Or call 544-4592 for info.
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