Briefcase Model #1

Soraya Yd


Hometown: Queens, NY
Instagram: @SorayaYd

What is your proudest accomplishment?

My proudest accomplishment has been taking part in a mental health and social media awareness video that went viral on Facebook, with over 107 million views and almost 2 million shares. As someone whose sister passed away due to a mental health ailment, it's important for me to continue to raise awareness and shine a light on this issue. It is currently affecting so many people, including our future generations to come.

If you could be someone else for one day who would it be?

I'm stuck between Joan of Arc and Xena: Warrior Princess.

If you weren't modeling and acting what would you be doing?

I would either be an entertainment attorney, forensic science investigator, or a humanitarian or social reformer.

What is one word you'd use to describe yourself?


I'm stuck between Joan of Arc and Xena: Warrior Princess.
Soraya Yd
Briefcase Model #1

What is one thing on your bucket list?

Bungee jumping off of the Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado Springs!

Who do you admire most in the world and why?

I admire my mother the most because after having a traumatic kidnapping in her country, she had to move to New York City with my sister. She was extremely determined and began her new chapter while not knowing the language and without any support whatsoever. She had to rebuild their lives and start from zero after being a wealthy business owner and living a comfortable life in Colombia and was able to do so. She never let traumatic and catastrophic events affect the big heart and beautiful soul she always had and taught me that she never let them affect her or those she interacted with in her life. She is, and will always be, my real life hero.

What hobbies are most important to you?

I love to learn. I think it's very important as a woman to be as well rounded in as many topics as possible. Also, as of late, I try to pick up new books to read. I am a strong believer that knowledge is power. I also feel it's important to give my heart and soul a little reset with activities I love. Some of these activities include being around my friends, yoga, going out dancing, and swimming.

Do you speak another language? If so, what languages do you speak?

I speak fluent Spanish, conversational "portañol" (which is a mix of Portuguese & Spanish) and according to DuoLingo, I am 18% fluent in Italian!

Do you have another job in addition to modeling?

When I'm not modeling, I do on-camera hosting and acting.