If there was a small town that best exemplifies the Midwest and Middle America, it is this one.
Roughly 15 miles from the Indiana border and northwest of Dayton, Greenville, Ohio—also known as “Treaty City”—this small town with a population of 13,000-plus is as All-American as it gets.
Despite it’s small size, Greenville is home to three Fortune 500 companies such as KitchenAid, FRAMGroup and BASF North America.
While Greenville hasn’t produced anyone who has yet to put it on the proverbial map, perhaps New Jersey-based actress and model Sariphina Curry, could be the one to do so.
Curry, a self-described body positive activist, per her Instagram—is a curvy and voluptuous self-described casual/street fashion and horror model, who has worked with various fashion brands all over the Tri-State area of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut and in and around New York City.
Whether it is posing inside the subways of New York or in the Pennsylvania countryside, Curry has amassed a rather impressive modeling portfolio.
Thanks to a set of mesmerizing blue eyes, a shapely 5’9 figure and a smile that jumps out in her shoots, Curry is an up-and-coming talent to watch.
True to her Buckeye-born roots, Curry loves her Scarlet and Gray—in the form of THE Ohio State Buckeyes—and is avid comic book and movie nerd in citing her love for Tim Burton and Walt Disney.
Below is my Q and A with Ms. Curry as we bond over our love of Ohio State, comic books, talk a little about being a small-town girl in the Big City, her plans for spring break, some fashion and what it’s like to be a horror actress.
Name: Sariphina Curry
Height: 5’8 3/4″
Birthplace: Greenville, Ohio
Agency: Freelance. Currently looking for an agency. I am currently working as a background actress on several small projects. Just done background work for the season 4 premiere of Younger that will air on June on TVLand.
Robert D. Cobb: What kind of model do you consider yourself?
Sariphina Curry: “I am a casual/street fashion and horror model. I do some swimsuit and boudoir modeling but much prefer creating characters for my modeling shoots.”
Robert D. Cobb: What brands have you modeled for?
Sariphina Curry: “I have done some modeling for Keep It Simply Stylish in PA (Evening Gowns and Cocktail dresses). I am currently working for Heathen Designs in CT (Casual/street wear) Brazen Bra’s (lingerie)”
Robert D. Cobb: Which one do you enjoy modeling for the most?
Sariphina Curry: “One of my favorite things to model is the evening gowns because they work well in multiple locations.”
Robert D. Cobb: Where has been your favorite place to shoot?
Sariphina Curry: “I really enjoy working in abandon buildings. I love the textures and the natural beauty created during the decaying process. It makes for some amazing backgrounds in the photography that is hard to create in a studio.”
Robert D. Cobb: What is the most exciting aspect of modeling?
Sariphina Curry: “I have always loved being on stage and bringing characters to life. Modeling and being my own makeup artist allows me to create original characters as well as recreate characters that I have loved for years”
Robert D. Cobb: What fashion and style tips and trends do you have for looking good when the temperature drops?
Sariphina Curry: “Infinity scarves. You can never go wrong with amazing scarves and they go with everything! Also I advise wearing leg-warmers , they are super cute and go great with boots.”
Robert D. Cobb: Any plans for spring break?
Sariphina Curry: “For spring break this year I’m going to visit my home state OHIO! Family time is very important to me, I would not be where I am today without them “
Robert D. Cobb: Any fashion tips for spring, new trends?
Sariphina Curry: “My style is a little out of the box, so if you ask me, you can never go wrong with shorts and long socks with your favorite pair of kicks.
Also, I’m a huge fan of bright colors in the spring, especially on those rainy days! If the sun isn’t shining light up your day with fun poppy colors! Powder blue and bright red are my favorite!”
Robert D. Cobb: Within the industry, who is your inspiration?
Sariphina Curry: “My biggest inspirations are Tim Burton and Walt Disney. I love drawing inspiration from the whimsical and dark characters. I really enjoy bringing these characters to life through photography.
What is your secret to staying in shape?
I do struggle to stay in shape. I enjoy eating so watching portion sizes and the quality of food is very important. Having healthy eating habits is a must. I’m not a huge fan of the gym so I walk daily and sometimes run.”
Robert D. Cobb: Outside of modeling, what are your hobbies?
Sariphina Curry: “Outside of modeling I also work in community theatre, short films, skits and I do character work at community events and festivals.”
Robert D. Cobb: Any new acting/modeling projects in the works?
Sariphina Curry: “Since I’ve started modeling, I’ve come up with a few photo shoot series of my own and I’m so excited to get them started soon! Be sure to follow my pages so you don’t miss out!”
Sports question: Who are your favorite teams and clubs.
Sariphina Curry: “Only because I was born and raised in Ohio I have to stick to my roots on this one and say ‘Go Buckeyes…O-H…I-O!’ that being said, I am not a huge sports fan but I do enjoy playing all kinds of sports and going to watch live events.”
Robert D. Cobb: What are your favorite cities to travel to?
Sariphina Curry: “Wow! There are many cities I love traveling to. New York is so inspiring the lights, the nightlife and central park it all makes you feel like anything is possible. New Jersey is now the place I call home the views, the people and all the great community theatre’s what’s not to fall in love with.
Pennsylvania has some of the most amazing abandon places and I enjoy exploring and finding new rate finds that time has forgotten but I have the pleasure of bringing back to life if only for a few moments.
I will always have a special place in my heart for Ohio. My dearest friends and family reside there and I miss them all so and always look forward to spending quality time there.”
Robert D. Cobb: What advice would you give to women aspiring to get into modeling?
Sariphina Curry: “Do it because you love it not because you want people to love you! There are many who only want to be a name and it shows in the overall work produced. Modeling, acting, skiing, skateboarding, being a stay at home mom it doesn’t matter what you want to inspire to do in life but you should only do it if it makes you truly happy.
If you love what you do everyone will see that you love it. This industry is tough, brutal, critical and wonderful all at the same time. If you can look in the mirror and truthfully answer the following question.
“5 to 10 years from now I want to be _______” If the answer to this question is anything other than a model. Go after your true answer.
This industry is full of rejection and constant criticizing. It can tear you apart and make you feel smaller than an atom. The real key is to take it all in positive and negative, study yourself and all of your feedback to make yourself better.
Never stop taking advice from others around you to help you improve your craft. Above all be true to yourself! Know your limits and stand your ground.
Never let anyone talk you into doing something against your own personal morals.”
Special thanks to Ms. Sariphina Curry for her time and assistance during the Q and A interview process. Images used are the respective property of their owners and used with permission.