This week's Hunny is the amazing, gorgeous and multi-talented Elisabetta Di Virgilio (Ellie for short). She's no average college student. Originally from Italy, this Hunny moved to the U.S. in 2014 and since then has been absolutely slaying, as both a full-time model and psych major at the University of South Florida. (She has a 4.0 GPA, too. Casual.)
If you're not already following her on social media (@Ellie_Majesty on Insta and Ellie_Majesty on Snap), you need to change that ASAP. I was lucky to have the opportunity to talk with Ellie and share our Q&A sesh with FlockU.
You're absolutely killing it on social media (over 30k followers)! What have been the positives and negatives of being insta-famous?
Thank you! I don't think of myself at being "insta-famous". I opened my Instagram account a little less than a year ago but it wasn't until last fall that I started to try growing the page. When I started Instagram, I decided that I only wanted to grow my page naturally. I wouldn't buy followers, advertisements or pay for shoutouts. I started networking with pages, models, and companies; and in six months I was able to go from 500 followers to 30,300 followers, a little less than a third of my goal of 100k.
The best thing about having a large social media following is that it provides networking opportunities. I'm approached by more magazines, companies, and photographers on Instagram than on any other platform.
The negatives of having a big following is that it's a big obligation. Maintaining my social media pages is time consuming, because I am always trying to improve my page through increasing the quality of my photos, posting content that is more interesting, and sharing videos that are more interactive. I'm always working on finding ways that my profile can allow people to interact with me and get know me more than just observing my fitness and modeling career.
When did you decide to start modeling? Why fashion and fitness?
Growing up, people always told me that I should try modeling. It was never something that interested me until I became passionate about fitness and started working out in Italy in 2011. It wasn't until I moved to America that I had the opportunity to become a model and wanted to focus on fitness because it's really my passion. Photographers told me that I was too versatile to limit myself to fitness modeling, so now I actually do more editorial, fashion, swimwear, and lifestyle photoshoots than fitness.
How do you find the time to do all these things AND be a student? Do you have any free time, ever?
It certainly isn't easy to be a full time model and do well in college. There are a few things that I do everyday. I go to the gym twice a day, once for an hour of cardio in the morning, and in the evening I do an hour and a half of lifting with an additional half hour of cardio. I also meal prep, so every night I prepare 5-6 meals that I eat every two hours throughout the next day. Obviously I have to go to class, but I try to schedule them so that I only have to school go three times a week.
On top of that, I'm also modeling. When I'm not in school, I accept four to five photoshoots per week, but during the school year I limit myself to three. Somehow after all of that I do manage to find some free time, which I spend in unconventional ways, like deep sea fishing!
How much importance do you put in doing well in college vs. doing well in modeling?
I think that doing well in college is extremely important. If I didn't think I could do well in both, I wouldn't model. Luckily, I have been able to find balance. My modeling career is going well but my school hasn't suffered as a result. I currently have a 4.0 GPA and this year I was also inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Tau, and Phi Theta Kappa honor societies.
Personally, I feel like being at college makes it hard to always be healthy. Do you have any secrets to staying in such great shape for modeling, or any recommendations for those of us who aren't in the business?
Generally speaking I think that college makes it hard for students to be healthy. I don't live on campus and living a healthy lifestyle is something that I think is equally important to college. I don't have the option of not going to the gym for three hours a day or not spending two hours every night preparing all of my meals. This commitment is needed to stay on my career path. For everyone else, I think that having three well-balanced meals per day and spending an hour in the college gym three times per week is a great way to stay healthy in college.