Model and artist Torin Ashtun has a thoughtful, self-aware air about her—but don’t mistake her chill factor for passivity. No, this woman knows how to pursue her goals. Born and raised in Long Beach, California, she experienced intense challenges (including periods of homelessness) during her formative years, but consistently found meaning and refuge in creativity.
As a teenager, she was interested in fashion, but she didn’t follow the traditional funnel into the industry. At just under 5’5”, her height would be considered a deal-breaker by traditional modeling standards. Yet, through ingenuity and force of will, she created a path for herself by posting pictures on social media and collaborating with up-and-coming photographers. In time, Freedom Models took notice—with that face, how could they not?—and now she appears in campaigns for Kosas, Adidas, and KKW Beauty.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Torin is staying home and using the time to focus on her artwork. In progress are paintings and a comic book, The Art of Cap—all of which she aims to share with the world later this year. Here, she discusses how she finds beauty and meaning in the everyday, even when our collective “everyday” looks nothing like it used to.