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MEET | SUMMER RAYNE OAKES
Featured 3.13-3.19.17 | The hottie you're looking at once published peer-reviewed science papers on sewage sludge, worked to reclaim mines and spends her free time restoring forestlands. And she raises exotic insects and lives amongst more than 500 plants in her Brooklyn apartment. Oh, also, she has never had — wait for it — coffee. Or alcohol. Never. What she has had, though, is one of the most interesting and inspirational lives of anyone I have ever met. Summer Rayne Oakes graduated cum laude from Cornell with degrees in Environmental Science and Entomology, and then took her love of ecosystems and her strong belief in sustainability and became the world's first fashion "eco-model." Over the past 10 or so years she has launched companies, written books and even served as the muse for Toyota’s Prius C (yes, there's a car color named after her). She is, undoubtedly, the world's most beautiful environmentalist, both inside and out, and we're proud to share her selects with you. Welcome to Summer Rayne's week.
more about summer rayne
Summer Rayne Oakes has taken an unlikely career path, having parlayed her background in environmental science and entomology from Cornell University with a successful career as a fashion model. Her passion is helping people find healthier everyday choices—from what they wear to what they eat. Most recently she launched SugarDetox.me, a website offering guided Sugar Detox Programs; and has released her first cookbook this month with Sterling Epicure.
Over the last decade, she has modeled for labels that align with her values, including Payless , Portico , Pirelli, and Mo do eyewear; and even served as the muse for Toyota’s Prius C (they even went so far as to name a paint color in her honor). She has authored the best-selling book Style, Naturally and co-founded award-winning, venture-backed sustainable materials marketplace Source4Style (now called Le Souk). She is an avid interior gardener in Brooklyn, living amongst 600 indoor plants, documented on her recently released site, Homestead Brooklyn, which shows people how to live a greener and cleaner life. You can see all the green on her amazingly lush Instagram account.