Michelle Jia
Home: Fresh Meadows
Age: 17
Height: 5’ 2-1/2”
Weight: 105
Stats: 32-25-32

For Michelle Jia, modeling has been a great way to boost her self-confidence and have a great time.

Sure, her real dreams may lay with accounting – yes, that is her dream job, but in the meantime, thanks to the folks at Shortstack Models, she’s been having a great time.

“I’ve been with Shortstack for three years, and it’s working out really good for me,” she said. “I’ve gained a lot out of it.

Shortstack is a Queens-based organization that opens petite girls to the world of modeling while also building self-esteem and friendships.

Michelle, a high school senior, is already gaining college credit through an early college initiative at her school and said that working with Shortstack and working some pageants and shows has “definitely helped my confidence, and I’ve gained a lot of new friends.”

When she’s not hitting the books or the runway, Michelle spends time with friends, does some volunteer work and reads. She also has an affinity for karaoke – but mostly by herself.

Though in a perfect world Michelle would really like to be an artist, she knows that accounting is a great opportunity – and more realistic, though she still creates and enjoys her time in front of the camera.