Take Strides

I have been on the road for close to three months now. Chasing this dream of changing the world. I have come to realize what an adventure and challenge this will be. Not that I can’t do it, just that I have an uphill battle ahead of me. I have proven over and over that I am a fighter. I can defeat all odds…and that is exactly what I will do.

When I first arrived in New York City at the very young age of 18 I had my “best friends” tell me that I didn’t belong in front of the camera. I had photographers tell me I needed to work out and then they would edit my cleft lip out of my head shots. I had the closest people in my life tell me I was not an artist, that I belonged in an office, on the administrative end of things. I had multiple people tell me, “You just are not a model.” Truth be told? They were right about that last one; I am so, so much more than that.

I am a warrior
I am a dreamer
I am an anomaly
I am worthy

I lived a life of lies for years. Being anyone other than myself was easier. It was the biggest cop out until people started to see through that thin shield. I all of the sudden was without friends, without family, and without myself. I had never taken the time to find solidarity in who Zack was. It was ridiculous to think that happiness was inside anyone other than myself. I searched and searched and trust me, there is nothing like giving yourself the love you have so freely handed out to those around you. Once I did, my entire sense of being and purpose changed for the better and I began to fall in love with the universe and the universe began to fall in love with me.

So, to all of the readers out there:

Wear exactly what you want and walk tall with confidence. Let each stride bring you closer to your true self. Never apologize for being YOU. Smile or give your best fierce face and LIVE.


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When I was an intern for a modeling agency, I never believed that someone like me could ever make a mark or leave a legacy in a world like this.

PHOTO BY: @nelsonncastillo

Growing up with a cleft lip, you start to believe that you are truly the only person on earth that understands your insecurities. Creating a community for those who understand what it is like to not just feel different, but who also look different has become my passion project.

Photo by @graphismetroplis



I want to give people like myself a platform and show the world just how beautiful we really are. It’s time we step up, in front of the camera, and rise. This blog will follow my own personal journey of taking my own advice: live your life fearlessly and unapologetically; speak up with love and through art.

Let’s see if there is a place in the industry for the first cleft affected male model.

If not?

PHOTO BY @graphicsmetropolis

Allow me to introduce myself:

My name is Zack Rodetis-Urenda and I am 1 in 700.



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There is a time in our lives where, as “ WOMEN”, we realize, If I don’t take care of me, I can’t take care of the anyone else… AND if I choose not to take care of my health, it will just make the older me suffer. PAINFULLY ! Yea yea, I know that’s a little heavy on the count of … You came to my blog expecting a light fluffy post about how to eat yourself some “good hair” , and yea, I kind of ambushed you… lol … my bad dawg. (Shrugs)  I just wanted to give you some motivation! Motivation about not only why you NEED to eat better for great, healthy, sassy, hair, but for great healthy sassy hair when your 80 shopping with your cute 80 year old diva friends!  And PLEASE, don’t act like you all depressed, omg poor me I don’t care about my hair… blah blah. Just remember depression is temporary, and only last as long as you’re willing to entertain it. So, do your 80 year old self a favor and start eating some high-biotin foods, cause she does not deserve to have ugly hair because you wanted to be 25!

Please AND Thank You!

Just eat a balanced diet that includes some high-biotin foods: almonds, eggs, peanuts,, wheat bran, salmon, avocados, and  cheese

Here’s some more…

Healthy food hacks




Cinnamon is a sweet way to improve  blood flow, also called circulation. That’s what brings oxygen and nutrients to your hair follicles, and if paired will the right nutrients and vitamins, it can help hair grow fuller and longer.





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Fish like salmon, sardines, and mackerel are great sources for  healthy omega-3 fatty acids. They are LOADED! Your body can’t make these healthy fats, so it’s your job to  to get them from the food you eat or supplements. Your body needs them to grow hair longer and keep it shiny full and luscious!

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Is your hair dry and can’t seem to find it’s light? Eat some orange vegetables! Carrots, pumpkin, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, and mangoes are all are filled with a good-for-you antioxidant called beta carotene. Your body turns beta carotene into vitamin A which helps protect against dull hair. It also encourages the glands in your scalp to make an oily fluid called sebum that keeps hair from drying out.




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Iron is a great way to prevent hair loss.  Sure you can get iron from supplements but you can easily get it from grains, pastas, soybeans Beef, especially organ meats like liver, selfish and dark leafy greens do too.

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Like so many dark green leafy vegetables, spinach is full of amazing stuff. It has loads of vitamin A, plus iron, beta carotene, folate, and vitamin C. They keep your hair moisturized so it’s not fragile. Moral of the story… EAT lots of Spinach!

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