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By: Ashley Rossi

Ashley Rossi is a Vital Proteins ambassador and model based in New York City. Here, she gives Lively a peek inside her New York Fashion Week experience.

New York Fashion Week is one of the busiest times of the year for me. This season, I went on more castings than ever before and walked in multiple shows. Maintaining your energy and hydration is key to getting through such a hectic schedule, which is why I loved trying Vital Proteins’ new Peach White Tea Collagen Water™. It launched at the perfect time for me since I always want to drink water while getting my hair and makeup done before hitting the runway. This past Saturday, I attended Vital Proteins’ Peach Party at NYC’s Dogpound fitness studio, where they launched the thirst-quencher. We completed a killer HIIT workout, enjoyed smoothie bowls and hydrated with Collagen Water™.

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After walking in three runway shows at the height of Fashion Week, it was time for my final gig: modeling outfits for Kittenish, country singer Jessie James Decker’s clothing line. As I was putting together my bag of essentials ahead of the show, I decided to pack a Zen Collagen Shot to provide me with an “alert calm”** —  thanks, L-theanine! – closer to show time.

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For those who haven’t worked a Fashion Week show, trust me when I say that being backstage right before it’s time to walk out is the most surreal experience. Here’s a mental image for you: Hairstylists and makeup artists rushing to put their finishing touches on models, stylists making sure the clothes look pristine and photographers and videographers capturing every moment. It’s total chaos, which means it’s the ideal opportunity to take my Zen Collagen Shot. I took it to calm my nerves and to not get caught up in the madness going on around me. Luckily, it was such a great show and I even got to take a selfie with the designer herself!

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This was definitely my most successful New York Fashion Week to date. My main strategy is staying hydrated with Collagen Water™ and taking a Collagen Shot for when I need a little boost. I also make it a point to keep up with my fitness goals by doing light workouts and some cardio when possible. It’s what helps me feel super powerful on the runway.

Photos: Courtesy of Ashley Rossi

**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.