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Celebrity Travel: Go away with Tanaye White

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Tanaye White has put aside her career in defense and aerospace to concentrate on modeling, which includes a photo shoot for Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue. “The decision to transition into modeling full time was not an easy one,” said White, who recently moved to Brooklyn. “I had made a comfortable life for myself in the corporate world. But ultimately, I decided I could always go back to a ‘normal life’ if I ever decided to retire from modeling. I have two degrees to fall back on, so I know that it'll always be there.” Fans may follow White on Instagram ( and Twitter (

Q: Which of your careers has given you more opportunity to visit new places?

A: I would have to say it's a tie. In my former job, my company really enforced the importance of professional development, which I loved. I had opportunities to travel to New York, Los Angeles and even London. With modeling, the same applies. I've traveled for modeling as well. I think the coolest location I've been to is by far Turks and Caicos.

Q: What is your favorite vacation destination?

A: I've been to Mexico twice and have loved every bit of it. My favorite city in Mexico is Tulum. If you have the chance to go, I recommend getting Airbnb or renting a home so you can get a true feel of the culture. Be sure to check out the cenotes, the many beach clubs they have and take a day to experience a yacht party with friends.

Q: What untapped destination should people know about?


A: I feel like Washington, D.C., is an overlooked gem. People think of it as just a political space. But D.C. has incredible nightlife, delicious restaurants of all types and the most diverse community of people I've ever seen. It's so much more than just a bunch of museums and historic buildings. I've lived in the region for six years and it is still my favorite place to go for a staycation or a fun night out.

Q: What's the most important thing you've learned from your travels?

A: Always bring extra cash! Sometimes when you're traveling, banks will lock your card because they think it was stolen since it's being used in a new state (or) country. Also, when you're visiting countries that have a different currency, it's easier to convert cash than it is to use a card. When you have cash, you don't have to worry about finding an ATM or being charged heavy ATM fees.

Q: If you could only pick one place to eat, which would you choose?


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