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The Models Who Were Scouted at a Twin Festival

Meet the Hengesbach twins.

Photo: Shaniqwa Jarvis
Photo: Shaniqwa Jarvis

Erin and Alyssa Hengesbach were minding their business during a parade at a twin festival when photographer Hugo Scott took their photo. They didn’t even realize the picture had been taken until two years later, when Marc Jacobs slid into their DMs to ask if they could be in his upcoming campaign. Someone at the brand had seen Scott’s photo. The twins went on to star in the ads. But Erin and Alyssa aren’t professional models. They live in Michigan and work at a sports company. Had they considered modeling before? “No, never. I’d rather be playing a sport,” said Alyssa. We spoke with the duo about their favorite foods, sports, and the debate about boy bands they’ve been having their entire lives.

If you could spend three months anywhere, where would it be? 
Erin: London.
Alyssa: Australia.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be? 
Erin: Flying.
Alyssa: Teleportation.

What’s the best album ever made? 
Erin: ’N Sync, No Strings Attached. It was the first album we got when we were 8 years old.
Alyssa: Backstreet Boys, Black and Blue. I got the Backstreet Boys and she got ’N Sync. That’s how it’s been our whole life.

What’s your go-to karaoke song? 
Erin: Never done karaoke. We’re kind of shy.

Who is someone you think is cool? 
Erin: Kobe Bryant.
Alyssa: Jessica Biel.

Who is a fictional character you’d like to hang out with? 
Erin: Wonder Woman.
Alyssa: Superman.

Jeans or sweats?
Erin: Sweats.
Alyssa: Sweats.

If you were a magazine, which magazine would you be? 
Erin: Sports Illustrated. 
Alyssa: Sports Illustrated. 

What is something your social media followers don’t know about you? 
Alyssa: That we have a little sister.

What was the last website you looked at? 
Erin: ESPN.
Alyssa: Facebook.

If you could be outfitted by one designer for the rest of your life, who would it be? 
Erin: Marc Jacobs.
Alyssa: Marc Jacobs.

What do you eat for breakfast? 
Erin: Cereal, donuts, Eggo waffles.
Alyssa: Pop-Tarts, pancakes, donuts, any sugary cereal.

If you could only eat three things for the rest of your life, what would they be?
Erin: Cake, bacon, and cheese. We eat cake for breakfast after our birthday for two weeks. Cake is our favorite food. I get a yellow cake and she gets a white cake every year.
Alyssa: Cake, cheese, and noodles. Plain noodles with barely any butter, and no salt in the water either.
Erin: I put salt on my noodles.

If you were a color, what color would you be? 
Erin: Orange.
Alyssa: Red.

Photo: Shaniqwa Jarvis

Erin wears Michael Kors Collection dress, Tommy Hilfiger shoes, and Versace barrette. Alyssa wears Michael Kors Collection dress, Stuart Weitzman shoes, and Versace barrette.

The Models Who Were Scouted at a Twin Festival