My Essentials: Noelle Manica

Noelle Manica. Photo by Cameron Story | Hair by Claudina Cortez | Makeup by Caro Benitez | Shot at Crossroads Studio

If you think you’ve seen Noelle Manica somewhere before, chances are you’re probably right. The professional model has graced the covers of fashion magazines and turned plenty of looks on various international runways. “I’ve been booked already for Paris Fashion Week again in March 2022,” she says.  

When she’s not busy stomping runways, Manica serves as model director for Kansas City Fashion Week and as director of model development for Kansas City Fashion Council, Inc. It’s an opportunity for her to impart her two decades of wisdom, knowledge, and know-how with the younger set. Speaking of, Manica also founded The Model Board, a coaching and mentoring resource she created in 2018 to help local talent develop and refine their skills and expertise.  

Born in Houston, Manica has called Kansas City home since 2003. “Y’all will always be part of my vernacular,” she says with a laugh. She notes the city’s affordability and accessibility to cultural opportunities have become big selling points for her. “There are really great dining options,” she says. “And the shared desire of multi-talented creatives to make Kansas City more than just a flyover city.” She, too, has had a hand in shaping the metro’s after-hours scene. Manica came up with the names for The Monarch Bar (which she owns with her husband, David) as well as for Verdigris and The Mercury Room (which David co-owns with the KC-based group, Exit Strategy.)

Noelle’s essentials…

Shop-A-Holic: Clairvaux is definitely an indulgence; but the quality and longevity of the items makes the investment worth it. Also, Alysa Rene Boutique in Park Place carries designer brands that are great trendy additions for each season.

Coffee Infusion: I’m hooked on The Roasterie Café’s off-menu Midas latte. It’s a ginger-infused latte with honey, turmeric, and cinnamon that a barista recommended. I order mine with oat milk. It’s a luscious, perfect afternoon pick-me-up.

Hats Off: My white Signature KC Dad Hat from MADE MOBB has traveled all over the world with me. And my black Parisian beret with tortoise detail from Amina Hood.

The Eyes Have It: IMAGE MD restoring eye recovery gel is always part of my skincare routine. And Dior Capture Totale Super Potent Eye Serum is a decadent treat.

Bring On the Bling: Recently, David and I became business partners with Georgina Herrera of Georgina Jewelry, so needless to say, I usually have one of her pieces on at any given time.

Hairy Situation: My Grace & Company shower cap—because I tend to go several days between washing my hair when I’m off-duty from modeling or events. My hair and scalp really appreciate being product-less.

Hidden Gem: My secret parking spot on the Plaza. I’ll never tell.

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