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Larissa Schot grew up in Singapore and Europe, and started her modeling career as a teen. After moving to the United States as a young adult, she was on the 22nd season of “America’s Next Top Model ” in 2015. While she was eliminated in the second episode, Schot gained a following and multiple model agency offers as a result. She went on to model for well-known brands like New Balance, Smashbox and I Am Gia. In 2021, Schot launched her luxury candle brand, KĀ ÄS, pronounced ”chaos.” The candles, made to uplift one’s mood, feature unique messages for each customer.
Who: Larissa Schot (KA AS)
What are you known for & how did you get your start?
I am a model and a content creator — I’ve worked with brands such as New Balance, GGC Bikinis, Sommer Swim, I Am Gia and Smashbox. I spent my teenage years in Singapore and traveled a fair amount around Asia and Europe where I started my modeling career and developed a following.
What’s the brand: Candles
Find it: kaas-us.com
Why did you decide to bring a brand into this crowded marketplace?
I have always aspired to develop my own brand. During quarantine in 2020, I found myself constantly lighting candles in an effort to reset my mood, clear the air and find some peace. I dove into finding a candle that reflected my needs and eventually decided to create my own. (KĀ ÄS) reflects my desire to help people regain their own sense of peace and space where they otherwise wouldn’t be able to. This brand reflects my journey of self-discovery and the ups and downs associated with finding yourself and your passion.
Best Seller: Be Genuine: White Sage and Lavender
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