We last spoke with model McKenna Waitley in September 2015. She was one of our original model muses. She grew up in San Diego, California, and lives the MalenDyer lifestyle – from the beaches of SoCal to her love of sports.
MalenDyer: Last time we spoke, you mentioned you wanted to ride an elephant and to visit Bali. Are you able to check those items off of your list?
McKenna Waitley: No, unfortunately I couldn’t get to Bali, but I did hold a koala and hang out with kangaroos in Australia.
MD: Speaking of Australia, share with us more about your experience Down Under.
MW: I went to Australia for two months. It was my first time, and it was an unforgettable experience! My favorite part was probably scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef. I have always wanted to explore it, and I was able to work a little as well, which was a great combo.
MD: Since you are from San Diego, let’s talk about SD. What did you love most about growing up there?
MW: Yes, I grew up in San Diego, which I still believe is one of the best cities in the world! I love the sun, beautiful beaches and overall just friendly people that live here.
MD: What has been your most memorable SD summer?
MW: I think one of my most memorable summers was when my family moved to Coronado. It was a beach day every day. We biked from one side of the island to the other, had bonfires on the beach and I made music videos with all of my sisters [she added with a smile].
MD: You’ve also spent time in Seattle and Houston playing soccer. Do you ever miss that chapter of your life?
MW: I actually do miss soccer a lot. It is a huge part of who I am…
Read more of our interview with model McKenna Waitley in our Stay Active, #Md2 for Spring 2017 issue at malendyer.com.