Influencers: New Yorkers You Need To Know

Avanti Gupta

Creative Influencer

Avanti Gupta is part of a new generation of “It Girl” trendsetters. She boasts an impressive Instagram following (more than 23K fans) and years of experience in the entertainment industry both behind the scenes and in front of the camera.

Her passion for fashion brought her to New York City, where she attended Parsons. She has come a long way and has worked at Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Ferragamo, Barneys New York, Lanvin, Versace, Louis Vuitton, and Fendi. Avanti also worked with a top stylist and assisted on photo shoots and content for Bally, Bergdorf Goodman, New York Post, and Arabia.

As a social media personality with seven years of expertise in the luxury fashion industry, Avanti now curates strong visual images of travel, beauty, and high fashion on a regular basis. She is also an on-screen host with growing experience in creating video content, and has also served as a hostess for numerous red carpet and charity benefit gala events. Instagram: @AvantiGupta

Laurie Gelman 


Laurie Gelman was born and raised in the Great White North. She spent 25 years as a broadcaster in Canada and the United States before trying her hand at writing novels. Gelman lives in New York City with her husband, Michael Gelman (executive producer of “Live with Kelly and Ryan”), and two teenage daughters. “Class Mom” is her first book.

Gelman’s debut novel is a clever take on a year in the life of kindergarten class mom, Jen Dixon. Jen is not your typical Kansas City, Missouri, kindergarten class mom―or mom in general. She already has two college-age daughters by two different men (probably musicians), and it is her second time around the class mom block with 5-year-old Max―this time with a husband and father by her side. Though her best friend and PTA president see her as the “wisest” candidate for the job (or oldest), not all of the other parents agree.

By Elizabeth Darwen

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