Kitchie Ohh: No Matter What’s on the Menu

Boudoir photo of model Miss Kitchie Ohh photographed in a sexy bedroom
Kitchie Ohh: Photo courtesy of Dynamite Dames Photography, Copyright 2023

Text by Kitchie Ohh, Copyright 2023


No Matter What’s on the Menu


When I was a kid, my dad was on dinner duty during the week, and I was a very picky eater. We had a running joke when I asked what he was making, there were usually multiple pots and pans in use on the stove. He would lift one lid and say, “this is eww.” He’d close that, lift another and say, “and this is yuck.”  I usually disliked at least one element of meals and would say so, often in those exact words, eww and yuck. Ugh, why couldn’t he just make stuff that I liked?  Thankfully, I’ve outgrown that. My tastes have changed, I try new things but still, I like what I like. I can do so without need for commenting on the parts I don’t, or that others do, now. To each their own, doesn’t bother me at all. 

Apparently, not everyone grew out of their ‘eww/yuck’ phase. Many grew deeper into it, digging so far in as to make remarks anytime they see someone consuming food they dislike, or declaring anyone who likes something prepared differently than the original way, or the way they prefer, wrong or that the recipe isn’t authentic, and the person can’t be truly enjoying it.  Pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza soapboxers, I’m looking directly at you. Seriously, though, can’t we just let people enjoy things? I don’t need you to compare my tofu to all kind of nastiness as I’m eating it, or tell me that I’m doing something scandalous by eating pickled ginger with my sushi roll, or heaven forbid, having peppers on my cheesesteak. I am fully aware that not everyone likes tofu, ginger is included as a palate cleanser, and a “Philly” cheesesteak doesn’t call for peppers, but I LIKE these things…and don’t recall asking for your input. The fact that all of these things are made, sold, and consumed widely show I am not alone, so there. 

The eww/yuck idea spills over from food preferences into all aspects of life, though. No matter who you are or what you do, someone is going to have something to say and it won’t always be kind. Or welcome. Or even directly to you. And there is little to nothing you can do to change that. 

We’ve covered food preference, and I went light on that, believe me, it could have been a longer rant. But let’s hit some other topics shall we? Let’s start with physical appearance. I am a brunette. I’ve gone lighter, nearly blonde for a while, then to the other end of the spectrum with a near-black brown. I’ve gone pink, purple, and for the longest stretch, red. it’s been extra long, quite short and every length in between, straight, wavy and curly. I’m currently letting it grow, trying to figure out what my actual hair color is and allowing the grey to come as it may. At nearly every point in my hair’s lifecycle, I was told I should do something else with it, wear it some way other than how I liked it at that moment, because another person would prefer MY hair their way. I was told I was too old to experiment with colors, that it wasn’t professional. All unsolicited and absolute nonsense. Because, for every ‘eww/yuck,’ there was a ‘your hair is fabulous.’

Continuing with the physical, I’m not a person who often shows a ton of skin. But sometimes, my choice of clothing reveals that I have a few tattoos. I recall one time at a gala fundraising event for my job, I chose a strapless dress, paired with a classic updo for my hair. I was having a lovely conversation with a guest in my line at the registration table, face to face. A question they asked required me to turn around to pick something up for them. This person who had been so lovely to my face, gasped and said aloud,“ugh, well THAT’S trashy, it ruins the whole look!” When MY upper back was shown to not be the pristine skin they would prefer. They took what I had handed them and walked away, glaring over their shoulder with the eww/yuck look. The person next in line apologized and asked me all about it saying they always wanted tattoos but were too scared to get one. 

How about more of a less permanent aesthetic example, hmm? I adore a vintage look. I spent a not insignificant amount of time in social circles, claiming to be inclusive, that did as well. I – or anyone really – could be impeccably dressed, made up, hair done, the whole shebang, for an event. For every compliment, there was an insult or backhanded comment dished out. Well that’s not TRUE vintage. That looks like a costume. You and a million other people got that look straight from Amazon. There would often be whole groups of people passing judgement on anyone who didn’t meet their ideal of what someone should look like to be at this event. But I still will say I met some amazing people, despite such eww/yuck reactions from a small (but loud) segment.

And now for something a bit more intangible: personality, life choices, etc. As a forty-something, heterosexual, single female, I am constantly asked rather inappropriate questions by, or hear comments and suggestions from, well-meaning individuals about improving my life. To be perfectly clear, the improvements are most often ways in which I can align myself better to the ideal woman’s role of wife and mother. A role I do not at all identify with. Let’s face it, if I haven’t drank that kool-aid by now, honey, it ain’t happening. So things like telling me how if I stopped doing this or started doing that I could get a man, and how much easier my life would be with him in the house to take care of me and fix things; saying I will regret not having children, and couldn’t possibly mean it when I say I have no intentions of getting married, and a thousand other variants of these things isn’t cute, appreciated, or necessary. I won’t change my mind about who I am and what I want because it doesn’t align with your opinion. No one should have to for anyone, or any reason. I can take care myself, and the home I purchased for myself, by myself. I am enough; it’s a shame you can’t see that.

For all of the times we laughed at the dinnertime eww/yucks, even the times I actually thought it of the things that were on the menu, I’m grateful the idea didn’t stick. I can experience something and decide ok, that’s not for me without the compulsion to tell others it shouldn’t be for them either simply because I don’t like it. All of this to say, I recognize and appreciate we are each different. From what we like to eat, to how we like to look, to who we spend our time with (or don’t) and how, to the choices we make for ourselves, big and small. No amount of eww/yuck attitude from anyone should deter us from being who we are and enjoying the hell out of the time we’ve got, no matter what’s on the menu.


Portrait of glamour model Miss Kitchie Ohh
Kitchie Ohh. Photo courtesy of Dynamite Dames Photography, Copyright 2023



Kitchie Ohh is a full-time professional fundraiser who has worked with a number of health and human services nonprofits in the Philadelphia area over the last 20 years. She found her passion for modeling after a pinup-style photoshoot in 2013. Since then, she has worked with many talented photographers, stylists, hair and makeup artists in a variety of styles. She has been featured in- and on the covers of – multiple print and digital publications. Over the years, she has branched out from pinup studio modeling to serve as a figure model for live sketching, walked a runway, and was part of two campaigns for Philadelphia designer K. Vaughn.

In addition to her philanthropy-focused career, she has volunteered with art, historical, and community organizations, and even the events team of a local brewery for a while, pre-pandemic.

You’re just as likely to find her whipping up something deliciously plant-based in her kitchen or knitting a sweater as you are to find her on a photography set. Her motto is “be both.” The model and the homemaker, sultry and sweet, serious and silly. All the things, all at once.

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Norma Rae Jean: 20 Years Later

Text by Norma Rae Jean, Copyright 2023


20 Years Later


As a young girl, we all have dreams… Dreams of our life in the future. Who will I marry, where will I live, what will I be, who will I be??? 

 With models like Cindy Crawford, Christie Brinkley, Christy Turlington, that was what I wanted to be.  As my teenage years approached, I wasn’t tall enough, I wasn’t skinny enough, I didn’t have the right look. Though I would not be a super model, I would find other ways to quench that desire. 

Remember before the internet,  the books that women used to look at in the hair salon to pick their next hair style?  You could find me in there. Or maybe in the window of a department store as a live display, did that too… Shows at night clubs to display an artist’s design.. Though not a super model, I had fun with what I could do. 

  In my early twenties, I posed for Tony Ward for the first time. Believe it or not, I was the first model he used a digital camera to photograph in 2003.

Now here we are, 20 years later and he asked me to pose again. I was more than excited to work with him a second time around,  and honored to be the model for his January 2023 homepage. 

 The day of the photo shoot, December 14, 2022, I went and had my make-up done.  My nerves grew as I drove to Tony’s studio. Getting lost twice on the way did not help. When I arrived Tony greeted me with a big hug. I knew right then I was in good hands. 

KVaughn, a fashion designer who also was creative director on the shoot brought a trunk full of jewelry,  scarves, fabrics, and dresses. Using what he and I brought, K Vaughn put my looks together. He is full of energy and so fun and creative to work with. 

We all made our way over to Tony’s new studio, which is in his back yard in Elkins Park. For the next three hours we had such a great time. Working with Tony, K Vaughn, and photo assistant Anthony Colagreco was so much fun. Once again, I was Tony’s first.. First model he shot in his new studio. 

Editor’s Note: Norma Rae Jeans hair and makeup was styled by the Blow Dry Bar in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Styling by KVaughn.


Tony Ward Diary: Happy Hour

Woman with great body wearing bikini by poolside having a martini
Happy Hour. Photo: Tony Ward, Copyright 2022

Photography and Text by Tony Ward, Copyright 2022


Happy Hour


I enjoy working on commercial assignments when the client has a great concept to promote their business. In this case, the client was also the subject of the series. I was asked to take a number of pictures of a female business owner who came up with a unique idea to promote a chain of tanning salons. The concept was that there would be Martini’s available to customers who used the salons services while they were tanning their bodies, creating a “happy hour” type atmosphere when clients stepped into the salon. The client cast as subject worked out magnificently in this case.

As part of the assignment I was asked to make large scale prints from the pictures we produced to decorate the salon.  She certainly was masterful  and successful in promoting her business. 


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Riza Oliva: The Girl From A Thousand Islands

Portrait of Riza Oliva for Tony Ward Studio
Riza Oliva. Photo: Tony Ward, Copyright 2021

Text by Riza Oliva, Copyright 2021


The Girl From A Thousand Islands


If you google, “How many islands are in the Philippines?”, the answer would be 7,640 islands. In one of those many thousand islands, there is one called Cebu, the place I was born. While many in the United States had the luxury of being born in the hospital, I was born on a bamboo bed at home. I spent my first five years in the Philippines. My family had an opportunity to move to America as my grandmother became an Engineer for Septa. My mother was one of nine siblings, seven girls and two boys. I grew up with many women who were very hardworking and very passionate. I guess you can say, that’s where I get my drive from, it runs in my blood.

Growing up in America was interesting. I do not think many individuals from other countries realize how much blood, sweat, and tears go into living in “The Land of the Free”. One thing I can say is, that America has given me so many opportunities that I never dreamt. I graduated high school in Edinburg, Texas then moved back to Philadelphia and graduated college at Temple University. It was there where I received my degree In Health Information Management and worked hard to become a Subject Matter Expert for a health software company. While beginning my new career after graduation, I started modeling. Many doors opened for me by just going outside of my comfort zone. I was featured in music videos on BET Jams and Music Choice, walked in New York Fashion Week multiple times, was published in multiple magazines and featured on clothing websites. I also became a radio host for a local internet radio station. I eventually opened two photography studios in Pennsylvania and Ohio after starting my photography journey again. And when I thought about quitting it all, opportunities came knocking on my door. I dipped my feet into some background acting for major films and shows like Netflix’s Hustle with Adam Sandler and NBC’s Bel Air. I would say I was blessed but many of my achievements came from facing my fears, working hard and taking chances. I am proud of who I have become and will constantly try to be the best version of myself day in and day out.


About The Author: Riza Oliva is a professional photographer, actress, model, business owner and mom based in Philadelphia. To read contributing writer Katie Kerl’s interview with Riza Oliva, click here:

Ade Jaiye: Flawless

Portrait of Ade Jaiye by Tony Ward, Copyright 2021

Text by Ade Jaiye, Copyright 2021




I am spirit, hailing from Lagos, Nigeria, sharing in this physical experience. so much we have the ability to bring to life with mere vision. but one thing I am well aware of, is that I am not here to stay…  
I am here for the human experience. the freeze frame. the nostalgia. the fluidity. the capture. the expression. the mood. the vibes. the play. the emotion. the vulnerability. the applause. the yes. the no. the thought. the action. the submission. the uncertainty. the dominance. the release. the inspiration. the void. the challenge. the controversy. the revelation. the growth. the evolution. the transformation. the refuge. the truth. the light. the darkness. the possibilities. the mere chance. the love.
For those of us who challenge the voices in our heads on the daily…this one’s for you. You are not the voices in your head. And they are not all your friend. remember, you run this. no matter how big or small your life may seem, You run this. You’re the director of your lifetime series. And this lifetime is not a dress rehearsal. Armor your self with what strengthens and enlivens you. be unapologetic about what makes you, You. embrace yourself, flaws and all. Turns out, what we think are our flaws are what ends up being our or someone else’s saving grace. Believe it or not, we’re in this physical thingy together… again, just breezing through. Pleasure to meet yous. First name’s, the crown (ADE), last name’s, to enjoy life (JAIYE). 
Ade Jaiye  xx
About The Author: Ade Jaiye is a fashion model based in Philadelphia. She currently is the in house model for Joan Shepp, luxury clothing store. She frequently appears on QVC. This is Ade’s first contribution to Tony Ward Studio.