Tonya Robinson may know the world of luxury more than any other Joan Herlong & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty associate. That’s because she lived it for 15 years as a professional model doing work with top agencies such as Wilhelmina International Inc., DirectionsUSA, and Ursula Wiedmann Models. Through these agencies, she has collaborated with many designers, brands? and publications such as Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Cosmopolitan. Locally, she has graced the cover of Talk Magazine. She has also provided creative and design input for various projects, which is a major bonus for her real estate career.
How did all of this happen?
Let’s start in the beginning. She was born in Myrtle Beach, but being an Air Force daughter her family was transported up the coast to Wilmington, N.C. and that is where she grew up.? She started her professional modeling career immediately after high school and spent almost 15 years based out of New York City. However, in 2015, she moved back to Wilmington and that is where she met her now wife, Ashley James. In 2017, Tonya relocated to Greenville where Ashley was working as the founder and designer for Ruell & Ray, an interior design studio.
Since moving to Greenville, Tonya has fallen in love with the mountains and lakes, and her experiences as a recent transplant give her an almost instant connection to people looking to relocate to the Upstate.? She also serves as a volunteer and mentor for Pendleton Place in Greenville, which offers programs to ensure child welfare and family stabilization. All of that led her to joining Joan Herlong & Associates Sotheby’s in the winter of 2021 where her eye for staging and photography will provide an amazing asset to your listing and buying experience.