MEET: Robyn Rasmovicz – bartender, model and adventure seeker
Robyn Rasmovicz is bartender at the American Legion Post 558 is Plains. She is also a sales representative for Avon and has done some professional modeling. She is currently a contestant in the “Miss Jetset Magazine Cover Model Contest.” Rasmovicz, 45, is a native of Plymouth and Breslau and, when she was in fifth grade, moved to Texas. She returned to Northeastern Pennsylvania in 1997. She received an associate’s degree in occupational therapy from Houston Community College and also studied interior design at Luzerne County Community College. She lives in Pittston.
Tell us a little about the “Miss Jetset” contest. I didn’t know anything about it. Someone contacted me through the modeling website Model Mayhem. I was selected as a possible contestant from Pennsylvania and was asked if I wanted to participate.
What was your reaction? First, I just wanted to find out if it was legitimate, and it seemed like a real contest. So I started building my profile. It started on September 1 and there are all of these different phases. The first phase goes for about three weeks. People can vote at miss.jetset.com.
You must have been flattered. Yeah. It was flattering. I was excited that they picked me out of thousands of people to help represent Pennsylvania.
What do you enjoy about bartending? I just have a knack for it. I think I’m good at it. I’m fast, and people like their drinks fast. I like the people, and I like working for the Legion because I get to see my Dad. He’s a regular member, so he’s there every time I’m there. When I’m not there, he’s there. They all know him.
And what about Avon? I love selling Avon and I use all of their products. The Avon Foundation supports, donates to, and raises awareness for breast cancer and domestic violence. That’s what I like the most.
What do you like to do in your free time? Just like everybody, I like to go on vacation. I just got back from visiting my brother in Wisconsin. I like golfing, though I haven’t done it in a few years. And just doing things around the house, like decorating. I also like hiking. And going out to eat.
Favorite music? I love Amy Winehouse. She’s my No. 1. Then I started getting into some of the oldies, where she got her inspiration from, like Sarah Vaughn, and I started appreciating that more. Then I realized that I really just like jazz in general. I like the blues, too.
Favorite city? New York. There’s just so much to do. I was just there with my Mom to a Ukrainian festival. We saw the Naked Cowboy. I couldn’t believe all of the different people that were there, dressed up. I also like Gavin DeGraw’s bar, The Underground.
Favorite vacation spot? The Caribbean Islands. I’ve been to quite a few of them. And the Cayman Islands were very nice. I really liked the water.
Favorite thing about NEPA? The summers and the outdoors. And being back with my family, back to where my roots are.
Favorite food? Seafood. Lobster.
All-time favorite TV show? I’m a big Netflix person. I like documentaries. And I like “Forensic Files” and those type of shows.
Any pets? A have a Yorkipoo. She’s 6 and her name is Brandy.
Favorite holiday? Christmas.
Favorite quote or catchphrase? “Treat people the way you want to be treated” and “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”
Biggest pet peeve? People not being on time. I hate when people are late.
Guilty pleasure? I like my wine.
Is there anything about you that might surprise even your friends? I went skydiving. And I raced cars at the Pocono Raceway. I’m not into NASCAR, but it was pretty cool. I drove around the track by myself. Just me and the fire extinguisher. It was three laps, and it was over in like a minute. I wouldn’t do it again, but I guess I do have an adventurous side.
Who, if anyone, has had the biggest impact on your life? My Dad. He always tells me everything happens for a reason, and he brought me up to be honest. He’s always there for me. My Mom, too, but in a little bit different of a way. More like a best friend. With my Dad, I’m his little girl.
Alan K. Stout is a regular contributor to Weekender. In addition to the MEET feature, he also writes about the NEPA music scene.
MEET is a new feature in Weekender that profiles local people from throughout NEPA.