“I wouldn’t bring you to a place that would kill you,” Amina Blue says in her Brooklyn accent. She chuckles and then smirks playfully. The place in question is Kavasutra, New York’s first kava bar, in the East Village. Blue, a model on the rise who has gained attention for her role as Kanye West’s frequent muse, doesn’t drink. So, occasionally, she comes here instead with her manager/agent, Session Cruz, for a muscle-relaxing beverage made out of the roots of kava, a plant grown in the western Pacific Islands. It numbs your tongue, almost makes you feel a little high, and tastes like dirt, but it's a healthy alternative to alcohol, without the intoxication and hangover.

Blue, 23, is a homebody who spends her days watching Animal Planet or playing with her four pit bulls, so this is a rare outing for her. “I don’t like to have to talk to everybody,” she says. “People assume I’m mute and this nasty bitch because I don’t smile, but I’m just a private person.”

So private in fact that she refuses to reveal her real name (her alias was inspired by her blue eyes). Still, almost everywhere she goes, she gets recognized as the pocket-sized, 5’1” tattooed model from West’s Yeezy Season fashion shows with platinum blonde hair, striking, doll-like facial features, and curves men salivate over (32” bust, 18” waist, 34” hips). On her way to Kavasutra, she was stopped on the street by a boy in his late teens who hollered, “Hey! Aren’t you Instagram famous?”

Blue started off as a video vixen, appearing in music videos for Busta Rhymes (“Thank You,” which also featured West, Q-Tip, and Lil Wayne) and Rich Gang (“Everyday,” though the video was never released). But by February 2015, she was front and center at West’s first Yeezy Season show during New York Fashion Week. “I was nervous as fuck,” she says. “I was like, ‘Shit. I’m the shortest one.’ For a 5’1” model like me to be there… And it was livestreamed.” Since then, she has walked in the three subsequent Yeezy Season shows, appeared in both Yeezy Season zines, and flown around the world to model the apparel for buyers who visit the brand’s showrooms. She’s become known for her provocative poses as much as her carefree attitude. During the Yeezy Season 4 show at Roosevelt Island in New York in September, she kicked off her shoes on the catwalk because they were uncomfortable. “I do everything that has to do with Yeezy,” she says. She has also been featured in CR Fashion Book, the fashion magazine founded by former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld, and recently graced the cover of German culture magazine 032c—completely nude. “Less is more sometimes; more isn’t always less,” she says.