Fashion models share off-runway tales

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Model Mari Agory attends Curve X Falling Whistles: Be A Whistle Blower For Peace on Fashion's Night Out on September 8, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Curve)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Model Mari Agory attends Curve X Falling Whistles: Be A Whistle Blower For Peace on Fashion's Night Out on September 8, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Curve)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Kelly Hackett, model Mari Agory, brand liason of Falling Whistles Sinclair Bolden, model Atong Arjok and fashion stylist Daver Campbell attend Curve X Falling Whistles: Be A Whistle Blower For Peace on Fashion's Night Out on September 8, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Curve)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27: Model Mari Agory is seen wearing a Michael Kors bag on August 27, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27: Model Mari Agory is seen wearing vintage booties on August 27, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27: Model Mari Agory is seen wearihng a top by Reservoir, skirt by Material Girl, bag by Michael Kors and glasses are a vintage find, on August 27, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27: Model Mari Agory is seen wearihng a top by Reservoir, skirt by Material Girl, bag by Michael Kors and booties and glasses are a vintage find, on August 27, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04: Model Abiah Hostvedt on Day 1 of New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 on September 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Melodie Jeng/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 09: Model Abiah Hostvedt attends the 'Sunset Edge' New York Premiere at Museum of the Moving Image on August 9, 2014 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 09: Abiah Hostvedt and director Daniel Peddle attend the 'Sunset Edge' New York Premiere at Museum of the Moving Image on August 9, 2014 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 09: Model Abiah Hostvedt attends the 'Sunset Edge' New York Premiere at Museum of the Moving Image on August 9, 2014 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 09: Abiah Hostvedt and director Daniel Peddle attend the 'Sunset Edge' New York Premiere at Museum of the Moving Image on August 9, 2014 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 12: Red model Abiah Hostvedt attends the Odyn Vovk Fall 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at 7 Extra Place on February 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Amber De Vos/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 12: Red model Abiah Hostvedt attends the Odyn Vovk Fall 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at 7 Extra Place on February 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Amber De Vos/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 12: Red model Abiah Hostvedt attends the Odyn Vovk Fall 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at 7 Extra Place on February 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Amber De Vos/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 09: Model Abiah Hostvedt attends the 'Sunset Edge' New York Premiere at Museum of the Moving Image on August 9, 2014 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK (AP) -- They're the often- anonymous stars of New York Fashion Week - the models who walk the runways in designer clothes, looking mostly impassive and inevitably beautiful as they pose before cameras.

Their lives off the runways, however, remain for the most part a mystery.

They are young women like Mari Agory, whose family fled the South Sudan for Egypt to escape civil war; Adesuwa Pariyapasat, who was discovered by a scout in Nigeria at 17; Abiah Hostvedt, whose life on the road sometimes makes him homesick for his native Jamaica.

Associated Press photographers spoke backstage with models during New York Fashion Week, which began Thursday.

Here are their stories.

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