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The Look Book Goes to the Hudson Yards Equinox

Where members were working out on treadmills, ellipticals, and weight machines under a tent.

Margo Lopez. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Margo Lopez. Photo: Rochelle Brock

Margo Lopez (pictured above), Self-employed, Hell’s Kitchen.

So what do you do for work?
I’m a model. My look is unique. I’m five-foot-three and 110 pounds — not your typical runway measurements. What I don’t have in height, I make up for in looks and walks and face. Most models are very mainstream and generic; you put me in a group of models for a fashion show and I definitely stand out. When you ask people who’s the most beautiful, I’m most likely to be chosen.

And what do you get up to now?
Now I’m at Equinox like seven days a week. It is really nice as a trans woman to have a place to go where I don’t have to feel self-conscious about my body. The opposite, actually: People come up to me and are like, “Your physique is awesome.”

Cecilia Wang, Consultant, Chelsea. Photo: Rochelle Brock

How often do you work out?
Currently, six times a week. But before the pandemic, it was more like four or five times. It’s good for my mental health, and I enjoy checking out my own abs.

Silvia Nicoloso, Actor, Astoria. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Trevor Hart, Marketing analyst, Financial District. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Mic Adilardi, Sales director, Midtown East. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Ryan Shemen, Vice-president, Murray Hill. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Cristi Silva, Project manager, Hudson Yards. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Matt D’Amico, Yoga teacher, Morningside Heights. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Ian Schechter, CEO, Financial District. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Lloyd Blander, Creative director, Chelsea. Photo: Rochelle Brock

Do you have gym friends?
I’m a social butterfly about New York City. I have no trouble making friends, so obviously I make friends with the staff — I don’t care who or at what level they are. I say hi to the people.

Hanna Hunstad, Entrepreneur, Brooklyn Heights. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Mark Davies, Lawyer, Chelsea. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Melinda Robin Caudill, Event planner, Hudson Yards. Photo: Rochelle Brock

Did you miss Equinox when it was closed?
No joke, when they reopened, I was here the first day. Thankfully, most of it is the same in this version. They still have the showers. The only things that have been taken away are the saunas and the facial moisturizer. Oh, and the eucalyptus towels seem to be gone.

Tim Wildin, CEO, Hudson Yards. Photo: Rochelle Brock

How long have you been a member?
Oh, ten, 15 years. I actually met my fiancé at Equinox — he’s a teacher. He approached me, of course. He was a substitute for the usual instructor, and when he walked in, I was like, Ugh, damn, a sub. And then I was like, Oooh, damn, who’s that sub?

Aubrey Bohn, PR manager, Williamsburg. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Brenden Taylor, Investment banker, Gramercy. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Gustavo Estrella, Personal trainer, Corona. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Bea Locsin, Investor relations, Tribeca. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Yvonne Haussmann, Teacher, Soho. Photo: Rochelle Brock

*This article appears in the October 26, 2020, issue of New York Magazine. Subscribe Now!

The Look Book Goes to the Hudson Yards Equinox