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Apply for Unico shoot

Would you like to participate in a promotional photo/video shoot? We are casting talent for a new boutique hotel located in the Riviera Maya.

When, why and where?

The shoot will take place from November 27 to December 2. You will be invited to stay at the luxury hotel for the duration of the shoot. Compensation includes full board (accommodation and meals) as well as $3,500 MXN per day of shooting.

Who can apply?

We are looking for the following profiles;

  • Male – Between 30 and 40 years old
  • Female – Between 25 and 40 years old

If you are applying with your actual partner, please mention so in the comments.

Apply now

If you are available for the dates specified, please submit your application. If selected you will be invited for a casting November 6th at the hotel. Further details will be provided.

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How to get more Instagram followers by creating separate accounts based on topic

Are you trying to gain more followers on Instagram? Do you have a wide range of interests, some of which may not necessarily be related to each other in the slightest? Then you may have wondered if it’s better to have a single Instagram account or to create an account focused around each of your interests. Although having multiple accounts may complicate management to some extent, Instagram introduced a multiple-account feature in its mobile app last year, which means it’s a hell of a lot easier than it was previously.

If you you’re in the same boat as I am, you currently have one Instagram account where you’ve posted a mishmash of photos without any consistent theme other than the fact that you found it interesting or appear in the photo personally. That’s great for people who know you personally, or for people who by some coincidence share all of the exact same interests, but what if you’re trying to increase the scope of your target audience? Well, there’s only one way to find out if having multiple targeted accounts is better than a single all encompassing one. I’m trying it out and sharing the results with you.

My Instagram account @kendevo currently has 5,962 followers. I previously followed about 7,000 people, but decided a few months ago that I would rather limit my feed to people and topics that I truly care about. After this cleanse, my follower count has been steadily dropping at the rate of about 60 followers monthly (stats by Social Blade). I assume these are mainly people who noticed that I am no longer following them, and people who followed me because I posted a photo related to something they’re interested in but then post too many content that they do not relate with. Fair enough, it’s only logical. I wouldn’t stick around for photos of someone’s cat either if I signed up for fitness motivation.

Considering I have posted only once every three days on average for the rolling year, I cannot be considered a social media addict. Because of this, and since I want to avoid the hassle of switching between accounts all the time, I would like to keep using my main account as a hub. My original idea was to post all content to this account, and based on the hash-tags, automatically re-post the content to sub-accounts. This would be useful not only because it makes things easier, and because otherwise the main account would be deprived of content, but also because some content fits into multiple categories. For instance, when I practice several sports at once. Unfortunately, it seems services like IFTTT and Zapier do not support actions for Instagram since its terms of service do not allow automated posting.

If you’re planning to separate your Instagram accounts based on interest as well, I’d recommend spending a few minutes writing these out to see how related they are, what type of content you will publish, and how much interest there is for each of the topics. Here is my breakdown as an example;

  • #Fitness: 226,430,148 posts – This will include training and progress photos as well as recipes for healthy meals.
  • #AcroYoga: 1,533,565 posts – This would also encompass #Yoga since it’s encompassed by AcroYoga and matches for the query.
  • #Slackline: 808,028 posts – Photos and videos related to slacklining of course!

Anything that doesn’t fit specifically in any of these categories would be posted to the main account until there is enough content to merit a sub-account.

To be continued as I look for a tool which would allow me to automatically post to multiple accounts at once…

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Cosmopolitan Bikini Bash 2017

Promoters at Cosmo’s 2015 party

Every year, Cosmopolitan Magazine organizes one of the most anticipated pool parties in the Riviera Maya. More often than not, the event takes place at the Hard Rock Hotel which is located between Cancún and Playa del Carmen. Besides having an awesome time, the goal of the event is to arrange as many bikini-clad girls as possible on the beach to spell out “COSMO” and take an aerial photos which will be published in the magazine.

I always have an amazing time at the Cosmopolitan Bikini Bash because the organizers always have some original games or activities planned. That, and the hundreds of pretty girls in bikini’s of course, duh. 🙂 The only party that topped them so far has been Corona Sunsets last year, which had a giant air mattress to jump onto from a platform which was a few stories high.

There doesn’t seem to be an official announcement yet, but rumor has it that Cosmo’s Bikini Bash 2017 will take place on the 26th of August. Note that you will need to be on the guest list in order to attend. This year, it seems the name of the event might be changed to Cosmo45.

Below is a video of the Bikini Bash in 2015. Unfortunately I missed the 2016 event since I was in San Francisco preparing for Burning Man.

If you didn’t make it on the Cosmo45 guest list in 2017, make sure to subscribe to this email list to be notified for the Cosmopolitan party in 2018!

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Interview with Avori — FT student, PT model, PT queen, PT nanny

Avori is a 20-year old model residing in Saint Louis, Missouri.

How would you introduce yourself to our readers?

I was born in Oklahoma but quickly moved to St. Louis Missouri for my dad’s business. I have one brother who is a biologist in Denver, Colorado and a very good rock climber, and at the same time I also have many talents and hobbies including dancing, aerial acrobatics, and pageantry, although I also love kids so I am a nanny and go to school full time for a degree in business administration with a minor in marketing, with a plan to open my own business to help promote health and fitness. I am currently promoting several brands through Instagram as well.

When, how and why did you first get involved in the modeling industry?

I always loved being in the spotlight from a young age, although it was never, “look at me and how pretty I am” but rather, “I hope I can motivate you to do something big.” I started modeling at age 17 where I completely found my niche, and it felt so comfortable for me to be on the runway that I decided to enter in the miss America pageant and ended up winning. Now I travel to promote my platform of positive mindset and help encourage others. I also upload weekly videos of workouts to help motivate my followers to be the best version of themselves they can be.

avori-modeling-ripped-jeansWhat are your personal and professional goals? Where do you see yourself in five to ten years?

In five to ten years I plan to have my online fitness clothing store up and running as well as a professionally videographed and produced series of workouts for all my fans. I also plan to make a cookbook filled with delicious and nutritious recipes for people who can’t seem to find the quick fix to a healthier life that doesn’t mean giving up their favorite foods, and also plan to do charity acrobatic shows to raise money for specific organizations, as well as teach an acrobatics class myself, just for fun haha!

How often are you modeling and what does it usually consist of?

I have done only a handful of runway because I am a bit shorter than runway models, despite this unfavorable fact, my hard work has helped me to make the cut; other than a handful of fashion weeks from Missouri to Iowa, I have also done a music video for a celebrity, and a promotional video for a professional videographer. I have been in a Buffalo Wild Wings commercial, an industrial film for the Reagan library in Washington, D.C., and I do professional shoots for numerous fashion and fitness brands. I have only worked with one lingerie company and they were a very high end.

Please tell us about the best and/or worst experiences you’ve had so far in modeling.

I guess I will start with my worst, being that it was 14 degrees outside and I was wearing practically nothing but shorts and a crop top, but to top it off, we were on a rooftop and the windchill was -20; I do have to say that it was all worth it because the shots turned out amazing and the crew made things very tolerable. My best experience was modeling for a website called Maritz, where I got to model holding a violin and jumping in the air; I felt like I learned so much having to control and think about every part of my body while keeping a steady face. I love learning while I model.

Have you had anything funny, embarrassing or completely out of the ordinary happen during your modeling career?

Yes. Put me on a runway and I am smooth as can be, my walk couldn’t be better, but I always seem to trip or fall in my tennis shoes backstage, it never fails hahaha.

Is there anything you would change about the modeling industry if you could?

Well being as I am 5′ 7”, I would love if the industry was more accepting of my height. At the same time, I have to work twice as hard to get to the top and I love it. I think I have a true appreciation for modeling and what it means to be professional, and top model material.

avori-face-closeupDo you practice any sports and what do you typically eat? Please elaborate on the importance of nutrition and exercise in your life.

I do! I do aerial silks which is seen in Cirque du Soleil. It is where you hang from the ceiling in ribbons and do tricks. It takes an incredible amount of strength to do and I perform this as my pageant talent. I eat extremely healthy and encourage others to do the same; my energy levels are so much higher when I focus on my diet and I can do so much more during my day!

Please share something people don’t know about you.

Most people don’t know that I broke my back pole vaulting at age 15. I was so embarrassed that I had to wear a back brace that I wore baggy clothes and hid it. I was in a cast for 8 months and nobody ever knew, although I did come home with 2nd place at state.

Would you change anything about yourself?

Absolutely not! I am very lucky that I have the structure that I do. I have some amazing physical qualities, but I am so very proud of the work I put into things. I am very happy with myself both physically and internally.

Do you have any fears or phobias?

So I have no idea where this came from or why, but I have a foot phobia; sometimes I can muster up the strength to put lotion on my feet or clip my toenails but most of the time I just can’t do it. I think I waste too much money on pedicures because I just can’t stand feet!

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Interview with Kati Lubek — Dancer turning into model

Kati Lubek is a 28-year old model residing in New York, New York.

How would you introduce yourself to our readers?

I was born in Moscow, Russia. As a young child I loved dancing, that’s why my mother brought me to the ballet school, so I grew up as a “creative” kid. Self expression was always important to me and modeling is one of the ways how I can express myself. Besides modeling and dancing, I’ve also studied Philosophy and Graphic Design.

When, how and why did you first get involved in the modeling industry?

I was discovered at the age of 16 by my friend’s cousin who was a professional photographer. Back then I didn’t think about it seriously but I definitely liked to be in front of the camera. Since then I started to get more photoshoots, meeting different photographers and agents and started working in this industry.

kati-lubek-wearing-a-light-blue-tshirtWhat are your personal and professional goals? Where do you see yourself in five to ten years?

For the past ten years I’ve researched a lot of pictures of good photographers and famous models. I think that helped me to develop “my eye”, so I’d love to become a photographer, although I don’t think I love it that much to give it all of my effort. However, I’ve gotten into a graphic design, and I’d love to do more of graphic design, to work with the images, lines and colors. In the future, I also want to create my own dance show, maybe it would be a musical about a young model in a big city, who knows…

How often are you modeling and what does it usually consist of?

I model pretty often but sometimes there are slow seasons. I’m signed with the commercial agency FFTmodels, therefore most of my work is commercial modeling. I also do artsy stuff for dancing photo projects as a ballerina, and still, once in a while I have offers for video, fashion and other types of modeling. It all depends, but I’d say that I’m a commercial model.

Please tell us about the best and/or worst experiences you’ve had so far in modeling.

My best experiences are working with established brands like “Bloomberg Business week magazine”, “Wella” hair salon, “GNC”. It is so inspiring to see all of the professionals coming together to make one picture happen. Unfortunately, there were bad experiences as well, as a lot of photographers aren’t professional at all. With this type of job you just have to learn how to deal with it.

Have you had anything funny, embarrassing or completely out of the ordinary happen during your modeling career?

To be honest, I cannot recall anything extraordinary funny:) It is just fun all the time.

© NayMarie Photography | Model: Kati Lubek | Hair: Egypt Buck of Haiir Artistri | Makeup: Magali Alia | Bridal Accessories: Bridal Styles Boutique

© NayMarie Photography | Model: Kati Lubek | Hair: Egypt Buck of Haiir Artistri | Makeup: Magali Alia | Bridal Accessories: Bridal Styles Boutique

Is there anything you would change about the modeling industry if you could?

I’d be more persistent in my younger years. I had many opportunities, but I missed some of them just because I was too young and careless.

Do you practice any sports and what do you typically eat? Please elaborate on the importance of nutrition and exercise in your life.

I did many types of exercise but I found that ballet classes are the best for me. Besides, I eat healthy three times a day and trying to avoid alcohol and sweets.

Please share something people don’t know about you.

I love flowers and gardening.

Would you change anything about yourself?

I wish my chest would be more voluptuous.

If you had only 24 hours left to live, what would you do?

If I had only 24 hours to live I’d just start going somewhere. I wouldn’t want to spend time commuting somewhere, but I’ll try to enjoy this world, its weather, nature and people. I’d spend some time with my family. I will definitely take a ballet class. I’d go to eat some amazing food with amazing wine.

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Interview with Corinne

Corinne is a 22-year old model residing in New York, New York.

How would you introduce yourself to our readers?

I was born and raised in a very small town in the middle of New York State. I have always loved the idea of modeling, acting and preforming, and with the support of my mom, I began modeling at 14 years old. It has been my “side hustle” for almost a decade, I can’t imagine what my life would be like if I didn’t do it.

When, how and why did you first get involved in the modeling industry?

When I was in kindergarten, my teacher wanted to cast me as an elf – one of the lead roles – in the school’s Christmas play, but I turned down her offer, even though she insisted. I lied and told her I was too shy to sing in front of the school, but really I just didn’t want to wear the funny ears. When it came time for the play, I watched the elves sing and perform and make everyone smile. I was so jealous! I regretted not taking the role, then my mom asks me why I wasn’t an elf and I told her what happened. She explained to me that I need to take every opportunity that is given to me, and to never shut any doors. I know it’s a silly story, but ever since I’ve given my all at every opportunity that comes my way. As time went on and I became more experienced, I get to be more selective, but in the beginning I did it all, and I think my good attitude played a big role in my success.

What are your personal and professional goals? Where do you see yourself in five to ten years?

Modeling and performing has given some so much true confidence and social skills. I am able to make connections and communicate with people in such an honest and meaningful way, that I want to continue to help communicate messages, whether it’s in front of or behind the camera. There are stories to be told, I love finding ways to tell them, and as I get older, I see myself doing more television segments and leaving my photo and print work behind me, but as I said before, I’m not one to turn down opportunities – so it’s all up in the air.

How often are you modeling and what does it usually consist of?

During my freshman year of college, I had a full class schedule, worked at a clothing store and modeled. This is where promo events saved me! My class schedule conflicted majorly with photo and video work, but I could go and work the launch parties and late night fashion events. I’d work until 3 or 4 in the morning and wake up the next day for a 9:00 am class! Now that I am working full time in the cosmetics industry, my modeling has become more of a hobby than my main source of income and I like it like this! I like collaborating with friends and new photographers to create something, and since I’m only shooting a few times a month, I am able to give 150% to these jobs and I’m not as burnt out!

Please tell us about the best and/or worst experiences you’ve had so far in modeling.

My best experience is working the Today show with Lilliana Vazquez and her assistant and stylist, Lauren Dougherty. These shoots were high energy! Live television goes fast, so you need to be on your toes. These women are so great to work with because they have fun with each other and laugh together but are still so professional and take their jobs very seriously. I’ve had some crummy experiences where the photographer and I just aren’t flowing, or the makeup artist makes me look crazy… but I just count these as lessons and move on.. no use harping on a bad experience.

corinne-cleavageHave you had anything funny, embarrassing or completely out of the ordinary happen during your modeling career?

I tell people the time I got hit by a taxi while I was dressed as a cheetah in a body suit and body paint for a jungle themed runway. Hair and makeup was across the street for the venue… mine took such a long time because they were painting on every spot. So I’m late… I run out of the building and am darting through cars and a taxi just does not care and nudges me… not to hurt me just to prove a point: I know I shouldn’t of been running in traffic. I made it to the runway on time… missing a few spots that rubbed off on the taxi… but on time!

Is there anything you would change about the modeling industry if you could?

I would like to see a better respect for the models. For example, if I go to a print shop, I need to have a release to print a photo of my face, this protects the photographers’ rights and I understand that… but the photographer can go to the same print shop and print the same photo of my face and no one asks for a release from them. There aren’t many practices in place to protect the models’ rights, and this leads to models being disrespected and taken advantage of.

Do you practice any sports and what do you typically eat? Please elaborate on the importance of nutrition and exercise in your life.

I’m a cardio junkie. There’s this fear when you’re a short model -I’m 5’5″- that if get too toned and muscular you get defined as a fitness model and won’t get as many fashion and art jobs, so I never got into that kind of training. I do yoga, but that’s mainly for my mental well being. I have also been taking Pilates classes which I feel like keep everything toned and tight without bulk. As for my diet, I believe in balance, so I eat as organically and unprocessed as possible, but I’m not perfect. Food effects more than your weight, it also affects your attitude and energy; not eating or going on a strict diet might make you skinny, but if you’re tired and grumpy and your skin looks sallow no one will want to work with you, no matter how skinny you are. My body fluctuates very easily, so the day of a shoot that will be body focused I alter my diet to make sure I look my best.

corinne-black-and-white-photoPlease share something people don’t know about you.

I really am an open book, I guess maybe that’s what people don’t know, that if they ever want to know something they can just ask!

Would you change anything about yourself?

Physically I would love to be taller! There’s more work out there for tall models, and sample clothing fits better. All in all, I’m pretty happy with myself and the decisions I’ve made to get to where I’m at now.

Have you ever stolen anything?

I was working a promotion for a new vodka brand with a group of models I’ve never worked with before. As the team was packing up, the other models began snatching the vodka used for display! Bottles and bottles of vodka right in their purse. I was too young to drink at the time, but I wanted to take something too… so I took a shot glass. I know I know… I’m such a rebel.

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Interview with Jerrika Pettry — Farm Girl in a Models World

Jerrika Pettry is a 25-year old model residing in New York, New York.

How would you introduce yourself to our readers?

Art lover, nature respecter and one very beautiful and inquisitive soul, that’s how I would describe myself. I was born and raised in WV, always barefoot and smiling, that’s the way everyone around saw me. I have had a love for all animals big or small for as long as I could remember, and have been on farms all my life and worked just as hard as my brother and tried to keep up with my father, respecting my mother and learning from my sister. The love I have for art is what lead me to modeling, as I express myself through my work and I always wish for my viewers to feel every shot as if it were a story being told. Hopefully my story is one beautiful and very long one. And I also wish for you the same, from one wildly free soul to another.

When, how and why did you first get involved in the modeling industry?

Art, Art, Art is why my modeling career started, as at a very young age of 13 I was admiring and noticing simple beauty that most pass up everyday and do not see. I was sketching and painting, so modeling just opened a door to a more beautiful way of expressing the artistic side of myself.

jerrika-pettry-on-a-bedWhat are your personal and professional goals? Where do you see yourself in five to ten years?

Of course I would love to have a successful modeling career but also would love to have a job or hobby that has to do with wildlife. Of course everyone wants a family sooner or later; a nice farm with a family and hopefully a modeling career to be proud of, I would be content.

How often are you modeling and what does it usually consist of?

I can work in pretty hectic situations, as I am able to plan shoots back to back or take a week off, and only go as far as implied nudity, nothing erotic, as well as having done acting for several videos on YouTube and Vimeo. I have written my own story to the videos, being an artist of many genres not just one. So anyway, I love to act, do video and modeling of all sorts.

Please tell us about the best and/or worst experiences you’ve had so far in modeling.

Well let’s see… of course the worst experience for a young model is the clients who will pretend to want “swim wear” sessions but end up saying “more skin”. That’s so frustrating but I suppose it’s a much needed lesson, and I’m sure that’s happened to all aspiring models or actors. My best experiences were always with a fellow art seeker like myself or working with animals. There will always be good and bad experiences but what matters is learning from them all.

Have you had anything funny, embarrassing or completely out of the ordinary happen during your modeling career?

So funny but true. I was working on an implied piece for a New York gallery, and for this shot I had to be besides a horse. It just so happened my father has a very secluded farm and yes, a horse. As my posing started my father had came home and walked out to his barn to stumble upon his horse next to his semi naked daughter. It was very amusing to the photographer but completely embarrassing to my father and I. An out of the ordinary thing that happened was after another different shoot. It was another art piece that called for implied, and the photographer and I traveled into the woods to find a perfect place near a rock formation. After the shoot the next day I started itching very badly all over my body, and it turned out that I had been posing in and on top of poison sumac. This horrible stuff was all over and so very hard to get rid of. Almost four days of the most horrible itching and oatmeal baths I could stand.

Is there anything you would change about the modeling industry if you could?

Yes of course, who is ever completely satisfied with the way anything is ran. I would have a modeling agency in every state, no matter how big or small, as there are no agencies in WV, and I know there are some very beautiful hidden talents here. And the fake agencies out there, the ones that ask for money first. So many young girls waste their time with these places believing they are going to be a model, and it is heart breaking.

jerrika-pettry-naked-in-the-woodsDo you practice any sports and what do you typically eat? Please elaborate on the importance of nutrition and exercise in your life.

I have never worn anything but size 0, as far back as I can remember it has been that way, and never really worried about my nutrition that much, but starting a year ago I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables but I will only consume organic. I also eat tuna, but only in water, for my actual meals, as well as fruits and vegetables as much as I prefer. My grandmother was an herbalist and taught me a lot; I use what she had taught me to stay healthy and for a lot of my health cures. I’m very fit and it honestly comes from my very physical way of living, as I’m very active outdoors and am asked quite often what my work out methods are.

Please share something people don’t know about you.

Most people don’t know that I have had several pet snakes and tarantulas. I also spend my spare time cutting grass for a few elderly couples in my hometown when I get the time. I have also actually reset broken bones in several farm animals and am a very helpful non-certified veterinarian. Haha.

Would you change anything about yourself?

My goodness what a goofy question, who wouldn’t!? Haha gosh what a list, I believe everyone has a few things that they do not like about themselves, but I’m very very blessed and should not at all complain. But I would make my feet smaller, make my breasts larger, my hair blonder and my teeth whiter, to be specific and ungrateful sounding.

How do you think you are most likely to die?

Predator attack, bear, mountain lion etc. Possibly a snake bite. I am so active outside and am always in the woods, gathering herbs and such, and I believe I will not die a normal death, but it will have to be something very unlikely or very unexpected. Loving the nature will be the death of me.

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Photo credits: Paul Dubois

Interview with Ilvy Kokomo — Full time model from small Latvia

Ilvy Kokomo is a 24-year old model residing in Riga, Latvia.

How would you introduce yourself to our readers?

I am a full time model, from a very small and cold country in Eastern Europe named Latvia. My hobbies include sports, swimming, traveling, photography and of course my main hobby as well as my profession is modeling. I have just received my University degree in Physiotherapy, which has given me a vast amount of knowledge, and I am very grateful for it.

When, how and why did you first get involved in the modeling industry?

It all started when I was 17 years old and I knew I wanted to try nude modeling as soon as I turned 18, and then I started working with a modeling agency in Latvia. After some time, I started doing freelance work mostly, and at the same time I was attending University, which proved to be difficult, but somehow I managed to do it and now I’m modeling full time and enjoying my every single travel.

ilvy-kokomo-modeling-a-blue-gown

Photographer: Marie Otero; Styling: Jean Fernand; Make-up and hair: Sonya Kaur; Designer: Linda Friesen

What are your personal and professional goals? Where do you see yourself in five to ten years?

My personal goal is to take from the world as much as it gives and my professional goal is to get well known in this industry. In five to ten years I see myself as a well known model from a small country; I also want to develop my own photography skills, and although I am still just a beginner, I really enjoy being on both sides of camera.

How often are you modeling and what does it usually consist of?

I do modeling full time. I mostly travel around Europe and sometimes I come to the United States as well. My modeling work mostly consists of glamour photoshoots and I am doing commercial works as well. My craziest commercial experience was a photoshoot and acting for bungee jumping Latvia, where I had to do several bungee jumps and it was awesome.

Please tell us about the best and/or worst experiences you’ve had so far in modeling.

As I am a very positive person, I will talk only about my best experiences. As I mentioned before, I really enjoyed making commercials from bungee jumping Latvia, but I also enjoyed photoshoots in wild Norwegian nature for personal art projects, and really enjoyed working with Unique Photography Events in France, shooting in amazing designer dresses in an old French chateau. And I am very excited to participate in a photography event in Puerto Rico organized by Caribbean Dream Photo Shoots.

Have you had anything funny, embarrassing or completely out of the ordinary happen during your modeling career?

Of course. It was funny once to do body paint when I was completely golden-painted. I also enjoyed a crazy underwater shoot, although it was very difficult to hold my breath with empty lungs and then pose. It was a crazy experience to pose in Norway in the snow, very cold, it gave me a feeling like thousands of needles were sticking into my skin. But the pictures came out gorgeous, so it was absolutely worth it. I could write a book about my crazy modeling experiences!

Is there anything you would change about the modeling industry if you could?

Yes, definitely. I would like to change a stereotype among the people that models are dumb. It is absolutely not true, as models are usually very intelligent. I have met so many different models and it is very rare that they are dumb, because it’s just not possible in this industry: models need to use their brains, it is also a very strategical work to develop ourselves and show us from the best point of view.

Photo credits: Mark Crislip

Photo credits: Mark Crislip

Do you practice any sports and what do you typically eat? Please elaborate on the importance of nutrition and exercise in your life.

Sport in my life is very important, so I do sports daily. When I can, I go to the gym and do some different dancing classes. When I’m traveling, and with a limited time for exercise, I do running and yoga. On the other hand, I don’t have a particular diet: I eat almost everything I want, I just try not to exaggerate with the amounts, and always try to hold to a principle: as soon as you feel the hunger is gone, stop eating. In addition, I am a vegetarian, and love sweets; all sorts of chocolates, candies and cookies. If I eat more than I should, I just add some workout time to the next day routine.

Please share something people don’t know about you.

I am a very ordinary and simple person. And I believe in faith, karma and energy transmission to other people.

Would you change anything about yourself?

I am very happy the way I am and I think everyone should love him or herself. It is immediately visible in a person if they are happy with themselves, it transmits totally different energy than from the person that is with a low self-esteem and not happy with themselves.

What is the one talent you wish you possessed?

I wish I would be a ballerina. I’m a huge fan of ballet and I really love ballerina photoshoots; it looks very elegant and fragile, at the same time very strong and powerful. As I always try to achieve what I want, I wanted to look like a real ballerina in a photoshoot, so I took ballet classes to learn how to pose as a ballerina, just some basic poses, and you can see the result in my portfolio; I think I achieved what I wanted and I was very happy with the result. Thanks to my ballet teacher and all the photographers who agreed to capture my crazy ideas.

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Interview with Sunshine Shen — Playboy Playmate

Sunshine Shen is a 25-year old model residing in Beverly Hills, California.

How would you introduce yourself to our readers?

I was born in Harbin China, grew up in Florida and currently reside in the beautiful Beverly Hills California! Although I feel like everyone always expects my life to be filled with excitement 24/7 or I’m a huge party girl but in reality I’m actually such a home body lol. I enjoy watching HBO reruns and I’m obsessed with Game of Thrones! Of course when I do attend an event I usually like to go for a cause, for example I often host the ‘Babes in Toyland’ charities in Hollywood. Hobby wise, I’m like many bunnies, I appreciate the finer things in life, including luxury travels, upscale shopping, fine dinning, among others and think I am a princess.

When, how and why did you first get involved in the modeling industry?

I first became very interested in modeling when I was selected to be a Hooter Calendar girl in 2014 however, I was unfortunately let go unfairly by the company and interestingly enough my co workers at the time did not like me very much so I set my mind on becoming a Playmate to prove everyone wrong. So I did.

sunshine-shen-in-a-miniskirtWhat are your personal and professional goals? Where do you see yourself in five to ten years?

I would like to further my career as a Playmate in the next 3 years then I would like to start my own family. My dream would’ve to be becoming a mother to my own little princesses. I’m absolutely obsessed with children I love their innocence and vivid imaginations. Sometimes I feel like I’m such a naive little girl on the inside myself.

How often are you modeling and what does it usually consist of?

I often shoot for International Playboy spreads, unlike the US edition, we’re still upholding the traditional Playboy value of artistic nudes and centerfolds. Although I do have a shy personality however I feel the most confident posing nude for Playboy. I am currently working on a project with Maxim as well which I am very excited about. Other than shooting my career is consisted of glamorous Playboy Parties. I was selected by Hef himself to be one of his Painted Ladies at the most recent Midsummer Night’s Dream party and have been painted for Hef many times before! Other than that I host many charity events in LA and make appearances in Hollywood clubs.

Please tell us about the best and/or worst experiences you’ve had so far in modeling.

The best experience I’ve had in modeling would be meeting all the incredible people that helped me getting my career off the ground and is very supportive of me until this day. Ever since I became a Playmate my life has changed so much I can’t be thankful enough of all the wonderful things that has happened to me and all the amazing friends I have made along the way!

Have you had anything funny, embarrassing or completely out of the ordinary happen during your modeling career?

I can’t really think of any particular event now that would describe any of those things, however I can promise you life as a bunny is always exciting and filled with drama and lots of laughter, especially when we all band together!. I truly love every moment!

Is there anything you would change about the modeling industry if you could?

Not really anything I could think of, I think there’s a special field of modeling for everyone from erotica to runway there’s a place for everyone so who am I to change the order of the industry?!

sunshine-shen-holding-a-small-dogDo you practice any sports and what do you typically eat? Please elaborate on the importance of nutrition and exercise in your life.

Believe it or not I actually do not exercise as often as people would expect me to, I mean, my measurements are 28E-18-32. However I am HUGE in healthy eating! I try to eat Vegan and Raw whenever I can and try to only eat chicken and fish as my main source of protein. I also completely cut out dairy products from my diet. And like everyone in LA I am obsessed with green juices especially the ones from Pressed Juicery! So instead of coffee in the morning I just drink half a bottle of their Vanilla Almond Coffee & a bottle of Green 1.5 instead!

Please share something people don’t know about you.

I speak perfect Mandarin Chinese and I can translate some Latin. I’m a big video gamer and always sleep naked lol.

Would you change anything about yourself?

I feel like I can always improve myself into better versions of me. I think as people we should all be able to make our own decisions when it comes to altering ourselves!

What features do you look for in a partner?

I love a well groomed and successful gentlemen, although I’m such a tiny little package I love a taller man. It makes me melt when a man who is serious and ambitious in his career can unwind and be playful with me and call me I’m his little princess. Bottom line, I love to be spoiled so my man must be confident and successful in every single thing that he does.

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Interview with Kara Camille Delonas — Professional Musician, Part-Time Model

Kara Camille Delonas is a 23-year old model residing in Kearny, New Jersey.

How would you introduce yourself to our readers?

I’m Kara, born in Newton MA at the same time as my triplet sister Molly and my triplet brother Gary, and also have an older sister named Suzanne. I grew up in a very artistic family, where my grandmother was an actress, my uncle a painter, my dad is a musician, my mom is a writer, so from a very young age I knew I wanted to perform. I first wanted to be a ballerina, then a writer, actress, painter, poet… anything to entertain others. Eventually I discovered how much I loved playing music and writing songs so I stuck to that. I never once pictured myself as a model.

When, how and why did you first get involved in the modeling industry?

I first became involved in the industry when I was 18 years old. I randomly decided to teach myself to be a contortionist when I realized that I was double jointed in most parts of my body and unusually flexible, then I shared some of my skills online and got a surprising amount of attention, and one person in my area asked if I would do a photoshoot showcasing my talents, to which I agreed. After the shoot he told me I have a natural ability to pose in front of a camera whether I’m contorting or not, and he recommended I create an online portfolio, so I created my Model Mayhem page using pictures other people took of me and very poor quality selfies. It was so unprofessional at first but the jobs immediately started pouring in… It was so surprising and exciting.

kara-camille-delonas-modeling-a-black-dressWhat are your personal and professional goals? Where do you see yourself in five to ten years?

I hope I’m still modeling in five to ten years but it is definitely not a goal of mine. I hope that I will not be scared of aging, and if I am still modeling I will not try to look, dress or act younger than I am. In ten years I hope I am still playing music, possibly teaching; I hope that I will be happy and have most of my life figured out, as I am doing well but I am still so young and have so much to learn. I also don’t really see myself settling down in ten years, as I love to travel and meet new people and have thrilling, nerve-wracking experiences. Maybe I’ll settle down in twenty years. Maybe thirty.

How often are you modeling and what does it usually consist of?

I took about a year off from my modeling career to really focus on school. Now that I have graduated I am slowly trying to make my way back in, and have many shoots coming up in the future that I am excited about. Before the hiatus most of my shoots were fashion or fitness related, but sometimes I modeled clothes or makeup. I was very young when I started so most of my jobs were innocent, cute, not very serious, and now that I have grown up a bit I am open to being a bit sexier in my work. I have a few things planned out, so you will have to wait and see.

Please tell us about the best and/or worst experiences you’ve had so far in modeling.

I’ve had so many good experiences! It’s hard to pick the best. I occasionally model with my sister Molly and that’s always fun, since we don’t see each other very often these days but when we work together you would think we’re attached at the hip. We’re always on the same page and we’re able to compliment each other, not overpower each other. Also both of us came very close to being on the 20th cycle of America’s Next Top Model, which was an incredible, surreal experience.

As far as worst experiences, well, I think every long-term model has one or two horror stories unfortunately, since it’s a risky business and you have to be smart about who you work with. There was one photographer who was adjusting my poses but gradually started to become inappropriate. I’d prefer not to go into details, but I got out of the studio as fast as I could once I realized what was going on and thankfully I’m okay. I now run a very thorough background check on every photographer I work with.

kara-camille-delonas-jumping-in-the-beachHave you had anything funny, embarrassing or completely out of the ordinary happen during your modeling career?

There’s a photographer I’ve worked with many times and our shoots are always a little eerie, and mysterious. So for this one shoot we picked our location at an abandoned barn, we thought it was abandoned anyways. The roof had completely collapsed, there were trees and vines growing on the inside, the furniture was all covered in thick layers of dust and dirt. About thirty minutes into our shoot we heard a man yelling for us to get out. Apparently he was the owner of the barn. He started screaming and cursing at us and told us he called the police and they were on their way. After a while of listening to him yell at us, we sensed that the police were never called, so we dismissed ourselves. He actually chased after us and keyed the photographer’s car! We eventually went to the police ourselves and it turns out we were in the clear because the state had actually ordered him to put up a No Trespassing sign but he refused for some reason. The barn was recently torn down for being a public safety hazard. I hope that had nothing to do with us.

Is there anything you would change about the modeling industry if you could?

The way models are so objectified is a little discouraging, as it can really affect a person’s self esteem. Modeling is like acting but through images, so who you are in a picture is not who you are in real life. There are so many times that I have been talked down to like I am not smart or like I am somehow a lesser human being because I am a model. I always stand up for myself when I feel as though I am being disrespected, but not all models are like me. Some just take it and it’s not okay.

Do you practice any sports and what do you typically eat? Please elaborate on the importance of nutrition and exercise in your life.

Those who know me well know that nutrition and exercise are extremely important to me. After months and months of reading and research I decided to permanently go vegan; it’s been a year and three months and I’ve honestly never felt better. Almost everything I eat comes from the produce aisle of the grocery store, and I never calorie restrict or cut carbs, especially fruit. I do however limit my fat intake, especially oils, do not drink alcohol anymore unless it is a very special occasion, and I try to have a green smoothie every day: this is what makes me feel my best.

Exercise is also a very necessary part of my life. I practice Ashtanga yoga every single day, and I do not take days off no matter how busy or tired or sick or lazy I feel. The amazing part about yoga is you can modify it on days you don’t want to practice; there is a yoga practice for everything and everyone. I do try to push myself a little on most days though. I’m always trying to get stronger, and more balanced and more flexible. Bonus: since I started practicing I am much calmer, and in control of my emotions. Yoga has changed my life.

kara-camille-delonas-in-a-vintage-white-dressPlease share something people don’t know about you.

I love classical music and jazz, and always put on WQXR or WBGO in the car and it puts me in a good mood. When I turn on classical radio in the middle of a piece I always try to guess the composer and I’m almost always right. My friends can back me up on this. It’s a bit of a nerdy obsession.

Would you change anything about yourself?

That is a hard question. There are some days I wish I were skinnier, or had thicker hair, better clothes, etc. I was so insecure growing up, as other kids would always point out my flaws and make me question myself. Now that I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to realize that the things that make me different are what make me unique. I also don’t value the way I look as much anymore because beauty is so temporary. I have a boyfriend who loves me for my mind, not for the way I look; I did not graduate college for the way I look. The only things I would change at this point are things on the inside, not to sound too cliche: I wish that I cared even less what others think of me, I wish I didn’t get so mad when people cut me off in traffic, I wish I didn’t have so much trouble falling asleep some nights, I wish I weren’t so attached to my phone, I wish I spent more time practicing guitar and less time watching TV. They’re little things, but otherwise I am perfectly content with who I am.

What superpower do you wish you had? Why?

If I could have one superpower, I would want to be able to control time. If you really think about it, you can pretty much do anything if you could control time; I would only use it for good though. For example, if I didn’t get enough sleep one night I might go back in time so I could get more. If I ever did something I regret, I could go back and undo it. I could also freeze time just to get some peace and quiet, it would be amazing. I don’t think I would go into the future very often although I am anxious to see who our next president is going to be.

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