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La Carmina, alternative model, Goth fashion blogger

Interview with La Carmina — Travel digital influencer, TV host

La Carmina is a 22-year old model residing in Los Angeles, California.

How would you introduce yourself to our readers?

I grew up in Vancouver, Canada but spent a lot of time in Asia with my family, and it led to my passion for alternative, Japanese and Gothic street styles. In 2007, I started my La Carmina blog to chronicle my obsessions for Jpop fashion and culture. The site caught on with readers, and it led to opportunities I never imagined including modeling for magazine covers, hosting travel TV shows around the world, and working as a digital influencer with travel and fashion partners. This year alone, I was in UK, Iceland, Singapore, Bali, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Vietnam – and it’s only the first half of 2015!

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

I didn’t start out with any intention of being a model. When I started out, fashion blogging was new, and it was fun to share my personal style and stories with readers who shared my passions. My signatures are kawaii-Gothic makeup, colorful dyed hair, and alternative clothing. As my blogging career grew, it led to magazines featuring me in modeling spreads, as well as covers. To date, I’ve done editorial shoots for the covers of Vanity UK, Dark Beauty, Alt Noir, Giuseppina Magazine and more. I’ve also been featured in Cosmopolitan, Vogue, and various Asia fashion magazines like China’s Ray Li.

La Carmina outside of a chinese restaurantWhat are your personal and professional goals? Where do you see yourself in five to ten years?

My life and career are constantly evolving, and it’s impossible to predict where I’ll be in even a year. Blogging as a full-time job didn’t even exist 5 to 10 years ago, and neither did social networks like Facebook and Instagram. Right now, I’m enjoying doing creative work with my friends that involves travel, and opening people’s eyes to alternative lifestyles and culture around the world. I’m especially focusing on travel TV and videos, and hope to keep growing all this in the next years.

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

It depends on how you might define modeling. For example, in my upcoming journey to Europe and North Africa, I’ll be shooting almost every day with my film team. I’ll create a look of the day, and we’ll capture pro photos, videos and more all around the cities. This content will appear on my blog, in major media sites, and on my social networks. In terms of editorial modeling, with a team of makeup artists, hair stylists, and extensive photography equipment, I only do these types of shoots for magazine covers and spreads. Generally, I do a shoot like this once every two months.

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

I recently shot a cover for Love Japan magazine, on location in Iceland. It was amazing to shoot on the black sand beaches, surrounded by the stark landscape and icy waters. I wore a Game of Thrones inspired outfit and had my hair in braids, since the HBO show is shot here.

As for negative experiences, I fainted on two shoots… once from a too-tight corset, and once from being in a hot tub for too long! But it was worth it, for the resulting shots.

La Carmina, alternative model, Goth fashion bloggerHave you had anything funny, embarrassing or completely out of the ordinary happen during your modeling
career?

I like to shoot on-location, since it fits my street style and travel aesthetic. This has led to some bizarre situations, such as doing a hardcore Gothic shoot in the busy streets of Hong Kong… We got a lot of funny looks from passersby!

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

Health, exercise and nutrition are extremely important to me. I travel so much and have to be at the top of my game especially during travel TV shoots, which can involve 12 hour long shoots. I eat clean as best as I can, without being too strict. I focus on free-range, organic, grassfed proteins, vegetables, fruits and healthy dairy. Sugar and carbs are kept to a minimum, with an emphasis on gluten-free options, but I love my ice cream!. As for exercise, I go on long walks, and do bodyweight exercises and high intensity interval training exercises. Efficient and effective, that’s how I roll.

Please share something people don’t know about you.

I am obsessed with Miffy the bunny, and Italo Disco and Eurobeat music.

Would you change anything about yourself?

I try my best to keep in the moment, and not get worked up about the past or future, or get hung up on anxieties… Every day, I try to cultivate a bit more of this stability and wisdom. But it’s not always easy.

What is the one talent you wish you possessed?

It would be wonderful if I was fluent in many more languages… Traveling would be a breeze!

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Interview with Zuzana Star — Competitive swimmer wins in modeling

Zuzana Star is a 16-year old model residing in Tampa, Florida.

How would you introduce yourself to our readers?

I was born and raised in Slovakia, but moved to Florida when I was 7. My twin brother and I were adopted by my step father and started a new happier chapter of our lives.

When I moved to Florida, I joined a local competitive swim team – the best decision I made as a kid. Now, I swim for one of the top teams in Florida and train to get national cuts. We practice 3+ hours daily and compete every month. I’m also a high school student attending Tampa Preparatory School trying to keep my GPA high. I’m a member of the National Honors Society, I volunteer at a local college and keep myself busy with modeling.

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

To be honest, I started modeling after I read the autobiography written by Amanda Beard titled “In Water They Don’t See You Cry”. Amanda is a US Olympic Swimmer, who also became a top model. She succeeded in both swimming and modeling and she inspired me immensely.

Swimming is an intense sport and training or competing can be quite stressful. Modeling gives me confidence. In swimming, if you don’t win or don’t get the time cut – you are devastated. In modeling, I feel great every time, because I get to create something amazing and I get to explore a more feminine, creative side of me. Modeling is a great outlet.

Zuzana Star lying on the grassWhat are your personal and professional goals? Where do you see yourself in five to ten years?

I recently read an article by Wayne Goldsmith titled “1 Thing In Goal Setting That Separates The Best From The Rest”. The article talks about how important is to set long-term goals, but does it work? Not really. Not if you do it the way most people do. The one thing in goal setting that separates the best from the rest are ‘moment goals’. People set admirable goals like becoming an an Olympic athlete or the next Victoria Secret Angel, but they forget that what is really important is to focus on the immediate goals now. Focus on what is in front of us. For me, it is to have the best practice, to win my next race or do the best photoshoot yet or impress a local agent. I am focused on the present.

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

I try to balance my busy life as a student, athlete and model. On those weekends when I don’t have a swim meet, I usually schedule a photoshoot or an event. I’ve done numerous shoots, ranging from lifestyle, fitness, to glamour and others, and enjoyed them immensely. I also did a few events such as a bridal show – it was a lot of fun. Now, I’m looking for an agency representation to be able to apply myself and take modeling to a new level. I’d love to do runway or fashion shows soon.

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

I guess the worst experience in modeling for me is when you go to a casting or meet an agent and get rejected in 2.5 seconds. Other than that, modeling is a lot of fun and I love it every single time… except on a bad hair day…

I love working with photographers who are patient and who make me feel… beautiful. Who guide me, but let me express myself, too.

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

One lovely afternoon, we did a shoot at a small lake in Sarasota, FL. The photographer’s face got really intense and he just kept snapping pics as fast as he could and then he just yelled “run”. We both ran… because apparently behind me was this nasty ginormous alligator who decided to get out of the lake and look for his dinner – me.

Zuzana Star face closeupIs there anything you would change about the modeling industry if you could?

I’m still trying to understand the industry, so I’m not so sure at this time. Just like any other industry, it is very competitive. On a personal level, I wish I could block all the creepers from contacting me online. There are some predators, worse than the alligator in the lake, who are dangerous. I’m only 16, but I received a few really scary messages through my online profile. I wish I could somehow avoid that. I have to be very careful.

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

Being a high performance competitive swimmer requires to be on a special diet plan. I actually went to a holistic nutritionist to get guidance how to maximize my performance. Currently, I am 5′ 7” and only 106 pounds. I am still growing and I need to make sure I do not lose weight. Swimmers actually often struggle with weigh loss, because of the level of training that is involved. I have to have a balanced diet consisting of large amounts of protein and carbs with a lot of fluids. I cannot skip breakfast, I have to eat 5 to 6 times a day. Cannot eat light lunch and overeat at night. There are strict guidelines. Good nutrition is key to success in both modeling and swimming.

Please share something people don’t know about you.

I have a twin brother, who is also a model and swimmer. We often compete in everything we do, but support each other, too.

Would you change anything about yourself?

I am very critical about myself and have a list of things I wish I could change or improve. At the same time, I’m conformable about my body. I work very had every day in the pool and I’m satisfied with the way I look. I count my blessings and try not to be…. greedy. I try focusing on things I have control of instead of physical shortcomings I cannot change, like my chin, cheeks, and others.

Are you currently in a relationship? How would you describe your partner?

I’ll be honest – I’ve never been in a relationship. Never had a steady boyfriend. This area is all unexplored and I am looking forward to exploring it one day…. soon. My dream man would look like Theo James from the Divergent movies. He would have the biggest heart and lots of patience, and money… haha, love me unconditionally and forever. I’m a dreamer!

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Interview with Kyla — Top-Ranked Junior Athlete turned Model

Kyla is a 17-year old model residing in Sarasota, Florida.

How would you introduce yourself to our readers?

My name is Kyla. I am currently 17 years of age. I was born in New Jersey, but moved to Florida at the age of 10 to pursue my passion for tennis. After a few years of training, I was able to compete internationally in junior tournaments around the world. Some of my hobbies include dance, yoga, and, of course, modeling.

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

I found my interest for modeling at age 13, after repeatedly being told that I should try it out. At 14, I was asked to model for various small companies and decided to put together a decent portfolio with the help of some wonderful photographers. Within a few months, I was able to find an agency.

Kyla dressed as a tennis playerWhat are your personal and professional goals? Where do you see yourself in five to ten years?

I have decided to attend a University next year, to pursue my Masters of Business Administration. In ten years, I see myself, hopefully, being successful in my endeavors and holding a steady job in Finance.

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

I have taken it easy this year, in regards to modeling. It is my last year in High School and I did not make modeling a priority in my busy schedule. Although, I still model during my spare time and work as a background actress in the film industry.

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

The best experiences I have had in modeling would probably be the glamorous side. It is truly an experience, being able to go to exotic locations, fancy hotels, and having a hair and makeup team by your side. Also, when random people come over to compliment you, before asking to take a picture with you, it makes you feel like some sort of celebrity. It makes you feel valued and special. The worst experiences would have to be the competitive castings. I never expected the castings to be like they actually are. It is brutal. You stand in lines, next to hundreds of gorgeous women, as casting directors poke at your face and body pointing out all of your pros and cons. They treat you like some sort of emotionless doll that is replaceable and invaluable. If you have not figured it out, it is not a great feeling.

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

There was only one partially embarrassing thing to happen to me during my modeling career. I was wearing this really nice gown and stilettos and had to walk through this jungle-like terrain. After I almost ate it three times, they told me to stop where I was. They had to send a man to hold on to me and steady me as I walked to my position. I am pretty sure I accidentally ripped the dress too. Opps, I am sorry.

Kyla face closeupIs there anything you would change about the modeling industry if you could?

Yes, I would definitely change the industry’s retouching and photoshopping obsession. Editors will pinch and tweak photos until they have reached some unrealistic standard of perfection. Young girls are wearing tons of makeup, getting plastic surgery, dieting, and striving for this unattainable idea of perfection that the industry has implanted into their minds. The truth is that this perfection does not and will never exist. Why try to edit these already beautiful girls into this alien image that society has been trained to obsess over?

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

I used to obsess over my strict diet and exercise regimen to the point where it became very unhealthy. As of now, I follow a vegetarian or vegan diet which is much more relaxed. I no longer have to count calories or carbs. I eat 5 to 6 meals a day which consist of legumes, grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables. I play tennis 5 to 6 days a week and go to the gym around 3 times a week. I also dance and enjoy yoga and barre classes. I feel that a balanced nutrition and an exercise regimen is essential for a healthy and happy life.

Please share something people don’t know about you.

People are often confused about my ethnicity. Most people think I am either a mix of Hispanic-American or Asian-American. My whole family, including my sister, was born in the Philippines, except for me. I am the first generation to be born in America.

Would you change anything about yourself?

Everyone has their insecurities or things that they would love to change about themselves. I know I have many insecurities. However, in the end, I would not change anything about myself. I have learned to love who I am and accept that perfection does not exist. My flaws are what make me special and unique. My features are a product from the loving parents who have raised me to become the young woman I am today. Every single human is special and beautiful in their own ways. Do not let anyone tell you otherwise.

What features do you look for in a partner?

I get this question quite often. Haha. Well this is more of a quality, rather than a feature, but, one word: Respect. Respect is very important to me in all areas of my life.

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Interview with Mariah Sue — Youtube Beauty Vlogger and Model

Mariah Sue is a 23-year old model residing in Waterbury, Connecticut.

How would you introduce yourself to our readers?

I was born in Canada, Fredricton NB to be exact, but only lived there a few short months. I guess my father, who is a a canadian native, just wanted his only daughter to be born there. I was raised in CT my whole life, although I am not the biggest fan of it. I feel like there isn’t much of a future in the career paths I have in mind. I have a great family and an even more amazing boyfriend; I went to cosmetology school so I am a licensed cosmetologist and I also Film Beauty videos for YouTube – I go by “Pinkl0vexx” or “Mariah McLean” for which I film makeup and hair tutorials as well as other fun videos like hauls, what’s in my purse etc; I truly love what I do and it’s been a blessing to get some income from doing what I love. Makeup is my passion and I like to believe I have true talent with it. Although I continue to learn everyday.

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

Back in 2010, I had a “friend”, for whom I use the term loosely because she was a total bitch, who modeled. She always would post racy pictures on Facebook but I always liked them and would comment and be like “wow hottie!” She would always encourage me to model and I would be “great at it” so one day I asked her who to go to and she set me up with a great local photographer named “Jay Walker” He was awesome and totally a great mentor. I still talk to him, and she ended up getting jealous and told people I had copied her.

Mariah Sue topless wearing jean shortsWhat are your personal and professional goals? Where do you see yourself in five to ten years?

I just want to be happy. If you’re happy, then life is good. I would love to see my youtube channel take off and make that my full time career and income. I would also love to be featured in Inked Magazine and any other tattoo magazines. I have a dream to be playboy centerfold but unfortunately due to my tattoos, my dreams of being a bunny may never happen. I was told by a PB photographer that the “tattoos would be an issue” and so that kind of shot me down. I still would love to submit one day though.

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

I honestly don’t model as often as I would like to. I am super hard on myself and if I am not committing to eating well and exercising often, I won’t shoot. Although I do have plans for upcoming shoots this year! I would love to break into music videos one day, that would be pretty cool. I enjoy glamour modeling, lingerie and would only do nudes for a well established company such as Playboy.

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

I have had pretty much great experiences. I have been able to network and meet some really awesome photographers who have worked alongside well known photographers. I have had the chance to actually conversate with some well known PB photographers which blows my mind sometimes; modeling has opened some doors… of course I would love to see some bigger doors open but it’s such a tough industry to get into because everyone thinks they’re a model nowadays especially with Instagram and Instafame.

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

Looking back I think some of the funniest moments were being shy to do implieds or something just because you’re stark naked, you literally can’t be shy or feel intimidated by a photographer, unless you have reason, because in this industry, if you make it big, everyone will see you naked.

Mariah Sue face closeupIs there anything you would change about the modeling industry if you could?

Less competition would be nice… hah. Just because it’s tough for you to get noticed when there are so many other chicks doing the same thing. You literally have to bring something new to the table! I would also like for the girls not to be so stuck up and support one another. It’s all about women empowering other women!!

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

I try to eat low carbs and hit up the gym often. I used to have trainers but that always ended up awkward, as you can imagine… haha. But they taught me some awesome techniques and good dieting tips so I am thankful for that! Nutrition is everything. Some people think they can workout and eat whatever they want but that’s so wrong! Having a healthy diet in conjuction with exercising is when you’ll see some amazing results!

Please share something people don’t know about you.

I was raised in a very strict religious household and I am a tough tough cookie; a lot of people underestimate my strength, just ask my boyfriend, he always says “you would kick any girl’s ass” haha.

Would you change anything about yourself?

I wouldn’t change anything, God made me the way I am and I embrace it.
I used to want fuller lips and considered lip injections but the way Kylie Jenner has made every girl do it, I have no interest – I enjoy being different, I hate being like everyone else!!

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

I would do some wild shit – skydive, anything dangerous and something I wouldn’t typically do! I would literally take chances and be fearless for those 24 hours!

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Interview with Sierra Lanae — Fitness & Fashion Model battling MS

Sierra Lanae is an 18-year old model residing in Aurora, Colorado.

How would you introduce yourself to our readers?

I was born in Thorton, CO. My mom, Jen Brown, is a fitness model and competitor in the NPC & has been competing for over 5 years. I go to school for cosmetology but at the end of the day there is nothing I love more than going to the gym.

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

I got into modeling in the summer of 2014. I started because I want to make sure I do everything I’ve ever wanted to do before my Multiple Sclerosis takes over, one of those things on my list is modeling. I also had huge insecurities with the way I looked. When I was younger struggled with anorexia and bulimia. After that I struggled with eating too much and never wanting to go outside or be around people, I was so ashamed of how I looked. My insecurities got better when I started going to the gym everyday and saw how my hard work & passion was improving my life for the better. I was still really insecure when I started modeling; I thought if I put myself out there I may like what I see & I do! Modeling has changed my life completely!

Sierra Lanae wearing shorts and topWhat are your personal and professional goals? Where do you see yourself in five to ten years?

My biggest dream was to fight MMA until I found out the stress it would put on my body with MS would make it worse. I now wish to pursue my modeling career and compete in NPC. I also wish to graduate cosmetology school and after get certified in personal training and nutrition. I also want to do modeling workshops to teach other models how to use their insecurities to their advantage.

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

I have at least a couple photo shoots a month. I haven’t done any catwalks and only one video commercial.

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

I would say my best experience in modeling is when someone messaged me on Facebook after my first time being in a magazine and told me they were a huge fan and loved my work. The worst experience would have to be a photo shoot I had where he would take one picture put the camera down and make sexual jokes followed by comments on how I should consider nude.

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

In my very first photo shoot someone stole my shoes downtown that I was borrowing from a friend.

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

That in order to make it in the industry, everyone thinks you have to get nude and you don’t.

Sierra Lanae hanging from a fork liftDo you practice any sports and what do you typically eat? Please elaborate on the importance of nutrition and exercise in your life.

Fitness and nutrition in everyone’s life, not just models! Proper Nutrition is one of the most important factors in a healthy lifestyle. I personally eat a lot of protein, fruits and veggies; any carbs I have I cut off at about 4pm. I also eat 5 to 6 times a day and drink as much water as possible. Fitness side of things cardio and I are not friends but I try and at least get 20 minutes cardio session in the early morning and after a workout. Mixed Martial Arts is the only cardio I love to do and would suggest it for everyone to try. I love lifting being able to go into the gym put on your headphones and drowned the world out for an hour or two makes all the difference to make you happier & more relaxed. Not to mention when you reach a new max weight or see progress, that amazing feeling you get knowing it’s because of your hardwork! A healthy physique is something that can’t be bought and has to be worked for.

Please share something people don’t know about you.

I’m a superman nerd -everyone knows this-. Every boyfriend I had until graduated high school somewhat looked like Superman or reminded me of Superman. I use to also read the comic books and do different voices for each character. I would also play the radio show to put me to sleep.

Would you change anything about yourself?

I take people’s criticism to heart too much.

What features do you look for in a partner?

I guess my answer to that is someone that I can be myself around. Someone I can go to the gym with because I am not giving that up for anyone! If we can’t have a real conversation it’s not going to work. They also have to be funny. I care about personality more than anything else.

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Interview with Sophia Harris — Childhood outcast to model

Sophia Harris is a 16-year old model residing in Denver, Colorado.

How would you introduce yourself to our readers?

I was born in South Brisbane,Australia-the home of my father but moved back to Dubai in the UAE within weeks of being born. My father is Australian and my mother is a South African and Canadian who moved to America when she was 12 year ols. My four siblings and I however grew up in Dubai and the rest of my family live there still, at 16 I decided to make the move to America by myself to finish high school here. My profession is simply a high school student which is pretty much a full time job in itself but over the last six years of my life I have acted professionally in short films and professional plays as well as modeling in my spare time.

As you can probably tell I am incredibly interested in acting. I have six years of professional training in the Stanislavski method and hope to pursue acting full time once I graduate high school. My other hobbies include running and writing, as a former track and field athlete I developed an addiction to it and go crazy if I can’t run at least five times a week. In addition to acting I hope to become a screenwriter so I dedicate several hours a week to developing and writing my screenplays; I have thirteen so far!.

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

I first began modeling four years ago at the age of 12, at the time I was living in Dubai, a city fast becoming one of the fashion capitals of the world. I don’t have a particularly interesting scouting story – I was asked one day at a makeup convention by the director of a modeling agency if I had any interest in modeling. After shooting my portfolio and signing with them my career begun! I don’t really know why I begun modeling but trust me -no one was more shocked than I when I did!

As a child my appearance was made fun of constantly – I had curly red hair, extremely pale skin, freckles and hooded almond shaped blue eyes. I stood out among a sea of brunettes and blondes with their tanned skin and round eyes. It made me an easy target and resulted in needless bullying. So the idea of my appearance ever earning me money seems like a ridiculous idea to me initially; however, as I soon discovered it was all the things I had been made fun of for that made me so successful.

Sophia Harris showing her long hair and a hatWhat are your personal and professional goals? Where do you see yourself in five to ten years?

In five years I want to be living in LA, finding at least some success as an actress in film and television hopefully negotiating the sale of one of my screenplays! As a person, I hope to become less shy and introverted -I am a tried and true INTJ personality type!. I would also like to be able to say that I had maintained my morals and continued to conduct myself in a dignified manner.

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

Previously I modeled more, every other week probably. It may not seem like much but I did it at the same time as I was attending school full time. I mainly do commercial photoshoots but I have previously done editorials. Unfortunately I am far too short for the catwalk!

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

The best experience I have ever had in modeling was several years ago. The photoshoot was for the Hasselblad Camera and was titled ‘We’re sisters not colors’. Two other models,one black and one Asian, and I all dressed up with elaborate hairstyles and makeup had colored powder thrown at us and we were encouraged to play in ti whilst pictures were taken. The photos that came out were so beautiful and real whilst still promoting the idea of equality and unity among people.

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

Thankfully I don’t think I’ve ever experienced anything truly bizarre or embarrassing throughout my career. However working in Dubai was defiantly a unique experience in itself as the way business is conducted is completely different!

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

I would most certainly change the height and size requirements. The proportions they ask for promote an incredibly unhealthy lifestyle and really encourage many girls to starve themselves.

Sophia Harris hiding her face behind a fanDo you practice any sports and what do you typically eat? Please elaborate on the importance of nutrition and exercise in your life.

I run frequently as well as doing strength and toning exercises daily. I usually eat a piece of gluten free bread with nutella on it -love that stuff!- for breakfast, a small meal consisting of protein and vegetables for lunch and a larger meal consisting of protein, carbohydrates and vegetables for dinner. Throughout the day I get incredibly hungry so I snack on fruit and granola bars as well as chocolate coconut milk. On the whole, I try to avoid gluten and dairy as I don’t react well to either of them. Throughout the week I eat consistently and healthily but I allow myself one treat on the weekend -it’s all about moderation! Nutrition and exercise are incredibly important to me because in order to be successful in this industry I have to maintain my weight and body constantly. However, I am also a firm believer in staying healthy and not starving yourself -you will not model forever but you will have to live with your body forever. So why destroy it in exchange for a few years of success?

Please share something people don’t know about you.

Most people don’t know that I attended a British Curriculum school for most of my education resulting in my slightly warped accent and vocabulary!

Would you change anything about yourself?

If I could change one thing about myself it would be my hair-I would kill for thinner, straight hair! Curly hair is such a pain and mine is far too long and thick to be able to do anything with!

Do you have any fears or phobias?

I have a legitimate phobia, and I took psychology for two years so I know the difference between a fear and a phobia, of crustaceans. As in crabs and lobsters. Just seeing them results in a full blown, completely legitimate panic attack and I just can’t even. I’m also terrified of moths and butterflies, something I only discovered after being taken on a trip to a butterfly pavilion. Cue screaming and crying.

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Interview with Molly ‘Mawlz’ Hanley — Recording/Performing Artist and Model

Molly ‘Mawlz’ Hanley is a 23-year old model residing in Los Angeles, California.

How would you introduce yourself to our readers?

My name is Molly ‘Mawlz’ Hanley, I was born and raised in Pittsburgh PA and just recently relocated to LA 6 months ago at the age of 22. I have one younger brother, and all of my family still lives in PA. I love to sing, rap, and write songs. I model occasionally and am also a part time Makeup Artist. I am a highly creative individual and anything that involves art intrigues me.

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

I started out as a freelance makeup artist in Pittsburgh when I was still in high school to make extra money. I found myself becoming involved in many projects and highly sought after for makeup artistry and creative direction work, After shoots, many photographers would ask me if I ever considered modeling, and so eventually I would shoot images for my own portfolio with them. Soon after establishing a decent portfolio, I booked some paid modeling gigs and shows, and have been doing so ever since.

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

My goal is to become a successful performing and recording artist. In 5 years I hope to have an album or albums out, music videos, be touring, and to have gained some awards or industry recognition. I could also see myself modeling within the realm of my music persona. I would love to be the face of a cosmetic line or clothing brand. I plan to become a brand of my own as well. I envision myself eventually writing for other artists and being involved in artist development as well.

Molly 'Mawlz' Hanley wearing sunglassesHow often are you modeling and what does it usually consist of?

Currently my main focus is my music. I am modeling here and there, mostly where there is paid work being offered. Typically I am doing photo shoots and acting, more so than walking in shows. I am 5’6″, so I am a little too short for the catwalk in most shows. Most recently, I got “set up” on a prank reality TV game show. That was fun, and I got paid!

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

Most of my experiences have been good, but there’s been a few unprofessional and creepy photographers here and there. My best experiences were, doing makeup, modeling and acting as a “ghoul” for Ghostface Killah’s, from Wu-Tang Clan “12 Reasons to Die” show when it was in Pittsburgh, and also modeling extremely expensive diamond jewelry for a popular Pittsburgh jeweler at an event for Pittsburgh Fashion Week.

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

I’ve been freezing cold, changing wardrobe in the middle of a Barnes and Nobles parking lot with random passersby taking pictures of me before, if that counts. I have no shame. I don’t get embarrassed easily.

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

There is too much image altering and body shaming. Enough with the over photoshopped images.

Molly 'Mawlz' Hanley topless with american flagDo you practice any sports and what do you typically eat? Please elaborate on the importance of nutrition and exercise in your life.

I stay in shape by being extremely conscious of what I eat, I don’t necessarily diet. I avoid soda, excess sugar and carbs, and try to eat more gluten-free products than gluten products – although I have no known allergy to gluten. I eat a lot of fish, lean meat, fruits and vegetables. For exercise, I like to run around my neighborhood and go out dancing. I will also do squats, crunches, yoga and others here and there throughout the week. I was blessed with a very fast metabolism and lean athletic figure, but that also may be due to young age. I walk to and from work most days, which is about 3 miles. I always feel better when I choose to eat right and stay on a workout routine – mentally, physically and emotionally. I need to drink more water though! I struggle with that.

Please share something people don’t know about you.

I moved out of my mom’s house at 18 years old and have lived in 4 apartments in 2 different states since then.

Would you change anything about yourself?

I have my insecurities, and sometimes I think I may do something to change them, nose and boob job, but then again, they are things that make me unique, so I haven’t made a serious decision to do anything about my ‘problem areas’ yet. I am quite secure in who I am, I don’t believe that wanting cosmetic procedures makes you a “bad role model” or a deeply insecure person, as the stigma would suggest. It’s just like when people decide to cut and dye their hair or get a tattoo. It’s a reflection of your human form aesthetic desires, not your soul. I don’t like it when people give others a hard time about personal choices that have nothing to do with them. If it makes you happy or feel good – go for it. Life’s short.

What is the coolest thing you’ve done in your professional career thus far?

I had the opportunity to be an opening act for Snoop Dogg, Twista and Trina, all of whom are rap and music legends! I was invited to Twista’s tour bus to hang out briefly after the show and they asked me to rap for him and his crew! They were impressed, and it was an awesome and unforgettable experience.

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Interview with Elyse Nicole Craft — The Girl Next Door

Elyse Nicole Craft is a 20-year old model residing in Salinas, California.

How would you introduce yourself to our readers?

I am Elyse Nicole Craft, born and raised in California, USA. I am the oldest child of three. I have one brother, one sister, two cats, and my dad. All of whom I love to the ends of time. I am currently a waitress at multiple restaurants while saving up money to move to a big city and launch my professional modeling career. My passion is modeling, I absolutely love what I do and I hope to take it as far as I possibly can.

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

When I was in my Senior year of high school, I had my senior pictures taken. Back then I was so shy and mousy – I turned out horrible in the pictures. But my dad saw them, and thought they were so beautiful. He told me I had to try and get into modeling. I told him I didn’t know how, I’m not pretty enough. My dad did his research and signed me up on Model Mayhem….and that’s were it all began. Photographers were contacting me left and right, even though my pictures were a nightmare compared to all of the other models on the website. However, they all told me the same thing – that they saw potential in me. I decided to give it a try, and with endless instructions and criticisms, my photos started to get better with each photoshoot. It turned out to be the best thing that I’ve ever done, because it gives me a way to express myself and give myself and my family something to be proud of.

Elyse Nicole Craft wearing a pink bikiniWhat are your personal and professional goals? Where do you see yourself in five to ten years?

My dream come true would be to become a well known international model. If that doesn’t happen, I have been studying environmental engineering. I have always been a career based girl. For me, love will come when the time is right. So my family plans aren’t very thought out right now.

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

I do modeling whenever someone needs to hire me. My modeling work has been very consistent. I sometimes have three shoots a day! Because of my height I mainly do print work.

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

I’ve had many great experiences in modeling. From being a Miss California beauty pageant state finalist to modeling ball gowns on live television on Wake Up San Diego. As for worst experiences, nothing comes to mind.

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

There is only one thing that I would like to change about the modeling industry – it’s the girls who are chosen to model for most clothing lines….they all look the same! Super skinny, pale, and too tall. We need girls who will represent the masses. Girls who will look the same as I would in the clothes they are modeling. That’s what I would love to see.

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

In high school I was very athletic. I played water polo, tennis, and was a swimmer. Now, I go to the gym every day to keep my body and muscle toned. My diet isn’t very strict; basically, I just eat a lot of protein and keep the carb intake low.

Elyse Nicole Craft wearing a black swimsuitPlease share something people don’t know about you.

I am obsessed with cats and clothing!

Would you change anything about yourself?

At times, when I see these gorgeous women in magazines and on television, I become really self conscious. Seeing them sometimes makes me wish that I look like them. Being bullied because of how I looked as a child doesn’t help, either. I am half Filipino so I have a wide nose and am shorter than most models. Those are the two things I get insecure about…but then I think about how the well-known people look -i.e. Beyoncé, Adele, and others- and they look nothing like the cookie cutter Barbie dolls. Yet almost everyone admires them. They are beautiful in their own unique ways. Thinking this way has made me see myself in a different light. I wouldn’t change a thing about myself. Life has molded me into a strong, independent woman and I am thankful for everything, both good and bad, that has happened to me.

What features do you look for in a partner?

In a partner I look for honesty, respect, equality, responsibility, and someone who loves to have fun and be themselves. My past romantic life has been too full of lies and deceiving. I’m ready for someone real and down to earth who can value their own goals while still being able to value a relationship with me.

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Interview with Jenny Austin — Actress and Model

Jenny Austin is a 24-year old model residing in Los Angeles, California.

How would you introduce yourself to our readers?

Born and raised a southern girl in North Carolina, I am the oldest of three children. I have one sister, Hayley, and one brother, Ben. My family and I are very close and they have always been my biggest support system. Growing up, I was very involved in competitive swimming and dance. In school, I was passionate about English and Language Arts.

In early elementary school, I dreamed of becoming a writer and competed in many writing competitions. At home there is a closet full of “books” I wrote as a child. When I was still very young, I forced my younger siblings to perform in “plays” for our family and made my parents videotape our performances. I realized that performing in front of an audience is a form of storytelling, like writing. Movies and books were a way for me to escape and with acting, I loved that I could be someone other than myself and could explore living as different characters. I felt so inspired after watching actors in movies and I wanted to be that “escape” for other people. It wasn’t until after college that I moved to Hollywood to pursue a serious acting career.

At Elon University, I majored in Strategic Communications and PR. In Hollywood, my main source of income has been through PR, entertainment and production jobs. I have been very lucky to be able to work in those areas and act on the side. I have some exciting projects coming up in the Fall and I am so excited! Also, I love traveling and I probably have spent too much time on planes when I should be working.

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

I have always been a little interested because of my height, but it was something I never really thought about pursuing until I was older. When I was a toddler and young child, I modeled in a few shoots. I was about 21 or 22 when I really started modeling.

Jenny Austin wearing a pink dressWhat are your personal and professional goals? Where do you see yourself in five to ten years?

I hope to be very happy with whatever I am doing. Hopefully I will be married with children and living in Beverly Hills with a series regular role on a sitcom.

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

My look is very commercial and print. That is a lot of the work I get. Also glamour and editorial.

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

Any girl would love being fitted in awesome clothes and getting hair and makeup done by the best! It’s like playing dress up, and playing different roles in front of the camera is very similar to acting! I’ve had a few awkward times with sketchy male photographers; it’s really important to be careful.

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

I was a finalist to be Miss Cheerwine. I brought the judges Cheerwine-filled donuts. Enough said.

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

I would change the way people perceive the modeling industry. Models can be looked at as unintelligent and self-absorbed. I look at modeling as an artistic outlet for creative expression.

Jenny Austin wearing a black dressDo you practice any sports and what do you typically eat? Please elaborate on the importance of nutrition and exercise in your life.

I love hiking Runyon Canyon and try to practice ab, arm and glute exercises every day. I don’t swim or dance competitively anymore, but still participate in both. I try to not eat carbs or breads, but definitely treat myself to pizza once or twice a week. I eat a lot of egg whites, chicken, salad, nuts, berries, fruits, veggies, Greek yogurt, nutrition bars, and others. I grew up eating junk because I had a very “YOLO” attitude, but I never realized how eating healthier and exercising would truly make me feel so happy and energized all the time!.

Please share something people don’t know about you.

I can lick my elbow which is supposed to be impossible.

Would you change anything about yourself?

Overall, I am pleased with my body! A bigger chest would be nice, but what can ya do? I’m tall and lanky and that’s just not in my body type. It’s very important to love your body and yourself. Otherwise, I would love to be fluent in Spanish. I hardcore studied it in school and then placed out of it in college, and since I haven’t been practicing it, I forgot so much of it! I’m also trying to be more interested in nerdy activities like my BFF Sarah to become more worldly and knowledgable about many different subjects.

If you could trade closets with any celebrity, who would it be?

Miranda Kerr or Kate Moss!

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Interview with Danielle Victoria — Red headed trouble maker

Danielle Victoria is a 21-year old model residing in Los Angeles, California.

How would you introduce yourself to our readers?

California born and raised red head. I drive too fast and drink too much tea. I’ve lived in LA for 3 years, I moved as soon as I turned 18 and never looked back! Full time model, actress and sass giver.

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

When I was 14 years old, my home town was holding a talent scouting event called ‘Pro Scout’ in our Convention Center. My friends and I, and most of the other girls in my class, decided to go for fun. I remember thinking it was so bizarre that this opportunity was happening to me. Becoming a model and being from such a small city seemed almost impossible and now there was this huge chance it could happen!

They started going through all of us and said goodbye to the majority of the girls that had been there that they were not interested in. Only a handful of us were left, and we were now presented in front of 35 well known acting and modeling agencies and agents from around the Country!! Long story short at the end of the event with all the agencies, I was the second most wanted model out of 1,000, with a total of 9 agents wanting to represent me. It was the beginning of everything. Still so unreal to me how this all came about. So incredibly thankful!

Danielle Victoria at the sunset long hairWhat are your personal and professional goals? Where do you see yourself in five to ten years?

Hmmm this is a hard question for me to answer. My goals for my career change frequently. For instance I used to want to pursue acting more and with passing time I’ve realized It’s just not what I want to be doing. Seeing every aspect of this industry is very educational, I’m finding new things I want to try constantly. I tend to be a very indecisive person so I think I will always have goals that are improving and changing with my style and how my life plays out! I’m just along for the ride.

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

I do something work-related almost on a daily basis! Business never quits over here in Los Angeles! My week usually consists of castings, auditions for commercials, shoots, various creative meetings, and planning with photographers.

When I’m working from home I’m responding to emails, submitting myself for jobs and castings, setting up shoot dates, coming up with concepts for projects, updating my portfolio with new images I am sent, keeping up with my agents. There’s always work to do! Being home is definitely not a break! Luckily the weekends seem to be very uneventful for me so usually I’m able to take the weekend off!

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

One time I was booked for this music video for an underground artist, and as soon as I arrive on set, it was a disaster. First of all it was in the industrial area of eastern Los Angeles so of course there was no parking. I ended up parking a 10 minute walk away and had to run to the studio because finding parking had made me late. I Walk in the door and it’s the weirdest studio with the weirdest vibe. The PA was trying to hit on me and wouldn’t get the not interested front I blatantly had up. Then the Director tried to tell me they wanted me to be wrapped in a sheet while naked, when this had never been discussed before, and It was all very low budget and kind of sketchy so I said, “I’m not comfortable doing this I’m sorry”. After I stated my feelings they said I could leave and I left! Thank God.

Another fun little story is that on another music video set which happened to be one of my favorite jobs to date, I met my boyfriend! This industry is so unpredictable you never know who you’re going to meet or how the shoot will go! That’s one of the reasons why I enjoy this little world; it’s never the same thing twice!

Danielle Victoria in the countryIs there anything you would change about the modeling industry if you could?

People’s perceptions of it. A few of my relatives are not the biggest supporters of my lifestyle and it’s created a boundary in my family, which is frustrating and feels almost degrading. Having your own family not understand you is rough but I am living my dream and I wouldn’t have it any other way so they will have to accept it whether they are fans of my career or not.

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

I just started this work out regimen last week that’s a lot of cardio and ab workouts! I’m not much of an exerciser, so getting used to this will be a struggle for me!

Well as far as food goes, I try to eat on the healthier side when I’m eating at home. I mainly buy organic and raw foods, but I eat out way more then eat at home. I try my hardest to stay away from deep fried things, pastas, and other carb-y foods. But I can’t turn down a pizza or a burrito! I’m not the best with dieting!

Please share something people don’t know about you.

I danced ballet from age 2 through 16 and miss it everyday! I still throw on my pointed shoes once in a while.

Would you change anything about yourself?

I’d love to cure my pizza addiction, and I wish I would stop overthinking everything.

Do you have any fears or phobias?

I used to have emetophobia, which is the fear of vomiting, growing up! I would do anything to avoid throwing up, and people who were throwing up. Once on a road trip my step brother got car sick and I was so traumatized I made someone else sit next to him in the car after that day and this went on for years!

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