Most Promising Model Of The Week: Meet The Beautiful Janaya Alice Reimers

Janaya Alice Reimers is an ambitious, very driven model who’s prepared to do whatever it takes to follow her dreams. She cares about the environment and she’s obsessed with keeping herself fit and healthy. Her friends describe her as someone genuine with a happy soul and a kind heart.

Model & Mode Magazine recently caught up with Janaya and here’s what went down:

How were you actually ‘discovered’? A chance encounter on the street? Audition?

I just took a chance; I was regularly contacted through social media which I normally ignored until one day I decided to reply back; this led me into modelling and here I am today at 18 heading to the Miss Australia Pageants 2021.

What are your favourite down time activities?

That is easy, without question it’s going to the gym and beach walks.

How did you start with modelling?

I always loved watching shows like America’s Top Model and from there I developed my passion for modelling.

What do you like most about the modelling industry?

The fashion and getting to meet new people and making life long friends.

The downside to being a model?

Unpredictable and long hours.

What has been the most memorable experience of your life as a model so far?

Helping a new start-up business in Melbourne as their Brand Ambassador; it was extremely rewarding to support them and connect to the community.

I’m guessing you’ve been in the industry for a few years now, what has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned. This can be about the industry or about yourself. Or both!

Everyone has individual qualities and being different is okay.

Working in an industry whose only emphasis is on the outside characteristics of a person, how have you stayed grounded?

My mum keeps me grounded by telling me the hard truths.

Is your family supportive of your career?

My family is my greatest supporter, they’re always encouraging me to go outside of my comfort zone.

What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.

Ultimately I just want to live a happy life, spend time with the people I love, and of course, get a Pomeranian.

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Last good movie I’ve seen – Safe Haven.
2. What do you consider beautiful and why? – Women Empowering Women because it is beauty from within.
3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? – Skydive.
4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d be…” living and working in Rome.
5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? – I find it hard to say no.

Most Promising Model Of The Week: Meet The Beautiful Cassandra Van Zeyl

Cassandra Van Zeyl has been a passionate primary school teacher for six years, however, she has been working with children for more than fourteen years. She has been a swimming instructor, before and after school care coordinator, and an integration aid. She got her foot in the modelling industry after being scouted by BGM models through Facebook. After that, the rest you can say is history. Model & Mode Magazine recently caught up with Cassandra and here’s what went down:

How were you actually ‘discovered’? Chance encounter on the street? Audition?

I was scouted by BGM models through Facebook and had a successful interview at a prestigious hotel in Melbourne. I was confident walking into this interview because I knew that BGM represented curvaceous women. I felt very empowered and accepted in this type of environment. My mantra has always been his should be highlighted and not hidden.

What are your favourite down time activities?

Swimming at the local pool.
Hosting fundraising cocktail events/Gala Balls
Getting involved in local community events
Singing
Dancing
Competing in pageants in Australia ( eg. Miss World Australia / Miss Australia Pageants).

How did you start with modelling?

My beautiful mother was extremely well known in the modelling world and used to model for Vivian’s. I couldn’t believe it when BGM merged with Vivian’s. It was such a coincidence. I started modelling because I knew I had unique energy and a confident personality. I felt that I could offer the modelling world a fresh perspective and as a curvy modelling ambassador, I wanted to remind all woman that no matter what your size, you can do what you put your mind to. My mother was my inspiration and now I help other women feel comfortable and happy in the skin they’re in. My mother was a size eight and I’m a size twelve and whether you are a smaller or bigger size, you have the same opportunity to succeed. Size does not determine your success.

What do you like most about the modelling industry?

I love the forever friendships you form and the connections you make through modelling opportunities. It’s such a diverse industry and I am absolutely in love with fashion and how modelling can help you express your emotions in ways you didn’t think you could. It’s such a powerful industry and you can complexly immerse yourself in this world and the incredible amount of confidence that comes from putting yourself out there and presenting multiple challenges is mind-blowing. I surprise myself daily when put under pressure to perform and I think failure is a big part of success.

The downside to being a model?

At times social media can portray the perfect body type and this can have a dramatically negative impact on mental health. There shouldn’t be the ‘perfect’ body type. There are just simply different body types. Why should we feel pressure to conform? You create your own reality and create your own idea of perfection. Perfection and beauty are in the eyes of the beholder.

What has been the most memorable experience of your life as a model so far?

My very first modelling shoot was absolutely fantastic and I remember the photographer saying you should be modelling as a cover girl for ‘forever new. I often hear this said a lot. I have been asked multiple times about being at Home and Away. This is an opportunity in the future that I look forward to pursuing.

I’m guessing you’ve been in the industry for a few years now, what has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned. This can be about the industry or about yourself. Or both!

Don’t compare yourself to anyone! Love yourself and embrace what makes you different because this is how you shine.

Working in an industry whose only emphasis is on the outside characteristics of a person, how have you stayed grounded?

My first priority has been and will always be my family. I love my core values and I wouldn’t compromise these to fit anybody’s expectations.

Is your family supportive of your career?

My mother is extremely proud of all my achievements. I have a very supportive family and feel very blessed.

What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.

I was thinking of opening my own business as a youth mentor or remain in the Department of Education. I look forward to seeing what my future holds. I will always be working with children though. There may be an opportunity for me to enter into news reporting.

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Last good movie I’ve seen: Unhinged.
2. What do you consider beautiful and why? The ocean – Calms the soul.
3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? Travel to Europe.
4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d be…” Scuba diving with sharks.
5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? Being a very forgiving person.

Most Promising Model Of The Week: Meet The Beautiful Shaye Pramee

Shaye Pramee is a 28-year-old model who was originally from Bangladesh and raised in New Zealand. She currently works as a banker in ANZ. She was a finalist at Miss World 2019 and Miss World state finals 2020/21. She’s currently competing at the Miss Australia 2020 State Finals. Model & Mode Magazine recently caught up with Shaye to discuss her journey in the modelling industry and here’s what went down:

How were you actually ‘discovered?’

Instagram.

What are your favourite downtime activities?

I love reading, dancing, singing and spending time with family and friends.

How did you start with modelling?

I have done pageants in the past but I wish to progress my career in modelling.

What do you like most about the modelling industry?

I love the confidence it brings in others as well as how much it inspires others.

The downside to being a model?

Beauty Standards.

What has been the most memorable experience of your life as a model so far?

Being a finalist at the Miss World 2019 and Miss World Australia State Finals 2020/21 pageant as well as competing for the Miss Australia 2020 State Finals.

I’m guessing you’ve been in the industry for a few years now, what has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned. This can be about the industry or about yourself. Or both!

I gained confidence and learned to be brave enough even though I don’t meet the standard height requirement – I still got the opportunity to do photoshoots.

Working in an industry whose only emphasis is on the outside characteristics of a person, how have you stayed grounded?

Self-love and self-care.

Is your family supportive of your career?

Yes, they are. I am blessed to have such an amazing family.

What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.

I would like to start my own business and hopefully win the title for Miss Australia so I can be inspirational and make a difference.

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Last good movie I’ve seen: The Departed.

2. What do you consider beautiful and why? Sunrise early morning with a view of the ocean or beach.

3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? Travel the world.

4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d be…” Powerful.

5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? How random and weird I am.

Featured Event Of The Month: Lux Cruise Fashion Show

What: Lux is hosting an exclusive fashion show on April 30 and this is an event that’s not to be missed!

The one-of-a-kind fashion extravaganza will include bubbly and canapes followed by an epic neon-themed fashion show inspired by Victoria’s Secret. There will also be a red carpet and media wall set against an amazing backdrop of a luxury boat. We invite you to join us on this exclusive cruise fashion show where fashionistas and socialites can mingle and enjoy the incredible atmosphere created by the Lux team.

Dress code: Neon theme

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Where: Star City Casino Wharf (Pirrama Road, Pyrmont, NSW 2009)

When: Friday, 30 April 2021 (7:00 pm – 11:00 pm AEST)

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Models To Watch Out For In 2021: Meet The Beautiful Holly MacAlpine

Holly MacAlpine was 13 years old when she was first ‘discovered’. She was at Manly Wharf at one stage and there was a youth modelling competition being run and televised. She was asked to get involved and it was there that she got her first taste of being on stage and walking for an audience. Nothing ever really came of that day, but that was the experience that got her thinking about modelling as something more than Australia’s Next Top Model, as something real and worthwhile that she could do. Fast forward to today and she has now been in the modelling industry for over 7 years.

StarCentral Magazine recently caught up with Holly to discuss her journey in the industry and here’s what went down:

How did you start with modelling?

I started modelling formally in 2014, signing with THE.MGMT for what would be a 4-year long contract. The agency took me under their wing and helped me find my niche in the market, developing my own look and style.

What do you like most about the modelling industry?

I love the collaborative nature of modelling, being a part of a creative team and helping amazing designers and artists realise their vision.

The downside to being a model?

I think that being a part of the modelling industry from such a young age made me overly aware of my outward appearance, placing too much importance on how I look rather than how I felt or what I thought. I think that this is something all women go through, but especially those within the modelling and entertainment industries, and I am still working on loving my inner and outer self unconditionally every day.

What has been the most memorable experience of your life as a model so far?

I was a part of a fashion show at the Star, paying tribute to the supermodels throughout the ages including everyone from Kate Moss to Cindy Crawford. I got to play the role of Jerry Hall and embody her on the runway as I wore a vintage Thierry Mugler dress. This was definitely a stand-out experience for me.

I’m guessing you’ve been in the industry for a few years now, what has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned. This can be about the industry or about yourself. Or both!

Something that this industry has taught me is to never let anyone other than yourself decide your worth for you. Sometimes you won’t be the right fit for a role or campaign, and other times you’ll be perfect. But as long as you are your most authentic self, what is meant for you will be yours and you should never try to change yourself just to fit into someone else’s mould.

Working in an industry whose only emphasis is on the outside characteristics of a person, how have you stayed grounded?

I think that it is so important to have goals and interests outside of the industry. Things like the gym, my degree, and my family and friends remind me daily of what is truly important.

What are your favourite downtime activities?

I am an absolute Northern Beaches baby, if I have a day off then you will find me down at the beach, being in the salt and sun is a huge part of my identity. I also love going to the gym. My partner is a personal trainer and is beginning his body-building journey, so the gym is a place that we bond and spend quality time together.

Is your family supportive of your career?

My family is very supportive even though they don’t understand it. My parents definitely had mixed feelings about the modelling industry when I first started, as they had heard the worst about it in the media, and I was so young at the time. But now they see how happy it makes me, and how strong of a woman it has helped me become.

What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.

I recently completed my degree in journalism and non-fiction writing. Ideally, this year will consist of lots of freelance writing and travel. My partner and I would love to move overseas for a couple of months if COVID-19 lets it happen.

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Last good movie I’ve seen: I recently rewatched Princess Monoke, one of the Studio Ghibli animated films. I love Studio Ghibli for a feel-good, relaxing night.

2. What do you consider beautiful and why? ‘Beauty’ is entirely subjective and forever changing, I think that the only thing that is considered universally beautiful is the human capacity to love and care for one another.

3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? There are so many things that I haven’t done yet, and that I’m excited to do in the future! I definitely look forward to competing in Miss Universe at some point in the next couple of years. I feel that that experience will be a big step in my journey.

4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d be…” travelling the world with no sign of coming home soon, I think that we all have a sense of fear and responsibility around doing the “correct” thing, going to university, getting a job, buying a house, etc… I think that I would feel less tied to that narrative if I had no fear.

5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? I would have to say how emotional I am, whilst this can often be a flaw, I also think that how emotional I am helps me empathise with others and grow stronger relationships. I wouldn’t trade my personality for anything.

Models To Watch Out For In 2021: Meet The Beautiful Ariel Beninca

Ariel Beninca is a stunning model who hails from Brisbane, Queensland in Australia. Though her main profession is a UX designer, she also loves to create beautiful Instagram content and often does freelance modelling jobs.

StarCentral Magazine recently caught up with Ariel to discuss her journey in the modelling industry and here’s what went down:

How did you start with modelling?

I used Instagram as a creative outlet to create beautiful content, then got into modelling and started modelling for a fashion brand called “Runway Goddess.”

What do you like most about the modelling industry?

It’s much more fun than a desk job, I love it, it’s fun to feel beautiful

The downside to being a model?

It can make you very self-conscious. Also, I hate wearing heels for long shoots.

What are your favourite down time activities?

Playing chess, watching anime, and working on my tech startup… Yes, I am a bit of a nerd. I also love to do photoshoots with my roommate to create content for brands that pay for posts.

What has been the most memorable experience of your life as a model so far?

I got to do a video shoot with my partner, and It was the most enjoyable modelling experience I have ever had. We get to play fake tennis and I fake won! I then drove in a Bentley to a fake party.

I’m guessing you’ve been in the industry for a few years now, what has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned. This can be about the industry or yourself. Or both!

Posture is very important.

Working in an industry whose only emphasis is on the outside characteristics of a person, how have you stayed grounded?

I have a career outside modelling, I code websites and design software. I love the diversity from modelling to my career.

Is your family supportive of your career?

Yes, of course.

What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.

I want to try to do more modelling shoots with my partner. My current goal though is to launch this new tech startup I have been working on and become rich and buy a Tesla.

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Last good movie I’ve seen – love and monsters.

2. What do you consider beautiful and why? Minimalism – it’s so clean.

3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? Runway! I am so tall and yet, I have not done a paid runway job

4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d be…” an actor or singer.

5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? My strong mind.

Meet The Beauty Behind The Cover Of The March 2021 Issue Of Model & Mode: The Stunning Abi Grigsby

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Abi Grigsby, the beautiful, charming, and angelic model has established herself as one of the hardest-working models in the industry. She initially got into the modelling industry by entering beauty pageants. She first joined the Top Model of the World Philippines pageant back in July 2016 within 2 weeks’ notice. The pageant needed a certain number in order for the competition to go ahead and she was contacted by the director of the pageant to join. She eventually became the second runner-up, which shocked her as she had no previous experience at all in pageants sho she wasn’t even expecting to make it into the Top 5.

The following year she entered a pageant called “Mutya Ng Pilipinas Australia” (Pearl of Australia) beauty pageant. She gained a lot of exposure in the modelling industry by joining this pageant which lead her into me meeting the majority of the photographers that she now works with regularly. When she competed overseas she also gained several contacts with various modelling agencies and photographers over there and throughout 2017 she also competed in the Miss International Australia pageant where she finished as Second Runner Up, as well as winning the Miss Model of the World Title. Furthermore, she competed in the Miss Teen Universe Australia pageant in December of that year. All of these competitions lead her to meet so many creatives in the industry; photographers who were looking for fresh faces to shoot, as well as makeup artists who needed a model to work on for skill enhancements. Slowly, through these connections, she was able to build the network that she currently has.

Model & Mode magazine recently caught up with Abi to discuss her journey in the modelling industry and here’s what went down:

What do you like most about being a model?

The thing I enjoy most about being a model would have to be the newfound confidence that I have gained over the years as a model. I was someone who really used to struggle with self-esteem issues, but it wasn’t until I started modelling that I came to accept and be happy with how I look, and the person that I am.

I have also been fortunate enough to work with various creatives who each provided a different style for each shoot, which has given me the option to explore with different looks. I started modelling For Milliner’s designs in late 2018, my first designer being Anna Bella Millinery, who is based in London. I modelled at the Melbourne Derby Day, showing off her dress designs and her hats with other models. I also modelled for Felicity Northeast Milliner for her spring collection in 2019, which was featured in Mornington Peninsula magazine.

I had never modelled such high-class designs before, so this experience itself really helped me feel comfortable in my own skin, and opened me up to another world!

The Downside to being a model?

The downside to being a model that I have encountered would have to be that people tend to make assumptions about you and your personality when you tell them that you’re a model. I’ve had a lot of people tell me that they thought I’d be a snobby/conceited person because of the fact that I model, rather than taking the time to get to know me first.

A lot of people will make assumptions about you based on your profession, but I try not to let this bother me and stay focused on what I want by working hard and not allowing room for distractions.

Another downside is that many people who aren’t in the industry assume that modelling is easy, or requires little to no effort at all. To be a model takes great perseverance and determination, as many models such as myself face constant rejection and negative comments about our appearance/body. It takes a lot of work to get into the industry, which is something that many people look over. It can get discouraging at times, but I find it’s best for myself to always remind myself of the hard work I have gone through, and to realise that I don’t owe everyone an explanation.

What has been the most memorable experience of being in the modelling industry so far?

Thinking back to when I started, I can’t actually pinpoint an exact memory from modelling that has stuck with me. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every step, but the most memorable experience of being in the modelling industry would have to be the whole experience that comes on the day of a photo shoot. I live an hour and a half away from Melbourne city, which is where the majority of my shoots takes place. I always enjoy the travel into the city, as well as travelling to where my photoshoots take place, as the majority of the time it is not at the same place. Aside from the travel, I do enjoy dressing up and getting glammed up for my shoots. I feel most like myself when I am dolled up and in front of the camera!

Who have been the most interesting people you’ve met so far?

I’d say the most interesting people I’ve met would have to be some of the photographers and makeup artists that I meet while I’m on set. Many of the creatives that I work with are a lot like me, they often take up photography/makeup as a side job, rather than their full-time job. It’s nice to meet people who are similar to you, and share similar interests while also working other jobs, and working incredibly hard so they are able to project themselves further in the industry.

What has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned while in the modelling industry. This can be about the industry or about yourself.

The most valuable lesson I have learned would be to not compare myself to others. Before I began modelling I never thought I would have a chance, as I compared myself to many other high profile models, such as Miranda Kerr. I always assumed that because I didn’t look like these girls I saw in billboards and commercials that I wouldn’t make it at all in the modelling world.

However as continued on and booked more jobs, I realised that every different look will serve a purpose for each job/photographer. There will always be someone out there who will need a look like yours for a certain job/promotion, so I’ve learned that I shouldn’t bother worrying about looking like someone else when looking exactly the way you do is more than enough.

Is your family supportive of you being a model?

Yes, fortunately, my family is very supportive of my modelling! My mother wanted me to start modelling when I was 13, however, I had very little confidence back then and I was also very shy. I did not see myself as someone who could get far in the industry at all, and I also at the time had assumed that people would think of me as very conceited if I started modelling. I didn’t have a very positive view of the modelling world, or of models themselves, which was a real deterrent for me at that time.

As the years went by and as I developed a love for beauty pageants, it also shifted my focus onto modelling, and it wasn’t until I started my first few photoshoots that I really started to enjoy what I was doing, and then made the decision to go as far as I possibly could in the industry.

If you could go back in a time machine to the time when you were just getting started, what would you do differently?

The main thing I would do differently would be to not jump at every opportunity that comes my way, no matter how big of a deal it may seem to be at first. I used to do this a lot when I first started in the industry, and I would just throw myself out to any opportunity that came my way, without thinking things through clearly. This resulted in a lot of waste of time and money for myself, as I was promised certain jobs would lead to very high exposure/good money, while actually resulting in none of that.

So if I could go back in time, I would tell myself not to rush things too much and to take it slow. Not every opportunity is what it claims to be, and when the time is right, the right opportunity will come!

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

The best advice I have ever been given is to take my time. Often I’ve been really impatient and have compared myself to others who have gotten further in the industry in a shorter amount of time. I’m fortunate to have a close group of friends who support me fully and encourage me to remain patient and on track, and who assure me that things will work in my way if I continue to remain focused and not be put off by others in any way.

Models To Watch Out For In 2021: Meet The Beautiful Windy Anif

Windy Wulandari Binti Anif was born in Jakarta, Indonesia but she grew up mostly in Medan North Sumatra Indonesia. She was more an outdoor kid climbing up trees, chasing chickens, taking the eggs for her breakfast, and cycling around her neighbours. She’s currently living in Hamilton Island, Queensland working as a chef. She got started in the industry by submitting her portfolio to an agency called JR Management but before she decided to join an agency, she submitted an application to join Beauty Pageants, and that’s when it all first started for her.

Model & Mode Magazine recently caught up with Windy to discuss her journey in the industry and here’s what went down:

How did you get started in the modelling industry?

Recently to be honest! I started professionally just between 2019-2020 so I am pretty much a newbie and I still need to enhance my modelling skills, I had a couple of photoshoots with my friends who are photographers before 2019-2020.

What do you like most about the modelling industry?

The diversity, and the beauty of all the different models! The magic that only the modelling industry can give. With only a photo you can see or feel the model trying to say something with their expressions and body language.

The downside to being a model?

Any job that you do as a living definitely has a downside, but for sure the biggest downside to being a model is being told you are not tall or slim enough to get the job. People will constantly judge your looks! Especially in social media nowadays. Cyberbullying is real.

What has been the most memorable experience of your life as a model so far?

Meeting so many amazing models and people, attending fashion shows, being a brand ambassador of Sydney’s make-up company, connecting with people who support me through social media, and expanding my connection.

What has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned. This can be about the industry or about yourself. Or both!

I learned to find out who I really am as a person, I don’t have to fake myself to be loved or accepted. Everyone is beautiful no matter their height, ethnicity, and gender. Models are public figures, there will be so many young generations will be looking at you and might have the chance to follow your lifestyle and admire you. If you are a good role model you might change someone’s life to be a better version of themselves.

Working in an industry whose only emphasis is on the outside characteristics of a person, how have you stayed grounded?

I always tell myself that I am beautiful no matter what other people say about me although sometimes it can affect me badly – I just keep on moving forward. Your own enemy is yourself! Your own mind. Surround yourself with people who will constantly remind you to stay grounded.

What are your favourite down time activities?

Playing video games or reading motivational books, but since I live on a tropical island and the weather is very good, I usually go to the beach or go hiking.

Is your family supportive of your career?

Yes, they are! They are the one who believes in me, who supported me whole-heartedly. My mom and dad always told me to be true to myself and don’t be arrogant! Always stays grounded and stay positive.

What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.

I am planning to move to Melbourne either by the end of 2021 or early 2022 and start my acting career there but also still working as a chef in a meantime. I also wanted to be a positive advocate for the people who are being bullied because of my personal experience. Travelling is always on my agenda but due to covid, I have to postpone it.

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Last good movie I’ve seen: Alice in Borderland.

2. What do you consider beautiful and why? Beautiful is when you are accepting your own flaw and be flawless and just be yourself. You are confident and strong! Beautiful is diversity, you do not have to be fair and tall to be considered beautiful or following the beauty standards. Beauty standards are toxic, it makes people change their true selves.

3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? Work and travel around the world experiencing the beautiful scenery that the countries have to offer, learning different languages especially Arabic and Japanese.

4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear….” I’d be the fearless woman and telling people who hate me that this is me and nothing can change my dreams.

5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? My height.

Models To Watch Out For In 2021: Meet The Beautiful Emily Egan

Emily Egan is a model, presenter, and communications officer. She’s also a proud mental health ambassador, running workshops in schools for young teenage girls. She was initially scouted in a shopping centre when a photographer approached her after struggling to find red-haired models for a project of hers. After shooting numerous times with that photographer and working independently, the photographer recommended her to her first-ever modelling agency and that was where her career and confidence really started to grow.

Model & Mode Magazine recently caught up with Emily to discuss her journey to the modelling industry and here’s what went down:

How did you get started with modelling?

After being “scouted”, I worked as a freelance model for two years honing my skills and working hard to network. I did posing and catwalk training and spent many hours in the studio to practice my skills.

What do you like most about the modelling industry?

I love the creative industry! I think it provides the most incredible opportunity to work with talented artists and creatives all over the world. Modelling is my passion and is so rewarding in many ways, I love being a part of the creative process and seeing someone’s vision come to fruition! The modelling industry provides many people with life-changing opportunities for travel, growth, and confidence and can be an incredible pathway for people who are passionate, determined, and love what they do!

The downside to being a model?

Like many other fields, modelling can be competitive, demanding, and sometimes harsh. It is important as a model to have an incredibly supportive team behind you and to remember the amazing qualities you bring to the table. Modelling has taught me valuable skills about rejection, resilience, and self-belief.

What has been the most memorable experience of your life as a model so far?

I have been extremely lucky to have some incredible experiences with modelling including magazine covers, travel opportunities, working with unbelievable brands and so much more. However, I still consider some of my favourite experiences with modelling to relate to my pageantry journey. In 2020, I placed in the top three in a National Pageant, which is one of my proudest achievements to date. This involved months of hard work, community appearances, fundraising, and more. More importantly, pageantry and modelling, in general, has given me the opportunity to make friendships that I will cherish for life.

I’m guessing you’ve been in the industry for a few years now, what has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned. This can be about the industry or about yourself. Or both!

Modelling teaches you incredible life skills both professionally and personally. In a professional sense, freelance modelling taught me how to build my own personal brand, business and reputation as well as how to network and market myself effectively.

In a personal sense, modelling has taught me resilience, growth, and self-love. I have learned to not take rejection personally, if you do not book a job it doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with you, it can simply be that you are not the “look” etc. that the client is after. In terms of confidence and growth, I know my strengths and uniqueness, what qualities I bring to the table, and who I am. This is so valuable to learn and what I am trying to instill in girls from a young age, to embrace your uniqueness and love yourself flaws and all.

Working in an industry whose only emphasis is on the outside characteristics of a person, how have you stayed grounded?

I think in regards to this question, it really comes down to your morals and how you view the industry. Firstly, I am generally a very relaxed individual who doesn’t take myself too seriously. I also truly value qualities in others of open-mindedness, kindness, and integrity- so I do my absolute best to show these at all times. Secondly, I am someone who really considers modelling as a profession like any other and thus I view it as such. I turn up, work my day on set or at an event and provide my services and time, and get paid accordingly. Finally, I have two very supportive and loving parents who showed me that “it’s not about what you have, but about what you give”.

Is your family supportive of your career?

My family is unbelievably supportive, my parents love to attend my fashion shows, charity events, or pageants (where possible) and are always cheering me on in the stands. I have a vivid memory of when I was featured in my first magazine, my Dad brought home ten copies and made me sign one especially for him, he was so proud.

What are your favourite downtime activities?

I really love all things sport and fitness. I spend the majority of my time boxing, in the gym, or playing footy. I am also writing my first novel so am spending a lot of time writing and reading. Finally, just spending time with my family and friends and getting hooked on a new series on Netflix- currently loving Bridgerton.

What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.

I have so many goals in the next few years I am hoping to accomplish. I will be publishing my first book, continuing in my pageantry journey, and taking modelling opportunities as they come. I am hoping to be spending more time presenting and MC’ing, utilising my communications degree as much as possible.

The’LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Last good movie I’ve seen
Last week I watched the movie “Just Mercy” starring Michael B, Jordan. It is based on a true story and I highly recommend watching it.

2. What do you consider beautiful and why?

It sounds cliché, but true beauty for me has nothing to do with looks. Beauty is in the humble of heart, the goodness of others, and the kindness of giving with no expectations. I really love random acts of kindness, seeing people help those less fortunate than themselves, and people who are willing to spread joy. I think gratitude is a really beautiful quality and something I always look for in others. The people who I consider the most beautiful are those who are able to recognise it is not how you treat the most powerful in the room, but the least powerful.

3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could?

At the moment it’s all about travel for me. I am hoping with the easing of restrictions I will one day be able to commit to more international travel. I am a big believer of the phrase “travel is the one thing you spend your money on that makes you richer!”

4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d be…”

FEARLESS. Interestingly, this was the first word I thought of when I thought of 2021. I really resonated with the word and am hoping this means I am ready for new experiences and good things! I think 2020, was about finding comfort and practising gratitude, and 2021 will be about kicking goals and stepping out of my comfort zone!

5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself?

Growing up, my red hair was my point of difference. Everyone had an opinion about the colour of my hair and I experienced bullying for the way I looked as a teenager. Once I finished school I truly realised that my red hair was my asset, it was what made me unique and helped me book jobs! I don’t think I will ever dye my hair and it’s an everyday reminder for me that you can overcome the weight of others’ opinions and your uniqueness and “flaws” make you who you are and are beautiful!

Meet The Stunner Behind The Cover Of The February 2021 Issue Of Model & Mode: The Beautiful Paige Tonkin

Paige Tonkin is a motivated, bubbly, and caring 17-year-old model who is currently studying for her H.S.C.

Paige has always been fascinated by watching the beautiful models and actors on television and has dreamed of one day making a name for herself.

It was at the age of 14 when her dream was kick-started and she was scouted and taken to Las Vegas for a talent and runway show. This amazing experience made Paige completely fall in love with the industry and has made her even more determined to succeed.

When Paige isn’t working the camera or the runway you will find her coaching Aerial Silks, Aerial Lyra, and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics at the local gym.

Paige’s strong work ethic is demonstrated in everything that she does and she knows that by chasing your dreams, success is only footsteps away.

Model & Mode Magazine recently caught up with Paige to discuss her journey in the modelling industry and here’s what went down:

1. How did you get into the modelling industry?

I was introduced to the industry at the age of 14 when I attended my first audition for acting and that’s when the scouts encouraged me to audition for modelling as well, this casting was actually to be scouted to Las Vegas to perform in this amazing production called IPOP and after this amazing experience, I completely fell in love with the industry.

2. What do you like most about being a model?

I love everything about being a model but if I had to choose one, It would be the amazing people I meet and all the new friends I make every time I go to work.

3. Downside to being a model?

There are not many downsides to being a model, but I have to say I’m not the biggest fan of having to get in the water on a cold winters morning and the 4 am starts every now and then, I do like my beauty sleep but of course as soon as I’m up and going, nothing can stop me!

4. What has been the most memorable experience of being in the modelling industry so far?

Wow, this is a tough one, there are so many amazing memories I’ve made so far, but the ones that stand out the most would have to be modelling at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and living out my dream of walking the runway as an angel in the ultimate cover girl search.

5. Who have been the most interesting people you’ve met so far?

I’ve been lucky enough to meet so many interesting people. I have worked with so many different photographers and designers from all over the world, and built so many lasting friendships with different models and actors, from as far away as Finland and parts of the U.S To name a few I would have to say the amazing designers Oogi Flower, Lisa Swinbanks and Fai Peni. The incredible Bridget Foster(starred in CSI Miami) and Mark Carroll (Abercrombie & Fitch model) scouted me to Las Vegas And lastly I cannot forget the amazing Mike Ilagan the CEO of StarCentral Magazine.

6. What has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned while in the modelling industry. This can be about the industry or about yourself.

The most valuable lesson I have learned from the industry and something I live by from day to day is that confidence is key. I believe you can get to wherever you want to be when hold your head high and believe in yourself. The second most important lesson I have learned is to always know who you are working with and you’re safety and integrity always come first.

7. Is your family supportive of you being a model?

My family is my biggest support system and I would not be where I am today without them, I could not thank my mum enough for driving me halfway around the world every weekend and my dad always standing there with a coffee in hand when I’m up for a long day of shooting. And of course, my sister always lending me half her wardrobe (laughs). I am the luckiest girl in the world to have such a supportive family.

8. If you could go back in a time machine to the time when you were just getting started, what would you do differently?

I honestly would not change a single thing about my journey in the industry as I would not be where I am today and the person I am today without the good and the bad times that have shaped me into the model and actress I am now.

9. What is the best advice you have ever been given?

One of the best pieces of advice I have always been told since I was a kid to now is to always treat others the way you wish to be treated, and this is something I will always carry throughout my life.

10. What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.

I have always had plans to hopefully make acting and modelling my full-time career, and one day be cast in a big-budget feature film and walk various catwalks all over the world.

8. If you could go back in a time machine to the time when you were just getting started, what would you do differently?

I honestly would not change a single thing about my journey in the industry as I would not be where I am today and the person I am today without the good and the bad times that have shaped me into the model and actress I am now.

9. What is the best advice you have ever been given?

One of the best pieces of advice I have always been told since I was a kid to now is to always treat others the way you wish to be treated, and this is something I will always carry throughout my life.

10. What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.

I have always had plans to hopefully make acting and modelling my full-time career, and one day be cast in a big-budget feature film and walk various catwalks all over the world.

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Last good movie I’ve seen: Harry Potter – Goblet Of Fire.

2. What do you consider beautiful and why? The way someone carries them-self because it shows who they are.

3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? Skydiving.

4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d…” expose myself to copious amounts of gamma radiation and become the hulk.

5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? My brutal honesty.