Most Promising Model Of The Week: Introducing The Stunning Nikol Stach

When Nikol Stachwas around 12 years old, her Aunty asked her if she could be a model just for her assignment at a makeup school. She did a shoot after her makeup was done and the photographer asked her if she does any modelling as she “knew how to move” in his opinion. This got her interested in modelling but she never acted on it at the time. It was only when her Instagram started to grow and she received an email from a photographer asking to shoot her that she took it seriously. Ever since then she just continued networking and finding modelling jobs regularly.

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

What do you like most about being a model? 

The thing I like most about being a model is the fact that I get to create and be creative. I especially love shoots where I get to style and create little scenarios which tell a story. 

Downside to being a model? 

The biggest downside, in my opinion, would probably have to be that we constantly get compared to one another as models. Even though the industry is becoming more and more inclusive, I still feel as though you really need to have thick skin when it comes to certain aspects of this business.  

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

There have been many memorable experiences throughout my career, but at this moment I am most grateful for my move to Melbourne, where I’m loving the change in work.  

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

I honestly can’t choose, I meet so many different people every day and I think all are equally as interesting, and I love getting to know everyone. 

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’ve learned being in the industry is that, if you believe in yourself and really portray that energy, others will also believe in you, sure, looks play a part but confidence is equally as important. 

Is your family supportive of you being a model?

My family is supportive of me being a model but still wishes I chose a more traditional career. 

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

I don’t think I’d do anything differently as my past has led to my current life. 

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

The best advice I’ve ever been given would have to be “No one works harder for you than you working for yourself.”

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

My future career plans consist of getting into the acting business, and travelling as soon as we can. 

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Last good movie I’ve seen: Moana.

2. What do you consider beautiful and why? All things nature, because it makes me feel connected to the earth and gives me energy. 

3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? Travelled around the world, especially to tropical locations. 

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

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

Meet The International Model Behind The Cover Of The October 2021 Issue Of Model & Mode: Mischaela Elkins

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Mischaela Elkins was crowned a national delegate in the 15th Anniversary Ms. Universe competition for 2021 after two rounds of qualifications and eliminations. She is a businesswoman, model, author, and masterclass coach. She studied Business Administration in undergraduate and graduate school and holds degrees from Indiana University (B.S.) and IE Business School (MBA) respectively.

Before receiving her MBA from a globally recognized Top 10 School, she also sat for the qualifying exam and was accepted in the Mensa High IQ Society – scoring in the top 1%> of IQ scores globally. Between undergrad and MBA she also attended programs with Universite de Geneve in International Banking and Finance, completed her Foundations for the CFA accreditation and exam, and completed a Business Analytics and Economics Pre-MBA Summer Program at Harvard University.

While studying as an undergrad she worked as a professional model, predominantly in couture, evening wear, jewelry, and bridal after attending an Elite Fresh Faces open call in 2009. She completed her model training through the Barcino Modeling Agency in Barcelona, Spain. Barcino’s Model Academy taught her everything about the business side of modeling (contracts, terms), model etiquette, casting conventions, and more. Mischaela was runway trained by Mandy Dyonne, a world-renowned top agency runway coach who has trained the Victoria’s Secret Angels for the VS Fashion Show and model trained for Chanel, Fendi, Dior, and more. Mandy is also a runway walk trainer for the top agencies Elite, NEXT, and for the Elite Model Look contest.

As a model, she has worked with top-tier brands such as Graff, Paloma Blanca, Van Cleef & Arpels, Cle de Peau, Calvin Klein, Vera Wang, Nicole Miller, and more. Commercially she has worked for Warby Parker, Amazing Cosmetics, and Intercontinental Hotel Group. She has appeared in Vogue Italia, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Lucky, and more. Mischaela has worked with top internationally known photographers including Scott Schuman (Vogue Paris, Vogue Italia, Interview) and Kirsten Miccoli (Vogue, Glamour Italia) among others. As an influencer, she was named to Glamour Mag’s Hot 100 in 2016 and was appointed a Flagship Brand Ambassador for Elizabeth Arden and its eponymous luxury salon and spa. She holds influencer deals with NatureLab Tokyo, P. Volve, and other brands in wellness and beauty.

Mischaela competed in the Miss Jetset 2021 competition, placing in the Top 15, Top 10, then finally Top 5. Additionally, she was a delegate in the Miss Vizcaya Swimwear modeling competition hosted by luxury swimwear brand Vizcaya Swimwear – sponsors of Miss Universe USA and Miss United States. She took home the IGM Model of the Year nomination in 2020, as well as received a Victoria’s Secret Bombshell nomination in 2021.

Mischaela has represented the title of “Miss Peru” a total of 3 times. She holds the Miss Elite Beauty Peru and Miss Model Beauty Peru national titles. In the Miss Elite Beauty competition, she won 4 subtitles: “Miss Photogenic”, “Miss Ideal Model”, “Miss Glamorous Beauty”, and Best Evening Gown”. She was named a Finalist in Top Model Peru Season 14. Finally, she competed in Ms. Universe 2021 on the International stage representing Peru. Mischaela was also selected for Miss Global, representing her heritage as Miss Indigenous Americas for the 2021 edition of the competition in Bali, Indonesia – on the same Miss World stage that Megan Young was crowned. Her ambition is to represent Peru at Mrs. Universe after she is married.

Mischaela was coached by Natalie Glebova, Miss Universe 2005 in soft skills such as interview, public speaking, and winning mindset. She was also trained by The Refinery – a pageant grooming and preparation academy run by Miss Earth 2001 and former Miss India Shamita Singha and the team that has worked with Aishwarya Rai, Sushmita Sen, Lara Dutta, and Manushi Chhillar as well as countless Miss India contestants and supermodels. She was fitness trained as a model and beauty queen by John Benton of John Benton Model Fitness – the trainer for Victoria’s Secret models and beauty queens the world over.

She is a published author of 3 self-help books and the creator of a self-help Masterclass that counts thousands of people in 105 countries around the world as students. Mischaela is an Achology Certified Life Coach and the creator of “Angel Academy” a spiritual “flight school” for those looking to get in touch with their inner divinity and gain their wings to transform themselves and their intuition, their wealth abundance, and their romantic relationships and dating life. As a businesswoman, Mischaela won the Porsche 30 under 30 in Business Award and has won the Crain’s Chicago Business for best use of Social Media to grow digital presence. She is employed with the #2 globally ranked bank/financial institution.

Leveraging her Ms. Universe Peru platform she is a brand ambassador for LA MER, Swarovski, Mikimoto, Shiseido, Selfridge’s “Ocean Project” Initiative, and Parley for the Oceans. She has partnered with Oceana, 4 Ocean, Water.org, UN Water, and other nonprofits as Miss Peru. Her key projects during her reign include: Sponsoring and advocating for the Nazca Protected Area’s Formal adoption as part of Peru’s Bi-Centennial Goals, working with international collaborators on the Lima Water Project, and developing ACQUAVENUS – a consortium of international beauty queens engaging in ocean conservation and water preservation projects, campaigns, and initiatives globally.

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

How did you become an international model and beauty queen? What’s it like to model internationally?

I started out going to the 2009 Elite Fresh Faces Model Call alongside 300+ other models. I was one of three girls to receive a callback to meet with agents for the New Faces division and model development. I worked as a model full time during undergrad and transitioned to part-time or special projects work in my mid-twenties as the career of a fashion model isn’t that long. As I have a more international look, being of mixed heritage, I have had success in evening gown, bridal, and swim in my late twenties to thirties after working on fashion, luxury, and beauty campaigns. Working more in swim has led me to get involved with pageantry, as most pageant organizations have age limits set to late twenties through mid-thirties. I wanted to participate before I no longer could, and with international systems and align with international brands. International beauty pageants and winning those global/world titles are an excellent way to move into the international market in modeling. The key challenge with international modeling is to not bend to pressure to morph or change into that market’s beauty standard just to be available for any and every campaign. As a person of mixed heritage, the chameleon’s ability is naturally there, and its best to stand firm in your look and make that your signature…never look to change drastically to please everyone..instead work on perfecting your walk, your poses, your looks, and your fitness and naturally those who are on your level of professionality and want your natural look will gravitate to you. It’s never a dull moment collaborating with a set of professionals who are speaking 2, 3, 4, or 5 languages on set and you will learn so much about other cultures doing your due diligence as a model and researching the references the team has in mind for the set, garments, influences for the visuals, etc. That’s the part I love most about international modeling, the background work that every model should be doing on what the influences for the vision and what we are shooting for has really leveled me up to become a more cultured and worldly person. I am grateful for that polishing I am getting.

What has been your greatest triumph, to date?

My greatest triumph to date has been winning the Ms. Universe as Miss Peru the year after Miss Peru, Janick Maceta, was top 3 at Miss Universe. As I’m the first Miss Peru to also be a member of MENSA – it’s an honor to be Miss Peru in my own way and bring more than just beauty, modeling prowess, and beautiful gowns to the international stage.

what has been your greatest lesson, and how have you used that lesson in your life?

My greatest lesson in life has been that there is truly no competition. We are all equal, we’re just all different. The path that is truly meant for me, is and always will be meant for me. Competition comes into play when people take society’s conditioning to idealize a specific type of success, notoriety, fame, wealth, etc. from a specific place and in a specific way. When we limit ourselves to only so few ways something can happen for us then we naturally have to compete with others. This is the scarcity mindset. Be it for success, love, money, notoriety, press, you name it…..there is no competition when you’re on the path that is divinely created and destined for you. Only you can walk it. We are all, in our highest and best form, just out here driving side by side on our destined paths…completely equal and completely NOT in competition.

I’ve used this lesson in life to have grace and peace about things not working out so that other things can truly come into my life and really be for me. From every modeling job to my pageant wins, corporate career processes that have gone well, to the books I was destined to write…I found the least resistance and the most flow by being open and only open to what was truly aligned with me. There was then no forcing, there was only focusing…because the right opportunities and right place at the right time type of divine alignment started happening and doors opened and I was able to walk through them in peace, joy, and elation.

If you could travel back in time and alter one historical event, where would you go and what would you attempt to change?

My belief system centers around the fact that everything is fated and not an accident. Even negative and dark events have to occur for some reason, even if we cannot accept or process why, to advance us all or create ripple effects to other later events. For that reason there isn’t really anywhere I would go and attempt to change what has happened. I trust the bigger plan of the universe and the universal creator.

What do you think you came into this life to learn, and what do you think you came here to teach?

I came into this life to learn how to blend the spiritual and the material. I came here to master intellect and rational thinking merged completely with intuition and knowing. I came here to master these and then teach them and this very thought that we are spiritual beings on a physical journey, who must leverage rational thought guided by intuitive exploration and curiosity is at the heart of my books and masterclasses. I really believe we must care for our energy field and spiritual growth in the same way we get haircuts, manis, pedis, and care for our outer self. Both are vital to this reality and this human experience, and they must be held in balance. Overemphasis on either one over the other is the root of all misery.

What projects are you working on right now?

Right now I am working on completing the self-help courses that coordinate with each of my books, as well as a very large business endeavor that I can’t share right now but I’d like to think it is my “big idea”.

In terms of my Ms. Universe and Miss Peru platform, I am working on a number of key projects that I’m really excited about.

If I had any advice for someone pursuing pageantry I would advise them to get really clear on their platform and the types of projects they want to work on before ever even choosing a system. As they go they can then etch out exact campaigns – but the guiding principle is still to be very focused and niche.

I have 3 large-scale Ms. Universe projects that I’m working on and naturally, these are internationally geared – helping promote the Earthshot Prize by Prince William the Duke of Cambridge and the initiative’s focus on cleaner oceans. I’m also working on a few campaigns relating to the Sustainable Markets Initiative by Prince Charles, to promote eco-conscious business and sustainable capitalism. His Terra Carta initiative is part of this. Lastly, I’m working on a Coral Conservation project and the Mr. Goodfish sustainable fishing campaign with the Prince Albert II de Monaco Foundation.

I’ve also created a petition of my own to personally petition Victoria’s Secret to pursue eco-friendly ways of downsizing their brick and mortar footprint, as their key activities have been damaging to local water tables and that will eventually impact the ocean.

For Peru specifically, I have two key projects in works: supporting the Lima Water Project and helping promote international collaboration between Peru and the US and Switzerland to bring clean water to Lima from the Andes, and I’m working to petition and hold the Peruvian government accountable for securing and sustaining the Nazca Marine Protected Area which is an off coast Pacific area home to hundreds of key species that exist only there. This protected area concept exists to protect the feeding, mating, and migratory patterns of these animals so that their biome is secure and the entire ecosystem doesn’t fold under and die out due to imbalances in species numbers, behaviors, etc.

Combining the two, and in order to continue my platform for my lifetime, I have created ACQUAVENUS which is a consortium structure for international beauty queens to come together to support, promote, and collaborate with each other on ocean and water conservation projects globally.

Lastly, I’ve secured a handful of brand partnerships in order to promote and spread awareness for the ocean conservation work being done by major international brands. I will be working with LA MER to spread the word on their Blue Heart Ocean Fund. I’ll also be working with Shiseido to share their work and message with the We Are One Ocean initiative which calls for the protection of 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030. As Ms. Universe, I’ve partnered with Swarovski to promote their Waterschool initiative which seeks to inspire and excite children to take action and become informed about ocean conservation and water preservation in their own communities so that we can inspire the next generation of water defenders and warriors. Lastly, I’ve joined forces with L’Oreal to promote their ocean conservation and preservation efforts as a company as well as specifically highlight the work they’ve done under the Biotherm research arm to ensure their ingredients are sustainably harvested. As an exclusive, I’ve signed on as a spokesmodel and face of Leilani Shells, an innovative fine jewelry company that plants corals in Bali, Indonesia with every fine jewelry purchase.

What would you still like to attempt in your career?

I’d still like to build off of the ocean conservation and water preservation work I’ve begun as Miss Peru and later Ms. Universe.

My long-term goal is to work for the United Nations on the ground in Peru as a Director for UN Water or for Oceana in the Pacific Ocean of coastal Peru. My long-term ambition after building wealth as a businesswoman and entrepreneur is to pivot to United Nations work with a UN body or as a United Nations ambassador between the US and Peru.

After pageantry, my immediate concern is to focus on entrepreneurship and build out my self-help and spiritual wellness empire. Although it may seem like my endeavors are unrelated, I truly believe when we build a healthier and more healed emotional and spiritual world – we can bring our masculine and feminine energy into balance and stop suppressing our feminine energy. By being more in tune with and healing our inner feminine, we can have more respect for the divine feminine energy that is mother nature and our planet earth.

What Advice Would You Give To Those Hoping To follow your footsteps?

The best advice I can give to those hoping to follow in my footsteps is to do the healing work to be able to embrace all that you are without being torn apart by competitive mindsets and thoughts that you aren’t good enough. Competition and hierarchy are illusions put in place to control us. If I’ve learned anything it’s that the path that is meant for you won’t miss you. We ALL have a specific role in life and a divine destiny and that path is ours and ours alone, which means there is no competition on that path. There is only competition when we get caught up in scarcity mindsets that there are only a few ways to win. When we need the applause, approval, and validation of society we will naturally gravitate towards what society puts on high. That leads us to try to step into occupations and dreams that aren’t even ours…they are just what society tells you will bring you the love, adoration, fame, and fortune you think you need to fill up the hole in your heart. That hole can only be filled by YOU, your self-love, and healing.

No occupation, no relationship, and no amount of public adoration is going to make you feel truly loved. Heal your wounds, we all have them, and then pursue the path that was put in your heart. That is the only way to be successful in a way that endures and also feels fulfilling. Overnight success, paying your way to the top, etc. is just ego-driven nonsense that just enriches others and leaves you empty. Please remember this.

Emerging Model Of The Week: Introducing The Beautiful Bebe Dyl

Bebe Dyl (handle-bebe_dyl) has always been in the performing arts industry since a very young age. She has taken part in dance competitions, performances, and acting lessons as well as showcases. When she was 14, she joined an acting agency and after a few years when she was 17, she was asked if she wanted to be a part of the acting agency’s modelling section and she has been modelling ever since.

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

What do you like most about being a model?

I love the fact every time I do a shoot it’s always different which excites me as I don’t know what to expect. I also love all the team and the people I meet. I have met some of the most amazing and talented people who have taught me so much.

The downside to being a model?

I would say personally for me the only downside is that I sometimes miss going out with my friends a lot and have to cancel plans last minute. I also think starting with the knockbacks and “not good enough” comments can be very tough on your confidence but you have to get used to it after a while.

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

I honestly think it was the first-ever shoot I had which was for Pepsi. It was so new to me and exciting and I had the best two days and met the most amazing people.

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

Honestly, I have met so many I can’t choose but it has to be all of the hair and makeup artists. I hear so many funny and interesting stories from their previous shoots.

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

I have learned so much already and I’m only just starting my modelling journey but the main lesson I have learned and will always keep with me is just to be confident and believe in yourself no matter how many knockbacks you get, and not to take things so personally.

Is your family supportive of you being a model?

Yes very, they were very indecisive at first about it but as soon as they saw how much I enjoyed my first test shoot and saw me having the photos they knew it was right for me.

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

I would honestly just tell myself to relax, I didn’t sleep for the week before my first shoot as I was so nervous but as soon as I got there they all made me feel so welcome.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

To relax and be confident and comfortable in your own skin.

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

Well, I would love to keep modelling for as long as possible, but I also am very passionate about business and would love to own my own business in the future, maybe even my own modelling agency.

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

Last good movie I’ve seen: Atonement. this has to be one of my all-time favourite films although it makes me cry every single time I watch it.

What do you consider beautiful and why? Confidence. I personally feel that confidence is the key to beauty, it makes you a completely different person.

What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? I love travelling so much so I would absolutely love to have a shoot abroad somewhere, I think would be such an unforgettable and exciting experience.

Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d… walk up to a group of people around my age and just start a conversation” I wish I had the confidence to do this.

What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? I would probably say my stubbornness. I am very stubborn with most things how eve I personally feel as if comes in handy in certain situations.

7 Ways To Maintain Your Beauty Routine During The Pandemic

By Chi de Jesus

A lot of disruptions have been happening to most of us because of this pandemic. We almost were ready to see more people cozy up in gatherings at home this coming winter. But the current outbreak says a gigantic “NOT!”… So I guess my wishful thinking has to get grounded by the current facts of life. Am sure, everyone’s familiar with these disruptions so let’s narrow it down to just being (tadaaan!) beautiful.

You may think that work from home and virtual meetings give you more time for yourself and get things more done at home. But wait! A lot of times, uncertainty ruins our ability to create that necessary routine to seamlessly get your perfectly done visage out of the door to attend this thing we call life. This article goes especially for the working ladies out there. If the usual routine would be waking up, having breakfast, taking a shower, doing your usual skincare routine, and then make-up before going to work, these times have made everything erratic. Regular schedules differ but your skin’s needs do not.

The standard skincare and make-up routine now become second place to fixing your room, doing work while eating your favourite treats, and binge-watching till you fall asleep. Here are some ideas to help you keep your glow until the next face-to-face time comes back again.

Start and end the day with skincare. To immediately get it out of the way, as soon as you wake up, cleanse-tone-moisturize. This will keep your skin hydrated no matter what you’re doing the rest of the day. At night, before watching that series you’ve been wanting to see, cleanse-tone-moisturize before you become a couch potato and fall asleep in front of the TV.

Always apply a thin layer of sunblock. UV rays can still reach you even if you’re inside your home. By doing this, you do not only prevent skin damage by UVB’s but also slows down the skin’s aging process.

Hydrate. Drink a lot of water. This provides the right hydration that keeps your skin supple and fresh.

During meetings that do not need you to be on cam, slip a moisturizing mask while you’re attending the meeting. Stress can also be a major source of skin deterioration. Doubling your moisturizing routine can help take out the stress on your skin.

The break also gives your hair the breather it needs from the application of heat and other sculpting products. You can apply a coconut mask or just plain coconut oil to refresh your scalp and replace the moisture that it loses from the extreme heat or cold. Tie your hair in a high ponytail or a simple low bun to concentrate the effect of the coconut oil and appear neat on cam.

Put Vaseline on your heels or the whole sole and wear socks. This helps moisturize your feet and dissolve the hard skin you get from constantly wearing heels.

Wear nude moisturizing lipstick or a coloured lip balm to keep your lips from drying up or capping. Taking care of your skin or putting on the right make-up shouldn’t only happen when people are looking. It should be something that never goes out of your routine because you have to look good for yourself and not anybody else.

Keep on being beautiful.

Source: The Australian Filipina

Fashionista Of The Week: Introducing The Fabulous Christin Moodley

Christin Moodley was originally from a small town in Washington State and she currently lives in Idaho. She has always loved fashion and photography. Even as a young girl, she would always cut out models from fashion magazines and then create outfits with their pictures. Fashion and digital creation are such a therapeutic outlet for Christin. She started @christicurt because she genuinely enjoys creating an inclusive and engaging platform that could potentially inspire others who are also interested in fashion or who need outfit ideas. She would describe her own style as edgy and chic. She loves to edge an outfit up just a bit with faux leather or an all-black outfit with a pop of colour. Within the past year, she has exponentially grown her platform and has connected with such amazing people through the process and she’s looking forward to what the future holds.

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

Where do you usually shop? Are there any hidden gems when it comes to snapping up some awesome designer clothes?

I like to describe myself as a “baller on a budget”. I tend to gravitate towards more affordable options rather than shopping at designer stores (although I do admire designer clothes from afar). My favorite stores to shop at are H&M and Zara at the moment because they have such good staples and create good quality pieces, with an affordable price tag. I also love shopping at local thrift stores. I have found so many good pieces that are affordable and sustainable. I find it thrilling to shop at thrift stores because you never know what you are going to find. There are so many possibilities, you just have to keep an open mind and be willing to put the work in. I also recommend shopping at second-hand consignment boutiques. Yes, they can be a bit more pricey than the regular thrift store, but they are curated to have more on-trend and designer pieces.

What are your top tips when it comes to fashion for the cooler months?

Investing in a time capsule wardrobe, meaning finding neutral basic, classic pieces that won’t cycle through trends quickly. Having pieces in your closet that you can style with multiple outfits will not only elevate your personal style, but it will help with being able to shop your own closet. We have all been there when we are getting ready for the day and look at our closets and think we have nothing to wear. If you have a good foundation of solid basics, you won’t hit the I have nothing to wear rut and won’t feel the need to buy, especially if you are on a budget. Jackets are also a staple for cooler months because layering is key to not only look put together but also a practical move to stay warm. Having jackets in different colours, lengths and textures can totally change up your looks. Tights are also a fun option if you want to dress up a skirt or dress for winter. They just take your outfit to the next level. Let’s be honest, we all want to look cute, but don’t want to freeze our buns off while doing it. LAYER my queens.

Where do you look for creative inspiration?

All around me, on the streets, magazines, social media, etc. I love how fashion is a way of expressing ourselves and I enjoy getting to know others through their style. To me, fashion is telling a story about a person and I love interpreting people’s personalities through their outfits. I find creative inspiration from other content creators on Instagram or Pinterest and celebrities and their stylists. Recently, I have been loving Maeve Reilly especially, she styles celebs like Megan Fox and Hailey Beiber. She has an edgy vibe that I totally resonate with and would love to one day be able to meet her.

Is it hard to stay fashionable?

I find it difficult to keep up with trends, especially right now. Trends are cycling through so quickly and we are constantly having people tell us what’s in and what’s out on a daily basis. I truly believe that the key to staying fashionable is being true to yourself. If you like what you like, stick with it. To me, fashion shouldn’t have rules. Wear what you want, when you want.

How do you walk the line between being unique and having commercial appeal?

I think it’s important to experiment. I don’t necessarily put myself in a box when it comes to fashion. I don’t ever want to think I can’t buy a certain piece that I like because it doesn’t match my aesthetic. Fashion is ambiguous and should be fun. Finding unique ways to style and put different outfits together is part of the exciting thrill that the fashion world has to offer.

Are there any key trends you’ve seen for this year?

I have seen a lot of colour and wild patterns lately, especially for summer, which is so fun. For years, neutrals have been in and it’s refreshing to see how bright colours are trending now. I have seen a lot of colour blocking and Y2k inspired outfits. I love a good early 2000s moment. It’s so nostalgic. Transitioning into fall, I have seen the colour Kelly Green trending as well as patterned, fun coloured tights. It’s important to me to stay on top of what’s trending because I enjoy it, but remember not to go down the rabbit hole of consuming just because it’s considered trendy right now. It’s not sustainable.

What do you think about the state of fashion today?

It’s ever-changing. Trends are cycling so quick, that it’s hard to stay up on. One minute something is in the next it’s out. It’s hard, especially if you are on a budget. I feel that the state of fashion today is due to social media. We are constantly influenced by what’s new and consumerism is booming with how easy it is to shop online. I think the development with the intersection of technology and fashion is so impressive. Nowadays, it’s accessible to find the exact outfit someone is wearing and where to buy it. I love that, but it’s important to keep in mind staying true to yourself and your personal style.

What are the clothes we can rid our wardrobes of that are considered very ‘last season’?

As a millennial, I’ll admit, it has been difficult for me to totally get rid of my skinny jeans and refuse to. Skinny jeans are considered out and straight-leg jeans are in, which I love experimenting with different silhouettes because they can change the tone of an outfit. There is a fine line between staying up to date on trends and getting rid of something that you actually really like to wear, just because it’s considered out. You just have to decide what is best for you and how you want to express yourself.

What fashion advice would you give an emerging fashionista?

Experiment with different styles and find things that inspire you, not only in the fashion industry but also in life in general. Find things that make you happy and that you thoroughly enjoy. Don’t get caught up in the fast fashion trends and stay true to who you are because, at the end of the day, people will connect with others who are genuine and are just being their true authentic selves. Try new things that you haven’t seen before and push yourself out of your comfort zone. Some of my favourite outfits that I have styled have been created by leaving my comfort zone and trying something new. It’s also important to not care as much what people think and just be you. Wear that outfit that you are nervous about in public, take your outfit photos, and be the amazing fashionista that you are destined to be!

The fashion industry has changed so much in the past few years, what’s the best advice you would give for staying ahead of the curve?

I recommend studying fashion magazines, getting inspired by others around you, watching YouTubers, and trusting your instinct. At the end of the day, fashion is a way of expressing yourself and can be so empowering. If you want to wear something that you aren’t used to, wear it. Stand out. Be confident in yourself and your abilities. Experiment and have fun with it. You may have a different interpretation than the next person, which makes you unique. Do the unexpected, who knows, you may even start the next trend.

5 Fashion Must-Haves Every Man Needs In 2021

Are you a walking fashion disaster? Looking good should never take a step back in your life as today’s time quickly catches up with fast-evolving men’s style and grooming. There is no good excuse for being a slob who is left unmoved in a long-forgotten era with a style that is stuck in the maelstrom of outdated fashion trends. Sometimes, it pays to know where to turn when faced with a sartorial dilemma.

Check out our bucket list of trendiest men’s styles that will stick with you regardless of what the season dictates. Stray away from an embarrassing fashion tour with these smartest clothing tips that will surely save you from the ultimate wardrobe tragedy. Read on and become ready to face the world.

Save the day with the elegance and diversity of timeless pieces

You can never go wrong with the contemporary feeling that accompanies the white tee and khaki pants. Their classic style and timeless nature definitely transcend all seasons. Pair your white tee with a variety of jeans or don it under your classy slim suit while a perfect pair of khaki pants can be worn with an equally astonishing corporate or casual shirt. Be cautious though as choosing the wrong cut might send you in fashion peril.

Hit the road with your khaki pants investment

Fashion zeitgeist promises the versatility of collared shirts when worn appropriately. These pieces sauntered down upscale streets and can certainly vouch for a suave sophistication that is too hard to ignore. You can also look for some plaid flannels and other distinct styles that will surely make a big difference in your wardrobe.

Don’t underestimate the commanding effect of details

These should include your pocket square, tie, scarp, and even belt. Fashionable modern man should not lose focus on these most commonly underestimated pieces. While these may seem far less important than the main outfit, these details are indeed highly noticeable and can make or break the elegant look that you want to sport.

Never cease to experiment and cultivate your style

Walk out of your comfort zone and try shopping for outfits that might give you a surprising result. Oftentimes, the world of fashion offers a whole realm of varying trends that we become scared to touch for fear of becoming a fashion victim. Continuously improve your style, understand your frame and know what works best for you.

Who cares about the trends?

While experimenting may sometimes bring you an impressive fashion sense, overdoing it can kill your style. Don’t be a slave to trends. It’s better to buy stuff that you actually like rather than stocking your closet with unused clothes that will soon go out of style. Learn to twist fashion with versatile outfits that back you up when chips are down.

Do you still depend on your fashion style on Aunt Tilly? The humble beauty of these fashion tips will let you emerge with suave sophistication that never goes out of style.

Fashionista Of The Week: Introducing The Fabulous Ingrid Martínez

Ingrid Martínez (@ingridmartinezcas) has always loved fashion. She studied Advertising and Public Relations and then completed a master’s degree in Fashion and Luxury Communication at Elle magazine. She became a fashionista because she wanted to do something professionally with fashion; so she started to upload her various looks via her Instagram account which gained more and more followers and the rest you can say is history.

Model & Mode magazine recently had a one on one interview with the talented Ingrid and here’s what happened:

Where do you usually shop? Are there any hidden gems when it comes to snapping up some awesome designer clothes?

I usually shop at Zara, Mango, or Uterqüe. For handbags I am more selective, I like Michael Kors, Celine, and YSL. A great tip to buy designer clothes is to go to second-hand stores; start searching and with a little patience you can get very good clothes and even some real jewels.

What are your top tips when it comes to fashion for the cooler months?

I love the cold months! I really like winter clothes and playing with layers. Although I tend to dress very monochromatic, during the cold months I like to add a pop of color with blouses or handbags. The key is balance and not to stop dressing how you would like to just because it’s winter and it’s cold.

Where do you look for creative inspiration?

Everywhere. On the street, magazines, Pinterest. I also have a saved folder on Instagram about different looks. Runways are also great for inspiration.

Is it hard to stay fashionable?

Yes and no, it depends on the mood I would say. There are times when I just want to wear a tracksuit because I’m tired and others when I want to go out as if I were going to walk down a runway. It is important to respect those moods in which you would like to be more comfortable, but you can always give it some style with some good accessories, a good hairstyle, or red lips.

How do you walk the line between being unique and having commercial appeal?

Being unique is already a commercial attraction in itself. In this world, it is important to have your own personality and brands realize that. They don’t want copies, they want you to shine on your own, that’s what makes you attractive.

Are there any key trends you’ve seen for this year?

It is clear that color is the trend that is being worn the most right now. A trend that I used to resist, but now I love it. A green silk blouse, with jeans and white sandals, is the perfect look for a summer afternoon.

What do you think about the state of fashion today?

That it is changing and that is good. I see a trend in fashion that we have been asking for a long time and that is that it should not be so changeable, that is, that it should not be so fast. I see it in several brands, especially in Spanish brands that manufacture in Spain. They seek to create clothes that are sustainable and that last over time, which I love.

What are the clothes we can rid our wardrobes of that are considered very ‘last season’?

The hip jeans and platform sandals. They were already worn some time ago and came back, the truth is that it is a fashion that I did not like at all and that went away for many years.

Fashionista Of The Week: Introducing The Fabulous Abiodun Dosu – Staggers Gillyard

Abiodun Dosu – Staggers Gillyard has been a fashion stylist and image consultant for the past 5 years. Even though she got her Fine Arts degree in Theatre from Hunter College New York, her love for costume design lead her to pursue employment in the fashion industry. Furthermore, the education she received from the Fashion Institute of Technology has guided her in a more organized and applicable way.

Living in NYC has allowed her to work closely with hundreds of models, and designers within the past few years. However, assisting others in doing what comes so naturally to her is what makes her feel fulfilled. That is why she created her blog, AbzStylz. She wanted to provide services for women who needed help in enhancing and expressing their individual styles. She usually posts fashion inspiration, shopping guides, reviews on beauty products that I use, and lifestyle content.

Model & Mode magazine recently had a one on one interview with the talented Abiodun and here’s what happened:

Where do you usually shop?

I love shopping at ZARA, Nastygal, ASOS, and Farfetch.

Are there any hidden gems when it comes to snapping up some awesome designer clothes?

I think shopping sustainably has given me the opportunity to get unique pieces without breaking the bank. I would always suggest thrifting or shopping from sustainable brands that sell designer pieces that are reputable such as The RealReal and Farfetch.

What are your top tips when it comes to fashion for the cooler months?

Fabrics are important in the cooler months, so you would want to wear linen, silk, etc. Also, don’t be afraid of color and fun prints.

Where do you look for creative inspiration?

I always get creative inspiration from content creators on Instagram and Pinterest. Social media is the easiest way to stay up to date on what is trending.

Is it hard to stay fashionable?

It’s not hard to stay fashionable once you have the right pieces in your closet. The key to staying fashionable is to always have classic pieces that always look good on your body type.

How do you walk the line between being unique and having commercial appeal?

When I style models for a magazine or brand website, I like showing how I can subtly transform a look and showing how practical it would be for most people to wear. If it’s not a look that most women will feel comfortable in, I know it will not make much of an impact.

Are there any key trends you’ve seen for this year?

The key fashion trends I’ve been seeing this year are: “Hot Pink” which will be the color this year, wide-leg jeans, and hourglass blazers.

What do you think about the state of fashion today?

There is a sustainable trend happening, and I think fashion brands are now trying to be more ethical in how they create their products. I see that more brands are moving away from fast fashion, and have started to create eco-friendly clothing and accessories. I love that slow fashion has become more popular, which has slowed down fashion seasons and has increased the longevity of our clothing.

What are the clothes we can rid our wardrobes of that are considered very ‘last season’?

Anything that is super tight is out of season. For instance, skinny leather leggings you can give up. However, wide-leg leather pants are still in.

What fashion advice would you give an emerging fashionista?

Do not feel like you have to spend a lot of money to be stylish. Always research where you can get the best deals for designer pieces. Also, try to work with emerging brands that need more exposure. They usually are willing to give you pieces to promote for free once they see your work.

The fashion industry has changed so much in the past few years, what’s the best advice you would give for staying ahead of the curve?

I would suggest that you follow reputable websites that give a fashion forecast on what is going to be trending in the upcoming season. For instance, my favorite lately has been Who, What, Wear. They chart the latest fashion and style trends from the runway, street style, influencers, celebrities, social media, and more.

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Inside The Mind Of Makeup Junkie Bag Founder/CEO Meredith Jurica

Meredith Jurica is the founder/CEO of Makeup Junkie Bag. She was recently named by USA TODAY as “One of the Top 10 Travel Bags” with more than $10 million in sales and a breakout appearance on ABC’s “Shark Tank.”

It all started after making several bags for herself, and when MJ’s friends loved them she began to make bags as gifts for her friends and family. It didn’t take long for the cosmetic bag to become the hottest thing on the block-on lots of blocks. With her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in speech pathology, she didn’t feel qualified to start a business, not even a small one based in her home. But she loved her cosmetic bag so she became the founder, owner, and lead seamstress of Makeup Junkie Bags. She had a “baptism by fire” into the business world though when she was swindled and robbed of her designs (even though it was patented), the text on her website shamelessly pirated, and $100,000 of inventory was lost to Hurricane Harvey. Despite this setback, she still persevered, and her bags eventually brought in $1 million the first year.

The Makeup Junkie Bag’s magic – what sets it apart from every other travel makeup bag is that it lays flat, which allows easy and full access to all materials while eliminating the chances that the bag will fall over sending products everywhere.

Makeup Junkie Bags are handmade in Texas, sold in more than 2,000 stores nationwide, and come in more than 400 trendy styles and seven different sizes. Each of the bags is characterized by a signature brightly colored zipper, a suede tassel, and MJ hand-selects each designer fabric for each of the lines. From the trademark “Glam Stripe Bag” to the newer “Later Alligator,” Makeup Junkie Bags are on a constant quest to find the fabrics that reflect their customers’ lives. They are the company for the working woman, the loving (and often exhausted) mom, the grad student, and the social butterfly.

Model & Mode Magazine recently caught up with Meredith to discuss her journey as an entrepreneur and here’s what went down:

Could you please tell our readers a brief background about yourself and how you started your business?

Hi, I’m MJ, the founder, and CEO of Makeup Junkie Bags! Before starting my business, I was a Speech-Language Pathologist after obtaining my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in the field. I departed from my job as a Speech-Language Pathologist to stay at home with my two young daughters. As an avid lover of makeup, I was tired of makeup bags not meeting my standards and decided to get crafty in my spare time. It turns out I was solving a problem many people were having. A few short years ago, starting with one simple sewing machine at my kitchen table, I made an adorable lay flat cosmetics bag in my kitchen for personal use. I loved how the design housed all my modern-day large cosmetic palettes. Then the fairytale happened and Makeup Junkie Bags was born. People took notice and wanted me to make them one.

Fast forward to five years later, a design patent, an appearance on Shark Tank, and a Good Morning America sales event – my sweet little project has turned into a national wholesale company. We make everything with love in Houston, Texas at my private facility. My company now has a retail website and wholesales to thousands of retailers nationwide. All of my bags are “Handmade in Texas,” and carry a lifetime guarantee. I have continued to expand my lines over the last three years to include handbags, cosmetics, apparel, and other accessories. As a true “makeup junkie”, I own tons of makeup. Modern-day cosmetics are so much different than the cosmetics that have been around for years. Now we see all these large artist pallets and full-sized brushes that are supposed to make us look like Heidi Klum and Tyra Banks (laughs). I was frustrated that no cosmetic bag company was keeping up with the storage of modern-day cosmetics. I had an upcoming trip and so in preparation for my travels, I went to the local craft store and purchased materials to make my own cosmetic bag that would house all of my things. I wanted it to pack flat, be leak-resistant, and open up down the middle so I could see everything. The design did exactly as I intended it to and I was so pleased. I mimicked the 12-inch size I had made for my makeup and made a larger one for my shower toiletries as well as smaller sizes to pack face creams, eye care, chargers, etc. I was excited to take them on my trip and never really knew it would turn into a business.

What are you currently doing to maintain/grow your business?

I am continuing to expand my line so be on the lookout for new products coming soon!

What social media platforms do you usually use to increase your brand’s awareness?

Instagram and Facebook.

How did your business stand out?

Word of mouth, going Live in our showroom, marketing and we do several markets throughout the year, which helps in reaching hundreds of people. Always smile, be kind, and have great customer service. I have a patent on my lay flat medial line zipper bags, so there are no others on the market like it.

What form of marketing has worked well for your business throughout the years?

Social Media and word of mouth.

What is the toughest decision you had to make in the last few months?

What Makeup Junkie Bag do I want to use for each outfit. There are so many to choose from, so it’s hard to pick just one.

What money mistakes have you made along the way that others can learn from (or something you’d do differently)?

I was paying way too much for supplies until I was educated on how things are sold from retail price to wholesale to distributor to manufacturer.

What new business would you love to start?

I would love to own a little village of vacation rentals near the beach. It would be fun to be responsible for lots of families having fun vacations.

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

I can’t really think of anything I would do differently. My journey has helped me learn and grow so much and I am happy with where I am.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

Fall down seven times, stand up eight.

What advice would you give to a newbie Entrepreneur setting up their first business?

It is a lot of work to get started and nothing is ever easy but stay focused and don’t give up on your dreams.

Featured Event Of The Week: Mrs. Universe Australia & Miss Supermodel Universe

What: The Mrs. Universe Australia pageant is for the most honourable woman. According to our rules, she must be between the age of 18 to 55, have a family, her own career, and be involved with a significant cause in favour of other people. Our pageant is not just open to married women, it’s also open to divorced or widowed women. The idea that unites them is the motto “against violence” which in different years covers different causes.

The pageant “Super Model Universe” was created with the idea to present new models for the world podium and its best modeling agencies. The pageant’s participation requirements are: Girls 18-27 years, height minimum 175 cm. Boys 18-26, height minimum 180 cm.

Where: Dockside Darling Harbour (2 Wheat Rd, Sydney NSW 2000)

When: Sunday, October 31, 2021, at 6 PM – 9 PM

Tickets:  Contact Maryrose Salubre on 0423 710 659