5 Simple Tips That’ll Give You Clearer Skin… For Essentially FREE

It’s important to take care of yourself. And one way of taking care of yourself is to take care of your skin. The old saying goes, “if you look good, you feel good.” But unfortunately, many of the products that are touted as being good for the skin are expensive, making establishing a skincare regimen difficult. But the good news is, there are things you can do – and not do – that will help you improve the condition of your skin without spending a small fortune on various creams and lotions.

Read on for some tips on how to get clear skin for essentially free.

Rinse Your Face Using Cold Water

Using cold water instead of hot water to rinse your face has certain benefits. Cold water can help to refresh your skin and reduce inflammation, but it can also reduce any puffiness and helps to tighten your skin. An added bonus is that the temperature of the water can help to wake you up first thing in the morning.

Go Without Makeup

The standard for beauty seems to dictate that women ought to wear makeup as often as is possible, but it’s also important to occasionally have a few makeup-free days to allow your skin the space it needs to breathe and regenerate. And when you do wear makeup, always make sure to completely rinse it off at the end of the day, so it doesn’t compact and clog your pores.

Don’t Touch Your Face

This one should be easy enough to follow in the time of COVID-19. Keep your hands away from your face as much as possible, as your hands are covered in bacteria that can cause breakouts, or worse. And if you find that you must touch your face, wash your hands first.

Clean Makeup Utensils

It may seem obvious, but if you let your makeup brushes go too long in between cleaning, they will provide a safe haven for bacteria, oil, and other pieces of cellular debris that may cause irritation or infection if repeatedly brushed over your skin.

Take Appropriate Caution When You Sleep

If possible, change your pillowcase as often as you change your sheets, since the fabric can trap dirt and oil, potentially causing irritation and inflammation. And if changing your pillowcase isn’t a possibility, try to remain sleeping on your back, so as not to expose your face to the potential skin blemish dangers of your pillowcase.

A Final Word

Taking care of your skin is important. And it sounds like it has the potential to be complicated, having to use a bunch of fancy soaps, creams, and lotions, but really, the secret to clearer skin is taking care of not only your skin itself, but what comes in contact with your skin, like bedding, makeup utensils, and your hands. If you are intentional about the products you use, how frequently – or infrequently – you use them, and the state in which they’re kept, you’re well on your way to having clear skin for free.

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.

The Search For Model & Mode Magazine’s Next Cover Girl Has Just Dropped!

The search for Model & Mode magazine’s ultimate cover girl is back on!

Model & Mode Magazine in collaboration with MS Entertainment Network and StarGazers Production is once again on the lookout to find Australia’s ultimate cover girl!

The Grand final night is on Sunday, the 20th of December 2020.

$3000 in cash and prizes are up for grabs!

No previous experience required – you must be between 18 years to 30 years of age.

If you think you have what it takes to be the Next BIG thing then get in contact with us asap as there are only a few spots available! Please contact Krissy at kriss@starcentralmag.com, Juliet / 0482 560 503, or Maryrose Salubre on 0423 710 659 if you’re interested in entering the competition.

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Influencer Marketing 101: What You Need to Know

Influencer Marketing is most usually carried out on the platform of choice: Instagram. According to Forbes Magazine, an Insta account with over one million followers can attract upwards of $50k for a single sponsored post.”

Life as an Influencer is becoming an increasingly stacked game. In a world of paid likes/followers, fickle algorithms, and those ‘lurky bots’, it’s become even harder to market yourself in 2019. With more Instagram Models on the scene than ever before; this creates a higher level of competition overall.

Gaining traction on social media often means hitting that elusive fan quota. However, it’s often a vague figure that allows you to qualify. This begs the question: how many people have to follow you or like your page in order to make you a legitimate Influencer? What will warrant enough credibility amidst a miasma of hashtagging and 24/7 responsiveness? You should start by applying a thick-skinned approach to negative comments (ironically, with much skin on show) and all ‘round people-pleasing.

Let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way. What does an Influence Marketer and/or Instagram Model actually do? Well, they create ‘sponsored content’. That means someone sends them something and they promote it to their audience, eg. “OMG this skin cream is the bomb, I now have no pimples”, or “this teeth whitening product is so great I can now allow myself to smile” – all the whilst being paid to give, let’s face it, an entirely biased review.

Influence Marketing is most usually carried out on the platform of choice: Instagram. According to Forbes Magazine, an Insta account with over one million followers can attract upwards of $50k for a single sponsored post: that’s certainly big bickies! What you may not know is that the social media landscape is continuing to change, and it’s not always in the interest of an Influence Marketer.

For example, have you heard of the term ‘Micro Influencer’? These are commonly described as ‘ordinary people’ (whatever that means) with a decent following of around 3000 followers. Usually, they aren’t ‘big-fish’ enough to score entirely free products, and they don’t always garner a genuine ‘hard-dried-ink’ modeling contract with, you know, an actual brand.

While the demand for Micro-Influencers grows (and will continue to do so during 2021); so does earning potential decline. This demographic is more often than not, underpriced. With so many people putting their hands up to assist e-commerce operators, for example, accepting the offer to post about a beach towel whilst wearing a bikini, this means that the value of a Micro-Influencers’ engagement is vastly cheapened. It’s just supply and demand – economics 101.

The fact is, being a Micro-Influencer is generally not something to be taken too seriously. That’s because you can only ever earn a mere fraction of what your more socially mobile counterparts (you know those Insta peeps with the covetable green badge) can attract per post. What does this ‘Verified Badge’ on Instagram actually mean? Well, according to the platform itself, “a verified badge is a check that appears next to an Instagram account’s name in search and on the profile. It means Instagram has confirmed that an account is the authentic presence of the public figure, celebrity, or global brand it represents.”

How do you get your very own Insta Badge? You can apply to get one by going into your platform’s settings tab, providing your ID, and waiting for that all-important response. However, there are no guarantees! But, that’s always the way, isn’t it? After all, there are no 100 percent shatter-proof formulas for achieving success in online marketing. Keep in mind that those ‘masterclasses’ will surely tell you differently, though.

Being an Instagram Model and marketing yourself is but a means to an end. It is not necessarily something to hinge your ‘bread-and-butter’ upon. If you are reaping the rewards as an Influence Marketer than more power to you. If you are still struggling and wondering why it’s not actually working for you, then remember things are never what they seem – especially when it comes to the world of social media/influencer marketing!

6 Best Detox Waters For Weight Loss And Body Cleanse

Did you know that water makes up 95 percent of the human brain and 60 to 70 percent of the entire body? Hydration is essential for both mental acuity and physical performance. Sometimes, it can be difficult to get your eight glasses of water per day. Perhaps your lifestyle/diet has included increased levels of alcohol and caffeine? The detrimental effects of these toxins can be reversed with increased hydration.

Detox waters are great ways to make water more enjoyable. And, they have extra health benefits as well. It’s really simple – just fill up a container or glass with water and add nutritious ingredients. Leave overnight to distill. You’ll find that a lot of everyday fruits and veggies, and also kitchen cupboard staples, can easily transform humble H2O into your personalized detox solution. Here are the top picks:

Lemon

Lemons are an excellent source of vitamin c and enzymes. Nothing really tops the natural cleansing properties of citric acid. Lemon has been associated with boosting the liver’s function and tissue regeneration. This means great things for your metabolism and you’ll be radiating with healthy skin.

Cucumbers

The humble cucumber is one of the most hydrating of all vegetables – it’s mostly made up of water. It’s great for your physical health as it contains the minerals magnesium, potassium, silicon, and sulfur (those last two are particularly great for stimulating hair growth). Also, it’s very high in vitamins C and B, working synonymously to promote good general health and energy levels.

Strawberries

We all know strawberries are a luscious, tasty fruit. They provide a great flavour while also packing a punch of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Actually, it’s the phytonutrients in strawberries (that gives them their distinctive flavour and smell) that provide protective, disease-preventing compounds. Strawberries also have been proven to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Cranberries/cranberry juice

Cranberry is perhaps best known for its ability to fight and preventing urinary tract infections. This berry can also improve immune function and lower cholesterol. Cranberry juice is a lot more convenient and easy to acquire in a supermarket than the berries in whole form. The berries themselves are often referred to as a “superfood” for their extremely high nutrient and antioxidant density.

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a pantry staple but it’s also a very powerful detox supplement. It contains pectin, which is great for intestinal health. Just one or two tablespoons mixed in water can work well to reduce bloating and water retention. It’s also brilliant in combating indigestion. The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar can also work to suppress appetite and increase metabolism.

Cayenne pepper

Cayenne pepper has long been used therapeutically by many societies throughout the world. It stimulates circulation and helps to neutralise acidity. It works hard to get the digestive tract moving. This means increased metabolism and weight loss through the assimilation and elimination of toxins. Helping the body to sweat and to increase lymphatic and digestive rhythms, cayenne pepper in your morning beverage provides a great total body detox.

Rising Star Spotlight: Introducing The Stunning Jamie Villamor

Jamie Villamor admits that she has always been a bit of a tomboy. She had two brothers and five uncles growing up so she was never really into any girly stuff. She loves sports and being outdoors and in fact, she started training in Tae-Kwon-Do when she was just five years old. She eventually earned her second-degree black belt at the age of 13 and ultimately she became a Tae-Kwon-Do world champion! She also got offered her first modeling job right after she won her first national title.

StarCentral Magazine recently sat down with Jamie to find out more about her journey to entrepreneurship and here’s what went down:

Could you please provide background about yourself and how were you actually ‘discovered’?

I trained in mixed martial arts from the ages of 5 -18 – mainly in Tae-Kwon-Do. I am a 2nd-degree black belt and I got offered my first modeling job when I won my first national title at the age of 7. I did walk in a runway show for Macy’s at the age of 5 but I wasn’t a big fan of fashion shows at the time.

What does it mean to you to be a model?

I think modeling is a lot harder than a lot of people realize. I love being able to create so I’m always grateful when I’m able to work with other creative individuals. I love seeing other people’s visions and being able to share mine on certain projects as well.

What sort of person usually follows you? Who’s your main audience?

It used to be primarily men, however, recently I’ve had a large jump in female followers inquiring about firearm safety and wanting to learn how to properly train in firearms which I love – I’m actually a huge advocate for protecting our 2nd amendment.

What’s the biggest challenge to modeling?

I think traveling can often be a challenge and blessing in the same sense. Often I’m so blessed to visit so many amazing spots and see different cultures yet time seems to fly by and it can be difficult to be present and really appreciate the moment. It’s a go-go-go with not a lot of downtime before we are off to the next location.

Have you always wanted to be in the modeling industry?

No, modeling was not something I sought out. I’m more of a tomboy so I’ve always felt it was a little more difficult for me to fit in.

What’s your personal mission in life?

My personal mission is to continue to grow and give back as much as I possibly can. I want to visit new places and explore this amazing world we live in. There’s just so much to see that it just gets me so excited.

What has been the most memorable experience of your career so far?

I’ve had so many memorable experiences it’s hard to narrow it down to one. My favourite is honestly having the pleasure and opportunity to work with so many talented people. Mishawn W was one of the last photographers I worked with, he shoots for Guess, and not only is he extremely talented but his personality was so incredibly genuine. Listening to people’s stories and how they got to where they are today is just so inspiring at times.

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

I’ve signed a few NDA’s in my time so best to not disclose! lol

How active are you on social media?

Pretty active, I do my best to respond to all my comments. DM’s (direct messages) are harder for me so I tend to just stick to the comments.

What is your favourite social media platform?

Instagram for sure.

Are you currently in a relationship or are you single? How did your relationship cope during the quarantine period?

My quarantine period started in a relationship but it came to an end mid Quarantine. I think it can be a difficult transition for people who are not used to spending that much time together. We had a long-distance relationship before so it was definitely harder; however, I’m so grateful for my journey with him. It has been a positive transition for me. I’m such a lover/ explorer so I enjoyed spending time and sharing adventures with someone but I am loving my ‘me time’ now.

 

Meet The Model Behind The August 2020 Issue Of Model & Mode: The Stunning Maia Fuchs

Maia Fuchs is a half Australian and half Israeli model who was initially doing TPF (Time for print) shoots with various photographers once in a while when she came across a pageant called Miss Auto D’Elegance – it was looking for contestants last year. She decided to apply and she actually made it as a finalist for Miss Auto D’Elegance 2019 where she eventually ended up placing 4th overall. From then on, she got scouted by the CEO of a modeling agency who was in the audience at the time and she has been modeling full time ever since.

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

Tell us your full name and something about yourself

My name is Maia Fuchs and I was originally born in Australia. I lived in England for a few years, after which I then moved and grew up in America, and now I’m back home in Sydney. I live here with my mom, dad, brother, 2 pet birds, and my gorgeous pet greyhound.

Photo Credit: Dave Choo

How did you get into the modeling industry? How were you actually ‘discovered’?

I was doing a few TFP shoots every now and then just for fun when I saw that the pageant, Miss Auto D’Elegance, was looking for models. I ended up applying and making it into the finals where I placed 4th. From there I got scouted by an agency that was in the audience at the time and I’ve been modeling full time ever since.

What do you like most about being a model?

There are so many talented and passionate people in this industry and it’s just such a pleasure getting to meet and work with every single one of them. You always come out of a shoot with tons of helpful tips and friendships.

The downside to being a model?

It’s a whole lifestyle. If you really want to be the best model you can be then you need to make sure you’re eating healthy, getting enough sleep, exercising daily, and just overall taking care of your mental health. If those are not things you normally do it can be quite difficult to change your whole routine around to add them in.

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

Last February I was flown to Bali, Indonesia for the Australian Supermodel Of The Year competition. It was so amazing getting to meet all the talented models from all over Australia and being able to exchange all of our different modeling stories, all the while being in Bali and learning about the world of fashion from various industry professionals.

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

When I was in Bali the ASOTY team brought in Esma Volder, the current Miss World titleholder, and she was absolutely an inspiration. She is an amazing spokesperson for the company Bully Zero and just overall an amazing role model. It was truly inspiring to hear her speak about what she stands for and how she got to this point in her life.

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

That everyone is beautiful and its good to be unique and different. I used to get bullied for my pale skin, freckles, and red hair which is now all of the things that help me stand out in a casting and book jobs. Modeling has really helped me appreciate all of my “flaws” and that even though I may look different I am still beautiful.

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

I like to constantly take myself away from work and put myself out in nature. I always go for hikes and walks with my dog to remind myself that there is so much more to life than just what I’m doing or working on in that current moment.

Is your family supportive of you being in the modeling industry?

Absolutely! It was their idea for me to give modeling a go. Before I got my license they used to drive me to every shoot as well. I am so grateful for them for giving me this opportunity, I would have never been able to start without all their help.

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

I’d love to work as a full-time fashion model one day. It would be an absolute dream of mine to be featured in Vogue magazine.

Rising Star Spotlight: Introducing The Beautiful Brielle Streater

Known online for her style and looks today, most people don’t know that Brielle Streater actually endured seven years of intense schoolyard bullying before she became who she is now. “After enduring seven years of severe schoolyard bullying, and much deep thinking, I made the spontaneous decision to study in courses I never would have imagined, resulting in the start of my business and the commencement of a very long road trip throughout Australia,” she revealed. Although she went through such a heartbreaking ordeal, it paved the way for her to start a business. This painful experience led to a very long road trip throughout Australia where she was able to heal me from the scars of bullying and also regain her confidence. In that time she became a promotional model and an influencer with a substantial following on Instagram and her travels also opened many other doors for her. In fact, she even became a National Youth Ambassador and Spokesperson for an Anti-Bullying Advocate and Organisation called Angels Hope.

StarCentral Magazine recently caught up with Brielle Streater to discuss her journey to building her brand and her business and here’s what went down:

Tell us your full name and something about yourself.

My name is Brielle Streater, and at age 18 in 2014 after completing my HSC I chose not to attend schoolies and found myself sitting on the 34th floor in a lawyer’s office learning how to commence my own business and the trademarking of a business name. It wasn’t my initial goal for I had been accepted into Early Entry Policing and Justice Studies at Western Sydney University and also studies in Theatre Set Design. After enduring seven years of severe schoolyard bullying, and much deep thinking, I made the spontaneous decision to study in courses I never would have imagined, resulting in the start of my business and the commencement of a very long road trip throughout Australia, presently sitting on the 485,000kms through Australia since 2014. Travelling Australia did a lot for me, it healed me from the scars of bullying, it gave me back confidence, I explored everything about Australia from history to nature to the beauty of the people, and in that time either studied online or came back to Sydney to study part-time, and also work casually as a promotional model to help fund my travels. I also built my business up and whatever money I made from content creation went into my travels. My travels became my place to capture my images as I fell completely in love with the landscapes of the Outback and country regions. it gave me opportunities to meet so many different people all traveling for a reason, all had a story, inspiring me endlessly. I commenced using social media, largely Instagram for sharing my travels in 2014. It was through sharing my images that my work was used by some of Australia’s larger companies, and some smaller ones in the US. It opened many doors, and in 2015 I was interviewed by a local radio on my travels and what led me there. That radio interview was picked up by an Anti-Bullying Advocate and Organisation Founder called Angels Hope. I became a National Youth Ambassador and Spokesperson for them from 2015 – 2018. That wonderful amazing opportunity led me to meet inspirational people and other organizations in Anti-Bullying, and I am now an Ambassador to a small NZ Anti-Bullying Organization called Suzy H Child Advocate and Anti-bullying Foundation; The Phoenix Rising Foundation (Australian Foundation just birthing); and advocate for Anti-Violence Movement Enough is Enough. I remain a firm follower of the work of Angel’s Hope, and also Dolly’s Dream.

My travels united not only my love of Australia but opportunities to speak and share about Anti-Bullying. Over those years I studied diplomas and a few certificates in creative industries: Film, Screen and Media; Photography and Imaging; Digital Media Marketing; Performance Theatre; Live Theatre Production; Broadcasting; Costume Design; Writing; and varying short courses in screen and media at Nida. Though with the influx of photographers and content creators the photography world became challenging, thus, I was pushed to another direction. With my growing love of philanthropy work and interest in Anti-Bullying, my ultimate career goals completely changed. I am now halfway through a degree in Psychotherapy specialising in Art Therapy. I still continue my business part-time and plan to continue to do so.

My interests outside study are anything outdoors. I particularly love horse riding, four-wheel driving, car drifting, deep-sea fishing, boating, PlayStation 4, Cosplay, my travels and a very deep love for Australia and Ireland (family). I also study the Irish Language at the Sydney Irish Language School and love being involved with their activities.

I have grown up in a family with a lot of cancer and learned to always turn the negatives into positives, to flip it, and I still do this today.

How did you get into the modeling industry? How were you actually ‘discovered’?

I was introduced into modeling by my grandmother, who was a model herself when she was young. She had me attending the different courses with June Dally-Watkins starting at age 14. I was offered several opportunities though I knocked them all back, and it was not until I was working as a photographer and I was approached by companies to stand in front of the camera instead of behind that things changed. This led to some very talented Australian photographers doing shoots with me and one thing led to another.

What do you like most about being a model?

Modeling to me is an opportunity to bring forward female empowerment; to show those girls who are being bullied, we can all stand back up in whatever way we wish and keep going. Despite words, we are all beautiful and you need to be proud of who you are. Modeling has also enabled me to meet many interesting people, from all different careers. It has helped me immensely with confidence and led me to the wonderful world of pageantry in which I held the crown and traveled to the US as Miss Australia International 2018.

The downside to being a model?

It is not an easy career due to the large numbers already in the field or trying to break in.

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

My most memorable experience was modeling for the iconic Australian company Akubra. The Akubra hat was something I had dreamed of owning since a young girl and I finally purchased one at the start of my travels in 2014. I now own 12 Akubras and try to always have them in my social media shots. To be featured in their marketing here and overseas, and their calendars were the biggest honour and something I will forever be proud of.

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

In my travels, I have had the opportunities of meeting many famous people such as actors, authors, race car drivers, politicians and I have loved listening to their life stories. I’ve met relatives of some of our infamous bushrangers, University historians, to miners and farmers sharing stories of despair of living on the land.

In modeling, pageantry, promotional modeling, and cosplay modeling I have been fascinated by the many people who have kept going, either the model, the photographer, to those involved in event management and magazines. To pinpoint one particular person is difficult as so many inspire me. Three photographers who have stood out to me as I love listening to their experiences and find them inspirational are Marc Skinner, Andrew Donato, and Jolanta Morgan.

In philanthropy, one man…Ken Marslew the Founder of Enough is Enough which is an Anti-Violence Movement. I could listen to him speak all day. He’s the most inspirational man as he never gives up on what he believes in. I hope I will be like him one day.

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

I strongly learned to believe in yourself and if you slip up, keep going. In the US when I represented Australia as Miss Australia International, I was extremely nervous, I was just released from a week stay in hospital with kidney problems the day before flying out. I doubted myself immensely; not feeling well left me worried about how things would go. Though once there, meeting the other girls who were also models, everything flowed, even when I had to publically speak on Anti-Bullying in a dress that no longer fit me so I kept slipping down. You eventually get into the swing of it, your worries disappear and you walk away knowing you gave it your best. Modeling has enhanced my confidence, my self-belief and the lesson of just getting in and giving it your best.

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

I have stayed grounded, very much, as staying true to yourself and who you are, are the most important aspects. If you can bring that through in your work I believe it’s important as it presents your natural character and individuality.

Is your family supportive of you being in the modeling industry?

Yes, very much, someone often comes with me to the different shoots. We are a very close family and they are very supportive of all I do. For that, I’ve very grateful.

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

My future plans involve continuing my business and working eventually in the field of Psychotherapy (art therapy). I have two areas of interest – either children and youth with autism or individuals in correctional services. I hope to continue my modeling as long as more opportunities arise.

Rising Star Spotlight: Introducing The Gorgeous Vindy Krejci

Vindy Krejčí initially never had any plans of becoming a model, but when opportunity knocked on her door – she decided to take a chance, and now she couldn’t be happier with her decision. Vindy is a half Vietnamese and half Czech model who’s currently based in the Czech Republic. She was fifteen when she appeared in her first fashion show and she loved the experience so much that she went on to appear in more fashion shows. Besides modeling, Vindy has also done quite well in the pageant world, she won the title Miss Karkulka Mácha in 2015, she placed 3rd runner up in Miss Caddy 2014 pageant and she also placed top 10 in the national beauty pageant, Miss Czech Republic.

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

 Tell us your name and something about yourself?

My name is Vindy Krejčí, I’m 22 years old and I’m based in the Czech Republic, where I’ve lived all my life. I’m half Vietnamese and half Czech and I’m currently studying in university.

In the year 2014, I started building my modeling portfolio, I was 16 years old at the time. I was working with a few modeling agencies, however, I was still a freelancer. I’ve never dreamt about becoming a model, it just happened and now I really love my job. To be around creative people and watch how they make something amazing together is great! But I knew its a time-limited business and I wanted to also focus on building my skills and experiences in various fields. As time went I eventually got an offer to work in modeling and production agency called FA FASHIONABLE.

I also took part in several beauty pageants in my country where I was fortunate enough to have had success. I won the Miss Karkulka Mácha 2015 pageant and I placed 3rd runner up in Miss Caddy 2014. In 2016, I placed top 10 in the national beauty pageant, Miss Czech Republic.

In 2017 I got an offer to represent Vietnam in an international beauty pageant called Miss Global 2017. Regardless of my height, I placed in the top 20 and won the title Miss Global Photogenic.

What does it mean to you to be a model?

Opportunity. Being a model is flexible – it gives me freedom. What I like the most about being a model is that each project is different. Different styling, different visage, another team of incredibly creative people. I enjoy it every time I get a new transformation. On this basis, I present the “personality” they have created from me. I also enjoy the opportunity to travel and work with people from all over the world.

What sort of person usually follows you? Who’s your main audience?

According to statistics, primarily men. As for the nationality and country where my followers come from, the Czech Republic still leads. And I try to keep it that way. Most clients who contact me to collaborate whether it’s for a campaign or just for collaboration on Instagram want to reach the Czech audience. My followers also include women and young girls my age. They often ask me how I succeed in modeling despite my height, and support me in my work. I always feel responsible for what I put on my profile and I always think of a way that it can affect my followers

What’s the biggest challenge to modeling?

I would say that anyone who wants to get into modeling must be durable, have healthy self-esteem and be balanced with him/herself. He or she needs to be able to handle stress and have thick skin. I think “commercial” models have it a little easier than fashion models. Their magic is made up of their entire personality, their face, and their character. And so they can be forgiven a few centimeters at the waist for example.

Have you always wanted to be in the modeling industry?

No, not really. As a child, I heard negative things about the modeling industry. But when I was fifteen and I appeared in my first fashion show, I started to think differently. When I did my first catwalk, I suddenly had the urge to join more shows. I eventually met an amazing, creative man who motivated me with his story and personality. Today he is my future fiance, Luděk Šmehlík.

What’s your personal mission in life?

Be a role model for my children and other women. I’m not a feminist, I’m not a careerist, and I’m not a housewife either – I’m a bit of everything. We women are very capable, hardworking and imaginative. Our empathy and intuition make us unique. And I admire every woman who can do what she loves and follow her heart.

What has been the most memorable experience of your career so far?

The most memorable experience of my career was participating in the international beauty pageant, Miss Global in Cambodia. It was in 2017 and since I was half Vietnamese, I represented Vietnam. I was truly honoured to represent one of my nationalities. There were over 60 finalists from all over the world and the organizers took great care of us. I didn’t see it as a competition, I saw it more like an experience. I was myself and it paid off. I won Miss Global Photogenic and ranked among the top 20.

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

Definitely my man! There’s also pageant coach Mommy G and choreographer Chieko Hidaka, whom I met in Miss Global. Their personal charm is unreal. Both were strict but very cordial at the same time. I’m very grateful for all the help they gave me.

What will you advise other models who may wish to follow your footsteps?

Be yourself and overcome your fear. Don’t be afraid to try new things because you never know where the wind might take you. Work on your portfolio and show that that you can be malleable.

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

It may sound a little lax, but so far, it has always worked out even though I never planned anything. So I just want to let things flow.