Fashionista Spotlight: Get To Know The Beautiful Shilpa

Shilpa is a fashionista and influencer who’s based in Seattle. She loves sustainable and upcycled clothing as well as neutral and comfortable street style which she believes has a lot more commercial appeal. Since she’s a big supporter of sustainable fashion, lately, she’s almost exclusively been shopping on thrifting platforms. She feels that it’s a great way to find mid-range designer items for a massive discount while also being environmentally conscious.

Model & Mode Magazine recently caught up with Shilpa 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?

Lately, I’ve almost exclusively been shopping on thrifting platforms like ThredUp and Poshmark. It is actually a really great way to find mid-range designer items for a huge discount while also being environmentally conscious! I always say my secret to online thrifting is just straight up do some online shopping on actual brand websites (my favourites are revolve and American eagle). Once you find something you like, do a search for them on second-hand thrifting websites and sometimes you’ll get super lucky and find the exact item. Sometimes you don’t but might stumble upon something similar.

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

I love oversized things, so some of my favorite ways to stay fashionable and warm are to wear oversized coats and sweatshirts as dresses with some tights and over-the-knee boots. You can really layer on some thick socks for some hidden added warmth. I also am a huge sweatpants fan so I love wearing leggings under a matching sweatsuit to keep extra toasty. I’m so glad matching sweatsuits are sort of back in.

Where do you look for creative inspiration?

Instagram is definitely a big inspiration when it comes to my fashion. I love mixing and matching prints and I think seeing my favorite Instagrammers work patterns made me a lot more comfortable and confident in rocking them.

Is it hard to stay fashionable?

It’s funny because I actually am always more fashionable when I stay in. Like if I’m hosting a small gathering in my apartment, I dress to the nines and really play around with my look, but the moment I have to step outside into the real world, all I can bring myself to wear are sweats. I think it’s totally okay to put comfort over fashion so I try not to be too hard on myself. It’s okay to pick and choose when you want to be fashionable.

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

For me, I think I have an in-built balance because of my need to be comfortable (laughs). I love neutral and comfy street style which has a lot more commercial appeal and tend to wear that out the most often, just because it’s so easy to put together. For events and parties, I like to play it up and do some pattern mixing and sometimes I even like to indo-westernize my outfits. For my Instagram, I think it’s a lot more fun to play with your outfits because I think it makes photos so much more interesting. It is also a lot easier to get away with “weirder” fashion choices in photos because you can angle yourself however you want and only have to be in it for a few minutes (laughs).

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

I’ve seen a lot of pastels and as I’ve mentioned previously, patterns! I think the neutral street style is kind of timeless and will always sort of be there, but I am so here for the more whimsical trends. I also see that a lot of 90s style is coming back which I absolutely love. In the 90s, I was in elementary school mostly so I never got to really experience all the fashion trends that the 90s high school kid got to experience, so I’m glad I get to do that now!

What do you think about the state of fashion today?

I think it’s become really expressive and a lot less judgemental than it used to be. People are really starting to care for the environment more which is making thrifting super popular and trendy now. When I was growing up, it was never really a thing people did that often. I love the uprising of more sustainable and upcycled clothing. Designers are always finding such cool ways to repurpose fabrics and make completely unique pieces.

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

This is a tricky question for me. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve definitely been there when it comes to fast fashion brands mass producing super trendy items that won’t last, but I think now it’s more about how can you repurpose what you’ve grown out of rather than what can you toss because it doesn’t seem conventionally trendy anymore. I think trends should always be followed loosely and if you still like something…keep wearing it even if it’s not the “it” thing anymore. I’ve actually kept so many once-trendy things in a suitcase and recently went back to it after years and re-fell in love with so many of my old clothing items.

What fashion advice would you give an emerging fashionista?

Fashion is something so personal and subjective. If you feel comfortable and confident in it, wear it! It took me so long to understand this and I’m still actually working on not caring too much about what others think of my style.

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?

Keep experimenting. Trends are never cool until all of a sudden they are. If you like something, keep doing you and who knows, it might become the next look of the season. But even if it doesn’t, who cares!

The Guide: Shopping To Change Your Body Shape

You’ve long been told to shop for your shape. But, what about shopping to change your shape? I mean, zipping it all in where it needs to zip in and popping it all out exactly where it needs to be popped out…to be a real-life Jessica Rabbit by sheer virtue of your wardrobe.

One minute you’re feeling a little flabby and the next you’re va va voom perfect, wondering why anyone would ever bother sweating it out at the gym when garments can take care of all that for you? It may sound too good to be true but there are some new technologies and approaches in women’s fashion that claim to do just that.

The Butt Lift Jeans

If you’re at all attuned to pop culture you would see there’s nothing really bigger right now than having a big butt. Nicky Minaj sets a high precedent for achieving a peachy ripe ‘ol behind. It may be genetics, it may be squats or it may be something more. However, there is more than one way to get the perfect butt that you desire.

Consider your regular old jeans and the way your butt looks in them. Does it look a bit flatter than you would hope? Does it take on a life of its own when you sit down? Does your butt definitely have more potential than your jeans are giving it credit for?

Salvation comes in a garment inspired by Latino fashions. The Butt Lift Jean is an item designed to contour and curve your most precious of assets (pardon the pun). By way of some very clever design and stitching, Butt Lift Jeans shape and place your butt in a position that looks nothing short of delicious. No butts about it.

All jokes aside, the Butt Lift Jean is a remarkable example of how to perk up and shape your body simply by way of your wardrobe.

The Waist Trainer

Has the Waist Trainer been appearing on your Facebook newsfeed of late? It’s highly likely considering the power of this current trend. Celebrity devotees (such as Khloe Kardashian) have been employing the slightly controversial technique of waist-cinching to achieve the ultimate hourglass figure. It’s reminiscent of the days of corsets when a waspish waist was the de rigeur of the times.

The Waist Trainer can be worn while working out or during your normal routine. It’s essentially a corset that can be leveled up (notch by notch) to achieve a slimmer waistline. Detractors do point to concerns about the comfort of wearability and possible damage to internal organs. There are several options available in the material used that affect the restrictive element (such as latex for hardcore waist-trimming) or a more pliant day-to-day material that can ever be worn at night.

Waist cinching is certainly a popular trend and a lot of fans praise the ability of the garment to support posture and to even improve muscular issues. A lot of “before and after” pictures exist that support the idea that a Waist Trainer can reduce the circumference of the torso region with repeated usage. Another reported benefit is that the use of the garment considerably reduces food volume intake.

Getting an enviable svelte midsection without needing to do a ton of push-ups seems like a dream come true. The only way to know if a Waist Trainer really works? Try one for yourself!

The Bandage Dress

The Bandage Dress has been certainly around for a while now. But, nothing beats it for creating the most desirable contours. The trend started with the original Herve Leger designs (worn by celebrities such as Jennifer Love Hewitt) and trickled down to the public with many copies by various brands made readily available.

The best quality Bandage Dresses are quite heavy due to the nature of the fabric that sucks you in exactly like (you guessed it) a bandage. They are made with Nylon – a textile that adds crucial strength and resistance to damage.

There are no shortage of designs and colours available and variations of style including: long gowns; long sleeve dresses; tops and skirts. They are a reliable ‘go to’ for a night out, keeping you feeling in place and perfect (even after a large meal or too many drinks). When it comes to beating the bloat – or at least camouflaging it – Bandage Dresses are a girl’s best friend.

You can’t go past the classic Bandage Dress when it comes to an instant fashion fix for your figure.

Stockists: (Kristina B: www.kristinab.com.au)

Meet The Model Behind The Cover Of The June 2021 Issue Of Model & Mode: The Stunning Marona Tanner

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Cover Photography by: i2frame_photography

Marona Tanner is a Sydney-based Model. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication majoring in 3D Animation and Graphic Design, as well as certificates in both Screen Acting and Finance. It was her family’s move to Australia that kickstarted Marona Tanner’s successful modeling career. Her stunning beauty, a result of her Egyptian heritage, drew the admiration of anyone she came across with, and for good reason. Besides being a full-time model and a high-profile Instagram star with more than half a million followers, Marona also possesses an acting degree, she’s a sculptor and an animator who can speak 3 languages; English, Arabic, and French. She has modelled for high profile brands such as Abyss By Abby, Do You Even, Lorna Jane, Freddy, Fashion Nova, JD Sports, L’Oréal, Lonsdale, and many more so it’s safe to say that Marona is a force to be reckoned with in the fashion industry.

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

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

Since I’ve moved to Australia, I feel like I have been guided by almost every person I come across to do modeling as a full-time job.

Photographed by @i2frame_photography

What do you like most about being a model?

Getting to meet creative people from all around the world. I’ve modeled for a lot of overseas brands so it’s been absolutely amazing dealing and working with many creative minds.

The downside to being a model?

I guess modeling in Australia can be a bit challenging which is why it’s very important for professional models to broaden themselves and have agencies in different countries.

What do you like most when it comes to partnering with various brands?

Networking and building strong relationships with small and big brands.

Photographed by @dacshots

What do you post on Instagram the most?

Mostly about fashion and style.

What’s your favourite part about being a model/influencer?

Being able to promote the latest trends in the fashion world.

What advice would you give emerging influencers when it comes to the importance of quality and original content?

Most brands these days prefer real-life images of people, not necessarily from your typical skinny models with long legs. Nowadays, what’s really working well are real people with beautiful curves. That’s what I call being original.

Photographed by @dacshots

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

I appreciate people who put effort into their appearance. However, real beauty is what comes within and nothing can beat that!

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

Yes.

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

Star in a movie at one point, buy a new house and a boat.

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Last good movie I’ve seen: Brain on fire. I also appreciate Hot Fuzz and the Dress Maker.

2. What do you consider beautiful? A good soul.

3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? We all have dreams. However, I like to take one step at a time.

Photographed by @dacshots

4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d…” swim far/deep in the ocean

5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? How stubborn I am, guess I’m stubborn about that too.

Photographed by JESSICA CUDA
Model MARONA TANNER
Hair ANDI ASMARO
Makeup MAKEUP BY DREW

Model Of The Week: Meet The Beautiful Emma Jane Rose Healy

Photo Credit: Jess Clowes Photography

Emma Jane Rose Healy is a lighting technician and stage manager for major films, musicals, operas, ballets, and theatre shows. Modelling was something Emma kind of fell into, almost as a natural progression within her career. She studied Bachelor of Fine Arts at QUT, and has spent many years performing – most recently as a Disney Princess for children’s parties. Photoshoots and videography have always been a big part of her work; she was just used to being behind the camera, not in front.

Her first official photoshoot was actually with a work colleague, Lachlan Cross, who has an extensive background in architectural photography and wanted to try out portrait photography. From there she began freelancing, working with companies such as Sea Skin Australia and Lifeline, and amazing photographers like Jess Clowes Photography. StarCentral Magazine recently caught up with Emma and here’s what went down:

What are your favourite downtime activities?

Picnics, D&D, puzzles, ice skating, drinking jasmine tea, dancing, reading, and archery – just to name a few.

Photo Credit: Sea Skin Australia Shoot by The Edit Suite

How did you start with modelling?

My first official photoshoot was actually with a work colleague, Lachlan Cross, who has an extensive background in architectural photography and wanted to try out portrait photography. He’s incredibly talented, and the shots are still some of my favourite images today. From there I began freelancing, working with companies such as Sea Skin Australia and Lifeline, and amazing photographers like Jess Clowes Photography.

What do you like most about the modelling industry?

The modelling industry has always been a double-edged sword for me. On one hand, I love meeting new crews, making new friends, and seeing an ordinary scenario becoming an extraordinary image. It’s joyful, beautiful, and never the same experience twice. In that respect, modelling is an unparalleled outlet for self-expression, artistry, and confidence.

On the other hand, it’s an industry that is built around appearance, and there can be an incredibly harmful culture developed when people unconsciously tie self-worth to an image. Fortunately, there are many amazing initiatives and brands that actively promote diversity and inclusion (not tokenisation, but representation), despite the fact that we still have a long way to go in achieving an ethically sustainable modelling industry.

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

Well, it’s still in progress, but it would have to be competing in Miss World Australia this year. I’m usually working as a technician, lifting heavy lights in steel caps, and walking the stage in a sequinned gown and heels is very different! And that’s the point.

For me, Miss World Australia is about challenging limitations on female strength and identity – and I’ve talked about this before on my social media. I know my ripped, faded, black work jeans are very different from my photoshoot outfits. But I’m versatile, and steel caps don’t compromise my ability to be feminine. I can be a technician and compete at Miss World Australia. Femininity and strength are not, and have never been, mutually exclusive.

That’s why this experience is so memorable for me, even though it’s still going. It’s been a lot of self-reflection, research, and analysis around how I can use my voice to help build a better world. And ultimately, I want to reinforce a positive, healthy and inclusive environment – whether that be through modelling, Miss World Australia, or as a technician.

Photo Credit: Jess Clowes Photography

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

Be prepared, be positive and be kind!

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

At the end of the day, I think it’s about staying grateful. I’m incredibly blessed with a strong network of family, friends, and colleagues, and I know I’m supported and loved. I get to meet amazing people, have magical experiences, and bring joy to the world around me. I know it sounds a little corny, but I love making the world a brighter place.

Is your family supportive of your career?

I have an incredible relationship with my family, and they support me in everything that I do. I’m honoured to have them by my side.

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

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about making plans by now, it’s that they’re always going to change! I never imagined I would be a published model and a Finalist for Miss World Australia in the middle of a global pandemic, but here we are. In the long run, it’s more important to have strong relationships, a positive outlook, and a determined attitude. As long as I maintain those, I’m excited to see what the future holds.

Photo Credit: Jess Clowes Photography

The “Lightning Fast” Round:

Last good movie I’ve seen: The Dressmaker.

What do you consider beautiful and why? I believe beauty is a matter of perception, and the best way to sum it up is: “Comparing women is like holding a flower to fairy lights – both are beautiful yet neither are alike”.

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

Complete this sentence: If I had no fear, I’d be… an actor!

What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? My hair – it received incessant teasing when I was younger, and I wanted to dye it blonde! I’m forever grateful my mother stopped me, as now I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Photo Credit: Jess Clowes Photography

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

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

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

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

What are your favourite down time activities?

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

How did you start with modelling?

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

What do you like most about the modelling industry?

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

The downside to being a model?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is your family supportive of your career?

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

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

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

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

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

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

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

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

How did you start with modelling?

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

What do you like most about the modelling industry?

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

The downside to being a model?

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

What are your favourite down time activities?

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

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

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

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

Posture is very important.

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

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

Is your family supportive of your career?

Yes, of course.

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

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

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How did you get started with modelling?

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

What do you like most about the modelling industry?

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

The downside to being a model?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is your family supportive of your career?

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

What are your favourite downtime activities?

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

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

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

The’LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

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

2. What do you consider beautiful and why?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5 No Cost Style Tips and Tricks for the Holidays

It’s that time of the year again! Yes, it is definitely that time of the year again wherein most of us pretty people contemplate for hours, melting mirrors by staring at it for prolonged instances and sighing endlessly while thinking “What the heck should I wear this time!”. I couldn’t tell you more how beautiful, glamorous and good-looking we all are, but we all had our darkest times, literally our darkest times hiding in the closet before going to a special occasion. Whether it be a planned event for Thanksgiving, a Christmas party or a sudden invitation to hang out and get drunk after Halloween! Anytime can be “That time of the year” for us fabulous contemplators. Luckily, being fashionable can be attained by these 5 Tips and Tricks we would be covering in this article.

  1. Size Really matters

No matter what occasion or holiday It is, it is very important to consider outfit size. Avoid using outfits that you might have found exactly fitting 3 years ago for your last minute choice when in a rush unless you have tried them out or wore them just recently and it still perfectly fits you, and of course, suits you. When in doubt, wear something comfortable and breathable since confidence can’t flourish with taut jeans or a top.

  1. Rise and Accessorize

Instead of being complacent about having something to wear for the holiday, lock your doors and be personally wild! Open drawers and storage boxes that might be hiding precious gems you might have forgotten about. Give your stuff a chance to shine in the spotlight once more! You might come across a bracelet given as a gift for example. Nostalgia spices up holidays in the best way possible.

  1. Watch your watch

Beautiful people like us often forget the value of the jewelry strapped on our wrists. Not the monetary value, but the importance of this accessory we wear at different “times”. There are no standards set on which watch type is best to wear. Practicality should be very well balanced with aesthetics. A sports watch for example is best worn with outdoor activities, like a water-resistant type to get you prepared just in case a friend pushes you in a pool. On the other hand, metallic watches can be a great fit for formal indoor activities. A lot of watches nowadays have customizable straps to match the color of your suit or dress. Watches are also best buds with earrings or necklaces when complemented properly.

  1. Choosing the Right Colors

Color choice is as important as choosing what to wear. As a matter of fact and experience, the color sets the mood of the beholder and also the confidence level of the person wearing the chosen color. It is very important to choose a color you are confident in wearing and it is also as important to match your confidence with the vibe your chosen color represents.

The color Black reflects power, authority, and attracts respect among the crowd, which would be a perfect choice during speeches and formal events during the holidays. Not to mention that Black is great with after-parties too!

Red also symbolizes power and authority but is mostly associated with passion. I challenge you to look at anything Red in color and I can assure you that you would feel an intense feeling. Red is wearable during Christmas but refrain from combining it with green to avoid looking like Santa Clause.

White is often associated with purity, dignity, innocence and cleanliness. White will most work with parties and informal events. Looking at white gives you the “Chill and easy” feeling and also makes you look approachable.

There are tons of colors we haven’t specified yet but I am sure by reading color descriptions aboce, you’ll get the analogy and be able to combine and mix with your own taste.

  1. Hair-do and Hair-don’t

Your hair is as important as your face and what you wear. It is a no-brainer that your hair must be well maintained for you to have it styled easily for the holiday. A right haircut, hairstyle or hair color can make your face look brighter and prettier as ever.

Bonus Tip: Change For Yourself, But Be Yourself

These tips would definitely not work if you can’t wear what you are. No matter what the outfit is, your personality is what would stand out the most. Your personality is what dresses you up more than what you are wearing. Cheers and Happy Holidays!

Meet The Model Behind The January 2021 Issue Of Model & Mode: The Dashing Cristian Sahdalá

Cristian Sahdalá is a model and a professional skydiver who hails from the Caribbean living in Nashville, Tennessee – he’s an owner of a commercial cleaning franchise in Nashville.

Sahdalá’s life has always been about modeling and taking care of his body but lately, he’s made a huge decision in his life – he has decided to become a professional skydiver. This is a big deal for him because it’s a massive challenge for him to break through the fear of doing something out of the ordinary all by himself since he has never done anything extreme in his life –  in fact, he doesn’t even ride roller coasters. He went from always being afraid and not daring to try anything to jumping out of an airplane from 17000ft above the ground on his first solo jump!

This new venture all started as a personal project of Sahdalá’s. He has always liked taking pictures of himself – he has been doing this for the last 5 years now and then posting the photos on Instagram but this year he realized that all his posts never surpassed the 300-400 likes mark so he started thinking of doing something different to get more engagement in his Instagram account.

So he eventually came up with the idea of taking pictures of himself falling from a flying airplane, so then he’s still modeling but just in a very unique way – his plan is to make the best content on Instagram and be able to show everyone how trying something so terrifying can be such a life-changing experience.

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

How did you get into the modelling industry?

The reason why I got into modeling is because I love photography as well as photographing myself – that’s my passion.

What do you like most about being a model?

Being able to create content for various clothing brands.

The downside to being a model?

One of the most difficult sacrifices for me is dieting, you always have to look nice and part of that is being in shape.

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

Being invited to the New York fashion week.

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

I’ve met Will Smith back in the Caribbean, Dominican Republic.

What has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned while in the modelling industry. 

That modelling surrounded by good people can make this industry more enjoyable.

Is your family supportive of you being a model?

They are more supportive of me being a model rather than becoming a skydiver and taking all of that risk.

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

Definitely being more dedicated on my social media – posting at least a picture each day.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

Focus on your body and health, because you live from it.

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

Creating new ways of being a model, doing extreme adventures, and finding unique places around the world.

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

Last good movie I’ve seen: The Jungle.

What do you consider beautiful and why? Being able to show your natural side of your beauty because, in the end, that’s what defines and shows who you really are.

What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? Jumping out of a plane without a parachute and landing safely!

Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d…” Learn how to ride a bike because that’s one of my biggest fears.

What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? Being able to take so many big risks, but the best things in life come with risks.

Meet The Rising Star Behind The December 2020 Issue Of Model & Mode: The Amazing Jojo Almazora Sebastian

Jojo is a devoted and compassionate nurse in the Operating Theatre at a busy Metropolitan Hospital in Sydney. However, on weekends, this orthopaedic nurse transforms into a charming and dashing tuxedo attired singer-entertainer and master of ceremony. A veteran of the United States Military Forces, he could be seen regularly in concerts where he performs as a front act for artists both locally and internationally. He is the main staple in the Local and International Pageant in the last 17 years.

Jojo Almazora Sebastian was named the Australian Best Pageant Host in the Australian Golden Sash Awards for both 2019 and 2020. At the beginning of 2020, he was named as the Most Influential Person of the Year and Musician of the Year in Ava’s World Magazine Awards. In the same year, this former University Professor participated in Sydney Sings for Hope Concert for the benefit of the front liners for the Bush Fire that happened in NSW. He also lent his voice in the Heroes of the World Album recording the song “Walang Mahirap sa Buhay” written and arranged by Oliver Gadista.

In July 2020, this former disc jockey of Brother Joe and Pinoy Love Crew represented Australia in the First Virtual Edition of the World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA 2020). Furthermore, he will be representing Australia once again in the 25th Year of the World Championship of Performing Arts to be held in California USA in July 2021.

Recently, Jojo was nominated and awarded in the Inaugural Sydney’s Best Dressed due to his good dressing sense and confident personality. Moreover, he released his debut Christmas Album entitled: “Christmas Ain’t Christmas Without You” released 30th October 2020. Furthermore, he has received a nomination for the Manila’s Best Dressed for 2020-2021 to represent Australia in the prestigious Annual Event.

In 2021, Jojo aspires to broaden his horizon as an individual and concentrate on his advocacies he been helping in the past 10 years. His advocacies include the following: (1) children and (2) Volunteerism. For the Children, he continues to support the various charitable institution and fundraised for Sydney Children’s Hospital and Cerebral Palsy Foundation. He also provides scholarships for the less fortunate in the Philippines to continue a college education.

One of the projects he really wanted to concentrate on in 2021 is Community Service by Volunteerism. Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity where an individual or group provides services for no financial gain. Volunteering is often intended to promote goodness or to improve human quality of life. Volunteering may have positive benefits for the volunteer as well as for the person or community served. Jojo highly believes that if our community comes together and volunteer even for just a couple of hours a month under any charitable institution and non-profit organisation – it will make a positive difference in the personal and professional aspects of all individuals involved, especially oneself. He furthers state that he would like for the community to realise to volunteer is a social responsibility of all its member especially to the marginalised and disadvantaged.

Consequently, Jojo was just also declared a finalist in the Mister Diamond International Australia 2021 which will be held in April 2021. Model & Mode magazine recently caught up with Jojo and here’s what went down:

1. How did you decide to be a professional MC? Who or what inspired you?

Back in my elementary days, I was very active in participating in school programs and events. And it seems like I always get the task of either performing, managing, and/or hosting each event. And as I grew up, and reached high school, I eased into the role. Because I was always tapped to host school functions which include pageantry. My classmate then started inviting me to host their debut celebration which came natural to me since I was confident enough to speak in public. As time passed by, the hosting invitations became more frequent, so I decided to become professional. As they say, when you start getting paid you are turning professional. One of my inspirations in pursuing and honing my hosting skills is my mother – Josephine Sebastian. She is very natural, witty, and entertaining. I definitely got my abilities and talents from my mom.

2. What was your first big break in the industry? How did it feel?

My first big break in the industry in Australia is when I was given the opportunity to host Miss and Mrs. Sydney Charity 2017 produced by FACAES. Even though this was relatively considered a small pageant, however, this paved the way for me to return to hosting pageantry. I totally have missed the adrenaline rush of being on stage and helping each finalist shine on stage. It felt great. It felt like I was actually back somewhere familiar like I consider the stage my second home.

3. What is your dream MCing job?

Besides hosting the Miss Earth Australia 2021, I would love to host an international pageant such as Mrs. Universe if it gets held here in Sydney. That would be another level. For sure it will be a great experience to go through.

4. Who are your favorite MC’s?

I love the hosting skills of Ryan Seacrest and wit of Steve Harvey.

5. If you weren’t an MC, what would you do within the entertainment industry?

Besides being an artist which I am pursuing now. I believed I would have pursued my passion for acting. However, the acting bug kinda left me and the singing bug stayed. I recently released my Christmas Album entitled “Christmas ain’t Christmas Without You” produced by Mr. Oliver Gadista of Mojo Studios. I do hope to pursue singing and recording in the coming year 2021.

6. How do you stay fit and healthy? What’s your exercise regime?

I ensure that I stay active all week. Being a registered nurse, it is imperative that I keep fit and healthy. Although it is difficult because of my rotating schedule. However, you just need to make time. I do a lot of cardio because it helps me with my vocals as well.

7. Is there much work around for MC’s?

Honestly, there is more than meets the eye. You need to actually learn more than just your lines. It takes more than just reading from the script. What I have learned is that you need to become the light of the program. Because as an MC you will be tasked to keep the phase and momentum of the program from beginning until the end. So as I am preparing for a show, I ensure that I get more information than what was needed. This helps me prepare myself for adlibs and reacting accordingly when there are minor difficulties and problems encountered during the show.

8. When you’re not busy being an MC, what are some of your favorite things to do?

I love to paint. All my hosting gig was canceled and placed on hold this year due to the health pandemic since March. And I discovered my love to create through painting. I also love to plant, it seems that I inherited my dad’s (Jaime Sebastian) green thumb.

9. How do you relax?

To relax I do various things. It includes painting, gardening, singing, meditating but especially getting a relaxation massage.

10. What is your go-to everyday outfit?

I have found myself increasingly busier in the last few months with singing, nursing, and hosting work. I feel like I am constantly running around Blacktown to Sydney and everywhere in between. When this happens, my go-to outfit is usually a pair of RM Willaims, black jeans, a button-up short sleeve, and a nice jacket… Super comfy- but not exactly “trendy”.

11. Given the competitiveness and the speed of the industry, how do you ensure you stand out?

I keep myself current by keeping my skills in check and ensuring that my information is up to date. I also love doing and trying new things when it comes to hosting. By doing so, you keep yourself in front of the industry. Keeping current does not mean totally forgetting your foundation, instead, you just need to hone your new skills set with your foundation and evolve into your own unique style.