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.

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.

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

Talented Aussie Artist Amarni Finally Set To Release Her Debut EP & Single

AMARNI is a talented artist from Sydney who has been quietly, yet confidently, working hard on her music.  She’s released 10 tracks in the past 2 years and has sold out at all the venues that she’s performed at. “Fierce, Controversial, Talented, Independent, Unapologetically herself and most of all an absolute show stopper.” These are the words media, fans, and the music industry has used to describe the 23-year-old Rapper/Singer/Dancer AMARNI, who hails from Sydney, Australia.

AMARNI first gained praise and a major fan base, after her debut single: ‘Pretty Little Thing.’ The track has clocked over 3 million streams to date, across all platforms. The bold, infectious, club anthem, allowed AMARNI to share the spotlight at ‘Rolling Loud’ with the likes of Kayne West and TYGA, which then lead her to go on the road and open for ‘Cash Money Records’ RNB sensation Jacquees.

Although 2020 was a challenging year faced by many globally, this did not slow the Australian talent down.  From continuously closing brand deals, making music videos, and ensuring her new releases such as ‘Make Moves’ and ‘Mashallah’ featured in global charts & major playlists, she didn’t miss a beat.

AMARNI kicked 2021 off by dropping another hit: ‘Beyonce’ (through the independent recording label ‘New Levels’) which has already hit over a million streams on Spotify alone.  This young star is scheduled to debut her first-ever 7 track EP titled: ‘F*CK LOVE, GET MONEY’ on August 13.  The EP will showcase to fans and Industry everywhere, a version of AMARNI they have yet to see.  With critics describing it as raw, real, honest, fiery, and most of all AMARNI’s most passionate body of music to date.  The 23-year-old delivers a mix of RNB, Rap, and even melodic tracks on this EP, opening herself up to her audience for the first time ever through her lyrics.

This campaign is the beginning of Australia’s next biggest export, as global touring, major collaborations, and even her own merch range ‘INRAMA’ are ready to be announced within the coming months.

For more information, you can visit her social media pages:

Website: www.AMARNI.com.au   I   Insta: @Amarni   I   FB: @AmarniOfficial   I   Twitter: @Amarni

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.