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.

5 Ways to Achieve Perfect Skin and Gorgeous Hair

Do you ever wonder how your co-worker always has fantastic hair and skin? Her secret is a customized skin and hair care routine. There are five basic care techniques required for that perfect look.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Both your skin and your hair need moisturizing. Drink plenty of water, use hydrating skincare products and hydrating conditioner. Last, ask your stylist to recommend the type of hair product to use based on your hair. The options are paste, fiber, wax, putty, and clay. Learn what each option does to match the product to the desired result.

Create a Skin Care Routine Customized to Your Needs

The first step in creating a skincare routine is to determine your skin type. If it is dry, oily, combination, or aging, you will need products designed for that type. You need a cleanser, hydrating cream, and then moisturizer to lock the moisture in place.

Face masks are wonders. They allow the product to stay on the skin long enough to get the product’s full effectiveness. Finally, steaming, saunas or hot yoga opens up the pores and are a great time to follow up with a detoxing mask.

Protect Your Skin and Hair from Damage

An easily forgotten element is to protect your skin and hair from dehydration and damage. The basics are to use proper sunscreen, follow your skincare routine, and keep your hair clean. Use a detangling brush to limit breakage and only use UV or heated tools sparingly.

Add Beautiful Luster, Shine and Youth

Besides regular washing and hydrating, there are other steps to take to project the best image., When rubbing creams into your face, do so in an upward motion. If needed, use ice water to reduce swelling. Limit hair washing to twice a week.

Shampoo removes impurities and oils, but also good oils and minerals. If you need to remove dirt or oil more often, a water rinse or dry shampoo works fine.

If you have damaged hair, a small bit of hair oil will go a long way to prevent dehydration and keep stray hairs down.

Apply conditioner before a workout and only mid-length and on the ends of your hair. Putting it on the scalp will make your hair greasier. Rinse it out after your workout for hydrated, shiny hair.

Remove Dirt and Impurities

Follow the recommended use of cleansers as simply spreading and rinsing is not sufficient to remove impurities. For additional assistance, pimple patches are great. They pull out impurities and stick them to the patch. If a rinse will not remove extra hair products, use conditioner between shampoos.

Have the Proper Tools

Use different brushes for thick, coarse, curly, fine, colored, oily, or African or Caribbean hair. Get the one you need, not your roommates. Also, have a different brush for each purpose, such as drying and styling.

Now you are set to outshine that annoyingly perfect co-worker. Work this into your overall self-care routine, so it becomes a habit. Once set, you will not forget to do the task.

Rising Star Spotlight: Introducing The Beautiful Kymberlee Street

Growing up, Kymberlee Street has always been fascinated by the modelling world. She initially got her foot in the modelling industry when she was scouted by an agent back in 2017. From there she entered her first beauty pageant and she ended up getting crowned Miss Philippines Australia 2017. This win took her on a journey of self-development and boosted her confidence, opening up many doors and opportunities in the industry. She began doing more runways and photoshoots and continued to work hard and push herself out there, appreciating every moment.

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

What do you like most about being a model?

Getting the opportunity to meet and work with like-minded and talented people, creating exciting, creative, and beautiful content is what I love most about the industry. Getting in front of the camera and just doing my thing, having fun with it, expressing myself in different ways, and making visions come to life.

The downside to being a model?

Unpredictability. Not knowing when you may land your next job may be a bit worrying and risky at times. But at the same time, the excitement of having a new week every week is like an adventure and you never know what will come next!

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

Having the opportunity to travel to Malaysia in 2019 to compete in a model reality tv show called Miss Pink Lady Asia! This was such an amazing and exciting experience and something I will remember for the rest of my life. Similar to the next top model, each day we had different photoshoots and challenges that tested my skills and abilities. I learned so much, gained insights, and met some incredible people.

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

From photographers to makeup artists, stylists, brand owners, and other models. I have met and crossed paths with so many people along the way. I have met some of my closest friends in the industry and have met people who I had admired and looked up to. With a genuine interest in learning from others, hearing their stories and experiences, and listening to the advice is something I really value.

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

To know your self-worth, understanding your strengths and insecurities, keep humble, and staying true to yourself. The modelling industry is not as glamorous as it may seem. People don’t realise what goes on behind the scenes, and the amount of work and effort to get ‘that shot’. There will be people who don’t support and you will not get every job you apply for. But the ability to take on everything with a positive and open mind will allow you to constantly grow and succeed as an individual.

Is your family supportive of you being a model?

I am very fortunate that my family does support me through not only being a model but with all that I do. Their constant love and encouragement push me each day to follow my passion and continue to reach my goals.

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 would want to change anything or do something different because that would change the present and I wouldn’t be who or where I am today. All the wonderful experiences, setbacks, and opportunities have shaped me to be the person I am, proud of all my achievements.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

Don’t sweat the small stuff and never give up.

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

Whilst modelling, I am determined to finish my Bachelor in Accounting and Finance. I have also just launched my own skincare range (Defence Skincare) in September and will be heavily focusing on this new business venture. I am a lover of travel and would love to explore the world and do some work overseas.

5 Clothing Tips No Woman Should Ever Miss

 

In the past it may have seemed impossible to balance, work, socializing, family as well as remaining stylish and up to speed with the latest clothing fashion trends. There are so many trends that are up and coming, it’s sometimes exhausting to keep up and also hard to know which trends will last and which will just be momentary fads. Here are 5 clothing tips that are easy to invest in.

  1. Accessorize to Create a Whole New Look

Accessories are often underrated when it comes to creating new and different looks. Adding a scarf, a pair of earrings or layered necklaces to a simple dress or t-shirt can change the way the outfit is perceived. Accessories are a great way to dress up or tone down your look. Simple accessory additions to your wardrobe is an effective way to add different textures, colors, and patterns to your style.

  1. Shop with Purpose

Save time and money by shopping with a distinct purpose of what you’re looking for. When buying something new, consider the different occasions the clothing piece will be useful for, make sure it fits you well and looks good from all angles. Invest in basics that you’ll use for multiple different outfit combinations, like a good pair of jeans. You’ll likely find it more beneficial to value the quality of clothes over quantity. Making fewer quality purchases will save you more time and money than investing in too many one-time pieces.

  1. Clear Out & Organize

Time and again it’s important to clear out and organize your wardrobe. Get rid of old clothes that don’t work for you anymore and you’re not using. They’re a waste of space and limit you from being able to see all clothing options. Clearing out is likely to make you aware of items you haven’t seen in a while and would like to wear again. Organizing what you do have will also make it easier and more exciting for deciding on outfit choices. Giving you more options for considering different combinations and new styles you hadn’t thought of before.

  1. Explore New Styles

Don’t limit your style by sticking to the same designs, color schemes, and patterns. Seek inspiration for new clothing combinations, read fashion blogs, follow fashion icons, and go shopping! Try different combinations and allow you to express yourself through the clothes you wear. Don’t be shy to try on an outfit you’ve never considered before, you may love it!

  1. It’s More Than Just Clothes

It’s important to realize that being stylish doesn’t only refer to what clothes you’re wearing. Consider your whole look when dressing up. The make-up you wear and the hairstyle you choose are also important contributors to your overall look, use these to compliment your clothing style. Express your individuality by trying different hairstyles as well as fragrances. The perfume you wear influences how others see you too. Smelling good will also help you feel good. Confidence is key! Be confident in your choice of style and others are more likely to perceive you in the same way.

Meet The Man Behind The October 2020 Issue Of Model & Mode: The Incredible Armand Peri

Bodybuilding expert and serial entrepreneur Armand Peri is no stranger to hard work and overcoming adversity. He was once a seventeen-year-old scrawny kid who used to be bullied a lot but he made a definitive decision to do something about it. He decided to get into weights so that no one would mess around with him anymore and two years later, he was rewarded for all his hard work with a first-place title in the teenage division of “Mr. New Jersey” which then led to winning the heavyweight division in the same competition two years later.

Armand Peri was originally born as the son of Portuguese parents who emigrated to the U.S.; they settled in New Jersey when he was just 12 years of age. He began competitive bodybuilding in the ’90s and all of his hard work eventually paid off as he started winning one bodybuilding competition after another. Besides coming first in the teenage division of “Mr. New Jersey,” he also placed first in other bodybuilding competitions such as the Junior Bodybuilding New Jersey State Championships as well as the NPC Suburban among others.

Fast forward to today and Armand is now a successful entrepreneur, investor, artist, author, and motivational speaker. His fitness goals are quite different now since he’s older and he doesn’t compete in bodybuilding competitions anymore, however, he still works out though just to stay fit and healthy. In his book “Unparalleled Success”, which was published in 2019, he shares his recipe for success. He’s also frequently engaged as a motivational speaker. His genuine desire to help others to achieve true success, while keeping the focus on their professional and personal well-being, is what inspires others to find their own path to victory. Armand also happens to be a mentor to several high-profile personalities such as New York-based fashion model, actor, and former boxing heavyweight champion Rudy Bundini who has modeled for several high profile brands such as Dolce Gabbana, Nike, Armani, Versace, Calvin Klein, Roger Dubuis, Philipp Plein, and Hennessy among others. He also happens to be one of the world’s top male models who was recently featured on Forbes.

Model & Mode magazine recently caught up with Armand to discuss his journey in the world of modeling and bodybuilding and here’s what went down:

How did you develop an interest in fitness and what drove you to pursue that passion onto social media?

I developed an interest in fitness when I was a scrawny teenager wanting to improve my physical appearance; I began weight training at the age of 17 years old.

How do you balance maintaining a fit body while being busy with being an entrepreneur?

By making my workouts a priority in my life, I always make time for it!

We also note that you were a former bodybuilding champion, when you were competing, what was your diet like?

I began competitive bodybuilding in the ’90s and the following is a list of my bodybuilding achievements: First place at the Junior Bodybuilding New Jersey State Championships, first place at the Mr. New Jersey competition, NPC Suburban Overall Winner (first place), third place at the NPC Jr. Nationals, fourth place at the NPC Jr. USA Championships and sixth place at the NPC USA Championships. My diet back then was low fat, moderate carbohydrates, and one gram of protein per pound of body weight.

Being now that you’re older, has much changed in terms of your fitness training and diet? If so, what has changed?

Since my fitness goals are different now, I work out just to stay fit and healthy.

Do you have a moment in your career when you felt it was the pinnacle for you?

I’m still climbing up in my career so every day is a new pinnacle.

Do you have any “secrets” to bodybuilding success that you would like to share with everyone?

The secret to bodybuilding success is to just be consistent and stay the course, never give up!

What’s your view on the sport of bodybuilding right now? What do you feel has changed since the days when you were competing?

I believe the sport of bodybuilding has changed in the direction of becoming more of a freak show! I prefer the aesthetics of a physique like “Frank Zane’s” over the big monsters of present-day bodybuilding.

Are there any people you would like to thank for helping you get to where you are today? Is there anyone in particular who inspired you?

Yes, I would like to thank my wife Fran Peri who always supported and believed in me.

We further note that you’re a mentor to some of the top male models in the world, which models are you mentoring at the moment and how do you juggle being a mentor with being a successful entrepreneur?

I mentor Rudy Bundini (@rudybundini) who is a New York-based fashion model, actor, and former boxing heavyweight champion. He was recognised as the male model of the year by IMTA. Rudy has so far modeled for high profile brands such as Dolce Gabbana, Nike, Armani, Versace, Calvin Klein, Roger Dubuis, Philipp Plein, and Hennessy and has appeared in numerous runways, campaigns, magazine covers, and billboards. He is also currently one of the world’s top male models who was just featured on Forbes.

What are some of the difficulties of being in the industry?

You have to get used to being rejected without losing faith, just remember that someone will eventually say yes because it’s just a number’s game!

If someone is going to make your life into a movie, who would play you?

Maybe Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (laughs)!

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Best comfort food: Tagliatelle pasta topped with shaved black truffles.

2. Best pick-me-up: Just always be yourself, never pretend to be someone you’re not!

3. Last good movie I’ve seen: “The Gentlemen” starring Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, and Michelle Dockery.

4. Three most important characteristics in a person: Integrity, organization, and loyalty.

5. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? Visit Australia.

For more details about Armand please visit his official website on Armand Peri or follow Armand on social media via his social media accounts:

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