Most Promising Model Of The Week: Meet The Beautiful Shaye Pramee

Shaye Pramee is a 28-year-old model who was originally from Bangladesh and raised in New Zealand. She currently works as a banker in ANZ. She was a finalist at Miss World 2019 and Miss World state finals 2020/21. She’s currently competing at the Miss Australia 2020 State Finals. Model & Mode Magazine recently caught up with Shaye to discuss her journey in the modelling industry and here’s what went down:

How were you actually ‘discovered?’

Instagram.

What are your favourite downtime activities?

I love reading, dancing, singing and spending time with family and friends.

How did you start with modelling?

I have done pageants in the past but I wish to progress my career in modelling.

What do you like most about the modelling industry?

I love the confidence it brings in others as well as how much it inspires others.

The downside to being a model?

Beauty Standards.

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

Being a finalist at the Miss World 2019 and Miss World Australia State Finals 2020/21 pageant as well as competing for the Miss Australia 2020 State Finals.

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!

I gained confidence and learned to be brave enough even though I don’t meet the standard height requirement – I still got the opportunity to do photoshoots.

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

Self-love and self-care.

Is your family supportive of your career?

Yes, they are. I am blessed to have such an amazing family.

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

I would like to start my own business and hopefully win the title for Miss Australia so I can be inspirational and make a difference.

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Last good movie I’ve seen: The Departed.

2. What do you consider beautiful and why? Sunrise early morning with a view of the ocean or beach.

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

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

5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? How random and weird I am.

Models To Watch Out For In 2021: Meet The Beautiful Holly MacAlpine

Holly MacAlpine was 13 years old when she was first ‘discovered’. She was at Manly Wharf at one stage and there was a youth modelling competition being run and televised. She was asked to get involved and it was there that she got her first taste of being on stage and walking for an audience. Nothing ever really came of that day, but that was the experience that got her thinking about modelling as something more than Australia’s Next Top Model, as something real and worthwhile that she could do. Fast forward to today and she has now been in the modelling industry for over 7 years.

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

How did you start with modelling?

I started modelling formally in 2014, signing with THE.MGMT for what would be a 4-year long contract. The agency took me under their wing and helped me find my niche in the market, developing my own look and style.

What do you like most about the modelling industry?

I love the collaborative nature of modelling, being a part of a creative team and helping amazing designers and artists realise their vision.

The downside to being a model?

I think that being a part of the modelling industry from such a young age made me overly aware of my outward appearance, placing too much importance on how I look rather than how I felt or what I thought. I think that this is something all women go through, but especially those within the modelling and entertainment industries, and I am still working on loving my inner and outer self unconditionally every day.

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

I was a part of a fashion show at the Star, paying tribute to the supermodels throughout the ages including everyone from Kate Moss to Cindy Crawford. I got to play the role of Jerry Hall and embody her on the runway as I wore a vintage Thierry Mugler dress. This was definitely a stand-out experience for me.

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!

Something that this industry has taught me is to never let anyone other than yourself decide your worth for you. Sometimes you won’t be the right fit for a role or campaign, and other times you’ll be perfect. But as long as you are your most authentic self, what is meant for you will be yours and you should never try to change yourself just to fit into someone else’s mould.

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

I think that it is so important to have goals and interests outside of the industry. Things like the gym, my degree, and my family and friends remind me daily of what is truly important.

What are your favourite downtime activities?

I am an absolute Northern Beaches baby, if I have a day off then you will find me down at the beach, being in the salt and sun is a huge part of my identity. I also love going to the gym. My partner is a personal trainer and is beginning his body-building journey, so the gym is a place that we bond and spend quality time together.

Is your family supportive of your career?

My family is very supportive even though they don’t understand it. My parents definitely had mixed feelings about the modelling industry when I first started, as they had heard the worst about it in the media, and I was so young at the time. But now they see how happy it makes me, and how strong of a woman it has helped me become.

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

I recently completed my degree in journalism and non-fiction writing. Ideally, this year will consist of lots of freelance writing and travel. My partner and I would love to move overseas for a couple of months if COVID-19 lets it happen.

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Last good movie I’ve seen: I recently rewatched Princess Monoke, one of the Studio Ghibli animated films. I love Studio Ghibli for a feel-good, relaxing night.

2. What do you consider beautiful and why? ‘Beauty’ is entirely subjective and forever changing, I think that the only thing that is considered universally beautiful is the human capacity to love and care for one another.

3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? There are so many things that I haven’t done yet, and that I’m excited to do in the future! I definitely look forward to competing in Miss Universe at some point in the next couple of years. I feel that that experience will be a big step in my journey.

4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d be…” travelling the world with no sign of coming home soon, I think that we all have a sense of fear and responsibility around doing the “correct” thing, going to university, getting a job, buying a house, etc… I think that I would feel less tied to that narrative if I had no fear.

5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? I would have to say how emotional I am, whilst this can often be a flaw, I also think that how emotional I am helps me empathise with others and grow stronger relationships. I wouldn’t trade my personality for anything.

Meet The Beauty Behind The Cover Of The March 2021 Issue Of Model & Mode: The Stunning Abi Grigsby

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Abi Grigsby, the beautiful, charming, and angelic model has established herself as one of the hardest-working models in the industry. She initially got into the modelling industry by entering beauty pageants. She first joined the Top Model of the World Philippines pageant back in July 2016 within 2 weeks’ notice. The pageant needed a certain number in order for the competition to go ahead and she was contacted by the director of the pageant to join. She eventually became the second runner-up, which shocked her as she had no previous experience at all in pageants sho she wasn’t even expecting to make it into the Top 5.

The following year she entered a pageant called “Mutya Ng Pilipinas Australia” (Pearl of Australia) beauty pageant. She gained a lot of exposure in the modelling industry by joining this pageant which lead her into me meeting the majority of the photographers that she now works with regularly. When she competed overseas she also gained several contacts with various modelling agencies and photographers over there and throughout 2017 she also competed in the Miss International Australia pageant where she finished as Second Runner Up, as well as winning the Miss Model of the World Title. Furthermore, she competed in the Miss Teen Universe Australia pageant in December of that year. All of these competitions lead her to meet so many creatives in the industry; photographers who were looking for fresh faces to shoot, as well as makeup artists who needed a model to work on for skill enhancements. Slowly, through these connections, she was able to build the network that she currently has.

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

What do you like most about being a model?

The thing I enjoy most about being a model would have to be the newfound confidence that I have gained over the years as a model. I was someone who really used to struggle with self-esteem issues, but it wasn’t until I started modelling that I came to accept and be happy with how I look, and the person that I am.

I have also been fortunate enough to work with various creatives who each provided a different style for each shoot, which has given me the option to explore with different looks. I started modelling For Milliner’s designs in late 2018, my first designer being Anna Bella Millinery, who is based in London. I modelled at the Melbourne Derby Day, showing off her dress designs and her hats with other models. I also modelled for Felicity Northeast Milliner for her spring collection in 2019, which was featured in Mornington Peninsula magazine.

I had never modelled such high-class designs before, so this experience itself really helped me feel comfortable in my own skin, and opened me up to another world!

The Downside to being a model?

The downside to being a model that I have encountered would have to be that people tend to make assumptions about you and your personality when you tell them that you’re a model. I’ve had a lot of people tell me that they thought I’d be a snobby/conceited person because of the fact that I model, rather than taking the time to get to know me first.

A lot of people will make assumptions about you based on your profession, but I try not to let this bother me and stay focused on what I want by working hard and not allowing room for distractions.

Another downside is that many people who aren’t in the industry assume that modelling is easy, or requires little to no effort at all. To be a model takes great perseverance and determination, as many models such as myself face constant rejection and negative comments about our appearance/body. It takes a lot of work to get into the industry, which is something that many people look over. It can get discouraging at times, but I find it’s best for myself to always remind myself of the hard work I have gone through, and to realise that I don’t owe everyone an explanation.

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

Thinking back to when I started, I can’t actually pinpoint an exact memory from modelling that has stuck with me. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every step, but the most memorable experience of being in the modelling industry would have to be the whole experience that comes on the day of a photo shoot. I live an hour and a half away from Melbourne city, which is where the majority of my shoots takes place. I always enjoy the travel into the city, as well as travelling to where my photoshoots take place, as the majority of the time it is not at the same place. Aside from the travel, I do enjoy dressing up and getting glammed up for my shoots. I feel most like myself when I am dolled up and in front of the camera!

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

I’d say the most interesting people I’ve met would have to be some of the photographers and makeup artists that I meet while I’m on set. Many of the creatives that I work with are a lot like me, they often take up photography/makeup as a side job, rather than their full-time job. It’s nice to meet people who are similar to you, and share similar interests while also working other jobs, and working incredibly hard so they are able to project themselves further in the industry.

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 have learned would be to not compare myself to others. Before I began modelling I never thought I would have a chance, as I compared myself to many other high profile models, such as Miranda Kerr. I always assumed that because I didn’t look like these girls I saw in billboards and commercials that I wouldn’t make it at all in the modelling world.

However as continued on and booked more jobs, I realised that every different look will serve a purpose for each job/photographer. There will always be someone out there who will need a look like yours for a certain job/promotion, so I’ve learned that I shouldn’t bother worrying about looking like someone else when looking exactly the way you do is more than enough.

Is your family supportive of you being a model?

Yes, fortunately, my family is very supportive of my modelling! My mother wanted me to start modelling when I was 13, however, I had very little confidence back then and I was also very shy. I did not see myself as someone who could get far in the industry at all, and I also at the time had assumed that people would think of me as very conceited if I started modelling. I didn’t have a very positive view of the modelling world, or of models themselves, which was a real deterrent for me at that time.

As the years went by and as I developed a love for beauty pageants, it also shifted my focus onto modelling, and it wasn’t until I started my first few photoshoots that I really started to enjoy what I was doing, and then made the decision to go as far as I possibly could in the industry.

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

The main thing I would do differently would be to not jump at every opportunity that comes my way, no matter how big of a deal it may seem to be at first. I used to do this a lot when I first started in the industry, and I would just throw myself out to any opportunity that came my way, without thinking things through clearly. This resulted in a lot of waste of time and money for myself, as I was promised certain jobs would lead to very high exposure/good money, while actually resulting in none of that.

So if I could go back in time, I would tell myself not to rush things too much and to take it slow. Not every opportunity is what it claims to be, and when the time is right, the right opportunity will come!

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

The best advice I have ever been given is to take my time. Often I’ve been really impatient and have compared myself to others who have gotten further in the industry in a shorter amount of time. I’m fortunate to have a close group of friends who support me fully and encourage me to remain patient and on track, and who assure me that things will work in my way if I continue to remain focused and not be put off by others in any way.

Models To Watch Out For In 2021: Meet The Beautiful Windy Anif

Windy Wulandari Binti Anif was born in Jakarta, Indonesia but she grew up mostly in Medan North Sumatra Indonesia. She was more an outdoor kid climbing up trees, chasing chickens, taking the eggs for her breakfast, and cycling around her neighbours. She’s currently living in Hamilton Island, Queensland working as a chef. She got started in the industry by submitting her portfolio to an agency called JR Management but before she decided to join an agency, she submitted an application to join Beauty Pageants, and that’s when it all first started for her.

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

How did you get started in the modelling industry?

Recently to be honest! I started professionally just between 2019-2020 so I am pretty much a newbie and I still need to enhance my modelling skills, I had a couple of photoshoots with my friends who are photographers before 2019-2020.

What do you like most about the modelling industry?

The diversity, and the beauty of all the different models! The magic that only the modelling industry can give. With only a photo you can see or feel the model trying to say something with their expressions and body language.

The downside to being a model?

Any job that you do as a living definitely has a downside, but for sure the biggest downside to being a model is being told you are not tall or slim enough to get the job. People will constantly judge your looks! Especially in social media nowadays. Cyberbullying is real.

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

Meeting so many amazing models and people, attending fashion shows, being a brand ambassador of Sydney’s make-up company, connecting with people who support me through social media, and expanding my connection.

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

I learned to find out who I really am as a person, I don’t have to fake myself to be loved or accepted. Everyone is beautiful no matter their height, ethnicity, and gender. Models are public figures, there will be so many young generations will be looking at you and might have the chance to follow your lifestyle and admire you. If you are a good role model you might change someone’s life to be a better version of themselves.

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

I always tell myself that I am beautiful no matter what other people say about me although sometimes it can affect me badly – I just keep on moving forward. Your own enemy is yourself! Your own mind. Surround yourself with people who will constantly remind you to stay grounded.

What are your favourite down time activities?

Playing video games or reading motivational books, but since I live on a tropical island and the weather is very good, I usually go to the beach or go hiking.

Is your family supportive of your career?

Yes, they are! They are the one who believes in me, who supported me whole-heartedly. My mom and dad always told me to be true to myself and don’t be arrogant! Always stays grounded and stay positive.

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

I am planning to move to Melbourne either by the end of 2021 or early 2022 and start my acting career there but also still working as a chef in a meantime. I also wanted to be a positive advocate for the people who are being bullied because of my personal experience. Travelling is always on my agenda but due to covid, I have to postpone it.

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Last good movie I’ve seen: Alice in Borderland.

2. What do you consider beautiful and why? Beautiful is when you are accepting your own flaw and be flawless and just be yourself. You are confident and strong! Beautiful is diversity, you do not have to be fair and tall to be considered beautiful or following the beauty standards. Beauty standards are toxic, it makes people change their true selves.

3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? Work and travel around the world experiencing the beautiful scenery that the countries have to offer, learning different languages especially Arabic and Japanese.

4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear….” I’d be the fearless woman and telling people who hate me that this is me and nothing can change my dreams.

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

Meet The Stunner Behind The Cover Of The February 2021 Issue Of Model & Mode: The Beautiful Paige Tonkin

Paige Tonkin is a motivated, bubbly, and caring 17-year-old model who is currently studying for her H.S.C.

Paige has always been fascinated by watching the beautiful models and actors on television and has dreamed of one day making a name for herself.

It was at the age of 14 when her dream was kick-started and she was scouted and taken to Las Vegas for a talent and runway show. This amazing experience made Paige completely fall in love with the industry and has made her even more determined to succeed.

When Paige isn’t working the camera or the runway you will find her coaching Aerial Silks, Aerial Lyra, and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics at the local gym.

Paige’s strong work ethic is demonstrated in everything that she does and she knows that by chasing your dreams, success is only footsteps away.

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

1. How did you get into the modelling industry?

I was introduced to the industry at the age of 14 when I attended my first audition for acting and that’s when the scouts encouraged me to audition for modelling as well, this casting was actually to be scouted to Las Vegas to perform in this amazing production called IPOP and after this amazing experience, I completely fell in love with the industry.

2. What do you like most about being a model?

I love everything about being a model but if I had to choose one, It would be the amazing people I meet and all the new friends I make every time I go to work.

3. Downside to being a model?

There are not many downsides to being a model, but I have to say I’m not the biggest fan of having to get in the water on a cold winters morning and the 4 am starts every now and then, I do like my beauty sleep but of course as soon as I’m up and going, nothing can stop me!

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

Wow, this is a tough one, there are so many amazing memories I’ve made so far, but the ones that stand out the most would have to be modelling at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and living out my dream of walking the runway as an angel in the ultimate cover girl search.

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

I’ve been lucky enough to meet so many interesting people. I have worked with so many different photographers and designers from all over the world, and built so many lasting friendships with different models and actors, from as far away as Finland and parts of the U.S To name a few I would have to say the amazing designers Oogi Flower, Lisa Swinbanks and Fai Peni. The incredible Bridget Foster(starred in CSI Miami) and Mark Carroll (Abercrombie & Fitch model) scouted me to Las Vegas And lastly I cannot forget the amazing Mike Ilagan the CEO of StarCentral Magazine.

6. 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 have learned from the industry and something I live by from day to day is that confidence is key. I believe you can get to wherever you want to be when hold your head high and believe in yourself. The second most important lesson I have learned is to always know who you are working with and you’re safety and integrity always come first.

7. Is your family supportive of you being a model?

My family is my biggest support system and I would not be where I am today without them, I could not thank my mum enough for driving me halfway around the world every weekend and my dad always standing there with a coffee in hand when I’m up for a long day of shooting. And of course, my sister always lending me half her wardrobe (laughs). I am the luckiest girl in the world to have such a supportive family.

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

I honestly would not change a single thing about my journey in the industry as I would not be where I am today and the person I am today without the good and the bad times that have shaped me into the model and actress I am now.

9. What is the best advice you have ever been given?

One of the best pieces of advice I have always been told since I was a kid to now is to always treat others the way you wish to be treated, and this is something I will always carry throughout my life.

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

I have always had plans to hopefully make acting and modelling my full-time career, and one day be cast in a big-budget feature film and walk various catwalks all over the world.

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

I honestly would not change a single thing about my journey in the industry as I would not be where I am today and the person I am today without the good and the bad times that have shaped me into the model and actress I am now.

9. What is the best advice you have ever been given?

One of the best pieces of advice I have always been told since I was a kid to now is to always treat others the way you wish to be treated, and this is something I will always carry throughout my life.

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

I have always had plans to hopefully make acting and modelling my full-time career, and one day be cast in a big-budget feature film and walk various catwalks all over the world.

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Last good movie I’ve seen: Harry Potter – Goblet Of Fire.

2. What do you consider beautiful and why? The way someone carries them-self because it shows who they are.

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

4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d…” expose myself to copious amounts of gamma radiation and become the hulk.

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

5 Ways to Look and Feel Totally Younger

There comes a time in everyone’s life when time simply begins to take its toll on all of us. Whether you’re looking to reverse this toll as much as you can, or you’re looking to start early and try to keep it away for as long as possible, here are 5 simple ways to look and feel younger.

Eating Green and Healthy

I’m sure this is obvious to most people but eating your greens and overall healthier is vital to looking and feeling good. Before venturing into healthy eating, you need to remember that there are no shortcuts or miracles that can last as long or have such an effect as changing your overall diet. This includes adding those greens to your plate every day, cutting the unnecessary sugar out of your diet, and even in this world of processed foods, find the organic and make it part of every meal.

Regular Exercise

Another, somewhat obvious answer, but regular exercise is vital to looking better and in the long run feeling great. Interval training is one of the best options for most people as it alternates between high and low-intensity activity. This burns fat efficiently and does not strain your body as much as exercising for a longer and steadier pace.

Get a dog

This may be surprising to just a few of you. A dog can be many things for many different people, but all dogs have a wide array of gifts to give to anyone. Dogs can help their owners socially by giving them consistent interaction, which helps with mental health especially in those who may be struggling through a darker time in their lives. Dogs also provide an incredible incentive to get up and go out. Keeping their owners active and healthy. According to a 12-year follow-up study, dog owners are more likely to live longer, with reduced chances of cardiovascular disease and death.

Keep in Touch with Friends

A simple thing to do that not many people think of. Socially interacting with others, whether on the phone or in person, will help you feel younger. Getting together with friends can be a great way to get out and be active together.

Find You’re Purpose or Calling

One last simple step, that very few people truly accomplish. A close friend once told me that many people start out trying to reach their dream but get lost in the process. Do not get lost in chasing your dreams. Make sure you make time to practice what makes you happy and stop making excuses to avoid it. If you truly want to do it, you’ll find a way.

A Final Word

Living a healthy life becomes far easier when you have someone else doing it with you. You’ll be able to keep each other in check and find new and creative ways to make healthy living simpler, and as we already discussed it will help keep up your social interactions. It also helps to do your research, finding people who know what they’re talking about or have already walked this path to help you walk yours. Healthy living is not always easy, but it is one of the few ways to live a longer and happier life. Just remember that you aren’t alone.

Meet The Rising Star Behind The November 2020 Issue Of Model & Mode: The Talented Andrew Belle Wilson

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It’s not every day you come across a talented music teacher and a model, simultaneously – and Andrew Belle Wilson is both. Andrew is an Australian international model. He has worked for brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, The Iconic, and Blackcraft, amongst other local/international fashion labels. On top of that, he is also a multi-instrumentalist, where he plays the piano, guitar, and violin as well as being a primary school music teacher.

Model & Mode Magazine recently had the privilege to interview Andrew regarding his experience in the modelling industry and his music career and here’s what went down:

How did you get into the modelling industry?

I was 8 when I first auditioned for a Pepsi commercial overseas, and it was around then when I was scouted by a local talent agency. Things took off from there and I haven’t looked back since. I started modelling for small fashion businesses, and soon after a scout discovered and recommended me to a modelling agency.

What do you like most about being a model?

You get to travel a lot and fly around to different cities while working with a fantastic crew. Also being able to try on different fashion outfits, especially for runways, which are stuff I usually wouldn’t wear on any given day. Walking at various fashion shows and shooting/modelling for major international brands gives you a thrill like no other.

What are the downsides of being a model?

It can be exhausting at times, and you have to be strict with your regime, as the agency/clients expect you to look your best at all times. Rejection is standard and it’s part of the job.

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

Working with Tommy Hilfiger was a highlight, and collaborating with The Iconic and Blackcraft within the music scene by wearing their outfits at the gigs I play. I recently modelled for an LA streetwear brand which aligned perfectly with my musical style. Also doing partnerships with local businesses to help promote them on social media.

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

I’ve worked with so many talented creatives, and they are all unique, whether it be a fashion designer, photographer, director, editor, fellow models, or even my agent.

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

To never give up and keep trying even if things don’t go your way. Mental health is imperative in this industry, so it’s essential to look after yourself and to surround yourself with supportive, positive people.

Is your family supportive of you being a model?

Yes, they are, I am extremely grateful that I managed to make a career out of modelling and music.

What genre of music do you compose and who is your favourite singer?

I compose mostly metalcore/electronic ore which combines metal, pop, and EDM as well as instrumental piano. I’m also a classical pianist, so I occasionally do session work with ensembles. I’m currently working with Zai Sheng from the Beijing Symphony Orchestra.

You mentioned you are a music teacher, what are the joys of being a music teacher?

My kids are excellent – they are a great bunch of people to teach music. I can’t imagine doing anything else in life. The best part is seeing them progress in an instrument while enjoying/loving it at the same time. It’s always a ‘fun first’ for me.

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

I wished I had taken modelling and acting more seriously as a kid, as I felt I could have done so much more back then.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

The best advice I have ever been given is to create a look book.

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

Doing more runway work and collaborating with high fashion/alternative houses, as well as playing gigs overseas and hopefully selling out shows.

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Last good movie I’ve seen: Schindler’s List.

2. What do you consider beautiful and why? A person’s smile, because it can brighten anyone’s day.

3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? Walking for Balmain would be the absolute dream.

4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d…” Try and find love again.

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

5 Effective Workout Secrets That Will Help You Lose Weight

You may have tried different workout exercises and routines but still, you cannot have that body that you want. What could be the possible reason for that? People would say that they have tried their all effort just to have the body that they have always wanted, but they would end up as a failure in their endeavour. Let me share with you the top picks of experts and successful exercisers they use to get the most from their fitness routines.

Consistency

Consistency is very important. How fast you do the routine is not the factor by which you can have those extra pounds off. Consistency is the best tip for maintaining a successful regimen. Remember that no exercise program in this world can ever work if you are not consistent with how you do it. Like for now, you do this routine, and then the next day, you will not do it anymore. Make sure to follow the best exercise program that you are in right now consistently.

Effective Exercise Routine and Set Realistic Goals

Before trying out your desired routine, you should make sure first that it is right for you. Having the right program will make everything not as easy but at least you know that in the end, you will be the one who will benefit most from that kind of program. Always choose to have the best routine that is best for your body type.

After having the right program, you can already set your goals. These goals should be realistic. You do not have to drive for perfection or improbable goals that you yourself know can’t be met. This would mean that you don’t have to run 5k now. It takes time. You can have a habit of walking 15 minutes a day and each day onwards you can add up to that.

Buddy System and Be Happy

It would always be good if you can have someone go with you for your workout routine. You can have a friend or a relative whom you can like and trust and wants to have a healthier lifestyle just like you. You can encourage one another and you can do exercise together. You can have this opportunity to enjoy each other’s company and to strengthen both of your relationships.

Always do what makes you happy. Make sure that this routine that you do makes you happy and you love everything you do. If you love mountaineering, do it. Do what you love.

Plan That’s Fit for Your Life

A person’s work can affect how much time you can do workouts. If you are a businessman and sometimes you are too busy that you cannot go to the gym, there are other possible ways by which you can still do exercise. If you got flat floor space, there are a lot of exercise routines that you can do. Just be creative also.

Be Inspired

“Fitness is a state of mind” as what Allan Fine has said. Try asking yourself, “Who inspires you to lose weight and be fit?” You can read blogs and articles and be inspired by how these people have worked hard to have the best body they have ever wanted.

Meditation To Handle Depression: Why It Works and How To Get Started

By: Jess Nugent

I remember a few years back when I first started hearing about meditation and to be honest, I thought it was a bit of a joke. A few weeks later my doctor suggested I control my anxiety by cutting out weight lifting and taking up Tai Chi… to which I responded, “oh haha ok.”

This is only because I didn’t truly understand the process or the benefits of meditation. I felt if I had just sat myself on a mat, closed my eyes, and started humming along (my very naive image of what meditation looks like) – I would immediately start thinking of what I need to do tomorrow/next week, or that dumb thing I said to someone five years ago.

MINDFULNESS AND MENTAL BALANCE

To explain meditation I want to explain to you how I view mental balance. Depression lives in the past so when we spend so much time thinking about things that have happened, it affects what we are doing today.

Anxiety lives in the future, again we spend time worrying, not just about things that are happening but things that could happen or go wrong. Or, you may be doing both. I have been there and it honestly feels like you are living in limbo! And no, living equally in the past and present do not balance you out as you are on a different frequency.

Happiness lives in the present. It is inside you right now and is unlockable through practicing mindfulness. Mindfulness is being aware and conscious of your surroundings, what you see, and what you feel with your senses. So if it is inside us, why is it so hard? When you are in a depressive or anxious state you are mentally living in either the past or the future, so your body almost goes into autopilot to get you through the day. Do you ever get into your car and drive, then you end up at the destination without even really remembering the journey? That is the opposite of mindfulness and consciousness. We all do this a lot more than we think.

SO WHAT IS MEDITATION?

Meditation is anything that draws you away from your thoughts of past/future and brings you into the present moment. It involves you truly being conscious and aware of your surroundings – it is not being absent of thought as I used to believe.

The great thing is that there are so many different ways to incorporate this into your life, you may already be doing it without knowing, and some of you won’t even need to change your schedule – just your mindset.

EXERCISE

I never really understood why I felt like a new person after most gym sessions (obviously endorphins etc, but it was always something more than this). When I am doing weight training, I literally clear my mind and am purely thinking about what my body is doing, how I am moving, where I feel tension, and pushing through each exercise. That is meditation. Living in the current moment.

I then leave the gym having been brought back to the present, that central position of the diagram, rebalanced and with a fresh new outlook. So I know now that when I am having a particularly anxious day, or I’m feeling really down about something that has happened – a good gym session can usually help.

Tips: Limit your phone use at the gym. Nothing breaks your meditation like a message from your friend saying “omg can you believe that status Becky posted yesterday” or your partner saying “We need to do washing tonight” or “what are we having for dinner”. Forcing you to live again in either the past or future!

If you feel your mind wandering, take a deep breath and really focus on the action you are doing currently, don’t just go through the motions, squeeze the muscle you are trying to target, and think about how it feels.

WHEN ARE YOU MOST HAPPY?

Meditation is not only available while being active. Think to yourself – when are you most happy? Maybe you love to paint, you can get out a big canvas and some paints and concentrate on what brush strokes you are using, how your hand moves, and the combinations of colours.

Activities that require some form of physical movement are best as they make you become aware of controlling your body. Even listening to music and going for a walk can be great as long as you really focus on the way your steps hit the pavement, the way the air feels on your skin, or the way the music sounds.

Think about your five senses and how the environment stimulates each of them. Being around friends can be a good way to get yourself back into the present also, but it is more difficult to control your mindfulness here, especially if you are new to the idea. Organize an activity to do that limits past/present talk, go out for a meal that is an experience. You could even communicate these ideas to your friends and involve them in steering conversation away from negativity or worries, to what is going on at the present moment.

Tips: Remain focused as mentioned above. Do things that you feel comfortable doing, where you won’t be putting pressure on yourself! I.e. If I am terrible at drawing and aim to recreate a work by Michelangelo as meditation, I am likely to get frustrated with myself. The exercise is not goal-oriented but process-oriented. The satisfaction is not in the completion, it is at the moment.

Just breathe and focus, it gets easier the more you do it. Actually, allocate time every single day, your mind will enjoy being brought back to ground zero and you’ll find it easier to get through other tasks afterward.

About the writer:

Jess Nugent is a writer, model, advocate for mental wellness, and a baker! Her passion for all areas of mental health stems from her personal battles, and time spent supporting loved ones through struggles also. She graduated from Macquarie University with a BA – Psychology and uses this knowledge alongside lived-experience to, not only raise awareness and remove the stigma around anxiety/depression but provide strategies for coping. Jess has a strong focus on health and well-being. She has spent 6+ years working in the fitness industry and uses exercise/diet to create balance in her own life.

5 Tips For Success In The Modelling Industry

Pursuing the modeling dream is never an easy undertaking. The road towards the top will be filled with challenges, with many people giving up before they reach the reality of what they have always dreamed of. Whether you would like to pursue a career in modeling, you will be facing stiff competition. In some instances, you will end up being frustrated and with low confidence. With this in mind, keep on reading and learn from some of the tips that we will be sharing which will help you in reaching your dream of becoming a model one day.

Start with Training

Before you even start with auditions and going to go-sees, the first thing that you have to do is to have extensive training in modeling. There are some schools offering formal training to those who would like to harness their skills. Even at home, you can practice with the help on online modules and tutorials. This will help you to be familiar with the different techniques.

Prepare your Portfolio

This is specifically the case for those who have big dreams to have a career in modeling. This will serve as your resume. Your folio will show how you look in front of the camera and will make it easier for agents to assess whether they should accept you or not. It should be made in such a way that it will be able to highlight what you can do and offer. This will be a tool for marketing yourself, so make sure that it will be convincing enough.

Find an Agent

You should also exert effort in finding a talent agency. The agent will make it easier for you to land gigs in the future. Their extensive network will also increase the likelihood of creating a name for yourself. You just have to make sure that you are working with a legitimate agent.

Go on Auditions

This is another important thing if you want to have a successful modeling career. Be proactive in looking for potential auditions. Before auditioning, make sure that you are fully-prepared. Get enough rest, and as it has been earlier pointed out, practice so that you can deliver an impressive performance.

Never Lose Hope

This is perhaps the best to keep in mind as you pursue your modeling dream. Rejection is part of the game, which will make you frustrated. This, however, should not be areas on to give up. If you fail once, ask yourself on what happened and use this as an inspiration to be better. Learn from your past mistakes. Use it as a motivation to be better.