One On One With The CEO Of Royalle Modelling: George Bastoli

Royalle Modelling is an international talent agency based in Sydney with a reputation for being one of Australia’s most prestigious agencies.

They recruit, train, and develop unique talents for various photo shoots, TV commercials, video shoots, and runway events. Founder and CEO of Royalle Modelling, George Bastoli has over 15 years of experience in the modeling industry combined with 10 years of experience in corporate marketing.

Model & Mode magazine recently caught up with George and here’s what went down:

Firstly, congratulations on the 11th year anniversary. How do you feel?

Thank you. I’m very proud of what we’ve created.

So how did Royalle Modelling get started?

Good question. I actually got into the industry when I was 12 years old, helping my uncle behind the scenes for a beauty pageant in Dee Why.

I didn’t really know what it was all about, I was just helping out and I guess I liked the excitement and fast pace of it all. When I turned 18, I actually started doing some modeling work myself part-time and was pretty popular in the club and social scenes. Soon, lots of people wanted to know how I got into it so I started helping out friends and random people get modeling and promo work. In 2008 I thought, I should start a company, so I created Royalle and we kind of did everything from promo modeling, artist management through to events management. It was very different to where we are today.

So you’ve been in the industry since you were 12 years old?? Amazing! So, how old are you now if you don’t mind us asking?

I’m 31…but sometimes people think I’m 18 (laughs)

You started the agency in 2008. We’re sure a lot has happened in the 10 years that Royalle has been around. What were some of the key things that you have learned about the industry?

Wow, big question! There’s so much I’ve learned and I still learn more every day. I’ve literally managed thousands of models around the world and have worked with all sorts of clients; from backyard brands to companies as big as YSL, L’Oréal, and Reebok. I guess the main thing I’ve learned is that the trends will always change, but you need to make sure your values don’t.

I really enforce this to all our models to uphold our values as a fundamental that they bring into every conversation and situation and its one of the things I’m the proudest of most. I have so much more to share but I’ll be here all year if I keep going…

We love that. What sort of values does Royalle Encourage?

Well, what makes a person memorable in my opinion isn’t how they look, but how they make you feel. When someone is genuine you can really pick it up. When you’re genuinely doing something you’re passionate about, it’s almost impossible for anyone else to do it better than you because passion and love is way more powerful than ‘technique.’ But because technique is also very important, I make sure we invest lots of time in training and developing our models to be the best at their passions while also encouraging them to explore their diversity and to learn from one another. You also need to have integrity. Integrity builds trust. I can happily say that I trust our models. We have an open relationship and I know our clients really appreciate that about us. It’s really those values of Passion, being open-minded, and having Integrity that Royalle Modelling Encourages.

What would you say is the main thing that separates Royalle from other agencies?

Oh, I love this question. Royalle has ALWAYS been the industry dark horse as we do things VERY differently (laughs). It has created some unique reactions over the years but now we sit as one of the top 4 agencies in Australia so I feel like the world is ready for what we offer.

To answer your question, the main thing that we have always done differently is providing a family-style environment to those that wouldn’t normally even be given a shot because of ‘set industry standards’ (175cm tall, size 4-6, Caucasian). I mean, we employ many models that fit that profile, but that’s not entirely who we are. Our gift is that we love to find naturally beautiful people in a thousand unique ways and teach them the Royalle Standards. Our values are heavily enforced and the training and development opportunities we provide, from production through to mentoring, is strong and consistent. We absolutely LOVE getting our models their dream jobs and have zero tolerance for bad attitudes and people who treat our modeling opportunities as ‘just a job.’ I’m very proud to say that we have one of the lowest turnovers of models and clients in the industry and we do this WITHOUT the need for contracts.

Sounds amazing! We also noticed that Royalle has one of the highest ratings with the most reviews on Google. Well done. Now for the last question, what is one piece of advice you want to give to anyone out there who is thinking about becoming a model.

The modeling industry can be a very fun and rewarding place, but also a very damaging place if you don’t know how to navigate it. It is a professional industry that is often polluted by creeps and naive people who think that Instagram likes equals modeling credibility. My advice is to treat the modeling space like a professional career job because it is. Act professional, communicate professionally, learn, and dedicate yourself.

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Maria Arruty, Photo: Chris David, Royalle Modelling

Introducing Model & Mode Magazine’s Latest Covergirl: The Stunning Liudmyla Tkachenko

Liudmyla Tkachenko is a stunning Ukrainian model who is currently based in Los Angeles. She grew up in a picturesque town stretching in the western region of Ukraine. Ever since she was a little girl, she has always dreamed of becoming an international model someday. Unfortunately, the economic situation in Ukraine was bad at the time, and since she had no connections in the fashion industry – becoming an international model seemed like an almost impossible feat. But Liudmyla was persistent though, despite her situation, she was determined to turn her childhood dream into reality.

Liudmyla’s first taste of the modeling industry came in the form of a modeling contract that was offered to her to work somewhere in China. Although China has always been considered as one of the most dynamic, and vibrant countries in the world, moving to work in China can often seem daunting because of the language barrier and cultural differences. However, Liudmyla really wanted to make things work with her modeling career hence the reason why she felt that she needed a deeper cultural immersion in the Chinese ways for the sake of her career. She decided to hone her Chinese language skills first so she started taking Chinese language classes. Eventually, she came to the point that she was actually quite fluent in Mandarin.

Since working as a full-time model in China, She has appeared in several high-profile commercials and magazines in Asia. Liudmyla worked as a full-time model for a few years in Asia mainly around Hong Kong, China, and Thailand before deciding to move to the United States to further pursue her modeling career. When she moved to the United States in 2016, she didn’t speak a word of English which was tough because she had to start from the bottom again. She, therefore, decided to study English in a New York-based language school while pursuing her modeling career at the same time.

Liudmyla’s persistence eventually paid off when she started scoring one good gig after another. Since working as a model in New York, she has appeared several times in New York Fashion Week. She has walked for high-profile designers such as Dan Liu, Terraza, and Oxford Fashion, among others, and she has also done photoshoots for high-profile fashion magazines such as the L’Officiel magazine, Marie Claire, MD Trends magazine, Imaginary magazine, and Marjen magazine. Furthermore, she was involved in several catalog shoots as well as a number of exciting projects. Her photos from the New York Fashion Week shows have even been featured in Vogue, Elle, as well as Harper’s Bazaar.

After modeling for two years in New York, Liudmyla decided to try her luck at acting by moving to Los Angeles. Since moving to Los Angeles, she has appeared in a Nike commercial, as well as a few alcohol commercials, and she also scored a role in an upcoming film called “The Nowhere Inn.” The movie is set to premiere in the Sundance film festival 2020. Currently, Liudmyla is studying at an acting school called Beverly Hills Playhouse hoping that this can be her ticket to more projects in Hollywood.

Starting from a humble background, Liudmyla was initially faced with poverty as well as other problems, but she learned how to overcome all that fate threw at her. She moved forward with a single-minded determination to achieve success. Having reached her goal of becoming an international model, she’s definitely a classic example of the results of hard work and determination.

Model & Mode magazine recently caught up with Liudmyla to discuss her journey in the modeling world and here’s what went down:

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

I’m originally based in Ukraine. I got started as a model when an agent from a modeling agency in Ukraine came up to me whilst I was in the middle of grocery shopping. The agent told me that he saw potential in me as a model. I, therefore, decided to visit their office the next day and that’s when I got signed up with my first mother agency.

What does it mean to you to be a model?

It means always being a role model for other people as well as spreading positivity and good energy.

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

I actually have a lot of male and female followers so there’s a balance. People who love traveling as well as an active lifestyle always follow me as well.

What’s the biggest challenge to modeling?

Don’t pay attention to rejections. Stay strong and focused.

Have you always wanted to be in the modeling industry?

Yes, it has been my dream since I was a little girl.

What’s your personal mission in life?

Make the world a better place. Spread positivity and good energy.

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

When I walked for high-profile designers such as Dan Liu and Terraza during the New York Fashion Week. The photos from their shows have also been published in Vogue magazine.

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

I have met so many talented and creative people that it’s hard for me to choose specific names. The fashion industry is full of interesting, and creative people.

How active are you on social media?

I am quite active on Instagram. I love posting new content daily.

What is your favourite social media platform?

Instagram is definitely my favorite social media platform.

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

Always believe in yourself. Be focused and enjoy every moment of the journey!

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

I am planning to get into acting.

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Last good movie I’ve seen: Hollywood.

2. What do you consider beautiful and why? Beautiful minds of people, beautiful nature, and beautiful life. Life is beautiful because it’s full of blessings.

3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? I want to learn surfing.

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

5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? My positive energy and kindness.

Rising Star Spotlight: Introducing The Beautiful Sophie Collins

Sophie Collins used to be shy as a kid that’s why the thought of entering the modeling industry never even entered her mind. She had offers in the past to get into the industry but she declined to pursue modeling because she lacked confidence back then. It wasn’t until she started getting modeling jobs from Instagram when she began gaining more confidence within herself – that’s when she felt she was ready to embrace the industry. Fast forward to today, she’s now 24 and she’s currently under the management of one of the top modeling agencies in Australia – Royalle Modelling. She also recently appeared in Maxim Australia which is a big accomplishment for her career.

StarCentral Magazine recently caught up with Sophie to discuss her career in modeling and here’s what went down:

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

I was actually discovered when I was 12. However, growing up, I was very shy so I declined any request to pursue modeling. It wasn’t until I was 19 when I started to gain more confidence in myself – that’s when I slowly started picking up modeling jobs on Instagram. Now I’m 24, I’m with one of the top modeling agencies in Australia – Royalle Modelling and I was recently in Maxim Australia which was a huge accomplishment!

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

I was actually discovered when I was 12 however, growing up I was very shy so I declined any request to pursue modeling. It wasn’t until I was 19 when I started to gain confidence in myself that I slowly started picking up modeling jobs on Instagram. Now I’m 24 I’m with one of the top modeling agencies in Australia – Royalle Modelling and I was recently in Maxim Australia which was a huge accomplishment!

What does it mean to you to be a model?

Confidence and embracing yourself 100%! I’m not perfect, I have my imperfections – all women do. To me, it’s being confident in your own skin and inspiring other women to be body-confident and to love themselves. It’s about being unapologetically true and authentic to yourself.

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

Aside from modeling I also own a florist business in Sydney so I have a mix of followers from artists, floral designers, fashion bloggers, models, etc..

What’s the biggest challenge to modeling?

My biggest challenge was my confidence. It’s very confronting when you’re in front of the camera.

Have you always wanted to be in the modeling industry?

Yes! I was just always so shy.

What’s your personal mission in life?

To create a life I love and inspire other women globally.

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

Definitely my recent trip with Maxim Australia to Samoa. It was so much fun and Samoa is such a beautiful country! I made great memories and friends. Stay tuned to Maxim Australia’s Instagram to see when they release the photos for travel destination Samoa.

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

The Maxim team! Bella, the producer of Maxim is super helpful and hands-on with helping you grow. Also, Rocky Bachelor, he is an amazing photographer and I admire his portfolio. After Maxim, I hired him to shoot for my business.

How active are you on social media?

Very active! I could use a detox from social media, however, I have to promote my business and myself.

What is your favourite social media platform?

Instagram.

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

To be true to yourself. Also to keep in mind that the world can be a cruel place – it can be, especially in the modeling industry.

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

I’m very traditional. I really want a big family (like 6 kids lol). I also want to promote my business more.

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Last good movie I’ve seen: 1917

2. What do you consider beautiful and why? I’m all about inner beauty – kindness and a big heart is what I consider beautiful.

3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? Bungee jumping! I’m terrified of heights but this is definitely something I want to do.

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

5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? I wouldn’t change anything about myself but I do have many flaws.

Find Out More About The Gorgeous Kaitlin Marianelli

Kaitlin Marianelli may look stunning in the outside – but she also has brains to match her beautiful face and toned body. Her field of study is in fact Nanomaterials Engineering, and she eventually wants to work in fields such as tech, robotics, or aerospace. She was initially discovered by her agency via Instagram while she was doing her Master’s degree. She immediately signed with them after graduating and for the next 2 years after that, she lived in Asia, getting signed with other agencies in Hong Kong and Japan.

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

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

My name is Kaitlin and I’m from Toronto, Canada, but I’m ethnically Chinese, Italian, and Irish. First and foremost, I’m a huge nerd – my field of study is Nanomaterials Engineering, and I aspire to work in exciting fields like tech, robotics, or aerospace. My favourite thing ever is traveling. I’ve lived in 7 countries and visited 34, and I’m hoping to do as many crazy adventurous things as possible in this life!

I was discovered by my ‘mother agency’ while I was nearly finished my Master’s degree, via Instagram. My MA is Area Management, based in Bangkok, Thailand, and I signed with them immediately after graduating. For the next 2 years, I lived in Asia, getting signed with other agencies in Hong Kong and Japan – I would consider this the best years of my life.

What does it mean to you to be a model?

Modeling to me is embodying a persona or alter ego that I’ve had suppressed deep down for a long time! Sometimes I feel like my life is so polarized, and after modeling, I’ve let myself embrace a whole different side of who I am. It’s definitely taught me to break out of my shell, push boundaries, and shamelessly take up more space, literally and figuratively.

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

My main audience is pretty evenly split between male/female between ages 16-35, mostly in North America and Asia.

What’s the biggest challenge to modeling?

My biggest challenge was not caring about what anyone thought of me on set, and at castings. Sometimes you have to act silly or exaggerate your poses, and with a whole crew of people or a giant line-up of other models watching, it was VERY intimidating at first.

Have you always wanted to be in the modeling industry?

I hadn’t considered modeling much since my whole life has been so focused on school and my long term career goals, and I grew up very camera-shy. It wasn’t until I was scouted that I started to see my potential.

What’s your personal mission in life?

My mission in life is to be able to tell the best stories when I’m old! I want to live a FULL life with diverse experiences, and I truly believe that will come from seeing as much of the world as possible, experiencing new cultures, and saying yes to crazy opportunities.

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

Shooting with fully grown lions without leashes! I was shooting for a resort in Zambia and I had to walk through a national park with 2 lions in a wedding dress. Terrifying but so much fun.

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

The most interesting people to me are always in the creative field, since it’s so far removed from the fields I’m used to. I’ve come across actors, music producers, film directors, etc. and I love learning about their creative process.

What is your favourite social media platform?

Instagram fasho!

How active are you on social media?

I’m decently active, I try to post once a week or so.

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

We live in a privileged time where it’s so easy to get scouted and start a career in modelling if you have the passion and the potential. My advice would be to reach out to agencies either on Instagram or on their agency sites and start kicking down doors, and taking names. Do test shoots with photographers to build a decent portfolio with a wide range of moods and settings, and build confidence in your posing. It’s really all about practice, and good lighting!

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

My future plans in the short term are to move to the west coast and get an agency in LA. LA is a hub not only for modeling but for engineering opportunities as well, so I would get the best of both my worlds. I would love to be able to model for as long as I can, and it’s difficult in Toronto to do that.

Now, 5 questions for the ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Last good movie I’ve seen Jojo Rabbit.

2. What do you consider beautiful and why? A plate of pasta with a giant pile of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese on top because it’s one of life’s greatest things.

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

4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d…” Quit my job and move to Hawaii.

5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? My obsession for bubble tea, or my sweet tooth in general.

Rising Stars To Watch Out For In 2020: Meet The Amazing Anis Maknojia

Anis Maknojia initially grew up in Houston, the son of Indian immigrants. Throughout his childhood, his parents worked hard to provide for their family through their retail business. Anis soon worked with them, taking the time to become an alum at the University of Houston. Eventually, he took over the business, allowing his parents to retire.

A flood of misfortunes came rushing into his life, including a pair of failed business ventures, a broken heart, and the sudden death of a close friend. Despite the support network of friends and family, Anis slid into a downward spiral, both physically and mentally. Then, something clicked. Specifically, the lens of a camera.

Anis has always been interested in photography. He began to take photographs, as a way to express his emotions, as a way to let the pain out. Framing an image became an escape from the hopelessness and depression. Like a bright flash lighting the shadows, the art form became the spark, igniting the path to his future.

In 2017, he began posting images on Instagram. He also began to explore the idea of self-portraits. Within a year, financed by his success in the family business and buoyed by his rising status on Instagram, he moved to Los Angeles, where he found even more success. He continues to be a rising influence on the social media platform, with more than 85,000 Instagram followers and counting via his Instagram account: Anis Maknojia.

At the beginning of 2019, Anis also established Land Ahoy! Films – a company that aims to showcase multicultural talent from around the world and to bring up-and-coming creators together to create inspiring and thought-provoking works of art. Anis calls the company an extension of his passion for photography, this time with moving pictures and the birth of his desire to become an actor and produce films.

In the late 2019 and early 2020, he completed numerous advertising projects, supporting Mercedes-Benz, Don Julio Tequila, and Armani Code.

Anis is also an advocate for animal rights, world poverty and climate change, LGBTQ rights, and more diversity in film. He holds mental health awareness and finding a cure for multiple sclerosis close to his heart because he has family and friends who suffer from these issues.

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

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

I came to LA for film-making. After my first film project, I connected with a friend and did some modeling for Mercedes-Benz, for an ad campaign they were working on. That was done on spec and it worked out really well. I had worked hard to find some opportunities here and then a couple of things just sort of fell into place, one right after the other. I’ve connected with a couple of other advertising programs since then and I’ve been fortunate to keep making connections.

What does it mean to you to be an influencer?

This is something I am still discovering, to a certain extent. I know who I am. I know the kinds of things I want to accomplish. The work and the fun is finding the images and ideas that speak to those … ideals. There is a responsibility and a time commitment to the process and a lot of people, I think, don’t realize how important it is to be consistent, without repeating myself. There is a balance, between being in the moment and, almost, hyper-aware of what I am doing.

What sort of person usually follows you?

People who are into fashion, people in the fashion industry, are probably the most common type following my social media. Travelers are also a big part of my audience, people who are looking for something new, something different from the current trend, and quality of the content.

Who’s your main audience?

Fashion and film enthusiasts are at the top of the list. There is a wide space where those two interests can overlap. They can influence one another in interesting ways. I would say the social media posts that have gotten the most interesting responses have been in the areas of fashion and film, from people who are passionate about those ideas.

What’s the biggest challenge of being an influencer?

There are many challenges such as making the content look high quality, beating the expectation of the client, and creating something that my audience will enjoy. There has to be a balance and it can be tough to keep all these challenges in balance. It’s great when it works, but it can be a lot of work to make it work.

Have you always wanted to be in the entertainment industry?

Yes. I actually first started as a DJ who eventually made on the radio at private parties and clubs.

What’s your personal mission in life?

I want to have some sort of awareness and purpose behind most of the things I create. I created Land Ahoy! with that mission in mind – it’s looking beyond the typical expectation and finding the unexpected.

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

Without a doubt, doing my first film project as both an actor and producer. I’ve never thought I would be able to undertake such a project but the feeling of joy of seeing my own final product is the most memorable to me.

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

I’ve actually met a lot of entertainment industry people here in LA (Hollywood) and gained great knowledge and experience through them.

How active are you on social media?

I’m pretty active but I’m also focused on my film making projects so I’m not as active as I used to be. Initially, I posted once a day and now approximately twice a week and I’m active on my Instagram stories.

What is your favorite social media platform?

Instagram. The versatility and the range of audience is just on another level, it’s far superior to any other platform out there.

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

Stay true to your work and be persistent.

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

Keep creating works of art and telling stories. It’s a broad goal, but it is supposed to be broad. I want it to be broad. I don’t want to limit myself. If something new comes along and it interests me, I want to be able to try it through those criteria. I think that should be everyone’s goal, every artist’s goal, to keep creating. Don’t be afraid to try something.

Find Out More About The Beautiful Aviannah Élise

Aviannah Élise is a lover of animals, football, baseball, and fast cars – she’s also a fitness icon. Currently based in Miami, Florida, she was born and raised in sunny San Diego, California. She started modeling at the age of 17, as a foot and hand model. Her passion for being in front of the camera grew more and more though and she eventually found herself posing for international magazines such as Moll magazine and Playboy Croatia.

StarCentral Magazine recently caught up with Aviannah Élise to talk about her journey in the modeling industry so far and here’s what went down:

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

When I complained on social media about getting scammed in the past, a powerful news outlet featured my story on their “Online Training Scams” section and the rest you can say is history.

What does it mean to you to be a model?

It means I get to be myself and love the skin I am in.

What sort of person usually follows you?

I would like to say it’s a diverse audience, but I believe it’s a male-driven audience.

What’s the biggest challenge to modeling?

Getting publications to feature me while having tattoos. I never understood the stigma.

Have you always wanted to be in the modeling industry?

Oh yes, since I was a little girl.

What’s your personal mission in life?

To travel the world and be on as many beaches as I can.

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

My first trip overseas. It was an experience I will never forget.

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

Oh my, there is just way too much to choose from. Everyone is so interesting to me.

How active are you on social media?

I am becoming more active but sometimes I get caught up with real life and I get lost.

What is your favourite social media platform?

Instagram all the way baby!

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

Never give up, Even if someone says you can’t. Don’t listen.

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

Hopefully more major magazine publications and maybe a movie.

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Last good movie I’ve seen: SALT

2. What do you consider beautiful and why? Everything has beauty in it.

3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? Have kids of course! Maybe one day.

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

5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? The scars on my body.

Meet The Beautiful Women Behind The Cover Of The Latest Issue Of Model & Mode Magazine

Set at the Rydges Parramatta on the 28th of February 2020, eight extremely motivated and inspirational women took on the challenge of competing for five prestigious titles. After months of training and doing charitable work, the five beauty queens have finally been handed down their respective titles by the Australian International Pageant National Director, Ferial Youakim. The International Pageants system is a unique system that differs from other pageant systems due to the authenticity in its aim to strive to serve others in the community. It simultaneously creates an opportunity for women to become self-empowered and empower others. Now let’s meet the 2020 queens (Photos courtesy of Ruby Adamson):

Laura Ratliff (Mrs. Australia International 2020)

Laura Ratliff sparkles for every child. She’s a wife, an entrepreneur, a public speaker, and a philanthropist.

When Laura was a child in school, she was actually shy and she struggled with confidence. Through the support of her mum and dad, she eventually received the tools and guidance that helped her overcome her challenges. From a young age, growing up in Sydney Australia, she has a passion for the performing arts, racing motorbikes, circus arts, and having fun. But her constant thought was – there must be something more and there must be a reason why she’s here. Through the combination of all of the skills she developed in her childhood, she laid the foundation of her business, Fairy La La Land. In 2014 Laura became an international businesswoman when she found a fantastic company called “Send Out Cards”. That strengthened her belief in the power of appreciation and building relationships that led her to find the man of her dreams and a fairytale wedding in Salt Lake City.

Her decision to enter the Mrs. Australian International pageant started when she was looking for charity organizations to help children. Laura and her husband Barton were eating lunch in SLC when she read an article about Robin Towel, the current Mrs, International 2019, and the work she does for Teen suicide prevention. Robin inspired Laura to follow in her footsteps and allow her to inspire and help even more children through this wonderful platform. Her mission is to inspire children to reach their full potential through health, fitness, and a positive mindset. Over the past ten years, she has had the privilege to make children smile and in the process, promote a healthy lifestyle and a positive attitude. She is now the support for children around the world living in poverty. There are 730,000 children in Australia and 15 million children in the USA alone, living in poverty. She is on a mission to lower those numbers and provide programs to help them have a bigger, brighter future.

Laura instantly connected with the McCabe Foundation and its mission to provide education and support to inner-city youth, where they can grow and develop positive personal development skills needed as they grow into adulthood. The McCabe Foundation is partnered with Nancy Lieberman Charities to bring these tools to the youth through competitive sports, mentorship, and various educational opportunities. By partnering with the McCabe Foundation who support the Nancy Lieberman Charities, she is able to bring awareness to this problem and raise funds for multiple sports and leadership programs that deliver opportunities for children. By donating one dream court to the Nancy Lieberman charity, she’s able to give children living in low-income areas the chance to learn new skills, learn about a healthy lifestyle and build relationships with their local peers giving them focus, skills, and a network of positive influence who will help to change the cores of their future. It is her goal, as Mrs. Australia International 2020 to create 2 dream courts; one in Sydney, Australia, and one in Utah, USA that millions of children in low-income areas can benefit for years to come. To follow Mrs. Australia International 2020, Laura Ratliff’s journey, you can visit her official website (www.laurajaneratliff.com).

Sindu Varathan (Ms. Australia International 2020)

Sindu Varathan was originally born and raised in India but she decided to follow a career opportunity in Singapore and now she has been in Australia for the past decade. She is an IT Technical Consultant by profession and she is also the founder of ‘Hasi Splash’ – a not for profit which strives to bring a splash of love, hope, and laughter with acts of kindness into people’s lives, in their community and beyond. Education has played a very important role in her life and has been one of her key tools to navigate through the different transitions in her life. She believes every child has a right to a safe environment and a right to education. This is what inspired her to enter into the world of pageantry and join hands with the Save The Children organisation as her platform who works hard “building a better world for and with children.”

Life eventually unfolded into some very uncertain turns in what Sindu thought was a perfect life. She says that becoming a single parent opened her eyes to the vulnerability of a child during those difficult transitions and advocating for child rights became her passion since then. Sindu currently lives in Victoria and is actively involved in her local community raising awareness for her platform. She loves her beautiful sash and crown but she believes that her mission is much deeper than the surface. She is determined to make the most of her title to make the most of these opportunities awarded to her by helping those children that really need a voice.

Tiffany Shen (Miss Australia International 2020)

Tiffany Shen is an ambassador for The Sunlight Foundation – an organisation focussed on putting a stop to child trafficking.

Inspired by the sacrifices of her mother, Tiffany decided to act selflessly on an issue close to her own heart. Sadly, the loathsome crime of child-trafficking is rising, especially in Asia, where girls and boys, often no more than six or seven years old are sold as trophies to sex-tourists and other pedophiles, then passed on to suffer more obscene violence in the brutal sex slums of Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand. When Tiffany traveled to Vietnam, her eyes were opened to the terrible industry and she is now determined to make a difference and create a change within the government to tackle this issue.

Adelayde Mckellar (Miss Teen Australia International 2020)

Adelayne is the newly crowned Miss Teen Australia International 2020. She is a fourth-year hairdressing apprentice from Queensland and she decided to use her voice to raise awareness for the escalating issue of domestic violence after a tragedy in her family’s life sparked her need for change.

Sadly, Adelayde lost a beloved family member to domestic violence and that’s when she knew something had to be done. She is definitely a young woman on a mission.

Michelle Fleming (Goodwill Ambassador Australia International 2020)

Michelle Fleming was the reigning Ms. Australia International last year and she earnt the title of Goodwill Australia International Ambassador just recently. She’s a 45-year-old mother of three children (Tiarna, Blake, and Ruby) and she resides in the Lake Macquarie region of New South Wales. She works as a care worker/nurse in her local community.

Michelle’s passion and mission for her platforms, homelessness, and farmers are much deeper than her crown and sash. Her passion for rural Australia stems back to her childhood, but it grew deeper with the effects of the drought. She has spent the last seven years being a role model; advocating and working closely alongside vulnerable souls in her community, and empowering others with her inspiring life story. She also survived a traumatic brain injury leaving her with epilepsy, speech, and memory issues, resulting in her, becoming a single mum and homeless. Her life story is about hope, determination, resilience, and faith.

Michelle gains a unique sense of purpose by helping others. She helps her homeless friends and farmer families settle into a life of love and support and assists them in securing accommodation and employment. She has initiated hundreds of successful fundraising events over the years to assist her community. The most recent fundraiser “Queens Heart N Soul 4 Kids” is a team effort with her Australia International Team. Each queen has pledged to walk/run 50km in August with the goal to raise funds of around $5000.00 for Westmead Children’s hospital.

“The fulfilling feeling of giving back and contributing to society is unparalleled. I believe we can make a positive difference and restore hope in the lives of others and ourselves through caring and giving, I recommend everyone to immerse themselves in their community and surround themselves with people who are dedicated to making a positive difference in the world.” Michelle actually encourages women to join the prestigious Australia International pageant system. “It truly is a sisterhood of genuine, beautiful, empowering women with diverse backgrounds, advocating for great causes. Ferial Youakim our Director, leads by example. We are family, making a positive difference in the lives of others.”

Michelle is dedicated and determined to make the most of her title and to embrace every opportunity to empower others to join her movement to make a positive difference in the lives of others. In fact, she has forged a life committed to helping restore lives and hope for others. She works tirelessly to unite communities in order to break the stereotypes and break barriers surrounding homelessness, so everyone can feel valued and have a sense of belonging. She lives by the motto “always stay humble and kind” and “we give hope to others through caring.”

Find Out More About Hanli Hoefer: The Gorgeous MTV Asia Presenter

Hanli Hoefer started her career in modeling working part-time for small business owners and blog shops. Eventually, she reached out to her mother agency Avenue Management as she believed that she could model full time and she wanted to learn more about the fashion industry. After 2 years of successfully modeling fulltime, she auditioned for MTV Asia, she won the part as a presenter and the rest you can say is history.

Model & Mode Magazine recently caught up with Hanli to talk about her journey in the entertainment industry and here’s what went down:

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

I started my modeling career very casually part-time working with small business owners and blog shops. I then reached out to my mother agency Avenue Management as I believed that I could model full time and I wanted to learn more about the fashion industry. After a successful 2 years of full-time modeling, I was at a photoshoot when I overheard someone talking about auditions for MTV Asia. I immediately stuck my nose into the conversation and the rest you can say was history. I have been a professional presenter of MTV Asia for the past 7 years, I still model, I have been a radio DJ and most recently I have taken up acting roles in various productions.

What does it mean to you to be a model?

Modeling was my entry point to my career. It can mean many things to different models but for me, it is a tool to practice self-expression, confidence, and creativity.

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

My audience is late teens to mid 30’s men and women. I have a lot of followers from my MTV days who have grown up with me and have seen my journey. I also have followers who share the same values as me. A lot of my content focuses on positive living, travel, mental health, self-love, confidence, and authenticity.

What’s the biggest challenge to modeling?

It’s easy to compare yourselves to others, it can be a superficial industry but I feel recently that trends have changed and beauty standards are opening up. There is a certain type of bravery and vulnerability that comes with modeling as you are truly ‘putting yourself out there’ playing a range of emotions to capture the right expressions. Confidence is a superpower that will take you further than anything else.

Have you always wanted to be in the modeling industry?

I have always wanted to be in a creative industry. I love fashion, photography, and production so becoming a model was an exciting way for me to get close to them.

What’s your personal mission in life?

To have the freedom to live an authentic, global and colourful life on my own terms.

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

There are countless once in a lifetime experiences. I’ve traveled the world working backstage in some of the most exclusive events, I’ve hosted in-front of crowds 30,000 people strong, I’ve graced the covers of magazines I read when I was a teenager and I’ve seen myself perform on channels and brands I would watch growing up. It’s very hard to pinpoint one experience so I’ll share a recent one that I am very proud of. I grew up watching all of VICE’s content online and always wanted to work with the brand on one of their famous documentary-style videos. Last December I filmed a 3 part series with VICE Asia that will be out in a few weeks. It was a very fulfilling moment for me and I can’t wait to share it with everyone!

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

I meet interesting people all the time! Meeting famous celebrities are always interesting as they are either very friendly or very quiet. Some celebs I’ve worked with over the years are Rita Ora, Chris Hemsworth, Tinashe, Joe Flizzow, Charlize Theron, Bebe Rehxa and Sabrina Carpenter. Some of the most interesting people I meet are not in the spotlight but are the creative drivers behind big ideas. Writers, producers, and photographers. I feel that as long as someone is passionate they are already far more interesting than your average.

How active are you on social media?

I’d say I am moderately active. There are some months where I am consistent and there are times I allow myself a break.

What is your favourite social media platform?

Instagram!

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

Put yourself out there! Don’t be shy. Take risks. Email everyone you think can help you. Be open to creative collaborations. Ask all the questions and remember not to take yourself too seriously. Have fun!

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

I am currently producing my own podcast it’s called “Just So We’re Clear” and it is available on soundcloud and spotify. Or you can check out my Instagram @hanlihoefer to tune in. It is a hilarious show hosted by myself and my friend Marissa Trew where we break down and get investigative with all the juicy topics that come our way.

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Last good movie I’ve seen: Parasite

2. What do you consider beautiful and why? Patience! When people are patient it is because they are normally understanding. When you give people time to be understood connections are made. We need more genuine connections and kindness these days.

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

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

5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? I can be clumsy at times… it’s cute until you spill sauce on your white top!

Get To Know Instagram Superstar Stephanie Hunt

Being a model can be difficult, often requiring people to make tough sacrifices. However, it can also prove to be a highly rewarding experience. For Stephanie Hunt, modeling has allowed her to travel around the world, get involved with high profile names such as Guess, Revlon, designer Melba Aros, Lady Jayne, Toscow Jewelery, celebrity hairstylist, David Babaii and magazines such as Camilla, RUSSH, Cosmopolitan, and FTV as well as meet a lot of interesting new people.

Stephanie has certainly proven that she can rely not only on her looks for her success but also on her focus, drive, and ambition. Added to that is a healthy dollop of good sense! ‘Challenges’ are a normal part of working as a model (“Modeling has definitely thickened up my skin!”) and to Stephanie, one’s attitude towards them will define you, “love and believe in yourself! I know that sounds so corny, but it can be really tough being around intimidatingly successful and gorgeous people and still feel as though you fit the bill.”

According to Stephanie, the biggest factor that determines how successful you will be is how much you want to succeed. Along with this strong passion, you should have a strong sense of integrity. Often, these values will have a bigger impact on your potential success than your looks. You should also take as many opportunities as you can, which will allow you to build your network. For many young models, a strong network is more important than seeing financial returns. In addition, it’s key to master social media. This is becoming increasingly important, allowing you to send a clear message to your fans. Once you’ve chosen your brand, use each post to re-enforce it. Social media also allows you to build a strong platform to get more people interested in your brand. You should use this tool to connect with your audience.

Stephanie’s early struggles with low self-esteem have served to spur this young entrepreneur ever onwards. She not only juggles her modeling career with her fulltime job but she also regularly volunteers at an animal shelter! It “serves as a great reminder of what my priorities should be, and what really matters in life. Having a  healthy balance between work, my personal life, and my volunteering has been the key to staying grounded for me.”

That healthy balance seems to be her recipe for success as well with many plans in the works for this talented (she speaks French and plays the piano!) young lady. But to Stephanie, it will always be “that with self-belief, hard work, dedication and a lot of resilience, you really can achieve anything.”

Find Out More About Instagram Superstar Lindsey Pelas

Best known as “Instagram’s Ultimate Southern Belle,” and one of MAXIM’s favourite girls, world-renowned supermodel and social media mogul Lindsey Pelas is finally releasing her highly anticipated lifestyle podcast, “Eyes Up Here with Lindsey Pelas.”

Busty, blonde, and brainy, Pelas takes her more than 11+ million combined social media fans on a wild ride discussing her take on life, pop culture, the ins and outs of Hollywood from her perspective. “Eyes Up Here with Lindsey Pelas” promises to give her adoring fans, new listeners, and haters a new perspective on the modern-day bombshell, and make them see past the perfect platinum blonde hair and bikini body.

When Lindsey isn’t busy working on expanding her empire, recording her podcast, or modeling around the world, she enjoys cooking and keeping her body fit by hiking, cycling, weightlifting and aerial yoga. She is heavily involved with charities close to her heart including Baby Buggy LA and visiting underprivileged youth in Florida. She also recently teamed up with CRUBOX in Los Angeles as a part of her workout routine and hosted a grand opening of the gym to help raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research.

Model & Mode Magazine recently sat down with Lindsey Pelas courtesy of the Anderson Group to find out more about her and here’s what went down.

1 How were you actually ‘discovered’?

I feel like I sort of discovered myself because no one ever suggested I move to LA and try to make it, haha! In college, I had an obsession with glamour, celebrities, and modeling and I just thought it felt right.

2 What do you like most about being a model and a social media personality?

I really enjoy the learning opportunities. I am so lucky to get to meet people that are in incredible positions of success. Listening to advice and just learning from extraordinary people is definitely my favourite perk. The traveling isn’t too bad either…

3 What first interested you in modeling?

I was always fascinated by pop stars growing up. When I got older that translated to professional cheerleaders, swimsuit models, beauty pageants and Playboy Playmates. I think I’ve always been obsessed with dressing up, glamour and women who were the centre of attention lol Modeling was a natural fit.

4 What made you decide to make it into a career?

When Instagram began, I posted a lot of selfies and got interest from photographers in California. I never imagined I could make a career of it, but once I moved to Hollywood everything kind of took off! I quit my bartending job as soon as endorsements and modeling jobs paid more!

5 When did your career start?

I’d say my career truly began three years ago when I moved to Los Angeles.

6 What do you enjoy most about modeling?

I enjoy the glamour and the opportunity to be creative.

7 We note that you have more than seven million followers on Instagram- what is your secret to gaining a lot of followers?

My secret is to be authentic. People can tell if you’re faking who you are or what you’re about. I say – always be yourself.

8 What sort of marketing do you do to make your image and brand more appealing to the audience?

I think I just behave authentically, not so much trying to appeal to anyone. In fact, being authentic naturally draws some people away from me sometimes, haha! I only want an audience that is there for the real me, it’s really not a marketing plan.

9 How active are you on social media? Do you interact with your fans a lot on Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, etc.?

I’m pretty active on most platforms although I’ve steered away from Snapchat a lot. Not a big fan of the update. I’m mostly active on Twitter! I tweet a lot and often.

10 What is your favourite social media platform?

Definitely Twitter!

11 Can you please tell us what your lifestyle podcast, “Eyes Up Here with Lindsey Pelas” is all about?

Sure! I started a podcast to discuss life, pop culture and what it’s really like to be a southern girl living in LA. I really wanted to do something for my followers to get to know me better. I’ve got amazing special guests lined up and so many fun topics to cover! I can’t wait to see where it goes.

12 What’s your inspiration for this new venture?

Honestly, people always told me I needed one! When I was a guest on other shows the hosts always said I had a knack for it and should start my own. I love the idea that I can relate to people on a more personal, mindful level.

13 How do you feel about paving the way and creating new jobs, for millennials?

I definitely feel a sense of pressure when it comes to creating jobs and millennials. The internet is such a new and fast-paced way of life for humans and I’m nervous, but excited to see how quickly our lives and sense of “traditional” career change.

14 Do you have a specific inspiration that keeps you going in your career?

My inspiration truly comes from within. I was always a dreamer and even voted “Most Ambitious” in high school, haha! I love learning from others, but I want just to be the best Lindsey I can be.

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

That’s a hard one! I’m always learning, and I take so much pride in paying attention to life lessons. I’ve learned the value of in paying attention to life lessons. I’ve learned the value of perseverance, the power of kindness and that honesty gets you everywhere in life.

16 Is your family supportive of your career?

My family is supportive of my career. As long as I’m healthy and happy, they’re fine with whatever I’m doing, haha!

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

I have so many plans! Firstly, I want my new podcast to be a success. I’ve also got some campaigns and magazine covers on my wishlist! I’d love to build my brand enough to eventually be a household name. Actress, model, glamour girl, and businesswoman.

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1 What is the one beauty product you can’t live without? Neutrogena Ultra Gentle daily cleanser

2 What is the most dramatic thing you’ve ever done to change your looks? I’ll probably share that one day on the podcast haha.

3 What is in your makeup bag when you travel? The basics! Primer, concealer, foundation and mascara

4 What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself I’m keeping this one a secret.

5 Your best guilty pleasure… Oreos and Real Housewives.