Navigating the Modelling World In 2024: The Do’s and Dont’s for Success

In the dynamic and glamorous modeling world, aspiring models often find themselves on a journey filled with opportunities and challenges. Whether you’re stepping onto the runway or posing for a photoshoot, understanding the do’s and dont’s is absolutely essential for establishing a successful and sustainable modeling career.

The Do’s

Maintain Professionalism

Always approach modeling assignments with a high level of professionalism. Be punctual, respectful, and attentive during shoots. Treat everyone involved with courtesy, from photographers to fellow models and stylists.

Build a Diverse Portfolio

Showcase your versatility by building a diverse portfolio that includes a range of looks, styles, and expressions. This not only demonstrates your adaptability but also attracts a broader range of potential clients.

Stay Physically Fit and Healthy

Modeling often demands a commitment to maintaining good physical health. A healthy and well balanced diet, regular exercise routine, and enough sleep contribute not only to your appearance but also to your overall well-being.

Networking is Key

Network within the industry by attending events, fashion shows, and casting calls. Establishing connections with photographers, designers, and agencies can open doors to new opportunities.

Know Your Best Angles

Understand your body and face angles that work best for you. This knowledge will help you pose confidently during photoshoots and create striking images that highlight your strengths.

Educate Yourself About the Industry

Stay informed about current fashion trends, industry news, and the work of influential photographers and designers. Being knowledgeable about the industry enhances your credibility as a professional model.

The Don’ts

Don’t Ignore Self-Care

Avoid neglecting your physical and mental well-being. Overworking yourself or succumbing to unrealistic beauty standards can have a detrimental effect on your work and cause burnout.  

Avoid a One-Size-Fits-All Portfolio

While diversity is essential, don’t dilute your portfolio with mediocre or inconsistent work. Focus on quality over quantity to make a lasting impression on potential clients.

Don’t Burn Bridges

The modeling industry is interconnected, and reputations matter. Avoid conflicts, be professional even in challenging situations, and never burn bridges with photographers, designers, or agencies.

Steer Clear of Unrealistic Expectations

Don’t succumb to pressure to conform to unrealistic body standards. Accept your individuality and concentrate on being the best version of yourself, rather than trying to fit an idealized image.

Avoid a Passive Approach

Don’t wait for opportunities to come to you. Actively seek out casting calls, collaborate with photographers, and take charge of your career. Proactivity is often rewarded in the modeling industry.

Say No to Unverified Agencies

Be cautious about signing with agencies that make unrealistic promises or ask for significant upfront fees. Legitimate agencies earn money through commissions from the jobs they secure for you.

In conclusion, success in the modeling industry requires a combination of talent, hard work, and strategic decision-making. By adhering to the do’s and avoiding the don’ts, aspiring models can navigate the intricacies of the modeling world and build a flourishing career.

10 Must-Know Safety Tips for Aspiring Models: Secure Your Path to Success in the Fashion Industry!

As an aspiring model, embarking on a journey in the fashion industry can be an exciting and fulfilling experience. However, it’s essential to prioritize your safety and well-being throughout your career. This article will explore essential safety tips for upcoming models to ensure a secure and successful path in the industry.

Research and Choose Reputable Agencies

Conduct thorough research before signing with any agency to ensure their legitimacy and credibility. Look for reputable agencies with a proven track record of supporting and protecting their models.

Trust Your Instincts

When it comes to casting calls, trust your intuition, photographers, and other industry professionals. If something feels off or uncomfortable, declining an opportunity or seeking advice from a trusted mentor or agent is okay.

Be Mindful of Your Personal Information

Be cautious when sharing personal information online or with people you’ve just met. Protect your privacy by only providing necessary details to trusted individuals and secure platforms.

Attend Castings and Shoots with a Companion

Whenever possible, bring a trusted companion to castings and photo shoots. Having someone by your side can provide an extra layer of safety and support.

Communicate Boundaries and Limits

Clearly communicate your boundaries and limits to photographers, stylists, and other professionals. If you’re uncomfortable with certain poses or situations, speak up and assert your rights.

Maintain Open Communication with Your Agent

Develop a strong relationship with your agent or manager, ensuring open communication about your experiences, concerns, and any potential safety issues. They are there to support and guide you throughout your career.

Educate Yourself on Industry Standards and Practices

Stay informed about industry standards, professional conduct, and legal rights as a model. Being aware of your rights and obligations will give you more influence to make informed decisions and navigate potential challenges.

Stay Healthy and Prioritize Self-Care

Maintain a healthy lifestyle to take care of your body and mind, get adequate rest, and manage stress. Prioritize self-care to stay strong and confident in your career.

Practice Professionalism and Confidence

Project professionalism and confidence in all interactions. This will not only earn respect from others in the industry but also deter potential exploitation.

Stay Connected with Fellow Models

Build a supportive network of fellow models who can share experiences, advice, and support. They can offer insightful advice on preserving industry safety, which is very helpful in maintaining safety in the industry.

Remember, your safety and well-being should always be a top priority. By following these safety tips, you can confidently navigate your modeling career and ensure a secure and successful journey in the fashion industry. Stay informed, trust your instincts, and never hesitate to seek help or guidance when needed.

Introducing Jadila Kay Namrawi, the sensational cover girl of Model & Mode!

Cover Photography by Tony Palliser of Studio 49

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Jadila Kay Namrawi, a talented and ambitious year nine student, is making waves at the age of 13. Born in Sydney, Australia, Jadila comes from a diverse background. Her father is of Palestinian and half-German descent, while her mother has Filipino and Spanish roots in the Philippines. This multicultural heritage has undoubtedly influenced Jadila’s unique perspective and vibrant personality.

Confidence radiates from Jadila in everything she does. Whether it’s tackling academic challenges or pursuing her passions, she approaches each endeavour with unwavering self-assurance. This characteristic sets her apart and fuels her drive to succeed.

Jadila’s interests and talents span across various domains. She finds joy in performing arts, particularly music theater, where she can showcase her singing, dancing, and acting skills. Her vibrant energy and stage presence captivate audiences, leaving a lasting impression. Additionally, she is involved in karate, Oztag (a non-contact version of rugby league), and even modelling. With such a diverse range of interests, Jadila constantly seeks new opportunities for growth and self-expression.

Looking ahead, Jadila holds ambitious aspirations. She dreams of pursuing a career as an actress, model, or attorney. These fields allow her to channel her creativity, intelligence, and passion for advocacy. The prospect of bringing stories to life on screen, gracing the runways with her presence, or fighting for justice in a courtroom excites and motivates her.

One of Jadila’s significant accomplishments, which has fueled her confidence, is her victory in StarCentral magazine’s competition last year. This recognition served as a stepping stone, affirming her talent and potential. The experience gave her a boost of self-assurance, reinforcing her belief in her abilities as she continues to pursue her dreams.

Jadila Kay Namrawi is a remarkable year nine student, demonstrating exceptional talent and an unwavering drive to achieve her goals. Her diverse cultural background and confident demeanor contribute to her unique perspective and vibrant personality. With her passion for performing arts, modeling, and her dreams of becoming an actress, model, or attorney, Jadila is poised to make a significant impact in the industry. As she continues to pursue her passions, she serves as an inspiration to aspiring young individuals, reminding them to embrace their talents and pursue their dreams with unwavering confidence.

Model & Mode recently had the opportunity to interview Jadila, providing an exclusive glimpse into her life and aspirations. During the interview, she shared her passion for acting and modeling, emphasizing the fulfillment she derives from these artistic pursuits. Jadila’s determination, coupled with her innate talent and unwavering dedication, sets her on a promising path toward success in the entertainment industry. Here’s what went down:

Photo Credit: Tony Palliser

How did you get into the modelling industry?

Through my mum’s mutual friends and when I did my first ever fashion show, then I started joining more events and started to realise this could actually be one of my passions.

What do you like most about being a model?

Modeling can be a phenomenal career with many benefits, such as I can express myself in numerous ways. It’s not just about the looks, clothing, and the work. It’s also that I can influence people worldwide that they have the potential to be a model.

The downside to being a model?

I believe there are no downsides to being a model, but when you lack confidence while modelling it can really impact you as a model.

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

Every moment in the modeling industry has been cherished, and I can’t wait to keep creating more. Although when I won last year for StarCentral, it really boosted my confidence level.

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

Everybody in the modelling industry are so incredibly interesting, supportive, and heartwarming, and I can’t wait to meet more people.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

“ Work Smarter, Not Harder” If you picture it in a different mindset, you can understand anybody can achieve anything.

What are your future plans?

To become a future actor and model or lawyer and to keep creating the best memories with my family, friends, and my passions.

Meet The Rising Star Behind The Cover Of The January 2023 Issue Of Model & Mode Magazine: Ellie Bojarski

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Ellie was born on 10.1.2011 to proud parents Lisa and Frank Bojarski, Jr. She has an older brother Kody Bojarski who was one and a half years old at that time.

Ellie lost her mother when she was just five weeks old, who suffered from post-natal depression and committed suicide after she was born—followed by the loss of her father, who tragically died in an accident. Both kids have lived with their grandparents since then and were raised by them. Luckily, both kids had a large family circle consisting of aunties, uncles, and many cousins – they were surrounded by a close and loving family.

Ellie grew up attending all the meetings, events, and community work that grandma does because she’s actively involved with passion and dedication. She loves dancing to Jazz, tap, ballet, and hip-hop. She has been dancing since she was two and a half years old at the Decadance Academy. When she was three years old, she performed tap and Jazz dance at the Relay for Life for the Cancer Council of NSW, Fairfield City – it was her first community participation. She was also one of the angels of the yearly Santacruzan and Flores de Mayo event till she was seven years old at the FilOz Liverpool and Districts Inc. – a non for profit organisation. Cancer Council of NSW Relay for Life is a yearly involvement of Ellie through dancing and helping her grandmother behind the scenes, as she has been a committee member for the last 20 years. She helps at the Hope Ceremony, which is the day’s highlight.

Ellie has helped her grandmother at the FilOz group and affiliates by sending food and goods to the Philippines during floods and calamities. She loved packing up boxes with toys for the kids. She was one of the founding participants at the Children’s Festival of Sydney in 2016, proudly representing the Philippines wearing Filipiniana attire. Children’s Festival of Sydney is a huge yearly event held at The Rocks, Revesby, and Campbelltown. Ellie enjoys swimming, push biking, dancing, ice skating, and watching movies. She’s shy but loves playing with her cousins anytime. Some of Ellie’s awards throughout the years include Mini Miss Australia 2017 in Melbourne, Victoria Global United International Beauty Pageant, and USA Miss Little Global United International 2018 Lifetime Ambassador.

Meet The Rising Star Behind The Cover Of The November 2022 Issue Of Model & Mode Magazine: Helena Ristevski

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Helena Ristevski is a stunning 16-year-old beauty queen who was recently crowned Miss Teen World Universal 2022.

Helena got into the pageantry world because her mother and her friends are beauty queens themselves, so they naturally encouraged her to enter a pageant. Eventually, she got discovered by Robbie Canner, a highly respected pageant queen in Australia and the National Director of Miss World Universal, and thus far, she has guided Helena into the ins and outs of the pageant world.

Model & Mode magazine recently caught up with Helena to discuss her journey in the industry so far, and here’s what went down:

What do you like most about being a beauty queen?

What I love most about being a beauty queen is getting dressed in beautiful gowns and getting my hair and makeup done. I love that joining a pageant has given me so much confidence on stage; I have become a very confident public speaker. I also love meeting new people; I’ve become lifelong friends and Sash sisters with some of the queens I’ve met.

Downside to being a beauty queen?

The downside of being a beauty queen is my age being 16 years old. Some of my peers don’t understand pageantry, which could result in bullying. Still, I take control of the situation and spin it in a positive light by helping my community and supporting charity events.

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

There have been many memorable experiences in the pageant industry so far. I have been invited to many charity balls and events, and I have also been featured in several newspapers and magazines. But my highlight was being interviewed on the radio station by Fitzy and Wippa.

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

It would have to be Fitzy and Wippa, the radio hosts, former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, and former Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

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

The most valuable lesson I have learned while in the pageant industry is confidence, the way you carry yourself walking, public speaking, etc.

But the most important thing is being your true self and being proud of who you are.

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

I stay grounded by keeping busy at school and in my extracurricular activities. I also have my family, especially my little brother, who keeps me grounded.

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

My family is my biggest supporter and fan club. They have travelled around the country with me to compete in pageants.

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

My future plan is to complete my education. I want to study Law and political science and go into politics. I’m also doing a lot of modelling, stemming from the pageants I’ve joined. My ultimate goal from all this is to represent Australia in the Miss Universe pageant one day.

Meet The Woman Behind The Cover Of The October 2022 Issue Of Model & Mode Magazine: Diana Omuoyo

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Diana Omuoyo is the reigning Ms. World Universal 2022. She’s a multicultural and multi-lingual IT professional passionate about promoting inclusion, equality, STEM, and quality education.

Diana’s involvement and commitment to the community have always been a key part of her life because it gives her purpose and a sense of belonging. She stays active by supporting socio-economic causes globally, being an ambassador to change, and continuing to raise awareness on critical issues.

Because of her deep passion and aspirations in the community, a friend suggested that she enter a pageant as a way to expand her dimensions in philanthropy. She had never imagined joining a pageant before, so she was initially surprised by the recommendation because of her lack of industry knowledge. She then researched pageantry, got a better understanding, and gained insights into how most platforms are founded on service to the community and philanthropy.

So, when the opportunity to join Ms. World Universal came up, It was an easy decision for her primarily because the platform’s mission and vision aligned with her goals, passions, and values. The rest, you can say, is history.

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

What do you like most about being a beauty queen?

Winning a title is a humbling experience; most people don’t realize that it is synonymous with leadership and service to others. As a modern woman of colour, I am navigating the world amidst the challenges of social & cultural norms that continue to divide the community. As Ms. World Universal and a beauty queen, I am privileged to have a platform I can leverage to promote causes, spread awareness, and impart change.

Pageantry has also afforded me great opportunities to participate in the community, charity, and social events where I have met like-minded individuals. Throughout this journey, I continue to grow and learn a lot about myself as I interact and share with people from all walks of life.

Downside to being a beauty queen?

One of my personal challenges is juggling a demanding full-time job, personal/community commitments, hobbies, family/friends, and the title holder’s duties. However, because this role is very important to me, I always make time to be present and committed, which simply means multi-tasking and better time management.

One of the downsides I experience regularly is that, while pageants continue to gain popularity, there is still some lingering stigma about beauty queens and pageantry. So, I constantly debunk myths and educate others about my title and platform. I stay grounded in the knowledge that even if I may fail to change the perception of some, it is still important for me to continue to stand in my truth for my purpose and the vision for my title as a beauty queen.

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

I have had many monumental experiences and milestones on the journey to Ms. World Universal. The most memorable one so far was at a charity event where I met and chatted with mothers from a minority community who expressed the hope that their daughters – by seeing someone that looks like them on a platform like this – would be inspired to believe that they too can dare to dream big and chase their dreams. This highlighted the importance of representation and just how impactful it is for our underrepresented communities. At that very moment, I knew that my decision to join the pageant world was right.

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

I have interacted with so many people over the last couple of years across various domains – NGOs, Fashion, Media, Pageantry, Founders, Sports, Leaders, and Community Advocates, among others. Everyone brings a unique view of the world and diverse perspectives. The one thing that has been a common denominator in many of these interactions has been the shared passion for giving back – that was unsurprising yet an interesting discovery.

The experience so far has been quite insightful, and I look forward to continuing to learn from others.

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

I started my pageant career comparatively late, so gaining a deeper understanding of the meaning and power of the crown was one of the major learnings on my journey. I always thought that in order to enter or even win a title, I would have to change to become ‘pageant worthy’ [Whatever that means]. But, throughout the process, I realized I just needed to be my authentic self and showcase the strengths and leadership traits I already have that make me a great title holder.

While the quest for the title is, in fact, a competition, the title[s] do come with a lot of responsibility. So, on a personal level, it has forced me to map out my primary focus and the goals I want to achieve with this title. I now represent Ms. World Universal, myself, and the organizations I support, and I want to be remembered as a selfless person, fearless in the pursuit of her dreams, a great friend, someone that was a positive role model that used her voice to influence positive change that made an impact in other people’s lives.

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

It’s definitely a tough industry to be in, and it is sometimes hard to deal with harsh criticisms without taking things personally. It takes a lot of support, self-compassion, positive affirmation, and inner strength to rise above the negativity and judgment that is honestly usually just surface level.

To stay grounded, I remind myself why I joined pageantry and the goals I strive to achieve. This keeps me focused and motivated to navigate the daunting aspects of the industry. Focusing my energy on the positives, the learnings, and the road ahead has been a constant ‘saving grace.’ It has also become extremely important for me to maintain overall mental wellbeing and good physical health instead of trying to fit into a superficial mold. I wake up every day and choose to love the space I occupy and the body I am in, and this journey of self-love is one I am hoping others will learn to embrace as well.

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

My decision to join the pageant world surprised a lot of people, but I am lucky to have had a lot of support from friends and family along the way.

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

On a personal note, I plan to spend more time mentoring and advocating for & mentoring women of color, underrepresented communities, and young adults to pursue Technology and Engineering careers. My ultimate goal and ambition are to have a seat on a board of a charity organization / foundation where I can leverage my experiences and passions for philanthropy to continue to support Education, Equality, Inclusion and STEM initiatives on a local and global scale.

I stand firm in the belief that Education plays a key role in socio-economic wellbeing within our communities and that technology is one way to create a pathway for everyone to access quality learning. Another aspect of this is understanding that Education is not just limited to textbook/school learning but also includes knowledge sharing around cultural & societal issues. It is important to continue to create awareness around the dangers of exclusion, discrimination, the single story, and bias.

For my year in reign, I also look forward to continuing to work with the Ms World Universal Director and pageant network to support their plan for the year and fulfill all other duties as defined by the pageant organization, leveraging my network and social media platforms to promote my cause[s] and expand my reach.

Woman Of Style Of The Week: Introducing The Fabulous Cristina Petroiu

Cristina Petroiu is a fashionista who loves life and beauty in all its forms. She loves fashion, photography, travelling, and spending time with her family. She’s a mother, a wife, as well as an entrepreneur, and she manages to juggle them all successfully. She’s a lion – in fact, the expression “I can’t” doesn’t exist in her vocabulary!

As for her online activity, it all started in 2020 when, due to the pandemic and the fact that everyone had to isolate themselves and stay home, she became much more active than usual on social media.

She has always been passionate about fashion and photography, which immensely helped her in her relatively rapid rise on social media. Now in 2022, she simultaneously takes care of her business and social media presence even though her professional activity field is the opposite of what can be seen on her Instagram profile. Specifically, since 2018 she has been managing her transport company (domestic and international transport of goods).

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

Where do you usually shop? Are there any hidden gems when it comes to snapping up some awesome designer clothes?

I do not have a specific store; I always buy what I like either online or from physical stores, including second-hand. I do not necessarily take into account trends; I instead focus on the quality of materials and generally buy pieces in neutral colors that can be used in as many combinations of outfits as possible.

I personally adore Romanian designers; they use quality materials, and the design of the clothes is slightly atypical sometimes, which I love. I like to dress differently.

Mytheresa and Farfetch are my favorites when it comes to buying sports shoes and more.

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

First of all, the pieces from natural materials such as wool, flannel, and fleece should not be missing from any fashionista’s wardrobe and not only!

I think the trench coat, coats, oversized sweaters, down jackets, and leather pants will be a must many years from now, for the cold months.

Where do you look for creative inspiration?

Everywhere, in nature, in people, absolutely anything inspires me.

Social media and certain influencers also contribute when it comes to inspiration.

Is it hard to stay fashionable?

Depending on our perspective, you can be “fashionable” when your style is well defined and you know how to wear each piece.

I never considered that I was necessarily fashionable, but I always had an attitude, whether I wore a trendy outfit or wore clothes that many considered “out of fashion.” FASHION is you, through what you manage to transmit. Personally, I don’t find it difficult as long as you know how to wear a coat and its quality prevails.

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

Certainly, uniqueness is followed by commercial attraction; it depends on what kind of audience you address, what you manage to convey through what you wear, and more.

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

Oversized jackets, coats, and overalls are trending again. Bags in bright neon or pink colors are also very “on the wave” this year.

What do you think about the state of fashion today?

Like any other field, fashion has developed a lot over the years; it has become a general means of expression, making me very happy. The quality of the materials has improved, and sustainability has also taken on a rather large scale. I like it!

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

First of all, those clothes no longer represent us in any form. It depends a lot on the purchases made, any clothes that are in mega trend this year will be “out of fashion” next year, that’s why I recommend the purchase of statement pieces, in neutral colors, white and black shirt, black dress, biker jacket, coats, and trench coats…, they will definitely stay in the wardrobe for many years. They can be easily accessorized each season differently.

What fashion advice would you give an emerging fashionista?

To create your own style, to be unique!

The fashion industry has changed so much in the past few years, what’s the best advice you would give for staying ahead of the curve?

ATTITUDE, whatever you wear, do it with attitude!

Woman Of Style Of The Week: Introducing The Beautiful Tiana Memon

Tiana Memon is a 21-year-old marketing student and former model since she’s now focusing more of her time on fashion styling and content creation for many Slovenian fashion brands. She’s always loved writing about fashion, traveling, and life in general, so she decided to create a blog called Limemoncello, which features her surname and a known Italian drink Limoncello. Italy has always inspired her style, and she has always loved how Italians lived their life so carefree and positive.

Model & Mode Magazine recently caught up with Tiana to discuss her journey as a fashionista, and here’s what went down:

Where do you usually shop? Are there any hidden gems when it comes to snapping up some awesome designer clothes?

I can honestly say that I’m proud of how much my look at fast fashion has changed. I’m always trying to either work with brands that don’t exploit employees and/or use low-quality materials. My wardrobe used to consist of 90% Zara, but now I use the Zara website for inspiration and try to find sustainable alternatives at Nu-in, Benetton or second-hand shops, which offer amazing vintage pieces.

When it comes to designer pieces, I use the website called Lyst, since It gives me a look through all the luxurious brands.

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

Layer up! Layering is insanely fashionable, and people shouldn’t worry about wearing a blouse, a sweater, a blazer, a coat, or a puffer jacket over. If the colors match, it can honestly look amazing. It shows styling skills better than just putting on a dress.

Where do you look for creative inspiration?

I make sure that I always check all the fashion runways; after all – fashion designers are the ones that create trends, and everyone copies them after. My favorite ones are Michael Kors, Jacquemus, and Dior.

Social media, of course, can be very inspiring, but I like Pinterest even more than Instagram.

Is it hard to stay fashionable?

It definitely takes effort, and I’ve got days when I’m not in the mood to be dressed as my best self, but then again – I feel best when I wear something that’s the latest trend. After all, fashion has always been my passion, and it always will be.

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

I think my ethnicity helps with the uniqueness since my biological father has Pakistan roots and my mother has Russian roots. I don’t know what to say for commercial appeal – maybe I get inspired by other influencers and try to post similar content. However – I always post and say and tag only the things I genuinely love and believe in; I’d like to stay completely true to myself even if that may not give me thousands more followers.

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

Video posts are booming thanks to reels and Tiktok, it also shows a non-filtered version of you, and it’s kind of more personal, so videos are definitely the future, even when it comes to fashion.

What do you think about the state of fashion today?

I’m happy it’s moving into a more sustainable point of view and the “less is more” mentality, which helps stop the over-purchasing and polluting the planet.

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

Good question! Ripped skinny jeans have been out of fashion for quite some time, but I’d also say oversized models are now replacing tight blouses. Basically, anything tight except dresses are being replaced with loose models, and it will stay that way for quite some time.

What fashion advice would you give an emerging fashionista?

Get inspired by other influencers/models/bloggers you love while still keeping your own identity. Don’t be afraid first to get feedback where they laugh at you, because from my own experience and from the experience of the people who made it, it’s always true that people laugh first, and then they copy. Also, make sure you post content you genuinely love and content that resonates with you; followers will notice if you’re doing something from your heart or not.

The fashion industry has changed so much in the past few years; what’s the best advice you would give for staying ahead of the curve?

Again, being yourself, studying the algorithms and insights, inspire, get inspired, support other influencers/models/bloggers and work on creating a community (liking, following, and commenting back is a part of that). Sometimes you have to fake it till you make it, but I believe everyone can do it if they’re consistent and do it from the heart.

Meet The Model Behind The Cover Of The May 2022 Issue Of Model & Mode Magazine: Arundhati Banerjee

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Arundhati Banerjee’s journey from a South Australian Women of the Year – Emerging Leader, performing artist, pageant winner, humanitarian services to winning the title of “Australian Supermodel of the Year – Commercial category” has been rewarding and fulfilling.

Arundhati, also fondly known as Ari, is a teenager pursuing a second-year Bachelor of Creative Industries (Theatre and Performing Arts) from Flinders University with a vision to work and contribute to the performing arts industry.

Model & Mode Magazine recently caught up with Arundhati to discuss her recent win at the Australian SuperModel of the Year competition, and here’s what went down:

How was your journey to winning ASOTY?

It was a gratifying experience to be part of the entire process and live the sisterhood ethos integral to ASOTY. The mentorship program that involved sessions on the fashion industry, wellness and mental health, networking, collaboration, the significance of personal branding with social currency, sustainable fashion, and sisterhood was an experience that I personally enjoyed. To me, winning was a part of the journey, and I feel truly humbled to receive the title of Australian Supermodel of the Year – Commercial category.

What has been your greatest triumph to date?

I believe life is about experiences, be it success or failure, and it cannot define an individual. Every milestone, whether big or little, had its struggle and sense of accomplishment for me. I still have a long way to go and a lot of work to do.

What has been your greatest lesson, and how have you used that lesson in your life?

The greatest lesson that I have learned is that success and failure are two sides of the coin, and they should always look like stepping-stones to move ahead. So, I don’t let success go to my head or failure dampen my spirits. I would say humility is a sign of strength, not weakness.

Photo Credit: Tide and Tribe Photography / Outfit: Glassons and Princess Molly / Location: Glenelg

If you could travel back in time and alter one historical event, where would you go, and what would you attempt to change?

I would not alter any of the past events of my life as it has shaped who I am today. But I would like to mention that one should only look at their past if they are going to build from it.

What do you think you came into this life to learn, and what do you think you came here to teach?

I consider every day as a new chapter with its ups and downs. I have always tried to be around positive people who have believed in my dreams, encouraged my ideas, supported my ambitions, and brought out the best in me. I resonate with those same values to people and organisations who need that support from me.

What projects are you working on right now?

Currently, I am focused on working on my career ahead in acting and honing my skills by attending workshops, events, reading literature, and the like.

What would you still like to attempt in your career?

My goal since childhood has been in creative industries, and hence from a young age, I have been learning several dance forms and performing. I would focus on furthering my skills, network, and work on projects that I find fulfilling in the coming years. However, I am aware that the road ahead will not be easy and requires great determination, hard work, and perseverance.

What advice would you give to those hoping to follow in your footsteps?

I am too young to offer any advice but can certainly share my thoughts. It has always been important to follow where my passion lies, there is nothing wrong if sometimes you need to alter or change your path, and it is never too late in life as every day is a new beginning.

Photo Credit: Tide and Tribe Photography / Outfit: Glassons and Princess Molly / Location: Glenelg

Woman Of Style Of The Week: Introducing The Fabulous Pavli Ostrolucká

Being creative and creating something new was always very important to Pavli Ostrolucká. Ever since she was a child, she wrote short stories, and she had a dream of becoming a bestseller novelist. But eventually, she fell for interior design, and now the fashion world. She started her Instagram account because it’s her escape to the creative world. She graduated from Medical school and worked as a Pediatrician in a general hospital. Creating for her blog allows her to express her creative self. But it’s not only about fashion; she enjoys styling outfits as much as taking photos or organizing visual feeds. Last but not least, it’s amazing to be a part of the community. She has met many people there who inspire her to be better.

 Model & Mode Magazine recently caught up with Pavli to discuss her journey as a fashionista, and here’s what went down:

Where do you usually shop? Are there any hidden gems when it comes to snapping up some awesome designer clothes?

I usually shop online. Even “basic “fashion stores like Zara or Mango are 5 hours far from my city, so fewer shopping options forced me to search for more and try different styles. Generally, I don’t mind paying more for the quality. Quality materials feel better, look better and last longer, but of course, you can find gems in fast-fashion stores too. I love to browse Zalando or The Frankie shop when it comes to designer clothes. Moreover, The Frankie shop’s edits are so inspiring!

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

Invest in boots. A good pair of boots not only keep you warm but can elevate any look. Knee-high boots on heels, rubber boots, and combat boots for an edgy street style look are some of my favourites. The same goes for coats. A good fit and cozy material are essential.

Where do you look for creative inspiration?

The inspiration is all around you. There are direct ways to get inspired quickly – fashion magazines, Pinterest, or fashion influencers on Instagram. Pinterest is one of the best inventions; I love creating mood boards. But the inspiration can come from anywhere, and I often look beyond fashion, art, streets, culture, nature, architecture. I’m constantly searching for new locations that work as a good photo backdrop and could inspire an outfit or the whole mood.

Is it hard to stay fashionable?

In my opinion, more important is to stay authentic. “Fashion is what you buy. Style is what you do with it. “Finding your personal style allows you to express yourself and to feel more confident. On the other hand, new trends are pushing me out of my comfort zone, and that’s the creative part I enjoy the most. It is hard to learn not to make impulsive decisions and buy clothes you won’t wear or need.

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

I don’t really struggle with it. Staying true to yourself is the best way how to be unique and have loyal followers. When I work with brands, I have to like the product before recommending it to my audience. It is that simple.

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

Lots of patterns, microwear or sheer dress, but my personal favourite is a structured blazer styled with Bermudas or skirt. There’s a lot of positive and sexy vibes to come the next season.

What do you think about the state of fashion today?

I think we should change our approach to fashion consumption. It’s well known the fashion industry is one of the biggest polluters. It produces greenhouse gas emissions and causes water pollution, not to mention often alarming working conditions in textile factories that supply fast-fashion brands. As fashion consumers, we are responsible for change. Some studies show that people don’t wear up to 88% of their wardrobe. How to start the change? Stop making shopping hauls, think about your purchase a day or two before buying it, and choose quality over quantity.

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

If you buy clothes only for one season, does it mean you have a different style every season? My advice is to focus on building a capsule wardrobe for S/S and A/W seasons instead. When the garment is considered “last season, “let’s style it in a new fresh way, not get rid of it. I love my clothes and always try to buy pieces I can’t wait to wear the next season.

What fashion advice would you give an emerging fashionista?

It’s hard to succeed in a fashion world where’s a lot of competition but the most important in my opinion is to do things with passion. I’d only say set your goals clearly and enjoy yourself.

The fashion industry has changed so much in the past few years, what’s the best advice you would give for staying ahead of the curve?

I’m not a trendsetter and don’t feel like the right person to give advice on how to stay ahead. As previously said, making things with passion and hard work always pays off. Watching fashion shows and staying in touch with “big “influencers really helps. But it’s all right not to be the first; above all, be you; it’s your power.