Models To Watch Out For In 2021: Meet The Beautiful Ariel Beninca

Ariel Beninca is a stunning model who hails from Brisbane, Queensland in Australia. Though her main profession is a UX designer, she also loves to create beautiful Instagram content and often does freelance modelling jobs.

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

How did you start with modelling?

I used Instagram as a creative outlet to create beautiful content, then got into modelling and started modelling for a fashion brand called “Runway Goddess.”

What do you like most about the modelling industry?

It’s much more fun than a desk job, I love it, it’s fun to feel beautiful

The downside to being a model?

It can make you very self-conscious. Also, I hate wearing heels for long shoots.

What are your favourite down time activities?

Playing chess, watching anime, and working on my tech startup… Yes, I am a bit of a nerd. I also love to do photoshoots with my roommate to create content for brands that pay for posts.

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

I got to do a video shoot with my partner, and It was the most enjoyable modelling experience I have ever had. We get to play fake tennis and I fake won! I then drove in a Bentley to a fake party.

I’m guessing you’ve been in the industry for a few years now, what has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned. This can be about the industry or yourself. Or both!

Posture is very important.

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

I have a career outside modelling, I code websites and design software. I love the diversity from modelling to my career.

Is your family supportive of your career?

Yes, of course.

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

I want to try to do more modelling shoots with my partner. My current goal though is to launch this new tech startup I have been working on and become rich and buy a Tesla.

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Last good movie I’ve seen – love and monsters.

2. What do you consider beautiful and why? Minimalism – it’s so clean.

3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? Runway! I am so tall and yet, I have not done a paid runway job

4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d be…” an actor or singer.

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

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

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

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

How did you get started in the modelling industry?

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

What do you like most about the modelling industry?

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

The downside to being a model?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are your favourite down time activities?

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

Is your family supportive of your career?

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

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

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

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

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

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

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

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

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

Models To Watch Out For In 2021: Meet The Beautiful Emily Egan

Emily Egan is a model, presenter, and communications officer. She’s also a proud mental health ambassador, running workshops in schools for young teenage girls. She was initially scouted in a shopping centre when a photographer approached her after struggling to find red-haired models for a project of hers. After shooting numerous times with that photographer and working independently, the photographer recommended her to her first-ever modelling agency and that was where her career and confidence really started to grow.

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

How did you get started with modelling?

After being “scouted”, I worked as a freelance model for two years honing my skills and working hard to network. I did posing and catwalk training and spent many hours in the studio to practice my skills.

What do you like most about the modelling industry?

I love the creative industry! I think it provides the most incredible opportunity to work with talented artists and creatives all over the world. Modelling is my passion and is so rewarding in many ways, I love being a part of the creative process and seeing someone’s vision come to fruition! The modelling industry provides many people with life-changing opportunities for travel, growth, and confidence and can be an incredible pathway for people who are passionate, determined, and love what they do!

The downside to being a model?

Like many other fields, modelling can be competitive, demanding, and sometimes harsh. It is important as a model to have an incredibly supportive team behind you and to remember the amazing qualities you bring to the table. Modelling has taught me valuable skills about rejection, resilience, and self-belief.

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

I have been extremely lucky to have some incredible experiences with modelling including magazine covers, travel opportunities, working with unbelievable brands and so much more. However, I still consider some of my favourite experiences with modelling to relate to my pageantry journey. In 2020, I placed in the top three in a National Pageant, which is one of my proudest achievements to date. This involved months of hard work, community appearances, fundraising, and more. More importantly, pageantry and modelling, in general, has given me the opportunity to make friendships that I will cherish for life.

I’m guessing you’ve been in the industry for a few years now, what has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned. This can be about the industry or about yourself. Or both!

Modelling teaches you incredible life skills both professionally and personally. In a professional sense, freelance modelling taught me how to build my own personal brand, business and reputation as well as how to network and market myself effectively.

In a personal sense, modelling has taught me resilience, growth, and self-love. I have learned to not take rejection personally, if you do not book a job it doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with you, it can simply be that you are not the “look” etc. that the client is after. In terms of confidence and growth, I know my strengths and uniqueness, what qualities I bring to the table, and who I am. This is so valuable to learn and what I am trying to instill in girls from a young age, to embrace your uniqueness and love yourself flaws and all.

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

I think in regards to this question, it really comes down to your morals and how you view the industry. Firstly, I am generally a very relaxed individual who doesn’t take myself too seriously. I also truly value qualities in others of open-mindedness, kindness, and integrity- so I do my absolute best to show these at all times. Secondly, I am someone who really considers modelling as a profession like any other and thus I view it as such. I turn up, work my day on set or at an event and provide my services and time, and get paid accordingly. Finally, I have two very supportive and loving parents who showed me that “it’s not about what you have, but about what you give”.

Is your family supportive of your career?

My family is unbelievably supportive, my parents love to attend my fashion shows, charity events, or pageants (where possible) and are always cheering me on in the stands. I have a vivid memory of when I was featured in my first magazine, my Dad brought home ten copies and made me sign one especially for him, he was so proud.

What are your favourite downtime activities?

I really love all things sport and fitness. I spend the majority of my time boxing, in the gym, or playing footy. I am also writing my first novel so am spending a lot of time writing and reading. Finally, just spending time with my family and friends and getting hooked on a new series on Netflix- currently loving Bridgerton.

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

I have so many goals in the next few years I am hoping to accomplish. I will be publishing my first book, continuing in my pageantry journey, and taking modelling opportunities as they come. I am hoping to be spending more time presenting and MC’ing, utilising my communications degree as much as possible.

The’LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Last good movie I’ve seen
Last week I watched the movie “Just Mercy” starring Michael B, Jordan. It is based on a true story and I highly recommend watching it.

2. What do you consider beautiful and why?

It sounds cliché, but true beauty for me has nothing to do with looks. Beauty is in the humble of heart, the goodness of others, and the kindness of giving with no expectations. I really love random acts of kindness, seeing people help those less fortunate than themselves, and people who are willing to spread joy. I think gratitude is a really beautiful quality and something I always look for in others. The people who I consider the most beautiful are those who are able to recognise it is not how you treat the most powerful in the room, but the least powerful.

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

At the moment it’s all about travel for me. I am hoping with the easing of restrictions I will one day be able to commit to more international travel. I am a big believer of the phrase “travel is the one thing you spend your money on that makes you richer!”

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

FEARLESS. Interestingly, this was the first word I thought of when I thought of 2021. I really resonated with the word and am hoping this means I am ready for new experiences and good things! I think 2020, was about finding comfort and practising gratitude, and 2021 will be about kicking goals and stepping out of my comfort zone!

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

Growing up, my red hair was my point of difference. Everyone had an opinion about the colour of my hair and I experienced bullying for the way I looked as a teenager. Once I finished school I truly realised that my red hair was my asset, it was what made me unique and helped me book jobs! I don’t think I will ever dye my hair and it’s an everyday reminder for me that you can overcome the weight of others’ opinions and your uniqueness and “flaws” make you who you are and are beautiful!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. How did you get into the modelling industry?

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

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

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

3. Downside to being a model?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

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

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

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

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

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

Meet The Model Behind The January 2021 Issue Of Model & Mode: The Dashing Cristian Sahdalá

Cristian Sahdalá is a model and a professional skydiver who hails from the Caribbean living in Nashville, Tennessee – he’s an owner of a commercial cleaning franchise in Nashville.

Sahdalá’s life has always been about modeling and taking care of his body but lately, he’s made a huge decision in his life – he has decided to become a professional skydiver. This is a big deal for him because it’s a massive challenge for him to break through the fear of doing something out of the ordinary all by himself since he has never done anything extreme in his life –  in fact, he doesn’t even ride roller coasters. He went from always being afraid and not daring to try anything to jumping out of an airplane from 17000ft above the ground on his first solo jump!

This new venture all started as a personal project of Sahdalá’s. He has always liked taking pictures of himself – he has been doing this for the last 5 years now and then posting the photos on Instagram but this year he realized that all his posts never surpassed the 300-400 likes mark so he started thinking of doing something different to get more engagement in his Instagram account.

So he eventually came up with the idea of taking pictures of himself falling from a flying airplane, so then he’s still modeling but just in a very unique way – his plan is to make the best content on Instagram and be able to show everyone how trying something so terrifying can be such a life-changing experience.

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

How did you get into the modelling industry?

The reason why I got into modeling is because I love photography as well as photographing myself – that’s my passion.

What do you like most about being a model?

Being able to create content for various clothing brands.

The downside to being a model?

One of the most difficult sacrifices for me is dieting, you always have to look nice and part of that is being in shape.

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

Being invited to the New York fashion week.

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

I’ve met Will Smith back in the Caribbean, Dominican Republic.

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

That modelling surrounded by good people can make this industry more enjoyable.

Is your family supportive of you being a model?

They are more supportive of me being a model rather than becoming a skydiver and taking all of that risk.

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

Definitely being more dedicated on my social media – posting at least a picture each day.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

Focus on your body and health, because you live from it.

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

Creating new ways of being a model, doing extreme adventures, and finding unique places around the world.

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

Last good movie I’ve seen: The Jungle.

What do you consider beautiful and why? Being able to show your natural side of your beauty because, in the end, that’s what defines and shows who you really are.

What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? Jumping out of a plane without a parachute and landing safely!

Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d…” Learn how to ride a bike because that’s one of my biggest fears.

What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? Being able to take so many big risks, but the best things in life come with risks.

Meet The Rising Star Behind The December 2020 Issue Of Model & Mode: The Amazing Jojo Almazora Sebastian

Jojo is a devoted and compassionate nurse in the Operating Theatre at a busy Metropolitan Hospital in Sydney. However, on weekends, this orthopaedic nurse transforms into a charming and dashing tuxedo attired singer-entertainer and master of ceremony. A veteran of the United States Military Forces, he could be seen regularly in concerts where he performs as a front act for artists both locally and internationally. He is the main staple in the Local and International Pageant in the last 17 years.

Jojo Almazora Sebastian was named the Australian Best Pageant Host in the Australian Golden Sash Awards for both 2019 and 2020. At the beginning of 2020, he was named as the Most Influential Person of the Year and Musician of the Year in Ava’s World Magazine Awards. In the same year, this former University Professor participated in Sydney Sings for Hope Concert for the benefit of the front liners for the Bush Fire that happened in NSW. He also lent his voice in the Heroes of the World Album recording the song “Walang Mahirap sa Buhay” written and arranged by Oliver Gadista.

In July 2020, this former disc jockey of Brother Joe and Pinoy Love Crew represented Australia in the First Virtual Edition of the World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA 2020). Furthermore, he will be representing Australia once again in the 25th Year of the World Championship of Performing Arts to be held in California USA in July 2021.

Recently, Jojo was nominated and awarded in the Inaugural Sydney’s Best Dressed due to his good dressing sense and confident personality. Moreover, he released his debut Christmas Album entitled: “Christmas Ain’t Christmas Without You” released 30th October 2020. Furthermore, he has received a nomination for the Manila’s Best Dressed for 2020-2021 to represent Australia in the prestigious Annual Event.

In 2021, Jojo aspires to broaden his horizon as an individual and concentrate on his advocacies he been helping in the past 10 years. His advocacies include the following: (1) children and (2) Volunteerism. For the Children, he continues to support the various charitable institution and fundraised for Sydney Children’s Hospital and Cerebral Palsy Foundation. He also provides scholarships for the less fortunate in the Philippines to continue a college education.

One of the projects he really wanted to concentrate on in 2021 is Community Service by Volunteerism. Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity where an individual or group provides services for no financial gain. Volunteering is often intended to promote goodness or to improve human quality of life. Volunteering may have positive benefits for the volunteer as well as for the person or community served. Jojo highly believes that if our community comes together and volunteer even for just a couple of hours a month under any charitable institution and non-profit organisation – it will make a positive difference in the personal and professional aspects of all individuals involved, especially oneself. He furthers state that he would like for the community to realise to volunteer is a social responsibility of all its member especially to the marginalised and disadvantaged.

Consequently, Jojo was just also declared a finalist in the Mister Diamond International Australia 2021 which will be held in April 2021. Model & Mode magazine recently caught up with Jojo and here’s what went down:

1. How did you decide to be a professional MC? Who or what inspired you?

Back in my elementary days, I was very active in participating in school programs and events. And it seems like I always get the task of either performing, managing, and/or hosting each event. And as I grew up, and reached high school, I eased into the role. Because I was always tapped to host school functions which include pageantry. My classmate then started inviting me to host their debut celebration which came natural to me since I was confident enough to speak in public. As time passed by, the hosting invitations became more frequent, so I decided to become professional. As they say, when you start getting paid you are turning professional. One of my inspirations in pursuing and honing my hosting skills is my mother – Josephine Sebastian. She is very natural, witty, and entertaining. I definitely got my abilities and talents from my mom.

2. What was your first big break in the industry? How did it feel?

My first big break in the industry in Australia is when I was given the opportunity to host Miss and Mrs. Sydney Charity 2017 produced by FACAES. Even though this was relatively considered a small pageant, however, this paved the way for me to return to hosting pageantry. I totally have missed the adrenaline rush of being on stage and helping each finalist shine on stage. It felt great. It felt like I was actually back somewhere familiar like I consider the stage my second home.

3. What is your dream MCing job?

Besides hosting the Miss Earth Australia 2021, I would love to host an international pageant such as Mrs. Universe if it gets held here in Sydney. That would be another level. For sure it will be a great experience to go through.

4. Who are your favorite MC’s?

I love the hosting skills of Ryan Seacrest and wit of Steve Harvey.

5. If you weren’t an MC, what would you do within the entertainment industry?

Besides being an artist which I am pursuing now. I believed I would have pursued my passion for acting. However, the acting bug kinda left me and the singing bug stayed. I recently released my Christmas Album entitled “Christmas ain’t Christmas Without You” produced by Mr. Oliver Gadista of Mojo Studios. I do hope to pursue singing and recording in the coming year 2021.

6. How do you stay fit and healthy? What’s your exercise regime?

I ensure that I stay active all week. Being a registered nurse, it is imperative that I keep fit and healthy. Although it is difficult because of my rotating schedule. However, you just need to make time. I do a lot of cardio because it helps me with my vocals as well.

7. Is there much work around for MC’s?

Honestly, there is more than meets the eye. You need to actually learn more than just your lines. It takes more than just reading from the script. What I have learned is that you need to become the light of the program. Because as an MC you will be tasked to keep the phase and momentum of the program from beginning until the end. So as I am preparing for a show, I ensure that I get more information than what was needed. This helps me prepare myself for adlibs and reacting accordingly when there are minor difficulties and problems encountered during the show.

8. When you’re not busy being an MC, what are some of your favorite things to do?

I love to paint. All my hosting gig was canceled and placed on hold this year due to the health pandemic since March. And I discovered my love to create through painting. I also love to plant, it seems that I inherited my dad’s (Jaime Sebastian) green thumb.

9. How do you relax?

To relax I do various things. It includes painting, gardening, singing, meditating but especially getting a relaxation massage.

10. What is your go-to everyday outfit?

I have found myself increasingly busier in the last few months with singing, nursing, and hosting work. I feel like I am constantly running around Blacktown to Sydney and everywhere in between. When this happens, my go-to outfit is usually a pair of RM Willaims, black jeans, a button-up short sleeve, and a nice jacket… Super comfy- but not exactly “trendy”.

11. Given the competitiveness and the speed of the industry, how do you ensure you stand out?

I keep myself current by keeping my skills in check and ensuring that my information is up to date. I also love doing and trying new things when it comes to hosting. By doing so, you keep yourself in front of the industry. Keeping current does not mean totally forgetting your foundation, instead, you just need to hone your new skills set with your foundation and evolve into your own unique style.

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.

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.