Fashionista Of The Week: Introducing The Fabulous Christin Moodley

Christin Moodley was originally from a small town in Washington State and she currently lives in Idaho. She has always loved fashion and photography. Even as a young girl, she would always cut out models from fashion magazines and then create outfits with their pictures. Fashion and digital creation are such a therapeutic outlet for Christin. She started @christicurt because she genuinely enjoys creating an inclusive and engaging platform that could potentially inspire others who are also interested in fashion or who need outfit ideas. She would describe her own style as edgy and chic. She loves to edge an outfit up just a bit with faux leather or an all-black outfit with a pop of colour. Within the past year, she has exponentially grown her platform and has connected with such amazing people through the process and she’s looking forward to what the future holds.

Model & Mode Magazine recently caught up with Christin to discuss her journey in the fashion world 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 like to describe myself as a “baller on a budget”. I tend to gravitate towards more affordable options rather than shopping at designer stores (although I do admire designer clothes from afar). My favorite stores to shop at are H&M and Zara at the moment because they have such good staples and create good quality pieces, with an affordable price tag. I also love shopping at local thrift stores. I have found so many good pieces that are affordable and sustainable. I find it thrilling to shop at thrift stores because you never know what you are going to find. There are so many possibilities, you just have to keep an open mind and be willing to put the work in. I also recommend shopping at second-hand consignment boutiques. Yes, they can be a bit more pricey than the regular thrift store, but they are curated to have more on-trend and designer pieces.

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

Investing in a time capsule wardrobe, meaning finding neutral basic, classic pieces that won’t cycle through trends quickly. Having pieces in your closet that you can style with multiple outfits will not only elevate your personal style, but it will help with being able to shop your own closet. We have all been there when we are getting ready for the day and look at our closets and think we have nothing to wear. If you have a good foundation of solid basics, you won’t hit the I have nothing to wear rut and won’t feel the need to buy, especially if you are on a budget. Jackets are also a staple for cooler months because layering is key to not only look put together but also a practical move to stay warm. Having jackets in different colours, lengths and textures can totally change up your looks. Tights are also a fun option if you want to dress up a skirt or dress for winter. They just take your outfit to the next level. Let’s be honest, we all want to look cute, but don’t want to freeze our buns off while doing it. LAYER my queens.

Where do you look for creative inspiration?

All around me, on the streets, magazines, social media, etc. I love how fashion is a way of expressing ourselves and I enjoy getting to know others through their style. To me, fashion is telling a story about a person and I love interpreting people’s personalities through their outfits. I find creative inspiration from other content creators on Instagram or Pinterest and celebrities and their stylists. Recently, I have been loving Maeve Reilly especially, she styles celebs like Megan Fox and Hailey Beiber. She has an edgy vibe that I totally resonate with and would love to one day be able to meet her.

Is it hard to stay fashionable?

I find it difficult to keep up with trends, especially right now. Trends are cycling through so quickly and we are constantly having people tell us what’s in and what’s out on a daily basis. I truly believe that the key to staying fashionable is being true to yourself. If you like what you like, stick with it. To me, fashion shouldn’t have rules. Wear what you want, when you want.

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

I think it’s important to experiment. I don’t necessarily put myself in a box when it comes to fashion. I don’t ever want to think I can’t buy a certain piece that I like because it doesn’t match my aesthetic. Fashion is ambiguous and should be fun. Finding unique ways to style and put different outfits together is part of the exciting thrill that the fashion world has to offer.

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

I have seen a lot of colour and wild patterns lately, especially for summer, which is so fun. For years, neutrals have been in and it’s refreshing to see how bright colours are trending now. I have seen a lot of colour blocking and Y2k inspired outfits. I love a good early 2000s moment. It’s so nostalgic. Transitioning into fall, I have seen the colour Kelly Green trending as well as patterned, fun coloured tights. It’s important to me to stay on top of what’s trending because I enjoy it, but remember not to go down the rabbit hole of consuming just because it’s considered trendy right now. It’s not sustainable.

What do you think about the state of fashion today?

It’s ever-changing. Trends are cycling so quick, that it’s hard to stay up on. One minute something is in the next it’s out. It’s hard, especially if you are on a budget. I feel that the state of fashion today is due to social media. We are constantly influenced by what’s new and consumerism is booming with how easy it is to shop online. I think the development with the intersection of technology and fashion is so impressive. Nowadays, it’s accessible to find the exact outfit someone is wearing and where to buy it. I love that, but it’s important to keep in mind staying true to yourself and your personal style.

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

As a millennial, I’ll admit, it has been difficult for me to totally get rid of my skinny jeans and refuse to. Skinny jeans are considered out and straight-leg jeans are in, which I love experimenting with different silhouettes because they can change the tone of an outfit. There is a fine line between staying up to date on trends and getting rid of something that you actually really like to wear, just because it’s considered out. You just have to decide what is best for you and how you want to express yourself.

What fashion advice would you give an emerging fashionista?

Experiment with different styles and find things that inspire you, not only in the fashion industry but also in life in general. Find things that make you happy and that you thoroughly enjoy. Don’t get caught up in the fast fashion trends and stay true to who you are because, at the end of the day, people will connect with others who are genuine and are just being their true authentic selves. Try new things that you haven’t seen before and push yourself out of your comfort zone. Some of my favourite outfits that I have styled have been created by leaving my comfort zone and trying something new. It’s also important to not care as much what people think and just be you. Wear that outfit that you are nervous about in public, take your outfit photos, and be the amazing fashionista that you are destined to be!

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 recommend studying fashion magazines, getting inspired by others around you, watching YouTubers, and trusting your instinct. At the end of the day, fashion is a way of expressing yourself and can be so empowering. If you want to wear something that you aren’t used to, wear it. Stand out. Be confident in yourself and your abilities. Experiment and have fun with it. You may have a different interpretation than the next person, which makes you unique. Do the unexpected, who knows, you may even start the next trend.

Fashionista Of The Week: Introducing The Fabulous Abiodun Dosu – Staggers Gillyard

Abiodun Dosu – Staggers Gillyard has been a fashion stylist and image consultant for the past 5 years. Even though she got her Fine Arts degree in Theatre from Hunter College New York, her love for costume design lead her to pursue employment in the fashion industry. Furthermore, the education she received from the Fashion Institute of Technology has guided her in a more organized and applicable way.

Living in NYC has allowed her to work closely with hundreds of models, and designers within the past few years. However, assisting others in doing what comes so naturally to her is what makes her feel fulfilled. That is why she created her blog, AbzStylz. She wanted to provide services for women who needed help in enhancing and expressing their individual styles. She usually posts fashion inspiration, shopping guides, reviews on beauty products that I use, and lifestyle content.

Model & Mode magazine recently had a one on one interview with the talented Abiodun and here’s what happened:

Where do you usually shop?

I love shopping at ZARA, Nastygal, ASOS, and Farfetch.

Are there any hidden gems when it comes to snapping up some awesome designer clothes?

I think shopping sustainably has given me the opportunity to get unique pieces without breaking the bank. I would always suggest thrifting or shopping from sustainable brands that sell designer pieces that are reputable such as The RealReal and Farfetch.

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

Fabrics are important in the cooler months, so you would want to wear linen, silk, etc. Also, don’t be afraid of color and fun prints.

Where do you look for creative inspiration?

I always get creative inspiration from content creators on Instagram and Pinterest. Social media is the easiest way to stay up to date on what is trending.

Is it hard to stay fashionable?

It’s not hard to stay fashionable once you have the right pieces in your closet. The key to staying fashionable is to always have classic pieces that always look good on your body type.

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

When I style models for a magazine or brand website, I like showing how I can subtly transform a look and showing how practical it would be for most people to wear. If it’s not a look that most women will feel comfortable in, I know it will not make much of an impact.

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

The key fashion trends I’ve been seeing this year are: “Hot Pink” which will be the color this year, wide-leg jeans, and hourglass blazers.

What do you think about the state of fashion today?

There is a sustainable trend happening, and I think fashion brands are now trying to be more ethical in how they create their products. I see that more brands are moving away from fast fashion, and have started to create eco-friendly clothing and accessories. I love that slow fashion has become more popular, which has slowed down fashion seasons and has increased the longevity of our clothing.

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

Anything that is super tight is out of season. For instance, skinny leather leggings you can give up. However, wide-leg leather pants are still in.

What fashion advice would you give an emerging fashionista?

Do not feel like you have to spend a lot of money to be stylish. Always research where you can get the best deals for designer pieces. Also, try to work with emerging brands that need more exposure. They usually are willing to give you pieces to promote for free once they see your work.

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 would suggest that you follow reputable websites that give a fashion forecast on what is going to be trending in the upcoming season. For instance, my favorite lately has been Who, What, Wear. They chart the latest fashion and style trends from the runway, street style, influencers, celebrities, social media, and more.

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Fashionista Of The Week: Introducing The Fabulous Fabiana Cristina

Fabiana Cristina was originally from Lisbon, Portugal, and growing up, she definitely went through many phases of wanting to be a fashion designer, and at one point she even convinced herself that she needed to become a Victoria’s Secret supermodel. Although that hasn’t happened yet, she feels like she gets to do it every day through her social media platforms.

Fabiana began posting fashion content on Instagram during the first UK lockdown in 2020 and in the beginning, she just used clothes from her mother’s closet, which helped her find more of her own style. Never did she think she would be doing some of the things that she gets to do now because of it.

Model & Mode Magazine recently caught up with Fabiana to discuss her journey in the fashion world 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 at Na-kd fashion, Mango, and Zara – they are definitely my go-to trio for all my basic pieces. For designer clothing, I’ve recently found Otrium – a platform that sells the excess stock of designer and high-street clothing brands for a much more reduced price (for anyone wanting to shop designer and high street on a budget).

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

I may be a bit biased but I would say to stick to all the neutrals. It is honestly so much easier to come up with outfits in the cooler months and easier to layer when you do. I would always recommend having a wool coat for days where you are not completely loving your outfit and want to add something to make it look more put together.

Where do you look for creative inspiration?

Pinterest tends to be my go-to last resort option for inspiration when I have absolutely no idea what to do with an item. However, I tend to do this as a last resort because I like giving myself enough time to visualise outfits and come up with outfits that I haven’t seen yet.

Is it hard to stay fashionable?

It was much harder to stay fashionable when I didn’t have a clear idea of what I liked and didn’t like. Since decluttering my closet and only having things in there that I love has made it a million times easier to stay fashionable and get ready in the mornings.

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

I always just aim to be myself and have my own style but I would say because I follow so many other fashion bloggers I also know what is “in”. Because of this, I’m able to have my own unique style whilst mixing in some aspects of what is “in” to make sure that it is still commercially appealing.

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

Suits and bright colours. Although both have even around for a very long time, they really are coming out now and I’ve even found myself styling my suit pants with almost every single one of my outfits and everyone has been asking about them. One of my favourite things to do is to style a full suit with white trainers for the ultimate casual-chic look.

What do you think about the state of fashion today?

I love that fashion has become something that allows people to express themselves. However, all the waste and environmental impact caused by fashion cannot be ignored and in that sense, there is still a long way to go. I definitely see the fashion industry moving more towards the rental services and second-hand goods side of things, and some well-known brands have even started selling pre-loved goods on their own websites (which is definitely a step in the right direction).

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

I would personally say that skinny jeans have definitely had their moment but ever since comfort became the number 1 priority for most people they are definitely very ‘last season’. Wide-leg trousers, suit pants and mom jeans have definitely become the new go-to for most people.

What fashion advice would you give an emerging fashionista?

My number 1 piece of advice would be to be yourself. I know it’s very cliche but I have found that nobody really wants to see a complete copy of someone else but instead wants to see what you have to offer. Especially for brands, they want to see your personal style and your personality instead of somebody else’s.

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?

The best way to stay ahead of the curve is to follow others in the fashion niche and have a little look on sites such a Pinterest. This way you can stay updated on every change in the fashion industry and make sure you’re able to pivot. I would say, as long as you stick to the classics, regardless of how much the industry changes you will always be able to restyle those classic pieces.

Fashionista Spotlight: Get To Know The Beautiful Shilpa

Shilpa is a fashionista and influencer who’s based in Seattle. She loves sustainable and upcycled clothing as well as neutral and comfortable street style which she believes has a lot more commercial appeal. Since she’s a big supporter of sustainable fashion, lately, she’s almost exclusively been shopping on thrifting platforms. She feels that it’s a great way to find mid-range designer items for a massive discount while also being environmentally conscious.

Model & Mode Magazine recently caught up with Shilpa to discuss her journey in the fashion world 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?

Lately, I’ve almost exclusively been shopping on thrifting platforms like ThredUp and Poshmark. It is actually a really great way to find mid-range designer items for a huge discount while also being environmentally conscious! I always say my secret to online thrifting is just straight up do some online shopping on actual brand websites (my favourites are revolve and American eagle). Once you find something you like, do a search for them on second-hand thrifting websites and sometimes you’ll get super lucky and find the exact item. Sometimes you don’t but might stumble upon something similar.

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

I love oversized things, so some of my favorite ways to stay fashionable and warm are to wear oversized coats and sweatshirts as dresses with some tights and over-the-knee boots. You can really layer on some thick socks for some hidden added warmth. I also am a huge sweatpants fan so I love wearing leggings under a matching sweatsuit to keep extra toasty. I’m so glad matching sweatsuits are sort of back in.

Where do you look for creative inspiration?

Instagram is definitely a big inspiration when it comes to my fashion. I love mixing and matching prints and I think seeing my favorite Instagrammers work patterns made me a lot more comfortable and confident in rocking them.

Is it hard to stay fashionable?

It’s funny because I actually am always more fashionable when I stay in. Like if I’m hosting a small gathering in my apartment, I dress to the nines and really play around with my look, but the moment I have to step outside into the real world, all I can bring myself to wear are sweats. I think it’s totally okay to put comfort over fashion so I try not to be too hard on myself. It’s okay to pick and choose when you want to be fashionable.

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

For me, I think I have an in-built balance because of my need to be comfortable (laughs). I love neutral and comfy street style which has a lot more commercial appeal and tend to wear that out the most often, just because it’s so easy to put together. For events and parties, I like to play it up and do some pattern mixing and sometimes I even like to indo-westernize my outfits. For my Instagram, I think it’s a lot more fun to play with your outfits because I think it makes photos so much more interesting. It is also a lot easier to get away with “weirder” fashion choices in photos because you can angle yourself however you want and only have to be in it for a few minutes (laughs).

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

I’ve seen a lot of pastels and as I’ve mentioned previously, patterns! I think the neutral street style is kind of timeless and will always sort of be there, but I am so here for the more whimsical trends. I also see that a lot of 90s style is coming back which I absolutely love. In the 90s, I was in elementary school mostly so I never got to really experience all the fashion trends that the 90s high school kid got to experience, so I’m glad I get to do that now!

What do you think about the state of fashion today?

I think it’s become really expressive and a lot less judgemental than it used to be. People are really starting to care for the environment more which is making thrifting super popular and trendy now. When I was growing up, it was never really a thing people did that often. I love the uprising of more sustainable and upcycled clothing. Designers are always finding such cool ways to repurpose fabrics and make completely unique pieces.

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

This is a tricky question for me. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve definitely been there when it comes to fast fashion brands mass producing super trendy items that won’t last, but I think now it’s more about how can you repurpose what you’ve grown out of rather than what can you toss because it doesn’t seem conventionally trendy anymore. I think trends should always be followed loosely and if you still like something…keep wearing it even if it’s not the “it” thing anymore. I’ve actually kept so many once-trendy things in a suitcase and recently went back to it after years and re-fell in love with so many of my old clothing items.

What fashion advice would you give an emerging fashionista?

Fashion is something so personal and subjective. If you feel comfortable and confident in it, wear it! It took me so long to understand this and I’m still actually working on not caring too much about what others think of my style.

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?

Keep experimenting. Trends are never cool until all of a sudden they are. If you like something, keep doing you and who knows, it might become the next look of the season. But even if it doesn’t, who cares!

Model Of The Week: Meet The Beautiful Emma Jane Rose Healy

Photo Credit: Jess Clowes Photography

Emma Jane Rose Healy is a lighting technician and stage manager for major films, musicals, operas, ballets, and theatre shows. Modelling was something Emma kind of fell into, almost as a natural progression within her career. She studied Bachelor of Fine Arts at QUT, and has spent many years performing – most recently as a Disney Princess for children’s parties. Photoshoots and videography have always been a big part of her work; she was just used to being behind the camera, not in front.

Her first official photoshoot was actually with a work colleague, Lachlan Cross, who has an extensive background in architectural photography and wanted to try out portrait photography. From there she began freelancing, working with companies such as Sea Skin Australia and Lifeline, and amazing photographers like Jess Clowes Photography. StarCentral Magazine recently caught up with Emma and here’s what went down:

What are your favourite downtime activities?

Picnics, D&D, puzzles, ice skating, drinking jasmine tea, dancing, reading, and archery – just to name a few.

Photo Credit: Sea Skin Australia Shoot by The Edit Suite

How did you start with modelling?

My first official photoshoot was actually with a work colleague, Lachlan Cross, who has an extensive background in architectural photography and wanted to try out portrait photography. He’s incredibly talented, and the shots are still some of my favourite images today. From there I began freelancing, working with companies such as Sea Skin Australia and Lifeline, and amazing photographers like Jess Clowes Photography.

What do you like most about the modelling industry?

The modelling industry has always been a double-edged sword for me. On one hand, I love meeting new crews, making new friends, and seeing an ordinary scenario becoming an extraordinary image. It’s joyful, beautiful, and never the same experience twice. In that respect, modelling is an unparalleled outlet for self-expression, artistry, and confidence.

On the other hand, it’s an industry that is built around appearance, and there can be an incredibly harmful culture developed when people unconsciously tie self-worth to an image. Fortunately, there are many amazing initiatives and brands that actively promote diversity and inclusion (not tokenisation, but representation), despite the fact that we still have a long way to go in achieving an ethically sustainable modelling industry.

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

Well, it’s still in progress, but it would have to be competing in Miss World Australia this year. I’m usually working as a technician, lifting heavy lights in steel caps, and walking the stage in a sequinned gown and heels is very different! And that’s the point.

For me, Miss World Australia is about challenging limitations on female strength and identity – and I’ve talked about this before on my social media. I know my ripped, faded, black work jeans are very different from my photoshoot outfits. But I’m versatile, and steel caps don’t compromise my ability to be feminine. I can be a technician and compete at Miss World Australia. Femininity and strength are not, and have never been, mutually exclusive.

That’s why this experience is so memorable for me, even though it’s still going. It’s been a lot of self-reflection, research, and analysis around how I can use my voice to help build a better world. And ultimately, I want to reinforce a positive, healthy and inclusive environment – whether that be through modelling, Miss World Australia, or as a technician.

Photo Credit: Jess Clowes Photography

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

Be prepared, be positive and be kind!

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

At the end of the day, I think it’s about staying grateful. I’m incredibly blessed with a strong network of family, friends, and colleagues, and I know I’m supported and loved. I get to meet amazing people, have magical experiences, and bring joy to the world around me. I know it sounds a little corny, but I love making the world a brighter place.

Is your family supportive of your career?

I have an incredible relationship with my family, and they support me in everything that I do. I’m honoured to have them by my side.

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

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about making plans by now, it’s that they’re always going to change! I never imagined I would be a published model and a Finalist for Miss World Australia in the middle of a global pandemic, but here we are. In the long run, it’s more important to have strong relationships, a positive outlook, and a determined attitude. As long as I maintain those, I’m excited to see what the future holds.

Photo Credit: Jess Clowes Photography

The “Lightning Fast” Round:

Last good movie I’ve seen: The Dressmaker.

What do you consider beautiful and why? I believe beauty is a matter of perception, and the best way to sum it up is: “Comparing women is like holding a flower to fairy lights – both are beautiful yet neither are alike”.

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

Complete this sentence: If I had no fear, I’d be… an actor!

What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? My hair – it received incessant teasing when I was younger, and I wanted to dye it blonde! I’m forever grateful my mother stopped me, as now I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Photo Credit: Jess Clowes Photography

Most Promising Model Of The Week: Meet The Beautiful Cassandra Van Zeyl

Cassandra Van Zeyl has been a passionate primary school teacher for six years, however, she has been working with children for more than fourteen years. She has been a swimming instructor, before and after school care coordinator, and an integration aid. She got her foot in the modelling industry after being scouted by BGM models through Facebook. After that, the rest you can say is history. Model & Mode Magazine recently caught up with Cassandra and here’s what went down:

How were you actually ‘discovered’? Chance encounter on the street? Audition?

I was scouted by BGM models through Facebook and had a successful interview at a prestigious hotel in Melbourne. I was confident walking into this interview because I knew that BGM represented curvaceous women. I felt very empowered and accepted in this type of environment. My mantra has always been his should be highlighted and not hidden.

What are your favourite down time activities?

Swimming at the local pool.
Hosting fundraising cocktail events/Gala Balls
Getting involved in local community events
Singing
Dancing
Competing in pageants in Australia ( eg. Miss World Australia / Miss Australia Pageants).

How did you start with modelling?

My beautiful mother was extremely well known in the modelling world and used to model for Vivian’s. I couldn’t believe it when BGM merged with Vivian’s. It was such a coincidence. I started modelling because I knew I had unique energy and a confident personality. I felt that I could offer the modelling world a fresh perspective and as a curvy modelling ambassador, I wanted to remind all woman that no matter what your size, you can do what you put your mind to. My mother was my inspiration and now I help other women feel comfortable and happy in the skin they’re in. My mother was a size eight and I’m a size twelve and whether you are a smaller or bigger size, you have the same opportunity to succeed. Size does not determine your success.

What do you like most about the modelling industry?

I love the forever friendships you form and the connections you make through modelling opportunities. It’s such a diverse industry and I am absolutely in love with fashion and how modelling can help you express your emotions in ways you didn’t think you could. It’s such a powerful industry and you can complexly immerse yourself in this world and the incredible amount of confidence that comes from putting yourself out there and presenting multiple challenges is mind-blowing. I surprise myself daily when put under pressure to perform and I think failure is a big part of success.

The downside to being a model?

At times social media can portray the perfect body type and this can have a dramatically negative impact on mental health. There shouldn’t be the ‘perfect’ body type. There are just simply different body types. Why should we feel pressure to conform? You create your own reality and create your own idea of perfection. Perfection and beauty are in the eyes of the beholder.

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

My very first modelling shoot was absolutely fantastic and I remember the photographer saying you should be modelling as a cover girl for ‘forever new. I often hear this said a lot. I have been asked multiple times about being at Home and Away. This is an opportunity in the future that I look forward to pursuing.

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

Don’t compare yourself to anyone! Love yourself and embrace what makes you different because this is how you shine.

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

My first priority has been and will always be my family. I love my core values and I wouldn’t compromise these to fit anybody’s expectations.

Is your family supportive of your career?

My mother is extremely proud of all my achievements. I have a very supportive family and feel very blessed.

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

I was thinking of opening my own business as a youth mentor or remain in the Department of Education. I look forward to seeing what my future holds. I will always be working with children though. There may be an opportunity for me to enter into news reporting.

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Last good movie I’ve seen: Unhinged.
2. What do you consider beautiful and why? The ocean – Calms the soul.
3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? Travel to Europe.
4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d be…” Scuba diving with sharks.
5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? Being a very forgiving person.

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

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

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

How did you start with modelling?

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

What do you like most about the modelling industry?

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

The downside to being a model?

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

What are your favourite down time activities?

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

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

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

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

Posture is very important.

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

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

Is your family supportive of your career?

Yes, of course.

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

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

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

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

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

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

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

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

Models To Watch Out For In 2021: Meet The Beautiful 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.

Rising Star Spotlight: Introducing The Beautiful Kymberlee Street

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

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

What do you like most about being a model?

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

The downside to being a model?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is your family supportive of you being a model?

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

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

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

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

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

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

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

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

Photo Credit: EFAN Photography

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

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

How did you get into the modelling industry?

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

What do you like most about being a model?

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

What are the downsides of being a model?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is your family supportive of you being a model?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

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

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

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

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

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

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

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

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

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