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

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

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

How did you get into the modelling industry?

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

What do you like most about being a model?

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

What are the downsides of being a model?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is your family supportive of you being a model?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

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

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

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

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

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

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

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

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

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

Rising Star Spotlight: Introducing The Stunning Jamie Villamor

Jamie Villamor admits that she has always been a bit of a tomboy. She had two brothers and five uncles growing up so she was never really into any girly stuff. She loves sports and being outdoors and in fact, she started training in Tae-Kwon-Do when she was just five years old. She eventually earned her second-degree black belt at the age of 13 and ultimately she became a Tae-Kwon-Do world champion! She also got offered her first modeling job right after she won her first national title.

StarCentral Magazine recently sat down with Jamie to find out more about her journey to entrepreneurship and here’s what went down:

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

I trained in mixed martial arts from the ages of 5 -18 – mainly in Tae-Kwon-Do. I am a 2nd-degree black belt and I got offered my first modeling job when I won my first national title at the age of 7. I did walk in a runway show for Macy’s at the age of 5 but I wasn’t a big fan of fashion shows at the time.

What does it mean to you to be a model?

I think modeling is a lot harder than a lot of people realize. I love being able to create so I’m always grateful when I’m able to work with other creative individuals. I love seeing other people’s visions and being able to share mine on certain projects as well.

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

It used to be primarily men, however, recently I’ve had a large jump in female followers inquiring about firearm safety and wanting to learn how to properly train in firearms which I love – I’m actually a huge advocate for protecting our 2nd amendment.

What’s the biggest challenge to modeling?

I think traveling can often be a challenge and blessing in the same sense. Often I’m so blessed to visit so many amazing spots and see different cultures yet time seems to fly by and it can be difficult to be present and really appreciate the moment. It’s a go-go-go with not a lot of downtime before we are off to the next location.

Have you always wanted to be in the modeling industry?

No, modeling was not something I sought out. I’m more of a tomboy so I’ve always felt it was a little more difficult for me to fit in.

What’s your personal mission in life?

My personal mission is to continue to grow and give back as much as I possibly can. I want to visit new places and explore this amazing world we live in. There’s just so much to see that it just gets me so excited.

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

I’ve had so many memorable experiences it’s hard to narrow it down to one. My favourite is honestly having the pleasure and opportunity to work with so many talented people. Mishawn W was one of the last photographers I worked with, he shoots for Guess, and not only is he extremely talented but his personality was so incredibly genuine. Listening to people’s stories and how they got to where they are today is just so inspiring at times.

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

I’ve signed a few NDA’s in my time so best to not disclose! lol

How active are you on social media?

Pretty active, I do my best to respond to all my comments. DM’s (direct messages) are harder for me so I tend to just stick to the comments.

What is your favourite social media platform?

Instagram for sure.

Are you currently in a relationship or are you single? How did your relationship cope during the quarantine period?

My quarantine period started in a relationship but it came to an end mid Quarantine. I think it can be a difficult transition for people who are not used to spending that much time together. We had a long-distance relationship before so it was definitely harder; however, I’m so grateful for my journey with him. It has been a positive transition for me. I’m such a lover/ explorer so I enjoyed spending time and sharing adventures with someone but I am loving my ‘me time’ now.

 

Rising Star Spotlight: Introducing The Stunning Natasha Anderson

Natasha Anderson is a 25-year-old model who originally hails from a small town in Newfoundland. She’s currently working as a safety advisor in Fort McMurray. She’s a sun worshiper and her favourite place to spend time is the beach. She’s extremely bubbly and optimistic and she enjoys everything outdoor-related from hunting and fishing to hiking and gardening. She loves spending time with her family and friends and she’s very excited to see all the joy the rest of her life will bring.

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

1. How did you get into the modeling industry?

I’ve always wanted to model so one day I just decided to google “Modelling opportunities” and figured it out from there.

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

I love the fact that I can strike a pose in the most random places anytime I want a picture taken and not care what anyone around thinks, it’s really fun!

3.The downside to being a model?

I haven’t found a downside yet!

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

The most memorable experience was definitely shooting in LA at the Santa Monica Pier. I had 3 people approach me, one woman told me it was her birthday and asked if she could have a hug. I guess she thought I was a celebrity. The other was an older gentleman with his wife who asked for a photo with me to show his boys back home. It was really flattering and it was great to be able to bring a smile to their faces.

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

Honestly, everyone I meet is interesting in their own way. Everyone has something different to show and teach you. It’s great to watch other models and work with talented photographers, I learn so much from everyone I work with.

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

“Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes” and “not everyone is going to like you”. I’ve heard both these quotes lots before and the well known “don’t judge a book by its cover” but until I was exposed to everything I have been while in the industry, I truly didn’t appreciate them for all they are worth.

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

My mom is! The rest of them just laugh at me and think all the photos and posing is silly.

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 definitely would’ve started sooner, I grew up under the impression I needed to be at least 5’7” in order to model. I had only ever really known about runway models, if I knew how many different types of modeling that’s out there I definitely wouldn’t have ever held back.

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

As a kid my dad would always say that the word “can’t” is not in my vocabulary and I can do anything I set my mind to. He told me no matter what if I wanted something to never give up and to always be kind no matter how mean people are. Never stoop to their level because I’ve been raised better than that.

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

I really want to act. I used to act in drama and musical theatre growing up and I absolutely loved it. I would like to use modeling to get my foot in the door for acting!

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Last good movie I’ve seen: Hotel Transylvania 3

2. What do you consider beautiful and why? Selflessness, meeting people who are genuinely good people and are constantly giving back to the world and each other are amazing. When someone’s got a really good heart it’s extremely beautiful.

3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? Skydiving! I’m afraid of falling but I did the “SkyJump” off the stratosphere in Vegas and it was thrilling!

4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d ” be a motivational speaker, I got the pleasure of getting to see Tony Robbins speak and it was life-changing, I would love to be able to have that effect on people.

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

My laugh. Growing up I would get insulted all the time because it’s loud and obnoxious but since I moved away I’ve mostly come across people that absolutely love it and laugh when they hear it.

Meet The Model Behind The August 2020 Issue Of Model & Mode: The Stunning Maia Fuchs

Maia Fuchs is a half Australian and half Israeli model who was initially doing TPF (Time for print) shoots with various photographers once in a while when she came across a pageant called Miss Auto D’Elegance – it was looking for contestants last year. She decided to apply and she actually made it as a finalist for Miss Auto D’Elegance 2019 where she eventually ended up placing 4th overall. From then on, she got scouted by the CEO of a modeling agency who was in the audience at the time and she has been modeling full time ever since.

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

Tell us your full name and something about yourself

My name is Maia Fuchs and I was originally born in Australia. I lived in England for a few years, after which I then moved and grew up in America, and now I’m back home in Sydney. I live here with my mom, dad, brother, 2 pet birds, and my gorgeous pet greyhound.

Photo Credit: Dave Choo

How did you get into the modeling industry? How were you actually ‘discovered’?

I was doing a few TFP shoots every now and then just for fun when I saw that the pageant, Miss Auto D’Elegance, was looking for models. I ended up applying and making it into the finals where I placed 4th. From there I got scouted by an agency that was in the audience at the time and I’ve been modeling full time ever since.

What do you like most about being a model?

There are so many talented and passionate people in this industry and it’s just such a pleasure getting to meet and work with every single one of them. You always come out of a shoot with tons of helpful tips and friendships.

The downside to being a model?

It’s a whole lifestyle. If you really want to be the best model you can be then you need to make sure you’re eating healthy, getting enough sleep, exercising daily, and just overall taking care of your mental health. If those are not things you normally do it can be quite difficult to change your whole routine around to add them in.

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

Last February I was flown to Bali, Indonesia for the Australian Supermodel Of The Year competition. It was so amazing getting to meet all the talented models from all over Australia and being able to exchange all of our different modeling stories, all the while being in Bali and learning about the world of fashion from various industry professionals.

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

When I was in Bali the ASOTY team brought in Esma Volder, the current Miss World titleholder, and she was absolutely an inspiration. She is an amazing spokesperson for the company Bully Zero and just overall an amazing role model. It was truly inspiring to hear her speak about what she stands for and how she got to this point in her life.

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

That everyone is beautiful and its good to be unique and different. I used to get bullied for my pale skin, freckles, and red hair which is now all of the things that help me stand out in a casting and book jobs. Modeling has really helped me appreciate all of my “flaws” and that even though I may look different I am still beautiful.

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

I like to constantly take myself away from work and put myself out in nature. I always go for hikes and walks with my dog to remind myself that there is so much more to life than just what I’m doing or working on in that current moment.

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

Absolutely! It was their idea for me to give modeling a go. Before I got my license they used to drive me to every shoot as well. I am so grateful for them for giving me this opportunity, I would have never been able to start without all their help.

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

I’d love to work as a full-time fashion model one day. It would be an absolute dream of mine to be featured in Vogue magazine.

Rising Star Spotlight: Introducing The Beautiful Brielle Streater

Known online for her style and looks today, most people don’t know that Brielle Streater actually endured seven years of intense schoolyard bullying before she became who she is now. “After enduring seven years of severe schoolyard bullying, and much deep thinking, I made the spontaneous decision to study in courses I never would have imagined, resulting in the start of my business and the commencement of a very long road trip throughout Australia,” she revealed. Although she went through such a heartbreaking ordeal, it paved the way for her to start a business. This painful experience led to a very long road trip throughout Australia where she was able to heal me from the scars of bullying and also regain her confidence. In that time she became a promotional model and an influencer with a substantial following on Instagram and her travels also opened many other doors for her. In fact, she even became a National Youth Ambassador and Spokesperson for an Anti-Bullying Advocate and Organisation called Angels Hope.

StarCentral Magazine recently caught up with Brielle Streater to discuss her journey to building her brand and her business and here’s what went down:

Tell us your full name and something about yourself.

My name is Brielle Streater, and at age 18 in 2014 after completing my HSC I chose not to attend schoolies and found myself sitting on the 34th floor in a lawyer’s office learning how to commence my own business and the trademarking of a business name. It wasn’t my initial goal for I had been accepted into Early Entry Policing and Justice Studies at Western Sydney University and also studies in Theatre Set Design. After enduring seven years of severe schoolyard bullying, and much deep thinking, I made the spontaneous decision to study in courses I never would have imagined, resulting in the start of my business and the commencement of a very long road trip throughout Australia, presently sitting on the 485,000kms through Australia since 2014. Travelling Australia did a lot for me, it healed me from the scars of bullying, it gave me back confidence, I explored everything about Australia from history to nature to the beauty of the people, and in that time either studied online or came back to Sydney to study part-time, and also work casually as a promotional model to help fund my travels. I also built my business up and whatever money I made from content creation went into my travels. My travels became my place to capture my images as I fell completely in love with the landscapes of the Outback and country regions. it gave me opportunities to meet so many different people all traveling for a reason, all had a story, inspiring me endlessly. I commenced using social media, largely Instagram for sharing my travels in 2014. It was through sharing my images that my work was used by some of Australia’s larger companies, and some smaller ones in the US. It opened many doors, and in 2015 I was interviewed by a local radio on my travels and what led me there. That radio interview was picked up by an Anti-Bullying Advocate and Organisation Founder called Angels Hope. I became a National Youth Ambassador and Spokesperson for them from 2015 – 2018. That wonderful amazing opportunity led me to meet inspirational people and other organizations in Anti-Bullying, and I am now an Ambassador to a small NZ Anti-Bullying Organization called Suzy H Child Advocate and Anti-bullying Foundation; The Phoenix Rising Foundation (Australian Foundation just birthing); and advocate for Anti-Violence Movement Enough is Enough. I remain a firm follower of the work of Angel’s Hope, and also Dolly’s Dream.

My travels united not only my love of Australia but opportunities to speak and share about Anti-Bullying. Over those years I studied diplomas and a few certificates in creative industries: Film, Screen and Media; Photography and Imaging; Digital Media Marketing; Performance Theatre; Live Theatre Production; Broadcasting; Costume Design; Writing; and varying short courses in screen and media at Nida. Though with the influx of photographers and content creators the photography world became challenging, thus, I was pushed to another direction. With my growing love of philanthropy work and interest in Anti-Bullying, my ultimate career goals completely changed. I am now halfway through a degree in Psychotherapy specialising in Art Therapy. I still continue my business part-time and plan to continue to do so.

My interests outside study are anything outdoors. I particularly love horse riding, four-wheel driving, car drifting, deep-sea fishing, boating, PlayStation 4, Cosplay, my travels and a very deep love for Australia and Ireland (family). I also study the Irish Language at the Sydney Irish Language School and love being involved with their activities.

I have grown up in a family with a lot of cancer and learned to always turn the negatives into positives, to flip it, and I still do this today.

How did you get into the modeling industry? How were you actually ‘discovered’?

I was introduced into modeling by my grandmother, who was a model herself when she was young. She had me attending the different courses with June Dally-Watkins starting at age 14. I was offered several opportunities though I knocked them all back, and it was not until I was working as a photographer and I was approached by companies to stand in front of the camera instead of behind that things changed. This led to some very talented Australian photographers doing shoots with me and one thing led to another.

What do you like most about being a model?

Modeling to me is an opportunity to bring forward female empowerment; to show those girls who are being bullied, we can all stand back up in whatever way we wish and keep going. Despite words, we are all beautiful and you need to be proud of who you are. Modeling has also enabled me to meet many interesting people, from all different careers. It has helped me immensely with confidence and led me to the wonderful world of pageantry in which I held the crown and traveled to the US as Miss Australia International 2018.

The downside to being a model?

It is not an easy career due to the large numbers already in the field or trying to break in.

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

My most memorable experience was modeling for the iconic Australian company Akubra. The Akubra hat was something I had dreamed of owning since a young girl and I finally purchased one at the start of my travels in 2014. I now own 12 Akubras and try to always have them in my social media shots. To be featured in their marketing here and overseas, and their calendars were the biggest honour and something I will forever be proud of.

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

In my travels, I have had the opportunities of meeting many famous people such as actors, authors, race car drivers, politicians and I have loved listening to their life stories. I’ve met relatives of some of our infamous bushrangers, University historians, to miners and farmers sharing stories of despair of living on the land.

In modeling, pageantry, promotional modeling, and cosplay modeling I have been fascinated by the many people who have kept going, either the model, the photographer, to those involved in event management and magazines. To pinpoint one particular person is difficult as so many inspire me. Three photographers who have stood out to me as I love listening to their experiences and find them inspirational are Marc Skinner, Andrew Donato, and Jolanta Morgan.

In philanthropy, one man…Ken Marslew the Founder of Enough is Enough which is an Anti-Violence Movement. I could listen to him speak all day. He’s the most inspirational man as he never gives up on what he believes in. I hope I will be like him one day.

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

I strongly learned to believe in yourself and if you slip up, keep going. In the US when I represented Australia as Miss Australia International, I was extremely nervous, I was just released from a week stay in hospital with kidney problems the day before flying out. I doubted myself immensely; not feeling well left me worried about how things would go. Though once there, meeting the other girls who were also models, everything flowed, even when I had to publically speak on Anti-Bullying in a dress that no longer fit me so I kept slipping down. You eventually get into the swing of it, your worries disappear and you walk away knowing you gave it your best. Modeling has enhanced my confidence, my self-belief and the lesson of just getting in and giving it your best.

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

I have stayed grounded, very much, as staying true to yourself and who you are, are the most important aspects. If you can bring that through in your work I believe it’s important as it presents your natural character and individuality.

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

Yes, very much, someone often comes with me to the different shoots. We are a very close family and they are very supportive of all I do. For that, I’ve very grateful.

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

My future plans involve continuing my business and working eventually in the field of Psychotherapy (art therapy). I have two areas of interest – either children and youth with autism or individuals in correctional services. I hope to continue my modeling as long as more opportunities arise.

Rising Star Spotlight: Introducing The Gorgeous Vindy Krejci

Vindy Krejčí initially never had any plans of becoming a model, but when opportunity knocked on her door – she decided to take a chance, and now she couldn’t be happier with her decision. Vindy is a half Vietnamese and half Czech model who’s currently based in the Czech Republic. She was fifteen when she appeared in her first fashion show and she loved the experience so much that she went on to appear in more fashion shows. Besides modeling, Vindy has also done quite well in the pageant world, she won the title Miss Karkulka Mácha in 2015, she placed 3rd runner up in Miss Caddy 2014 pageant and she also placed top 10 in the national beauty pageant, Miss Czech Republic.

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

 Tell us your name and something about yourself?

My name is Vindy Krejčí, I’m 22 years old and I’m based in the Czech Republic, where I’ve lived all my life. I’m half Vietnamese and half Czech and I’m currently studying in university.

In the year 2014, I started building my modeling portfolio, I was 16 years old at the time. I was working with a few modeling agencies, however, I was still a freelancer. I’ve never dreamt about becoming a model, it just happened and now I really love my job. To be around creative people and watch how they make something amazing together is great! But I knew its a time-limited business and I wanted to also focus on building my skills and experiences in various fields. As time went I eventually got an offer to work in modeling and production agency called FA FASHIONABLE.

I also took part in several beauty pageants in my country where I was fortunate enough to have had success. I won the Miss Karkulka Mácha 2015 pageant and I placed 3rd runner up in Miss Caddy 2014. In 2016, I placed top 10 in the national beauty pageant, Miss Czech Republic.

In 2017 I got an offer to represent Vietnam in an international beauty pageant called Miss Global 2017. Regardless of my height, I placed in the top 20 and won the title Miss Global Photogenic.

What does it mean to you to be a model?

Opportunity. Being a model is flexible – it gives me freedom. What I like the most about being a model is that each project is different. Different styling, different visage, another team of incredibly creative people. I enjoy it every time I get a new transformation. On this basis, I present the “personality” they have created from me. I also enjoy the opportunity to travel and work with people from all over the world.

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

According to statistics, primarily men. As for the nationality and country where my followers come from, the Czech Republic still leads. And I try to keep it that way. Most clients who contact me to collaborate whether it’s for a campaign or just for collaboration on Instagram want to reach the Czech audience. My followers also include women and young girls my age. They often ask me how I succeed in modeling despite my height, and support me in my work. I always feel responsible for what I put on my profile and I always think of a way that it can affect my followers

What’s the biggest challenge to modeling?

I would say that anyone who wants to get into modeling must be durable, have healthy self-esteem and be balanced with him/herself. He or she needs to be able to handle stress and have thick skin. I think “commercial” models have it a little easier than fashion models. Their magic is made up of their entire personality, their face, and their character. And so they can be forgiven a few centimeters at the waist for example.

Have you always wanted to be in the modeling industry?

No, not really. As a child, I heard negative things about the modeling industry. But when I was fifteen and I appeared in my first fashion show, I started to think differently. When I did my first catwalk, I suddenly had the urge to join more shows. I eventually met an amazing, creative man who motivated me with his story and personality. Today he is my future fiance, Luděk Šmehlík.

What’s your personal mission in life?

Be a role model for my children and other women. I’m not a feminist, I’m not a careerist, and I’m not a housewife either – I’m a bit of everything. We women are very capable, hardworking and imaginative. Our empathy and intuition make us unique. And I admire every woman who can do what she loves and follow her heart.

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

The most memorable experience of my career was participating in the international beauty pageant, Miss Global in Cambodia. It was in 2017 and since I was half Vietnamese, I represented Vietnam. I was truly honoured to represent one of my nationalities. There were over 60 finalists from all over the world and the organizers took great care of us. I didn’t see it as a competition, I saw it more like an experience. I was myself and it paid off. I won Miss Global Photogenic and ranked among the top 20.

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

Definitely my man! There’s also pageant coach Mommy G and choreographer Chieko Hidaka, whom I met in Miss Global. Their personal charm is unreal. Both were strict but very cordial at the same time. I’m very grateful for all the help they gave me.

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

Be yourself and overcome your fear. Don’t be afraid to try new things because you never know where the wind might take you. Work on your portfolio and show that that you can be malleable.

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

It may sound a little lax, but so far, it has always worked out even though I never planned anything. So I just want to let things flow.

Rising Star Spotlight: Introducing The Stunning Melanie Zehner

Before Melanie Zehner got into modeling and graced catalogs and the cover of a magazine, she was a girl living in a small town in Austria. Melanie was in a shopping center when a chance encounter led to her big break. She was only 1o when she was spotted by a shopping center’s marketing coordinator. She was approached and asked if she wanted to be the face of a new magazine. She eventually got the gig and this encounter piqued her interest in modeling. From there she went on to become a professional model and she has even done modeling internationally.

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

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

I was originally born in Austria, I grew up in a little whimsical town with lovely natural surroundings. I have amazing parents who taught me a value system that I’ve always stayed true to. When I was about 10 years old I went to a shopping center with my mum and a lady from the shopping center’s marketing department approached me and asked me if I wanted to be the face of the new magazine – this was in summer and the mood of the magazine was “everything that you need for school.” My dad was part of a photography club that’s why I had no problems posing in front of the camera. In fact, ever since I was born he always had his camera next to me. That’s how I got my foot into the modeling industry.

What does it mean to you to be a model?

For me, it means a lot. You represent something so you should be a role model which means you have to work very hard on yourself.

What’s the biggest challenge to modeling?

Not to give up because there will always be people who will criticize you a lot! It doesn’t really matter how beautiful you are. After attending several casting calls, you will honestly feel like the ugliest person in the world.

Have you always wanted to be in the modeling industry?

I was always too shy. That’s why I got trained as a hairdresser and makeup artist – I got my master’s degree 3 years ago. But even then I never lost my passion for modeling – so when I was 21 I started to work very professionally as a model.

What’s your personal mission in life?

To create a life filled with love and adventure. I want to feel as intensely about life as possible. All kinds of feelings. I want to be able to run my imagination free so my deepest self can develop creatively. I have a gift for recognizing people and their stories and I keep my thoughts in stories, in diaries, and my memory. I’m a lioness because I don’t stop dreaming and learning. I believe in myself, I trust myself and am proud of myself.

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

When I got booked for a video production in Thailand. Another unforgettable experience was when I saw myself in a catalog which I’ve known since my childhood – because everybody in Austria gets this catalog.

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

Oliver stone (Regisseur&film producer) and in Silicon Valley, I met Steve Jobs’ best friend which was really interesting.

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

Stay true to yourself and don’t do any jobs just because of the money.

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

I want to work on an amazing project with high-profile photographers and I want to organize workshops all around the world. Outside my career, I would love to have a little family in the next 5-10 years.

Rising Star Spotlight: Introducing The Stunning Andrea Echeverri

Andrea Echeverri is an actor, model, influencer, photographer, singer, and TV presenter – she’s also one of StarCentral Magazine’s swimsuit models of the month. She studied Film and TV at Central TAFE in Perth, Western Australia and she’s the owner and founder of Golden by AE. handmade jewelry which is handmade jewelry with 24 karat gold cover and natural stones.

We recently caught up with Andrea to discuss her journey in the modeling industry and here’s what went down:

1. How did you get into the modeling industry?

I had friends with startups who used to ask me all the time to be their model and then suddenly I just started getting paid for it.

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

Making art. Being part of artistic expression.

3.The downside to being a model?

A lot of judgment and fake people.

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

Working for amazing teams, brands, and groups like Uniqlo, Australian chamber orchestra, and others.

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

It’s always the people who travel the most.

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

Love yourself the way you are. Nowadays all girls want to have the same bodies, the same faces and that makes you just one more mannequin for the industry. Nothing really special.

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

They don’t mind much nowadays. But they were not supportive at the beginning.

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

Probably to be more committed to eating healthier.

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

One that has helped me a lot was “Do whatever makes you happy, no matter if no one agrees.”

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

No plans so far. Trying to live day after day.

Rising Star Spotlight: Introducing The Beautiful Sophie Collins

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

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

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

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

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

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

What does it mean to you to be a model?

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

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

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

What’s the biggest challenge to modeling?

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

Have you always wanted to be in the modeling industry?

Yes! I was just always so shy.

What’s your personal mission in life?

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

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

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

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

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

How active are you on social media?

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

What is your favourite social media platform?

Instagram.

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

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

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

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

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Last good movie I’ve seen: 1917

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

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

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

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

Find Out More About The Gorgeous Kaitlin Marianelli

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

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

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

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

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

What does it mean to you to be a model?

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

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

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

What’s the biggest challenge to modeling?

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

Have you always wanted to be in the modeling industry?

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

What’s your personal mission in life?

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

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

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

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

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

What is your favourite social media platform?

Instagram fasho!

How active are you on social media?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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