Spotlight Interview – Sarah Okereke

Sarah Okereke is an upcoming fashion and commercial model from London. Although Sarah has only recently been involved in fashion modeling she already has an envious portfolio and were therefore delighted when she took the time to be interviewed by Urbanity Chic. Read the full in-depth interview below where Sarah discusses, amongst other things, her recent experiences in fashion, her inspirations and what she’s hoping to achieve over the next 12 months.

 

Sarah Okereke

Sarah Okereke

Sarah Okereke

Sarah Okereke

 

Q: How did you get into fashion modeling?

I started by chance, I met a designer at a music video shoot who later asked me if I would be interested in modeling her designs on runways, I had zero experience at the time but I wanted to try something new!

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

12 months ago was when I first started and overall it has been hectic but fun. Looking back I have grown and learnt a lot but I’m still on my journey so I look forward to what the future holds for me.

 

Q: Who inspires you?

God.

 

Q: Which modern day fashion designers or fashion icons do you look up to?

My favorite fashion icons would be Amber Rose, Rocsi Diaz & Antonia Wright.

 

Q: Do you prefer to shoot on location or in the studio?

Definitely the studio -controlled temperatures!

 

Sarah Okereke

Sarah Okereke

Sarah Okereke

Sarah Okereke

 

 

Q: Do you have any interesting stories about a particular photo shoot, or a casting you’d like to share?

I did an outdoor fashion show where we had to catwalk in the streets of Sloane Square in the pouring rain. The main runway was on small pebbles, which was difficult to catwalk whilst wearing heels! I didn’t fall/slip but unfortunately this wasn’t the case for some other models that day.

 

Q: How do you prepare for a fashion shoot or show?

I always pack all essentials in my suitcase a day before, and try and keep my self-presentable and well-groomed i.e. clean hair, nails, etc.

 

 

Q: Do you have a favourite photograph?

 Yes! A picture from a photo shoot I did for Italian designer, Bruno Mandaro for his new collection.

 

Q: Who is your favourite photographer?

His name is John Farrar, he won best photographer of they year in both 2010 & 2011 and was also a judge at a beauty pageant I competed in last year (Miss West Africa UK 2012), he never fails to shoot excellent beauty images.

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you?

It is you, it can be a reflection of inner moods expressed with clothes!

 

Sarah Okereke

Sarah Okereke

Sarah Okereke

Sarah Okereke

 

Q: How would you define your personal style?

My personal style is versatile and usually depends on the occasion, weather and/or my mood but lately I only dress for the weekends and occasions.

 

Q: Where are you based?

I am based I South Kilburn, London.

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

Growing up there were many social issues, but I guess if you’re able to withstand it you can survive anywhere. Today, South Kilburn is a vibrant and urban multicultural community.

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

I’ve had so many highlights but one that stood out to me was being top 3 selected out of 100 models at the Afro Model Awards considering I had never taken part in any professional catwalk training lessons at the time! Not to mention seeing myself on television and meeting new people along the way.

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve over the next 12 months?

Although my height betrays me, I would love to walk at Africa Fashion Week 2014.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I browse the web or sleep.

 

Sarah Okereke

Sarah Okereke

Sarah Okereke

Sarah Okereke

 

Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

Definitely Nigeria! It’s my native country and there’s no place like home. I’m into the culture and lifestyle and find Nigerian society humorous and the atmosphere there very thrilling.

 

Q: What songs are on your iPod at the moment?

99.9% of the music I listen to is Afrobeats. My top 5 tracks right now are:

  • Burna Boy -- Dem no know
  • Brymo -- Down
  • 9ice -- Ike kan
  • Rayce -- Jack Sparrow
  • Dammy Krane -- Xteristics

 

Q: Do you have any interesting hobbies?

Nothing interesting

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring models what would it be?

Maintain a good attitude -you never know who is watching you. Be involved in anything and everything and always do background research before attending a job/casting.

 

Sarah Okereke

Sarah Okereke

 

Sarah Okereke

Sarah Okereke

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

My ultimate goal inspires me to work towards it until my destiny has been fulfilled.

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

That is all 🙂

 

Editor’s Note: Sarah Okereke has a vibrancy, positivity and commercial look which is sure to gain a great deal of attention over the coming months and years.

If you’d like to learn more about or get in touch with Sarah Okereke just follow the links below:

Twitter: @SarahO_LDN

Facebook: Sarah Okereke

Starnow www.starnow.co.uk/SarahOkereke

Youtube: iSarahLive

Spotlight Interview – Cat Achieng

Cat Achieng is an experienced and creative fashion model who is currently living and working in London. After checking out some of Cat’s work within her portfolio, we were delighted despite her increasingly hectic schedule, when she agreed to be interviewed by Urbanity Chic. Read on to find out, amongst other things, her inspirations, what she’s recently been working on and where her ideal holiday destination would be.

 

Cat Achieng

Cat Achieng

Cat Achieng

Cat Achieng

 

Q: How did you get into fashion modeling?

I started modeling when I was 14. My mum took me to an agency that as suggested to her by a friend. I modeled for about two years then stopped because it was clashing with my studies at the time. I have recently started modeling again.

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

The last 12 months have been very adventurous and exciting for me. I have travelled to 7 countries and had the chance to meet and work with amazing people.

 

Q: Who inspires you?

My mum. Her patience, the love she has for my siblings and I and her amazing strong work ethic inspire me very much.

 

Q: Which modern day fashion designers or fashion icons do you look up to?

I have so many fashion icons they include Mira Duma, Rihanna & Josephine Baker. I am currently obsessed with Philip Lim & Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow 1960.

 

Q: Do you prefer to shoot on location or in the studio?

I love shooting both on location and in the studio it depends on what the concept is and the team I am working with.

 

Cat Achieng

Cat Achieng

Cat Achieng

Cat Achieng

 

Q: Do you have any interesting stories about a particular photo shoot, or a casting you’d like to share?

I always have many interesting stories to tell about my shoots. But my most memorable one is when I had to shoot 8 outfits for a catalogue in shoes that were 2 sizes smaller. I was grumpy the whole day but the pictures turned out to be my most outstanding ones in my portfolio.

 

Q: How do you prepare for a fashion shoot or show?

I always ensure I get at least 6 hours of sleep before a shoot or show. Also listening to music on my way to the shoot relaxes me at the same time getting me amped and full of energy.

 

Q: Do you have a favourite photograph?

I don’t have a specific favorite photograph. After every shoot there’s always pictures that I really love and some that I don’t.

 

Q: Who is your favourite photographer?

My favourite photographer that I have worked with is Masatoshi Yamashiro. He is a celebrity photographer who is now based in Japan. I had lots of fun working with him. You can check out his work on : www.masatoshiyamashiro.com/

 

Q: Is there anybody you would like to work with?

Although I love collaborating with talented and creative individuals, it would be a dream come true if I could work with Terry Richards & Mario Testino.

 

Cat Achieng

Cat Achieng

Cat Achieng

Cat Achieng

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion to me is a way of expressing my inner self and not a reflection of other people’s expectation of what should be expressed. It is always based on my mood and what I find interesting.

 

Q: How would you define your personal style?

I am big fan of vintage fashion and mixing various styles together. I experiment new things from time to time, I don’t have one personal style.

 

Q: Where are you based?

I am based in London but I have been modeling in Tokyo for the past two years. I will be going to Kenya in October.

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

I am from London but I am originally a Kenyan from Mombasa. I was there this summer and loved being by the white sandy beaches. I also loved seeing all the Big 5 when I went for Safari. You can read about my holiday in Kenya on: http://www.catachieng.co.uk/search/label/Kenya.

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

My highlight to date was when I got to work for Issey Miyake and got to meet him.

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve over the next 12 months?

I hope to collaborate and work with more creative and talented minds. I am also working on my fashion/media company and hope the boutique will launch in the next 12 months.

 

Cat Achieng

Cat Achieng

Cat Achieng

Cat Achieng

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I love Yoga and taking long walks whilst listening to music on my iPod.

 

Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

My favourite holiday would be the Maldives. Just search for Maldives on Google images and you would see why :-).

 

Q: What songs are on your iPod at the moment?

I have quite a lot but these are my current favourite ones. Lose yourself to dance – daft punk, Get lucky – Daft Punk ft Pharrell Williams, Mirrors – Justin Timberlake & Adorn -- Miguel

 

Q: Do you have any interesting hobbies?

I love being in the nature and going for drives up in the hills. I did that quite a lot when I was in Japan and got to chill by the lake viewing Mount Fuji. Such an amazing experience!

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring models what would it be?

Never give up on your dreams. You may come across obstacles but don’t let that bring you down. Work hard and within time you will see the fruits of your hard labor.

 

Cat Achieng

Cat Achieng

Cat Achieng

Cat Achieng

Cat Achieng

Cat Achieng

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

I am highly motivated to do modeling because I enjoy it and I get to meet creative and talented from all walks of life. I also learn quite a lot about the fashion industry and I cannot wait to apply all of this knowledge into my fashion/media company. (www.fiallis.com)

 

Editor’s Note:  Cat Achieng has a great portfolio, which clearly demonstrates her appreciation of the creative arts and fashion. We’re looking forward with interest how Cat’s career in fashion develops over the coming months and years,

If you’d like to learn more about or get in touch with Cat Achieng just follow the links below:

Twitter link: https://twitter.com/catachieng

Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/Catherine.Tanya

Web page link: http://www.catachieng.co.uk/

YouTube embeds: http://www.youtube.com/catachieng

Vimeo embeds: https://vimeo.com/26802469

Spotlight Interview – Mariana Chuleva

Mariana Chuleva is a multi-talented model who is currently living and working in London. After checking out some of Mariana’s recent shoots and work for Fashion TV we were really impressed and were delighted, despite her increasingly hectic schedule, when she agreed to be interviewed by Urbanity Chic. Read on to find out about how Mariana became interested in fashion modeling, what she’s currently working on and what she does to relax when not working.

 

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd. - Singer Vogue MK III Photo and Video FTV Shoot

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd.

 

 

Q: How did you get into fashion modeling?

As a little girl I was very shy and insecure but I have always found something magnificent about being under the spotlight.

While growing up I hated posing for photos even for my mom’s birthday until one summer day after first year in high school. Some of my new friends – already advanced in social media communications – convinced me to pose for some shots. I got home and forgot about it but when they send me the photos I actually liked them. One of them was even good enough so I could also join the popular websites I used to make fun of.

 

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov -- 2008

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov — 2008

 

Not long after a professional photographer contacted me with a proposal for fashion shoot. The second I read it my sarcastic reply was on its way… “Yes, sure…let’s shoot in an abandoned warehouse out of town!!!”. The person replied with their website and portfolio but I still did not take  it.
Anyway, we kept on chatting and after three months I met (in a crowded place) my present MANAGER and we created some amazing shots (still one of my favorite).

 

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov - Badzhakov Photography Ltd. - Fashion - Studio - Session

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov -- Badzhakov Photography Ltd.

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov - Badzhakov Photography Ltd.

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov -- Badzhakov Photography Ltd.

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov - Badzhakov Photography Ltd.

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov -- Badzhakov Photography Ltd.

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

The last year was really busy and emotional for me. I moved in London last September and started from scratch. I had to work very hard so I can create a good professional network and now I am finally releasing my new website – www.chuleva.co.uk.

 

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd.

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd.

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd.

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd.

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd.

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd.

 

Q: Who inspires you?

If your mind is open inspiration comes from everywhere. I am very positive person and I believe a smile can open every door.

 

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov - Ivan Peev

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov -- Ivan Peev

 

I love listening to music and going for long walks – this kind of restarts my mind. I still see so many new things in the area I live. I cannot believe how big London is!

 

Mariana Chuleva

Mariana Chuleva

 

Q: Which modern day fashion designers or fashion icons do you look up to?

I am a huge fan of Coco Rocha. She has been my idol ever since I saw her first work. Coco is a great example of successful businesswoman with great approach to the media and society.

 

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov - Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd.

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov -- Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd.

 

Q: Do you prefer to shoot on location or in the studio?

This is a tough one! Considering the London weather I can never underestimate the comfort of nice studio but on location shoots always present you with the challenge of being creative in a changing environment. Anyway, being in a nice team is what actually makes the photos memorable.

 

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov - Figgahugga Commercial Shoot - ICandy Studio

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov -- Figgahugga Commercial Shoot -- ICandy Studio

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd. - Summer Shoot in Plovdiv

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd. -- Summer Shoot in Plovdiv

 

Q: Do you have any interesting stories about a particular photo shoot, or a casting you’d like to share?

Every shoot is different even when you work with people you know. Different style, ideas and different energy. I always get home tired but with so much to tell…

 

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd. - Summer Shoot in Plovdiv

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd. -- Summer Shoot in Plovdiv

 

Q: How do you prepare for a fashion shoot or show?

Well, I am like a panda – I have to sleep enough so I look and feel good.

 

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd.

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd.

 

Q: Do you have a favourite photograph?

Not only one!!! My favorite shoot ever is a lingerie project for FashionTV
FashionTV video --

 

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd.

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd.

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd.

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd.

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd.

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd.

 

Q: Who is your favourite photographer?

During my four years experience I have worked with so many great professionals and I have an endless list of names I put with proud in my portfolio. Among all I doubtlessly choose Pavel Badzhakov – nominated for Photographer Of The Year for 2013 at Cannes – www.badzhakov.com.

 

Mariana Chuleva

Mariana Chuleva

 

Q: Is there anybody you would like to work with?

Ever since I am in the UK I want to shoot with Mario Testino. I fall in love with his shoot for V Magazine of Kate Moss and Rihanna and I simply adore the Burberry photos of Cara Delevingne

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you?

I like feeling free in my clothes. I am very punky in my daily life but I cannot live without a note of style even in my tracksuit. I was wondering why and soon a thought came to my mind. In historical plan fashion is something that gave women a lot of power. Wearing trousers is not just a way to feel comfortable during the day but also a sign of equality. I really think this war is far behind us nowadays but for me the pair of jeans or the shirt you choose in the morning while being sleepy is much more than a cover for our birth suit. Fashion is a tool that you should use wisely and show your individuality though it.

 

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Emma Barrow - Sumera Ash - Aisha Mohamed - Fashion Editorial Shoot - BNW

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Emma Barrow -- Sumera Ash -- Aisha Mohamed -- Fashion Editorial Shoot -- BNW

 

Q: How would you define your personal style?

After so many years working with fashion I cannot define a style for me and that is not a bad thing. I love changes. Today you might see me as a schoolgirl all dressed in pink and tomorrow I will surprise you as a rock diva… This is why I am so happy with my job! As a model and an actress I have no borders – even if I am out of ideas a MUA or a stylist will come and show me something new. You have no idea what can be done with a few hairpins of pieces of fabric.

 

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov - Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd. - Xenia Hair - Stephanie Foo Make-up Artist - FTV - FashionTV Westminister Shoot

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov -- Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd. -- Xenia Hair -- Stephanie Foo Make-up Artist -- FTV -- FashionTV Westminister Shoot

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov - Badzhakov Photography Ltd. London - Dark Bridal Shoot - Ksenija Vrtaric - Hair by Xenia - Stephanie Foo - MUA

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov -- Badzhakov Photography Ltd. London -- Dark Bridal Shoot -- Ksenija Vrtaric -- Hair by Xenia -- Stephanie Foo -- MUA

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov - Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd. - Xenia Hair - Stephanie Foo Make-up Artist - FTV - FashionTV Westminister Shoot

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov -- Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd. -- Xenia Hair -- Stephanie Foo Make-up Artist -- FTV -- FashionTV Westminister Shoot

 

Q: Where are you based?

I live and work in London, UK but as a true explorer I love traveling.

 

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography - Safari Shoot

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography -- Safari Shoot

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov - George Prapas - Nessebar Beach Shoot

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov -- George Prapas -- Nessebar Beach Shoot

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography - Safari Shoot

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography -- Safari Shoot

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

As a kid I was always watching FashionTV and if someone had ever told me I would have four videos aired there I would have never believed them. It is a real-dream-come true for me but I am planning it to be just the beginning.

 

Mariana Chuleva

Mariana Chuleva

Mariana Chuleva

Mariana Chuleva

Mariana Chuleva

Mariana Chuleva

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve over the next 12 months?

I am not just hoping, but I will! I am planning to focus my career on acting now as this is something I can really involve myself with. Being a model is more like being someone else while being an actor is more like putting yourself in different situation and it is a great way to experience life surrounded by positive and creative people.

 

Mariana Chuleva

Mariana Chuleva

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov - Badzhakov Photography Ltd. London - Fashion - Glamour - Model -  Face - Beauty - Мариана Чулева

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov -- Badzhakov Photography Ltd. London -- Fashion -- Glamour -- Model -- Face -- Beauty -- Мариана Чулева

Mariana Chuleva

Mariana Chuleva

 

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I like doing yoga or running but what really helps me distress is cutting some innocent vegetables and cooking tasty dishes.

 

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography - Natural Blonde Shoot

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography -- Natural Blonde Shoot

 

Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

As a person living in the foggy but lovely London I would say – somewhere sunny! This year I was in Ibiza and it was amazing. I am planning on visiting Spain again not only for the beautiful beaches but also for the amazing jewelry.

 

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Vacation Essentials - As Coco Rocha - Magazine Article

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Vacation Essentials -- As Coco Rocha -- Magazine Article

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd. - FashionTVHot - FTV - Hot Swimsuit Calendar

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd. -- FashionTVHot -- FTV -- Hot Swimsuit Calendar

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd. - FashionTVHot - FTV - Hot Swimsuit Calendar

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd. -- FashionTVHot -- FTV -- Hot Swimsuit Calendar

 

Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?

As I said earlier for me music is life. Sometimes I feel through music. I don’t need to say anything if the song says it all. Mostly I listen to Rock’n’Roll music because my daddy thought me to since a little kid but also like Reggae, Drum&Bass, Soul…. Pretty much everything.

 

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov - Nina Kadatko - Jenne von Darce - Shine and Glow

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov -- Nina Kadatko -- Jenne von Darce -- Shine and Glow

 

Q: Do you have any interesting hobbies?

Apart from the acting I like conquering my fears… I love extreme sports, hiking, biking and climbing. I bet I will surprise you but I also love Economy and and I constantly do researches of the market in Fashion, Design, Photography and Media Production.

 

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - 2012 - Pavel Badzhakov - Studio Shoot with Peter Peshev

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- 2012 -- Pavel Badzhakov -- Studio Shoot with Peter Peshev

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov - Piotr Stryjewski Lifestyle Photo and Video Shoot - HMUA: Anitka Kwiat

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov -- Piotr Stryjewski Lifestyle Photo and Video Shoot -- HMUA: Anitka Kwiat

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring models what would it be?

Just believe in yourselves and enjoy what you are doing. 

 

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov - George Prapas - Nessebar Beach Shoot

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov -- George Prapas -- Nessebar Beach Shoot

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do? 

Family for me is the one thing that keeps me fighting. My parents have always supported me in what I am doing and I cannot be more grateful for that. They thought me how to dream and how to work for your dreams and  I really want to pay them back for all the love they have given me and my little brother. 

 

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov - Stephanie Yt Chan - Bobbi Rose Photography - Glamour - Beauty - Face - Photo - Shoot - Flowers

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov -- Stephanie Yt Chan -- Bobbi Rose Photography -- Glamour -- Beauty -- Face -- Photo -- Shoot -- Flowers

 

Editor’s Note: At Urbanity Chic we’re sure that you’ll be seeing a great deal more of Mariana Chuleva, whether on television, films or advertisements, over the coming months. Definitely one of Urbanity Chic’s Ones to Watch!

 

If you’d like to learn more about or get in touch with Mariana Chuleva just follow the links below:

Website: www.chuleva.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarianaChulevaFanPage

Twitter link: https://twitter.com/MarianaChuleva

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/channels/marianachuleva

BAD Models Management: http://badmodelsmanagement.com/#MARIANA_ID=32

 

Many thanks to Pavel Badzhakov -- www.badzhakov.com

Spotlight Interview – Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva is an established fashion model, originally form Bulgaria but now who currently lives and works in London. At Urbanity Chic we love upcoming creative talent and were therefore keen to share some of Gabriela’s burgeoning portfolio, interests and experiences with you. Read the entire interview below where Gabriela discusses how she got into modeling initially, what her current career highlights have been and where her ideal holiday destination would be.

 

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva -- Photography by John Turner

Gabriela Georgieva - Photography by Nigel Rogers

Gabriela Georgieva -- Photography by Nigel Rogers

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

 

Q: How did you get into fashion modeling?

I got into modelling for first time, when I was about 16 and was approached on the street by an agent, who wanted me to join her agency. I have done quite a few fashion shows with them and although I enjoyed modelling, decided to focus on my education and after going to university, dropped the modelling for couple of years. After finishing my degree and moving to London later on, I realised I want to give the modelling another go and see where it can take me.

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

I had an incredible year, managed to build up my portfolio, to work with very talented photographers, to take part in a number of fashion shows, photo shoots, music videos and a commercial too.

 

Q. Who inspires you?

I love all the supermodels from the 90’s -- Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Elle Macpherson, who all seem to have stopped the time and carry on looking even more incredible.

 

Which modern day fashion designers or fashion icons do you look up to?

Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood for their creativity and inspiration.

 

Q. Do you prefer to shoot on location or studio?

I enjoy both, but studio is more controlled in terms of lighting, so might work better in a way.

 

Q. How do you prepare for a fashion shoot or show?

I just make sure I have exercised during the day and I have a good rest and plenty of sleep the night before.

 

Q: Do you have a favourite photograph?

Not really, it is difficult to pick just one.

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva -- Photography by Alessandro Pelosi, Bridal gown designer/stylist: Simonetta Sabo Fashion (Designer for Poen de Szimiy), Ana Crosatto Make-up Artist

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva -- Photography by Alessandro Pelosi, Bridal gown designer/stylist: Simonetta Sabo Fashion (Designer for Poen de Szimiy), Ana Crosatto Make-up Artist

 

 

Q: Who is your favourite photographer?

I have worked with some very talented photographers, but looking forward to work with the big names in the industry.

 

Q: Is there anybody you would like to work with?

I will be happy to work with more professional photographers, fashion designers, magazine editors, who can feature me in their campaigns.

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you?

It is a huge part of my life. It represents my personality through the way I dress. But I am not obsessed with trends and labels, I can wear anything that fits me and looks well on me.

 

Q: How would you define your personal style?

My style changes and depends from the way I feel. I love feminine and sexy dresses, but also skinny jeans and simple tops, combined with leather jackets.

 

Q: Where are you based?

I am currently based in London, but love travelling and Asia and America are on my must-visit list.

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

I am originally from Bulgaria, a lovely country in Eastern Europe, a small piece of paradise with warm turquoise sea and majestic snow-topped mountains.

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

I hope there will be many more to come, but so far must be a TV commercial for B&B hotels, which was featured in Germany.

 

Q. What are you hoping to achieve in the next 12 months?

I hope to go further with my modelling, to get more publications and commercial work, to travel to other countries.

 

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva -- Photography by Nigel Rogers

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva -- Photography by John Turner

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva -- Photography by John Turner

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

Meeting up with friends, trips away, exploring new places, keeping fit in the gym, dancing.

 

Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

Anywhere warm and tropical. Love the sun, I am a summer babe.

 

Q. What songs are you listening to at the moment?

Boomerang -- Nicole Scherzinger

Trouble -- Tailor Swift

Girl on Fire -- Alicia Keys

Learn to Love Again -- Lawson

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring models what would it be?

Never give up! Follow your dream and don’t take rejections personally.

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

Modelling is my passion, I love doing it and every new assignment motivates me to go further.

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

Anyone is welcome to contact me.

 

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva -- Photography by Martin Macchina

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva -- Photography by Nigel Hine

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva -- Photography by Nigel Rogers

 

 

Editor’s Note: Gabriela’s versatile look and poise is equally at home on the catwalk or in print. At Urbanity Chic we’re sure everyone will be seeing a lot more of Gabriela over the coming months and years.

 

If you’d like to get in touch with Gabriela, or check out more of her impressive portfolio just follow the links below:

 

Website: http://carolchan9394.wix.com/gabrielageorgieva

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/gabriela.georgieva.7547

Starnow: http://www.starnow.co.uk/gabrielageorgieva1

Agency: http://www.zenati-agency.com/gabriela/

 

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

 

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

 

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

Spotlight Interview – Adella Pasos

Adella Pasos is a multi-talented model originally from Chicago but is now spending much of her time working on modeling projects in Miami and Los Angeles too! Despite her increasingly hectic schedule we were delighted that Adella took the time to complete an interview with Urbanity Chic. Read on to discover, amongst other things, what Adella has been working on for the last 12 months, her love of fine art and how she prepares for a fashion shoot.

 

Adella Pasos

Adella Pasos

Adella Pasos

Adella Pasos

Adella Pasos

Adella Pasos

 

Q: How did you get into fashion modeling?

My love for fashion, my passion for glamour and makeup, and clothing brands drove me into the modeling field. I love being in the spotlight and the ability to convey emotion in imagery makes me proud of the work I do. My mother was a big influence in my life with keeping me on track with achieving my goals. She actually put me into a modeling school at the tender age of 6. She believed this is what I was meant to do.

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

The last 12 months have been exceptional! I’ve had lots of online features, many doors have opened up, and I’ve also had magazine covers! I’m thankful.

 

Q: Who inspires you?

My mother. She manages to stay humble and meek in all things that she does. She’s very patient with others, and she remains respectful to everyone she comes in contact with. She always strives to exceed all her goals and expectations.

 

Q: Which modern day fashion designers or fashion icons do you look up to?

Some of my favorite designers would be Dolce and Gabbana, and also Alexander McQueen. Their styles range from sleek, sexy, to bold, abrupt, and loud. I feel fashion should be loved and respectfully displayed in all of those styles. They make fashion ‘cutting edge’.  My favorite models right now would be Miranda Kerr, she’s not just one of the best Victoria’s Secret models, but she consistently diversifies her work. She appears in makeup, perfume, and has walked to runway for top designers as she walked the runway for Christian Dior, Lanvin, and Chanel.

 

Q: Do you prefer to shoot on location or in the studio?

I prefer a little of both actually. I love the outdoors shoots, they provide a little more variety and color. The studio shoots also have the benefits of special effects and lighting that can work in your benefit as well.

 

Q: Do you have any interesting stories about a particular photo shoot, or a casting you’d like to share?

My best experience is working with fashion designers. I come from a background where I have a deep appreciation for art and design. Many of these designers put their hearts and soul into creation of their clothing. The produce unique, one-of-a-kind couture pieces, that some even hand sew. I’m very proud to work with those designers to showcase their awesome apparel. 

 

Adella Pasos

Adella Pasos

Adella Pasos

Adella Pasos

Adella Pasos

Adella Pasos

 

Q: How do you prepare for a fashion shoot or show?

Generally, I start my day off with a protein shake, I exercise, then stretch, take all my vitamins, make sure I have a bottle of water, and a granola snack bar in my purse, my favorite lip gloss, and off I go.

 

Q: Do you have a favourite photograph?

Yes, my original shoots that I did with the Ford Mustang are my favourite. I love the car, the bikini, and the pictures were amazing!

 

Adella Pasos

Adella Pasos

Adella Pasos

Adella Pasos

Adella Pasos

Adella Pasos

 

Q: Who is your favourite photographer?

Currently, the one from my hometown, CS Jackson Photography. He’s doing great work, and continues to move forward in his profession.

 

Q: Is there anybody you would like to work with?

Not specifically, but I love collaborating with highly creative individuals, and those who are passionate about their work.

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion means style, different, edgy, smart, sexy, sleek, fun, bright, bold, tiny, and large. It’s an expressive form of art!

 

Q: How would you define your personal style?

My style would be edgy, sexy, and fun. I love vintage and old looking clothing. As far as color goes, give me bold or subtle, and I will push it to the limit.

 

Q: Where are you based?

I’m based out of Chicago, born and raised there. However, I travel to Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Miami frequently.

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

Growing up in Chicago is a fun and fast paced lifestyle. I grew up with the beach behind my house (Lake Michigan). So, most of my childhood was spent swimming in the water, making sand castles and eating Chicago style dogs at the park next door. It was great. As a Chicagoan, when you leave the city, you learn to appreciate all that the city has to offer. We offer a large variety of foods from a hundred different cultures, beautiful art and museums throughout the city, as well as a wealth of shopping, and entertainment activities.  You could probably spend 10 years in the chi and never get to do all the activities we have going. I love it!

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

Achieving numerous magazine covers has definitely been a career highlight. It takes some people years to get covers. I’ve managed to get 4 in 1 month! I’m humbly thankful.

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve over the next 12 months?

Over the next 12 months, I would like to be the “face” of a major label brand or company. I would love to participate in TV commercials and see myself in major motion picture films.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I exercise, and then drink tea, and eat English muffins with ham and eggs. This does it up for me!

 

Q: Where would your favorite holiday (vacation) be and why? I love Christmas, specifically I would love to take a vacation to Switzerland, and experience skiing, and the holiday spirit they have going on there. I think it would be a fun trip!

 

Adella Pasos

Adella Pasos

Adella Pasos

Adella Pasos

 

Q: What songs are on your iPod at the moment?

I have a LARGE variety of music stretching from Simon and Garfunkel to Andréa Bocelli, and then from Red Hot Chili Peppers to Lil’ Wayne. I’m a big fan of all music; there is not one genre of music that I dislike.

 

Q: Do you have any interesting hobbies? I have a few hidden talents. You would probably not expect to know that I’m a painter, and artist in nature. I have a passion for the arts, and believe art has much relevancy to all of our lives. I specialize in oil and acrylic painting, sculpture and also graphic arts.

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring models what would it be?

I would say like my mother tells me, “stay strong, and never give up “. The end isn’t near, keep pressing towards the future and put 100% into all of your work. It’s very important to stay hungry for achievement. This is a winning combination in my book.

  

Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

My drive and ambition to be great and do great things helps motivate me to get to the next l I aspire to move my career to a level that isn’t stipend by just what one industry depicts it to be. I would eventually want to achieve a global presence, and use it to also give back and help others.  I know many say, “girl, you set your goals high”, however I was always told, “reach for the stars baby”!

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

Connect with me on www.adellapasos.com

 

Adella Pasos

Adella Pasos

Adella Pasos

Adella Pasos

 

Editor’s Note: Adella Pasos’ creativity and attention to detail means that she is a very diverse model, equally at home portraying different fashion styles. At Urbanity Chic we’re sure you’ll be seeing a lot more of Adella Pasos over the coming months and years. 

If you’d like to get in touch with Adella Pasos just follow the links below:

Twitter link: @adellapasos

Facebook link: facebook.com/adella.pasos

Web page link: www.adellapasos.com

 

Spotlight Interview – Ru Saxon

Ru Saxon is an upcoming fashion model and singer-songwriter from Essex, UK. After checking out Ru Saxon’s creative portfolio we were really keen to learn more about her experiences, interests and aspirations as well as sharing some of her growing portfolio with you. Read the interview below where Ru discusses, amongst other things, who she is inspired by in fashion, what she’s been working on for the last 12 months and what she does to relax.

 

Ru Saxon

Ru Saxon

 

Q: How did you get into fashion modeling?

My social network, I do music so I also met designers, photographers and it all started as a laugh until I realized my potential. The sky is the limit.

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

I’ve achieved a lot of things I never thought or imagined I would be doing. I.e. modeling, my songs radio play on BBC introducing Essex, ambassador for Sparty sports wear, as well as working in a law industry (all in one). I’ve no idea how I do it.

 

Q: Who inspires you?

I am mostly inspired by successful women such as Gabrielle Union, Erykah Badu; life coaches such as Jim Rohn, Brian Tracey and the women in my family notably my late grandmother Faith Mary Shamuyarira.

 

Q: Which modern day fashion designers or fashion icons do you look up to?

I really like designs by Isabel Wong, my fashion icon is Victoria Beckham and this will sound weird but I appreciate Kanye West’s fashion sense.

 

Q: Do you prefer to shoot on location or in the studio?

I prefer shoots on location; it really depends with the idea behind it.

  

Q: Do you have any interesting stories about a particular photo shoot, or a casting you’d like to share?

The one I can think off is a little too embarrassing so I’ll have to pass.

 

Ru Saxon

Ru Saxon

 

Q: How do you prepare for a fashion shoot or show?

I allow at least weeks or days of drinking and eating well. Green tea is the key to getting rid of all toxins in your body so I have loads of healthy food and drink.

 

Q: Do you have a favourite photograph?

My favourite photograph is taken by Bartosz Och, the photograph is super artistic which I love.

 

Q: Who is your favourite photographer?

My favourite photographer is Bartosz Och – Facebook/Bartoszoch photography

http://www.facebook.com/piconme.photography?fref=ts

 

Q: Is there anybody you would like to work with?

One of my dreams is to work with a high fashion French designer or brand, something like Christian Dior or Chanel that to me would be a great accomplishment.

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion allows me to express myself and how I feel.

 

Q: How would you define your personal style?

My personal style is very laid back, I like to wear plain clothes in the winter that way I can accessorize more. The one thing I pay a lot more attention to is my nail colour, especially in the summer I like to wear  bright coloured clothes in the summer so I top it off with some Jazzy coloured nails.

 

Q: Where are you based?

Essex.

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

Being an Essex girl is good and bad (Essex stereotype) I’m just lucky to be a little smart pants…but hey you know what they say Essex is the new Hollywood.

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

I think a magazine publication with Flaunt magazine as I least expected it.

 

Ru Saxon

Ru Saxon

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve over the next 12 months?

The next 12 months I am hoping to be published in a high fashion magazine such as vogue and have my name known all over in the fashion industry.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I to read books, write songs, have a catch up with friends over a nice cocktail, and a hot chocolate pudding.

 

Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

A nice holiday by the beach or south of France, I like a chilled holiday with a bit of everything culture, food, a friendly community and shopping.

 

Q: What songs are on your iPod at the moment?

I love Spectrum by Florence and Calvin Harris, Beth Ditto ‘love long distance’, Alicia Keys ‘brand new me’, and my own song Ru Saxon ‘To you’

 

 

Q: Do you have any interesting hobbies?

I am singer songwriter but my secret hobby is gardening…its quite therapeutic

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring models what would it be?

Build a great portfolio, network and always be on time

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

What motivates me is the fact that I don’t allow fear to get in the way so I dare to be different, do everything I love and I do love a challenge.

 

Ru Saxon

Ru Saxon

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

Besides modeling I am a singer songwriter and follow RuSaxon on twitter and Facebook for updates. I am also an ambassador for a new women’s sports wear Spartzy!

 

Editor’s Note: Ru Saxon brings a vitality and dynamic energy to every shot. She is versatile and has a creative edge which brings a sense of individuality to her best shots.

 

If you’d like to learn more about or get in touch with Ru Saxon just follow the links below:

twitter link: http://twitter.com/rusaxon

Facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ru-Saxon/252491031476248?fref=ts

Web page link: http://www.starnow.co.uk/RuSaxon

Ru Saxon

Ru Saxon

 

Spotlight Interview – Allegra Modelinc

Allegra Modelinc is a successful catwalk and fashion model who was brought up in Geneva but now lives and works in London. After learning about Allegra’s story and checking out some of her impressive fashion portfolio we were impressed and were delighted when she agreed to complete an interview with Urbanity Chic. Read the full in-depth interview below where Allegra discusses, amongst other things, what it was like growing up in Geneva, what fashion icons she would love to work with in the future and how her work in fashion supports her charitable work.

 

Allegra Modelinc

Allegra Modelinc

 

Q: How did you get into fashion modeling?

I started modeling by accident in 1999 at the age of 9 years old in Geneva (Switzerland). A good friend of my mom had her own agency (Seven) and thought I was pretty tall for my age. She gave me a try and I ended up doing catwalk regularly for the spring/summer and autumn/winter for a new brand fashion brand in one of the biggest shopping malls in the center of Geneva.

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

The last 12 months have been rewarding for me. I have had the opportunity to do incredible catwalk shows for the London Fashion week, Pakistan Fashion Week, Zen Africa Magazine, I’ve also had the opportunity to model in the National Luxury and lifestyle awards seeing celebrities such as Stacey Solomon and Lucien Lavinscout.

 

Q: Who inspires you?

God and my mother are my main inspirations in life. God blesses me to carry out all my goals and my mom taught me to have determination and be independent from an early age. In the fashion industry there’s plenty models who inspire me; such as Beverly Peele, Naomi Campbell (she’s such an icon!!), Waris Dirie for her amazing journey and humanitarian organization, Liya Kebede, Alek Wek, Yasmeen Ghauri, Tyra Banks and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

 

Q: Which modern day fashion designers or fashion icons do you look up to?

The list is long! There’s plenty of urban and high fashion designers that I love including Kesshia Kumari, Lucy in Disguise by Lilly Allen and her sister Sarah Owen, Jean-Paul Gautier, Manish Malhotra, Victoria Beckham, Chandra Maharaj, Mary Tataw E etc…

 

Allegra Modelinc

Allegra Modelinc

Allegra Modelinc

 

Q: Do you prefer to shoot on location or in the studio?

I found shooting on location more inspirational. However I prefer to do studio shoots when it’s for highlighting an item such as bags or a shoe collection.

 

Q: Do you have any interesting stories about a particular photo shoot, or a casting you’d like to share?

My casting for Botswana at London Fashion week was one of the most memorable for me. I had a meeting at the Embassy of Botswana at Oxford Circus in London. I was welcomed and treated like an important politician (laugh). I have good memories of that occasion.

 

 

Q: How do you prepare for a fashion shoot or show?

I just take care of myself by doing beauty sessions, relaxing when I can to look good and to be fresh and full of energy for the big day.

 

Q: Do you have a favourite photograph?

I love the nude picture of Grace Jones taken by Jean-Paul Goude. I found it brilliant!!

 

 Q: Who is your favorite photographer?

From all the photographers I’ve worked with until now, Marija Berjoza is my favorite. Oliver Morris is also excellent. He can be very impressive when you first meet him (laugh). I would also love to work with Jean-Paul Goude and Anne Geddes.

 

Allegra Modelinc

Allegra Modelinc

 

Q: Is there anybody you would like to work with?

In term of photography, Anne Geddes and Jean-Paul Goude are my working goals’ dream. I love their work, what Jean-Paul Goude created with Grace Jones remain legendary until today and Anne Geddes managed to touch people with her intimate and crushing portrait of babies and women. When it comes to brands, I would love to work for Juicy Couture, Victoria Beckham and Kimora Lee Simmons.

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you?

For me, fashion is a form of art and freedom. It doesn’t have limitations, rules, social status or color. It not only promotes an idea, a dream, and a creation of a designer but it can also be used for charity like we saw with Oliveiro Toscani’s work with the United Colors of Benetton.

  

Q: How would you define your personal style?

I define myself as a polyvalent woman in term of style. I do not have a specific style it all depends of my crush for the outfit I see. I can look classy chic one day & funky the next one.

 

Q: Where are you based?

I am based in London but travel to Switzerland and France quit often.

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

I’m from Geneva, in the French speaking side of Switzerland. It’s a small international city where the quality of life is good; with lovely views of lake of Geneva and UN Headquarters. In wintertime, it’s also a great place to be for skiing, a sport that I love to do. In term of fashion opportunities it unfortunately wasn’t the right place to be for me, as Switzerland doesn’t have a developed fashion industry.

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

Working in famous fashion weeks and the National luxury and lifestyle awards were the greatest experiences I’ve had so far.

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve over the next 12 months?

I would like to work with my favorite designers and photographers.

 

Allegra Modelinc

Allegra Modelinc

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I enjoy simple things. I love to pray, go to cinema, read books or a restaurant with my friends & family.

 

Q: Where would your favorite holiday (vacation) be and why?

I’ve fortunately had the opportunity to travel a lot. I have seen many places but still dream to see more. Among those my favourite one would be Botswana because I love their culture and political policy, Mexico (Coyoacan) because this is where my favorite painter Frida Kahlo lives. I’d love to discover the country. I ‘d also like to visit St Lucia. I feel attracted to that beautiful Island, as well as Dubai.

 

Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?

My top songs these days are; A Day in the Life of Benjamin by Andre 3000 (Outkast), Come Nuh Baby by Miss St Lucia 2010 Aiasha Gustave, Smile by Hil St Soul, Amazing Grace by Destiny’s Child, You Know What’s Up by Donell Jones and Left Eye, Till The Dawn by Drew Sidora, Wine Slow by Gyptian, Sincerely Jane by Janelle Monáe, Michael Jackson’s Earth Song, Carolina by Awilo and Didn’t Cha Know by Erykah Badu.

 

Allegra Modelinc

Allegra Modelinc

 

Q: Do you have any interesting hobbies?

I love skiing, reading history/political books and traveling. I have been to 10 countries and have visited over 45 cities in France, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Greece, United States of America, England and Switzerland.

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring models what would it be?

To believe in your dream, have faith, work hard and keep your integrity.

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

My faith leads me through amazing opportunities and my personal history. I grew up in poverty but was taught about perseverance and hard work by my mother from an early age.

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

I’m an activist model and have been working with various charity organizations such as Save The Children. My mother has also founded her own charity cause “soupe populaire Allegra & Michel-ofik” that’s aim is to take care of extremely poor children that live on the streets in an area of Kinshasa in the DR Congo.

 

Editor’s Note: Allegra’s great bone structure and dynamic energy will ensure that she continues to be in demand over the coming months and years as a fashion model. At Urbanity Chic we’re also really impressed how she uses her fashion career to support her charity work that definitely makes a difference to those most in need.

If you’d like to learn more about or get in touch with Allegra just follow the links below:

Twitter link: https://twitter.com/AllegraN2

Facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/allegra.modelinc

Tumbler link: http://allegra7.tumblr.com/

Magazine link: http://zenmagazineafrica.com/models/allegra-hot-mesmerising/

Spotlight Interview – Cleo Miami

Cleo Miami is a commercial fashion and runway model from London. At Urbanity Chic we’ve noticed some of Cleo’s portfolio for a while now from afar and we were delighted when we finally organized an interview that despite her hectic schedule she agreed. Read the full in depth interview below where Cleo discusses, amongst other things, what creative projects she’s recently been working on. What her advice for people looking to work in the fashion industry would be and where her ideal holiday destination would be.

 

Cleo Miami

Cleo Miami

  

Q: How did you get into fashion modeling?

When I was fourteen years old I did a hair modeling competition for Antonio’s Hair Salon in Canterbury, Kent for my hairdresser and Sister in-law Chantal. It was such an amazing experience that I decided to follow my career as a model. I took the opportunity to move to London aged nineteen, I started networking and following Fashion trends and it kind of just fell into place from there.

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

A lot of fun and very busy at times. I have been working on a number of projects including building my own modeling agency. I have so much to learn but I am enjoying every step it takes and I love meeting new people.

 

Q: Who inspires you?

I am not actually inspired by any one particular person more inspired by a type of person such as; someone who has come from nothing and has made something of themselves. It is so easy when you have wealthy and supporting parents, especially parents who are already well established in the industry that you would like to get into. I am very inspired by people who literally have nothing and they succeed in something that is hard to crack, such as the Modeling and Acting Industries, especially when they do it all on there own, It shows real courage.

 

Q: Which modern day fashion designers or fashion icons do you look up to?

I love designers who create elegant eveningwear; I am attracted to the glamour in clothes, pearls and diamanté’s is a must. I am also into new and up and coming designers. I would say the designer I am very into right now is: Luna Sky, her clothes are so beautifully created and really fit your figure well. Luna has amazing taste and her clothes never cease to amaze me.

Luna Sky: http://www.lunaskymoda.co.uk

 

Q: Do you prefer to shoot on location or in the studio?

I prefer to shoot in Studio as you can do so much with the backgrounds, lighting, props and themes. I also like shooting on location too as this can add more detail to images.

 

Cleo Miami

Cleo Miami

Cleo Miami

 

Q: How do you prepare for a fashion shoot or show?

First thing I do when I am booked for a shoot/show is arrange my clothes of what I am going to wear to the shoot and sometimes what I will be wearing for the after party. Then I go to get my nails and hair prepped ready for whatever treatments will be styled on the day. I then make sure I eat very healthily the day before and on the day to make sure no bloating happens especially if your shooting swimwear. When shooting, I like to go through certain magazines to see what kind of poses are in right now and keep myself updated with fashion trends. For Runway, I rehearse my walk and see of ways I can improve and change to make it better.

 

Q: Do you have a favorite photograph?

Yes, my favorites are the ones used in this interview.

 

Q: Who is your favorite photographer?

I do not favor just one photographer as they are all talented in their own right but I do really love: Mario Testino and Ellen Von Unwerth.

 

Q: Is there anybody you would like to work with?

I would love to shoot with Stylist Jen Rade, I love her style and confidence. Jen has worked with A-list stars such as Angelina Jolie, Pink and Cher.

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you?

To me it means personality, embracing who you are on the inside and broadcasting it on the outside. The fashion world is brutal and people’s understanding and definition of fashion is even scarier.

  

Q: How would you define your personal style?

My personal style is very sophisticated and elegant, I love to dress chick by day and glamorous by night.

 

Cleo Miami

Cleo Miami

Cleo Miami

 

Q: Where are you based?

I am currently based in Central London, Zone 1.

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

Thetravelling has been a lot of fun whether it is across England or in Europe. I would have to say the highlight would be meeting creative open-minded people in the industry. These people are not scared to express their selves and have a lot of ambition to get to where they want to be in life, regardless of the obstacles they face. I like to surround myself with people whom I aspire to be like.

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve over the next 12 months?

I am looking to shoot more magazine submissions and have my agency up and running.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I usually take around a week off, every two to three months and spend this time with my family. I am the eldest of eight children and it gives me a lot of motivation being around them.

 

Q: Where would your favorite holiday (vacation) be and why?

In the Maldives as its very beautiful and peaceful.

 

Q: What songs are on your iPod at the moment?

Garage, Reggae, DnB, Dub Step, House and Rap. Latest and old school tunes.

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

My family.

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know?

Never stop believing in yourself. If your feeling you need a dramatic change in life read about The Secret, it will help you understand about life and most importantly about yourself.

 

Cleo Miami

Cleo Miami

Cleo Miami

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring models what would it be?

There is a common misconception within the industry, that you have to be super skinny, super tall and super sexy to become a model. This is simply not true.

If you look at hundreds of different TV commercials, magazine ads, billboards, you will see that every different kind of look is being used in advertising. The truth is, that advertisers need to target every different groups of people in our society and you are a part of our vast society as well.

There are people that like the same things as you and that think, dress and look similar to you too. These are whom you will market the best to and especially now days the variety in models is a huge demand for normal average looking people. You can be size 0 to a size 22 it really doesn’t matter.

Just the other day, I was informed of a casting for a top designer looking for a fitting model. The client specifically stated that the model must be a size 20 in real life and that she wasn’t looking for someone who had looks of a model.

And of course there is always work for people who are naturally… sexy.

(*Note: Sexy is not so much a look, as it is a personality!)

 

Editor’s Note: Cleo Miami has an extremely versatile, alluring look that is suited to a variety of commercial modeling scenarios. Definitely one of Urbanity Chic’s “Ones to Watch”.

If you’d like to get in touch with Cleo Miami or check out more of her artistically diverse modeling portfolio just follow the links below:

 

Facebook Link: www.facebook.com/pages/Cleo-Miami/287274374643665

Website Link: http://cleomiami.weebly.com

SN Link: www.starnow.co.uk/cleomiami

Spotlight Interview – Jemima Richards Photography

Jemima Richards is an upcoming fashion photographer from Sydney, Australia. Despite working hard to complete her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at COFA in Sydney Jemima has forged an impressive portfolio of fashion shots we’d like to share with you. Read the interview below to find out what Jemima enjoys photographing most, who she would like to work with given a chance and what music she enjoys listening to.

 

Jemima Richards Photography

Jemima Richards Photography

 

Q: How did you get into professional photography?

When I was 16 I picked up an SLR and I haven’t looked back. During high school I worked hard to get my portfolio started and also completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

 

Q: What do you enjoy most photographing?

EVERYTHING! I love that I can work with some of the most amazing people to create images that I’m so incredibly proud of.

 

Q: How has the last 12 months been for you?

Busy! I completed my Bachelor of Fine Arts at COFA in Sydney, Australia in November of last year so a lot of my time was spent working on a final body of work. Now it’s all over I’ve been working hard to secure myself as a figure within the industry. But it is definitely a tough one to crack.

 

Q: Who inspires you?

I like to think more of a what rather than who. I consider myself an old soul so I take a lot of inspiration from images of the past. I love all things kitsch and quirky, eclectic and crazy. I love looking at photos and artworks from the 50’s and 60’s and planning on how I can recreate it and make it my own.

 

Q: Which modern day fashion designers or fashion icons do you look up to?

I still have a soft spot for the ever-amazing Coco Chanel; I think she was just the epitome of class and femininity. I also love the new wave of amazing modern pin ups like Dita von Teese, Sabina Kelly, Mosh and Micheline Pitt. There are currently some amazing plus sized ladies out there who I feel an extremely strong connection with. One of which is Tess Munster, she is so fantastically sassy and old school all rolled into one and she does some amazing work for body positivity.

 

Q: What makes a good photographer in your opinion?

If you’ve got an eye and you can find where your work sits in the world then you’re a winner in my eyes.

 

Q: Do you prefer using film cameras or digital?

I love both. I think they both have their place. Digital allows there to be a real immediacy of the images, but the nostalgia of film and the quality of the images just cannot be beat. The manual nature of film is something I really love when I feel overwhelmed by the constantly changing world and it allows me to look at my work with renewed eyes and remember why I do what I do.

 

Q: Do you prefer to shoot on location or in the studio?

I much prefer location, but I prefer interiors. I think a solid interior or location can make a shoot just that extra bit more special. But it is a double-edged sword. Use the wrong location and your shoot looks ridiculous.

 

Q: Do you have any interesting stories about a particular photo shoot you’d like to share?

When I first started building my portfolio while I was still in high school I was friends with a local musician. We decided to shoot in an abandoned house not far from where I was living at the time and upon entering the house we found it completely covered in graffiti inside except for one room that had a little girl’s name on the door. We choose this room as our location. After 5 minutes of shooting we stopped dead when we started to hear music coming from what sounded like under the floorboards and we bailed faster than I’ve ever bailed from anything in my entire house. To this day that house still stands and nothing has changed at all.

 

Jemima Richards Photography

Jemima Richards Photography

 

Q: Do you have a specific style of photography that makes you unique?

I wouldn’t say that my style is specifically unique but it’s my voice and it’s ever changing.

 

Q: Do you have a favourite photograph?

I have so so many!

 

Q: Who is your favourite photographer?

There are also many. I adore the work of Terry Richardson, Melbourne photographer She is Frank and South Australian photographer Harmony Nicholas.

 

Q: Is there anybody you would like to work with (either behind or in front of the camera)?

I would love to work with any of the girls I mentioned in the fashion icons question.

 

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion is another form of expression. We live in an extremely visual culture where people make assumptions on the way you look and fashion really allows us to swing that to our advantage. I went to a job interview recently and I could hear my interviewers talking about me in the other room and one of them described me as a voluptuous blonde with fantastic choice in shoes. I got that job and I like to laugh and think it was thanks to those cute red pumps I rocked during the interview (even though I was most definitely qualified to rock the job also!)

 

Q: How would you define your personal style?

Nostalgia meets grunge. I was a Goth once upon a time and that still reflects a little bit on what I wear and how I style it. In other words I still wear a great deal of black.

 

Q: Where are you based?

The Inner Western Suburbs of Sydney, Australia.

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

It’s young, busy and eclectic.

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

I got to work with Australia’s Pin Up Pocket Rocket Miss Kelly Ann Doll on a few shoots, and let me tell you, what she doesn’t have in height she makes up for in personality and awesomeness!

 

Jemima Richards Photography

Jemima Richards Photography

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in the future?

All I want to do is travel and take photos. I do really want to participate in more exhibitions though and collaborate with more new designers.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I spend a lot of time watching bad reality TV and hanging out with my puppy and kitten. (And my mister)

 

Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

Hanging out in California getting tattooed by some of the best tattooers. Because it’s just something I’ve wanted to do for quite a while.

 

Q: What songs are on your iPod at the moment?

Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Dan Sultan and The Snowdroppers.

 

Q: Do you have any interesting hobbies?

I like cooking? But that’s fairly boring haha.

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for aspiring photographers what would it be?

Prepare to work and never get ahead of yourself. One big mistake I see young photographers making is claiming to be more than they are. Slow down and be modest, your work can always grow and develop. Always.

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

The knowledge that there’s always something different. Every project is new and exciting. 

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

As I mentioned previously I am currently looking to collaborate with young Australian designers! If you’re interested please get in contact!

 

Jemima Richards Photography

 

Editor’s Note: Jemima Richards has started an incredible journey creating appealing fashion photography with a commercial edge. We’re looking forwards to Jemima’s portfolio develop over the coming months!

 

If you’d like to learn more about or get in touch with Jemima just follow the links below:

 

Twitter link: http://www.twitter.com/jemshootsframes

Facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/JemShootsFrames-Photography-by-Jemima-Richards/

Web page link:www.jemshootsframes.com

Tumblr: http://jemshootsframes.tumblr.com

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