Spotlight Interview – Judita Dasilva

Judita Dasilva is a talented professional model from London. Since being spotted by Vogue she has successfully started to carve a career in the fashion world. Despite her relentless schedule we were delighted when Judita spent a bit of time discussing her experiences and interests. Read on to discover her fashion inspirations, how she initially got into fashion modeling and what she’s hoping to achieve over the next 12 months.

 

Judita Dasilva

Judita Dasilva

Judita Dasilva

 

Q: How did you get into fashion modeling? 

I was spotted by Vogue UK a few years ago but I wanted to take time to explore other interests first, then towards the end of last year (2011) I decided to throw myself into modeling full time and TV presenting and so far so good!  I got myself an agent, I got my name, face and credentials out there and I haven’t looked back since 🙂

 

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

Funnily enough I cannot boast a full 12 months yet, only 6 months since I started modeling in November 2011.  In that time I have worked a lot but I guess being 6ft and a size 8, my body type and shape has dictated my career thus far for me.  Most of my work has been in catwalk and runway shows.  London fashion week, alternative fashion week, afghan aid, independent designers’ runway collections like Jan Si, AngelEye, Shi Dolor, Bad London, Miss Matahari and Morella Sassoon. I have also been lucky enough to do both editorial and commercial campaigns.  I have been one of the faces of online clothing store ReStyle Clothing and I have features in Tropics magazine in South Africa, the UK and online around the world.  So all in all it has been a great 6 months and fingers crossed it continues this way.

 

Q: Who inspires you?

I wouldn’t say anyone really inspires me because I am naturally quite reclusive and stubborn so I tend to just march to the beat of my own drum and I would rather brave failure by doing things the way I like them to be done rather than the way I imitate someone who has done them before, because they inspire me.  However if I were to say who I admire it would be Michael Jackson, Prince and Annie Lennox.

 

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

Again, I would not say I “look up” to anyone in particular but I do admire the work ethic, ambition and innovation of Tom Ford, the timeless beauty of Valentino’s designs, collection after collection, and even though I have no intention to ever get married I must say Monique L’Huillier knocks it out of the park for me.  I’d take her over Vera Wang any day (but obviously is Vera came knocking I would bow at her feet!)

 

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

I know this is annoying because I am basically hedging my answer but I love location shoots if the location is something I can visualize looking great on camera because it is different or creative or picturesque, but at the same time I like the controlled discipline of studio shoots.  They offer you more room to experiment with lighting and not to mention they also work better with my OCD!

 

Judita Dasilva

Judita Dasilva

Judita Dasilva

 

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

I modeled for one of those photography workshops where a group of photographers rotate time slots over the course of a day, taking pictures of the subject to practice and refine their technique.  Well there were about 12 photographers in total over the course of this one day and in one of the time slots in the middle there was this one lady who had relentless camera trouble, to the point where she could take hardly any photos at all because they would not come out right.  After battling with her camera to no avail she gave up.  Weeks later when the final photos were revealed to the group it turned out the 4 pictures she did manage to take of me where my favorite of the entire group and all 4 of them feature in my portfolio today.  Talk about providence eh!

 

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

No frills just rest, rest and more rest the 24 hours before, so let’s just say the Poirot DVD box sets see a lot of action on the days before shows or shoots. What can I say?  I love that Belgian wonder of wonders…. yes I know he’s not real!

 

Q: Do you have a favourite photograph? 

I wish I did but it keeps changing every week, it’s terrible being plagued by such indecision.   However at the moment it is the runway shot of me in the ‘Jan Si A/W 2012’ collection show.  I think it captures my look very accurately.

 

Q: Who is your favourite photographer?

Helmut Newton.

 

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

Helmut Newton, but he is dead now so I have to resign myself to that unfulfilled dream.

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you?

What makes me comfortable should make me confident, whether it is quote-unquote “a la mode” or not.

 

Judita Dasilva

Judita Dasilva

Judita Dasilva

 

Q: How would you define your personal style?

Tailored, simple and comfortable.

 

Q: Where are you based?

London, UK.

 

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

Culturally I am a hybrid.  The family originates from a mixture of Brazil, Nigeria and Cameroun but I was born and raised in London, spent part of my formative (primary school) years as a child in Nigeria to gain some “cultural grounding” as my mother put it.  I then went to boarding school and university in the UK and I have always really been based in Hampstead Garden suburbs.  So in response to your question, “what is it like?” … in one word … confusing!!!!

 

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

Featuring in Vogue magazine. It still slightly freaks me out when I sit down and really think about it.

 

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

Hopefully more of the same and even better!  I’d like to feature in bigger and better catwalk shows and hopefully broaden my repertoire as a TV presenter … fingers crossed, knock on wood, a million horse shoes, a forest of four leaf clovers and any and every other good luck charm I can throw out there into the cosmos of infinite possibility ha-ha!

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

Listen to my iPod, watch movies and count down the days until the release of the next movie I want to watch in the cinema (nowadays the movies I am willing to pay to see as few and far between), while blogging on forums to weed out every little ounce of pre-release info I can find.  Right now I am in my customary holding position as I await “Prometheus” and “Expendables 2”.  If you see me around Odeon looking aggressive you can take it I was not happy with the finished product!

 

Judita Dasilva

Judita Dasilva

Judita Dasilva

 

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

Mauritius, The Maldives, The Bahamas … basically anywhere warm, picturesque and populated by vast expanses of beach splendor … aaaaaaah Amen to that!

 

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

A weird mix of 80s pop and electronica (heavily featuring the trifecta I live by: Michael Jackson, Prince and The Eurythmics), to West End and Broadway show tunes to my staple diet of John Williams movie scores.  I would suggest only bi-polar people risk borrowing my iPod.

 

Q: Do you have any interesting hobbies? 

Not really.  I do like my own company A LOT!  Is that interesting … or just weird and slightly unfortunate?

 

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

Trust your gut.  If something seems like it is too good to be true, it probably is.  If someone seems sketchy to you, they probably are.  Believe in yourself, have a realistic expectation of your capabilities, that way anything that comes along in excess of what you expected will be a pleasant and welcome surprise!!  Most importantly don’t let your hunger to be a model cloud your good judgment because people in this industry, who have been on the hustle longer than you, can smell your desperation a mile off and are all too quick to take advantage.  So in a way, a healthy dose of skepticism is a pretty useful weapon.

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

Stubbornness, blind ambition and an unwillingness to settle for what is good enough when I could try to get what is Fantabuloso!

 

Judita Dasilva

Judita Dasilva

 

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

Yes, I am now a regular presenter on www.infogazm.com, where I present video bulletins every Wednesday and they are all viewable via the Infogazm website or on YouTube if you just type in “infogazm” in the search bar. 
 
I also present regularly on http://thegoss.tv/rants/index.php where I get to freely express some of my crazy and sometimes controversial ideas.  Yay!!
 
Here are the links to my other web pages.  For instance my personal website www.juditadasilva.com, Spotlight, StarNow, YouTube etc.

 

Editor’s Note: Judita Dasilva is an incredibly talented person with a variety of attributes suited to a successful career in the fashion industry. Over the next few months we’re looking forward to Judita’s career flourish as she continues to feature in prestige publications. Definitely one of Urbanity Chic’s “One’s to Watch!”

 

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

Twitter link:   http://twitter.com/#!/JuditaDasilva

Web page link:  www.juditadasilva.com

MySpace link:   www.myspace.com/juxyjux 

Model Mayhemhttp://www.modelmayhem.com/2602633

Star Now: http://www.starnow.co.uk/juditadasilva

Spotlight: http://www.spotlight.com/interactive/cv/4412-4533-6398

 

Spotlight Interview – Rachel Márquez

Rachel Márquez is an upcoming fashion model who is originally from Alaska but now lives just outside London. Alongside her work in fashion she is an actress and an incredibly talented artist. Despite her many commitments we were delighted when she agreed to complete an interview with Urbanity Chic! Read on to find our about some of Rachel’s interesting modeling experiences, what she’s hoping to achieve over the next 12 months and what its like living in Alaska.

 

Rachel Márquez

Rachel Márquez by Paul Baxter

Rachel Márquez by Chris Bearman

 

Q: How did you get into fashion modeling?

I’ve been an actress for many years, and my peers and colleagues kept telling me that I had a fantastic face for modeling. I was always interested in it, but no one I knew had ever done it or knew where to start. When I moved to England I finally was in a position to get some real experience with some local photographers, which led to more jobs and more experience.

 

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

I made a huge transition last September, which is always fraught with equal doses of joy and fear. I once again uprooted myself from everything familiar and comfortable, and placed myself in a situation where I have to get out of my personal bubble of security in order to meet new people and discover new opportunities. It’s been hugely rewarding so far, with lots of film, theater and modeling projects since my move in September and more coming up. I’ve just recently been accepted in a few modeling agencies’ books, and I’m looking forward to getting into a wider circle of people and having new experiences.

 

Q: Who inspires you?

I’m inspired by a lot of people. I know it’s probably the popular thing to find a celebrity or successful person to idolize… But in my experience, you don’t have to look far to find inspiration in those closest to you. I was lucky enough to have parents who included me in their lives not only as a child, but also as a person with ideas and opinions worth listening to. Therefore, I wasn’t banished to my bedroom or to a friend’s house when they had company, but my brother and I were allowed to sit at the table and listen to the conversation and hear stories from people from all walks of life. Now, I’m lucky to count many of their friends as my own, and I get along with a wide range of people of all ages and walks of life.

But to get back to the question: Of these people I’ve met, I’m most inspired by those who went out and did what they wanted to do in life. People who gave love a chance even when everyone else said it’d never work. People who find joy in helping others achieve their goals with no thought for their own gain. And in this business, I’m inspired by those who put everything they can into their work and don’t let themselves become haughty or think they’re above their fellow artists.

 

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

Oh boy… I don’t really have any specific people that I look up to as a fashion guru… I have my own style that draws heavily on older film actresses, and I certainly have my own opinions of people’s fashion choices on the red carpet. However, when I find something that is flattering for my personal body shape, has a fantastic color that will make me stand out, a streamlined cut, a full skirt, a tapered waist… But most of all I look for clothes that I’ll feel like ME in… hopefully a much better version of me.

 

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

Each have their own pros and cons. I like the controlled nature of the studio, where you have a mirror and facilities to change in always at hand. However, depending on the outfit or the shoot of course, there aren’t as many things you can do with a blank wall and floor without going too crazy, unless you bring in props or other elements. Location shoots are lots of fun, where you get to explore the area and use the landscape to create a distinctive shot. The weather and natural light are impossible to control, but they also make room for some out-of-the-box thinking. However, location shooting can be very tiring if you have multiple locations in one day and if you have action shots (jumping/playing in the surf, rolling in the grass, leaping through fields… you get the idea). In addition, you may or may not have a nice place to change your outfits or check your makeup/hair.

 

Rachel Márquez by Sydney Mitchell

Rachel Márquez by Sydney Mitchell

Rachel Márquez by Chris Bearman

 

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

I have to share my Alaskan experience here: In January of this year I did a shoot for Shoefly and Shuzy Q, which are two fabulous women’s shoe stores in Juneau and Anchorage, respectively. They provide shoes for women who like to look fashionable in every kind of weather that Alaska can dish out. January is the coldest time of year in Alaska, which means that I was outside in a short, strapless dress, wearing various high heels in 14 degrees Fahrenheit, not counting wind chill… and the wind was fairly active that day. I had a lot of fun and it was definitely high-energy, with all of us doing jumping jacks and running back and forth from the warm car to change outfits and warm up my stinging hands and feet. Needless to say, I took a long hot bath afterwards, but it was totally worth it and I got a beautiful pair of new shoes out of the deal!

 

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

It really depends on the shoot. I live a healthy lifestyle, which is a part of who I am and a part of this business. I swim, dance and do aerobics/Pilates for my exercise, and have always loved cooking and eating health food. I try to get plenty of sleep the day before a shoot/show, and show up with a clean face or makeup already done, depending on the requirements. I pack a rolling suitcase, usually, so I don’t have to lug around my heels or other clothing that may be needed… although I sometimes make people on the Tube slightly annoyed as I try to squeeze past them with my not-so-heavy-but-nonetheless-bulky-load.

 

Q: Do you have a favourite photograph?

Haha! That’s like asking me what my favorite movie or play is… Every time I do a shoot a whole collection of new favorites are added to my list.  If I have to come up with one right now, I’d say this one by Lisa Lobanova that is my favorite. It has a great vintage feel and I felt like a fairy tale princess lying under a cherry blossom tree as the petals fell around me. There were a bunch of photographers at that shoot and they all took fabulous photos, but this one is just fun. A few bugs were falling along with the cherry blossoms, according to one of the photographers trying to make me jump. It didn’t work. I’m fairly tolerant to most bugs.

 

Rachel Márquez by Lisa Lobanova -- Rachel’s Favourite Shot

Rachel Márquez by Lisa Lobanova

 

Q: Who is your favourite photographer?

I’m going to be diplomatic and not answer, as I’ve worked with a bunch of great photographers over the past six months. Each has their own vibe on the shoot and later brings a special style to their photos that makes each totally unique and a joy to work with. I don’t think I’ve worked with a photographer that I haven’t enjoyed working with.

 

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

As an actress? Actors: Julie Andrews, Meryl Streep, Ralph Fiennes, Morgan Freeman. Directors: Jean-Pierre Jeunet (if I spoke French well enough :-)), Tim Burton… The list goes on!

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion is the most personal, everyday art form that anyone can express themselves with. Each morning, you get to choose who you are and to say it with your clothing. Even a uniform or dress code says something about you in the way you wear it. As an actress, I love costumes and how a simple choice like figuring out what kind of shoes the character wears every day can be a little key to unlocking the essence of a person. I never try to be trendy, but rather choose pieces of different trends that make me feel and look great, and frees me to be the person I am without worrying so much about what others think. I’d rather be the person that people stop and say, “Hey! That’s different! Where’d you get that?” than someone people see and whisper to their friends, “Oof. That style does NOT look good on her.”

 

Q: How would you define your personal style?

Classic with a modern personality.

 

Rachel Márquez by Chris Bearman

Rachel Márquez by Chris Bearman

Rachel Márquez by Chris Bearman

 

Q: Where are you based?

A beautiful little town in Surrey that’s only a short train ride away from Central London.

 

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

I love being from Alaska. Maybe it’s the same thing for everyone else wherever they come from, but Alaska seems to do something special to a person. Unless you’re part of the Native cultures, everyone has travelled there for one reason or another. Often they to get away from the madness of the world and just be themselves in some of the wildest, most beautiful country you could ever hope to see. I can tell stories about passing Moose on the bike path, waiting for black bears to cross the road with their cubs, and brag about the freezing temperatures and snowy winters. Not everyone can stand the extreme daylight, weather, or wildlife, but that lifestyle is part of who I am and I’m proud to call myself an Alaskan.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

My idea of relaxation is curling up with a book and cup of tea in front of a wood fire. If it’s raining, all the better. If I have good company, it’s perfection. On a more regular basis, I love enjoying a glass of wine and spending time with my boyfriend.

 

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

I’m a total Disney Geek, so I always love going to Disneyworld or cruising on a Disney ship. I’m also a wine lover, so I wouldn’t say no a trip to Napa Valley, Tuscany, or France. Of course, I’d have to have my loved ones along with me to share it with 🙂 .

 

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

Haha, now you’re about to find out just how much of a geek I am. I have a mix of Swing, Jazz, Musical Theater, Movie scores, World and Classical music selections. My whole collection includes an even wider variety, but those are the genres I listen to the most.

 

Q: Do you have any interesting hobbies?

I’m an artist as well as an actress and model, so I often have other projects to keep me busy. I’ve worked as a storyboard/concept artist, illustrator, and portrait artist among other genres. You can see a lot of my work on the artist half of my website. As far as interesting hobbies go… I suppose I should mention that I’m a compulsive baker. I probably should have mentioned this in the earlier question “what do you do to relax”, but whenever I’m stressed or depressed, nothing works better than cooking or baking. I put on an audiobook or some music I can sing or dance to, roll up my sleeves and immerse myself in the smells and warmth of good food.

 

Rachel Márquez by Marek Lenik

Rachel Márquez by Ian Arnold

Rachel Márquez by Ian Arnold

Rachel Márquez by Ian Arnold

 

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

Know your limits and stick to them so you never compromise who you are. But, within those limits, don’t be afraid to try something new. Great experiences come in all shapes and sizes, and you never know what might open new doors for you!

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

I’ve known too many people who regret not doing something in their past. I’ve been so blessed and I don’t want to waste my opportunities by being too afraid to try new things. Instead, I intend to go on chasing my dreams, meeting new people, and having new adventures!

 

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

If anyone wants to know more about me or keep track of what I’m up to, feel free to peruse my website and other profiles online. I hope you enjoyed reading a little bit about me and I wish you all the best!

 

Editor’s Note: Rachel has artistic flair, intelligence and empathy whether it is in her acting, artwork or modeling. We’re sure you’ll be seeing a lot more of Rachel and her work in the future.

 

Rachel Márquez by Ian Arnold

Rachel Márquez by Tory Smith

Rachel Márquez

 

If you’d like to learn more about or contact Rachel Márquez  just follow the links below:
Facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/RachelMarquezActress

Web page link: http://www.wix.com/marquezrachel/actress

 

Other links:

http://www.spotlight.com/6299-0192-1256

http://www.castingcallpro.com/uk/view.php?uid=433831

http://www.modeljobspro.com/uk/megasearch_options.php?uid=441552&keyword=

http://www.starnow.co.uk/rachelm4

http://www.castingnow.co.uk/rachel-m

 

Special Thanks to:

Chris Bearman: http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/mdostudio/mdo/html/mdo.html

Ian Arnold: http://www.ianarnoldphotography.com/

John Powell: http://www.johnpowellavs.co.uk/

Lisa Lobanova: http://lisalobanova.com/

Marek Lenik: http://criography.com/

Paul Baxter

Sydney Mitchell: http://www.shoeflyalaska.com/, http://www.shuzyq.com/

Tory Smith: www.tory-smith.com

Spotlight Interview – Maya Deeb

Maya Deeb is a Lebanese fashion model who currently is living and working in Kent, UK. At Urbanity Chic when we first checked out Maya’s modeling portfolio we were impressed and were therefore delighted that despite her hectic schedule she agreed to be interviewed! Read on to find out Maya’s fashion inspirations, who her favourite photographers are and what has motivated her to pursue a career in fashion.

 

Maya Deeb

Maya Deeb

 

Q: How did you get into fashion modeling?

Accidently! I got married in Lebanon and moved to UK with my husband but after having my first child I thought it might be the time to start thinking about myself and fulfilling some of my dreams, one of them was modeling.

 

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

Fantastic, incredible. I feel very blessed to have a supportive partner, great family, and friends who continue to inspire me. The past 12 months have been about growth both as a person and model. I have achieved a lot in this last year and I am very proud to be able to combine both work and family and being able to succeed in both.

 

Q: Who inspires you?

Heidi Klum, Kate Moss, Tyra Banks. They are really very intelligent and powerful women, they started their carriers in modeling and pursue their dreams and took advantage of their success to build up a name. For example, in December 2004 Heidi Klum became the host, judge and executive producer of the reality show Project Runaway. She designed clothing lines, shoes for Birkenstock, jewelry for Mouawad, a clothing line for Jordache, and swimsuits. She has two fragrances, called “Heidi Klum” and “Me”; she designed makeup for Victoria’s Secret as part of their very Sexy Makeup Collection titled “The Heidi Klum Collection” and not to forget that she is judge and co-producer of Germany’s Next Top Model. Most of all she is a “mum”. They really deserve our respect for their achievement and dedication.

 

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

I am a fashionista and since I am Lebanese I do like Lebanese designers such as the icon Elie Saab ‘King of the red carpet’. This is what a successful designer does; creates something different, catchy, plays with patterns, shades. He became an overnight success after he became the first Lebanese designer to dress an Oscar winner, Halle Berry, in 2002. Also, not to forget Zuhair Murad, Georges Chakra, Georges Hobeika, and recently, Tony Ward who dressed Giuliana Rancic in the 2012 Oscars in a gorgeous white couture gown.

 

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

Both each one has his own advantage but the biggest difference is that if you’re working outdoors you are in an 
“uncontrolled” situation -- sun, cloud, wind and rain are all major factors in 
disturbing, enhancing and generally making your day interesting and adventurous.

 

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

I spend lots of time grooming myself such as doing my nails …and I usually have a bath and go to sleep early to be able to get up relaxed and ready for the shoot or show.

 

Q: Who is your favourite photographer?

Actually there is a few …Dimitra Sardi, Luke Fenech, Jonathan Tennant, Robert Hooper are my favourites.

Each one have their own style; but in a very amazing and unique way.

 

Maya Deeb

Maya Deeb

 

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

I would like to work with John Farrar, he is a very talented photographer, He has his own and unique style in shooting and retouching and creating new concept and ideas. He is very dedicated to his work and he looks into details so that the photo is not only a picture but also a work of art. Hopefully will have the chance to work with him.

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you?

I am a fashionista, I like fashion a lot. It is my obsession; I put emotions into the way I dress and try to give my clothes personality but in a very classy way. I believe if you dress right, you feel more confident about yourself and about your age. Fashions may vary considerably within a society according to age, social class, generation, occupation, and geography as well as over time. If, for example, an older person dresses according to the fashion of young people, he or she may look ridiculous in the eyes of both young and older people. The terms fashionista and fashion victim refer to someone who slavishly follows current fashions.

  

Q: How would you define your personal style?

 I am a very chic and sophisticated person. My style is classy, glamorous, without being a pushover and without being flashy. “Simple and elegant” the best two words to describe it.

 

Q: Where are you based?

I am based in Beckenham, Kent, UK

 

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

I am very proud of being ‘Lebanese”. Beirut has always been the city of Fashion. Fashionable and trendy, Beirut is the cultural epicenter of Lebanon. The city is bustling with life and oozing with charisma. Lebanese live life to the full, taking in all the city’s gastronomic delights, ambience, and leisure activities until the early hours of the morning. Between the time they leave work and the time they arrive home, a true Lebanese fits in shopping, a gallery opening, drinks with friends at a new bar, dinner around 10pm, before hitting a nightclub in Achrafiyé around midnight. Whether it is music and theatre, galleries, shopping, or dining that you are after, there is no end to the choices for those visiting Beirut.

 

Maya Deeb

Maya Deeb

 

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

I am so grateful that I get to work with every one whom I have come across in this industry, from makeup artists, photographers, designers, Stylists, Retouchers and getting to know them not only from a business perspective but even from a personal one, and having them as FRIENDS.

 

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

I’d really like to pursue any presenting opportunities. Also, I’m always excited to learn new things and develop as a model

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I usually listen to music and dance to relax.

 

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

It has to be in Valencia, Spain. I have never been to Spain before. With her perfect climate, magnificent beaches along the Costa Blanca, famous southern hospitality, superb gastronomy, and cultural and artistic tradition that dates back several millennia, makes it the ideal vacation getaway.

 

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

Since French is my second language I do like French singers like Patrick Fiori, Daniel Lavoie and Garou (belle), I am a romantic kind of person so I do listen to Julio Iglesias a lot.

 

Maya Deeb

Maya Deeb

 

Q: Do you have any interesting hobbies?

Besides shopping I do like cooking a lot, trying new dishes and new recipes since my husband is an executive chef I do like to impress him with my cooking and culinary skills.

 

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

Always be confident about yourself and your ability to achieve what you are asked to do. Put your soul in what you do and make sure to do your best. Your personality is so important because this is what differentiates you from other models and open doors to you. Be Natural and yourself doing not over pose.  Great smile, positive attitude, punctuality and professionalism are the green ticket to success in this industry.

You have to believe in yourself and be strong because you never know when work will come. Always learn new things and make research about new designers new campaign what’s new in the fashion world since it is important to know your industry. Take care of yourself because modeling industry can be hard and cheeky especially on young started models so my advice would be to try to stay headstrong and let all the negative side of modeling bounce off you and not affect you.

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

My baby motivates me. I want to be an idol so he can be the best he could be in the future. I want him to follow his dreams and do not let obstacles stop him from fulfilling and achieving his desires. Life is too short so make the best of it.

 

 

Maya Deeb

Maya Deeb

 

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

I would like to say that nothing is impossible; everything is achievable if you put your heart and soul into it.

 

Editor’s Note: Maya Deeb has an understated yet stylish high fashion look which suits itself to a variety of commercial styles. At Urbanity Chic we’re looking forward to Maya’s career in fashion develop over the coming months and years.

 

If you’d like to learn more about or contact Maya Deeb, just follow the links below:

twitter link: https://twitter.com/#!/Mayaakdib

Facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Model-Maya-Deeb

Model mayhem: http://www.modelmayhem.com/2161547

 

Maya Deeb

Maya Deeb

Spotlight Interview – Mizz Katie

Mizz Katie is an upcoming fashion model who is currently living and working in Austin, Texas. When we discovered Mizz Katie’s vibrant modeling portfolio at Urbanity Chic we were keen to interview her so that we could give her an opportunity to tell you about her experiences as well as showcase some of her portfolio. We were delighted when she agreed. Read on to find out about her inspirations, what she does to relax and what she’s hoping to achieve over the next 12 months.

 

Mizz Katie

Mizz Katie

 

Q: How did you get into fashion modeling?

My best friend was actually the one who wanted to be a model all our lives and one day she told me that I should try it because I had a different look. I wasn’t really serious about being a model, I had went to school and gotten a degree and was an accountant but I’m always up for trying new things so I gave it a shot. I was surprised how hard it is being in front of the camera as opposed to just flipping through a magazine. The end product made me want to keep working at it and so I fell in love with the industry from then on.

 

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

I have only been modeling since 2010 so the last year has been different for me. I enjoyed the work I had put in but when people started complementing me and my work it made me feel good about my decisions. Over the past year I have become a Ggurl, a Miller Lite promo model, as well as featured with many modeling sites. I am always flattered at feedback and I have taken the positive and the negative and bettered myself.

 

Q: Who inspires you?

My mother, who is my rock, inspires me. She is a strong woman who has never let any barrier stop her from succeeding.

 

Mizz Katie

Mizz Katie

 

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

Vera Wang is my favorite designer and I look up to Tyra obviously, because she proves that you can be pretty and smart, which is what I’m trying to prove too.

 

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

I’m a very adventurous person so locations are great but there are always more problems, especially if weather acts up.

 

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

My most memorable shoot was in the water. The theme was baptism and I had to lie in the water and have half my face out of the water which was so hard and uncomfortable. I was hesitant about the outcome but the results were so awesome!

 

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

A few weeks before I like to get in some good workouts so that my body is tightened but I love the jobs I do and I am always ready to create something new.

 

Mizz Katie

Mizz Katie

 

Q: Do you have a favorite photograph?

Probably the shoot I did recently with lingerie, it was more sexy than what I had been doing and I’m glad I could pull off being sexy but not raunchy.

 

Q: Who is your favourite photographer?

IEC Studios is my favorite photographer right now.

 

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

I am aiming to work with Facet Studios, I have seen a lot of his work and I’m always surprised!

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion to me is a self-expression. I think that fashion comes in so many forms and that will never change. If you wear something that you feel good in you need to work that. It could be the ugliest outfit but if you are confident, people won’t even notice.

 

Mizz Katie

Mizz Katie

 

Q: How would you define your personal style?

My style is glam; I like to be comfortable yet sexy. I usually can turn heads.

 

Q: Where are you based?

I’m originally from Green Bay but I now represent Austin Texas.

 

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

Austin is a great place to live. I’ve lived here a few years and I have never regretted that decision. There is always something to do and great people around.

 

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

I was contacted to work with Gentlemen VIP Magazine which was amazing! I have been featured with them as well as Rmoi Men’s Magazine.

 

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

I want to start landing accounts with some more magazines, I’m dream would be SHOW Magazine. I’m also looking to get my Graphic Design Business off the ground as well as getting into more acting.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

My friends and my God Daughter relax me. There is just something about being surrounded by loved ones that eases my mind. I’ve learned that life can’t be strictly planned so you just have to enjoy your time as it comes.

 

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

I would love to go somewhere exotic like Morocco or Barcelona. I love trying new things and those places are so far from what I’m used to.

 

Mizz Katie

Mizz Katie

 

 

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

I’m into a lot of old School music, mainly right now Old School Hip Hop ~ Ice Cube, Public Enemy, Pete Rock, and 2 Live Crew, to name a few.

 

Q: Do you have any interesting hobbies?

I love music because no matter what issues are going on, music eases your mind; I love dance and my graphic design!

 

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

If you want to be a model one of the main issues is exposure. You can’t just rely on people to notice you and offer you a contract of a magazine cover. Aspiring models ask me every week what they should do. I usually tell them to put their name out there. When I first started I went out to get noticed, promote myself, and put my name out there. I can’t depend on others so I make sure I control where my image is portrayed and how! New models need to get on modeling sites, like Modelsondeck, modelturf, and so on, and network with other photographers and models.

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

My motivation is myself. I want the best for myself and I want to be happy; also I want to show other women and girls that size doesn’t have to be an issue to be a model and those models are more than a pretty face. Most of the models I’ve met have more going for them than just looks.

 

Mizz Katie

 

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

Thank you to all my supporters and my haters too! I appreciate the continued support from my fans as well as the doubter who adds fuel to my fire.

 

Editor’s Note: Mizz Katie has an alluring look which suits a variety of styles. Over the next 12 months we’re looking forward to Mizz Katie’s portfolio growing as she continues to enjoy more creative and commercial success.

 

If you’d like to learn more about or contact Mizz Katie just follow the links below:
twitter link: http://twitter.com/mizzkatie_b
facebook link:
http://facebook.com/mizzkatieb
web page link:
http://www.mizzkatieb.tk
Any other links:
www.thegraphicvixen.tk

Spotlight Interview – Jessica Rae King

Jessica Rae King is a talented upcoming model from Melbourne, Australia with an impressive and diverse portfolio. When we first discovered Jessica’s work at Urbanity Chic we were very impressed and were therefore delighted when she agreed to complete a Spotlight Interview about her experiences in modeling and the fashion industry. Read on to discover, which modern-day fashion designers Jessica is inspired by, what she’s been working on recently and what she does to relax when not working.

 

Jessica Rae King -- photographed by Peter Soulis

Jessica Rae King -- photographed by Peter Soulis

Jessica Rae King -- photographed by Peter Soulis

 

Q: How did you get into fashion modeling?

I walked in a few hair shows when I was about 15, but I never pursued it just because I didn’t have the typical “model body”.  I had the height, but I was always a little more curvaceous then the other girls! I ended up continuing to focus on my performing and singing and went on to study a Bachelor of Performing Arts after High School.  My performance career so far as been very fulfilling, and I have been lucky enough to act on various tv shows, present for documentaries, sing at major events and even create my own work.  One day about a year ago I decided to get some shots together in a hope to show another side to myself as a performer.  Well one shot turned into many, and I began to remember how much I loved modeling.  I began to discover that there was a niche for girls above a size 8 (Australian) to model, and that I could very well carve a career out of “plus size modeling” without having to change my size!

 

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

In the last 12 months I have won Melbourne’s Spring Fashion Week Real Model Search- a modeling competition on the look out for Models of all shapes and sizes.  Through winning the competition I was lucky enough to walk in various parades during the festival week, including the official Target Parade.  I have worked with Ruby Red Dress, Couturing.com in various editorials, Black Apple, Target Australia and more.  I also recently signed to plus size agency BGM Models.

 

Q: Who inspires you?

I love Robyn Lawley- an Australian plus size model (originally a straight size model) who decided to make the switch to the plus size world since it just wasn’t feasible for her body.  That’s the fact, not all people are built to be a size 6- and the plus size industry isn’t about celebrating obesity (contrary to what many people say) it’s about being as healthy as you can be at the size at which your body tells you.

 

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

I love Lady Gaga’s eclectic dress sense and creativity when it comes to her outfits.  Her costumes are always a work of art.  In terms of the plus size world I love Elena Miro- very classic lines, that celebrate the female curves!

 

Jessica Rae King -- photographed by Kelly McMahon

Jessica Rae King -- photographed by Myung Ho Kim

Jessica Rae King -- Almost Famous Shoot

 

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

I love location, just because I tend to get a lot of inspiration from the beautiful things around me.  Then again studio is a wonderful challenge, because it really becomes a lot about the model- there are less distractions.

  

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

Haha, yes! One day I was shooting a feature in a cacti garden and the stylist wanted a really natural, nomad type look.  So there I was in the middle of a cacti garden, with no shoes, trying to get into all these weird positions, when I scraped my foot against a cacti bush!  We were only about half way through the shoot so I had to keep going!  For the week after, I couldn’t walk- I ended up having to go to the doctors to get the cacti pins surgically removed.  We ended up getting great shots but!

 

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

Always make sure I get heaps of sleep, drink lots of water, and exercise regularly before the big day.  Sometimes I’ll get a facial or a spray tan if that is what the client is after too!

 

Q: Do you have a favourite photograph?

No, I find it hard to decide my favourite shots of myself!

 

Q: Who is your favourite photographer?

I have worked with some wonderful people in the Melbourne industry.  I love Peter Soulis’s work,( http://www.facebook.com/pages/Peter-Soulis-Photography/102798186495156) and I have been lucky enough to work with him on a number of occasions.  I’m very lucky that one of my good friends is a graphic designer and up and coming photographer (Kelly McMahon- http://www.facebook.com/kellymcmahondesign) so we tend to help each other out quite a bit! Her work is gorgeous!

 

Jessica Rae King -- photographed by Kelly McMahon

Jessica Rae King -- photographed by Kelly McMahon

Jessica Rae King -- photographed by Peter Soulis

 

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

Stephen Miesel.

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you?

I try not to strictly follow what is in fashion, I let it inspire me- but I don’t live by the trends.

 

Q: How would you define your personal style?

My style changes depending on my mood really! I can be known to try lots of different crazy styles!  I guess the overriding thing for me is dressing for my shape- I love classic lines- dresses nipped in at the waist or hip hugging dresses.

 

Q: Where are you based?

I’m currently based in Melbourne!  Hoping to venture o/s very soon to work!  Would love to go to New York or Europe.

 

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

Melbourne is great! Wonderful culture- great nightlife, everything is easily accessible and only really an hour away!  The weather kills me haha! You could wake up one day expecting it to be beach weather, and then get rained out! So unpredictable!

 

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

MSFW2011 was a real turning point for me professionally and emotionally, in that I started accepting myself as a “plus size” model, and stopped trying to diet and fit in with the industries “ideal”. In terms of most recently, signing with plus size agency BGM Models was really exciting- to be with the same agency as models I look up to such as Laura Wells and Bree Warren is incredible! Booking my first job (a Target TV Commercial) within one week of signing was great too.

 

Jessica Rae King -- photographed by Jacinta Rosewarne

Jessica Rae King -- photographed by Georgia Wiggs

Jessica Rae King -- photographed by David Caird for the Herald Sun

 

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

Continue modeling, raise my profile, and help boost the use of plus size models in the industry.

  

Q: What do you do to relax?
Sing, play piano, drinks with friends, movies, play with my cat! Lol

 

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

Anything and everything- classical music to lady gaga, musical theatre, Kimbra, The Black Keys, Beyonce, Foster The People, Kanye, Ke$ha, Britney spears!

 

Q: Do you have any interesting hobbies?

I love singing and playing the piano! I make YouTube covers when I get some free time: www.youtube.com/JessicaRaeVideos

 

Jessica Rae King -- photographed by Michelle Grace Hunder

Jessica Rae King -- photographed by Michelle Grace Hunder

Jessica Rae King -- photographed by Myung Ho Kim

 

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

Just persist at it.  There is so much rejection that you will face, and just not to take that personally.  There could be a million reasons as to why you don’t fit the bill for a certain job.

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

I have many reasons.  I love being creative; I love creating art, creating things that move people.  Being a plus size model creates a whole new point of motivation for me.  I want to help girls who struggle with body image and show them that success has nothing to do with dress size.  I’ve been there… I’ve tried to be different… I’ve dieted and dieted and hated life because of it.  It’s just not worth it.  There are much more important things in life to worry about!

 

Editor’s Note: Jessica has an alluring and commercial look that can be creatively manipulated to suit a variety of situations. Definitely one of our models to watch both in Australia and internationally for some time to come.

 

If you’d like to learn more about Jessica Rae King, or get in touch, just follow the links below:

Modeling Agency:  http://bgmmodels.com/bgm/models/jess-k/

twitter link: https://twitter.com/JessRaeKing

facebook link: www.facebook.com/JessRaeKingPlusModel

Youtube embeds: www.youtube.com/JessicaRaeVideos

Jessica Rae King -- photographed by Jacinta Rosewarne

Jessica Rae King -- photographed by Georgia Wiggs

Jessica Rae King -- photographed by Jacinta Rosewarne

 

Spotlight Interview – AJ Ajif

AJ Ajif, is a fashion model from London. Despite being busy, recently completing his studies we were delighted when he agreed to be interviewed by Urbanity Chic so that we could share his interests and experiences with you. Read on to find out about, amongst other things, which modern-day fashion designers AJ is inspired by, how he prepares for a shoot and what music he enjoys listening to.

 

AJ Ajif

 

 

Q: How did you get into fashion modeling?

Well About two years ago, had a shoot with a mate And I was offered a free studio time for having such good images. Photographer was great and he put me on his web page and with the responses; it Gave me more confidence to follow it through in the industry.

 

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

It’s been a good year for me networking in the industry. It’s been an eye opener for me, getting to know more about the industry and how things work really (lol) Working with new and exciting people and clients and gaining loads of experience. I have learnt more about myself as a Model.

Some paid and TFP photo shoots to expand my portfolio, and add some variety into it, until I get myself an agent after Education, Wasn’t featuring in a lot of shoots due to my final year of studying. I wanted to put most of my time into this to come out in flying colors; now things are looking good in terms of Modeling.

 

Q: Who inspires you?

In my life I would say my father. And I channel that into everything I do in life ; Also look up to people like Tyson (yes the boxer)lol,Well Tyson Beckford his achievement an grace in the industry, And  right now would say David Gandy.

I think everyone has the potential to be inspiring and this is why I respect everyone and appreciate their contribution.

 

AJ Ajif

 

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

I would say designers like Tom Ford, Versace, Adidas, Calvin Klein, Armani, love their styles and collections! It would be a great moment to be on the runway for Versace, V.westwood, Calvin Klein and to work with them all will be fantastic.

 

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

I wouldn’t be able to choose really; because where ever the location for the shoot is I still get the image needed so I don’t really mind.

 

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

Had a shoot with a foreign Photographer and on the way to the other studio, He decided to have a shoot outdoors. On the way to the studio crossing the tower bridge, he decided he would like to take some pictures when the bridge split opens. The models had to walk to the middle of the road to take the shots. There was a lot of jogging to the front of the bridge and back to the vehicle. Spectators were cheering and taking pictures. This shoot was hectic.

 

AJ Ajif

 

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

I do get the location ready for the shoot, a bit of facial treatment (lol) and avoid eating junk a night before the shoot. On the day, just wake up, and move along, It’s about having the right mind set and attitude.

 

Q: Do you have a favorite photograph?

Not a particular favorite as they all have their own unique style.

 

 

Q: Who is your favorite photographer?

All different and unique, still meeting more talented photographers.

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion is life, expressing yourself and looking right.

 

AJ Ajif

 

Q: Where are you based?

Based in South East London.

 

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

Well, it’s been good so far, but if I had to pick a moment this will be walking at LFW10. This was a good moment for me, highlight of my runway (Still working towards my big goal, to work with the best in the industry and book a campaign).

 

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

A huge step forward in the industry and good clients in my book; more hot jobs and also gain more experience in the commercial side of modeling, TV ads etc.

 

AJ Ajif

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

All round workouts in the gym (lol), pool and dinner (I guess I love my food).

 

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

Interesting Playlist, Got some Hip-hop, A bit of Tiny Temper, Gaga, R.kelly but listening to Lil Wayne’s Album, at the moment.

 

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

It’s all about the way you compose yourself Especially on a shoot, be professional and Focus…Be polite and also Network,,,(listen to advice and criticism, this is what builds you up)And take care of your body oh yeah and drink more water. lol

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

I would say the desire to inspire and achieve greatness…And my alarm clock.

 

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

It’s been fun doing this; and look out for Aj Ajif, ”Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” Get in touch.

 

AJ Ajif

 

Editor’s Note: Although AJ has only recently started is journey into the realms of professional fashion modeling, he already has an enviable portfolio which will undoubtedly lead to continued success in the fashion industry.

 

If you’d like to contact AJ Ajif or check out some more of his portfolio just follow the links below:

 

Twitter link: http://twitter.com/#!/AjStyles_M

Starnow link: http://www.starnow.co.uk/AjAjif

Web page link: www.modelmayhem.com/1203522


Spotlight Interview – Karim Theilgaard

Karim Theilgaard is a prolific model, actor and musician from London and is our latest StarNow competition winner. Checking out Karim’s impressive portfolio we noticed a spark of creativity and were therefore delighted when he agreed to be featured on Urbanity Chic so we could share everything with you. Read the full in-depth interview below where Karim discusses what he’s been working on over the past year, how he was spotted and what he does to relax when not working.

 

Karim Theilgaard

 

Q: How did you get into fashion modeling?

A designer in Covent Garden, London, spotted me while I was at university, writing my thesis. I would write at night and hang out in central during the day as I work best at night. I did a shoot for his collection, the results of which he loved so much he asked me to walk for his London Fashion Week show a month later. The week of the show consisted of handing in my thesis on the Monday, doing my final exam Tuesday and walking my first fashion show ever on the Wednesday, my first casting Thursday and beginning a new university course Friday! Off the back of that show I was spotted by an agency and the rest is history as they say. Welcome to the World of Fashion.

 

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

So exciting! The past 12 months really have been some of the most exciting and challenging in my career. I have worked in New York, London and Copenhagen and shot campaigns published internationally. Especially exciting to have been involved with are the film I did and the interest these have attracted. The most painful and physically challenging was the medieval fantasy film “Brother” where I play a crown prince ordered to slay his adopted brother. I was wearing 13kgs of chain mail and having to learn choreographed fight scenes using tempered steel swords. Needless to say, my body was wrecked after carrying that amount of armor all day throughout the length of the shoot and I had numerous bruises from missing from getting whacked by my opponent’s blade.

 

Q: Who inspires you?

Being surrounded by creative, driven and focused people force me to constantly keep working harder. I thrive on such an environment. I am fortunate to know many talented people but my parents and sister really inspire me with how hard they have worked and their openness towards the career path I have chosen. One of my oldest friends in the business, Ha Anh Vu, is also such a great inspiration. Asides from being a beautiful person on the inside she is also a fantastic model, hosting Vietnam’s Next Top Model, a UN ambassador and has just released her debut album! Another person I admire is Lithuanian designer Milda Cergelyte who is already making waves with her label Mimi.C at a very young age!

 

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

One of my favorite London designer labels is Bolongaro Trevor. I think it’s safe to say half my wardrobe is from them as I have done several editorial shoots with their collections. I love the rock look and use of rough materials and colors. However, it has largely been music artists who originally developed my sense of style and interest in fashion. I think Billy Corgan during Smashing Pumpkins’ “Adore”-era was one of the first I took notice of. Other bands who intrigued me as a kid with their on stage looks are Placebo and Muse.

 

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

Overall I would say I prefer location. It’s like stepping on to a movie set that I can more easily interact with and be inspired by. But with a visionary photographer doing the snapping, a plain studio can bring about something unique as well. Lighting is often key.

 

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

One time when I was shooting in New York’s on the streets of the Lower East Side I was wearing some pretty outrageous -- almost bondage style -- outfits. It was hilarious to hear passers by remark “only in New York”, followed by bemused headshaking. A couple of times I thought we might cause a car crash because cars would slow down while their drivers and passengers would gawp with their noses pressed against the windows. I tried keeping a straight face through it all, but it was an amusing challenge. It was such a fun shoot!

 

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

I usually start the day off by doing some simple yoga stretching, which also helps to focus and clear my mind. Then at the shoot I’m always pumping the stereo – the best shoots are often a party!

 

Q: Do you have a favorite photograph?

One of my recent favorites was by Lithuanian photographer Linas Justice who snapped a shot of me right at the end of a two-day shoot while I was sitting on a vintage motorcycle. We took one look at it and immediately we both grinned at each other and exclaimed “Marlon-friggin-Brando!” I love it when you nail it in the first and only shot. The best shots are often the ones that aren’t anticipated.

 

Karim Theilgaard

 

 

Q: Who is your favorite photographer?

I’m often amazed at how young some of today’s most exciting photographers are. It’s fantastic to see the emerging talent out there. I always enjoy shooting with Danish photographer Thomas Cato. I also love the twisted drama Nick Knight conjures up in his shoots. Icelandic Saga Sig is an amazing talent as well.

 

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

Danish photographer Anders Brogaard is definitely someone I would like to shoot with soon. I love Tom Ford’s incredible eye for aesthetic and would love to shoot with him as well.

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion brings freedom to express. Our moods, creativity, passions, emotions – everything can be reflected in what we wear. When I was a kid I was the outsider. I didn’t really have a peer group that I could really share my interests with. It was when I went to music college and finally saw “hey, finally it’s not just me who thinks it’s fun to wear something outrageous and mess around with cameras” that I really started to indulge the interests I had long harbored for aesthetics and expression. There was this fantastic Norwegian singer, Jørund, there who became my style guru. Later on, my best friend from college and band mate, Mette, took our glam rock outfits to new extremes!

 

Q: How would you define your personal style?

 I dress according to what I’m in the mood for so it can vary a lot from rock n roll to laid back country-western to black, blues and greys across to lots of colors! Overall, I would say there’s always music in my style.

 

Q: Where are you based?

I tend to be based out of London most of the time, but I have traveled and shot all over from Australia to North America and Europe.  This year I will be based in Paris as well.

 

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

Ha ha, well that’s quite a complicated question seeing as I was born in Brazil, my mom is South African-Indian and my dad Danish. I grew up in Brazil, Denmark, Switzerland, Albania, UK and went to American schools. I guess you could say, “colorful and multi-faceted!”

 

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

There have been so many. My best moments have not necessarily been doing the biggest, most widely publicized shoots but the ones that were the most fun and creatively satisfying on a personal level. One such example was on a shoot I did in St. Tropez with British photographer Nick Fallon. At the end of the weeklong shoot the whole crew ended up jumping in the pool – cameras and all and partying till the sun came up.

 

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

Asides from taking a break to study an MA I aim to get involved with the development of several feature film projects to shoot in 2013 and possibly attending my first Cannes screening of a movie (if the post-production is finished on time). I will also be releasing my debut as a solo artist, which I’m really excited about!

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I like to read, doodle on my guitar and listen to music. One of my favorite things is to sit in the company of a friend by the waterfront and hang out as the sunsets and shoot the breeze.

 

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

Right now I want to visit Vietnam and Kenya. Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is somewhat of a family tradition and I still need to do so!

 

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

The soundtrack to the movie “Drive” is so haunting and the title track is amazing! The director, who’s also Danish, Nicolas Winding-Refn is certainly someone I’d like to work with at some stage. I like movies and directors who have a firm musical current running through the film. Other firm favorites are Arcade Fire, Foo Fighters, Kurt Vile, some New York buddies of mine The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, The Danish bands Giana Factory and Kashmir whom I had the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with last year. They’re such great and down to Earth girls and guys. I’ve also been listening to Chet Baker recently because I was doing research for a film I shot this year where I play him around the time when he was assaulted and had his front teeth knocked out after a gig by a drug dealer.

 

Karim Theilgaard

 

Q: Do you have any interesting hobbies? 

I like to photograph -- mostly reportage type of stuff and live music photography. I’ve done a bunch of shoots with Fashion Beat TV.

 

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

You must have thick skin and always take a step back and stay grounded when someone is trying to hype you on something. There are so many people out to make a quick buck in this industry off of inexperienced newcomers. I also encourage models to take an interest in things such as styling, photography and art direction because having an understanding of how everyone else on a team thinks will ultimately make you a better model.

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do? 

My passion for creativity and expression. I love putting together concepts and the process that goes in to completing and executing them. It’s such a rewarding feeling and I have been lucky to meet and become friends with so many amazing artists.

 

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

If you would like to stay up to date and follow my progress in fashion, film and music come check out my Facebook Page. I’ve got several films coming out this year as well as my EP so it’s going to be an exciting one! Thanks for your interest and keep on inspiring each other!

 

Editor’s Note: Karim Theilgaard has an enviable array of artistic and creative talents that are nurtured by his appreciation of aesthetics and style. Make sure you check out his news feeds on YouTube to find out how is blossoming career is progressing.

 

If you’d like to learn more about or contact Karim Theilgaard just follow the links below:

 

twitter link: www.twitter.com/karimtheilgaard

facebook link: www.facebook.com/karimtheilgaardofficial

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Spotlight Interview – Cynthia Chisom

Cynthia Chisom is a successful fashion model who is currently based in London. When we first checked out Cynthia’s impressive, creative and unique modeling portfolio at Urbanity Chic we were really keen to interview her so could share everything with you. Read the full, incredibly in-depth, interview below where Cynthia discusses London Fashion Week, who her inspirations are and how she prepares for a fashion shoot or show.

 

Cynthia Chisom

Cynthia Chisom

 

Q: Who are you called?

I am Umezulike Chisom Cynthia but in the modeling world I am known as Cynthia Chisom. However at home I am usually called Chizzie, Nomss or Ulumma..a native name meaning ‘pot of beauty’. Some of friends call me Miss Cynthia or Miss Posh. So it depends on who is addressing me and on what occasion.

 

Q: How did you get into fashion modeling?

I was scouted @ age 15 by a modeling agent James St James Amuta. I was walking down my street, on short hair and awkwardly skinny..he asked if I wanted to be a model and told me he runs a nascent modeling agency and would love to represent me on the local scene until I can get signed by an international agency which is a better platform to help push my passion and ambition to the height he foresees my potential . On a trip to Kampala Uganda with my dad same year, I got asked again by a fashion photographer Ndudi Nyame at the hotel lobby of the Sheraton Hotel Kampala to do the exhibition later that night. Coming from a very strict home it was impossible at the time  to take part in the show but on returning to home, I made James St James have a word with my dad and fortunately within that same period a 19 year old Nigerian girl had won the Miss World competition and was of worldwide fame and success. Her success opened up the channel that helped convince my dad to let me take part in some aspects of modeling while still juggling law school.

 

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

The past twelve months has being the busiest part of my entire life. I went from being the little nerd  going from my school seminars and research in library to ’The Model” doing so many fashion shows in a week, going to hundreds of castings and shooting with amazing photographers. The most memorable was the new face of Swarovski in Bond Street audition and I remember trembling and pinching myself because it was almost unreal to have the opportunity of becoming the face of Swarovski and have your pictures taken by the famous super model turned photographer Helena Christensen.

London Fashion week was the most grueling and I almost burnt out mid way from all the chaos of shows, fittings, castings etc. it was my first season and I was determined to be on all the High end catwalks before the designer brands happened and I succeeded tremendously by booking a showcase for  British based Luxury brand Japer Garvida, Rhianon Jones Bolshie and Paulina Palian, Fashions Finest, The Mavericks, Suffolk’s Designers exhibition, Koshibah, Adebayo Jones etc . The most memorable was entering the Top Model competition and going through the boot camp styled training, it was a crash course in the knowledge of fashion, the industry and how to deal with the pitfalls of a nascent career. It was a stressful but an amazing experience. Throughout the year I always had my secret weapon Sir Ruben P Joseph, legendary catwalk trainer and Nana Akua-amazing makeup artist to fall back on. Sir Ruben whips me back to shape and his one liner of “Girlllll you don’t know what you have got” loool… that shoots my confidence back up and Nana Akua is on hand to conceal my dark circles from sleepless nights, Ope @ Minc Models INC my friend and stylist for all red carpet events and appearances.  I also had different magazine article publications, newspaper write up and diverse blog posting during the past year detailing my evolution and appreciating my growth, progress and ambitions.  Finally I feel I have worked hard enough and have earned the unequivocal right to be called “A Model”. It is a right not a privilege.  In between my crazy Modeling and school work schedule I also completed my inspirational book ‘Parallel Sapphires; Rules of inspiration’, A thought provoking inspirational book detailing how teenagers can learn to cope with a range of issues such as making the right choices, dealing with low self esteem, competition, building careers etc just like I, my friends and family learnt along the way. These are rules every young person should acquaint themselves on how to apply. It has being an amazing journey so far and I am happy with my work ethic, professionalism and my zeal to keep growing and re-inventing my brand.

 

Cynthia Chisom

Cynthia Chisom

Cynthia Chisom

 

Q: Who inspires you?

I am greatly inspired by Legendary Super models like Erin O Conner, Kiara Kabukuru and Debra Shaw. They set the precedence for the younger generation of model to follow.  I also love the work of young models such as Ify Yolanda Jones, Chanel Iman and Sessile Lopez. They are a mixture of strong women of color who continue to break barriers and reverse what the dominant norm is especially in this cutthroat fashion industry saturated with precision and fear of change. They continue to push barriers and break the norm thereby inspiring change and creating a revolution on the general acceptance of what the definition of diverse, distinct shades of beauty and how it is viewed, recognized and accepted in the industry.

 

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

The modern day Fashion Icon I look up to today is definitely Victoria Beckham and fortunately she is also an amazing talented fashion designer. She is the crème of the crop in all things fashionable and exquisite. Her poise, elegance and grace distinctively exemplify how every lady should look like and carry themselves at all times. I also love the Newcomer Mary Katrantzou, her designs are fresh, futuristic, timeless. From ornamented bold prints, structural defined edgy tops and lampshade skirts to more eccentric, hyper-realist, aesthetic, bold graphics with a mash up of industry jewelry hence an epitome of architectural master piece. The two designers offer something new, fresh and urban. Every girl wants to wear something straight from their wardrobe or have something made for them.(I actually will covert Victoria’s wardrobe….no kidding J)  .

 

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

I prefer on location shoots especially during summer when it is hot and less windy. I love the interplay of beautiful landscapes in the background as if offering their servitude. The emotion and conquest of having an amazing natural scenery or man-made stunning architectural edifice surround you almost draw out the super model inside you. It makes you want to run, laugh loud, scream, jump and play the act of being the number 1 model in the world. You are in the zone and there is no restriction whatsoever and the most talented photographers get their best pictures in that moment of no inhibition or restriction. The camera never stops clicking. It is amazing.

 

Cynthia Chisom

 

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

Most castings and shows often have elements of surprise, intrigue and drama. Similar to photo shoots and fashion show chaos.  Either the non arrival of models on time which sparks a fury or the production team are behind schedule or the wrong shades of foundation was applied by the  makeup artist or the clothes do not fit anymore..loool.. . There is always an interesting scenario playing out on or off stage. They all make for an interesting discourse but no single incident stands out completely on its own.

 

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

My regimen is almost the same on and off fashion show/shoot seasons. I am a fan of Palmers Cocoa butter with a little Vitamin C and Glycerin oil…it gives a radiant glow. For my face I moisturize at night using either Nivea Aqua face cream or Crème de La Mer moisturizing gel cream depending on what I deem the facial skin needs. I also exfoliate once a week with Clearasil facial scrub and the amazing “gommage corps body scrub” from the French chain Sephora. I will never arrive at a show without a can of Redbull…it keeps my energy level up. However I recently discovered a healthier version called “Aspire” from Holland & Barrett. It also claims to burn 250 calories per can consumed. Awesome right?….  I am also a fan of  Beckram yoga sessions and use the Gym if I am going to be in a bikini for a show or shoot. It is important to tighten up the muscles and look toned.

 

Q: Do you have a favorite photograph?

My favorite photograph has to be the still black and white images captured in the early stages of my life, as new born nestled in my grandmother’s blankets.  It is the most beautiful serene picture I have ever seen. Sometimes I wish I could go back to that child-like, peaceful state, with no care in the world, where every sky seemed blue and there existed no worries in the world.

 

Cynthia Chisom preparing for a shoot

Cynthia Chisom

Cynthia Chisom

 

Q: Who is your favourite photographer?

The resident photographer for Vogue Italia Steven Meisel is my favorite photographer of all time. I call his work  ‘Distinguished Art’ . Steven Meisel shot the most revolutionary issue of Vogue Italia ‘The Black Issue” showing the pinnacle of his success and his use of imaginative art to create awareness on the issue of racial inequality in the industry. He has also helped launch the careers of super models such as Coca Rocha, Liya Kebede, and Amber Valleta etc by constantly featuring them in exclusive spreads for Vogue and using them in various high-end campaigns.  He is an icon and I adore his work.

 

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

The major designer I crave to work with is Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel…every model craves to wear those Chanel petite coats in a size zero….huge pearls neck piece, exquisite gloves and lace couture gowns down the run way. I also would to love model garments by Lanvin , Sarah button for Alexandra McQueen, Oscar de la Renta  and Victoria Beckham. However a Shoot with photographer Steven Meisel, styled by Rachel Zoe would be an out of body experience. It is major. Every model needs a Steven Meisel picture in their books. It is a life changing experience.

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you?

I always say that my idea of a great day resonates from the feeling and anticipation of a well thought out outfit….which never excludes a five inches stilettos…every other aspect  of the day is secondary.

I love the look of the sixties, structured pencil skirts, boho lace embroidery tea party dresses, classically cut bright colored gowns, floral prints, fennel shorts. Peter Pan collared shirts, woolen ponchos, over-sized kaftans and huge square Sun Shades. I am massive fan of court shoes…the higher the more fabulous. I love dainty exquisite jewelry. I avoid chunky neck/ear piece, wedges and jeans. In the winter I love French Trench coats and over-sized white cashmere cardigan paired with ankle length boots and see through embroidery tights. . It might sound cliché, superficial and obsessive but fashion is everything. It is a platform to self-express, show creativity and style.

 

Cynthia Chisom

Cynthia Chisom

 

 

Q: How would you define your personal style?

My personal style is classic, elegant, polished and almost demure. I favor the Minimalistic-Chic approach. I love an outfit that is not necessarily coordinated or calculated but has everything put together to play=off each other. There is either a neutral palette with a splash of color on the lip, the shoes or bag or vice versa. I am fascinated with the era when women’s hair where parted  slighted and tied up in a chignon, bright red lips, flowery dresses, transparent panty hoses and clogged heels.

 

Q: Where are you based?

I am based in the waterside area of docklands in London. United Kingdom.

 

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

I am a mixture of two cultures and breed. I love the taome and the Nigerian aspect. They are eccentric, full of rich cultural heritage and made up of people who work really hard to beat poverty and make real meaning out of their lives. There are no benefits from the government or credit cards to fall back on. I come from a working class town and lived a very sheltered life so didn’t venture out  until I moved to live in the UK. I would still love to go back home someday and I feel it is so much more warm, welcoming and accepting than over here.

 

Q: What have been the highlights of your career to date?

There has being so many major highlights of my career. I cannot name them all but been a part of London Fashion Week 2011 was pretty remarkable , working for Luxury bespoke designers at different stages of my career, Representing Nigeria at the Miss commonwealth International pageant 2010. Talented designer Paulina Palian named me her muse in designing her edgy customization of the dark side collection.  It was amazing to know that my body and shape can inspire a designer’s work.  There has also being a lot of setbacks in my career but from every failure, I take away a valuable indispensible lesson. I pick myself up, more determined and persistent and keep fighting to actualize my dream.

 

Cynthia Chisom

 

Cynthia Chisom

 

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

I would love to not only take active part the 2012 London fashion week but other fashion weeks around the world.  From Paris, Milan to New York, Rio de Janeiro and South Africa.  I aspire to be on the cover of high fashion magazines, shoot high fashion editorials and campaigns for recognizable high-end brands. My elder sisters and I would also be focusing on publishing a series of children’s books, short stories and poems on both English and African literature. My first inspiration book ”Parallel Sapphires: Rules of  Inspiration” is out later this year. It is my debut as an author and I am proud of my accomplishments so far. I also have a legal article out next month in the Nigerian Judicial Institute law journal. It is my first published legal article, setting precedence for many more.

I would love to make indigenous fashion forward pieces that can become a collector’s prized art. Similar to possessing an eclectic vintage piece of garment from, Oscar de la Renta, Vivienne Westwood or Diane von Frustenburg, the possibilities are endless.

I would also love to become an advocate for socio economic and cultural rights of children and a United Nations Special Repporteur bringing imperative awareness to the needs of a child to the minimum core requirements such as food, water, shelter and health care system. All these are paramount to the survival and development of a child and should be at the forefront of all human rights agenda.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

During my spare time, I usually catch up on all the shows I recorded previously while at work or studying. I love watching soap operas and television shows. I sometimes see myself as belonging to another era, maybe the sixties or the fifties; I love the movies in black and white and the whole oldies effect. I love watching the series Mad Men , it is a throwback to the sixties as well as gossip girl a modern current interpretation of  life on the upper east side in New York. I like the balance it creates. I love to listen to music too but very cheesy eighties jazz, instrumental and R& B. I just love to be very comfortable, happy at all times and around people who make me laugh.  I try to take care of my spirituality and internal wellbeing. Eating right, praying, excising and meditating every day. I also do love to reflect on events past and strategize for a better productive future.  When I am restless and agitated, I hit the gym and work out, subsequent cold shower and I am back to the serene zone. It is important that I radiate positive energy at all times and that the people around me do the same. I just cannot deal with negativity.

 

Cynthia Chisom

L’Oreal -- Infallible

 

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

The Azores Archipelago in the autonomous region of Portugal is my ideal vacation spot. It comprises of nine volcanic islands in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean.  Flores and Corvo, to the west; Graciosa, Terceira, São Jorge, Pico and Faial in the centre; and São Miguel, Santa Maria and the Formigas Reef to the east. Each Island offers something unique, in culture, atmosphere and cuisine. However with the alluring volcanic eruption probability in the islands, the atmosphere seem sultry, romantic, almost mysterious and dangerously –adventurous. Every element I love exists in The Azores Island Conglomerate.

 

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

My iPod actually has less than 30 songs on the playlist because I am always obsessed with same songs so I end up playing them nonstop for months. Really strange…yes I know. However my friend recently introduced me to the amazing album titled “Conatus”  by  Russian artist  Nika Roza Danilova ( stage name Zola Jesus) .  The album is a combination of electronic, industrial, classical and slightly almost gothic and alternative rock. I have the singles ‘Hikikomori, Shivers and Avalanche” on instant replay. I also have tunes from Fantasia, Yasmin, Delilah, Rebecca Ferguson, The Saturdays and Usher.

 

Q: Do you have any interesting hobbies?

I love to dance, cook for family & friends, read thought provoking books, articles, novels and I used to play football.

 

Cynthia Chisom

 

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

I would advice young models not to be eager to walk in someone else shoes, that way you can potentially succeed where others before them were lukewarm. When starting out young, parental supervision is important and crucial, it keeps young girls away from the pit falls of the industry and protects them from perverted men with huge promises and nothing to offer. It is essential to be confident, believe in the beauty of your dreams, be a hard worker, hard knock on every door until you make your goals a reality. Always stay humble, stay grounded and true to your roots and family values. Family should always come first even if you have a jet-setting career, they are the only people still slugged by your side when the glitz and glamour are gone. They are there for you when you are retired and resting in your favorite flip-flops and pajamas’ lying in solitude on a couch digging into a bag of low calorie pop corn and fat free yogurt reminiscing over the high days of your career. Your family would always be there for you. There is no longevity in the modeling or beauty pageant world, have a backup plan, a tangible career to fall back on

 

Q: Who motivates you to do what you do?

My dad is constantly my strong motivation, he has changed my thought process, the way I think and approach everyday challenges and confront obstacles. He made me realize the need to be selfless and show unconditional love even when unrequited. He is a man with an exemplary conduct, showing kindness and humility at all times. He is a very generous, down to earth and easygoing man. I have learnt hard work, resilience and patience from him. There are moral values he instilled in me that I cannot disregard, no matter where I am, I feel his stern disapproving eyes and will never compromise the standard he has set for me.

My siblings are also my rock and strong pull, they are always very prayerful, open minded, loving and rationale at all times. Erin O’Conner, a very remarkable British woman who used her talent and initiative to make an impact in the world.

 

Cynthia Chisom

 

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

Thanks to the Urbanity Chic for the amazing opportunity to have a feature in this month’s issue.  Also follow me on twitter, check out my official model face book page and read my high fashion elevated blog.  Wishing Urbanity Chic magazine readers an amazing year ahead.  Deuces!!!

 

Editor’s Note: Cynthia effectively encompasses poise, flair and commercial edge into every shot. Also make sure you check out her fashion blog, http://cynthiaumezulike.blogspot.com/; a great read!

If you’d like to learn more about or contact Cynthia Chisom just follow the links below:

twitter link: http://twitter.com/#!/posh_cynthia

facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cynthia-Chisom-For-Top-Model-of-Colour-UK/130262873740405

web page link: http://cynthiaumezulike.blogspot.com/

Spotlight Interview – Eva Fydrych

Eva Fydrych is a successful commercial model who is originally from Poland but now currently lives and works in Singapore. In addition to modeling, Eva also is the founder of the incredible fashion magazine http://www.fashionstudiomagazine.com/, which is dedicated to the most interesting and intriguing fashion news. When Eva agreed to complete a full in-depth feature interview we were thrilled so we could share her interests, experiences and portfolio of work with you. Read on to discover, amongst other things, how Eva became interested in fashion, how she prepares for a fashion shoot or show and what she’s hoping to achieve over the next 12 months!

Eva Fydrych by Gabrio Linari -- Venice

Eva Fydrych by Jennifer Lam -- Singapore

 

Q: How did you get into fashion?

I have been interested in fashion as long as I can remember. After working for a couple of years in fashion retail (for companies such as French clothing chain Camaieu and an Italian fashion designer Pamela), I started modelling in London, UK. It was a great learning experience that gave me a different insight into the world of fashion.

During my stay in Toronto, Canada last year, I got involved in fashion photography and also started my own online magazine (www.fashionstudiomagazine.com). I still write for other magazines, such as London-based Fashions Finest and The Fashion Globe from New York.

All these fields -- modelling, photography, retail, fashion writing --  are closely connected with each other and the experience I’ve gained in different countries throughout the years, has helped a lot. It gives you a broader perspective and a better understanding what fashion is all about.

 

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

I spent last year in Toronto, but still did quite a fair bit of travelling: Barbados, Mexico, Morocco, Spain… I also finished an intensive ‘Acting For Film’ course at New York Film Academy.

It was a good year; full of exciting events, new experiences and interesting business opportunities. I am very happy with the positive response that Fashion Studio Magazine is getting and that I am able to do what I truly enjoy.

 

Q. What inspired you to start the Fashion Studio Magazine?

I started the magazine in January 2011 during my stay in New York. Whilst studying acting at NYFA, we were encouraged to use our creative side a lot, not to be afraid to experiment and show the world who we really are. Somehow that experience made me reconsider what I want to do in life and which direction I want to go with my career.

 

Q: Where do you get your inspiration?

I get my inspiration from many different sources: travelling, conversations with people that I meet, movies, fashion magazines, city life, street scenes, modern art, to name a few. Sometimes it’s just a sudden idea that pops out in your head out of nowhere…

 

Eva Fydrych by Warren Linton -- Barbados

Eva Fydrych -- Tropic Beauty -- Barbados

 

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

I always admire people who don’t follow the crowd, but choose their own path instead. Strong personalities who believe in their vision, have the courage to be different and live the way they want. Individuals who mastered their field and managed to combine the artistic side of the industry with an effective business approach: Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, Kate Moss, Tyra Banks, Sarah Jessica Parker, Gisele Bündchen, and Anna Wintour.

 

Q: How did you get into fashion modeling?

I started modelling in 2007. I was living in London at that time and one day, whilst walking at Southbank, I was approached by a scout who invited me for a casting and for a test shoot. Shortly afterwards, I signed a contract with a modelling agency and that is how everything started. It has been a great adventure so far.

 

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

I prefer shooting on location as I find it more interesting than the studio. It gives you more opportunities when it comes to posing and you can use different props and backgrounds. It is definitely harder to run out of ideas.

 

Eva Fydrych by Mark Pascasio -- Singapore

Eva Fydrych by Jay C. Photography -- Singapore

 

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

  • I always go to bed early and sleep eight hours the day before.
  • I eat healthy and drink a lot of water.
  • I follow an exercise regimen and keep my skin moisturized.
  • I still practice my posing in front of the mirror and look for inspiration in fashion magazines. There is always something you can improve and you should never stop learning.
  • If I have time, I like to visit a spa or get a massage, so I fell relaxed and rejuvenated. These types of treatments are much more popular and affordable in Asia then in Europe or North America.

 

Q: Do you have a favourite photograph?

Please have a look at the INSPIRATION section in the Fashion Studio Magazine. That’s the place where I put my favourite fashion editorials:

http://www.fashionstudiomagazine.com/p/inspiration.html

 

As for the portraits, it would be probably Kate Moss photographed by Mario Testino.

 

Q: Who is your favourite photographer?

Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, Greg Kadel, Patrick Demarchelier.

 

Eva Fydrych by Tito Trelles -- New York

Eva Fydrych -- eZen Modelz -- Singapore

 

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

All of the photographers mentioned above.

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you? 

Fashion for me is much more than just the clothes we are wearing. It is an attitude, the way we see the world, the atmosphere that surrounds as.  As Coco Chanel said “€Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

Fashion is a form of art, a lifestyle, a tool to express who we are, and a way of communicating with people. It serves so many different purposes that it is actually really difficult to define. I guess everyone has their own definition of what fashion really is and what it means to them.

In recent years, fashion has become a global phenomenon, and it is present in almost every aspect of our lives. It has become such an important part of our culture. You can find it everywhere from movie theatres to museums. Fashion designers became celebrities and shopping is a new way of spending free time.

Fashion is creative and fascinating, it evokes emotions, makes everything more colourful and adds flavour to our everyday life. It is a from of entertainment and also a very lucrative business.

 

Q: What situations creatively stimulate you?

Meeting new people, travelling, and discovering new places. But also all kinds of challenging situations when not everything goes as planned and you are forced to look for alternative solutions, thinking outside the box. Challenges always motivate me and I believe that there is always an opportunity in the middle of difficulties.

 

Eva Fydrych by Vijay Jethwa -- London

Eva Fydrych by Jay Nodalo -- Singapore

 

Q: How would you define your personal style?

I like buying clothes in small local boutiques when I travel. I have some great pieces from Cebu (Philippines), Shanghai, Bergamo (Italy), New York, and Barbados. I always search for something different and unique as my fashion philosophy is “be yourself and never imitate anyone else”. I love discovering local designers and small shops that may be a big thing in the future. I am a huge fan of handmade jewellery and handbags in most unusual shapes and colours.

I think fashion should be fun and cannot be treated too seriously. I would say my style is feminine, but at the same time versatile and full of contradictions. One day I may wear a simple minimalist dress with no accessories, and the other – something bright, eclectic and eye-catching. There are however some things that dominate my wardrobe: I like colours and prints, asymmetric forms, feminine dresses, high heels, bold statement jewellery, and fur jackets. I like fresh, innovative ideas and modern style as opposed to something more vintage.

For formal events, I believe in classic elegance and in a rule that “less is more”. One of the main principles that I follow says: clothes should be always suitable for the occasion.

 

Q: Where are you based?

I am currently based in Singapore.

 

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

My hometown, Kraków, is a beautiful old city with a distinct architecture and unique atmosphere. It is a cultural capital of Poland and a very friendly city where many people feel at home. I guess growing up in there influenced my taste, developed a strong interest in art and a curiosity about the world.

 

Eva Fydrych by Jay Nodalo -- Singapore

Eva Fydrych -- Tuck Loong -- Singapore

 

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

  • Working with a film director Michael Gleissner in Cebu, Philippines.
  • An editorial for Scene Magazine.
  • An ad campaign for I Nuovi cosmetics shot in Singapore.
  • Taking part in a World Supermodel Pageant in Australia.
  • Completing an acting course at New York Film Academy.

 

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

I would like to create a print version of Fashion Studio Magazine and expand my photography portfolio. On a personal level, I would like to improve my dancing skills and continue learning Spanish.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I go to a gym to workout or for a dancing class, meet with friends, watch a movie or read an interesting book, have dinner in a cosy restaurant – I love eating out and trying different cuisines. Sometimes I go to a spa for a long relaxing massage. However, a day on the beach with a good company, reggae music and some great cocktails, would be probably my first choice. I spent my last holiday in Barbados and I can’t think of a more relaxing and laid back place. You can get away from it all, but still have lots of fun.

 

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

Somewhere I haven’t been before; as I always like to explore new places. There are a couple of countries on my list: Papua New Guinea, Zanzibar, Brazil, Chile, West Africa.

My favourite holiday would be full of action and adventure, spontaneous, and without a fixed plan. That’s my favourite way of travelling.

 

Eva Fydrych by Geoffrey Pereira -- Singapore

Eva Fydrych by Black Frog Studio -- Shanghai

 

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

It’s a mix of recent R’n’B, reggae, African music, jazz, house, salsa, merengue, and samba. When it comes to music, I definitely like variety.

 

Q: Do you have interesting hobbies?

Fashion, photography, travelling, cinema, dancing. I’m also interested in modern art.

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for people wanting to work in the fashion industry what would it be?

  • Make sure you know what you want.
  • Be persistent.
  • Set your goals and divide them into small steps.
  • Be polite to people. Success won’t make you happy if you made a lot of enemies along the way.
  • Don’t give up.
  • Work on expanding your fashion knowledge, be always familiar with the latest trends and happenings in the fashion industry.
  • Attend networking events. Introduce yourself to people. Make sure they know who you are and what you want to achieve.
  • If something doesn’t work, try a different approach.

 

Eva Fydrych by Nigel Banks -- Toronto

Eva Fydrych by Fayezha Dans -- Singapore

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

I love what I do. It gives me satisfaction and makes me complete. It took me a while to figure out what I really want from life, but I finally managed to do it. In the words of an ancient Chinese philosopher, Confucius: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” 

 

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

We are currently looking for new writers for the Fashion Studio Magazine. If you are passionate about fashion, have good industry knowledge and exceptional writing skills, please get in touch!

 

Editor’s Note: Eva’s successful modeling career has seen her travel all over the world working with some of the most talented photographers. Further, Eva’s love, flair and understanding of fashion, partnered with creative flair will surely ensure that Eva’s fashion ventures will enjoy considerable success in the future too. One of Urbanity Chic’s ‘One’s to Watch’ for 2012 and beyond.

 

Eva Fydrych by Benjamin Seetor -- Singapore

Eva Fydrych’s Fashion Studio Magazine

 

If you’d like to contact Eva Fydrych or check out the Fashion Studio Magazine just follow the links below:

facebook link: www.facebook.com/pages/Fashion-Studio-Magazine/265849683427723

web page links:

www.evafydrych.com

www.fashionstudiomagazine.com

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