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FEARLESS & FASHIONABLE How to Mix & Match your Outerwear for Winter

Bright Lights BIG CITYAn Internship at "Seventeen" Magazine

The Business of Modeling in RUSSIA Is Your Hair Hungry?

The Amish Outlaws Part II

January 2014

TALENT TALKS! EDDIE DeMARS


TRADE SECRETS A Donahue Models & Talent Publication

THE CAST & CREW

PUBLISHER & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Yemi Sekoni, MBA

EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Julie Dawson

MANAGING EDITOR Jaclyn Pelopida

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Alisha Newton

FASHION CONSULTANT ONSITE STYLIST Sira D’Arpino Lisa Shorr

MAKEUP Hayley Klaudt

CONTRIBUTOR Kristen Verducci

HAIR Melissa Wilson

PHOTOGRAPHER Valencio

CONTRIBUTOR Anastasia Rezvyi

TRADE SECRETS is a free monthly online magazine for the modeling and talent industry across New England.

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FROM THE EDITOR

It’s 2014 and that time of year when we all set our new year’s resolutions! What are some of yours? Well, we have an easy one you could try, (that’s if you don’t have one already) – looking fashion forward with your outerwear this winter season. Our onsite stylist, Lisa Shorr, shows us how to mix, match and push the winterwear edge this season, while cover model, Hayley Priscilla, demonstrates several looks. This month our Talent Talks spotlight is on Eddie DeMars, whose career as a model and actor took a different trajectory after he retired from the United States Postal Service. We have part two of our interview with the cover band, The Amish Outlaws, and we bring you a recap of the charity runway show to benefit Swim Empowerment, a nonprofit organization formed to help 30,000 kids learn how to swim. Contributor Anastasia Rezvyi talks about the business of modelig in Russia, explaining how it’s not much different than here in the United States. To round out this issue, our Managing Editor, Jaclyn Pelopida, shares her experience working at “Seventeen” magazine, while contributor Kristen Verducci provides us with some homemade remedies to get your hair healthy and happy for the season. There are lots of goodies to unpack in this first issue of the year, so please go ahead! We wish a Happy New Year to all our readers, and as always,

Stay fabulous! Y

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IN THE GREEN ROOM

BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY By Jaclyn Pelopida

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was just four-years-old when I took my first trip to New York City. I remember being in Rockefeller Center, staring up at all of the tall buildings, the bright lights and the magic of “the big city” itself. I turned to my dad and said, “I’m going to live in this magical city one day.” (I’m always one to stick by my word). Fast forward to 17-years-old, an only child from Rhode Island, I moved by myself to New York to attend Iona College with the intentions of being the next Carrie Bradshaw. I always knew my whole life I wanted to write. In high school and college, I became fascinated with magazines (I subscribed to eight different ones), and I knew I wanted a fabulous internship with one of the magazines that I so desperately loved, especially “Seventeen.” It was fall of ’09 when I was a junior in college and

applied to countless internships for the spring semester and scored three interviews: one with “Harper’s Bazaar,” one with “Glamour,” and of course, one with “Seventeen.” I believed in the magic of New York City and when I walked through the doors of those major fashion magazines, it was a total Carrie Bradshaw moment! “Seventeen” magazine was the last one I interviewed with and I felt completely at home in the Hearst Tower. The offices were just as glamorous and fabulous as I had always imagined as a kid, equipped with three huge closets: one full of designer clothing, another for sky-high heels, and one for makeup. It was a little girl’s dream come true. The weekend before my birthday I heard back from both “Glamour” and “Seventeen,” and to my surprise, both magazines wanted to hire me, (happy birthday to me!). I was in total shock, but I knew deep down, I had to go with my first love, “Seventeen.” I began my internship for the magazine in January 2010 as a web editorial intern. I worked under three different editors and wrote for the beauty, fashion and entertainment section for the magazine’s website, www.seventeen.com. My first day as an intern, the cast


of “The Secret Life of The American Teenager,” came in and I was able to sit in on the interview, meet the whole cast, and even asked the actors some of my own questions! I was secretly dying on the inside, but had to keep it together because hello-o-o, this was my first day and all! As the months rolled by and I became more familiar with the fashion, shoe and makeup closets. I was also asked to tag along on photoshoots, and help prepare the clothes for the models and celebrities by steaming them and managing the different looks. I was able to go backstage at New York Fashion Week; something I never even dreamed I would be doing. I worked an event with Lauren Conrad when she was the brand ambassador for Mark by Avon makeup. I interviewed countless celebrities, such as the cast of “Pretty Little Liars,” actress Ashley Tisdale, singer Jason Derulo, and many others.

“The offi were jus ces glamoro t as faBulous us and always imas I had as a kiadgined ."

To answer the usual question, no, I never once had to get anyone coffee or lunch, (thankfully)! Nonetheless, my internship at “Seventeen” magazine was definitely a dream come true and, like I said, I’m always one to stick by my word! In retrospect, I’m glad I did! 401.353.4940 | donahuemodels.com | Issue 9, Volume 1 2013 | Trade Secrets | 5


THE COSMETIC COUNTER

Is Your Hair Hungry?

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By Kristen Verducci

s your hair hungry for a little TLC? Before you hop in your car and drive to the nearest spa or buy the latest beauty products, stop and look in your fridge! There is no better place to find healthy, budget-friendly products than right in your own home. Many of the store bought products work great too, but some can be a bit pricey and can contain potentially harmful chemicals. 6 | Trade Secrets | 2013 Volume 1, Issue 9 | donahuemodels.com | 401.353.4940


Avocados aren’t only delicious but they are also filled with light, natural oils that are perfect for improving dry, stressed hair. Beat the frizz with this easy recipe: 1. Mix half of an avocado with two tablespoons of sour cream, and spread the mixture all over dampened hair with your hands. 2. Leave on for 15 minutes and shampoo it out. This process can be done every two weeks. Oh yeah, and don’t waste the other half of the avocado! Eat it up; it’s rich in omega-3, which does wonders for your skin, nails, immune system and even helps fight belly fat!

Products and pollution can make your hair dull and drab! Beat the “blahs” with… ready for this…sour cream! 1. Spread a half cup of sour cream all over damp hair. 2. Let it sit for 20 minutes, then shampoo, finishing with a cool rinse. The lactic acid gently strips away build up, while the milk fat nourishes your hair. Is your hair greasy no matter what you do? There’s a solution for that, and no, it’s not sour cream this time! 1. Fill an empty salt shaker with one tablespoon of cornstarch and shake it all over your head to absorb the oils for 10 minutes. 2. Brush the cornstarch out with a paddle brush. 401.353.4940 | donahuemodels.com | Issue 9, Volume 1 2013 | Trade Secrets | 7


If you suffer from a dry, flaky, itchy scalp, try this flake buster. 1. Mix two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, two tablespoons of olive oil, and two tablespoons of water and massage the mixture into your dry scalp.

2. Leave the mixture on for 20 minutes, then shampoo and rinse.

This treatment can also be done every other day. The acidity of the lemons loosens the flakes, and the olive oil moisturizes the new skin on the scalp.

During the harsh winter months, your skin might be craving some attention too. Try this peach and honey mask for soft, supple, glowing skin! 1. Take one large peach that has been pitted and skinned, then mash it with a fork. 2. Add three teaspoons of honey with two tablespoons of plain yogurt, and mix it into a paste consistency. 3. With your fingertips, gently spread it on your face avoiding contact with your eyes. 4. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse off with warm water.

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I was once told that our hands age 10 times faster than we do…yikes! This recipe is sure to prove that old wives’ tale wrong. Dry, brittle hands will disappear like magic! 1. Mix together one ounce of ground almonds, one teaspoon of honey, two teaspoons of sun flower oil, and one teaspoon of lemon juice.

2. Rub the mixture all over your hands and rinse with warm water.

Here are a few quick tips if time is an issue: • A couple drops of peppermint oil on your lips will give a temporary plumping effect, (great for photo shoots). • Have puffy eyes? Try applying some used and squeezed out chamomile tea bags or cucumber slices over your eyes to reduce swelling. • If stubborn black heads are a problem, apply fresh lemon juice on them every night before bed until they disappear. It’s important to remember to always nourish your body inside and out. There are never problems, only solutions, and sometimes those solutions are tasty too!

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OUT OF THE CLOSET

Fearless and Fashionable How to Mix & Match Your Outerwear for Winter

By Lisa Shorr

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t’s the beautiful month of January; the first month of the New Year that brings the promise of a fresh start for our health, relationships and careers. The crisp air awakens our senses. It’s like recharging our mind to let go of past transgressions to make room for new attitudes and opportunities.

Let’s choose a fearless attitude for 2014! Go for that promotion. Try a new food or travel to a new exotic destination. Be daring with your winter wear! Yes – this is the time to step out and show the world that you are confident and can rock winter style! There are many ways to look classy, chic, and cozy all at the same time! Your outerwear does not have to be bulky and dowdy to be warm. Here are my suggestions:

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Feel fab in fur! Look Fur-licious in a fur (or faux fur) vest or coat. Fur details on a military-style jacket, long winter coat or sweater add just the right amount of luxury to make people turn their heads and take notice!

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Warm thy head. Trap escaping warmth in a stylish topper to make heads spin! Show your personality with this great accessory! Be fierce in red fleece, stately in an earthtoned camel or go daring in fur. You can also protect your ears and try a vintage feel with an alluring turban.

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A new twist on scarves. This year-round fashion staple takes on new meaning in the winter! Not only is it meant to embellish an outfit but it also adds a layer of warmth too! For winter, select styles with color, metallic threading, and texture to pop against a solid jacket.

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Be bold in boots! As the saying goes, “Shoes make the outfit!” Coordinate and complete a military-style look with a short combat boot. Elongate your leg with a sexy, stylish high heel knee boot. Elevate the style of a casual pair of jeans and your favorite cozy sweater with edgy, hardware embellished riding boots. From snaps to buckles to metallic studs – this is all the pop you will need for this look!

Style Tip: If you have a wider calf, look for a taller knee boot versus a shorter boot that sits mid calf. You may have to shop online for a special size but in the end, your boot will enhance your look and not distract the eye. The key is to wear clothing and accessories that will draw the eye away from your least flattering areas. 14 | Trade Secrets | 2013 Volume 1, Issue 9 | donahuemodels.com | 401.353.4940


Don’t succumb to the cold temps and bundle your body in dowdy bulky outerwear. Step into the New Year with a new resolution - the only less you want to be is fearless!

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TALENT TALKS

EDDIE DeMARS Born and raised in Springfield, Mass., Eddie DeMars is quite the unexpected comedian. Retired from working at the post office for 28 years, Eddie has since been acting and modeling for the past 8 years. Although he’s used to playing the “tough guy” in many of his roles, he would chose to be a stand-up comedian if he weren’t acting. “I’ve always been somewhat of a funny guy, I’m forever making people laugh; I’m very good at one-liners. The late George Carlin is the type of comic I would style myself after,” DeMars said. “‘I’m hip,’ has to be one of my favorite sayings,” he continued, “Whenever I say it, it brings a smile to people’s faces. I’ve been saying it since the ‘60s.” With funny one-liners like that, it’s no wonder he was cast to play the father of one of the funniest actors in the industry, none other than Adam Sandler.

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TS: “What has been your most memorable modeling or acting job so far?” ED: “My most memorable job was working on the movie ‘Grownups.’ I was asked if I would like to play Adam Sandler’s father in the banquet scene. While sitting at the banquet table, Adam came up to me and introduced himself. He asked me what part I was playing and I told him I was playing his father. He gave me a big hug and said, ‘Hello dad!’ Without missing a beat I said, ‘Your mom wants to see you.’ Adam went over to the female actress playing my wife and said, ‘Hi Mom.’ I thought that was awesome.” TS: “How did you get started in acting and modeling?” ED: “You can say I was somewhat of a model while I competed in bodybuilding. I had to know how to pose, and present myself on stage while being photographed. I did some print ad work on how to lift safely at work for the Post Office’s national magazine; I was working for them at the time. I also did some print ads for Martial Arts VHS covers; how old school is that?

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“My favorite actor is Robert De Niro. He can easily play a tough guy one minute and then a very funny guy the next; he’s a very well-rounded actor.”

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One night I was watching a show on ‘How to Become a Successful Commercial Model’ presented by Aaron Marcus. Aaron has been a full-time commercial model/actor for over 27 years. I decided to attend his workshop in N.Y. It was fantastic! I came away from it with a vast amount of knowledge about the industry, such as how to take a great head shot and landing an agent. Aaron even featured me on his website, howtomodel.com, as a successful model/actor. I was also a guest speaker at one of his online workshops.” TS: “Speaking of competitive bodybuilding, would you say that is your favorite form of exercise?” ED: “Yes definitely, I love weightlifting, bodybuilding and any type of fitness. My favorite sport is boxing as well. The training is superb and it keeps you fit with a sharp mind.” Although Eddie’s parents would say he was the type of

kid who kept them on their toes and was always getting into everything, his friends would describe him as a “very outgoing, personable, funny guy that they can rely on.” “My friends used to tell me that I sounded like Redd Fox from ‘Sanford and Sons,’ with all of the one-liners I come up with,” DeMars said. With that being said, it’s easy to see why, even in his most embarrassing moment, he was able to turn it around with a little bit of laughter. TS: “What has been your most embarrassing modeling/acting moment?” ED: “Most embarrassing moment, that’s an easy one. I was doing a print ad shoot for Mirage Flooring. As I was walking on the set, I tripped and knocked half of the set down! Two walls came crashing down and all eyes were on me. The creative director asked me if this was my first time on the job, and of course, being the comic I am, I said ‘The sun was

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in my eyes, my shoes are too big, and someone raised the steps.’ I thought he was going to send me on my way, but he looked at me, just started laughing and said ‘good one.’ TS: “Who’s your favorite actor?” ED: “My favorite actor is Robert De Niro. He can easily play a tough guy one minute and then a very funny guy the next; he’s a very well-rounded actor.” TS: “What’s your favorite movie of all time? Is it a De Niro film?” ED: “My favorite movie of all time is actually ‘Saving Private Ryan.’ It gives you a good idea of what it was like for the soldiers to storm the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944 and beyond. It was pure hell!”

types of TV shows do you enjoy the most?” ED: “I do consider myself to be very knowledgeable on history, especially World War II; I’m actually a World War II historian. I like documentaries as well, and history just fascinates me.” Not only is DeMars an actor, model, comedian and historian, but he is most importantly a family man who cares greatly for his children, “If I were to make my first million, I would give half of it to Autism Awareness without hesitation. I’m a dad of three special needs children with Autism,” DeMars said. He also helps with household chores, “I have two cats and the household chore I hate doing the most would be cleaning their litter box. Need I say more?”

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PURSUITS

They’re AMISH and They’re OUTLAWS Part II

By Yemi Sekoni

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ast month we introduced you to the cover band, The Amish Outlaws; known for their Amish origins, and their onstage antics while bringing the house down. Welcome to part two. We pick up where we left off, as bass guitarist, Eazy Ezekiel – the group’s spokesperson – shares their biggest surprise so far. TS: “What has been your biggest surprise, thus far?” Ezekiel: “The ending of ‘The Sixth Sense.’ A lot of people saw it coming, but I sure didn’t. As far as the band is concerned, I’d have to say back in early September we were playing at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and I was having a burger. I always turn my phone to silent in a restaurant, and when I left I looked at it and had a few missed calls and several text messages waiting. Ken Singleton and David Cone, baseball announcers for the Yankees, had talked about us for about 30 seconds just randomly during a Yankees vs. Red Sox game on the YES Network and how great they thought the band was. We’ve received some really cool press throughout the years, but this was the first time we had been mentioned in a major media forum without it really being ‘press,’ so to speak. We just came up in conversation as some cultural thing. That was a big surprise, and honor!”

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TS: “When not at work, what would we find each of you doing to decompress?” Abel: “Spending time with Wyatt (2-year-old Pug/Dachshund) and Lola (8-year-old French Bulldog).” Hez: “Resting, eating and spending time with family and friends, and of course spelunking!” Ish: “I like to garden, spend time with my children and family, and travel.” Amos: “I like to work on my cooking skills, my home repair skills, my Nunchuck skills, and playing video games.” Jakob: “Mowing the lawn, spending quality time with my lovely wife and baby boy. I like to watch Netflix documentaries.” Ezekiel: “Thinking about work.” Elijah: “Needlepoint, mostly.” TS: “Do you perform internationally as well?” Ezekiel: “Not yet. We would love to, and have had some interest for people to bring us out of the country, but nothing has panned out yet.”

TS: “Walk us through the process of selecting songs to add to your repertoire.” Ezekiel: “One of us will hear a song in a club or on the radio and then send an email to everyone else suggesting the song. A few dozen emails will go back and forth repetitively, and a few guys will check out and throw their hands up and say, ‘Whatever you guys want, I can’t take it anymore!’ and whomever is left will battle it out and resort to name calling and then just overpower the other holdouts by the sheer volume of emails until they give in.” TS: “Are there any songs you have found easier or harder to perform/sing?” Ezekiel: “The hardest song we’ve played is probably ‘B.Y.O.B.’ by System of a Down. It’s just so freaking fast. We don’t do that one anymore though because it scared everyone off the dance floor. Right now, for me the hardest song is ‘Under the Sea’ from ‘The Little Mermaid’ soundtrack. For some reason it doesn’t click in my head, so I need to look at a sheet to remember how to play it. A lot of the hip-hop songs can be relatively simple as far as

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the music behind it but the feel is difficult. We will be playing three or four notes but it is hard to lock in. Easier songs tend to be ballads. If they are slower, usually they are easier to play, though not always for Hez and Abel to sing.” TS: “In one word, how would you all describe each member’s personality?” Ezekiel: “Flatulent.” I have attended my sixth Amish Outlaw concert so far, and it never gets old. The audience is kept on its feet for most of the evening, and it is a delight to watch not only the performance, but also each part of this dynamic six-piece puzzle. Hezekiah X, the front man, zips all over the stage, the dance floor and the seating area, dragging audience members on to the floor, his bald head glistening with sweat as he climbs over the rails, onto the couches, flirting with the ladies and schmoozing with the guys. Big Daddy Abel, who often reminds me of the old WWF wrestling character, “The Undertaker,” but with a much more inviting persona, tags with Hez on the vocals. TS: “Hezekiah, you exert a huge amount of energy when you perform, are you always that fired up, or do you ‘crash’ for days afterwards?” Hez: “No. I am so psyched to be playing for a living that I’m usually filled with piss and vinegar. I used to crash like a dead rock after shows but that was because I would go get some unhealthy food after the show and be in somewhat of a food coma. I’ve been eating healthier lately and because of this I am

not sleeping as well and not having nearly as much fun. But this way I won’t have a heart attack and be a dead fun guy.” Stage right are Amos Def on the keyboard, Jakob the Pipelayer on drums and Elijah Rule – the newest member of the band - on the electric guitar. Stage left, Eazy Ezekiel is in his own world on the bass, holding sway over a small circle of his own female fan club. Every now and then, Ezekiel and Elijah find their way stage front for a guitar solo, dexterously blending notes, enchanting the audience and displaying their individual talents. TS: “Amos & Ezekiel, when and how did you learn to play your instruments? Was that before you joined the group or because you joined the group?” Amos: “I started listening to as much music as I could when I moved to N.Y. at the start of my Rumspringa. I soon became attracted to the sound of keyboards and synthesizers because they could recreate so many different instruments. I started taking piano lessons to get me started although I soon found out that I was more of a self-learner. After playing along with recordings at home, I heard that Ezekiel had some friends who were interested in playing music and I decided it was time to get out of my room and play in a group setting. I try to keep learning new ways to improve my playing, as well as learning how to create the right sound for the songs that we play. On both counts, I’ve barely scratched the surface.” Ezekiel: “I never really learned how to play. I only played when I was in a band and would just learn the songs, probably to my

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“Th is of fas m e

Indulging in one of their favorite pastimes.

detriment and the detriment of every person that has had to play with me. If I wasn’t in a band, I wouldn’t play bass. I love playing in a band, not playing the instrument.” TS: “You do often seem to be in your own world when you are up there. Share with us what’s going on when you are in ‘the zone’.” Ezekiel: “I’ve found that when I think about playing, that’s when I mess up. Suddenly I am wondering how to play the song. It is like breathing. If you think about breathing, then you have to think to breathe. Being up there and in the zone, making faces and jumping around, really is just a way to distract people from the fact that I have no idea what I am doing. Plus, I am thinking, ‘How do I get that guy in the back to smile and laugh?’ I think just about everyone in this band is thinking that when we are performing. We want to make sure everyone in there is having as much fun as we are, and that’s an awful lot of fun.”

While Hezekiah, Ezekiel and Amos are originally Amish, Jakob, Elijah and Abel are ‘honorary members’ of the fold. TS: “Big Daddy Abel, you came on board in 2007, how did that come about? Did they find you or you them?” Abel: “I joined the band in the fall of 2007 and my first show as an Amish Outlaw was December 15th. We found each other in a sense. I went to one of their shows because we had a mutual friend of the band that I was in at the time. They happened to be looking for a singer and I was looking for another band. I’ve always written and performed my own original music as well, (www.ReverbNation.com/BigDaddyAbel). I was a school teacher when I got out of college and I also worked as a chemist. I’ve been an actor in TV, movies and commercials based in the NYC area. My biggest ‘claim to fame’ would probably be working as a biker inmate on the HBO series ‘OZ,’ (you can see some of that on my Facebook page if you’re bored and want something to laugh at). I’m one of the non-Amish members, so I guess you can just say I’m a ‘dirty, rotten sinner from New Jersey’.”

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New band member – Elijah Rule – joined the band this past summer.

TS: “Jakob & Elijah, how did you come to be a part of the band? Jakob: “The guys moved to the area that I lived in outside of NYC about 16 or 18 years ago. We met briefly through a mutual friend, and naturally, I was totally intrigued by their Amish background.One night soon after we met, a drummer friend of mine threw a party and he happened to have a rehearsal studio in his house. I was messing around behind the kit and in walked EZ and Amos and we just started jamming on some AC/DC, etc. Then walked in Hez and he grabbed the mic and started belting out the best Brian Johnson I had heard to date. After that we jammed all night. We started to jam together regularly for the next few years, and the fellas got to know their way around their instruments pretty darn well.” Elijah: “I am Pennsylvania Dutch by location, but I am not Amish, though I play one on stage. I won a contest that included a rigorous Amish obstacle course. I defeated several other competitors that included former Olympic athletes, the youngest of which was 73-years-old but Olympic athletes, nonetheless.”

Elijah: “The hat, of course.” TS: “Did either one of you have any reservations at the onset?” Jakob: “I never had any reservations about being part of the project, we all got along so well and when EZ came up with the concept of The Amish Outlaws I was totally on board right away. It never even entered my mind how wacky of an idea it was until I put on the outfit for our first gig. It was too late then and I haven’t regretted it since!” Elijah: “I was a little concerned that my guitar playing would open transdimensional portals during our performances, but then brother Amos told me that’s not a real thing.” TS: “Thank you all so much; this has been very informative and very entertaining. So, what does the future hold for The Amish Outlaws?” Ezekiel: “Eating, and then more eating.” The Amish Outlaws are booked by STARS Producitons at 973300-9123.

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ON THE TOWN

Walking to Empower

Swimmers

By Yemi Sekoni

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n Wednesday, Dec. 11, Twin River Casino’s Catch a Rising Star Comedy Club hosted the 2nd annual holiday runway show to benefit Swim Empowerment R.I., a non-profit organization that seeks to teach 30,000 kids to swim, with the hopes of overturning the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics, who reported more than 3,500 children that drown each year in the United States. The non-profit was founded by Ray Rickman, and is supported by a veritable list of some of Rhode Island’s top leaders. The runway show, coordinated by Leah Williams Metts, boasted an impressive array of former and current pageant title-holders, models, and athletes across New England, who showed off a range of looks from local fashion designers, Toni Lyn Spaziano and Elizabeth McLaughlin, owner of the swimsuit line, Isabela Royale. Former Miss Teen Rhode Island USA 2013, Elaine Collado, who also walked in the show, was the master of ceremony. The roundup of personalities in the show included:

Miss Rhode Island USA 2014 - Christina Palavra Miss Teen Rhode Island USA 2014 - Gabriella Maggiacomo Mrs. Rhode Island Amercia 2013 - Leha Guilmette Ms. Tri State - Ewa Mann Ms. Connecticut Tri State - Angela Ruane Ms. Massachusetts Tri State - Barrie Lynch Ms. New England States - Vanessa Sebastian Miss Rhode Island Belleza Latina - Elaine De La Rosa Miss Teen Rhode Island USA 2013- Elaine Colado Super Middleweight Champion - Vladine Biosse World Class Trainer - Keith Allan Mixed Martial Arts Fighter - Dinis “Sweetbread” Palva

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Master of Ceremonies, Miss Teen Rhode Island USA 2013, Elaine Collado

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From left to right: Elaine Collado, Leah Metts Williams & Dylon Mohlo

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Model: Madison Humphreys

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Model: Allison Fisher

“The Swim Empowerment charity event marked my first ever runway show. I arrived at 4:15 p.m., and I was extremely nervous for the first couple of hours while getting my hair and makeup done, as well as trying on my dress and swimsuit. After a while though, I realized that everyone was so nice and I became very comfortable with the group of girls! The clothing that we wore was beautiful, and I felt great in my tan leather and black lace dress. Wearing a swimsuit for the second part of the show was slightly terrifying at first! I’m not used to strutting in front of people in anything, never mind a bathing suit! After my first walk though, I was up for the challenge and almost all fear from not knowing what to expect dissipated. I can’t wait to hit the runway again!” -Allison Fisher


Miss Teen Rhode Island USA 2014, Gabriella Maggiacomo

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Model: Kristie Rossi

“I was a little nervous to walk in the Swim Empowerment Fashion show, because it was my first runway event! The hair and make-up artists did an amazing job and all of the models looked beautiful. Once I got fitted for my outfits, I was confident and ready for the show to start! My first look was a skirt suit by Toni Lyn Spaziano. This outfit was the perfect combination of sexy and sophisticated. My second look was a bikini and cover-up dress by Elizabeth McLaughlin. The unique dress had beautiful trim and beadwork around the neck. I had so much fun at this event and am grateful that I was able to contribute to an important cause!� -Kristie Rossi


Miss Teen Rhode Island USA 2013, Elaine Collado

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Model: Rachael Curry

“Like any show, meeting all of the amazing models, designers, hair and make-up artists is always a great experience and this show was no exception - everyone involved was helpful in preparing for the show. While things can sometimes become rushed and hectic backstage before show time, there is nothing as exciting as getting ready to walk and making those last minute preparations. Toni Lyn Spaziano had amazing designs for us all to wear and everyone loved her feathery dresses and leather detailing. Everyone I met was so friendly and as always it was a really fun experience, especially knowing we were raising money for charity.� -Rachael Curry


Miss Rhode Island USA 2014, Christina Palavra

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Ms. Massachusetts Tri State - Barrie Lynch

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MMA Fighter, Dinis “Sweetbread” Palva

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Model: Matt Espeut

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Model: Cristian Feliz

“When it comes to supporting a worthy cause, for me it’s a no-brainer. I love to do fashion shows. It’s all about meeting new people and making new friends. In this particular show, I had the opportunity to meet a few new positive, friendly people, and that’s always a good thing. Between meeting new people and seeing some familiar faces, talking MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) back-stage with the other male models, one of them being Dinis “Sweetbread” Palva - a professional Mix Martial Artist, it was a very interesting night.” -Cristian Feliz


Model: Bolu Akande

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A WINK FROM...Russia

The Business of Modeling in Russia By Anastasia Rezvyi

T

he perfect modeling career starts at age 14 in Russia, and here, there are so many beautiful girls- the competition is stiff. If you have ever visited, you’ll know what I mean! Most young Russian women take good care of themselves – eating clean foods, and actively participating in sports. In a lot of fashion editorials, shows, and even advertising, glamourous styles prevail. Urban women love high heels and wear them regardless of the weather or the destination.

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Model: Anastasia Rezvyi

In big cities, agents are often meticulous in their model selections, holding auditions that target potential models that are at least 5’8” and are between the ages of 14 and 22-years-old. They typically seek out classic facial features, long hair, and androgynous looks without any “outstanding” form. Stage presence is also considered as well, such as acting, dance skills, a beautiful gait, and internal liberation.


Another mandatory requirement is punctuality and the willingness to work in “unusual� circumstances. These circumstances include shooting outdoors in the fall or winter in a summer dress, being immersed in cold water, or shooting with exotic animals. Many photographers will come up with ideas that push the envelope, and the models have to suffer through it graciously. If you pass the test, then you may have opened new doors by proving your commitment to serious work. If not, you will easily be replaced by someone else. 52 | Trade Secrets | 2013 Volume 1, Issue 9 | donahuemodels.com | 401.353.4940


For the most part, the business of modeling in Russia is regarded as a temporary vocation. Many of the young girls do it on the side, while they search for a job or use it as an additional source of income. Even those doing it on a larger scale are either studying at an institution, or already possess degrees and qualification in other fields. 401.353.4940 | donahuemodels.com | Issue 9, Volume 1 2013 | Trade Secrets | 53


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Working as a model does bring great opportunities to those who pursue it – being in glamorous locations, working with photographers, designers, directors and even actors. Who knows, maybe you’ll be lucky enough to find yourself on the cover of “Vogue” magazine! 401.353.4940 | donahuemodels.com | Issue 9, Volume 1 2013 | Trade Secrets | 55


WHO’S WHO YEMI SEKONI, editor-in-chief, is the owner and director of Donahue Models & Talent - Rhode Island’s oldest model

and talent agency. Her company books some of New England’s top professional models and talent to work with many corporate giants across the region, helping these companies convey critical marketing and advertising messages to their target audiences.

With over 35 years of experience in various areas of the acting and modeling industry, including theater, TV, film, print and runway, Yemi also holds a Bachelor of Arts in education, a post-graduate diploma in marketing and an MBA. TRADE SECRETS magazine is a culminating outlet for all of her passions – education, performing, marketing and creative writing.

JULIE DAWSON, editorial director, is a native Rhode Islander and an alumna of the University of Rhode Island, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and public relations. Julie’s journey with Donahue Models and Talent started in 2009, which has enabled her to gain experience in every area of the industry. From runway to commercials, and print to promotions, she seizes every opportunity that comes her way. Julie describes herself as a tenacious and self-motivated young woman with a passion for entertaining people, especially when it comes to making them laugh.

ALISHA NEWTON, creative director, graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Arts in

communications. She currently works at Foxwoods Resort Casino as their Advertising Executive, and has been with Donahue Models & Talent since 2011.

Alisha has had the honor of working with, and learning from, not only some of the smartest people in the business, but also folks who know nothing of fashion or advertising but know a lot about life. Remaining very hands on, she prefers to roll up her sleeves and teach (or learn). You can lose vision in the forest, but in fact, she sees most clearly, when immersed in the environment. She encounters every challenge with a positive attitude and the tenacity to overcome it. But isn’t that what life is about? Facing challenges and conquering them each and every day, for the opportunity to savor the sweet success.

JACLYN PELOPIDA, managing editor, graduated from Iona College in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication with a concentration in journalism and a minor in psychology. She was the arts and entertainment editor of her college newspaper, “The Ionian.” Throughout her college career, she was an editorial intern for “M Magazine,” a web editorial intern for “Seventeen” magazine, and a public relations intern for MTV Networks. She is in the midst of writing her first novel and currently resides in Cranston, Rhode Island. To read one of Jaclyn’s blog, please click on the link below:

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SIRA D’ARPINO, fashion consultant, was born in Italy, bringing an international flair and elegance to her company

City Chic Image Consultants.

Sira has over 20 years of experience sewing and performing custom alterations. During her time at an upscale boutique in Providence, R.I., she added retail, merchandising and personal shopping to her range of experience. Sira helped many clients develop and enhance their personal style, using her love of fashion to help people look and feel their best. Her favorite quote: “You never get a second chance to make a first impression,” Oscar Wilde.

LISA SHORR, onsite stylist, says beauty and style is in her DNA. Since childhood, Lisa has immersed herself in the personal care industry, having her Grandma Belle, a successful cosmetics consultant, as her mentor and inspiration.

A Cum Laude graduate with a degree in marketing, Lisa learned the art of branding, and as co-owner of PC Troubleshooters, an IT Services Company, she has spent the past 15 years making her business look good. Coupling her expertise in branding with her passion for fashion, she launched Shorr Style in 2012, and as a personal stylist, she works with professional men and women, helping them build their own personal brands. She has an eye for detail and educates each client on the importance of looking your best to achieve success. Her mission: “Inspiring confidence through fashion!” She is excited to be a part of the Trade Secrets team.

HAYLEY KLAUDT, makeup, a Florida native, grew up in New England. In high school, she found her love, (more

like obsession), for makeup. After graduation, she packed up and headed to Boston, where she has resided for the past five years. No stranger to the cosmetic industry, she has trained with brands such as Lancôme, Laura Mercier, Too Faced and MAC Cosmetics. She has worked on location at many editorial photoshoots and worked recently on the makeup team for StyleWeek Northeast in Providence, Rhode Island. Now officially a model with Donahue Models, she is a girl of many talents and a force to reckon with!

MELISSA WILSON, hair, has a passion for the beauty industry. With nine years of experience as a professional cos-

metologist, Melissa’s experience ranges from working behind the chair of various salons in Rhode Island, to the makeup counter of busy New York City. In November 2011, Melissa opened M.A.W. Beauty Hair & Makeup Studio, where she works with a variety of multicultural clients. Servicing clients throughout New England, Melissa specializes in blowouts, bridal hair and makeup artistry. She stays updated with latest trends and techniques in the beauty industry by attending classes, workshops, seminars, and tradeshows.

VALENCIO, photographer, chooses to remain an enigma.

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GUESTS KRISTEN VERDUCCI hair stylist and makeup artist, lives in Rhode Island with her wonderful husband of 15 years

and three amazing children. With over 20 years of experience, she considers herself very lucky to be able to make a living out of something for which she is so passionate. Whether she is instructing new models at Donahue Models or behind the chair at The Arthur Company Salon, her goal is not only to bring out the outer beauty in each individual, but their inner beauty and confidence as well.

ANASTASIA REZVYI is a full-time mom, model and professional graphic designer. She came to the United States from Russia in 2000, and has modeled for companies such as: Redken, Cutrin, Wella, Aldo, Goldwell, and Toni & Guy.

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Here’s to a healthy and prosperous New Year — from the —

Trade Secrets Staff!


“I’ll tell you one thing,

you’ll remember me.”

Robert De Niro

“This Boy’s Life,” (1993)

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