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dress size: 2 shoe size: 10 height: 5'8 chest/bust: approximately 34 waist: approx. 27 hips: approx 38 Inseam: approx 33 brown eyes and black short natural hair. ***I go to Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO). I am a senior and plan on graduating this coming May. I'm studying Finance because I believe in backup plans.*** **Acting is my passion but I also enjoy modeling.** - I enjoy watching all kinds of movies, cooking, baking, listening to music (all kinds), singing and dancing. - I also enjoy many other things such as playing basketball, soccer, running, swimming etc... - I Love dogs and dislike cats :) - I am very outgoing and I enjoy discovering and learning new things. I would love to try skydiving sometimes soon. - I am very adventurous and I love traveling. ***I am from Cote- d' Ivoire, located in the southwest part of Africa.*** I lived in India for 8 months from 2006-2007. I had my first acting experience in India and I loved it. It was a local movie shoot. It was not a big role but I enjoyed because I was so happy to have that first experience. ***I came to the USA Jan 7 2009.*** My first modeling experience was in 2011 at SEMO. Second in 2012, I was in pronto fashion show 2012 in St Louis. Since then I really started liking modeling too. I got involved in many other activities,

such as photo shoots for a hair stylist, and designers, a music video (the one with you), etc... - I am still looking for an opportunity to act in a movie and be in different types of commercial as well:)

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Can you explain what modeling and the fashion industry means to you? Before I answer this question, I must tell you that I never planned on modeling before, or thinking I could be a model. I always wanted and I still want to be an actress, this is my passion. Now that I got into modeling, I can say that modeling and the fashion industry have opened my mind to many other activities I can be involved in while being an actress. To me, it means “the beginning of the journey to my destiny”. Can you explain how you got into modeling and the fashion industry? My friends and strangers were the people who pushed me into it. My friends and coworkers told me that I look like a model and I should definitely go for it. I was taking it as a simple compliment. They insisted on telling me that I could be successful model. It was only when I heard the opinion of strangers that I started to believe. The opinion of strangers definitely weighed more heavily on my decision to get into the fashion industry than did my close friends’. There was a special week (I cannot remember the exact time) where few people stopped me throughout the week, in areas such as Wal-Mart, shopping malls, museums, clubs…, giving compliments on my physical appearance and/or asking me if I was a model. My answer was no, and they mostly advised me to go for it. I started to think and feel like there was a call for me in the fashion industry. My first experience in modeling was in my college, Fall 2011. A close friend of mine, who knew that I was looking forward to model, informed me that there would be a fashion show in our college (Southeast Missouri State University), and they were also looking for few international students to showcase an outfit from their countries. It was not professional but I thought this could be a great start. I enjoyed it and I thought “I guess I can rock the runway” as people told me at the show. My first professional experience was with St. Louis Pronto Fashion Show 2012. I did not plan on modeling for them, I just wanted to be at the show and watch professional models’ walks. I went online with the intention of purchasing a ticket for the show and I saw a box that was allowing me to send them a message; then I thought, “what about asking if I could model for them?” I sent them a message and they told me that they already selected some models during the castingEcall. The MAGAZINE good news was that even 4 KIDS

though it was a bit late, they still asked me to send them some pictures to see what I look like and a video to see how I walk. I was very excited to have an opportunity. I rushed to send them all they needed and I got accepted. I had the opportunity to model for 3 designers (LB, Haus, and Lucky Penny Couture). I took this experience to build an amiable network which included but was not limited to designers, photographers, hair stylists, as well as make-up artists in and around my area. Through these connections, I had the chance to do some photo shoots for hair stylists, and another fashion show in which I modeled for Fouche, a designer I met in Pronto Fashion Show, in the Inspire Fashion Show, etc. Explain what was or is your favorite part of the fashion industry and what is your least? I love being on the runway, it strengthens my self confidence when I am in public. Some people say “How do you do that? Are you not stressed? What if you fall? I don’t think I can do that…” This made me think that it is not an easy thing. It is not a big deal for me. I think it is fun, I enjoy doing it. My least favorite part of the fashion industry is the nice clothes/ items that models don’t get to keep after showcasing them on the runway. After wearing them, I always wish I could keep them and wear them in certain events or occasion to promote the designer’s work. What type of training or education did you take to be in the fashion industry? I learned different styles of runway walk by watching YouTube videos and practicing in my house. Also meeting with other models during fashion shows rehearsals helped me a lot because I had the chance to get feedback from the team and improve what needed to be improved. Posing for photo shoots, was just like a free style straight from my creativity, a “let go” of expressing myself and how I feel about what I am showcasing. For a beginner, it is best to learn by watching others, on YouTube for example, but experience, and only experience would shape you better.


Is being in the fashion industry something you always wanted to do?

How should someone interested in modeling do to pick the proper agency to work for?

No. I never imagined myself being in the fashion industry, never thought of it. I always wanted to be an actress. Now that I am involved in the fashion industry, I enjoy it and I will keep being involved as long as I can.

Good question! If you would like to be represented by an agency, choosing the right modeling agency is the key to success in your profession. It is best to look for an agency that is popular and active in the field, this way you will have better chance to be successful. Do some research to find out more about your options and keep a look out for the amount of work given to the existing models. Another important factor you need to consider is the initial payment, a genuine agency will take care of any upfront expenses and most of their income will come from commissions. Knowing where you want to work is also important in choosing an agency. If you would like to work in the Chicago area for instance, it best to look for a proper agency in this area. It is better to go for a big agency. However, joining a small agency would be advisable for a beginner. With a lack of experience, a bigger agency might not give you proper attention. A small but very active and professional agency might follow you closely, and shape you better. Once you feel more confident and have a better profile, you can look for a bigger agency.

What should someone lookout for most when beginning in the fashion industry? When beginning in the fashion industry, one might first look for opportunities to show themselves to the public. Second, one must create a strong and friendly connection with as many people as possible involved in the fashion industry. With this foundation, one can possibly make an income out of it. What are the steps that someone getting into the fashion industry do to make it a very successful career? Depending on the field you are interesting in, getting the right education for it would be the first step to take. Many people are gifted, but getting extra knowledge from experienced people will make you better. Never think that you know everything, humble yourself and be willing to learn more. The second step will be to develop a social and professional network. Networking is important in any king of business, even more in the fashion industry. Without networking, it would not be easy for me to find new events to get more experience. I also joined a few groups. For instance I am a member of St. Louis Fashion Network, and it helps me get informed of upcoming event, not limited to St. Louis, and any kind of opportunities I can get to move forward in my career. The last and most important step is to be committed, and patient. Few people tend to give up when things are slow or go bad for them. If you feel a call for something go for it, never give up. Nothing is easy, you will for sure go through hard time but staying strong will help a lot.

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What do you feel makes a successful model/stylist, designer, and or agency? Both uniqueness and a positive attitude are what make a person prosperous in the fashion industry. What are your aspirations for your career in the fashion industry or is this just a stepping stone for you for something much bigger for you? It is a stepping stone that will shape me and lead me to my acting career. Would I stop being involved in the fashion industry? My answer is No. I will still be involved because to me, they are both related. What advice can you give our readers in order to help them make a decision in developing their career in the fashion industry? Never give up! Always keep you your head up. You will for sure be attacked by the bees before tasting their honey.


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High fashion male model Nathan L. Bryant, Jr. aka Spiritual Desire was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 21st 1991 he began modeling at age 19, becoming one of the first black serious and professional male models at age 21. Along the way to the journey of his success spiritual desire learned the art of modeling from two people Adrian Shavian and Sherard of the Sherard show. Spiritual Desire attended Adrian Shavonne school of modeling and charm and left the school after two years of learning and networking with people within the fashion industry to compare what he knows to what others had been taught. He discovered what he learned wasn't cutting it to be a good enough male model so he went to New York City famous runway coach and model Sherard to master the art of professional male modeling. After six months of Sherards' teachings that seemed to be what the industry was missing, Spiritual Desire learned exactly what he needed to show the fashion industry exactly what a real professional male model is suppose to look like. Spiritual Desires' success and accomplishments are as follows: 21 fashion shows completed, 16 photo shoots with top photographers, knows only the models with a bright future, strong partnerships with fashion designers, and an unbreakable bond with the modeling agency that he works for call Bella Lucci modeling agency. In his own words Spiritual Desire says "nothing in the modeling industry made sense until I met Georgio Lucci the founder of Bella Lucci modeling agency and his close friend and business partner Juan May" he also says 'What “'my dreams and visions for my future success and goals are coming true through the power and positivity of this agency" 'In the beginning Spiritual Desire did not want to be a model but after his mother heard people compliment him on his dress code, helpful nature and striking resemblance to R7B singer Ne-Yo she encouraged him to pursue the fashion and entertainment industry.

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Looking at expanding my reach in the modeling world. I am fun and adventurous, my personality shines through in all of my work. I work extremely hard and am known to photograph easily. Photographers say I am great to work with. I like to make my images come to life as quickly and as painlessly as possible. I have a sweet girl next-door look that can easily be molded. I have a great personality to ... E 4 KIDS MAGAZINE


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STATS Height: 6'1''ft Weight: 195lbs. Chest: 39''in. Size Shirt: Small/Medium Sleeves: 40''in. Waist:32''in. Inseam: 34''in. Shoe: 12''in. Hair Color: Black Eye: Brown (Blue with prescription contacts) Ethnicity: Multi-racial

Can you explain what modeling and the fashion industry means to you?

Can you explain how you got into modeling and the fashion industry?

The fashion industry means everything to me! I have eleven uncles and aunts on my mother's side and every single last one of them has had their time in the fashion industry, primarily in the world of modeling. So you can say that modeling and fashion is in my blood as it were. Following in my family's footprints, it came as no shock to my family when I told them I decided to try modeling and fashion all around.

All praise to Artistic Essence for they gave me my first photo shoot and my first step to starting my career in the modeling industry. I started about 4 years ago when beginning my fashion career. One thing that has kept me to never give up in fashion is this old saying, “The more you know/can do the more valuable you are to a company.” I took that principle and applied to my fashion career. I began to do photo shoots in return for TFP=time for print and shows just to get exposure in my local city. Also, networking became my number one priority. I went to events and cocktail parties where fashion producers, marketers, magazines, agencies, photographers, managers and talent scouts went. I knew that if I wanted to become something big in this fast pace industry I would have to be around the “big dogs” and learn how to network. I also logged onto modeling sites and opened up profiles to find modeling jobs as well. Doing all of this is how I got into fashion. My first year was slow but staying on my grind everyday and contacting person after person paid off tremendously!

There are many classes of modeling. I pursue modeling in the field of editorials, runway spokes modeling as well as mannequin modeling. On another level of fashion I am a networker, host, coordinator, producer, marketer, and runway coach. Outside of that I work in fashion in other ways as well. I also work in the retail world selling clothes and styling. I love being in the know and getting more information second by second; and working in retail I can stay on top of current trends. Why second by second you may wonder? Well in fashion, one day you are in and the next you can be out. Staying on top of your grind/craft is necessary to succeed in any field of work, especially fashion. I talk with producers, magazine editors, talent scouts, agencies and marketer's all the time to stay informed on the next wave of fashion possibilities/projects/trends and jobs. So as you can see fashion is my whole world and I wouldn't have it any other way.

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Explain what was or is your favorite part of the fashion industry and what is your least?

What type of training or education did you take to be in the fashion industry?

Fashion does have its high and low moments all around but for me I count it all as joy. Ultimately, for me I love everything there is to do with fashion. From the hectic backstage, the long hour photo shoots, freezing as I walk down the runway, keeping my phone charged so that I can network makes it all worthwhile. Of course, like everyone else I am over joyed when I get the gig that I want and I am sad at times to when I don't but I never stay in that disappointed mind set. I just brush it off and keep the pursuit of my dream.

Though education is key to anything that anyone does in my opinion, I never truly received any official training in modeling. Yet, then again I cannot say that so much because my family were my teachers. My uncle who did editorials for Armani in Italy taught me how to grab the attention of an audience when walking down the runway. My aunt taught me how to walk with authority and bring that presence on the runway and my own mother taught me how to pivot properly and how to speak with people on all levels. Everything else I learned and keeping learning from other fashion professionals. I seek and listen to constructive criticism and always look to my role models in the industry for advice.

Having tough skin in modeling in an essential and having the right mind frame is key. I was not always the look that the client may have wanted but that does not mean that I do not have a look. When I was really down my best friend told me something I will never forget, “When a man's mindset is changed, it changes that very direction of his live.” So I keep that in mind I say to myself, “No matter what, I know who I am, what I am and what I can do and I shall not settle for anything less than the best in every stage of the game.” All in all I cannot say what I love the most or what I despise the more of fashion because everything about it to me is a good thing. I may win some and I am glad. When I lose them it is just because I am not what they are looking for and that is fine to. I get the opportunity everyday to follow what I love to do and succeed while doing it. That being said, just working in fashion is a pleasure.

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Is being in the fashion industry something you always wanted to do? Fashion was not something I always wanted to do but it was always something I was always intrigued in. My first dream was to be a scientist and as I got older that changed quickly. From scientist to lawyer, to project manager of IT, a business manager/owner and through other life experiences fashion just started to become something I want to do for as long as I can.


How should someone interested in modeling do to pick the proper agency to work for? A proper agency to me invests into you. They will not ask for money upfront but know that it is their job to help you make money and in return they make money as well. It is a simple rule for me. What should someone lookout for most when beginning in the fashion industry? For anyone looking to become efficient in the modeling industry. I would encourage them to first go to a fashion show and watch. First, watch the chaos and the beauty of the production and see with the talents you already have what you think you can thrive in. Secondly, look for people who are always on the move and are having fun with what they are doing in the fashion world. For that person will always have the most information. Thirdly, look for that “x factor” the thing that separates a particular company or person apart from everyone else is that positive and progressive movement in the fashion world around you. Fourthly, once you have found that person or persons watch them closely and take notes. Fifthly, watch their every move in how that they address possible clients, companies, other business professionals, and how they work with their money and their employee's. Finally go with your heart and your gut feeling, as cliché as it maybe it is true, “Your first mind, is your best mind.” Judge within your feelings if whomever is actually worth watching and getting to know.

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What are the steps that someone getting into the fashion industry do to make it a very successful career? I feel to become a success in fashion you must keep in mind things that I think are a number one priority. One, being honest with yourself: know who you are, what you are and what you can do as a person; be real and sweet from the heart. Two, know how to be forward yet polite. Not everyone can have the world handed to them on a silver platter. No one is going to make your dream come true but you. So get you out there and get to work; be resilient and NETWORK YOUR BUTT OFF! Networking is very important! For example, Facebook is an excellent site (at least I think so) but we would have never known how awesome Facebook was until someone told the world how good it can be. If you want to be “in” then you have to step in and grab the bull by the horns and let the important people know, “I am here to work and I believe there is much to be gained if you would spare the time to talk with me about some excellent idea's that I have in mind. My idea(s) I believe without a doubt will profit us both.” Three, be careful. Not everything that glitter's is gold. Do your homework on every project you are thinking about undertaking. In fashion your name goes way before you actually get there. Make sure that whomever you think about joining with has a good rapport. Finally, have fun! You draw bee's better with honey than vinegar. If you enjoy what you do then show that every time and the right people will notice and they will want YOU over others to work with them. Then when that happens, oh the sky is the limit.


What do you feel makes a successful model/stylist, designer, and or agency? In my opinion, what makes a successful model/stylist, designer and or agency is when they have morals, sound ethics, honesty, perseverance, professionalism, goals and various outlets to make big money. When I find a person or organization that have these qualities on high esteem that for me tells me they are successful. What are your aspirations for your career in the fashion industry or is this just a stepping stone for you for something much bigger for you? My aspirations in my career is to hopefully get signed by either Mother Model Management or Ford Modeling Agency. From there being able to walk and work for Giorgio Armani! Then when the sad day comes that I cannot model anymore I will be able to make money in other fashion outlets. Whether it be runway coaching, coordinating/producing fashion shows, fashion networking/marketing and/or having my own fashion production company. Which I am already doing the runway coaching, coordinating/producing fashion shows, fashion networking/marketing and I am in the process of developing my own fashion production business now. So I am already on schedule, LOL or maybe a little early because I am still modeling. Nevertheless, it's what I do and love so I am just going to keep walking that runway to GLORY!

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What advice can you give our readers in order to help them make a decision in developing their career in the fashion industry? My best advice that I can give anyone looking to pursue fashion as a career is doing their homework. Fashion has more than one face. Find which part of fashion you want to do and go for it. Remember, nobody can make your dream happen but you and no one can take it away less you leave it behind yourself. Also another good piece of advice that worked for me is what came from my mother and she said, “Know who you are, what you are, what you can do and don't let anyone knock you down.” If fashion is what you want to do then do it. People die from the lack of understanding and perish for not having a vision. If fashion you feel is what you want do or what you are supposed to do then go for it. Do not let excuse or no's get in your way, for when you leave room for negativity there you choose to not make room for destiny and your dream. Be moral, honest, patient, resilient, nice and real with yourself and others and you will be alright. One more thing that I would tell those who would listen, like my mother told me, “If you make God the head of your life, He will make you a top priority.” Now I am NO WAYS TRYING TO PUSH RELIGION, neither am I saying that I am the “ideal saint” because I have many flaws. Yet this I do know for fact in my life, if you are one who like me has had a rich faith based life having help upstairs always pays off.


Can you explain what being a make-up artist/stylist and the fashion industry means to you? The first thing being a clothing stylist means to me is that I get to do what I love and there is a real independence in that. I am my own boss, which is most cases is great, although of course this also has its drawbacks. It also means that I get to play dress up all day with all kinds of people (mostly on their dime). Seriously can it get any better than that? What woman doesn't like to shop and play dress up? The best part is that I get paid to do what I really really enjoy doing and that is a blessing! Can you explain how you got into being a make-up artist/stylist and the fashion industry? Well as with many others in the fashion industry, styling just kind of happened. It definitely wasn't planned. I truly believe for many of us, it just finds us and sticks like glue! I found myself doing it all the time for the people around me (out of their own closets) and one day I read about a 'stylist' and thought “Hey, that's what I do!”, except for no pay. I am the queen of thrifty shopping (yes I am claiming that title!), and take great pride in it. I'd be wearing a twenty dollar outfit (head to toe), but I must've looked like a million dollars (not to toot my own horn), because I would get a ton of compliments. So I decided to share my thriftiness with the world because with all my heart I believe that it doesn't take a bunch of money to look like you spent a bunch of money on your clothes. You truly can be fly on a dime! I made some cards, passed them out, got a few clients and the rest is history; that's the short version of my journey.

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Explain what was or is your favorite part of the fashion industry and what is your least? My favorite part of the fashion industry is the fashion itself. I'm crazy about colors, styles and accessories, especially shoes. If I could, I would stand on the corner and hold up a sign that says “Will work for shoes.” However the thing I dislike about the industry is probably...the industry itself. By that I mean it can be cliquish and pretentious and that doesn't really fit my personality..AT ALL. That is not to say that I've not met a slew of truly awesome people within the industry that I have very high respect and appreciation for. At the end of the day though you just have to take the good with the bad! What type of training or education did you take to be in the fashion industry? To be honest, I went to school for many years for political studies and had no intention of going the fashion route. I had a plan to help change the world and thought politics was the best way to do it. The problem is that I didn't love politics and after I got my master's degree I faced a crossroad. Did I stick with it and get my doctorate, or did I do something I liked more? I opted to flight attend for the next four years (something I always wanted to do), and a few years later I had a child. The bottom line is that I wanted my son to believe that he could do what he wanted and loved to do in life and I wanted to be that example for him to see what it looks like. So the answer to the question is that no, in my case I had no formal training I just had to jump in and make it happen for myself. That seems to be the recurring theme of my life and I rather like it that way!


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Is being in the fashion industry something you always wanted to do? No, not exactly. I always had a passion for it, but again I wanted to change the world so I opted for politics (it sounded good and important at the time). But I've learned that I can change the world with fashion. The best part of what I do is that I can make someone see the beauty of themselves from the outside and that nourishes the inside beauty, then the two become connected. It’s a great feeling to help a person who doesn't see themselves as attractive, least of all fashionable, realize their entire self with a few articles of clothing.

Ask a million and one questions to everyone that you can. Make and keep a portfolio of your work as you do it and be ready to show it at a moment’s notice. Know that sometimes you will work for free in this industry, but this is how you put yourself out there and show your stuff. Cherish the relationships that you make with goodhearted people in the business. They will usually be there for you when you need them most, sometimes for free or little money! Last, it's important to stick with it. Sometimes you'll want to give up and get a 'real job', but remember that you're doing what you love to do and eventually all that hard work is going to pay off. We all have to pay our dues...Heck I'm still paying, and that's okay because it keeps me humble.

What should someone lookout for most when beginning in the fashion industry? Well there are many facets to the industry, but one thing remains true in my opinion about the industry as a whole and that is that everyone is important in their own minds. There will always be those who want to do these big elaborate projects with you or that involves you but in the end you can find yourself disappointed. So my advice would be to always consider the source.

What are the steps that someone getting into the fashion industry do to make it a very successful career? The first and most important thing that I would advise would be to make absolute sure that it is what you really want to do, because it's hard work and can often involve a lot of time and money. As a designer there is the countless hours of creating, but it's also expensive because you must have supplies. As a photographer you must have time (photo shoots can be brutal) and money for supplies also, etc etc.. I would also advise researching everything you can about the particular area of the industry that you'd like to participate in, then if at all possible get a job or volunteer a bit of time in that field for a while to get your hands dirty...get to the nitty gritty of what you will be doing and what it takes to do it. E 4 KIDS MAGAZINE

How should someone interested in modeling do to pick the proper agency to work for? The most important thing to do is to research, research, research and read the large and fine print. Thank God for internet reviews.

What do you feel makes a successful model/stylist, designer, and or agency? What makes one successful in this business (or any business I believe) is attitude , organization and diligence. A positive attitude can do wonders for you in any situation to keep you from quitting, organization is needed to keep it all straight, but diligence is the main ingredient needed to get it all done. What are your aspirations for your career in the fashion industry or is this just a stepping stone for you for something much bigger for you? Well, I aspire to be respected as one of the best stylist who can style anyone regardless of size and shape to look more fabulous than they could have imagined on a peanut budget. Seriously, how hard is it to buy a new wardrobe with $1000? Not hard at all (although some would say $1000 is chump


change), but to take $100 and do the same thing is another story. Some would even say it's not possible, but I beg to differ and will and can prove it to anyone willing to allow me to. There's nothing like a good challenge! I aspire to revamp the way we as a society thinks about clothing and the price we should pay for it. I really love what I do and am grateful to have the opportunity to do it. If God sees fit for me to go in another direction or 'step up' in some way then I'm down for it, but for now I'll just keep changing the world through fashion, one dress at a time.

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What advice can you give our readers in order to help them make a decision in developing their career in the fashion industry? I say pray about it. This may turn some people off, but it's better than wasting your precious time like I did (studying a subject I ultimately hated for 10 years). If you choose not to do this first , then at least do a serious evaluation of yourself (i.e. your likes, dislikes, passions) . If you know you don't like to sew nor can you draw, then becoming a designer probably isn't for you. Research the different areas of the industry and the duties of each then decide which if any is something that excites you. Is it something that you could see yourself happy to get up and do every day? If it is, then give it a shot. Most of all, I suggest that you do what really makes you happy. Half the reason that half of our entire society is sick and heavily medicated is because they're miserable in their lives and feel trapped, but you don't have to be. It's time for us as a society to pursue our dreams and to create our own happiness.

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Can you explain what modeling and the fashion industry means to you? Modeling and the fashion industry allows me to show my individual beauty a model can be all sizes and color along with outer beauty there are many responsibilities a model has. To always remember we as models are wearing a garment to show the work of the designer and bring through the glamour of the garment, the concept of the shoot and to follow the direction of the designer and the vision they have. I take pride in my work and want the best outcome. To wear a beautiful garment makes you feel beautiful! Can you explain how you got into modeling and the fashion industry? I have my own sense of style and I am always creating the combinations of clothing I love. I started modeling at the age of 12, and will be 16 this year. beginning with an agency (won’t mention their name), at that time with no success and lack of commitment on their part. On my own I began with trade photo shoots. The photo shoot I have had up to now have been with some of Chicago’s best photographers, stylists, makeup artists and hair stylists. doing that for about 2yrs, and becoming recognized for the work I've done. with the support of my mother family and friends I now have a large following here in Chicago and I network with people who allowed me to participate in exclusive events building wonderful professional relationships that have lasted until today. Explain what was or is your favorite part of the fashion industry and what is your least? My favorite part of modeling and the industry is the art of it all, along with the honor of working with the individuals involved. They are always teaching me about their work and how it (the design or show) came to be. I am always humbled and honored to hear firsthand the love and work that went into it. Watching the reactions of the crowd, photographers and the designer when we know we pulled off their work that may have taken months. Allowing them to receive the credit due. I can tell you that some designers are underrated and others overrated. Never put something out there that is not 200% acceptable. I cannot stress enough that in the

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industry it’s a models responsibility to act professional, be consistent, and live healthy, to feel ,and look great. You don’t just stand in front of the camera! You need to own it, show it and carry yourself with confidence, using your face to convey a message about what you are doing. If I had to choose a dislike about the industry I would say modeling is hard work I think everyone has their own beauty but not everyone can be a model. I never criticize anyone else but I have seen firsthand models that lack the characteristics we should all have in this industry. I often get strange looks because I am so young from people thinking I have no idea what I am doing but, once they see me at work they always come up to me and begin to ask questions. How did you begin? Can you help me become a model? Lastly and most flattering you are so professional. I enjoy the feeling I get when I am modeling and of course all the perks that come with the job What type of training or education did you take to be in the fashion industry? Really just on the job and input from all kind of people I have worked with. Silly as it might sound every time I got a new dress as a young girl I stood in front of the mirror for many hours just making faces, posing, singing and dancing. My mother would have to convince me to take the dress off to wash it and after I would put it on again. By the age of maybe 7 I was always putting on makeup and even posing at the local swimming pool for fun on rest breaks. Once I knew I wanted to become a model it was about watching, listening and learning. Never educated on the doss or don’ts. I would gather the information people gave me during the job, and after a while I had my standards of modeling. Being able to take direction is also key. If a photographer asks you to tilt your chin you tilt it. If the garment does not look acceptable the way the designer has visioned it they ask you to change into another. It is also about the way you carry yourself. With confidence, poise and glamour.


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Is being in the fashion industry something you always wanted to do? Yes I have always dreamed and wanted to model. I am living my dream! I have a song Carried Away that talks about just that. There are still areas of modeling I want to accomplish. I would love to be International but I am told I cannot do that either. I was told over and over I would never become a model, never do runway but I kept going. I was too short, no experience, beautiful just not well enough. I was not taking NO for an answer! The last 3-4 years my look has changed with age. You get taller, slimmer, grow your hair and people begin to notice and yes you develop your personality and style mine will only change for the better. What should someone lookout for most when beginning in the fashion industry? First I would be aware of individual /companies with contracts in hand who claim they will deliver and are good at selling you on the idea they will get you work and promote you. NEVER give anyone money regardless of their offer and never sign on the spot! Get opinions from others, background checks or speak with others who have worked with the individuals. Do your homework. Check with your states Better Business Bureau and most of all trust your gut. If it does not feel right don’t do it! Never sign a document unless legal counsel has looked it over. Have more than one conversation with the party check for consistent comments. You may initially hear from them and then never hear from them again. I have support and protection due to my age by my mother and manager. I have gotten scam offers and this is where you back up team comes in handy. No job will be accepted unless agreed by all parties, myself, mother and manager. What are the steps that someone getting into the fashion industry do to make it a very successful career? First make sure it is your passion. Love fashion and all that comes with it. Speak with individuals you trust in the industry to see if you are what the industry is looking for. Listen to the people around you who support you family and most of all try to connect with a model with experience who can mentor you. I was lucky enough to have one. Create an acceptable look or image and keep it, Altering it can be distressing to all parties. It doesn’t get old, because every job your look on film will change. Be prepared to travel, be on time and work long hours. If you do not have the support of your family you could be spinning your wheels. Dreams never come easy but they can be reached. Get a good manager. Build your wardrobe, shoes, hats, jeans, tights and when

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you go to a job bring more than less. Work! Give it all you have and you will shine and become comfortable in what you are doing. If it is not your dream you are doing it for the wrong reasons. How should someone interested in modeling do to pick the proper agency to work for? Please if you choose to model begin and always have your parent or parents as your guides. They are many great agencies out there but also bad ones. My first experience was a bad one. Once you sign a contract it is typically for 1 year (non exclusive) meaning you can work with other agencies at the same time. I am glad I am independent I can pick and choose and now know who to work with and who not to. Again do your homework. Look at their websites, contact the agency, look at their work, see who they use as a photographer you can choose to submit a request and provide them with the proper information. At this point they will not have very vital information except basic name, address, etc. If under 18yrs of age a parental signature is required. Believe me I have gotten rejection letters that said I was beautiful but then did not have a need for my age or look at the time. So be it. Rarely will someone walk up to you on the street and ask you to become a model (only on TV). Have a list of agencies you can check into never have one choice. Remember if this is your passion Never Give Up! What do you feel makes a successful model/stylist, designer, and or agency? Honesty, trust, consistency and their work it really does speak for itself. You will see advertisement for Fashion Shows, Designer work and once your photo is taken I personally post all credits (who assisted with the shoot) in the description of the photo. If you have a good Agency promotion and paid work is what they do to make money. Their job is to help you become exposed to the right individuals. Give it a bit of time if you are happy with the results continue but if you see no results-ASK QUESTIONS! Never do anything you would be uncomfortable doing! Ask questions before the job and have all the information you need to know what will be happening. My mother is always on set and sits back and enjoys watching me work. I have worked with some of the best stylists that Chicago has they have a great eye for what will work for you and what wont. Trust them. This includes garments, make up, hair, and work with the photographer on the best photo and possible look. What a creative industry and I truly mean that. What people do not understand from an idea in someone’s head, to paper, to final result, what an amazing process!


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What are your aspirations for your career in the fashion industry or is this just a stepping stone for you for something much bigger for you? I will always model, my first love and I will passionately continue to model. My dream is to become am International model discovered like many at a young age but I have been blessed in many ways. I sing, dance and write songs. My current single “Carried Away” is on ITUNES, XBOX LIVE, 15 Amazon sites, IHEART Radio and at ourcreativekind.com as well as others. Since approximately September 2011 I have 28,000+ listens in approximately 75+ countries. My second song has been recorded and hopefully my album will be complete by midsummer. Positive songs with lyrics anyone can listen to. My website IsabellaViola.com will be up and running in about 2 weeks and you can chat with me on upcoming projects, news, etc. I will have a fan club as well. I am currently working on the video for Carried Away. Modeling has allowed me to build on my other gifts and I will carry all of them into my music as well. I have my casual style-hobo chic, my modeling style-what the designer needs and my stage style-funky, edgy and colorful. My stage name will be I.V. my initials I also have a Face book fashion blog called IV Kiss. You can catch up on great buys, clothing, shoes, trends, cosmetics and shoes, purses and the combination of all of them. I do tend to get a head of myself when I think about the future. A wise friend told me” Become good at one thing and the rest will follow”. I believe in a dream and I will follow it, work tirelessly and stop only when I am ready. You see I was bullied throughout grade school for acting and doing the right things. I was called horrible names and I now support all of the people in the world who feel left out, who are looked at strangely, treated badly based on appearance.. Stop Bullying! Be different, unique, be creative, but be real. Treat

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people with respect and hopefully you will get it in return. I also do volunteer work with my local youth group and will travel to Mexico this summer to help local residents. So I ask for all that are outcaste by others listen to Carried Away it can encourage you to reach your dreams. I appreciate your download. Yes and all at the age of 15.

What advice can you give our readers in order to help them make a decision in developing their career in the fashion industry? The best advice I can give is to first be yourself, talk to others, friends, and family to see what their opinions are. I ALWAYS had positive feedback from everyone I spoke to. But I also listen to how I could improve. Be prepared for constructive advice or comments good or bad. You will hear NO but how your move forward from that is Positive Attitude! Never compromise your image. I do no nudity or skin shots by choice and due to age. Quite honestly, I prefer not to for a long time. My modeling, music and casual image all intertwine together. I am consistent. Take care of your skin, eat healthy, have fun in your personal life and read those magazines. I must get 10-15 magazines a month and I can tell you what is happing not only in the industry but with celebrities, trends and what to expect next in hair, seasonal colors, shoes etc. I also knew it was what I wanted to do. when I was continually stopped wherever I went, when people-strangers wanted to pay me a compliment, I gracefully accepted with a smile, and a Thank you. Finally things will happen but you will have to get use to being patient, and your hard work will pay off.


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I have been styling and scouring the earth for years finding the finest and most unique fashion. My flavor runs the gamut from new to old. Whatever speaks to me, for whatever reason, whatever time period, I appreciate. I truly enjoy vintage glam and classic styles as well as hot fun trends as they pass through the years. My work includes styling and art directing for fashion shots, commercials, advertisements and private fashion consulting. In 2003, I opened Boutique Vieux et Nouveau. Today, it goes by its acronym, BVEN Boutique. We started as a small boutique carrying a mix of new, vintage and resale. We have adapted to the flux of economies throughout the years. Currently, our focus is to offer the best prices in unique fashion. With that, BVEN Boutique offers vintage rentals, upscale resale and 80% of new fashion is made right here in the USA. I also sell all types of new fashion and used fashion like fine vintage and upscale resale on these websites www.bvenboutique.com, www.etsy.com/secretvintagespy, stores.ebay.com/secretfashionspy

Can you explain what being a make-up artist/stylist and the fashion industry means to you?

It is about presenting the best image for what you do. Too many times in today's society, people are lax. Especially in the creative industry. I am all for "being yourself", however, you must be adaptable for your clients as a business professional even if you are a graphic designer or interior designer. Just because you are an artist, it doesn't give free reign to slack off and wear just jeans and a t-shirt. Do it with a nice fitting pair of jeans in good condition with a jacket and awesome shoes.

Can you explain how you got into being a makeup artist/stylist and the fashion industry?

I have always had a knack for it. Even in grade school growing up outside of Green Bay, WI, my schoolmates thought I was weird with the combinations of fashion I would put together. Fortunately, as a youngster, I believed in myself and knew that they were just uncomfortable getting out of the norm. I follow trends, but continually make it my own.

Explain what was or is your favorite part of the fashion industry and what is your least?

My favorite part is buying and styling for clients. I love understanding who they are but taking them to the next level whether they are a celebrity who wants to tone down their image to

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a CEO who needs to spruce it up.

What type of training or education did you take to be in the fashion industry? I have an associate’s degree in Fashion Merchandising, I create fashion, I own a shop and online store (BVEN Boutique and www.bvenboutique.com) I regularly dress people up for events, imagery and commercial.

Is being in the fashion industry something you always wanted to do?

I have always been drawn to fashion.

What do you feel makes a successful model/stylist, designer, and or agency?

Listen to what your clients want. Cater to help them fill needs. For example, if they have a tough body to fit, embrace the challenge and help the girl out!

What are your aspirations for your career in the fashion industry or is this just a stepping stone for you for something much bigger for you?

Style Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey

What advice can you give our readers in order to help them make a decision in developing their career in the fashion industry?

What should someone lookout for most when beginning in the fashion industry? Pay attention to the business side. It's not always just glamorous. That especially if they want to open their own retail boutique, they should do an extensive amount of research.

What are the steps that someone getting into the fashion industry do to make it a very successful career?

Research, tenacity, persistence. Did I say, tenacity and persistence? LOL

How should someone interested in modeling do to pick the proper agency to work for?

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STATS Measurements - 5'8', 34 B bust, 24 waist 35 hips Weight-112lbs Size- small 0-2 long for jeans Shoes-6 Hair-Long brown Eyes blue

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Can you explain what modeling and the fashion industry means to you? Modeling means the world to me. I use modeling as a positive outlet to express myself I find it very therapeutic. Can you explain how you got into modeling and the fashion industry? I started going to open call for bigger agencies as a teenager and was accepted into Arlene Wilson right away, later FORD merged with the company so that’s how I started working with them. Explain what was or is your favorite part of the fashion industry and what is your least I love all the creativity behind each individual project and all my jobs I book are so much fun. I enjoy meeting new people and building my own network of work. I dislike all the competition and rejection but always take it lightly. What type of training or education did you take to be in the fashion industry? NONE Is being in the fashion industry something you always wanted to do? I wanted to be a model since high school but always loved acting since childhood. What should someone lookout for most when beginning in the fashion industry? Lots of rejection and get use to it.

How should someone interested in modeling do to pick the proper agency to work for? Agencies choose their clients and I highly recommend working with an agency because models make more money that way. At the same time make sure your still an independent model so you can continue to book as much work as you can on your own, What do you feel makes a successful model/stylist, designer, and or agency? Drive! The ability to keep working and moving forward even when you hear no a million times is the most important asset to anyone working in the entertainment business. What are your aspirations for your career in the fashion industry or is this just a stepping stone for you for something much bigger for you? I would really like to land a major acting role since I accomplished all my other modeling goals, What advice can you give our readers in order to help them make a decision in developing their career in the fashion industry? Never give and keep going even when you reach your destination.

What are the steps that someone getting into the fashion industry do to make it a very successful career? The first step is having talent then having the dedication and motivation to make your dream a reality. E 4 KIDS MAGAZINE

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High fashion male model Nathan L. Bryant, Jr. aka Spiritual Desire was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 21st 1991 he began modeling at age 19, becoming one of the first black serious and professional male models at age 21. along the way to the journey of his success spiritual desire learned the art of modeling from two people Adrian Shavian and Sherard of the Sherard show. Spiritual Desire attended Adrian Shavonne school of modeling and charm and left the school after two years of learning and networking with people within the fashion industry to compare what he knows to what others had been taught. He discovered what he learned wasn't cutting it to be a good enough male model so he went to New York City famous runway coach and model Sherard to master the art of professional male modeling. After six months of Sherards' teachings that seemed to be what the industry was missing, Spiritual Desire learned exactly what he needed to show the fashion industry exactly what a real professional male model is suppose to look like. Spiritual Desires' success and accomplishments are as follows :21 fashion shows completed, 16 photo shoots with top photographers, knows only the models with a bright future, strong partnerships with fashion designers, and an unbreakable bond with the modeling agency that he works for call Bella Lucci modeling agency. In his own words Spiritual Desire says "nothing in the modeling industry made sense until I met Georgio Lucci the founder of Bella Lucci modeling agency and his close friend and business partner Juan May" he also says 'What 'my dreams and visions for my future success and goals are coming true through the power and positivity of this agency" 'In the beginning Spiritual Desire did not want to be a model but after his mother heard people compliment him on his dress code, helpful nature and striking resemblance to R7B singer Ne-Yo she encouraged him to pursue the fashion and entertainment industry.

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50 Shades of Play Children who survive each day in homeless shelters are exposed to violence, extreme stress , health problem, psychological problems overcrowding, and unhealthy food Chronic Stress from living in poverty has been shown to affect a Childs concentration, memory and ability to learn. Half of school age homeless children experience problems with depression and anxiety and one in five homeless preschoolers have emotional problems that require professional care. (1) How does playing, reading and art help children who must live and cope in what can be deemed as a debased environment . This month we are going to look at some of the art work that is provided for children in shelters. According to top experts reading and art can help these children cope with day to day stresses. Children living in homeless shelters are 4 times more likely to suffer from Asthma have twice as many ear infections, are developmentally delayed, and can suffer from anemia and pneumonia. (2) Because these children are neglected and are starved for affection they often fall prey to sexual predators. I recently watched a child at one of the local Social Services department attempt to get affection or attention from every adult around him. He first kept smiling at the man sitting next to me. He then attempted to play hide and seek with the man. When the man did not respond, he then looked to me to meet his emotional needs. Because I was looking at important document he turned to the man sitting next to him and again attempted to engage this man in play and to receive attention. When he received no attention from us he stood up and stood in front of his mother with his arms stretched out wanting a hug and to sit in her lap. After awhile she looked up at him then back down like he was never in front of her. He gave up and went back to trying to engage those around him for affection. This is a classic example of why these children fall prey to sexual predators. This child was primed for what is called the Affection Lure, because of lack of attention and a need for love a predator would have seen this as a sign and targeted this child. Predators are prone to target lonely, selfconscious children (3) Think of how a child feels who must wake up with 100 other strange men, women, and crying babies all in the same room. Then watching strangers tell your parents when to bath, cook or how many beds they will have that night. When that child has to go to school he or she must

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deal with a school system that is not prepared to deal with their emotional needs. When the child performs poorly in the classroom or exhibits behavior problems many teachers and schools because of overcrowding and lack of funds, further compound this child's problems through suspension or expulsion and not counseling. This puts additional emotional strain on a child and pushes them to the breaking point. Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth.(4) When we go into the homeless shelter we first judge what type of the mood the children are in. If they are hyper we invite the children to get up and act out what we are reading. We sing, jump, dance twist and shout . Even though it is not mandatory and because of long term neglect teens at the shelter will join in and read along with us and join in with the program even if we are reading Dr. Seuss. If the children are really hyper then each child picks one exercise like jumping jacks, toe touches very easy exercises that we all can do to relieve some tension and calm them down before we read. One of the best activities we do with the children is bring in music and dance prior to reading, not only does this de-stress the children it brings them hours of joy to remember what old people look like trying to do the Harlem Shake. According to a study done by the University of Sussex in 2009 just 6 minutes a day of reading can relax humans faster than music, drinking tea, walking, or even running. Reading can reduce stress by up to 68 percent (5). This is because the mind goes into a world that is free from outside stresses. Reading also shows a child that others can face problems , how they reacted to the problem, and how the problem was solved. Children that can sit for even a short period of time and leave their world behind them, enjoy the ups and downs of characters in books are more likely to be able to sit in a classroom. When an art project is offered with the book the child can show marked improvement in social skills ,concentration and it allows the child to just get away from all their stresses for a while. Children love when it is arts and crafts time at the shelter. Arts and crafts actually stimulates a child's brain this is critical during the first 5 years of a child's life (6) A simple arts or craft project can help a child in many ways, it teaches them to problem solve, finish a project, can be social when done in a group , builds critical thinking skills and promotes academic success. (7) (8) One of the things we try and show the parents is all the simple crafts they can do with the children on a limited budget. Each project shown shows


items purchased at dollar stores. Whatever the theme of the book that is the theme of the craft we will do with the children. We read, The Bugliest Bug by, Carol Diggory Shield which introduces the word arachnid. Our project was to use our imagination and make up a bug that was either a bug or an arachnid. Without the children knowing it they relaxed, stimulated their brains and learned a new word . Next time you are out pick up a pack of construction paper, or coloring books to donate to your local shelter. You can also call your local homeless shelter and find out who runs their children's program then find out what they need and provide it for them. A child who is at the breaking point is a child who belongs to all of us. "Remember reading is the first step to a brighter future" We ask the children what a farm on Mars would look like.

The children learned about the Rain Forest From the Emergent layer to the rain forest floor. Books on Jaguars were read then mask to go along with the book

When learning why leaves lose their Color and fall off of trees one child Realized his wreath was the same Size as the clock. It is still there.

Resources and References 1. http://www.apa.org/pi/families/poverty.aspx?item=2 2. http://www.apa.org/pi/families/poverty.aspx?item=2 3.http://heidisearchcenter.com/about-lures-why-they-work/ 4. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/119/1/182.full 5.http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/4245076.Reading_can_ help_reduce_stress__according_to_University_of_Sussex_ research/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/5070874/Re ading-can-help-reduce-stress.html 6. http://www.artsusa.org/get_involved/advocacy/funding_ resources/default_005.asp 7. http://www.factsforlifeglobal.org/03/ 8. http://www.artsusa.org/get_involved/advocacy/funding_ resources/default_005.asp

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Children learned the difference between Arachnids and bugs.


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