Raven Ledbetter is an American model and designer from North Carolina. She always lives in the moment! As a former army girl, she says that you always have to stay positive and believe good things will happen.
Raven LOVES heels. Not only is she always wearing a cute pair of heels, she also loves customizing them. Right now her go to fashion style is velvet and suede. Her favorite makeup brand is MAC. She wears a signature long ponytail which is inspired by her role model, The Queen B Beyoncé. #queen
“I dream it, I work hard, I grind ’til I own it.”- Beyoncé, Formation
Raven is a go-getter and a risk taker. She doesn’t like taking no for an answer. She is inspired by dominating and empowering women. Her favorite Disney princess is Moana, a powerful woman who went out on her own to accomplish her voyage.
If she could be a fruit or vegetable she would be a peach because it is juicy, sweet and beautiful on the inside-out, just like her.
Raven modeled a designer velvet dress from her own collection at Fashion Gallery’s New York Fashion Week. She thanks her beautiful daughter and fiancé for all the support.
Meet Models Becca Avill, Lucy Bale & Sophie Levine:
Lucy, Becca and Sophie gave me an inside look into what it was like to model for the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Here’s the inside scoop!
1) What was it like to model at the Cannes Film Festival? What was the atmosphere like?
Lucy Bale: It was one of the best experiences. Everyone was excited to be there! Before every change, it was chaotic and mad. Everyone was yelling. But it all came together and was absolutely AMAZING when we got onto the catwalk. Before a show, I can be shy. But when I get onto the runway, I am a different person. Shout out to Jera, my modeling agency. Thank you!
Becca Avill: It was chaotic, super busy and fun! We were booked every day that we were in Cannes. During the mornings we had castings and during the days we had rehearsals. I love doing catwalks because they are a lot more social and I get to meet other models.
Sophie Levine: It wasn’t the most organized but it was a lot of fun. When we were getting ready for a show, people were joking around and just having fun. The makeup artists and hair stylists were really nice. My hair was short for the shows so when I heard the words “slicked back” while they were talking about my hair, I was so nervous. It actually came out amazing!
2) Have you ever modeled for other international fashion shows? How was it different from your runway experience here?
Lucy: Yes, I have also modeled in the UK. Cannes is more structured. They pick their models beforehand. They know what they want. If you’re not what they’re looking for, you’re out. In the UK, it’s less structured. When you show up to a fitting you can change their mind and show them why you’re there. Also there were a lot more people working at the Cannes Film Festival.
Becca: I started modeling internationally across France and London. When I was in Cannes I was asked to stay and model for a few more days. I would say a major difference between my experience in France and in the U.K. would be the food. In the UK, it’s unheard of not to provide food and refreshments during a modeling event. In London, it’s important to watch over the models and give them food.
Sophie: Cannes was my first professional show… Though I have done student shows. In the student shows they’re always indecisive about what you’re wearing. They’ll have all the models try everything on before deciding who wears what. In the Cannes Film Festival, they were more decisive on what the models were wearing. They would give us something to wear and say wear this. I prefer Cannes. It was more relaxed.
3) What’s the coolest thing that happened behind the scenes? What was your most exciting moment?
Lucy: Being given the opportunity to do more shows. Designers would come in after a show and ask if we wanted to model for them. Yay! It was very self-uplifting… it was awesome!
Becca: I met Leonardo DiCaprio! Oh and I met Fat Joe and Tiger at one of the places I went to. Cannes is a very good place for networking for international modeling agencies.
Sophie: Meeting everyone and especially the other models. Everyone was very friendly. The models took each other’s pictures backstage. It was cool how people recognized me after the show. They would say “you were on the catwalk!” It was also really nice to meet the designers. Some of the dresses were absolutely stunning.
4) What was the funniest thing that happened?
Lucy: All of the models were hungry and were trying to sneak out and buy croissants to feed everyone. I learned that next time I have to pack a lunch!
Becca: Going out at night directly after a catwalk – I made some fairly bold fashion choices on a few occasions.
Sophie: Walking around with my hair and makeup. The hair stylists were dancing behind the scenes while they were doing my hair! With no music!
5) What was it like to be backstage?
Lucy: Models would be half naked and the people working backstage would come up to us and help us change into our outfits.
Becca: I’ve done a lot of fashion shows and they’re always very fast paced and exciting. The only downside is that people do seem to forget you’re human and everyone and their mum wanders in while you’re changing.
Sophie: Everyone kept an eye out when the models were changing. The media would come behind the stage and just start filming even if models were changing in the background. I liked how all the models would stand in front of the camera so that the other models that were changing could have some privacy.
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.” – Karl Paul Reinhold Niebuhr
I met model Rebecca Sorkin behind the scenes at the Couture Fashion Week show back in February. I remember standing in the makeup room completely mesmerized by how talented the makeup artists were. Rebecca was given bright pink lips with dark eyebrows which complimented her exotic flower hair piece.
Did you know that Rebecca has modeled since she was only 6 years old!? She shared with me that when she was 6-10 years old she modeled for commercials, movies and TV shows. Now, she models for print work, catalogs and runway shows.
Her top 3 long-term goals are:
Work with more well-known brands, traveling and meet more designers & models.
Speak 3 languages. Right now she speaks both English and Russian. She wants to learn Spanish.
Go to a 4 year college and then get her Master’s Degree. Right now she is thinking of studying business psychology.
Rebecca’s style is a mix between sophisticated, feminine, street style and of course sporty. After all, she is a cheerleader! Her go to outfit is a bodysuit, ripped jeans and a cardigan. She’s very into wearing highlighter and a cute winged eyeliner. She recommends using Tarte Cosmetics and Benefit makeup.
Rebecca loves to learn; She is obsessed with psychology. She likes connecting life with the real world and connecting the mind with the spirit. [Speaking of spirit, did I mention that she’s a cheerleader?!]
Rebecca is a girl who is comfortable in her own skin. She is confident and she’s fit. She likes working out at home. Her secret? Knee to elbow crunches and Russian twists!
She loves taking a drive & eating out with her friends. She also loves hanging out in Manhattan and on the beach.
If she could be a fruit or vegetable, she would be an avocado since it’s sweet, flavorful and bright on the inside. You can’t match its flavor or tell what it is like on the inside.
Fun Facts about Rebecca:
#1: Her favorite Disney princess is Snow White.
#2: She’s finished all of Shameless and absolutely adores Modern Family.
#3: Back in sleep away camp, she used to love rope climbing and hiking in the woods.
Rebecca has modeled for New York Fashion Week’s Couture Fashion Week and for Project Runway’s Irena Shabayzea.
It’s so amazing to be able to interview models from all over the world! I’ve faced different challenges from big ones ( like the time difference between New York and Australia) to the smaller ones ( like how do you spell the word “favorite”? Like a New Yorker “favorite” or like an Australian “favourite“?) But no matter the challenge, what really matters is that I really love what I do.
Last weekend I went to a Father’s Day BBQ where I met my cousins’ relatives from Australia. They were telling me how beautiful it is there and all the cool places to go. I would really love to visit. Coincidentally, I just happened to be working on my interview with model Kartia Crane from Australia!
Kartia walked the runway for New York Fashion Week in February 2017. She’s done fashion shows, bridal expos and runway shows for charity events in Australia. She was a contestant in Miss Country Girl Australia 2016 and was also a contestant in the World Supermodel South Pacific Pageant.
Jenny A. (Me):What are your hobbies? Please explain. Kartia Crane: (1) Modelling (2) makeup (3) watching Netflix (4) going to the gym (5) listening to music and (6) hanging out with family and friends.
Me: Do you wear makeup? If so, what is your favorite brand? Kartia: M.A.C (is there anything else!?). I love the eye-shadows from H&M. Sadly, we can’t them here in Australia but the pigments are beautiful!
Me: What is your style? Kartia: I don’t really have a style. Maybe modern classy? I like to always look and feel nice in what I wear.
Me: What is your favorite TV show? Favorite movie? Kartia:My favourite TV show is 13 Reasons Why and my favourite movie is The Great Gatsby.
Me: Do you have a favorite animated character or superhero? Kartia: I don’t really have a favourite.
Me: Are you athletic? If so, what sports do you play? Kartia: I am not athletic and I don’t play any sports but I do go to the gym 3 – 4 days a week to keep fit. When I was younger I did Ballet, Tap and Jazz.
Me: Are you adventurous? What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done? Kartia: I like the idea of being adventurous but as I am only 17 years old, the chances have not really presented themselves yet. I do enjoy roller coaster rides. Does that count?
Me:Where do you like to hang out? Kartia:In my bedroom and on the beach in the summer.
Me: Where do you love to go for vacation? Kartia: To New York and the Gold Coast here in Australia.
Me: What are 3 words to describe you? Kartia: (1) Bubbly (2) Ambitious and (3) Caring.
Me: If you could be a fruit or veggie, what fruit or veggie would you be? Kartia: A pineapple because it’s spiky and a little tough on the outside but sweet on the inside.
Me: What are your goals and dreams? Kartia: I want to become an established model in Australia and overseas. If modelling doesn’t work out, I would like to be a beauty therapist and work behind the scenes. I am currently 100% focused on my modelling career and would love to be given more opportunities.
Me: Do you have anything interesting coming up? Kartia: I am a contestant in Australian Supermodel of the year (ASOTY) in the Curve division. I hope I can make it all the way to the grand final!
When I first saw Terence Ingram walk down the runway at PLITZS Fashion Marketing, I was really intrigued… I suddenly wanted to know more about him. I thought he had a very striking look and when I met him, he was very sweet. Fast forward. I interviewed him for my blog. Fast forward. I took an FIT blogging class. Fast forward. I decided to make this feature more like a conversation. Fast forward. Then I realized that I never asked him for any of his personal modeling stories … whoops. Fast forward. I guess it’s time for round 2 for Terence’s interview. Fast forward. Now I’m sitting on the subway trying to edit this while stuck in the tunnel because there is “train traffic ahead of us.” Why is there always train traffic ahead of us?! Anyways, while I’m waiting for my subway to kindly move forward, I hope you enjoy my interview!
Jenny A: What do you love to do?
Terence Ingram: I love taking selfies and going shopping.
JA: Are you really into social media? What’s your favorite social media?
TI: Yes. I love Instagram. I look at it like an art. I think of which photos to post. I also love Twitter.
JA: I really thought you were going to say Snapchat since there are so many filters!
TI: Yeah, well I love Instasnap. My favorite is the dog filter.
JA: Where is the craziest place you’ve selfied?
TI: A haunted house! All these people were chasing us and I just thought this would be a great time to take a selfie!
JA: That’s really funny! Speaking of funny…What’s the funniest thing that happened to you while modeling?
TI: hmmm I think it was in either 2011 or 2012… before I went onto the runway I had my clothes on backwards! They actually stopped me right before I went out and turned my shirt around so that I could walk.
JA: I’m looking at one of your modeling photos where you’re holding a rose in your mouth. What was it like? What were you thinking about during this photo-shoot?
TI: I was actually laying in a tub of water. It was nerve-racking. I was thinking “Okay this is a cool idea” but I was nervous at the same time.
JA: Do you like doing adventurous modeling gigs?
TI: I love doing something out of the box that I’ve never done before. One time I did a fashion show in New York for designer Harold Wright and I had to wear very dramatic eyeliner …. I even had to wear a choker. It was a very out there look. I loved and hated it.
JA: Is there something you live by?
TI: “Dreams don’t work unless you do”[by John C. Maxwell]. I am always busy. I am constantly reaching out to different modeling agencies and designers just to get my face out there.
JA: So, what are your goals and dreams for modeling?
TI: I really want to be signed to a modeling agency. I want to be a runway model and be different in a model feel.
JA: What do you mean by that?
TI: I have Vitiligo and it’s not the “ideal” model look. But I want to offer a different side to modeling.
JA: Do you think your skin will help you in the fashion world?
TI: Yes and no. It might not be what they’re looking for. On the other hand, my skin might bring something new and different to the table.
JA: Do you have a model that you look up to?
TI: Winnie Harlow. She is confident and comfortable in her own skin. She doesn’t stop herself because of her skin. I think of myself the same way… nothing can stop me.
JA: With your crazy schedule what do you enjoy doing in your free time?
TI: I hang out with my friends and family. We love going to Dorney Park! One time my whole family took like 5 cars and we just went! We love the water park and the roller coasters.
JA: That’s awesome.
TI: Yeah! I go on all the craziest roller coasters. I’m the one who sits all the way in the font of the roller coaster.
JA: Great! Earlier you mentioned that you love shopping. Where do you like to shop? What’s your style?
TI: I shop at ZARA, H+M and Urban Outfitters. My style is natural, simple and urban. I’ll wear a white shirt, stretch jeans and a pair of Chelsea boots with my Gold God necklace chain.
JA: What is your secret to keeping in shape?
TI: I go to the gym. I love running, climbing and swimming. Actually I used to be more of a gym rat but now I casually go to the gym. When I was younger, I used to run track. Now when I go to the gym, I run on the treadmill.
JA: If you could be a fruit or vegetable, what would you be and why?
TI: An apple. Everyone loves them and you can’t go wrong with an apple!
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Yuliya Aranovska is a Ukrainian born model who has both a big heart and a dazzling smile. She dreams of channeling her modeling career into making a positive change in the world. Her ultimate goal is to encourage kindness and help charities. She also hopes to one day have her own fashion line and store.
Like a true New Yorker, her style is a mix between edgy and classy. She usually wears all black for castings, but loves to show color in her usual wardrobe. Makeup? She always uses a little bit of eye liner and mascara and BB Cream moisturizer with a high SPF. On a nice day you can find her taking in the gorgeous backdrop of the city. One of her favorite go to spots is the 230 5th Ave rooftop lounge.
She loves the arts! She draws with all types of materials, such as chalk pastels, markers, sharpies, and paint. She revealed that has a deep appreciation for street style graffiti and photography. She loves expressing herself through dancing and writing. If she could be a fruit or vegetable, she should be an onion, since it has a lot of layers (for all you Shrek fans!).
Yuliya is a travel bug! You can find her traveling and just exploring. When she travels she likes to experience the world like a local. She’s been parasailing, surfing, and paragliding! One of her favorite adventures was ATVing in Costa Rica!
During our interview she realized that her favorite animated characters are always the mischievous female leads like Angelica from the Rugrats and Helga from Hey Arnold! (go figure!). Maybe she was inspired by them to break the rules a bit.
At 5’7, an inch below the typical 5’8 height for female models, Yuliya has still managed to walk NY Fashion Week for Dan Liu & FTL Moda, Fashion Gallery New York, Philly Fashion Week, DC Fashion Week, and participated in presentations by Hellen Castillo from Project Runway, & many others. I think it’s very impressive because while it may seem like she is “just an inch below the standard”; an inch below the industry standard is a lot in fashion. Yuliya said that each of her experiences have been dreams come true & that is why she encourages all to never give up on their dreams.
You’ll never guess who came to my blogging class! Lauren Chan, the Fashion Features Editor for GLAMOUR MAGAZINE! Not only does she work for Glamour Magazine, she is also a former plus-size model! I was so excited to meet her! I love how lively and down to earth she is. She just tells it as it is. When she mentioned to the class that magazines can look at different blogs for content, it really opened my eyes to how important blogging is.
Back in March, I decided to take a blogging class at FIT so that I could work on my blogging skills and meet other bloggers. I figured that it would be a great experience and I just wanted to surround myself with people also starting their own blogs. I never thought that we’d have a guest speaker from Glamour Magazine, let alone a former model.
I love that.
A lot of the models that I interview for New Style Modé have so many different interests. I’m so glad that Lauren is able to use her experience as a plus-size model and follow her dreams to write for fashion. Believe it or not Lauren actually writes about trendy plus-size fashion, models and body diversity! You go girl!
I decided to do a little bit of homework and read some of Lauren’s articles. Personally, I loved her article about the interview she had with supermodel & plus-size model Ashley Graham. It was a great interview where they talked about Ashley’s experience as a plus-size model and some of the challenges she faced. What spoke to me the most was that even though Ashley faced a lot of obstacles, she didn’t give up…she still pushed forward and followed her dreams. I won’t go into too much detail about the interview but if you’re interested, you should definitely read it. Please note that some of the content in the article is a bit mature. [Click here for the link to the article.]
It might be cliché to say but keep follow your dreams. Just look at Lauren. She started off as a plus-size model for Ford Models, she kept working on her dreams and now she is an editor at Glamour Magazine.
What are your dreams? Are you still following them? Tell me about them in the comments below! I’d love to hear them. 🙂