Model Darien Willardson : Part 1

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Photo by Jennifer Alweiss 

When model Darien Willardson told me he was visiting New York, I was so excited to meet with him. I really admire his determination, energy and creativity. Even though it was snowing, he put on his cowboy boots and trudged into the city for our interview.

I loved how much energy he had both in front of the camera as well as off camera. I have to say that I really appreciate his acting experience! He was really comfortable in front of the camera. When I was testing my camera, he started making funny faces! He made the whole experience fun  – we were cracking jokes and laughing during the interview.

He didn’t mind when I made him do a few versions of his video interview which personally, was a huge relief. Not only was he patient while I got all the pictures and footage I needed, he also gave me different ideas for our interview.

Without further adoEnjoy Part 1 of our interview!

Meet Model Darien:

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Photo by Jennifer Alweiss 

What is your style? A mix between country, skater and hipster. I’ll wear skater boy shoes and slim fit jeans.

Where do you love to shop? H&M, Zumiez, PacSun, Calvin Klein, J. Crew, and Ralph Lauren.

Who is your role model? Johnny Depp because he plays all of his characters really well. Also, Heather Ledger.

What is your #1 hobby? Snowboarding. I actually used to be a snowboarding instructor at Powder Mountain.

Do you have any quirks? Hmm selective hearing? Day dreaming? I would say visually creating something in my head.

What is something that you can’t you live without? My friends and family. I like having people around.

What is your greatest accomplishment? Being a model and actor. I’ve been in 6 films – My top ones are Storm Rider, The Last Straw, Wild Horses and Noctrune.

What are your goals and dreams? I want write a book about my life and my recovery of being a heroin addict.  I was addicted to drugs for a year of my life when I was 19-20 years old. Since then, I’ve been clean from heroin.  I want to inspire people who are addicts to better their lives and dream big. I want them to think with an open mind and an open heart. I would tell the story about the young creative storyteller that went into drugs, got clean and is now acting in movies – It’s a huge jump. I was the black sheep in my family. Even the lone wolf – I want to show that you can change.

Do you have any advice for aspiring models? Find a hobby. You should have a deeper talent and broaden your talent spectrum. For example, learn how to snowboard. Also, you should also embrace your weaknesses.

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Darien has modeled for Theory Clothing Line (NY), Magnum Bikes ( Salt Lake City) and Jane.com (Salt Lake City).

You can follow Darien on Instagram here: @darienwillardson

Stay tuned for Part 2, our video interview!

Love always,

Jenny A.

 

 

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New Hairstyle? New Me? Maybe Not Exactly…

Sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference.

Have you ever felt like you just wanted to switch things up a bit? I don’t know what came over me but, I really wanted a new look. I had bought a LMAX Salon Spa promotion for a wash, cut and dry about a couple of months ago and I thought it would be the perfect time to use it. After all, a new hairstyle can make you look like a new person.

For weeks I was googling all types of hairstyles trying to figure out the best one. Did I want to try something completely extreme and chop off all my hair? Nah. Did I want to have shoulder length hair? Too frizzy. Maybe I should get bangs? Nope, too much work.

What I really wanted something beautiful, classy and fit my face.

When I finally sat down in the chair and the hairstylist asked me what I wanted, I still hadn’t made up my mind. After chatting about all the different trendy hairstyles, I decided to go with “long layers.” The hairstylist looked at me, looked at my hair and then back at me. “You already have long layers!” she laughed “They’re just really long layers!”

The hairstylist trimmed my hair and curled it at the bottom for some volume. When she was done, I looked at myself in the mirror and my hair looked so healthy. I had gorgeous long layers cascading down my shoulders and onto my back.

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While my hair didn’t look so different, I definitely felt different. It’s amazing what trimming a few inches can do!

What are your thoughts? What do you think?

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Love always,

-Jenny A.

Happy New Year!

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Photo by NordWood Themes on Unsplash

3…2…1…The countdown begins! Everyone keeps asking me what is on my New Years resolution list so I decided to share my list with you! I feel like it’s going to be a great year filled with a lot of hope and wonderful opportunities. For me, 2018 brings a lot of excitement, happiness, and growth.

Just like a countdown, I counted down my top 5 New Year resolutions:

5. Interview more models – While I have interviewed a lot of fashion models, I would love to do more interviews in 2018. I would also like to interview and feature more international models.

4. Buy new equipment- I really want to get a good external camera light for my pictures and videos.

3. Host my first New Style Modé fashion event – I would like to network more and maybe even have my own event!

2. Create more videos – This past year, I focused a lot on my writing. I would like to make more short videos in 2018.

1. Grow my readership and blog – I want to thank all of you for reading and following my blog! If you haven’t already, be sure to follow the blog on Instagram @newstylemode

Happy New Year! 🙂

So tell me, what’s on your New Year’s resolution list?

Love always,

-Jenny A.

Getting Ready for Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

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It’s finally here! Happy Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show day! I have been looking forward to this since August when I was at the castings. You can read about my experience at the castings here. Since then, I have been following the Victoria’s Secret Angels to see the inside scoop. I heard that Victoria’s Secret Angel Lais Ribeiro is going to be wearing the $2 Million Champagne Nights Fantasy Bra. Oh la la.

I decided to dedicate this week’s posts to the Victoria’s Secret Shanghai Fashion Show. I guess you can say the next few blog posts will be Angel themed.

Here are the important details for tonight’s show:

The show is tonight, Tuesday November 28 at 10/9C on CBS.

Musical guests include: Harry Styles, Miguel, Jane Zhang, Leslie Odom Jr., and Yundi Li.

I just finished watching the Go Behind The Scenes Of The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Dress Rehearsal sneak peak for the VS Fashion show –  it was fabulous. I always love seeing the excitement backstage. There is so much that goes on behind the scenes of a fashion show between changing outfits, hair & makeup and getting ready to walk. After looking at all of the backstage Bombshell moments, I had to share some of my favorite photos with you.

I can’t wait to see the show. It looks like it is going to be spectacular! I hope that one day I can attend a Victoria’s Secret Fashion show. But for now, I guess cuddling up in my pajamas while watching it on TV will have to do.

What do you think? Are you excited? Who’s your favorite Victoria’s Secret model?

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Photo from Angel Georgia Fowler @georgiafowler

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Photo from Angel Devon Windsor @devwindsor 
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Photo from Angel Alecia Morais @alecia_morais
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Photo: Angel Georgia Fowler @georgiafowler
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Photo from Angel Leila Nda @leila.nda
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Photo from Angel Gizele Oliveira @giizeleoliveira
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Photo from Angel Lily Aldridge @LilyAldridge
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Photo from Angel Alessandra Ambrosio @AlessandraAmbrosio

 

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Photo from Angel Sara Sampaio @SaraSampaio

#VSfashionshow

Love always,

-Jenny A.

Model Marcus Killebrew’s Advice for Facing Your Fears

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Photo by Melissa Whitely

It was almost 11:00pm and everyone was getting ready to go home from the Unique Blend Models fashion show. It was such a long day but I didn’t want to leave without speaking with model Marcus Killebrew. So there I was sitting in the lobby with Marcus while he opened up about his modeling career.

After speaking with Marcus, I was inspired. He said that fear is an illusion and it only prevents you from moving forward. Very wise words. While there are many things that might be scary, I decided that right now I am going to focus on my own fears.

Meet Marcus:

“Take more risks and see what happens.”

Model Marcus Killebrew is a personal trainer who believes in the power of takings risks and not letting fear stop him from accomplishing his goals. He shared that when he was younger, he used to be bullied and that lifting became a type of therapy for him. It helped him build up his confidence. Through his experience as a personal trainer, he is constantly tring to help others break through their fear and anxiety.

Marcus’s top goal is to grow himself into a strong brand for both (1) his modeling career and (2) as a coach. He shared that some of challenges he’s faced as a model has been trying to better understand the business side of the modeling world and adopting to all of the politics. Even through all of the challenges, he is always trying to learn and grow from his experience.

Marcus likes to hang out in the comfort of his own home. You can find him watching an episode of Game of Thrones or playing some video games. When he goes out, he likes to check out the different eateries and dessert spots which NYC has to offer. One of his most recently discovered places is Tipsy Scoop, which serves ice cream with a boozy twist. Cheers!

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Designer: @jagandco Photo by: @katlow257

Fun Facts about Marcus:

  1. His favorite weight training exercise is the deadlift.
  2. If he could be a fruit or vegetable, he would be a raspberry because it is both sweet and tart.
  3. Rush Hour 2 and The Matrix are his favorite movies.

Marcus modeled for the PLITZS Fashion Marketing and for the Unique Blend Models fashion show.

You can follow him on Instagram: @flexykilla

What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Love always,

-Jenny A.

 

UK Model Becca Avill

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Photographer: Charles Hulme

Meet Becca:

Not only is Becca Avill an international model, she is also a TV presenter (host) in the UK! I really admire her because she is actively pursuing her dream of becoming both a top model & a TV presenter.

She hopes to one day be able to model for Victoria’s Secret or Sports Illustrated. She said that they have the best models and it would be a privilege to model for them.

“Any work that takes me to sunny hot beaches is what I want to be doing!”

When she’s not dressed in high-end designer fashion, she loves wearing simple outfits with designer accessories. She’s all about the accessories – sunglasses, coats, bags, shoes & scarves.

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Photographer: Prasoon Jaiswal

Fun fact: Becca has a whole wardrobe just dedicated to coats!

Becca is always working. She splits her time between being on the runway, doing photo shoots and working on TV. She shared that as a TV presenter, she has already covered different stories like the elections, festivals and events. When she manages to have some free time, she likes to play the piano or go outdoors. If she has a free weekend, she’ll book a trip and do some traveling.

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Photographer: Jemma Dodd for Professional Photo Mag

Out of all the celebrities, Becca looks most like Kalish from Game of Thrones. Did you know that she recently did an L’Oreal ad for an online campaign?! They dyed her hair and now she is platinum nude!

Fun fact: Before Becca had her hair dyed, she looked like supermodel Gigi Hadid!

Becca is really into fitness & nutrition. She goes to the gym every day and cooks her own food because she likes to live a healthy lifestyle. She is also vegetarian and watches her environmental footprint.

Her top interests are:

  • Politics
  • Speaking French
  • Fashion
  • Traveling
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Photographer: BAME Model Agency

Between going to the gym and swimming, Becca is very athletic. Did you know that she loves water sports?! She used to kayak but due to her really busy schedule, she doesn’t have as much time anymore.

If she could be a fruit or vegetable, she would be a tomato because they are so diverse, just like her! You can make so many dishes out of tomatoes like delicious sauces and salads.

You can follow Becca on Instagram here : Becca Avil

-Jenny A

What It Was Really Like to be in Runway Coach Mandy Dyonne Lieveld’s Class

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Fashion Blogger Jenny A. (left) & Mandy Dyonne Lieveld (right)

Have you ever felt like a boss while walking down the street?

When I walked out of Mandy Dyonne’s runway coach class I felt like a boss.

A few months ago I was scrolling through Facebook, just looking around and watching funny videos, when I stumbled upon an ad for Mandy Dyonne’s runway coach class. Maybe it was a sign from God or maybe it was just Facebook getting better at their advertising targeting… but when I saw the ad, I took it as a sign and messaged her.

And I’m so glad I did!

I had the BEST time in her group class. She taught us how to walk on the runway for a fashion show. She showed us different tips and tricks to mastering the perfect walk. Her class was really eye opening. I learned a lot about my posture, how I should walk and how I should stand.

When I got there, I had no clue what to expect. I had never been to an international runway coach class before. But when I first met Mandy, she was so friendly and fun that I instantly felt at ease. Throughout the whole class she was really encouraging. It can be a bit nerve-racking to just walk in front of others while they are staring at how you walk. Mandy made me feel comfortable and guided me. There were even times that she would even walk with me so that I could follow her example.

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My arms were bound behind my back with a cable cord to help me focus on my walk.

The craziest part was when Mandy bound my arms behind my back with a cable cord! She pointed out that in order to perfect my walk, both of my arms need to be swinging back and forth. The cable cord was to help me become more aware of my arms. Apparently I am so used to carrying a purse on one shoulder that only one of my arms swing back and forth when I walk! Even when I’m not carrying a purse, one arm is swinging back and forth while the other one is like a dead pancake. I’ve never noticed that before! Now when I walk, I’m completely aware of where my arms are and if they are swinging or not!

Now I practice my walk EVERYWHERE! In the hallway, walking down the street… even on the NYC subway platform!

I found it extremely heartwarming to see how much she cared about me and the other students in her class. I am so happy that I was able to be part of such a fabulous experience. Thank you so much Mandy!

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Model Carina Castagna (left) & Mandy Dyonne Lieveld (right)
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Model Carina Castagna (left), Fashion Blogger Jenny A.  (center) & Mandy Dyonne Lieveld (right)

Mandy Dyonne has walked as a national and international model in fashion shows such as New York Fashion Week and Amsterdam Fashion Week.

For more information about her classes, you can check out Mandy’s website here: www.runwaycoachnyc.com/uncategorized/home/#top

You can also follow her on Instagram : @runwaycoach

-Jenny A.