Model Natali Pillgrim : Never Give Up

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by @bklynborn81

“If you want to be somebody, never give up and always be true to yourself.”- Natali Pillgrim

I love model Natali Piligrim’s piece of advice – “If you want to be somebody, never give up and always be true to yourself.” As a fashion blogger, I am always faced with different challenges. One of them is time. Since I conduct a lot of interviews with fashion models from all over the world, my calendar can fill up pretty quickly. Sometimes it can be hard to find time to schedule an interview. So when Natalie and I had to keep rescheduling our interview, we were patient with each other. We just had to keep on trying to find a time that worked for the both of us. I stayed true to myself and never gave up. 

I was so happy when we finally sat down to chat! We spoke about her personal fashion experience as a model, her challenges and what makes her unique.

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Photo by @badjoe

“If you want to be somebody, never give up and always be true to yourself.”- Natali Pillgrim

Here is our interview:

Meet Natali

Jenny A. (Me): What was your craziest modeling experience?

Natali Pillgrim: When I did an underwater photo shoot. I had to stay underwater, keep my eyes opened and look both comfortable and hot. Did I mention, I don’t know how to swim!?

Me: How did you do an underwater photo shoot if you can’t swim?!

Natali: Using my imagination plus my strong belief that everything is possible. There was a pole that I could held onto in the water, just in case (laughs). From time to time, I had to grab onto the other models who were in the photo shoot with me…just to breathe. (laughs)

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“Underwater Shoot” by Mary Durante Youtt

Me: What was it like to pose underwater?

Natali: It was hard to stay still. (laughs) The heavy dress kept pulling me up!

Me: As a model, what do you think is the biggest challenge?

Natali: To believe in yourself. Just because a designer tells you that you’re not good for a show or their clothes, don’t give up. It is just one person’s opinion.

Me: What do you think makes a successful model?

Natali: Someone who (a) never gives up (b) learns from their mistakes / experiences (c) is social and (d) always listens. Even if someone tells you are good, always keep practicing and growing.

Me: Where did you learn to model?

Natali: I learned through YouTube tutorials and videos, I looked at other model’s photos and asked people with more experience. Some photographers are very helpful and will guide you. Never be afraid to ask what you did wrong. It’s better to ask a question and look like a “fool” for five minutes rather than keeping silent and looking like a “fool” for your whole life. It’s very important to work as a team and communicate with your photographer. You can learn faster and have better results by working together with your photographer.

Me: Which fashion shows have you modeled for?
Natali:  I was a part of last year’s FIT fashion show called “4 elements.” It was amazing! It was my first experience as a runway model and I grown a lot from then. There were so many talented students. I really enjoyed it and I am so thankful. When I was a part of NYFW ( Couture Fashion Week ), I was so impressed and happy with my designer, Pamela. It took her a several weeks to make each swimsuit. I also modeled in Tech Fashion Week, Brooklyn Fashion Week and many more.

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Photo by @saudkh

Me: I noticed that you have a nose ring and a lip ring. Have your facial piercings ever affected your modeling career?

Natali: When I walked for New York Fashion Week, I took out both my nose ring and my lip ring since the fashion show wanted a more conservative look. Depending on the fashion event, some people don’t care about piercings or even want a punk rock look.

What do you live your life by?

Natali: My greatest inspiration is Leonardo da Vinci’s quote “Realize everything is connected to everything else.” If you want to be successful, you have to learn a little bit of everything each day.

Me: What do you like to do for fun?

Natali: I like to dance, travel, walk around and explore the city. I also like rafting and indoor ski diving.

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Photo by @Red Dream Factory

Me: If you could be a fruit of vegetable, what would you be?

Natali: Broccoli because it is unique, healthy and makes you feel good.

Me: When’s your next fashion show?

Natali: I am modeling for the FACE THE SWEET FASHION SHOW 2017. It is a charity event to help raise money for diabetic supplies for people who have suffered from the effects of 2017’s natural disasters. The show will be held this Saturday, November 18th in New York City. For more information, please click here. 

You can follow Natali on Instagram: @nataliat666

Love always,

-Jenny A.

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Victoria’s Secret Models Show Off Their Halloween Costumes

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Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show; Picture from @hoskelsa

Happy Halloween! One of my favorite Halloween “traditions” is scrolling through my newsfeed on Facebook and Instagram to see what people decided to dressed up as. Between the selfies and group photos, I love seeing how much creativity goes into each costume. I have to admit – this year’s costumes are inspirational. I love seeing the imagination and thought behind them. SO when I saw that some of the Victoria’s Secret Angels went all out for their Halloween costumes, I just had to share them with you!

Sara Sampaio

  1. Yikes! I wonder what the other guy looked like… #YouShouldHaveSeenTheOtherGuy
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Sara Sampaio; Picture from @sarasampaio

2. A hot mess or a bloody mess?!

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Sara Sampaio; Picture from @sarasampaio

Alessandra Ambrosio

3. Alessandra’s rockin’ the 70’s look

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Alessandra Ambrosio, Picture from @alessandraambrosio

Behati Prinsloo

4. Is this Mama and Baby bones?

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Behati Prinsloo; Picture from @behatiprinsloo

Stella Maxwell

5. My eyes are up here

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Stella Maxwell; Picture from @stellamaxwell

Josephine Skriver

6. Tired eyes much? Maybe some beauty sleep can help 😉

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Josephine Skriver; Picture from @josephineskriver ; Halloween make up by @morgane_martini

7. Pretty in white

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Josephine Skriver; Picture from @josephineskriver

Jasmine Tookes

8. Two and a Half Hotdogs

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Jasmine Tookes; Picture from @jastookes

9. Sexy cat vibes 😉

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Jasmine Tookes; Picture from @jastookes

Lais Ribeiro

10.  Lais shape-shifted into Mystique!

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Lais Ribeiro; Picture from @laisribeiro
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Lais Ribeiro; Picture from @laisribeiro

11. Scared of clowns? Not anymore! Face your childhood fears with Lais’s Sexy IT costume.

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Lais Ribeiro; Picture from @laisribeiro

Which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

Love always,

-Jenny A.

Last Minute Halloween Costumes Ideas

Are you still looking for the perfect costume? You may have waited to the last second, but don’t worry! There is still time to put something together and look fabulous at your Halloween party! Here are some easy Halloween costumes that you can wear. Check them out!

Little Red Riding Hood

Turn your little black dress into a Little Red Riding Hood costume by adding a red hooded cape, putting on some red lipstick and grabbing a basket!

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Model Shyla Brianne Chism @i.am.queen.luci ; Photographed by Leslie Sessums

Belle from Beauty and the Beast

It’s your time to wear a pretty yellow dress. It can be a long gown for a more elegant look or a short little dress for a sexy Belle. You can carry a red rose for the perfect touch!

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Model @LucyBale1 Designer @sherrihill ; @dress2party ; Photographed by @laurajayne9628 ; Representing @jera_inc.models

Skater Boy

Looking for a chill vibe? Wear a bomber jacket with patches, a pair of pants and some Converse sneakers. Don’t forget to let your hair down and bring your long board for the ride!

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Model @TommyMaksanty ; Photographed by K.C. Photography

Belly Dancer

Wear a halter top, long skirt, hip scarf and a matching veil scarf.

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Model Lucy Bale Designer DiDomenico Design. Photographed by  Lionel Madiou

Princess

Have you always wanted to wear a crown? Well here is the perfect costume for you. Time to start your own story. Once upon a time…

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Model Noelia Baez, Photographed by JR Pro Photography

Boxer

Grab a pair of boxing gloves, a pair of shorts & a pair of sneakers and you’ll be ready to go.

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Model Sergio Delavicci @ruffryder_84 Photography by @dennismadigan

Greek Goddess

Whether you buy your own toga or make your own, tie some gold rope around your waist and top off the look with a golden leaf crown. You can accessorize by adding some gold bracelets, armbands and a pair of gladiator sandals.

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Model Grace DiDomenico @grace.didomenico Photographed by: Matthew Cacace @bo2m_photography

Harley Quinn

Create your own version of supervillian Harley Quinn. “We’re bad guys. It’s what we do.”

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Model Aeri Cohen @aericohen

Airplane Pilot

Wear a navy blue jacket with some gold stripes on the sleeves. Complete the outfit with a pair of navy pants and a pilot’s cap. #SoFly

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Model Sergio Delavicci @ruffryder_84 Photographed by @shootmenycmodels

Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Recreate Audrey Hepburn’s classic look with a long black gown, satin gloves & a cigarette holder. Accessorize your outfit with a beautiful pearl necklace and earrings. Style your hair into a bun and top it off with a mini rhinestone tiara!

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Model Rebecca Sorkin @rebeccasorkin Photographed by Luba Fayngersh

Which costume is your favorite?

Happy Halloween!

Love always,

-Jenny A.