Model Carina Castagna Gets Real About Being a Model

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Photographer: Joe Harary

As a model, Carina Castagna’s biggest accomplishment was when she walked the runway for Style Fashion Week at Madison Square Garden. It was around her 18th birthday and she was praying that she wouldn’t fall on the runway. She looked out into the crowd that filled Madison Square Garden and felt her adrenaline rush. She decided to use her nerves and channel them into positive energy so that she could perform her best. And she did!

Carina lives her life by the saying “pressure makes diamonds” which her mom has always taught her. She says you need to put yourself out there even if it’s uncomfortable because, at the end of the day, you’re growing. “Everyone goes through pressure. You just need to be positive and grow from it.”

Although Carina has walked the runway in New York Fashion Week for a few years now, she hasn’t always had an easy time modeling. While Carina is a size 2 and is 5’10”, which sounds like a great fit for the runway, she’s experienced being called “fat” based on her athletic build. She has developed strong toned muscles from playing sports, where she has a strong core, and fit thighs. She shared that during one of her modeling castings, she had to measure her thighs with a tape measure to see if they were too big. “Honestly, it dehumanizes the model. We’re human.”

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Photographer: Gary Kirk Brown

If someone says she can’t do it, she’ll turn around and say “watch me.” She’s competitive with being her best self and takes that mindset from her athletics. Carina says that in modeling you have to have a “business self” and a “personal self.” When you hear “no,” you can’t take it personally. She believes hearing a “no” in a casting is the same as hearing “no” in a workplace. “It’s a job,” she explains “you cannot bring home negative energy about yourself, there is nothing positive that can come from that and it’s honestly not healthy.”

Carina explained how intrigued and happy she is with France’s new laws where models need to give a doctor’s certificate to show that they are overall physically healthy. She says that models shouldn’t have to starve themselves to be thinner. Every individual is an individual, and they shouldn’t be compared to one another. “A rose can never be a sunflower, and a sunflower can never be a rose. All flowers are beautiful in their own way, and that’s like women too.”- Miranda Kerr, Australian Victoria’s Secret model.

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Photographer: Joe Harary

Carina’s role model is Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima. One of the reasons why Carina admires Adriana is because she also has an athletic build like Carina. She’s happy that Victoria’s Secret promotes working out and being athletic.

Carina looks forward to finding a big modeling agency to sign with. She is excited for what her future endeavors are.

You can follow her on Instagram @Carinacastagna6  and on Twitter: @AngelCarinaC

Love always,

-Jenny A.

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What It Was Like to Model at Couture Fashion Week with Model Maanami Naomi

Want to know what it’s like to model for Couture Fashion Week? Model Maanami Naomi shares her fashion experience at New York Fashion Week’s Couture Fashion Week with us. Watch and find out what she really thinks!

Just wait for it! At the end of the video, you’ll get to see the elegant black dress that Maanami modeled for which was designed by fashion designer Azulant Akora. ❤

You can follow Maanami on Instagram: @djnamm

Love always,

-Jenny A.

Starting 2018 with Model Carina Castagna

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Photo (left): Justin Photography; Photo (right): Joe Harary

Meet Carina:

Carina Castagna is a model who lives her life between 2 worlds: her high fashion lifestyle in the city and her outdoorsy country style in the mountains (aka her home). She describes herself as a tomboy who loves to embrace her femininity. When she’s in her hometown, she’ll wear sweatpants, an oversized flannel shirt and a beanie. But when she’s in New York City, she’ll wear a trendy Calvin Klein dress and a pair of heels.

Raised in a small household surrounded by nature, Carina loves to spend her free time doing outdoor activities. You can find her out on her boat, hiking in the woods, and even going horseback riding. “I’m nature’s wild child!” Did you know that Carina has won trophies for her horseback barrel racing? In the summer, Carina likes to hang out on the beach. She enjoys playing beach volleyball and surfing the waves. Amidst her love for the beach, it is interesting to know that out of all the seasons, her favorite is winter; after all, she is a January baby! She loves the snow almost as much as she loves snowboarding in it. “A good winter is one that snows a lot!”

Carina is obsessed with music – she simply can’t live without it! If given the choice of becoming deaf or blind, she would rather become blind then to never hear music again. She listens to everything from Pop and EDM to Country and Hard Rock. When asked what her favorite music genre, she exclaimed that she loves it all! “I listen to everything! It just depends on the mood I’m in or the activity that I am doing that dictates what I am going to put on.” She has attended numerous concerts over the years and recommends experiencing either a concert or a music festival at least once within your life. “Music is more than a sound, it is an experience and it brings people together. It’s also a great outlet for people to express themselves or even ‘get lost’ for a moment in time. It’s a beautiful experience to create music or even listen to music, especially first hand at a concert.”

“Nature’s Wild Child,” Carina has a big heart for animals and is a big advocate against animal cruelty. At one point, she had 6 rescue animals from either abusive situations or life or death. She has even nurtured 2 squirrels, a turtle and a bunny back to health! “Loving an animal releases a certain part of the soul, it’s a fantastic experience. I don’t understand how people can be so cruel to living creatures.” She has a dream, or rather a goal, that one day she will own a ranch and have the ability to save even more animals over the course of her lifetime.

If she could have 3 items in her bag it would be her rescue dog, her perfume collection, and a devotional book because you have to be kind, humble and remember who you are and where you came from.

She loves modeling because it takes her to places she’s never been to before. She says that for her, modeling is an artistic outlet. She compares herself to an art piece that walks down the runway.

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Photo by: Justin Photography

Carina’s role model is Adriana Lima, Victoria’s Secret Brazilian model. Like Carina, Adriana also comes from a small town, has humble beginnings and has an athletic build. Carina admires Adriana because she has a lot of confidence, is mysterious, and commands attention & respect.

If she could be a fruit or vegetable, Carina would be a pineapple. “Be sweet on the inside, stand tall and wear a crown.” She says to always respect yourself and treat others properly.

You can follow her on Instagram: @Carinacastagna6

Twitter: @AngelCarinaC

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.

Model Joi Simoné’s Holiday Wish List

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Photo by: @Miserfic.Photography

Hats? Gloves? Scarves? Oh my! So far, this week has been absolutely freezing in New York. If you’re braving the winter like me, I hope you’re staying warm! Yesterday, I stopped off at the mall just to buy more leggings so that I would be ready for today.

Not only has it been extremely cold, it’s been a pretty quiet week here in the city. Honestly, I think it’s the perfect time to check out all of the holiday decorations without trying to squeeze though the massive crowds. I love walking down 5th Avenue and looking at all the decorations. Every year I try to visit the tree at Rockerfeller Center and watch Sak Fifth Avenue’s light show. This year, I’m planning to go downtown and visit the Holiday Market at the Oculus – hopefully before it’s over on January 7th!

In celebration of the holiday season, model Joi Simoné shared her holiday wish list with us. Personally, I really like her wish list since it includes things she wants for herself, things that she wants for others and goals that she set for herself.

Joi’s Holiday Wish List:

1.) World peace – I would like for the world to be less chaotic – meaning less war and more love.

2.) Art supplies – I love to have more art supplies so I can create abstract, murals and other paintings during my free time.

3.) Traveling – I want to visit Paris and Rome to learn about the culture, history and to eat great food.

4) Modeling– I would love to walk on the runway for many designers such as Donatella Versace, Giorgio Armani, Roberto Capucci, Alberta Ferretti, Giuseppe Zanotti, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Coco Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Pierre Balmain, Adeline André, and Haider Ackermann.

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Photo by: @Miserfic.Photography

 

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Photo by: @Miserfic.Photography

Do you have a holiday wish list? Comment below and share what’s on your wish list!

Love always,

-Jenny Alweiss

Happy Holidays from Model Darien Willardson

 
I met up with model Darien Willardson in the middle of New York City to find out what he loves about the holidays! Between all the holiday festivities and decorations, New York City is such a beautiful place to celebrate the holidays. Fun fact: Believe it or not, I was really excited that it was snowing in the background during our interview. What better way to feel swept away by the spirit of the holidays as the snowflakes start to fall?

You can follow Darien on Instagram: @darienwillardson

Love always,

-Jenny A.

“Would You Rather” Questions Holiday Edition with Model Tony Liranzo

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Photo by: @king_ezzus

In spirit of the holidays, I asked model Tony Liranzo 11 “Would You Rather” questions with a little holiday twist. Get ready! Get set!

Would you rather….

1. If you could hop into a time machine, would you rather experience a Christmas in the 1700’s or in the future in the 2100’s?

Definitely 1700’s. I want a Scrooge moment lol

2. Would you rather get a useful gift or a fun gift?

A fun gift 🙂

3. Would you rather model for an ugly holiday sweater collection or a holiday onesie collection?

Definitely an ugly holiday sweater collection.

4. Would you rather be an elf or a reindeer?

Reindeer, they have more fun 😉

5. Would you rather build a snowman or have a snowball fight?

SNOWBALL FIGHT

6. Would you rather buy a gift or make one?

Make one.

7. Would you rather go sledding outdoors or drink hot cocoa indoors?

I like both… but I guess sledding outdoors.

8. Would you rather go to a VIP holiday concert featuring Britney Spears or go on tour with a random celebrity (you won’t know till you get there)?

VIP BRITNEY SPEARS CONCERT

9. Would you rather eat 100 potato latkes or 100 packs of Chanukah gelt?

100 potato latkes

10. Would you rather spend your winter break taking a skiing trip to the Poconos or a trip to the beach in Florida?

Trip to the beach!

11. Would you rather live in a Gingerbread House or on the Polar Express?

Gingerbread House so I can eat it!

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Photo by: @lady_ning

Which is your favorite “would you rather” question? Share your thoughts with me in the comment section below! For more about model Tony, you can read about him here and follow model him through Instagram @tonynana.

Love always,

-Jenny A.