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.

Thank You So Much for All of Your Love and Support

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This blog has been a dream come true and I’m so happy to say that New Style Modé, my fashion blog, has officially turned 1 year old!

I started New Style Modé as a way for you to get to know aspiring fashion models on a more personal level. Now, a year later, not only am I interviewing aspiring fashion models, I started blogging about some of my own fashion experiences and adventures too.

So here is the inside scoop: I am starting to diversify my blog and make it more personal. I will still continue to blog about the aspiring fashion models I meet & I will also be blogging more about my thoughts, feelings and fashion adventures!

This past year in a flash:

I’ve interviewed over 50 aspiring fashion models from all over the world. I was a member of the press for New York Fashion Week in 2016 and 2017. I was trained by international runway coach Mandy Dionne on how to walk the runway. I had my makeup professionally done by Gabriella Golan MUA. I even had my first modeling opportunity with Pause & Unwind, the new self-care subscription box.

Overall, it’s been such a fabulous year!

I want to take a moment to give a HUGE SHOUT OUT to all of the models who I have interviewed. Thank you for giving me your time and opening up about your lives. Thank you to all the fashion show producers, designers and members of the press who have given me the opportunity to become a part of the fashion world. Thank you to my New Style Modé family for always being there for me! I love you so much!

And finally…

Thank you to all of you who have shown your love and support through following, subscribing and reading my blog. I am so honored. You inspire me every day. You are absolutely wonderful. You have been nothing but supportive!

XOXO

Love always,

Jenny A.

AKA Jennifer Alweiss

Fashion Model Lucy Bale Shares Her Style

 

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Designer KARO Lifestyle ; Photographer @josefatorresphotography ; Modeling Agency
@jera_inc.models

Model Lucy Bale

1)  As a model, which is your most favorite fashion show to watch?
Hands down the Victoria’s Secret fashion show. The models and everyone apart of the team, who help create it, are remarkable and creative!

2) When you’re not dressed in high-end designer fashion, what are you normally wearing?

My style is Bohemian. So anything comfy like hippy trousers, sweats & gym clothes.

3) Are you a gym girl?

I always go to the gym. I’m all about the squats.

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Photographed by @tylermcilvaneyphotography ; Modeling agency @jera_inc.models ; @lilianvonda

4) What do you base your style off of?
(1) the show 91210 (2) Vanessa Hudgens and (3) my mom, she’s very bohemian. My mom even calls me her “hippie child.”

5) How do you spend your free time?

I surf and skateboard. I’m quite the tom boy. I also study since I am in a University for event management.

6) What is something that people don’t know about you that you are willing to share?

I’m probably the clumsiest person like Mr. Bean. I’m also always laughing.

 

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

7) Are you adventurous? What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done that you’re willing to have posted on my blog?

Earlier this year I went to Snowdonia in North Wales, UK. It used to be an old mine from the 1900’s but now there is camping, caving and trampoling. It was incredible!

8) What is your most embarrassing “modeling moment”?

One time while I was on the way to a photo shoot and I got into the wrong Lyft car with an old man sitting inside. I was in so much shock – I forgot my bag inside the car!

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

9) If you could be a fruit or vegetable, what fruit or vegetable would you be?

A coconut because I’m nutty and love milk!

10) What are your goals and dreams?

Career-wise, I want to be successful with events and have my own events company. My life goal is to be healthy & happy. I wish the same for all of my friends.

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

You can follow Lucy on Instagram: @LucyBale1

-Jenny A.

New York Fashion Week with Model Joi Simoné

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Photographed by Armando

It’s New York Fashion Week and what better way to celebrate than to introduce you to Joi Simoné?! I met Joi back in February during last New York Fashion Week. She was wearing a beautiful long black dress with butterflies on the top and flowers cascading down the dress.

Meet Joi:

1.) What was your favorite part of modeling for Couture Fashion Week?

My favorite part was meeting all of the wonderful people from different parts of the world!

2.) What was it like to be the last model to walk on the runway for a fashion designer at Couture Fashion Week? 

It was absolutely amazing! Initially, I was somewhat nervous. However, I knew I could do it. I felt very honored to walk for a celebrity designer Cory Couture Tran. Ultimately, I knew I had to work the runway and I did it!

3.) Do you wear makeup every day? Do you have a favorite brand?

I don’t wear makeup every day but I do enjoy wearing makeup occasionally. Some of my favorite cosmetics brands are L.A. Girl, NXY Cosmetics and BH Cosmetics.

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Photographed by: @jcivproductions1

 
4.) Who is your favorite animated character?

Lola Bunny because she is all about girl power. She may look beautiful on the outside but she never let the cute face fool anyone. She says girls can do just as much as boys can. She stands up for us girls. #girlpower #bossbabe

5.) Are you athletic or on any teams?

Yes, I dance. In high school I was on the “Basketball Dance Team” where we performed during the halftime games. Dancing definitely keeps me in shape and energetic!

6.) Are you adventurous? What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done (that I can publish on my blog haha) ?

Yes! I went zip lining. It is so incredible just to feel the adrenaline rush through your body while you are above the trees just looking at the beautiful skyline. It’s amazing!

7.) What are some of your hobbies?

Dancing – Dance has always come naturally to me. At the age of four, I started taking ballet. I worked my way up to Modern dance, African dance, Jazz (which is my favorite), and Hip Hop. Throughout high school I participated in the Tri-Cities High School Dance Magnet Program.

Creating different fashions – “Fashion Is My Passion.” Fashion has always been a part of my life. As a young child, my parents dressed me in beautiful fashions. Sometimes I spend my day on a fashion website named “Polyvore” where I create different fashion styles.

Making videos – I love to make videos for my “YouTube” channel [“Ms.Joi Simoné” ]. I mostly create makeup tutorials but in the future, I plan on including different activities.

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Photograph from Couture Fashion Week 

8.) If you could be a fruit or vegetable, what fruit or vegetable would you be?

I would be a kiwi because most people don’t expect it to look so beautiful on the inside. It’s kinda like judging someone before you actually get a chance to know them.

9.) What are your goals and dreams?

To become successful in the modeling and fashion world. I want to secure agency representation and become a featured high fashion model in editorials and campaigns. I also dream of walking the runway internationally. Lastly, I would like to be a mentor to females globally.

 

You can follow Joi Simoné on Instagram: @joisimone_

-Jenny A.

What It Was Like To Get My Makeup Done by Professional Makeup Artist Gabriella Golan

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Gabriella Golan (left) & Jenny A. (right)

Life is short…but your lashes don’t have to be! 

Have you ever wondered what it is like to have your makeup done by a professional makeup artist? One of my best friends, Gabriella Golan is a professional makeup artist! She has done makeup for celebrities, TV shows and models. I was so excited when she agreed to do my makeup for a family event.

Before any runway show, there is usually a whole team of makeup artists applying, brushing and touching-up each model. I’m really not a huge makeup person but I was blown away by Gabriella’s work. Whenever I do wear makeup, I’ll usually put on a little bit of eyeliner and lipstick.

I told Gabriella that I wanted a very natural look. She laid out all of her makeup on the dining room table for me. There was so much to chose from! There were so many foundations… eye shadows… lipsticks… I felt like a model getting ready for the runway! She mixed different colors together on a palette to get the perfect combination for my complexion.

I’ve never wore fake eye lashes but Gabriella convinced me to try some individual lashes. She glued each lash onto my lash line to give my eyes a fuller look. I felt like I didn’t even have to smile because she made my lashes curl upwards which made it look like my eyes were smiling.

We chatted about our families, boys and all the exciting things going on. It was so much fun! When she finished, she spritzed my face to keep the makeup in place so it wouldn’t smudge. I looked in the mirror and was completely awestruck by her work. I loved the way she was able to transform my face into looking like a professional model.

The Final Results:

Thank you so much Gabriella! Love you!

What do you think? Have you ever had your makeup done by a makeup artist? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

If you want to check Gabriella MUA out and see her amazing work, her website is: http://www.gabriellamua.com/

You can also follow her on Instagram: @gabriellamua

-Jenny A.

Bonnie Sofia Shares Her Advice for How to be a Model

Honestly, I have made my own career path by fumbling through the modeling world and just learning along the way. The most important thing I would say is you don’t need to wait for a top agency to accept you in order to become a model. When I was 16, I was really excited about modeling. When I first got rejected from the top New York agencies, I assumed that path was permanently closed to me. It wasn’t until I was 24, when I was living in Jordan and started freelancing as a model there for local designers, that I realized there are 100 different pathways into this industry.

You should never feel that your fate rests with a few individuals who might have the power to tell you if you have “the look” or not. Obviously, working with a top agency is ideal if that is an option for you. If not, that should not stop you from modeling. I started modeling for local designers until I built up my portfolio. I would also go to castings for runway shows which even allowed me to walk during New York Fashion Week. Finally, after a year of working on my own, I was offered representation.

For models interested specifically in walking during the Cannes Film Festival, I would advise them to attend a casting held by Andres Aquino for New York Fashion Week. He holds castings for his New York shows but not for his Cannes ones. But if you can slip into New York, you can ask about attending Cannes.

I would also advise keeping an eye out for information about castings or fashion shows in Cannes starting in April or the beginning of May. Even if you don’t see a notice that is specifically about a casting, there is nothing wrong with contacting the organizer of a fashion show and asking if models are still needed. I have ended up on the runway more than once by simply reaching out and asking.

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Model: Bonnie Sofia Photographer: Jamie Cheyenne Instagram: @colorstorymagazine Stylist: Geneva / Cozy Closet MUA: Dayna Marie
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Model: Bonnie Sofia Photographer: Jamie Cheyenne Instagram: @colorstorymagazine Stylist: Geneva / Cozy Closet MUA: Dayna Marie
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Model: Bonnie Sofia Photographer: Jamie Cheyenne Instagram: @colorstorymagazine Stylist: Geneva / Cozy Closet MUA: Dayna Marie

A huge thank you to:

Model: Bonnie Sofia (@bonniesofia)

Instagram: @colorstorymagazine
Stylist: Geneva / Cozy Closet (@czycloset)
Photographer: Jamie Cheyenne (@chystudios)
MUA: Dayna Marie (@themakeupartivist)

-Jenny A.