Making a Splash with Model Lisa Franco

Meet Lisa:

“Brand in Demand” – The fashion world is starting to notice model Lisa Franco as she makes a name for herself as a model.

Lisa’s goals are (1) to be featured in a magazine and (2) to be an ambassador model.

The secret to keeping her young looking is her miracle water – Kangen Water. It’s the only thing she drinks and simply can’t live without it! When Lisa’s dog had arthritis, she gave her dog miracle water and it helped cure her dog.

No pain. No gain. Lisa goes to the gym 5 days a week working out on the StairMaster, the Elliptical, and using some weights. You can find her getting pumped up at a kickboxing or hip-hop class.

She shared that her biggest accomplishment is having her own house and raising her wonderful son, Michael Cerasani whom she is very close to. Fun Fact: her son was a cast member on season 5 of MTV’s reality TV show “Are You the One?” where he fell in love with a girl on the show and moved to Texas.

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Photographer: Rafael Marin

Lisa loves a little adventure. She’s gone boating and zip lining. She has even swam with the sharks, dolphins, eels & stingrays! She likes to relax by the pool, take a swim, and walk on the beach under the hot sun. Her dream vacation spots are Tahiti & Greece.

What is Lisa really like? She is a down to earth, sweet and very friendly model who is not afraid to approach people.

If she could be a fruit or vegetable, she would be a watermelon because it is refreshing and sweet (but not too sweet).

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Photographer: Don Pittman

Lisa modeled for the Unique Blend Models fashion shows.

You can follow Lisa on Instagram: @junebabe_62

A special thank you to photographer Rafael Marin for his collage of professional headshots.

-Jenny A.

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My First Unique Blend Models Fashion Show with Model Robbie Dema

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Photographer: Juan Carlos Guevara; Designer: Jude Charles; MUA: Steph Hair and Beauty

I met model Robbie Dema at the Unique Blend Models fashion show in New York City. When I first arrived, I was given a masquerade mask to wear! The first show was an all men’s fashion show. I really loved how much energy there was both on the runway and in the audience. Whenever a model walked onto the runway, the audience would cheer them on. Robbie had just finished walking the runway before I interviewed him!

Meet Robbie:

Robbie Dema is both an actor and a model! His passion for acting led him to his newest passion, modeling. He says one of the biggest challenges in modeling is staying fit while keeping a strong mindset. He says it’s important to always stay positive.

He works out through weight training, lifting and doing cardio which keeps him in great shape. Robbie shared that his daily eating habits are based on a heavy protein diet and not eating simple carbs like pasta and bread. He does admit that he loves eating dark chocolate and that his “cheat foods” are pizza and burritos.

If he could be a fruit or vegetable he would be a pineapple because it is both sweet & edgy, just like his style. After all, we all have our spikes to us! 🙂

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Photographer: Michael Katlow Cox; Designer: Diplomacy Clothing; HMU: Jude Charles

Fun facts:

#1 He is an exercise rider / assistant at Belmont Racetrack. Did you know that his barn had a horse named Gavin in this year’s Kentucky Derby?

#2 Robbie’s style is clean cut. He loves to dress up and wear a suit. SUIT UP!

#3 He just moved from Long Island to Manhattan.

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Photographer: Michael Katlow Cox; Designer: Diplomacy Clothing; HMU: Jude Charles

Robbie modeled for Unique Blend Models which was his 3rd time walking on the runway.

You can follow him on Instagram: @giveherthede_ma

-Jenny A.

Switching It Up with Model Terence Ingram

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Photographed by: Que T.  @quentinetownsend_jr 

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!

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Photographed by: Jarmaz Wright @jlwcollection

Meet Terence:

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.

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Photographed by: Jarmaz Wright @jlwcollection

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!

You can follow Terence on Instagram: @modeltji

-Jenny A.

Model Andi Augustin

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Photograph: PLITZ Fashion Marketing, Wayne Shields

Meet Andi:

Andi Augustin is a New York model who dreams of opening up his own fitness center. Whether he is a model workin’ it on the runway or a personal trainer workin’ it in the gym, he is always givin’ it 110%. As a personal trainer  he inspires gym members to reach their full potential and get into shape. In his spare time, he loves playing football and running track & field.

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Photographed by: Jenny A.

If there is one thing Andi can’t live without, it’s a fresh cup of orange juice (which is the secret behind his perfect health). He also has a few hidden talents… (1) he’s a great mini golf player and (2) he’s a graceful swimmer. If he could be a fruit or vegetable, he would be a grape since everyone likes them.

You can find him hanging out in Brooklyn and enjoying a slice of red velvet cake. He likes shopping at Zara and Topman since his style is more towards “chilling” + urban street wear. If you go on vacation, make sure to bring him back a pair of funky socks for his collection!

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Photographed by: Jenny A.

Andi won the 2017 PLITZ Fashion Marketing’s male model Emerging Model of the Year. “I was speechless when I won. Honestly, it was so much fun. PLITZ’s fashion show was a great environment and I learned so much from meeting other models.” Click here to learn more about PLITZ Fashion Marketing.

You can follow Andi on Instagram: and_irun

-Jenny A.

Top 5 Ways to Stay in Shape

With New York Fashion Week less than a month away, staying in shape is important for your mind, body and soul.

Here are the top 5 ways to stay in shape:

  1. Yoga – Grab a yoga mat and join a class at your local yoga studio.
  2. Dance – Get up off the couch and start dancing! Join a hip-hop, salsa, ballet, Latin, ballroom or jazz dance class…just to name a few.
  3. Join a sports team – There are intramural teams and sports clubs that have various sports such as volleyball, tennis, basketball, baseball, soccer and/or hockey.
  4. Work out at the gym – Do you even you lift? Lift weights, run on the treadmill and finish your work out with a swim in the pool.
  5. Winter sports – ‘Tis the season to hit the ski slopes and the ice skating rinks. There is of course snow tubing and sledding for those of you who just like to play in the snow.

Have a great weekend! #weekendvibes

-Jenny A.