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.

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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.

4 Easy Halloween Makeup Look Ideas By Makeup Artist Alyxx Weishaar

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They’re totally spook-tacular & boo-tiful! Check them out!

Looking for an easy last-minute Halloween makeup look?! Makeup artist Alyxx Weishaar shared her top 4 makeup looks for fall 2017. She listed the products she used for each makeup look so you can do them too!

1. Wonder Woman:

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FOUNDATION: Fenty Beauty
LINER: Kat Von D tattoo and NYX retractable white liner
LASHES: Sephora House of Lashes in Cecile
MASCARA: Too Faced Better Than Sex
BROWS: Anastasia Beverly Hills dip brow in Ash Brown
CROWN: Kat Von D shadow in Thrasher and NYX vivid brights liner in vivid fire
CONTOUR: Smashbox contour palette in light
HIGHLIGHT: Fenty Beauty in mean money/hustla baby
EYE SHADOW: Smashbox cover shot ablaze palette
LIP: Kat Von D liquid lip in Outlaw and Hourglass lip gloss in Icon

Alyxx did a beautiful pop art version of Wonder Woman. Even her crown is painted on!

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2. Pretty Fairy:

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FOUNDATION: Fenty Beauty
CONTOUR: Smashbox contour palette in light
HIGHLIGHT: Too Faces love light in Blinded By The Light and Kat Von D alchemists holographic palette in Amethyst and Opal
LASHES: Rouge and Rouge in Lumerie
MASCARA: Marc Jacobs velvet noir
EYE SHADOW: Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca palette in Muse, Anthem, Love, Swoon and Skulls
BROWS: Anastasia Beverly Hills dip brow I’m Ash Brown and Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca palette in Anthem
LIP: Kat Von D studded lip stick in Roxy and Bare Minerals lip gloss in Far Out

Just add some wings and you’re all set!

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3. Cute Skull :

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EYE SHADOW: Kat Von D shade and light eye shadow palette
MASCARA : Marc Jacobs velvet noir
CONTOUR: Smashbox contour palette in light and Kat Von D shade and light eye shadow palette
LINER: NYX black retractable liner and Marx Jacobs Highliner in black
BROWS: Anastasia Beverly Hills dip brow in Ash Brown

Creep it real! Top off this look with a little black dress and you’re ready to go!

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4. Sexy Cat:

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FOUNDATION: Fenty Beauty
CONTOUR: Smashbox contour palette in light
HIGHLIGHT: Too Faces love light in Blinded By The Light
EYE SHADOW: Kat Von D shade and light eye shadow palette
GLITTER: Urban Decay Heavy Metal glitter liner in Midnight Cowboy
LINER: Hourglass liquid liner in Voyeur and Marx Jacobs Highliner in Black
LASHES: Rouge and Rouge in Slayer
BROWS: Anastasia Beverly Hills dip brow in Ash Brown
LIP: Wet ‘n Wild black lipstick

The sexy cat is a classic and is always a great costume. If you got it, haunt it.
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Which is your favorite makeup look? Share with it with me in the comments below!

Alyxx Weishaar’s makeup will be featured in the Harley Davidson summer 2018 catalog. Fun fact: Not only will her makeup be featured, she will also be modeling in the catalog. You can follow her on Instagram: @alyxxweishaar

 

Love always,

– Jenny A.

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All pictures in this feature were provided by Alyxx Weishaar.

 

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.

My Interview with International UK Model Sophie Levine

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Sophie Levine modeling for Andres Aquino. Photographed by: Lionel Madiou

Jenny A. (Me): Do you have a favorite supermodel that you look up to?

Sophie Levine: Tyra Banks. She has an incredible look and she’s dynamic! She’s soft in photo-shoots and then fierce on the runway.

Me: If there was one designer you could model for, anyone in the world, who would it be?

Sophie Levine: Dolce & Gabbana or Louis Vuitton.

Me: When you’re not dressed in high end designer fashion, what are you normally wearing? What is your style?

Sophie Levine: A leather jacket, punk rock shirt, and leggings or denim trousers. I have a rock ‘n’ roll look.

Me: Do you wear makeup on the daily?

Sophie Levine: I don’t wear too much but when I do, I’ll wear eyeliner, mascara and occasionally lipstick.

Me: What are you favorite makeup brands?

Bobby Brown (top) + M.A.C

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Photographed by: Jerry Levine

Me: What are your hobbies? Please explain.

Sophie Levine: I play lacrosse, tennis, netball and I love horseback riding. I’m very sporty. I have 2 horses and I love cross country jumping. My mom was a show jumper and now I’m a show jumper. I ride both Western & English.

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

Sophie Levine: I’m not really adventurous although I did go to the Cannes without speaking a word of French. I loved it!

Me: If you could be a fruit or vegetable, what fruit or vegetable would you be? And why?

Sophie Levine: Celery because it’s long, slim and incredibly tough.

I’m tough.

I won’t show when I’m hurt and won’t cry in front of people. I still got a goal when I injured my pinky during my netball game.

I went to America for a lacrosse game. I was hit on the head 5 times and the last time I got hit, I put my finger in the air and said “I’m good”. I’m surprised I didn’t get a concussion! Now I understand why girls wear goggles. In England, you don’t have to wear them.

I’m also protective. If I see a girl walking on her own and a guy is following, I’ll walk with the girl to make sure she’s okay. I’m very anti-violent.  I always try to stop fights and sort them out.

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Photographed by: David McGirr 

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

Sophie Levine: People think I am a confident person. But if I meet a cute guy, I get very nervous.

Me: What are your goals and dreams?

Sophie Levine: To become an actor and a model – I want to do film. I’ve done theater and a few student films. I would love to do an old time war… maybe with swords! Did you know that I can sword fight? I actually started out fencing.

You can follow Sophie on Instagram : levine.sophie

-Jenny A.

Fashion Model Lucy Bale Shares Her Style

 

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Designer KARO Lifestyle ; Photographer @josefatorresphotography ; Modeling Agency
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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.

NYFW with Fashion Model Tommy Maksanty

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Photographer: Jose Rodriguez

As New York Fashion Week comes to an end, I thought it would be the perfect time to publish my interview with 2016 Mr. NYFW Model of the Year, Tommy Maksanty.

Meet Tommy:

Jenny A. (Me):  Which celebrity do you think you look like the most? 

Tommy (TM): People say I look like Edge the Wrestler if I were to put on weight.

Me:  What is it like for you behind the scenes of a fashion show?

TM: I’m pretty much laid back. I just watch and take a lot of things in.

Me: Does it ever get hectic?

TM:  I live in Virginia but I travel up to New York  for fashion weeks. Some days I’ll overbook myself.  In September 2015 I had 9 fashion shows back to back. I would go to a fitting where I would hop on my longboard and travel to the next fashion show. Last February 2016 during the snowstorm I snuck backstage during Style Fashion Week and ended up walking for M the Movement and accidentally closing Style Fashion Week for Richie Rich @richirichworld.

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Credit: @amconyc @soulmodelmanagement @clickmodelny

Me: What’s your worst fashion experience?

TM: Back in April 2016 I had a fashion show up at the UN and my taxi cab drove off with my knapsack, longboard and all my stuff. It was a complete nightmare. I lost everything from February New York  Fashion Week.

Me:  If there was one designer you could model for, anyone in the world, who would it be?

TM: Tommy Hilfiger.

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Photographer: @chrisbrownofficial

Me: How would you describe your style?

TM: I wear what fits and I make it work.

Me: What are your hobbies?

TM: Walking on the runway, longboarding, traveling and other outdoor activities.

Me: Where do you like to hangout?

TM: Anywhere by the water, somewhere on a mountain and sitting VIP at fashion events.

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Photographer: Jose Rodriguez

Me: What are 3 things you always carry with you?

TM: When I’m in the city I always have my longboard since I don’t like to walk –it’s too congested. I’ll also have my Bluetooth headset and portable phone charger on me.

Me: What’s your dream job?

TM: Getting paid to work out and smile.

Me: Who inspires you?

TM: My father. He gets up around 5:00am for work every day and doesn’t come home till late. He taught me how to be a hard worker.

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Photographer: Jose Rodriguez

Me: Who is your favorite demigod?

Hercules. I like the way people idolize him. He’s pretty cool.

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

TM: A watermelon – because everyone loves watermelon and it’s my favorite fruit.

Me: How would your friends describe you?

Tommy actually had his friend Ben answer this question.

Ben:  Tommy is like Johnny Depp’s stunt double. He’s smart, good looking, and has a great body with cut muscles.  You can put him on any billboard and any product will sell– he’s the real deal.

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Photographer: @sarosh_photography ; Designer: @imalandrinibeachwear

Tommy won the September 2016 Mr. NYFW Model of the Year by ASC Productions. He was even featured on a billboard in Times Square for winning! He was awarded Model of the Millennium by the King of Fashion, Andre Galliano. Tommy has modeled for New York Fashion Week in 2015, 2016 & 2017. Tommy also promotes onemama.org lolafo.com luminousworldwide.com eznethaircare.com.

You can follow him on Instagram: @TommyMaksanty

-Jenny A.