Living the American Dream with Model Lyndz Tuyishime

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Designer @fannyhousecollection

Born and raised by a single mom in Rwanda, Africa, model Lyndz Tuyishime left her family to go to America to 1) further her education and 2) to become a top model. She followed her heart and left everything she knew and loved to chase her dreams.

Lyndz came to America all by herself. She wanted to learn about the fashion industry and bring it back home to Rwanda.

She spent the first couple of years living in Maine and studying for her associates degree.  While she was in school, she was modeling and taking pictures with her friend, a fashion photographer. She started doing photoshoots and posting her photos on Instagram. She began falling in love with the camera.

Even though Lyndz was modeling, she still felt like she was still living outside of the fashion world. She thought back to her dream…. the reason why she left Rwanda to become a top model… and decided it was time to take action. She was going to move to Atlanta, Georgia and try out for DC Fashion Week.

The moment she broke out of her shell was when she walked for fashion designer Ean Williams, the Director and Producer of DC Fashion Week. Ever since then, she hasn’t stopped! She’s modeled for Couture Fashion Week 3 times. I actually met her at Couture Fashion Week!

What really stood out to me is that Lyndz strives to give back and help people first-hand. Last year, she decided to have her own runway show fundraiser to raise money for women’s education back home in Rwanda. She went to the drawing board. She knew models and designers from her modeling career, and she knew the hotel industry from her day job. It put her in the perfect place to bring the community together to support her cause.

She reached out to her dear friend, model Ritha who loved the idea! That’s when Fashion 4 Hope was born! They got 5 designers together to showcase their collections at the runway show. Between the money Lyndz raised with Fashion 4 Hope’s runway show and her own savings, Lyndz was able to send one young talented woman to the University Libre Del Kigali. 

 

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Designer @dur_doux Photographer @phelanmarc

 “Fashion 4 Hope is about building each other up, supporting each other and standing together.”

 

I’m in awe of how Lyndz was able to 1) create her own fashion show and 2) bring the fashion world together to make a difference. Models and designers were working together to further women’s education. How incredible? Lyndz came to America to further her own education and now she is using fashion to help another young woman back home also further her education?! To me, that’s inspiring.

 

“We can make a big difference in communities and daily lives.”

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@salome_fiker

“God put me on earth to be a voice for the hopeless”

 

Without further ado, here is Lyndz’s interview:

What inspires you?

My family. My mother. My brothers – Yves and Luc – and my cousin Isimibi who is part of our family. I want to make them proud and I want to make my country proud.

What was modeling for Couture Fashion Week like?

It was very tiring, stressful and a lot of waiting.  A lot goes on behind the scenes…like waiting for hair and makeup. You have to be patient. If you leave to go get a sandwich, they might take another model.

What advice do you have for aspiring models?

Do your research. Look at the designer’s clothes and their makeup styles. Prep yourself mentally and see what the designer likes in terms of how their models walk. You have to practice, train, and go with the flow.

What is your hardest challenge?

Accepting that not everyone will like you and understanding that if a designer doesn’t like you, not to take it personally. Back in my country, I am too skinny. Body shaming is real. I’ve heard “you’re too skinny…you’re not beautiful”. When I lose weight, my shoulders bones show. Some designers love it. Some think I’m too skinny. It can give you a meltdown.

How do you deal with that?

I’m a positive person and look at life as a second chance. There are so many designers who love me and have become my friends over the years.

What was your most embarrassing modeling experience?

One time, I was so nervous that I walked the wrong way during the runway show… and I kept walking!

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

A carrot. Its’ good for your skin and I like them. You can eat them raw or cooked.

Who is your hero?

My mom. She has unconditional love for me which has saved me as a person. Even if we aren’t in the same country, we are still close. She’s a hardworking, single mom who inspires me everyday.

 

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Photo by @tovch  Styled by @pinkautum

“Even if I can help one person have a better life, that will be enough for me”

 

Lyndz is currently working on another fashion show to raise money for more young women to go to college.

Are you inspired by Lyndz? Be sure to leave a comment below on what you think! Also, be sure to subscribe to my blog and follow my blog’s Instagram @newstylemode

Love always,

Jenny A

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Getting Ready for Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

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Photo from Angel Devon Windsor @devwindsor 

It’s finally here! Happy Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show day! I have been looking forward to this since August when I was at the castings. You can read about my experience at the castings here. Since then, I have been following the Victoria’s Secret Angels to see the inside scoop. I heard that Victoria’s Secret Angel Lais Ribeiro is going to be wearing the $2 Million Champagne Nights Fantasy Bra. Oh la la.

I decided to dedicate this week’s posts to the Victoria’s Secret Shanghai Fashion Show. I guess you can say the next few blog posts will be Angel themed.

Here are the important details for tonight’s show:

The show is tonight, Tuesday November 28 at 10/9C on CBS.

Musical guests include: Harry Styles, Miguel, Jane Zhang, Leslie Odom Jr., and Yundi Li.

I just finished watching the Go Behind The Scenes Of The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Dress Rehearsal sneak peak for the VS Fashion show –  it was fabulous. I always love seeing the excitement backstage. There is so much that goes on behind the scenes of a fashion show between changing outfits, hair & makeup and getting ready to walk. After looking at all of the backstage Bombshell moments, I had to share some of my favorite photos with you.

I can’t wait to see the show. It looks like it is going to be spectacular! I hope that one day I can attend a Victoria’s Secret Fashion show. But for now, I guess cuddling up in my pajamas while watching it on TV will have to do.

What do you think? Are you excited? Who’s your favorite Victoria’s Secret model?

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Photo from Angel Georgia Fowler @georgiafowler

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Photo from Angel Devon Windsor @devwindsor 
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Photo from Angel Alecia Morais @alecia_morais
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Photo: Angel Georgia Fowler @georgiafowler
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Photo from Angel Leila Nda @leila.nda
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Photo from Angel Gizele Oliveira @giizeleoliveira
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Photo from Angel Lily Aldridge @LilyAldridge
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Photo from Angel Alessandra Ambrosio @AlessandraAmbrosio

 

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Photo from Angel Sara Sampaio @SaraSampaio

#VSfashionshow

Love always,

-Jenny A.

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.

Judging for PILTZS Fashion Marketing

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Photographed by Jenny A.

I had the honor of being one of the show judges for the PLITZS Fashion Marketing’s 2017 KIDS Fashion Democracy show & the Model of the Year Competition. It was a fantastic experience.

Each model brought their own style to the runway. As a judge, I was looking for the models that really captured the essence of what it is to be a model. I focused on each model’s walk, posture, energy, outfit and air of confidence.

  1. Walk – It’s important to have a strong walk. If not, it could be extremely distracting to the audience. For example: walking too fast or too slow, randomly stopping in the middle of the runway and flailing your arms back and forth can all take away from the moment.
  2. Posture – You want to keep your posture straight. Good posture often gives off a good impression in the fashion world.
  3. Energy – The energy a model brings to a fashion show is essential. You want to give off a positive vibe through your facial expressions and body language.
  4. Outfit – Each model showed 3 outfits: a white shirt & jeans, a bathing suit and evening attire. For these fashion shows, picking the right outfit which fits you well only enhances your overall appearance on the runway.
  5. Confidence – Confidence is key. I want to see that you feel comfortable in your own skin while walking on the runway and keeping that confidence while posing in front of the camera.

Congratulations to everyone who competed!

The shows took place in the heart of Manhattan at Hotel Pennsylvania on January 7th. PLITZS Fashion Marketing connects the fashion world to diversity, affordability and creativity.

For more information about PLITZS Fashion Marketing, click here. You can also follow them on Instagram here.

-Jenny A.