Model or Role Model? Abby-Leigh is Both

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Photographer: V. Howe

RESPECT. EMPOWER. BE A ROLE MODEL.

In a world where it is easy to lose your way, role models are so important to have. They inspire you. They shape you. They empower you. I love how model Abby-Leigh strives to not only be a model, but also to be a role model. She wants to empower other girls and give them a voice. Abby’s biggest piece of advice is “Respect people for who they are.”

“Younger girls look up to me. I want to give them power even when I feel like I have lost mine.” – Abby

The most shocking part of our interview was when she mentioned that she wants to empower others even though she’s faced nasty comments from people that she knows. I find it extremely inspiring that Abby pushes through the negativity to shine though.

Abby stands up to be a role model.

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Photographer: @ianjam6

My Interview with Model Abby:

Jenny A. (me): What is your hardest challenge as a teen model?

Abby-Leigh: The negativity I get from the other boys and girls. Sometimes they try to bring me down. I want to be comfortable in my own skin and lift people up. People say things about me – they call me names and make comments about my glasses. I’ve also gotten nasty messages which I have had to block or delete. Sometimes the nasty messages are from people I know. That’s the hardest part. Sometimes it’s from strangers. They are just doing it for a reaction.

Me: How do you deal with the negativity?

Abby: At first, it gets to me but then it makes me stronger and keeps me going. It makes me want to model more. Don’t let anyone get you down. Follow your dreams.

Me: Who is your role model?

Abby: I have a lot of role models but, my # 1 role model is my mom. She’s my best friend. She’s amazing and does everything. We talk about everything and even watch Prison Break together!

Me: Do you have a motto that you live your life by?

Abby: You can’t blame society when you are society. Younger girls look up to me. I want to give them power even though there are times when I feel like I have lost mine.

Me: You’ve spoken about beauty on Instagram, what does beauty mean to you?

Abby: It’s not about looks, it’s about personality. Beauty in the inside, not on the outside. Being nice doesn’t cost anything.

Me: You’re a model for Izzy Be Clothing. Tell us a little about the brand!

Abby: I love Izzy Be Clothing. It empowers girls. It lifts girls up and gives them a voice. I want to do that too.

Me: What has been your favorite modeling experience?

Abby: The time when a big crowd of people arrived for my photo shoot! It was outside and I was wearing a beautiful evening gown. I was so shocked that they all came!

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Photographer: V. Howe

Me: When you’re not modeling, what do you enjoy doing?

Abby: I love reading and writing. I’m also a gamer girl. I like playing Fortnite. Sometimes people call me a tomboy and sometimes they say I’m a girly girl. I say, I’m both.

Linda: What do you hope for your future? Do you have a goal? 

Abby: I want to be a really big model like Victoria’s Secret models Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner.

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

Abby: I would be a pineapple just like the quote “Be a pineapple. Stand tall, wear a crown, and be sweet on the inside.” Everyone should be a pineapple.

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Photographer: @ianjam6

I want to hear from you! Who is your role model? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Also, be sure to subscribe to my blog and follow my blog’s Instagram @newstylemodeYou can follow Abby on Instagram @abbyleigh7504

Love always,

Jenny A.

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The Model Who Never Stops Dreaming : Raven Farrington

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Photographer: FayeAndera @fayandrea 

Meet Rae:

Raven (AKA Rae) is an international model from the UK who loves to dance!  When she isn’t modeling, she’s dancing. She does contemporary dancing, street dancing and technical dancing.

When I asked her what her hardest challenge was, I was a bit shocked. She said her hardest challenge was ignoring the negative comments she gets because of who she is…a model. Some of the girls in her school have said a lot of negative comments. They’ve said things like “we’re fed up with what you do,” “you make everyone so depressed,” and “you think that you’re better than everyone else.” I was really sad to hear that Rae had lost a lot of friends because of it.

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Photographer: Lisa Visser @lisavisserphotography

I wanted to know how she was handling the social pressures from her schoolmates. I asked Rae what her response to those negative comments was and she said:

“When people have negative things to say, you have to move on. You should follow your dreams and no one should make you change them.”

Photographed by: Nick Dale @nick.dale

While she has had some issues at school, she gets along with the girls who she dances with at the Constellations Dance Company. “They’re really supportive and are like my family. They’re always supporting me.” The dance studio is like her second home.

Her favorite animated character is Moana because she didn’t give up on her dream even though she goes through so many challenges. At the end of the movie, Moana manages to follow her dreams. Like Moana, Rae also has a dream. Rae dreams of one day becoming a Victoria’s Secret model.

Rae’s craziest modeling moment was during her first catwalk in New York. She couldn’t get her dress to zip up! She had to squeeze in and basically not breathe while walking down the runway.

Question from Ron A. : What is a normal day for you like when you’re not modeling?

Model Rae: “I wake up and go to school. When I come home, I mess around with my little brother and have a cup of tea with some chocolate. I love chocolate. I also love watching Friends on Netflix.”

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Photographer: FayeAndera @fayandrea 

One of Rae’s favorite things about the winter is spending the holidays with her family. She’s very close to her family and adores watching Christmas movies with them. Her top Christmas movies are The Polar Express and Miracle on 34th Street. She also likes spending the winter months going ice skating.

Since it’s the beginning of the year, I had to ask her what her New Years Resolution is. Her New Years Resolution is to start working out. She’s going to start doing some sit-ups and dance more often.

If she could be a fruit or vegetable, she would be a passionfruit because it has a lot of color and a lot of seeds – “there is a lot to it just like there is a lot to me!”

Thanks for reading! I want to hear from you! What is your dream?

Be sure to subscribe to my blog and follow my blog’s Instagram @newstylemodeYou can follow Rae on Instagram @_ravenfarrington13.

 

Love always,

Jenny A.

The Inside Look Behind the FUNARI NEW YORK Collection

I am always drawn to collections that have a deeper meaning.  The FUNARI NEW YORK collection that walked down the runway at Style Fashion Week AKA the Fearless collection was epic! It was all about being fearless, never hiding behind a mask and being brave even if you think you might fail.

You should always be bold, strong and powerful.

I was so excited to interview Designer Janelle Funari, the heart and soul behind FUNARI NEW YORK. I wanted to find out more about her collection and touch on what makes her such a unique designer.

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Photo by Style Fashion Week

Here is our exclusive interview:

Jenny A. : Tell me a little bit about your Fall 2018 collection. What was the inspiration behind it?

Janelle: I was inspired by both the David Bowie exhibit I saw and also the 1980s! I loved David Bowie’s bold, daring attitude and the risks he took as a performer! This collection is about fun, bold punches of color, functionality, technology, & couture finishes. The line is inspired from the 80s where women were bold, strong, and powerful. I wanted to empower both woman and men to be who they want to be and not hide behind a mask. The collection is about freedom, excitement, and liberation!  There is a nostalgic feeling of that 80s carefree attitude. Reminiscing about enjoying life, spontaneity, and dancing in the streets or at an iconic club!<

Jenny A: Tell me a little bit about yourself as a designer. What makes you stand out from the crowd? 

Janelle: My newest endeavor is the couture performance market. The line stands out as it is elegant, timeless, comfortable and practical! The line can be worn all day and all night. You can go to the gym or out to dinner, just put on a pair of boots or heels! The brand is about versatility, technical advancement, and functionality. The FUNARI line is for both Men and Woman and represents quality, style, and innovation.

Jenny: What makes you fearless? What is your story?

Janelle: What makes me Fearless is trying new things and not being afraid to fail. Many people fail before they even try. They let others tell them it’s not possible. I say, “block out the noise!”  I give 200% in everything I do in life!  My mantra is to never look back, never regret, and to always give it your all! I believe that, in life it is better to try, then to not try at all. LIVE like there is no tomorrow & we only have today, so make it happen! Never say “no” or “it is not going to happen”

Anything and EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE! Put your heart and mind towards your goals and you’ll see that dreams do come true!

Jenny: What is your hardest challenge as a designer?

Janelle: Making my collection in New York City and sewing it in the USA! The cost is much higher for me because it is all made here in NYC.

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Photo by Style Fashion Week

I want to thank Janelle Funari for inviting me to her fashion show. It was fantastic. You can check out her collections here .

Be sure to subscribe to my blog and follow my blog’s Instagram @newstylemode 

XOXO,

Jenny A.

I am Fearless : The Fearless Collection by FUNARI NEW YORK

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Photo by Style Fashion Week

In celebration of my fashion blog’s birthday, I wanted to do a special post on FUNARI NEW YORK. 

I was so pumped after watching the FUNARI NEW YORK collection at Style Fashion Week. All I could feel was the energy and excitement flowing through the air. The show left me dancing in my seat and wishing that I was also up on that runway.

I’m no stranger to FUNARI NEW YORK. Last season I saw her show and was very impressed. This season, designer Janelle Funari took it to the next level with her Fearless collection.

When I asked Janelle what makes her fearless she answered, “I try new things and I’m not afraid to fail. Many people fail before they even try. They let others tell them it’s not possible. I say, “block out the noise!”  I give 200% in everything I do in life!  My mantra is to never look back, never regret, and to always give it your all!” – Janelle Funari

My absolute favorite part of the show was when 2 of the models opened the show by dancing on the runway. They were doing flips and splits! They were jumping around and just lighting up the runway. I was completely gripped when they walked to the end of the runway, posed, looked at each other, turned their backs towards the cameras and clasped hands. I felt as though they were standing together and blocking out all the noise around them. They walked back up the runway hand-in-hand before running into the distance.

They were fearless

I wanted to be them.
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Photo by: Noel Valero Photography

The couple’s outfits were so cute! The Fearless collection is elegant, comfortable and practical! It can be worn all day and all night. Can you imagine you and your partner going to the gym together and then going out to dinner in these matching outfits?!

“In this crazy world, we all need someone to turn to.” – Designer Janelle Funari

My Favorite Looks:

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I want to thank Janelle Funari for inviting me to her fashion show. It was fantastic. You can check out her collections here .

Be sure to subscribe to my blog and follow my blog’s Instagram @newstylemode 

XOXO,

Jenny A.

 

Model Aeri Cohen’s Healthy Lifestyle

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Model @aericohen ; Photographer Alex Pierce

Meet Aeri:

Aeri Cohen is an extraordinary model with an artistic eye. When she is not on the runway, you can find her behind the scenes doing makeup for different New York fashion shows. Her ultimate makeup look is something simple yet beautiful where she can add her own creative details. Like a true fashionista at heart, she always carries her brush and concealer.

Healthy – Healthy – Healthy. Did I mention the word healthy? Aeri has a very healthy lifestyle. She never misses her daily yoga and is always drinking a healthy refreshing smoothie. Now that I think about it, even during our interview, she was on her way to a yoga class while sippin’ on a smoothie! You can find her wearing workout clothes during the day and fancy outfits at night.

I really admire Aeri because she lives her life by always moving forward and letting things go. Her biggest accomplishment is that she was able to use meditation to manage her migraines. Now that she accomplished that, she can do ANYTHING!

When I asked her what fruit or vegetable she would be, she started to say that she would be an avocado but then decided she didn’t want to be eaten!

Aeri is the owner of ISHKINart where she creates beautiful artwork which can be found on Etsy.

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Model @aericohen ; Photographer @marin_photography_nyc ; Hair @oscarblandi
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Model @aericohen ; Photographer @marin_photography_nyc ; Hair @oscarblandi

You can follow Aeri on Instagram: @aericohen

Love always,

-Jenny A.

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.

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.