Model Victoria Summer Whetzel Speaks Her Mind

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Photographer: Jake Pierce

Back in January, model Victoria Summer Whetzel and I were both fashion show judges for PLITZS Fashion Marketing’s Model of the Year competition. I admire how sincere she is. First off, she had a really cute Betsey Johnson telephone purse which has a removable phone set handle that plugs into her cellphone. Basically, her purse can turn into a working phone. How cool? But in all seriousness, Victoria is a really sweet and down to earth model.

During the competition, she pointed something out to me that I didn’t realize. For the Model of the Year competition, there were 3 categories – petite female models, male models and 5’8″ female models. She mentioned how PLITZS Fashion Marketing didn’t have a plus-size category for curvy models to compete in. As a curvy model, Victoria hopes that the next year’s PLITZS Fashion Marketing’s competition will have a plus-size/curvy category.

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Photographer: Jake Pierce

Meet Victoria:

Jenny A. (Me) : When you were a judge at the PLITZS Fashion Marketing competition, what were you looking for in each of the model candidates?

Victoria Summer Whetzel: I was mostly looking for someone who could command the space as soon as they hit the runway. This is the modeling industry, so everyone is beautiful. But I believe the standard of beauty is changing. It’s more than a pretty face and a physique that lives up to society’s standards. Beauty is taking care of yourself and being proud of who you are.  Beauty is being able to walk a runway and silence a room by your presence. Beauty is being kind to others and being kind to yourself. That’s what I look for in a model.

 

Me: Is there something you are looking to see more of on the runway? A specific look, personality, walk…etc? 

Victoria: I would love to see more plus-size and curvy models of course. Models like Ashley Graham, Denise Bidot and SO many more. Plus-Side models are body activists and I think their activism has moved mountains in the modeling industry. They have paved the way for many emerging models, including myself. I hope one day I can be a leader in this movement too.

 

Me: You’re trying to break into the modeling industry as plus-size model. What is the hardest challenge you’ve faced so far?

Victoria: I think the hardest challenge I’ve faced so far, is proving to myself that I have what it takes. Far too often, we are the ones holding ourselves back. Sometimes it’s important to take a moment to remind ourselves that we are enough and celebrate ourselves for all that we have to offer.

Question from Liana in the audience: What kind of food do you usually eat? We hear all these stories about how models don’t eat to stay thin because “thin is in.” How do you cope with that kind of mentality?

Victoria: Being thin has never been a part of who I am, so I just try my best to put foods into my body that make me feel good.

Me: Do you eat certain foods before modeling?

Victoria: I don’t eat anything specific. I eat whatever I feel will make me do my best work that day.

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

Victoria: I would be a watermelon. They have a ton of seeds that represent growth and they are better when shared in the summertime. 🙂

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Me: Overall, do you find it difficult to be a plus-size model? 

Victoria: Being a plus-size model is hard. Being any kind of model in this industry is hard. But you just have to remember that you get to tell people who you are. They don’t get to tell you who you are. One example of this comes from a recent experience here in New York City.

I attended an open call for an independent designer’s showcase for their swimsuit line. Most of the girls at the call were sizes 00-6, but there were a handful of plus-size girls there too. Probably around 5 or 6 in all. All of the petite model’s took turns modeling a bikini from the designer’s line. The designer then decided she wanted me to also model one of her designs. She said I was the most ‘fit’ of the plus-size girls and she wanted a curvy model. She gave me a swimsuit to put on, and as soon as she handed it to me, I realized it was the same exact bathing suit she had the petite models wear. This swimwear was not designed for girls like me. It was made for a model probably around a size 6.

At first, I felt embarrassed because the swimwear didn’t fit, but I put it on anyway. That day, I saw my first real glitch in the industry. I was being asked to wear this suit, so the designer could say she designs for plus-size models. But I am not a Size 6. I am a Size 12 and I am grateful for designers out there who celebrate me for being just that.

 

Victoria modeled for New York Fashion Week at PLITZS in Feb 2018. You can follow her on Instagram @theofficial.vsw

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Love always,

Jenny A.

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Model Sergio Delavicci

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Photography by Richard Simpson

I was looking at the schedule for New York Fashion Week when I realized something. Valentine’s Day and New York Fashion week overlap! I was really curious what it was like to model on Valentine’s Day and what it was like to date as a model. So in honor of Valentine’s Day, I decided to reached out to model Sergio Delavicci (Gio) and ask him what his dating life is like.

Valentine’s Day… Gio Style

Jenny Alweiss (Me): As a model, what is it like to date?

Sergio Delavicci (Gio): I like to be as professional as possible. I try not to date within the fashion industry. On one hand, if I date someone in the industry, she would understand my lifestyle. On the other hand, it can get messy. She would be more likely to get jealous if she sees me taking pictures with other women.

Me: Do you believe in love at first sight?

Gio: I believe in interest at first sight. I can see someone and be interested. I think it can lead to love down the road.

Me: What is your ideal date?

Gio: A nice romantic spot. Maybe somewhere with a candlelight dinner where we can sit across the table and get to know each other.

Me: What was your most adventurous date?

Gio: Skinny dipping.

Me: What would you say was your worst date?

Gio: I met a woman through a dating website and she didn’t look anything like her pictures! We met at an expensive restaurant and started talking. First of all, she didn’t have good oral hygiene and she kept ordering all this expensive food from the menu. I’m not cheap but I was looking at the menu and the bill was going to be $175! To be honest, this girl was not my type to be splurging in that kind of way. I excused myself from the table, got into my car and drove off.

Me: What do you look for in a woman?

Gio: I have to be attracted to her. Since I take good care of myself, I want a woman who is also in shape. I like a woman with nice hair, nice skin and nice teeth. Once I’m attracted to her outside, then I get to know her on the inside. I look for someone who is spontaneous and is not afraid to do new things.

Me: Are you single?

Gio: Yes.

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Me: Have you ever modeled on Valentine’s Day?

Gio: I have been modeling on Valentine’s Day for the past 5 years. 3 out of the 5 years I’ve modeled for NYC Live which always takes place on Valentine’s Day.

Me: Is modeling on Valentine’s Day any different than modeling on a regular day?

Gio: No, it’s the same. It doesn’t feel any different to me to do fashion shows on Valentine’s Day. Modeling is a full time job. I’m focused and I want to be successful.

Me: Did it ever bother you that New York Fashion Week and Valentine’s Day overlap?

Gio: It doesn’t bother me because I’m really not into Valentine’s Day. Holidays to a professional model don’t mean a lot. There are still going to be fashion shows, even on holidays. If you don’t want to model on Valentine’s Day, you’ll just be replaced. I want to be on a level where I am irreplaceable.

Me: Are you modeling on Valentine’s Day this year?

Gio: Yes, I am. I’m modeling for NYC Live.

Me: Did you ever celebrate Valentine’s Day while you were at New York Fashion Week?

Gio: Yes. While I was at a fashion show, someone passed a Valentine’s Day card to me from the audience who is a big supporter of my work. In the card she asked if she could take me to dinner after the fashion show and be her Valentine.

You can follow my blog on Instagram @newstylemode and check out model Gio’s Instagram page @ruffryder_84

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love always,

-Jenny Alweiss

Model Lashira Moné

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Meet Lashira:

Through her bright and bubbly personality, you can just feel Lashira Moné’s smile from across the room. She is a runway, catalog, editorial & commercial model. She is a spokes-model, mentor and soon to be fashion designer. Lashira is also a vlogger and fashion stylist. She grew up watching Tyra Banks, her role model on America’s Next Top Model.

Lashira dreams of starting her own online boutique. Her style can be classified as chic. Even though her favorite color is pink, she wears black 95% of the time. Lashira’s go to outfit is high waisted pants, thigh high boots, a blazer and to top it off a choker. Her go to makeup is lip gloss.

You can find her listening to ’90s music and sketching. She loves to sing even if she’s not good at it. Her favorite movie is Matilda. She can’t live without chicken and rice. If she was a fruit or vegetable, she would be a strawberry… sweet and vibrant.

“2017 is my year of growth” – She looks forward to branching out and traveling the world to collaborate on projects and build her brand.

This past week Lashira modeled for New York Fashion Week’s Small Boutique Fashion Week. She also walked in Stevie Boi show and was live streamed on CBS New York.

Lashira was the Miss Maryland USA 2017 finalist. She has modeled for Macy’s, Surreal Beauty Magazine and different fashion shows in D.C. Lashira did a fashion segment for channel 8 in D.C. She also walked for Henry Picado twice in 2 different fashion shows.

You can follow her on Instagram: lashiramone

-Jenny A.

NYFW Night of Envision Fantasies and Fashion

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Between the gorgeous fashion and breathtaking views, I had a fabulous time at the NYFW Night of Envision Fantasies and Fashion. The show was held at the Sky Room NYC rooftop lounge which overlooks New York City. The fashion show debuted fashion stylist Monique Obeze’s wardrobe, the CEO & Founder of House of Style By Monique. Each model wore a fashionable outfit and piece including a signature mask.

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Stylist: House of Style by Monique & Team
Makeup: Ivennt Glam & Team
Designs: Lyndon Freed (Blue Anchor Productions)
Location: Skyroom NYC
Photographer: Isadora B. Photography

-Jenny A.

Model COURTNEY QUINN

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Photographed by: Jenny A.

Meet Courtney

Courtney Quinn is livin’ her dream as a professional model! She is all about the lipstick! She always carries anywhere between 2-4  nude, pink, brown and purple shades of matte lipstick at all times because she never just wears one! She combines them to get the perfect shade of lipstick. Sometimes she changes the color during the day depending on her mood! Right now her favorite lipstick combo is MAC Velvet Teddy and NYX Lace Detail.

Courtney is an artist and loves to express herself through painting with acrylics. Her typical Sunday would be spending time at Church, painting and sharing a delicious brunch with friends. You can find her hanging out in West Palm Beach, near a local hot spot or on a boat.

Courtney’s horoscope is a Leo! She loves to travel and explore the world. If she could be a fruit or vegetable, she would be a sweet yummy strawberry which matches her red hair!

Courtney walked the runway at New York Fashion Week’s Couture Fashion Week 2017 Spring collection. If you add her on Snapchat, you can see behind the scenes footage and sneak peeks!

You can add her on Snapchat : courtneyquinnmk

You can follow her on Instagram : courtneyquinn

-Jenny A.

Fashion Model SHINICE KELLY

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Meet Shinice

Shinice Kelly is a model from South Carolina who has a passion for worship and being spiritual. She believes in focusing on God, meditation and the power of positivity. She says “Whenever you say the word ‘I‘, be careful of what you say behind it!” For example, if you say “I am going to fail,” you might fail because you said it. Instead, you should say “I am going to succeed!” and you will find yourself reaching for success.

Shinice loves to hang out in bowling alleys and in movie theaters. She enjoys roller skating and eating pizza, her favorite food. If she could be a fruit or vegetable, she would be a tangerine.

Shinice says, “no matter what it looks like, no matter how you feel about yourself, continue to pursue the very thing your heart desires.”

Shinice walked down the runway in New York Fashion Week’s Couture Fashion Week for the 2017 Spring Collection. Shinice has also modeled for the Miami International Fashion Week in May 2016.

-Jenny A.

Model VICTORIA JADE GOODE

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Photographed by: Jenny A.

Meet Victoria

Victoria Jade Goode is a model who dreams of becoming a top fashion designer! Through her ambition and wit, she hopes to one day be able to have her own famous retail businesses. Victoria is very spiritual and has a deep connection with god.

Victoria enjoys shopping & partying. Her guilty pleasure is playing video games! On her down time she likes watching cartoons while eating a bowl of cereal.

From flip-flops to sneakers, you can find Victoria on the beach or working out in the gym. Victoria is a doodler who loves to draw. Her style is one who loves to travel a lot! If she could be a fruit or vegetable she would be a red cherry!

Victoria modeled for New York Fashion Week where she walked the runway at Couture Fashion Week’s 2017 spring collections.

You can follow her on Instagram : IamVictoriaJade

-Jenny A.