Model Natali Pillgrim : Never Give Up

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by @bklynborn81

“If you want to be somebody, never give up and always be true to yourself.”- Natali Pillgrim

I love model Natali Piligrim’s piece of advice – “If you want to be somebody, never give up and always be true to yourself.” As a fashion blogger, I am always faced with different challenges. One of them is time. Since I conduct a lot of interviews with fashion models from all over the world, my calendar can fill up pretty quickly. Sometimes it can be hard to find time to schedule an interview. So when Natalie and I had to keep rescheduling our interview, we were patient with each other. We just had to keep on trying to find a time that worked for the both of us. I stayed true to myself and never gave up. 

I was so happy when we finally sat down to chat! We spoke about her personal fashion experience as a model, her challenges and what makes her unique.

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Photo by @badjoe

“If you want to be somebody, never give up and always be true to yourself.”- Natali Pillgrim

Here is our interview:

Meet Natali

Jenny A. (Me): What was your craziest modeling experience?

Natali Pillgrim: When I did an underwater photo shoot. I had to stay underwater, keep my eyes opened and look both comfortable and hot. Did I mention, I don’t know how to swim!?

Me: How did you do an underwater photo shoot if you can’t swim?!

Natali: Using my imagination plus my strong belief that everything is possible. There was a pole that I could held onto in the water, just in case (laughs). From time to time, I had to grab onto the other models who were in the photo shoot with me…just to breathe. (laughs)

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“Underwater Shoot” by Mary Durante Youtt

Me: What was it like to pose underwater?

Natali: It was hard to stay still. (laughs) The heavy dress kept pulling me up!

Me: As a model, what do you think is the biggest challenge?

Natali: To believe in yourself. Just because a designer tells you that you’re not good for a show or their clothes, don’t give up. It is just one person’s opinion.

Me: What do you think makes a successful model?

Natali: Someone who (a) never gives up (b) learns from their mistakes / experiences (c) is social and (d) always listens. Even if someone tells you are good, always keep practicing and growing.

Me: Where did you learn to model?

Natali: I learned through YouTube tutorials and videos, I looked at other model’s photos and asked people with more experience. Some photographers are very helpful and will guide you. Never be afraid to ask what you did wrong. It’s better to ask a question and look like a “fool” for five minutes rather than keeping silent and looking like a “fool” for your whole life. It’s very important to work as a team and communicate with your photographer. You can learn faster and have better results by working together with your photographer.

Me: Which fashion shows have you modeled for?
Natali:  I was a part of last year’s FIT fashion show called “4 elements.” It was amazing! It was my first experience as a runway model and I grown a lot from then. There were so many talented students. I really enjoyed it and I am so thankful. When I was a part of NYFW ( Couture Fashion Week ), I was so impressed and happy with my designer, Pamela. It took her a several weeks to make each swimsuit. I also modeled in Tech Fashion Week, Brooklyn Fashion Week and many more.

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Photo by @saudkh

Me: I noticed that you have a nose ring and a lip ring. Have your facial piercings ever affected your modeling career?

Natali: When I walked for New York Fashion Week, I took out both my nose ring and my lip ring since the fashion show wanted a more conservative look. Depending on the fashion event, some people don’t care about piercings or even want a punk rock look.

What do you live your life by?

Natali: My greatest inspiration is Leonardo da Vinci’s quote “Realize everything is connected to everything else.” If you want to be successful, you have to learn a little bit of everything each day.

Me: What do you like to do for fun?

Natali: I like to dance, travel, walk around and explore the city. I also like rafting and indoor ski diving.

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Photo by @Red Dream Factory

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

Natali: Broccoli because it is unique, healthy and makes you feel good.

Me: When’s your next fashion show?

Natali: I am modeling for the FACE THE SWEET FASHION SHOW 2017. It is a charity event to help raise money for diabetic supplies for people who have suffered from the effects of 2017’s natural disasters. The show will be held this Saturday, November 18th in New York City. For more information, please click here. 

You can follow Natali on Instagram: @nataliat666

Love always,

-Jenny A.

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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</a> ; 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.

Model Rebecca Sorkin’s Fall Bucket List

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Photographed by Lubaphoto; Model @rebeccasorkin

Fall is my favorite season! I love watching Halloween inspired makeup tutorials and videos. I love looking at how beautiful the trees look wearing their new autumn colors. And most of all… I love tasting homemade pumpkin pies. Yummm!

So in honor of my favorite season, model Rebecca Sorkin shared her fall 2017 bucket list with us! Here it is:

  • Apple picking – You are the apple of my eye
  • Watching Halloween movies – Netflix & chill
  • Trying out fall makeup looks – Hello gorgeous!
  • Watching football games – Sunday night football
  • BakingWhisk me away

So far, I’ve done 2 out of the 5 items on Rebecca’s bucket list. I went apple picking with Josh, my boyfriend at Dr. Davies Farm and we had a blast! We went from tree to tree looking for the best apples. As for the watching Halloween movies bucket list item – I think my one scary movie experience is enough for me. Josh dragged me to see the new IT movie at a drive-in movie theater. During the movie, I noticed something in the corner of my eye and when I turned my head, IT was standing outside my car window holding a red balloon! I was so scared. Even when the movie was over and guy who dressed up as IT was long gone, I couldn’t get myself to step outside of the car!

Do you have a fall bucket list? Have you done any of these things on Rebecca’s bucket list?! Let me know in the comments below!

A big thank you to Rebecca for sharing her bucket list with us! You can check out Rebecca’s gallery here : http://lubaphoto.com/classic-glamour

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!

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  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.

Last Minute Halloween Costumes Ideas

Are you still looking for the perfect costume? You may have waited to the last second, but don’t worry! There is still time to put something together and look fabulous at your Halloween party! Here are some easy Halloween costumes that you can wear. Check them out!

Little Red Riding Hood

Turn your little black dress into a Little Red Riding Hood costume by adding a red hooded cape, putting on some red lipstick and grabbing a basket!

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Model Shyla Brianne Chism @i.am.queen.luci ; Photographed by Leslie Sessums

Belle from Beauty and the Beast

It’s your time to wear a pretty yellow dress. It can be a long gown for a more elegant look or a short little dress for a sexy Belle. You can carry a red rose for the perfect touch!

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Model @LucyBale1 Designer @sherrihill ; @dress2party ; Photographed by @laurajayne9628 ; Representing @jera_inc.models

Skater Boy

Looking for a chill vibe? Wear a bomber jacket with patches, a pair of pants and some Converse sneakers. Don’t forget to let your hair down and bring your long board for the ride!

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Model @TommyMaksanty ; Photographed by K.C. Photography

Belly Dancer

Wear a halter top, long skirt, hip scarf and a matching veil scarf.

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Model Lucy Bale Designer DiDomenico Design. Photographed by  Lionel Madiou

Princess

Have you always wanted to wear a crown? Well here is the perfect costume for you. Time to start your own story. Once upon a time…

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Model Noelia Baez, Photographed by JR Pro Photography

Boxer

Grab a pair of boxing gloves, a pair of shorts & a pair of sneakers and you’ll be ready to go.

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Model Sergio Delavicci @ruffryder_84 Photography by @dennismadigan

Greek Goddess

Whether you buy your own toga or make your own, tie some gold rope around your waist and top off the look with a golden leaf crown. You can accessorize by adding some gold bracelets, armbands and a pair of gladiator sandals.

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Model Grace DiDomenico @grace.didomenico Photographed by: Matthew Cacace @bo2m_photography

Harley Quinn

Create your own version of supervillian Harley Quinn. “We’re bad guys. It’s what we do.”

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Model Aeri Cohen @aericohen

Airplane Pilot

Wear a navy blue jacket with some gold stripes on the sleeves. Complete the outfit with a pair of navy pants and a pilot’s cap. #SoFly

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Model Sergio Delavicci @ruffryder_84 Photographed by @shootmenycmodels

Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Recreate Audrey Hepburn’s classic look with a long black gown, satin gloves & a cigarette holder. Accessorize your outfit with a beautiful pearl necklace and earrings. Style your hair into a bun and top it off with a mini rhinestone tiara!

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Model Rebecca Sorkin @rebeccasorkin Photographed by Luba Fayngersh

Which costume is your favorite?

Happy Halloween!

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.