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.

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Bonnie Sofia Shares Her Advice for How to be a Model

Honestly, I have made my own career path by fumbling through the modeling world and just learning along the way. The most important thing I would say is you don’t need to wait for a top agency to accept you in order to become a model. When I was 16, I was really excited about modeling. When I first got rejected from the top New York agencies, I assumed that path was permanently closed to me. It wasn’t until I was 24, when I was living in Jordan and started freelancing as a model there for local designers, that I realized there are 100 different pathways into this industry.

You should never feel that your fate rests with a few individuals who might have the power to tell you if you have “the look” or not. Obviously, working with a top agency is ideal if that is an option for you. If not, that should not stop you from modeling. I started modeling for local designers until I built up my portfolio. I would also go to castings for runway shows which even allowed me to walk during New York Fashion Week. Finally, after a year of working on my own, I was offered representation.

For models interested specifically in walking during the Cannes Film Festival, I would advise them to attend a casting held by Andres Aquino for New York Fashion Week. He holds castings for his New York shows but not for his Cannes ones. But if you can slip into New York, you can ask about attending Cannes.

I would also advise keeping an eye out for information about castings or fashion shows in Cannes starting in April or the beginning of May. Even if you don’t see a notice that is specifically about a casting, there is nothing wrong with contacting the organizer of a fashion show and asking if models are still needed. I have ended up on the runway more than once by simply reaching out and asking.

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Model: Bonnie Sofia Photographer: Jamie Cheyenne Instagram: @colorstorymagazine Stylist: Geneva / Cozy Closet MUA: Dayna Marie
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Model: Bonnie Sofia Photographer: Jamie Cheyenne Instagram: @colorstorymagazine Stylist: Geneva / Cozy Closet MUA: Dayna Marie
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Model: Bonnie Sofia Photographer: Jamie Cheyenne Instagram: @colorstorymagazine Stylist: Geneva / Cozy Closet MUA: Dayna Marie

A huge thank you to:

Model: Bonnie Sofia (@bonniesofia)

Instagram: @colorstorymagazine
Stylist: Geneva / Cozy Closet (@czycloset)
Photographer: Jamie Cheyenne (@chystudios)
MUA: Dayna Marie (@themakeupartivist)

-Jenny A.

 

Summer Fun or Summer None? Where Did the Summer Go?

Is it just me or is the summer flying by? I had all of these “fun summer plans” that totally didn’t happen… I was going to see Shakespeare in the Park in NYC, maybe study for the GRE and take a trip out West to visit some friends. #fail

I didn’t even have a chance to do the smaller things like go to Black Tap with my sister and get their insanely delicious milkshakes! I’ve heard so many good things about them on Instagram. I’ve been wanting to take her there all summer but now that she is going back to college, we’ll have to put those plans on hold.

What was I doing all summer? That’s a great question… That’s such a great question, I don’t even know!

All I know is that in a few weeks it will start to get really busy again with New York Fashion Week right around the corner! So I’m going to make a new “fun summer plans” list. For the next few weeks I plan that no matter what, I will have a great rest of the summer!

Now off to make that list…

What are your summer plans? Any recommendations? Share your ideas with me in the comments below!

-Jenny A.

Modeling Advice from International Runway & Catwalk Coach Mandy Dyonne Lieveld

 

Do you want to become a professional model? International Runway & Catwalk Coach Mandy Dyonne Lieveld shares her advice on modeling with fashion blog New Style Modé!

For more information about Mandy Dyonne Lieveld’s classes, please visit: http://www.runwaycoachnyc.com/

Top 5 Tips for the Summer

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Model Tanasha Nelson; Photographer Chromatic Culture

Model Tanasha shared her top 5 ways of how to spend the summer like a model.

  1. Wear your outfit like it’s a statement! Whether it’s a simple t-shirt & shorts, or a sassy dress, always rock your unique style. Bring out your best self!
  2. Go outdoors and shoot. Meet with your local photographers. If you have your own camera, bring your tripod with you and shoot in unexpected places. You’ll be in love with how amazing you feel afterwards.
  3. Travel! Travel & modeling go hand in hand! It’s really an exciting feeling to just get out of your comfort zone and shoot with photographers from different states. Personally, I can’t wait to begin my summer travels where I will get to create and network.
  4. Be body positive! Always keep a light spirit. As a model, I have to be able to be myself in the best way possible. That is what brings out the beauty of a model. My authentic self is everything.
  5. Love yourself. Before anything, know that you’re a model and love yourself in your own skin. Believe in you!
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Model Tanasha Nelson; Photographer Chromatic Culture

You can follow Tanasha on Instagram : @Shezamodel

What are your top tips for the summer? Share them below in the comments!

-Jenny A.

Hello from Fashion Model and Designer Raven Ledbetter

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Photographed by: Ibe Bello

Meet Raven:

Raven Ledbetter is an American model and designer from North Carolina. She always lives in the moment! As a former army girl, she says that you always have to stay positive and believe good things will happen.

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Photographed by: Ibe Bello
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Photographed by: Ibe Bello

Raven LOVES heels. Not only is she always wearing a cute pair of heels, she also loves customizing them. Right now her go to fashion style is velvet and suede. Her favorite makeup brand is MAC. She wears a signature long ponytail which is inspired by her role model, The Queen B Beyoncé. #queen

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Photographed by: Ibe Bello

“I dream it, I work hard, I grind ’til I own it.”- Beyoncé, Formation

Raven is a go-getter and a risk taker. She doesn’t like taking no for an answer. She is inspired by dominating and empowering women. Her favorite Disney princess is Moana, a powerful woman who went out on her own to accomplish her voyage.

If she could be a fruit or vegetable she would be a peach because it is juicy, sweet and beautiful on the inside-out, just like her.

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Raven modeling her own design. Photographed by: Ibe Bello

Raven modeled a designer velvet dress from her own collection at Fashion Gallery’s New York Fashion Week. She thanks her beautiful daughter and fiancé for all the support.

You can follow her on Instagram: @KemiNEVAR

-Jenny A.

Model Rebecca Sorkin

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“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.” – Karl Paul Reinhold Niebuhr

Meet Rebecca:

I met model Rebecca Sorkin behind the scenes at the Couture Fashion Week show back in February. I remember standing in the makeup room completely mesmerized by how talented the makeup artists were. Rebecca was given bright pink lips with dark eyebrows which complimented her exotic flower hair piece.

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Photo by: Jenny A.

Did you know that Rebecca has modeled since she was only 6 years old!? She shared with me that when she was 6-10 years old she modeled for commercials, movies and TV shows. Now, she models for print work, catalogs and runway shows.

Her top 3 long-term goals are:

  1. Modeling:
    • Work with more well-known brands, traveling and meet more designers & models.
  2. Personally:
    • Speak 3 languages. Right now she speaks both English and Russian. She wants to learn Spanish.
  3. Academically:
    •  Go to a 4 year college and then get her Master’s Degree. Right now she is thinking of studying business psychology.

Rebecca’s style is a mix between sophisticated, feminine, street style and of course sporty. After all, she is a cheerleader! Her go to outfit is a bodysuit, ripped jeans and a cardigan. She’s very into wearing highlighter and a cute winged eyeliner. She recommends using Tarte Cosmetics and Benefit makeup.

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Photo by: Jenny A.

Rebecca loves to learn; She is obsessed with psychology. She likes connecting life with the real world and connecting the mind with the spirit. [Speaking of spirit, did I mention that she’s a cheerleader?!]

Rebecca is a girl who is comfortable in her own skin. She is confident and she’s fit. She likes working out at home. Her secret? Knee to elbow crunches and Russian twists!

She loves taking a drive & eating out with her friends. She also loves hanging out in Manhattan and on the beach.

If she could be a fruit or vegetable, she would be an avocado since it’s sweet, flavorful and bright on the inside. You can’t match its flavor or tell what it is like on the inside.

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Fun Facts about Rebecca:

#1: Her favorite Disney princess is Snow White.

#2: She’s finished all of Shameless and absolutely adores Modern Family.

#3: Back in sleep away camp, she used to love rope climbing and hiking in the woods.

Rebecca has modeled for New York Fashion Week’s Couture Fashion Week and for Project Runway’s Irena Shabayzea.

See what Rebecca is up to on Instagram: rebeccasorkin