Model Carina Castagna Gets Real About Being a Model

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Photographer: Joe Harary

As a model, Carina Castagna’s biggest accomplishment was when she walked the runway for Style Fashion Week at Madison Square Garden. It was around her 18th birthday and she was praying that she wouldn’t fall on the runway. She looked out into the crowd that filled Madison Square Garden and felt her adrenaline rush. She decided to use her nerves and channel them into positive energy so that she could perform her best. And she did!

Carina lives her life by the saying “pressure makes diamonds” which her mom has always taught her. She says you need to put yourself out there even if it’s uncomfortable because, at the end of the day, you’re growing. “Everyone goes through pressure. You just need to be positive and grow from it.”

Although Carina has walked the runway in New York Fashion Week for a few years now, she hasn’t always had an easy time modeling. While Carina is a size 2 and is 5’10”, which sounds like a great fit for the runway, she’s experienced being called “fat” based on her athletic build. She has developed strong toned muscles from playing sports, where she has a strong core, and fit thighs. She shared that during one of her modeling castings, she had to measure her thighs with a tape measure to see if they were too big. “Honestly, it dehumanizes the model. We’re human.”

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Photographer: Gary Kirk Brown

If someone says she can’t do it, she’ll turn around and say “watch me.” She’s competitive with being her best self and takes that mindset from her athletics. Carina says that in modeling you have to have a “business self” and a “personal self.” When you hear “no,” you can’t take it personally. She believes hearing a “no” in a casting is the same as hearing “no” in a workplace. “It’s a job,” she explains “you cannot bring home negative energy about yourself, there is nothing positive that can come from that and it’s honestly not healthy.”

Carina explained how intrigued and happy she is with France’s new laws where models need to give a doctor’s certificate to show that they are overall physically healthy. She says that models shouldn’t have to starve themselves to be thinner. Every individual is an individual, and they shouldn’t be compared to one another. “A rose can never be a sunflower, and a sunflower can never be a rose. All flowers are beautiful in their own way, and that’s like women too.”- Miranda Kerr, Australian Victoria’s Secret model.

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Photographer: Joe Harary

Carina’s role model is Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima. One of the reasons why Carina admires Adriana is because she also has an athletic build like Carina. She’s happy that Victoria’s Secret promotes working out and being athletic.

Carina looks forward to finding a big modeling agency to sign with. She is excited for what her future endeavors are.

You can follow her on Instagram @Carinacastagna6  and on Twitter: @AngelCarinaC

Love always,

-Jenny A.

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What It Was Like to Model For My First Brand – Pause & Unwind

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Photo: Pause & Unwind

“Me” time is so important! With my busy blogging schedule, I’m always on the go – running to fashion shows, interviewing models, writing my next blog post… #bloglife.

So when Pause & Unwind, the new self-care subscription box, sent me their September box, I was so excited! What a fabulous way to hit the pause button during my hectic day and just unwind?!

When I opened the box, I was completely awestruck. I carefully unwrapped the sparkling tissue paper and there was a beautiful bracelet, a citrus sea soak, coconut oil, “Happy” tea & an organic lip balm inside. It was the perfect mix of items to just relax and rejuvenate me.

What was inside the September subscription box:

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Photo: Pause & Unwind

A Druzy Bracelet from Cayetano Legacy Collection

A Citrus Sea Soak from Dirty Mermaid Beauty

Happy Tea from Wild Leaf Active Tea

Coconut Oil from Measurable Difference

Organic Coconut Lip Balm from Sapling & Sprout

I absolutely loved the products so I decided to take my own little photo shoot to send back to Pause & Unwind. I started taking some photos of just the box and then ended up taking some selfies posing with the products. I remembered what runway coach Mandy Dyonne Lieveld taught me about modeling certain products. Know your product and pose accordingly.

Since I took my own photo shoot, I was able to get more comfortable with posing in front of the camera.  I took a bunch of pictures until I was happy with the angle, lighting and the overall feel of the photo.

I had so much fun!

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Photo: Jenny A.; Featured on @pause.unwind

The coolest part was when Pause & Unwind featured one of my photos on their Instagram! In the picture, I am posing with Sapling & Sprout’s organic coconut lip balm. I find it so funny that they chose to feature me posing with the lip balm because ever since my photo shoot, I never leave home without it. It’s always in my purse!

Thank you so much to Pause & Unwind! Check them out on their website  pauseandunwind.com or follow them on their Instagram @pause.unwind. I definitely recommend this subscription box!

About Pause & Unwind : The self-care subscription box that features women-founded brands chosen to relax & inspire you. Feel good taking your scheduled breather from the hustle & bustle. We’ll introduce you to spa / beauty products, jewelry, teas, edible goodies, & lots more so GET READY to pause, unbox & unwind!

* Ensures you’re taking the time to relax & recharge at least once a month

* Supports the wonderful artisans and small businesses we source from

So tell me…what was your first photo shoot like? Share it with me in the comments below!

-Jenny A.

Model Yuliya Aranovska

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Meet Yuliya:

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

 Yuliya Aranovska is a Ukrainian born model who has both a big heart and a dazzling smile. She dreams of channeling her modeling career into making a positive change in the world. Her ultimate goal is to encourage kindness and help charities. She also hopes to one day have her own fashion line and store.

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Like a true New Yorker, her style is a mix between edgy and classy. She usually wears all black for castings, but loves to show color in her usual wardrobe. Makeup? She always uses a little bit of eye liner and mascara and BB Cream moisturizer with a high SPF. On a nice day you can find her taking in the gorgeous backdrop of the city. One of her favorite go to spots is the 230 5th Ave rooftop lounge.

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She loves the arts! She draws with all types of materials, such as chalk pastels, markers, sharpies, and paint. She revealed that has a deep appreciation for street style graffiti and photography. She loves expressing herself through dancing and writing. If she could be a fruit or vegetable, she should be an onion, since it has a lot of layers (for all you Shrek fans!).

Yuliya is a travel bug! You can find her traveling and just exploring. When she travels she likes to experience the world like a local. She’s been parasailing, surfing, and paragliding! One of her favorite adventures was ATVing in Costa Rica!

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During our interview she realized that her favorite animated characters are always the mischievous female leads like Angelica from the Rugrats and Helga from Hey Arnold! (go figure!). Maybe she was inspired by them to break the rules a bit. 

At 5’7, an inch below the typical 5’8 height for female models, Yuliya has still managed to walk NY Fashion Week for Dan Liu & FTL Moda, Fashion Gallery New York, Philly Fashion Week, DC Fashion Week, and participated in presentations by Hellen Castillo from Project Runway, & many others. I think it’s very impressive because while it may seem like she is “just an inch below the standard”; an inch below the industry standard is a lot in fashion. Yuliya said that each of her experiences have been dreams come true & that is why she encourages all to never give up on their dreams.

You can follow her on Instagram: @Yuliyasofficial

-Jenny A.

Aspiring Model Noelia Baez

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Photos by: JR Pro Photography

Meet Noelia:

Noelia Baez is an aspiring Miami model from the Dominican Republic who dreams of becoming a fashion designer! She spends her time sketching, drawing and designing beautiful dresses.

Fun fact: Noelia LOVES to write. While she usually writes in Spanish, she is thinking of switching it up and writing in English.

Noelia shared that she moved with her family to Miami to have more opportunities and have a better future. “I am very proud of my mother,” she says. Her mother is her #1 role model because she is a hard worker and is always trying to do better for Noelia.

Noelia always wears a smile. She adores swimming and baking (especially cupcakes!). You can find her enjoying the Miami sun and taking a walk in the park.

If she could be fruit or vegetable she would be a strawberry because she is extremely sweet and friendly.

Fun fact: She absolutely loves to dance! She dances to hip-hop, Bachata and popular Hispanic songs.

Her favorite place to visit is an amusement park! You can find her running all over the park and jumping from roller coaster to roller coaster!

Fun fact: Her favorite Disney princess is Tiana from the Princess and the Frog.

Noelia has modeled in the Dominican Republic.

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You can follow her on Instagram: _queenyaya__

A special thanks to JR Pro Photography for their fantastic pictures of Noelia. Check out their page here!

-Jenny A.