CONFESSIONS MODEL SPOTLIGHT: Wicca Merlin

There is a fresh model in 2009 who took the SL Fashion World by storm. Her stardom shined so bright because of her hard work and dedication to modeling, as well as her very unique fashion sense and amicable attitude. Her name and face are easily recognizable whether you see her on the magazines or in the runway. Wicca is not afraid to be different but still remains fashionable. She turns heads and is the center of attention wherever she goes. Her modeling resume is a dream for many but only a few can achieve. She is in all the top agencies right now including AVENUE, Boulevard, EIMA, Diversity, ModelX, GIA, OPIUM, Catalyst of Fantasy, L.A. Modeling Agency, TOMA and others. She graduated from the best modeling academies in SL such as Neiva Kumasi, GIA-Glance International Academy and AVENUE Academy.

She is truly an extraordinary person and that is why we are so happy to spotlight her. Please give her some love.

Q. Please tell us about yourself and how you ventured into the modeling industry.

WM: My Avatar was born on January the 31th in 2007. I was in SL exploring a lot for a long time. One day, I searched for a new challenge and I met an old friend of mine at Stilleto Moodys. We talked a bit and she told me that she is a model. I asked her a whole lot about modeling . A few days later, I met another 2 old friends and saw in their profiles that they are models too now, so I thought to myself that I was always interested in styling and fashion in RL so I decided to try my luck in modeling. I started with JCNY and signed on at the Glance Academy. After that, My modeling career took off and it went better from day to day!

Q: Please tell us about some of your accomplishments within the modeling industry and describe what would be one of the most defining moments of your modeling career.

WM: I am not sure if it is an accomplishment but I found that I love training and helping others whether if they are aspiring models, friends or people who asked me for advice. I am very grateful as I was helped when I started my way into modeling. I am very happy that I am allowed to train others for GLANCE now. I am very proud to see my students make their way in the SL modeling industry. For example: When I see a show and see a model that I trained at GLANCE Academy, that gives me great pride and joy. ;-)

Also it is great to see yourself in magazines or on store adds. Those are very great moments for me and I feel so lucky that I am allowed to do that :-) Maybe I am not one of the “usual” models. I have edges and I dare to show them some unique and fierce fashion styles. I am a perfectionist always. I am never satisfied with what I do and always try to make it better the next time. Maybe that is one of the reasons that brought me as far as I am. I am never sure where I am in any rankings. I never think about if I am a “Top” Model. I am a model that loves her work. :-)

I walked in lots of fashion shows. I had the great honor to be in different magazines like Glance Magazine, Avenue Magazine, Catalyst of Fantasy Magazine and a few more. I was lucky as I was asked to store model for different stores and I was given great jobs on some agencies as a trainer, stylist , blogger or etc…
Overall, I have to say that I am a very lucky girl who is very grateful for all the opportunities to do something that I enjoy very well.

Q: You have certainly established yourself well within the modeling industry. Please tell us what you believe are the essential elements to being a successful model. Do you have any advice for aspiring models?

WM: The industry itself for me is an everyday growing challenge. There are many models out there and the jobs are limited. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to be picked for modeling jobs in SL. It is not enough I think to have just a pretty avatar to survive for a long time. You have to network all the time and not even in world. For me it is not much different to the RL fashion industry, I think it comes pretty close.
I think that one of the most important things is to be yourself…never lose your personality. Not one job can be as important that you disown your character or yourself. Dare to be you with your character, personality and even with your own style. What I noticed is that many aspiring models try to copy well known ones. I think that is the wrong way. They are well known in the business and they use it cause they once started as what they are…so we don’t need clones of them I think. Better respect their work and try to make your own way and style. You can ask them I think for help and advices but don’t copy them by skin , shape and other things..that makes no sense.

Also, I am afraid to tell you but you have to have a good PC. All the runway shows for example will request a high running PC with a good hardware. If you think that modeling is a way to make money and get famous…forget it. It will cost you lindens to be always up to date on the latest releases. You will be ask to match your outfits with a wide assortment of skins and accessories.

Be yourself and make your own way. Don’t jump on a running train that left already..better to be the first that jumps on the new upcoming train ;-)

Q: What do you like and dislike about modeling?

WM: I like that I can be creative and that I am allowed to show designers all the hard work and creativity whether on the runway, print jobs or with blogging. Also, it is great to share your likings with all the models close to you or working with you in the same agencies. It is amazing if you make contacts to designers and you are told that you are the one they like to show their designs on. Those are moments that open my heart and I am sure that it is the right way and I am right in what I do.

What I definitely don’t like is all that drama that is always around. People are jealous on others success and can’t be happy for them. For myself, I have very rare close friends I share my accomplishments with. But in general, I try to be quiet because I am scared always that someone will be jealous and tries to “hunt my head”. Sometimes that makes me sad but all the nice and great moments take all that away…:-)

Q: Finally, please tell us what motivates you to be a model. Who inspires you the most and what is your inspiration?

WM: It is because I love everything about modeling. Training, styling, mix and matching designs, be a little crazy sometimes, be creative, do pictures, get pictures done…that all I am allowed to combine in the modeling job. The feeling that I am on the right way with what I do and all the lovely people that greet me every day or ask me for my advice or for help…they motivate me a lot!

I get my inspirations from RL and SL…all that I see I take in my mind and there are different ways to bring them in. If it is music, lyrics, magazines, talking to other people…all that can be inspirations which you can use if they fit.

Q. Please feel free to share anything else you wish to add such as any additional comments etc.

WM: SL is an amazing possibility to be what you want to be. You can show off your style anyways what you are in RL. You can show your sense for fashion on a body that can be changed for what it needs…I think it is a great opportunity.
Further, I would like to thank Rico and Mikey, for the honor to let me be a part of such a great row of amazing models before me and I am sure after me in the Confessions Model Spotlight.

If you are interested to know more about me…visit:

http://wiccamerlin.wordpress.com/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wiccamerlin/

http://moolto.ning.com/profile/WiccaMerlin

http://pixelook.ning.com/profile/WiccaMerlin

Thank you so much Wicca for allowing us to interview you and letting our readers peek into your fabulous fashion world and experiences. Please leave some comments for Wicca. TY.

*Photographer: Julie Hastings

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12 thoughts on “CONFESSIONS MODEL SPOTLIGHT: Wicca Merlin”

  1. Congratulations Wicca,
    a nice, no drama person. Great Model, Blogger and Photographer.

    She can wear kinda everything ^^

    Great to have her on board in our Exclusiva family, as new Model / Store Manager too ;-)

    HuggZ VictoriaV & Vasgez McMillan

  2. Wicca has been in my circle of friends since the day I made my first walk in the LFFW show in 2008. She is kind, caring, cheerful, wacky funny, and one of the most professional models I know. She will always be the epitome of a pro in my eyes. Wicca gives every drop of her personal resources to what she does and is such an excellent example of the passion that drives people to reach their absolute highest levels of achievement. An awesome mentor indeed!

    xoxo Wicca! Burly T

  3. Wicca has been one of my faves since I started in my first show at LFFW back in 2009. Always kind, considerate, caring, and cheerful! And the first one to offer help when I needed it. I love her to death and I steal kisses from her whenever I can! Wicca makes me smile! ;))

  4. Congratulations Wicca and thank you Mikey and Ricccco for giving us a great article. Wicca is definitely on the rising lists of Models to Watch out for.. Her creativity with photos is amazing and her style is Impeccable. Additionally I’m proud to have her as a a Glamour Sister :)……..Was a pleasure reading her story…

    Synthia

  5. wow Wicca sis! what an absolutely amazing interview, I loved reading every word:) thank you Rico and Mikey for giving Wicca such a wonderful exposure, she is a shining star and truly has a heart of gold! I am so happy and proud to call myself one of her sisters, and to see her come to far and accomplish so much:) *hugs Wicca:)

  6. This interview is awesome, and now people can see a bit more of you because behind that great model there is a wonderful person to get to know. I am so happy to see you there, you deserve that spot!
    Love you sissy!!
    Ari

  7. youre a great model, blogger, teacher etc. but you are also the greatest friend for me, im glad that we met. you really deserve it to be on the blog <3

    Luv ya
    Misch.

  8. omg thx so much for your lovely comments and I would like to thank RIco and Mikey too who found so cute and sweet words for me…thank you so much. It was reallly something special to me to be interviewed for this greta blog…:-) *hugs* wicca

  9. that’s my sissy over there I see you Hi Sissypoo! *giggles*
    Amazing interview! Congrats to Wicca, Mikey and Rico :) Hugs! V.

  10. One of my favorite people in SL.

    No drama……………always upbeat. A pleasure to deal with.

    and a spectacular model., trainer, blogger and photographer

    Tres Beau was so proud to have Wicca agree to be our .:Kabuki::. 2010 calendar model

    Nave

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