CONFESSIONS MODEL SPOTLIGHT: Maddox Kaestner

MADDOX KAESTNER

It has been a while since we had a Model Spotlight here at CSLTM, so it is such a pleasure to present to you this amazing Top Male Model who have been blazing the fashion industry with his own masculine style and quiet yet unforgettable appeal. Maddox is the kind of model that is hard working, always professional and totally reliable. He is friendly and approachable. Maddox belongs to many top notch modeling agencies and have been featured in many SL magazines such as Maniera.

CSLTM believes in showcasing Top Talented Supernovas or Bright Rising Stars in the Fashion Industry so we can learn from them on their modeling journey. Please give some love to Maddox Kaestner.


Q: Please tell us about yourself and what  you consider your defining characteristics as a model that makes you unique and recognizable from the rest.

MK: Well, I’m pretty much just a regular kind of guy. I’m not extravagant or over the top, I’m rather pretty laid back and down to earth. I’ve been in SL for about 3 years or so, and have had all kinds of remarkable experiences during that time. I’m currently as happy as I could ever be, with my career in modeling, in my relationship with the amazing Talyia Tarber, and just with myself as a whole.

I think my defining characteristics would have to be that I am a perfectionist, particularly when it comes to my modeling. I always strive to do my best in all aspects of it, whether that is in the styling, the poses, or the walk, but in that staying true to who I am. I hope that my attitude and the way I treat others is what people recognize, above any look that ditinguishes me from others.

Q: What is your view of SL Fashion and how did you venture into the modeling industry?

MK: The SL Fashion industry is just amazing. We have so many talented designers within our community that really make our job as models very easy. Fashion has come a long way within SL, and I am constantly in awe of what these incredible designers bring to us on a daily basis.

I got my start in modeling about a year and a half ago. I was searching for something I could do that I felt would be challenging as well as fun for me. I’ve always been a shop-o-holic, and was adamant about trying to make my avi presentable, and as close to “real life looking” as possible. A friend of a friend owned a small modeling agency, and she gave me a shot. I loved it and never looked back.

Q: What are some of your accomplishments within the modeling industry and describe what would be one of the most defining moments of your modeling career?

MK: I’ve been very blessed throughout my career thus far. I am affiliated with a number of wonderful agencies and magazines. I have the privilege of being the Assistant Academy Manager and teach new models at SuperElite Fashion Academy, I am currently a General Manager for Opium Fashion Agency, and am in charge of managing the runway for shows, etc.

Defining moments…..hmmm, I’ve had so many extraordinary experiences, it’s so hard to narrow them down as each have been important milestones for me. I would have to say the 2 that stand out most at the moment would be, being a finalist in Mr VW in 2010, and being chosen as a Maniera Man of Style, also in 2010.

Mr VW was my first big competition. I had no idea what to expect or what I was in for. It was definately a challenge, as well as an awesome experience. The competition was just incredible, all the guys were amazing and I feel very lucky to have made it to the finals.

It was not long after that, that I entered the Maniera Man of Style competition. I was pretty shocked, but extremely grateful to have won. I feel that the combination of these two experiences and the many other phenomenal opportunities I’ve been granted, have opened up many doors for me.

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

MK: Well, thank you, I appreciate that. I’m sure each model has their own beliefs as to what are essential elements. For me, it’s integrity, loyalty, and dependability. Of course models have to be motivated, and we should all strive to be unique in our own ways. But I believe without core values and morals, it’s all for nothing.

My advise for new and aspiring models would be to stay true to yourself. Don’t try to be something you’re not. Stay focused and always try to keep a good attitude through the good and the bad, cause trust me, it’s not always easy out there in the model world. :)

Q: What do you like and dislike about modelling?

MK: Hmm what do I like? Wow, I like it all really. I love the huge variety and visions for shows and I love walking the runway. I welcome the challenge of every modeling opportunity. When you can take an outfit and present it, whether on the runway or in print, in a way that pleases the designer is always the most rewarding. I love the diversity within the modeling world, how each and every model envisions and creates a look of their own.

Now for my dislikes…lol. How long have you got? No, I’m kidding. Honestly I don’t have too many. Of course I loathe copybotters. Anyone who steals the ideas and hard work of another is without a doubt on the bottom of my list for a Christmas card. I’m also not a big fan of divas, or models who like to think they are above putting in the time that the rest of us do in practicing or rehearsing for shows, etc. I don’t think any of us are above any other, sure some of us have been in the industry longer, or have an established name or whatnot. But really, it can all be taken away in a split second, and I’m not beyond that realization.

Q: What motivates you to be a model? Who inspires you the most and what is your inspiration?

MK: My biggest motivation to model is the brilliant talents of our designers, and the irreplaceable feeling you get when you’ve finished an amazing project, show or shoot that highlights those talents and presents them to the general public in a way that helps that designer flourish in their business.

My inspirations range widely. What inspires me in modeling are designers, photographers, my fellow models, even to people I’ve never met.  I see inspirations in RL, on the internet, in magazines, on the street.

Inspirations in my personal life, are my friends and family, my darlin Talyia, who is a constant support to me in all I do, and in RL – my grandparents, who have always instilled in me: to stand up for what you believe in, to love with all your heart when the time is right, and to treat everyone as you would want to be treated. And though I may fail miserably at times, I do strive to live by those standards.

Q: What are your plans for the future? Any future shows or projects we can look forward to?

MK: Hmm, let’s see, what’s upcoming. Well we just finished up London Fashion Week, which kept me extremely busy. At the moment, I am gearing up for Menswear Fashion Week, which is March 18th-25th. I’m working on a shoot for Radar Magazine. And Opium’s ‘I am Fierce’ Competition is continuing, which I am also involved in behind the scenes. So I’m staying busy. :)

As far as other plans for the future, well basically to just continue what I’m doing. I am constantly learning and growing as a model, and I strive to become more involved as my career progresses. I’m mostly looking to get involved in more print work, as opposed to runway work, so we’ll see how that pans out.

Q: Do you have any other interest or career in SL other than modelling? Tell us about it.

MK: Outside of modeling, I play football for the SFL, on the Frank’s Place Lions team. GO LIONS!! lol  I also own and manage a horse ranch, Outlaw Ranch Inc., where we breed and sell horses, as well as dogs and fish. And of course my main interest…..well Talyia of course. :)  I said I’d never settle down, lol….well never say never is my new motto.  So yeah, I’m madly in love and am enjoying every moment we have together.

Q:  Is there anything else that you would like to add?

MK: I’d just like to thank CSLTM for the opportunity to be in the spotlight, and listen to my ramblings….lol. No really, it’s a great honor, and it means the world to me. Thank you. :)


We thank Maddox  for his time in allowing us to interview him and we once again congratulate him for being chosen as a Model Spotlight to appear here in Confessions of a Second Life Top Model blog. We wish Maddox continued success for all his  future endeavours!

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Confessions Model Spotlight: Miss Uruguay 2011 Veronica Krasner

Confessions of a SL Top Model is so honored to welcome VERONICA KRASNER to our Supermodel Spotlight.

Veronica Krasner is an amazing SL Top Model who have been blazing the top agencies and shows this year. She is a hardworking model who never utters an ounce of complain no matter what the circumstances are. Her efforts and determination along with her professionalism gained her a level of respect and recognition in the SL Fashion Industry as she earned Top Model Tags and secured a finalist spot in Miss Virtual World 2011 representing Miss Uruguay. The most AMAZING thing about Miss Krasner is that she doesn’t let all these successes get to her head.   She is humble, sweet, friendly and so down to earth which is what makes her an excellent Role Model.

Meet Miss Uruguay 2011: Veronica Krasner

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

VK: I joined Second Life on January 6th, 2007 and after having some months getting used to the basic skills in-world, I started looking at the classifieds searching to join any modeling agency looking for models.
I was a cute little girl but of course I didn’t have a proper modeling shape and face, anyways I think it was my willing to become a model and to do what I wished so much that convinced three ceos of different agencies to hire me as a model. At this point I always thank to them (Sunshine Kit, Calamity Hathaway and Miguel Rotunno) for having faith and me and for allowing me my first modeling  assignments and runway shows.
After  a year modeling part-time and learning by myself and with the help of the agency’s trainers, the first modeling schools or academies started to flourish in Second Life and I decided it was time to acquire a formal training and to evolve in the profession.
I had a face and shape  makeover (the first of many following little “surgeries” I had LOL!) and I enrolled to InStyle (UVogue) Modeling School in September, 2008, then Avenue Models Academy in November, 2008 and lastly Glance Model Academy in February, 2009.
By that time, other agencies hired me and I started officially modeling as my main profession in Second Life :)

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

VK: I feel that one of my biggest accomplishments and satisfactions is to work nowadays for some of the biggest and well respected agencies among the Second Life Modeling Industry. Joining each one of them was a big moment in my professional career.

At the moment I work for: AVENUE Models, Evane Models Agency, Timeless Modeling Agency, ModelX the Agency, Maniera Model Agency,
SL Illustrated, Kabuki Boutique, PREMIERE MODELLING, Deja Vu International | Models, SuperElite Modeling Agency, Boulevard Agency, GLANCE | International Agency, BeStyle District Agency, Opium Fashion Agency, MELY’S DREAMS MODEL, AvCoN Production, DEJAVOGUE and ELEGANCE  INTERNATIONAL Modeling Agency.

I work also as store model for Gems & Kisses, Neiva Kumasi Couture,
.: Naive :.  and Exclusiva®

I generally wasn’t lucky enough on winning contests or pageants, but lately I managed to place 1st Runner for Prism Print Model Contest, 1st Runner up also for Miss Fashion Contest, Top 20 for Miss SuperElite Spring  and Summer 2010 and my biggest achievements so far were to get selected as an Official Finalist Candidate for Miss Virtual World 2011, in which I represent the country of Uruguay and I just got my first cover ever for Maniera Magazine last month of july.

Q. Please tell us about yourself and what  you consider your defining characteristics as a model that makes you unique and recognizable from the rest.

VK: I think I’ll say something that was said many times but it’s true… with L$ everyone can be stunning and wear the best skins and clothes, but I also think that part of your avatar reflects who you are behind the computer, your personality shines through it, so I think that is what sets me apart from the rest, I always tried from day one to be the same person I am in RL, with the same strenghts and weaknesses, I am proud of being responsible, friendly, a quick learner, attentive and a team work player, I believe the success on any task is a collective result so I work towards it.
My experience in the modeling field and my willing to keep learning and updating myself daily plus my personality are then what defines me as a model and makes me unique and recognizable from the rest.

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

VK: I think to be a succesful model there are many elements joining all together: a formal education to learn the modeling techniques and styling tips, then practice on your own as much as you can, go to laggy sims with packed clubs and try to walk there in the best way you can, that will help you to get used to lag, which almost always is your company at the majority of the SL modeling shows.
Be reliable, punctual, well disposed, be open to the unexpected or last minutes changes, and mostly don’t give up. You will find rejection sooner or later at any point of your career, it is ok to feel sad or even angry (I felt that way too), but get over it, pickup your pieces and be ready for the next chance to try again :)
There is also a luck factor that you can experience too (some have it soon as they start their career, some have it later), I call it the “being at the right place at the right moment” it happened to me too, for castings mostly.
Also having a high self- steem and being self-confident will help you in this industry, but remember, everything in its right measure, don’t turn into arrogant or diva, the SL Modeling Industry doesn’t like those kind of models :)
Be unique, don’t copy other models looks, facial features or stylings, just be yourself and a recognizable face only yours :)
And also, I am not a “tech-girl” but you would like to have a good pc, with a powerful graphic card and enough RAM memory, to run heavy shows with lag as smooth as possible.

Q. What do you like and dislike about modelling?

VK: I like the thrill of showcasing the creativity of Second Life Designers, I like the feeling when I am styling outfits for a show at home, picking the accessories to showcase them at the very best light possible, I like the excitement and nerves I have backstage before my first walk out at every show and I like working with the fellow models as a group team, pulling all together in order to achieve a succesful show.
I like helping newcomer models, I think it’s a way to give back what I was given when I started in the industry, at the moment I am not a trainer for any agency since I have so much going on, plus I am out of home roughly 10 hours a day due to my RL work, but I surely help them when they ask me for advice and love doing it :)

I dislike… well I dislike rejections as we’ve spoken before, but they make me stronger in the end, and I dislike when drama arises, I simply try to stay out of it and just go and do my work.
I dislike also “diva attitudes” and arrogant people, there is also some of that in this world but in the end, this is a world made of RL people behind their avatars, so it can’t be completely avoided :)

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

VK: I’m motivated by all the talent that this industry has to offer, starting from the endless creativity of designers to modeling agencies CEOS, runway managers, trainers, stylists and fellow models. It’s because all of them that I want to continue doing my work at my very best possible, and I enjoy every single moment of it! :)

Q. Congratulations for being a MVW Finalist. What does winning Miss Virtual World mean to you and How do you plan to achieve it?

VK: I feel very honored and proud to be in the MVW finals, I really know it’s a very difficult process to get to the finals so I am very grateful to be part of this fantastic experience.
The MVW Pageant is a school for me, you learn from the other contestants, you share moments with them, you socialize and build bonds, and I hopefully expect to remain friends with them as some of the past edition finalists did. :)
I don’t have any plan to achieve the title, just being myself and giving the best of me in the pageant, to know I did the best I could will be the best reward for me, even if I don’t get crowned in the end.

Q. What are your plans and goals for the future in modeling?

VK: Well, I plan to continue working in this industry, as I said before I love it and I feel honored of every single show I get casted for, I would love to do some more print work such as vendors or magazine spreads, I didn’t have much chance of doing that type of work so far and I find it also as charming as walking a catwalk.
And of course I expect to get to meet the amazing contestants at the Miss Virtual World Pageant.

Q. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

VK: I would love to thank CSLTM for allowing me this interview to share my thoughts and experience and I wish you much luck and continued success with the blog. I also want to thank my sisters, husband  and friends for making me a better person every day I log in and share my hours with each one of them :)

Good Luck with the Miss Virtual World Competition. Thank you and Best Wishes to Veronica Krasner in all her future endeavors. Please feel free to  leave your support and comments.

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CONFESSIONS MODEL SPOTLIGHT: Laura18 Streeter

Laura18 Streeter

I am so pleased to present to you our next Confessions Model Spotlight:

Laura18 Streeter

This well known Italian model have been gracing the Second Life runways and magazines since 2007. Her hard work and determination combined with her unique beauty and professionalism have kept her on Top of the SL Fashion World. Many models have come and gone but Miss Streeter is one of the very few who are here to stay because of her love for fashion and adaptable styling skills.  She is the co-owner of L&B Black Label Productions Photo Studio as well as the head model of LOOK Elite. Her resume includes:

LOOK Elite head model
MAD Agency Model
EFA Model
Modavia Productions
UVogue (ex InStyle) Top Model
Premiere Model
former Face of ‘Styles of Edo’
Nominated for Runway Magazine Model 2008
former Runway Magazine model
former KaDeWe model

Please welcome our next CSLTM Model Spotlight: Laura18 Streeter

Q:  Please tell us about yourself and what  you consider your defining characteristics as a model that makes you unique and recognizable from the rest.

LS: I have been modeling since 2007. I believe in low drama, commitment, and getting the work done best I can. I think I can be anything a designer needs and I put my heart in what I do. I have a few “trademarks” – one is my shape I made over the years, the other is – usually – Lelutka skins. But none of this is etched in stone, I can be anything the designer or agency wants me to be.

Q:  What is your view of SL Fashion and how did you venture into the modeling industry?

LS: I started modeling on a whim. I had just been fired and needed a job o keep me in outfits – I had found out freebies didn’t cut it anymore. I thought to myself, “I don’t know how to do anything but I’m cute and pretty, perhaps I could model” – little did I know where that would have taken me!
Fashion in SL is a strange thing. While many concepts are those of RL, the tools are limiting and I think outfits need to be designed with SL in mind. Attempts to replicate certain RL dresses have met with failures. Cloth just doesn’t flow the same way. Said this, there are really lovely designs all over the grid, some easy to wear some harder, but all worth it!

Q:  What are some of your accomplishments within the modeling industry and describe what would be one of the most defining moments of your modeling career?

LS: I think a few things made me as a model. The first is joining Runway Magazine in 2008, and later becoming candidate for Model of the Year. Secondly, was meeting Edo Tone and becoming his Face of Edo with Mami Jewell’s designs. Last but not least, my management career I owe to Look Elite Models, for which I became CEO, then COO, and am still in charge of producing shows.

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

LS: To be a successful model takes motivation. Lots of it. And the right attitude. It is one of never giving up. It is one of ambition, but at the same time humility. A difficult mix to achieve. Drama is a no no and will get you nowhere in most cases. Perseverance is what it takes. Nights of tears, failed shows, and rejections must never make you waver from your objective. All the tools and techniques can be learned – this attitude cannot and is almost impossible to teach. A model is a tool, whose purpose is to sell outfits. She is not on stage for herself.

Q:  What do you like and dislike about modeling?

LS: I love the creativity. I love fashion, and I love that I can be whatever I want, with less limitations than in RL.
I dislike, again, the drama that goes along with it all. Many models think its about “me, me, me” – this is not how I believe modeling should be done. I dislike attitudes in which one model is out to get the other – backstage we are all the same. Its a team effort. If your fellow model is not rezzed, tell her. Don’t act like you’ll look better if she’s all gray on stage. This negative attitude is present off stage as well. We should be in this together and not at war with one another.

Q:  What motivates you to be a model? Who inspires you the most and what is your inspiration?

LS: My inspiration goes with my moods, and with places i see and people I meet. Something strikes my creativity – it could be a new sim, a new outfit, a new article I read. Often it comes from within me.

Q: What are your plans for the future? Any future shows or projects we can look forward to?

LS: I still have several ideas for the fashion world. Call them events or shows if you will. A couple of these ideas I think have not been done yet on SL and they are at the moment top secret. LOL! I think there is still room for expansion, and not all events need to be boring. But the fashion industry needs a refresher sometimes. I’d like to try and take it in new directions .

Also, I opened a photo studio and am working to become a good photographer, which has been my passion in RL as well since long ago

Q:  Is there anything else that you would like to add?

LS: I said it before, especially for the new models: be yourself, be humble, and overall
NEVER GIVE UP
More Information about Laura18 Streeter

Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/laura18streeter/
Blog: http://laura18streeter.blogspot.com/

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Thank you so much Laura for this informative interview. Best wishes to you in all your future endeavors in SL and RL.

Please feel free to say hello and give comments.

CONFESSIONS Model Spotlight: Mangosio Lohner

MANGOSIO LOHNER

I am excited and honored to present our next CSLTM MODEL SPOTLIGHT : Mangosio Lohner.

He exemplifies what male modeling should be about in Second Life: A unique model with exceptional style and skills who always carry himself with humility and professionalism. You can recognize him anywhere in the crowd due to his distinctive avatar and fantastic personality. He is one of SuperElite Agency’s Model Trainer and have mentored many of today’s Top Models in the fashion industry. He graced many exciting runway shows and is represented by Top SL agencies which include:

AVENUE
AGATA
BOULEVARD
EVANE
GLANCE
LOOK ELITE
MODAVIA
SIREN PRODUCTIONS
SUPERELITE
TEAM EDO
& Many More….

Please WELCOME my friend and mentor: Mangosio Lohner

Q. Please tell us about yourself and what you consider your defining characteristics as a model that makes you unique and recognizable from the rest.

ML: Well I’m not the prototypical “rough-hewn” type male model.  That archetype is already well established and well represented by many others.  I believe my overall appearance is unique in itself and that my personality, which is a little less obvious than most, means I’m not someone who likes to be the center of attention in that way, but like to let my styling and creativity with designers clothes, speak for itself.

Q. What is your view of SL Fashion and how did you venture into the modelling industry?

ML: Around March or April of 2008 I learned Metro Models was casting for male models, so I sent in pictures and advanced to the interview stage, not bad considering at that time I was on the grid only a few months.  Upon arriving at my interview however I quickly realized I had no chance.  Everyone else just looked much more polished than me and I also had no idea how to cope with the simple runway components.  Anyway that experience was quite an eye-opener and I immediately decided that I had better get a proper education.  In July I began taking classes at EFA and from there I was off and running.

Now is a glorious time to model the male form.  Quality men’s offerings are coming thick and fast from all directions, all styles, all the time.  In turn there are more and more modeling opportunities for men out there.

Q. What are some of your accomplishments within the modelling industry and describe what would be one of the most defining moments of your modelling career?

ML: I feel my biggest accomplishment was being appointed to teach at SuperElite Fashion Academy last year.  I enjoy this job very much and seeing a student glowing after their graduation show makes the energy and effort I put in worthwhile.  It’s even more gratifying to see them grow into highly successful models. \m/

Most defining moment?  I would have to say it was the Art in Motion show for SE.  Big time models, fantastic build, unique choreography…and it was my second show ever.  I thank Yasmine Kidd a lot for taking a chance on me.

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

ML: Well first off refer to Kay Fairey’s take on this question.  It’s pretty much spot on.

I would add that extra skill sets are very helpful.  The queue for the runway or photo studio is very long and very competitive, but there are other ways to prove your worthiness, commitment, and reliability.  If you can build, offer to help create the runway.  If you can write, offer to help prepare the show script.  If you can take quality pictures, show your potential clients what you are capable of through flickr or by other means.  And so on.

So don’t limit yourself to just strictly the modeling craft.  The fashion community is large and there’s always something that needs done.

Q. What do you like and dislike about modelling?

ML: I really enjoy the technical side of preparing for a show and of course the show itself, the set of challenges each of these bring and the rush and frustration you feel.  That never gets old.  And of course the content that designers bring to us and how it can challenge my sensibilities and approach.

What I don’t like is how competition in castings or contests can get out of control.  I wish it wasn’t like that.  Our time in SL should be fun!

Q. What motivates you to be a model? Who inspires you the most and what is your inspiration?

ML: Styling is what is keeping me here.  This part of you evolves and changes over time and becomes more addictive with each new release.  It’s exciting to conceive, build, and then present a new look.

That being said I greatly admire works from Jarl Soderstom, Boe Cortes, and Tact Arida.  Their styling ranges and looks are beyond anything I can dream of and their photography is not bad, to put it mildly.

Q. Your partner Amber Quinzet is also a model here in SL. How does it affect your relationship and is there a competition between you and her?

ML: No, there never really was any competition between us.  In fact it’s really fantastic that we’ve managed to strike a good balance between our commitments here on SL and to each other.  Our relationship, in whatever we do together, has always been one of love, support, and honesty.

Q. What are your plans for the future? Any future shows or projects we can look forward to?

ML: I will be shifting gears and diving into the world of blogging.  You can see my take on fashion at http://mangosio.wordpress.com.

Q. Is there anything else that you would like to confess or add?

ML: I would like to thank the CSLTM team for inviting me.  It was an absolute honor to be considered for this interview.  I hope I have offered some insights and to all the aspiring models out there, good luck and my door is always open.

Thank You So Much to Mangosio Lohner for sharing his experiences and tips with the readers in this interview. We wish him the best in his career. Please leave some comments for him. =)

CONFESSIONS MODEL SPOTLIGHT: Linnda Scofield

Let me present to you a hardworking, multi-tasking SUPERMODEL: Linnda Scofield

Linnda Scofield is an amazing person because not only has she made a name for herself as one of Second Life’s SUPERMODELS, but she managed to own/run one of the Top Most Successful Active Agency on the grid: ModelX, which is celebrating it’s Second Year this month. On top of that, She is a fantastic stylist, blogger and photographer. This Superwoman can do everything and she does it with professionalism and style. She is very well liked and respected in the SL Fashion Industry because she is very friendly, gracious and reliable. She is represented by Top Agencies which include:

☆ AVENUE Models
☆ BeStyle District Agency Supermodel
☆ Deja Vu International Model
☆ D’IOR modeling agency
☆ EVANE Topmodel
☆ GLANCE | International Agency
☆ ModelX (owner and headmodel)
☆ Modavia Model/ Modavia productions event model
☆ Premiere modeling agency
☆ Solo2 fashion topmodel
☆ SW &MB Production Model
☆ Timeless Agency
☆ 5th Avenue Modeling Agency

Store model:
☆ LeeZu
☆ Miamai

Because of her love for Fashion, She is also a stylist and blogger at Glance and freelance blogger for BOSL.

Take some notes because this Top Model have some amazing tips.

Here’s LINNDA SCOFIELD:

Q: Please tell us about yourself and what  you consider your defining characteristics as a model that makes you unique and recognizable from the rest.

*LS: At this moment, there are a tons of models at the grid so you need to be an outstanding model to get the right attention.
It is all about uniqueness. The first thing what a good model should have is to have a good personality. Have respect for your college models and designers,be friendly and helpful, enjoy the little things and don’t ever give up. Also a good taste, good sense of style and eye for details is important. Be updated with the fashion scene. Have passion with all the things you do.
To be and stay a good model, you need to keep improving and work for it, take time to work on your avi. The more you are original and unique, the more you will get noticed. Improve and try to be one of the best. Never give up!! Don’t just buy a shape and skin so you look like anyone else. Make it your own so people will recognize you. One tip I can gave is to dare to mix and match different designers and styles. This will make you stand out from the crowd.

I would like to describe myself as a model that have fun with everything; I am enjoying all the tiny things. I love to be classy, sexy and be elegant but I also value precision in any kind of way.

Q: What is your view of SL Fashion and how did you venture into the modelling industry?

*LS: I love Fashion, well call me fashion addicted. Because of my love for fashion, I started modeling on  November 2007. One of my best friends was a Modavia Supermodel already and she took me with her to Modavia. Dea Mills inspired and motivated me to be a model and gave (together with Harmonica) some great workshops and advice. They really inspired models in a good way to keep improving and teach us the basics. I started to join some agencies with a good reputation and even started my own agency in July 2008. I have never been “professionally trained” by an academy, but have learned everything through experience. But I do like to say to new models to join an academy so you are sure you know all the basics.I have constantly pushed myself to become a better model but I think even top models aren’t too old to learn and yes even me. I recently did some  advanced modeling seminars done by Payton Heron for Evane models and in July, I couldn’t resist to do 2 classes at the  MISS VIRTUAL WORLD Modeling Academy with my friends Mimmi and Kay, because one is never too old to learn and being up to date with the new tips and tricks.

Fashion doesn’t  only mean Modeling for me. Fashion at Sl is something very big and we deal with it everyday.
Fashion is a way to express my self, my personality and my feeling of the day :)
I love to search for new kinds of designers, read the sl fashion magazines and blogs to keep in touch with all things around sl fashion and try to combine outfits so I can make a unique look incl everything like accessory, hair and skins.

Q: What are some of your accomplishments within the modelling industry and describe what would be one of the most defining moments of your modelling career?

*LS: The most important accomplishment is to be a well known model with a good reputation. I always have my love and passion for my work and I think people feel this when they are working with me and are around me.
My career have had some wonderful moments since 2007 , I will never forget the tiny things. I have done so much but i do have some highlights :D But don’t be afraid that I will note down my whole history.  haha.

One of those highlights is that I am hired by the most important agencies of SL which I am very proud of to be a part in and walk those amazing runway shows with them.

A moment I won’t forget was to be a model of the month and cover model for Bestyle Magazine last September. I felt so honored, this feeling was just amazing. I am also very proud to be a part of the Modavia group, no i am still no supermodel but they are a great group to work with and i have been in some shows with them and was in some magazine issues.
I also like to mention my work with some of the best designers in sl. I am so proud to be a LeeZu and Miamai model and I may not forget all my print work for several designers who become such great friends like Nando Korobase and leandra breen (angel dessous) Poulet Koenkamp (PurpleMoon), Joy Fellini (Fellini Couture),M4rk3tt0 Bonetto (DMD/Essential Soul) and July Raymaker (Manifeste) and oh my, I can name some more designers and print work but these people really always are there to support me and give me that smile on my face.

The same things is that Patty Cortes of Glance hired me not only as a model but also gave me a job as Blogger and Stylist for her website and Magazine. This really made me feel so happy and proud. It is great to see yourself in magazines or on store adds. Those are lovely and great moments for me.

I may not forget the one thing i am very proud of and that is running my own agency since july 2008. This week we are having a special show for our 2th anniversary. ModelX is my baby and together with all my precious models and staff we can be proud of it. Who could ever thought ModelX will be here after 2 years.

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

*LS: Have Fun!! Enjoy all those lovely moments when you walk a show or doing a shoot for magazine’s or store add. Dare to be creative. Mix and match and don’t forget to make your outfit always special with all those lovely extra’s we have on sl.
Keep being unique and keep improving your self and the one of the most important things is to have respect to everyone around you, just be your self, never lose your personality, because at the end it is your personality and uniqueness which make you a great model, and not the tag above your head. Remember you are in a show, magazine or add to represent the brand not to present yourself.

My motto:
Beauty is in your soul even when your an avatar. It is how you feel inside and it reflects in your eyes. It’s beauty that captures your attention; personality which captures your heart.

One thing i always tell new models is not to expect miracles and don’t think you are a top model in just a few months, and don’t freak out when you have lag, learn to live with it ;)

Q: What do you like and dislike about modelling?

*LS: I love all the creativity that is possible in sl. You can do anything to make that one special look. Styling is something i can do for hours and search just for that one special thing that finish my outfit. I just love to model hahaha and see myself back in show, adds etc.

I dislike models who think they are the best and think they rule. I so hate Jealousy, bad attitudes and people who don’t have respect for others. Just be your self because everyone is the same. And don’t be fake, i so hate fake people who are just want to come to me and be nice because they want something from me.

Q: What motivates you to be a model? Who inspires you the most and what is your inspiration?

*LS: My love for fashion motivates me. I love rl fashion just as much as I love sl fashion and omg it is so huge in sl. I can express my feelings of a day into my outfit. My close friends are the ones who keep inspiring me and people like Leandra breen, Agtaope Carter, Mimmi Boa and Natasja Schumann can kick my butt sometimes when my modeling battery need to be uploaded haha.

Q: What are your plans for the future? Any future shows or projects we can look forward to?

*LS: OMG I have so many plans haha. First we have the 2th anniversary show next week for ModelX (and there are coming some more amazing shows with ModelX) but also i will be a part of the Modavia Fashion week and some shows with other great agency’s. I will keep blogging and styling for Glance and freelance for BOSL. I also joined some contest like Miss Bliss and Angel Dessous so see what that will bring me. Think i wont get bored ;)

Q: Is there anything else that you would like to add?
*LS: I just want to say thank you Rico (and the CSLTM team) for this interview and I hope i can inspire some people. It was an honor to do it :D Keep on going with this great website. Also i would like to thank everyone who always keep inspire me and support me.

***Thank You Linnda Scofield for the interview. You have provided us with some excellent modelling advice and we are grateful. We wish you the very best in all your endeavors and May You Always SHINE!!!

Please leave a comment for Linnda Scofield. TY

CONFESSIONS MODEL SPOTLIGHT: Amber Quinzet

It is an honor to introduce to you our next Model Spotlight: Amber Quinzet.

She has style, grace and beauty all her own that is reminiscent of Old Hollywood Glamour, yet this beautiful redhead is spunky and vivacious. She is professional, reliable and truly a role model due to her unique elegant styling and humble attitude. She is one of my best friends and one of the few people I asked for modelling advice. She is the lead Fashion Manager at SuperElite Agency.

Please give some love to Amber Quinzet.

Q: Please tell us about yourself how you ventured into the modelling industry.

AQ: I have always had a love of clothing and whilst shopping I heard about a few fashion shows and decided to take a look.  I had never realized how big an industry fashion and modelling were on SL.  I loved what I saw and asked a friend who is a Fashion Writer advice about the best academies.  I started my first ever venture into modelling under with the brilliant tuition of the Avenue Academy teachers.

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

AQ: Graduating from Avenue and my subsequent academies has been a major achievement.  I was privilege to be involved in London Fashion Week and the show that involved RL Designers.  I was one of the Top 10 Finalist for Miss Supersearch Autumn and first runner up for Miss VR International, I am proud to be a My Precious Model for Agnes Finney and a House of Beningborough Show Elite Show Model.  In addition to this I am proud to now be an Assistant Manager and Instructor with The SuperElite Academy and Agency.

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

AQ: I think firstly training.  Find an academy that covers all the basics in detail and continuous development is good.  Make your own style, don’t copy others, do your homework and be unique.  Remember to be professional in attitude and manner, that means being timely, flexible and attentive to your employer and agencies.  Most of all enjoy it, it can be stressful but satisfaction of a well done from the designer and agency you are working for are well worth it.

Q: What do you like and dislike about modelling?

AQ: I love the way I can be creative and often inventive in order to bring the designers work  to life. I also love the friends i have made through my modelling and the support they give me, it makes for a good show when you have that family feeling.  I  particularly dislike lag but it is something you have to learn to live with.  However, I wish the lindens would do something about their recent instability of sims on SL.

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

AQ: I have always loved fashion and to be able to work within that arena really is a privilege. Receiving the well dones and seeing how happy a designer/photographer is when you have done a great job really does motivate me.  Im in awe of all of the SL designers who can create such amazing work.  My biggest inspirations are Kryptonia Paperdoll who was my first ever instructor and is a talented lady in all things, Kay Fairey for her uniqueness and style and finally my hubby Mangosio Lohner for his support and encouragement when I don’t think things are going my way.

Q: What are your plans and goals for the future in modeling?

AQ: I am taking much more of an active role in The SuperElite Agency and Academy  which is helping me understand more about the other side of modelling, the hard work that people don’t often see.  Organizing models, planning walks, writing scripts, hosting etc don’t just happen, lots of work is involved to get it right. I really enjoy my instructing and want to continue to help develop those new up and coming models.

Q: Is there anything else that you would like to add?

AQ: Just to say thanks to all my amazing friends and family, they know who they are.  SL and this modelling world just wouldnt be the same without there constant support.  Hugsss!!!!

Thank You to Amber Quinzet for the interview and modelling tips. Please leave some comments for her.

FASHION & MUSIC: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Starring RicoRacer Flux

MODEL: RicoRacer Flux

PHOTOGRAPHER: Barney Roundel

FASHION: This mix and match outfit is put together with finesse to create a stunning ensemble reminiscent of Alexander Mcqueen Style. The highly detailed Tuxedo Jacket is from Lapointe & Bastchilde that comes with a collar, tie and cuff prims. The grooved vertical edges make a man look lean and sophisticated.
I paired this formal jacket with a fantastic Scottish kilt from Mushashi-do. The colors of the kilt are vibrant and it really flows when you move. It comes with a belt and sporran (pouch) that is highly detailed with rich textures if you look closely. The awesome footwear is from REDGRAVE. It is very unique and compliments the outfit well. A top hat and an umbrella from Cheerno completes the look that speaks volumes. A great combination of Masculinity and Elegance.

Wearing this fantastic outfit makes a man feel adventurous and mysterious.  Catch dangerous criminals as a Top Notch spy On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Rescue that damsel in distress and save the world in time from a great peril. Let your imaginations run wild. =)

TUXEDO JACKET: Lapointe & Bastchilde

KILT: Mushashi-Do

SHOES: Redgrave

MUSIC: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Score

ARTIST: The Bond Band Live

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On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Music

RicoRacer Flux “The Journey”: Second Life contests and castings. I’ve had my fair share of winning and losing SL contests and castings. It makes me sad that people take losing so seriously to the point of giving up Second Life. When it comes to competitions, I always follow this very wise saying…” Don’t take your success to your head nor your failures to your heart.” Win or Lose, Life goes on and I believe the experience will only make you stronger and better. No one can win all the competitions out there. You may have the perfect ‘everything’ but it might not be what they are looking for at that moment.

Let me tell you something. I once auditioned for a Top SL agency who was hiring models.  As far as I’m concerned, I had the perfect look with fantastic styling and fabulous poses picked out. I was so SURE that they would hire me but they didn’t. I was not what they are looking for at that moment. Guess What? Two weeks later, I got a message from that agency’s CEO that they would love to hire me and add me to their model roster if I am still interested. Anyway, the point is no matter how perfect you are, it might not be the right fit at that time. Contests are subjective and each judge’s view of what they are looking varies. So, if you don’t get it the first time, TRY again. Don’t be too hard on yourself. The sun will always shine. Wouldn’t the victory be much sweeter knowing how hard you worked at it? So, Get up, dust off and move on. The journey is not about the destination but the experiences along the way. Most important is to be happy of who you are and be content with what you have. Enjoy life. =)

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FASHION & MUSIC: “Midnight Train to Georgia” by Gladys Knight Starring RicoRacer Flux

MODEL: RicoRacer Flux

PHOTOGRAPHER: Barney Roundel

FASHION: Tres Beau: CHARLES. Kimmera Madison did an amazing job creating this fantastic outfit. The entire look is elegant and sophisticated especially for that world traveler man in style. The details of the coat is rich with the use of unique patterns and textures. The added fedora and gloves complete the look that simply says: WOW. Thank you Tres Beau for this awesome outfit. I had the pleasure of modeling it for F.A.M.E. agency on their Grand Opening Show which was a blast.

MUSIC: Midnight Train to Georgia

ARTIST: Gladys Knight & the Pips

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Leaving on the Midnight Train to Georgia

LA proved too much for the man
(Too much for a man, he couldn’t make it)
So he’s leaving a life he’s come to know
(He said he’s going)
He said he’s going back to find
(Going back to find)
What’s left of his world
The world he left behind not so long ago

He’s leaving (Leaving)
On that midnight train to Georgia
(Leaving on a midnight train)
Said he’s going back (Going back to find)
To find a simpler place and time
(Whenever he takes that ride, guess who’s gonna be right by his side)
I’ll be with him (I know you will)
On that midnight train to Georgia
(Leaving on a midnight train to Georgia, woo woo)
I’d rather live in his world, (Live in his world)
Than live without him in mine
(World, world, is his and hers alone)

He kept dreaming (Dreaming)
That some day he’d be a star
(A superstar, but he didn’t get far)
But he sure found out the hard way,
That dreams don’t always come true
(Dreams don’t always gome true, uh huh, no, uh huh)
So he pawned all his hopes
(Ooh, ooh, ooh ooh)
And even sold his old car
(Woo, woo, woo)
For a one way ticket back to the life he once knew
Oh yes he did, he said he would

He’s leaving
(Leaving)
On that midnight train to Georgia
(Leaving on a midnight train)
Yeah, said he’s going back to find
(Going back to find)
A simpler place and time
(Whenever he takes that ride, guess who’s gonna be right by his side)
I’m gonna be with him
(I know you will)
On that midnight train to Georgia
(Leaving on a midnight train to Georgia, woo woo)
I’d rather live in his world,
(Live in his world)
Than live without him in mine
(World, world, it’s his and hers alone)

He’s leaving
(Leaving)
On the midnight train to Georgia
(Leaving on the midnight train to)
Said he’s going back to find
(Going back to find)
A simpler place and time
(Whenever he takes that ride, guess who’s gonna be right by his side)
I’ve got to be with him
(I know you will)
On that midnight train to Georgia
(Leaving on a midnight train to Georgia, woo woo)
I’d rather live in his world,
(Live in his world)
Than live without him in mine
(World, world it’s his, his and hers alone)

My love, gonna board the midnight train to Georgia (x3)

My world, his world, our world, mine and his alone (x2)

I’ve got to go (x5)

My world, his world, my man, his girl.

*RicoRacer Flux “The Journey”: I am on a modeling break at this time to refresh and energize. The past few months have been crazy with lots of fashion shows, editorials and contests. I love modeling but sometimes one must take a little break for a breathe of fresh ideas and perspective. Also have a lot of real life affairs to settle. My next projects will be completing our first task for Mister Virtual World which is a photo of our National Costume with head shot and a brief biography about ourselves. I cannot wait to show off my National Costume especially designed by the super talented designer: Enzo Champagne from CHAMPAGNE! Sparkling Fashion. He did an amazing job and I am so honored and grateful for his sponsorship.

Also considering applying for the Modavia Casting, “Paris in the Springtime”. We shall see. =) Ciao.

*No Copyright Infringement Intended. I don’t own the music or video.

CONFESSIONS MODEL SPOTLIGHT: Payton Heron

I am so pleased and honored to present our next Confessions Model Spotlight: Payton Heron.
I regard her as one of Second Life’s fashion legends who have helped made what fashion modeling is today and paved the way for upcoming models. While many models have all come and gone, Miss Heron’s career have withstand the test of time as one of the top, hardworking, and most recognizable supermodels in Second Life’s fashion industry. She is represented by SL’s Top Fashion Agencies and garnered many high acclaimed awards including Runway Model of the Year 2008.

Here is Payton Heron’s Spotlight Interview:

Q: Please tell us about yourself how you ventured into the modelling industry.

PH: I came into SL in May of 2007 and in July 2007, I met Isabella Sampaio of Style Guru who changed my life.  She helped me with my avatar transformation from California beach girl to beautiful blond avatar. She helped me find stylish clothing and get rid of my noob freebies. My intent was to become a model in SL and fulfill a lifetime RL dream.  I entered the Miss SL Tropics competition in August 2007 and became a finalist…and thus my start into SL fashion modeling.

I am known for my attention to styling, strong commitment to be a good model, mentor to new models and always doing  the best job I can when I am cast for a show, magazine editorial or video. In my 2 ½ years modeling,  I have accomplished a lot in SL modeling and the fashion industry.

Q: Please tell us about some of your accomplishments within the modelling industry and describe what would be one of the most defining moments of your modelling career.
PH:
Accomplishments –
MODELING COMPETITIONS:
TOP 10 Finalist in MIss SL Tropics, August 2007
First Runner-Up, Miss Diva Style, September 2007
Winner Miss Photogenic, Miss Diva Style, September 2007
TOP 10 Finalist, 2nd JCNY Collection Model Search, October 2007
2nd Place, 3rd JCNY Collection Model Search, November 2007
TOP 10 Finalist, Miss SL Universe, January 2008  (name changed to Miss Virtual World)
Top Model Winner, KaDeWe Week 7, February 2008
2nd Place KaDeWe Top Model Competition, March 2008
TOP 10 Finalist, WOMAN 2008, March 2008
Runway Magazine Model of the Month, April 2008
Winner, EFA Runway Diva, July 2008
TOP 20 Finalist, Impressionne Natural Beauty, August 2008
TOP 5 Finalist, The Face of PhotoLife, October 2008
***WINNER, RUNWAY Model of the Year 2008, December 2008***
Winner, 2009 Fashion Expo Top Model, June 2009

Fashion Shows – 135 + 27 weekly shows on Treet TV (MODA Spotlight)

Magazine Covers –  4

Magazine Editorials & Advertising – 65

Videos –  13

TV -  7

Movie – 1

The most defining moment for me was when I received the honor of RUNWAY Model of the Year.  Having been in many competitions and come in 2nd or 3rd, I was always admiring my peers wins.  Then I finally won an award that recognized all the hard work I had put into modeling in SL.  And of more value was that this award came from photographers, stylists and designers votes NOT any popularity contest or media decision.

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

PH: To be truly successful in SL modeling, there are many technical skills you must master but more importantly, you have to have passion and dedication.  This choice to model in SL, must be important enough that you will make real commitments to the craft. Lots and lots of practice are important but also being flexible to change, always being on time and prepared and the desire to be the BEST you can be.

MY advice to aspiring models is always the same:
1-    Get the best training you can afford and then continue to take classes that offer advanced training
2-    Do the best you can ALWAYS
3-    Have passion for what you are doing
4-    Be valuable to your agency and desiners
5-    Never complain and Have fun

Q: What do you like and dislike about modelling?

PH: Like:  I love modeling.  I have met some of the most amazing people from around the world and fulfilled a life long desire to model.  I have also been able to use my RL marketing skills to benefit designers and the fashion industry in SL.  I just love to model!!!!.

Dislike:  I hate whiny models who think they are entitled to special treatment for who they are.  They are not willing to put the work in the achieve top model status.  It takes a lot of time and work to make it to the top.  I also hate, hate, hate lag but that is a LL problem and nothing I can do to stop it.  I just learn to live with it and do the best I can.

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

PH: I am motivated by my own desire and passion. There is no one person who had helped me become who I am .  It is just what I wanted to do and have realized almost all the goals I set forth for myself as a model in SL. My inspiration is simply do the very best I can at all times and to represent the designers and their designs in great fashion.

Q: What are your plans and goals for the future in modeling?

PH: I plan to continue doing runway, print and video for as long as I am cast to model.  I do however hope to realize my one final goal and that is to be a designer’s model and represent  their brand.  Hopefully a designer will see me and chose me to be their Brand Ambassador.

Q: Is there anything else that you would like to add?

PH: I feel that modeling in SL has grown since I began in the fall of 2007, some good and some bad.  I would hope that designers, agencies and business owners all realize that modeling is a large and important part of the commerce of SL and thus , models,  need to be appreciated and compensated for the time we devote to making SL fashion such a wonderful and important part of the SL experience.

Miss Heron’s Flickr Page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/paytonheron/

CONFESSIONS MODEL SPOTLIGHT: Apollo Call

This next model spotlight is one of the most recognizable male model in Second Life especially with the Japanese community. You have seen him grace magazine covers like Maniera and his face have appeared all over high quality fashion stores like Gabriel, Champagne! Sparkling Fashions and W&Y to name a few. He is represented by many top modeling agencies and recently named one of the finalist for Mister Virtual World. This talented multi-lingual model along with his Sora Tatham, have helped bridge the gap between the Japanese fashion community with the rest of the fashion world.

Please Welcome Apollo Call.


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

AC: I was having fun to create a cool avatar from the beginning of my SL. I joined Starfleet when I was 2 month old here. I just needed the uniform there and didn’t need many civilian’s clothes. About a year ago, a friend of mine told me about BOSL Magazine’s Mr. Virtual World contest. I am getting curious about the SL fashion Industry. I just took the first head shot of mine by myself and sent the application form. I didn’t even know how to walk on runway and pose. When I went to the live audition, I realized most of the contestants were models. They really looked and moved so cool. I saw Phillip and Salvo there and I looked like their kid. I knew I didn’t even have a slight chance to stand next to them. It was a truly exciting experience though. I was glad to have the opportunity to walk on the huge runway. Since then I started to observe SL fashion shows and sent applications to many agencies.

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.

AC: Maniera Magazine:July 2009 Cover and Interview & February 2010 Valentine article, Model of the week in SuperElite blog, Mr. Moolto Finalist, Mr. SE Winter 1st Runner up, Mr. Costa Rica Finalist. Print and Cover model for Champagne!, Gabriel, W&Y.

Present Agencies : Agata, BeStyle, Costa Rica Production, EIMA, Evane, iC Motion, IMAGE, JSE, Maniera, Modavia, ModelX, Opium, The SuperElite, 5th Avenue

I am basically very shy, so I haven’t applied so many contests or awards to get focused.
But after I met Topaz Joubert,  Maniera’s CEO, the door to my modeling career had been opened. I met her through Sami Kutanaga, the manager of Maniera, who was once my student at Starfleet Academy. (I am not sure she is happy to hear I revealed her past occupation as a Starfleet officer though.) I had trouble making my shape look better and didn’t know which parts I should change. Topaz took me to the places for skins, eyes, and hair patiently. She also suggested me how to make my own style. She showed me the rope and I am now here because of her great lessons.

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

AC: I am still learning and trying to improve myself. I was self-taught at the beginning but I went to 2 academy classes later.( SuperElite Advanced Class and male model class under Mimmi Boa and Salvo Waydelich at Mimmi Boa Modeling School) It might be a quick way to learn about modeling. And also it is important observe models on runway, look them closer with your camera, observe how they create the face features, how to make well-balanced shapes, movements of the body, how to connect pose to pose, how to coordinate the whole outfits… sort of stuff. You shouldn’t copy their style. You have to make your own unique style. But learn how they create their style.

Q: What do you like and dislike about modeling?

AC: I am trying to be a super realistic model, not like close to reality. Beyond reality, looks very real, but can never be create in RL. The process is hard but it’s fun to play around with it.

What I dislike is a drama, as many people might say.  Sadly there are many dramas and political issues in this dream world too. There are many so called confused divas or pre-Madonna. I am trying not to get involved with this ugly side. The modeling is serious issue sometimes but we have to have fun. SL is for us to relax and have fun. We shouldn’t get stressed out in here. If you take it too serious, a drama will be born. We have to have responsibility to act in SL, modeling, building, selling, making love or whatever. We should respect the other avatars. But I don’t want to live in SL like in RL. This should be our fantasy world.

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

AC: As I said before, Mr. VW was the trigger. And Ms. Topaz is one of my mentors. As a fellow model, Phillip Dollinger is the one who I always look up to. My style is completely different from his. Perhaps, he is French and I am trying to create the image of all American boys with a touch of my oriental roots. But I am impressed every time when I see him on runway or even in casual outfits. His styling is always perfectly done from head to toe.

Q:    What are your plans and goals for the future in modeling?

AC: I am living in SL for 2 years now. (I feel so old like a senior citizen here.) The first year, I was in Starfleet dedicated myself building holograms and star systems in the Astrometrics Deck. The second year, I was busy modeling trying to accomplished something. So, I am looking for more creative and productive work in here. But not sure what I want to do exactly… perhaps explore the strange new SL worlds; to seek out new life and new civilizations; to boldly go where I have never gone before.

Q: Is there anything else that you would like to add?


AC:
Thank you for choosing me in your blog. I am so honored. And thank you for reading my interview. Have fun in SL, folks!

Thank You So Much Apollo for letting us interview you and for sharing your modeling experiences and tips to our readers. We wish you the best in all your endeavors. Please leave some comments for Apollo.

FASHION & MUSIC: “Everything Changes” by Staind starring Brie Pinazzo


Music: Everything Changes
Artist: Staind
Model and Photographer: Brie Pinazzo
Biography: Brie Pinazzo has been doing photography for a year and a half and modeling for a year. A Master Photolife photographer, she has real-life experience in the field working with her father as a photographer’s assistant from the time she could climb on a bar stool and sit with him in a darkroom. She enjoys merging fashion with art to create simple images that tell a story.
Fashion: All this model is wearing is the Lambini leotard from Pacadi in Silver. I was feeling down the day I took this picture and the song kept playing in my head. I had taken the picture initially to feature the ring in the picture which is the laughter and spring ring from Freckled Funk. But my mood came though and in the end it was a dark, moody image that I felt told a story and showed a feeling in the moment.
I also wore Paige hair in silver from LCKY as well as the Special Edition Nefertiti skin from Beauty Avatar and topped i with Love-Soul’s Posing nails. I wanted a monochomatic look that gave the overall feeling of saddness and regret. It is something I hope comes through in the photo as it is something we have all felt at sometime.
INFO:This picture was picked for a CONFESSIONS spotlight because of the raw emotion that is just flowing from the model. You can identify with her sadness and feel her pain. Brie Pinazzo has done an extraordinary job with this picture. She is a very talented photographer who creates works of art no matter what the subject is. Feel free to contact her for all your photographing needs including model’s portfolios. You can see more of her awesome work here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/briepinazzo/. If you want your picture to be picked for a spotlight here at Confessions, Kindly join our Flickr group and post your awesome pictures here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/model_confessions/

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LYRICS:
Everything Changes

If you just walked away
What could I really say??
Would it matter anyway??
Would it change how you feel??

I am the mess you chose
The closet you cannot close
The devil in you I suppose
Cause the wounds never heal

But everything changes if I could
Turn back the years, If you could
learn to forgive me, then I could
learn how to feel

Sometimes the things I say
In moments of disarray
Succumbing to the games we play
To make sure that it’s real

But everything changes if I could
Turn back the years, if you could
Learn to forgive me, then I could
learn to feel

When it’s just me and you,
Who knows what we could do
If we can just make it through
the toughest part of the day

Everything changes if I could
Turn back the years, if you could
Learn to forgive me, then I could
Learn how to feel, then we could
Stay here together, and we could
Conquer the world, If we could
Say that forever is more than just a word

If you just walked away
What could I really say??
Would it matter anyway??
It wouldn’t change how you feel??…

PS: No copyright infringement intended. I don’t own the music and video.
Please feel free to comment below. TY=)

CONFESSIONS MODEL SPOTLIGHT: Tesan Lane


TESAN LANE

There are certain Supermodels in SL who need the sparkle and glittering gimmicks to shine and then there are those who just naturally shine with their own inner light. I am honored to present to you our next model spotlight Tesan Lane, a humble Male Supermodel who is shining brightly in his own right.

Tesan Lane has been blazing his way to the top with his quiet inner strength and dignity combined with his professionalism and unique sense of style. He is a gentleman and truly loves modelling which shows in every job that he undertakes. He was crowned MR SL INTERNATIONAL last year and been named RFYRE Face of the Month September. He is a MODAVIA Supermodel, Mister Virtual World 2010 Finalist and is represented by the best SL Modelling agencies like Bestar and Bestyle, Modelx Agency, Elegance International Modeling Agency, Team Edo, SW&MB, Evane, Face2face (model and trainer), Glance international Agency, L.A Modeling, BOSL Agency and DIOR Agency (manager and model).


Please WELCOME MR SL International 2009 and MVW 2010 Finalist: Tesan Lane.

Q: Please tell us about yourself how you ventured into the modelling industry.

TL: When I have first disembarked on Second Life, I was like everybody at the beginning…. Lost.
I saw in shops these guys with perfect skins posing on vendors and I wanted to try it.
It was very hard as you can imagine … Doors stay closed. Then I have met people who allowed me to put my first foot in the fashion industry and since then, my career evolved gradually. I thank all the people who were able to help me in this adventure.

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

TL: As I have said, my career evolve step by step. My very first accomplishment was to be a Model’pic for one of the biggest French designer, Solylence Houston, I had finally attained my first modelling goal. Then there was my first interview for one of the biggest Modeling Agencies : GLANCE. I still thank Patty Cortes for her confidence. And then the first casting for BOSL wedding show, an important moment too. Bestar Tour is also a part of my favorite accomplishments because it allowed me to meet my wonderfull wife, Agtaope Carter Lane (kisss dear:)). It has also opened for me many doors of some agencies as Bestyle, Modelx, Style of Edo and Evane.. My last one accomplishment is to be a Modavia Supermodel.
But my biggest accomplishment is naturally to have been crowned MISTER SL INTERNATIONAL 2009. I’m very proud because I worked hard for that.

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

TL: I have a small experience as a model in reality and I can say that rules are practically the same…
It is necessary to go into the criteria and at the same time to be different from the others. It is necessary to perfect the physical aspect (skin, shape etc.) but also to have a good attitude as much in the choice of the clothes as in the language and behavior. Be on all the castings and be very reliable. Never forget a photo shoot or a show and especially not take easy this profession.. The important is to remain Professional in any situations and for that, we have some excellent model’s academy on Second Life.

Q: What do you like and dislike about modelling?

TL:
I like modeling because I’m an addict of fashion and I like nice stuff.
For me, Fashion is a kind of art, very variable and diversified. I like the variety. I hate looking like everybody else, and in the SL fashion industry, We can really model ourselves uniquely by infusing our own fashion style. I also like the atmosphere of the shows and I love to emphasize the designer’s outfits which I model the best that I can.
On the other hand I don’t like the certain mentality, jealousy and superiority which certain person can make others feel. It is really a bad attitude which denies the fashion industry.

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

TL: As I said in the beginning, I was in admiration of the models on vendors and who run on fashion shows. It’s not because I wanted to be famous.. only about the atmosphere.. I had this feeling that this job was for me.. And I worked very hard to succeed. But now i can say that it wasn’t in vain.
Mimmi Boa and Salvo Waydelich have inspired me because we can say that they represent one of the biggest face of the SL Fashion Industry today.

Q: Is there anything else that you would like to add?

TL: Well, I just want to thank many people around me which all helped me in my second life adventure.
The first is my Wife, Agtaope Carter Lane for being there in any circumstances and who always supported me in all my projects.
My brother, Toky Raymaker, one of the best reshaper of SL, which has improve my shape for Mister International and which has allowed to gain the price.
My sister Mariella who encouraged me to make this contest and supported me up to the end while I wanted to give up.
My brother Philipp Dollinger and sister Monica Dieterle who are always there for me.
And finally Thanks to You for having chosen me for this interview.. It was a pleasure thanks again.

Thank you so Tesan Lane for letting me interview him and for sharing his experiences and modeling tips with us. Please leave some comments for him and give him some love.

CONFESSIONS MODEL SPOTLIGHT: Diconay Boa


Let me introduce to you a fascinating dynamic model with a fierce style all her own, Diconay Boa.

Her love for fashion and creativity shows in every aspect of her Second Life, whether modelling or designing. Her go getter attitude and hard work combined with immaculate fashion styling has rapidly move her in the big league. She is Evane Agency’s and SW&MB Production’s Fashion Director and is represented by a lot of top modelling agencies like Evane Top Model, SW&MB Productions Model, BeStyle Top Model, SuperElite Model, ModelX Top Model and EIMA Top Model!


Let’s get to know Diconay Boa.

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

DB: Well, that’s simple, but this answer has a story, so it will come on a long way! I am connected to fashion since I was little. In the very beginning I always loved to mix and match different kind of clothes, and styles, creating something new and totally ‘me’, so I think I am very conscious about fashion world, not even on SL but on RL as well! Then I started modeling in my Real Life till I was 20 almost! I stopped modeling cause of an accident I had while I was practicing sky. I had surgery to my left knee and after recovering I decided to graduate on Design. Life is made of choices, and I felt Design was my way, so I stopped modeling, and became a Designer, proudly graduated last year! Well, all I can say is that I felt a bit empty after I leave the fashion world, so Second Life has been my escape for what I didn’t became on real life! My modeling carreer in SL came to finish with the emptiness I felt… so I think on it as a continuation on the Fashion Industry.
Runway, photography and all that fashion brings, are my home! I truly don’t see myself doing another thing than this! That’s really my passion!

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.

DB: Dicconay Boa isn’t famous and don’t seek fame! If Diconay Boa wants to be recognized for something, it would be for her work! I can say that the moments that defined a lot my modeling career were definitely the Pre-Finals for Miss Virtual World 2010… I didn’t made the finals, but it was a sensation I can’t describe! Then I think it was Mimmi Boa invitation to work on Evane as Fashion Director, it was a total honor to be selected by Mimmi to work on one of the best agencies I know on Second Life, and see how Mims trust in me for this role on Evane. Means a lot to me!
Slowly I am conquering the best agencies of Second Life, and that’s truly regarding and a great privilege, like being Evane Top Model & Fashion Director, BeStyle Top Model, SuperElite Model, ModelX Top Model, SW&MB Productions Model & Fashion Director, and EIMA Top Model!
Being designer was quite an accomplishments for me as well :) I started with lingerie, cause every woman loves lingerie, and its one of the my greatest passions, with shoes and other acessories, I can be crazy with them! For now Body Study [my brand] is in stand-by, but will be back soon and better!
Even more proud of my accomplishments I am when we talk about Haiti! I am proud of being one of the pioneers of this idea and one of the execuatives with Leandra Breen, Mimmi Boa and Salvo Waydelich. This tragedy came, and this is the best we can do to help them. Second Life isnt just a way to have fun, but having fun helping same time. This campaign means a lot to me, and I love to help others.
Its very very very regarding too when someone approach me saying I am inspiring to them as well, that not really and achievement I made, but in the end, we had to make something for this to happen so, I feel very proud of myself when someone says I am very inspiring to them, I really feel special :)

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?

DB: Well, for a start and I think the most important thing above all, is strength, resistance to a ‘no’! All my SL I saw myself fighting some hard situations, and we need to have a lot of strength to achieve the goal we put into our minds. A model has to be faith and trust her/him, and have a lot of determination. I am here, and I never quit!
I was taught that being unique is essential as a model. As well as the style sense… SL is HUGE place, but small same time. Everyone can have your skin or mine. You can have the best skin on second life and the perfect shape, but all of this can be forgotten when you dress bad. Coco Channel said ‘Dress bad and appears a bad dress. Dress amazing and appears a woman’, and this one is my motto! Know the trends helps a lot, be updated, have the knowledge about new releases… all this is very important!
Being reliable is extremely important in the Fashion Industry. A model that fails commitments isn’t welcome in this world, let’s face it! Character, education, elegance, attitude, personality… these are adjectives for models have to consider having to be successful.
The capability of promote herself/himself! The best way to show your resume is yourself personally… you are the best PR that you can ever have!
Be humble. Don’t ‘wear’ a Diva attitude; people will lose respect for you if you use that!
Never reply to envy situations, or rumors, that only will give them reason to talk more about you! In these situations, better keep mouth shut, this people don’t have nothing better to do, so they spread all things about the others, so the best attitude and the way to act, is not acting at all!
Last but not least, be yourself and don’t change ever cause of a big winning, or cause you aren’t accepted on a casting or lost an important pageant or contest! Stay faithful to yourself.
I could be here hours… jeez!

Q. What do you like and dislike about modeling?

DB:I like everything about modeling. Everything!
Runway is my home, I just love shows. I love the photography world as well, I do my own pictures sometimes, and I get a lot of pleasure making them! The contact with designers, and trying to find the best way possible to represent them, the visit stores and see how many choices we have to create something truly unique and outstanding, the experience sharing, helping upcoming models, everything! Fashion world is my world, and I was designed for it, exclusively!

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

DB. God, I could be hours answering this question, but I can make it a bit resumed… Of course all models have such inspiring people and references, and I have to say I admire a lot Mimmi and Kay. This women are true icons.
I appreciate them a lot, but I have to say, that my main inspiration has been myself. I want to turn myself better every day by my own merit, be recognized cause of being ME! I dress depending on my mood, depending of the style I want to wear, on how the day was for me… I can be inspired by my own creativity, and for just being… me! What better inspiration can I ask?!

Q. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

DB. Jeez… already answered all questions?
Well I said this one time and I will say once more, cause it’s what I truly feel, so: Thank you all those friends I have that trust me and accept myself as I am: Genuine! And thanks most of all to those that envy me, cause I am stronger than ever and for helping me being proud of the person I became!
I want to thank you as well to RicoRacer Flux & Mikey Batriani for this amazing interview! I am really honored to be featured on CONFESSIONS OF A SECOND LIFE TOP MODEL blog. Total pleasure!

Special thanks to Diconay Boa for sharing her experiences and modeling tips with us. Best wishes to all her future endeavors. =) Please submit your comments below.

CONFESSIONS MODEL SPOTLIGHT: Nicholai Shepherd


I present to you Mr. Virtual World 2009: Mr. Nicholai Shepherd. We are so honored to spotlight him because of his many accomplishments and contributions to Second Life Fashion.

Nicholai first started modeling in October 2007 as a self taught and he advanced in his career very quickly with natural ease. Nicholai has modelled for ~ Boulevard Agency, CheerNo★™, ModelX the Agency, TOO SEXY Magazine, MAD Agency, LeLutka, RUNWAY Magazine Models, SXY2ND Magazine, MODAVIA Inc, Breiz Photography, CAPTURED Photography Book, TIMELESS Agency, Face2Face Modeling Agency, EXCELSIS Agency, FACES Agency. RAGE Agency. Nicholai has worked for KMADD City & MAD Image as a image consultant/Stylist. He’s also worked for InStyle/UVogue as a Fashion Stylist, MODAVIA Inc as a MODAVIA Stylist.

Nicholai has been featured within many top magazines over his career in modeling including cover model for 3 top magazines and his awards and achievements were piling high including:

► Too Sexy Magazine – Model Jan 2010
► Second Life Mentor Dec 07 – Oct 09
► BOSL Magazine – Personal Interview Oct 09
► ICON Magazine – ICON Stylist Review Oct 09
► Winner BOSL MR VIRTUAL ♛ORLD Aug 09 – Jan 10
► Winner a.C. Store/CheerNo Next Face 09
► RUNWAY Magazine Top Model & Cover Model
► LeLutka Spring Event 09 Model
► Mr Virtual World 2009 Finalist ~ Mr Ireland
► Model for “Mechanism” on SLCN.TV Show Fabulous Fashions with Angie Mornington
► Shiki Designs Winter 2008 Peoples Choice Award photography Winner
► Retired MODAVIA Supermodel Dec 08
► CAPTURED Model & Cover Model Jan 09
► RUNWAY Magazine Male Model of the Year 2008 Nominee

Please Give Some Love to MR Virtual World 2009: Mr. Nicholai Shepherd

1. Please tell us about yourself how you ventured into the modelling industry.

Hello :) Thank you for inviting me as a showcase model. I first started modeling in Oct 2007 I was self taught because at that time there wasn’t many modeling schools, and the ones that were around would charge aspiring models a lot of money to join which I could not afford.
I started my self training by attending many fashions shows just to get a good glimpse of what was needed to be a top model on a runway and also to get my name noticed within the fashion industry. I think networking is very important aspect to any business plan if you want to make it big time. From then on I just practiced my walk day in day out, I made myself a modeling portfolio and applied to as many fashion agencies I could find, and then just waited for my lucky break.

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

I became a MODAVIA Supermodel & stylist within two weeks of my modeling career, something that I never expected and left me gobsmacked for quite a while. I will also always cherish the time I spent as a MAD agency model and KMADD stylist, both positions were something I really worked hard for and wanted badly.
My first ever award was the JCNY Male Model Search Award which I won in January 08 It was a golden moment for me and really helped my career move a lot quicker. I think over the years I have succeeded quite well with awards and achievements. My most noted achievement to date as to be winning BOSL Mr Virtual World 09 something that will be Nicholai’s accolade achievement for his remaining future. I was also very pleased to win CheerNo Next Face 09. CheerNo is a designer that really pioneers the cutting edge of SL men’s fashion, he’s so creative and original I truely love the work CheerNo produces.
The most defining moment in my career though would have been my styling involvment with KMADD the power house of male fashion founded by Maddox DuPont & Kirk Claymore. This was something I really wanted and when Maddox DuPont asked me to join his creative styling team I was over the moon. I have learned an awful lot from my time working with KMADD and Maddox DuPont he is such a workaholic but a genius business man and an inspiration to me and many others.

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

I think best advice is try your best in what you want to achieve and never give up trying, it’s always possible to live your dreams if you make the hard effort it will pay off for you in rewards.

4. What do you like and dislike about modelling?

I like the buzz and nerves of walking a catwalk show, the butterflies in my stomach just makes me what to perform to my absolute best. I also love the challenges and competitions that modeling involves it’s very competitive something which I love about it.
Things I hate is the way some noobie show producers and agency ceo’s treat their models like they are just moving cattle or referring to them as nothing more but coat hangers this really gets my back up. I valve my image and my name that I have worked so hard to get out there within this business and to be looked upon as nothing more than just a cow walking in clothes makes me fire up. Treat me or fellow peers like this and you will see Nicholai the diva unleash lol. But this is a rare and as only happened to me once in over two years or modeling.

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

My motivation is the fun of the game we all love called Second Life. I was a lost soul before I found Second Life. My motivation came from wanting to extend my usage and love for SL by finding an activity that I would be good at and with my real life background in art I found fashion styling and modeling a natural talent for me to occupy myself with. My inspiration now comes from the amazing people in SL that grace us with gorgeous clothes and hair etc I have great admiration for such talented people.

6. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you again for this opportunity I have enjoyed my time answering your questions. And good luck to every aspiring model and model reading this spotlight interview, I sincerely hope your career lives up to everything you dream for. <3 Nicho
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Thank you so much for letting us interview you and sharing your experiences and tips to everyone.
Good Luck Nicholai. Come back soon. Please leave some comments below.

CONFESSIONS MODEL SPOTLIGHT: blackLiquid Tokyoska

Our next model spotlight is a fresh face who took the SL fashion world by storm. In the very short time that she has been modeling, she has risen to great heights and won many prestigious awards in the fashion industry including winning Miss Gems & Kisses 2010, Face of Alatiel 2010, Miss Virtual World Finalist 2011 and selected as a Modavia SUPERMODEL to name a few achievements. To top it off, She is a very talented stylist, photographer and builder. She is also the creator of KABUKI which is known for their unique extravagant shows and amazing runways.

No one can deny her unique look and amazing fashion style, Welcome blackLiquid Tokyoska.

Q: Please tell us about yourself how you ventured into the modelling industry.

bT: I am a model, stylist, photographer and shape maker in sl. I am highly creative and always like to keep busy. Some would say I am quite eccentric or avant garde, I feel that I am strong, interesting, smart, creative, spiritual & generous. I am someone who would be considered the eternal student always learning and exploring, prior to modeling I had been on sl for a few years and had been a successful business owner, The time came in July 2009 that I was fed up with my sl life and needed a sea-change, having been in close personal contact with Eshi Otawara and also having another friend who was a model I decided plunge myself into the deep end of sl fashion. I had been a model in rl from the ages 15-21. Being an artist photographer and avant garde fashionista computer geek in rl, it was only natural that this is the direction I took. Without a doubt the best decision I ever made regarding my fulfillment and joy in sl modeling makes me smile everyday.

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

bT: In my short career I have been lucky enough to have many things I would count as accomplishments, I think firstly the fact that I have been in at least one show most weekends since I began modeling to be a wonderful achievement. Of course, being the muse of Eshi Otawara, winning Miss Gems & Kisses 2010, winning the Face Of Alatiel 2010, having Bliss Benningborough & Dianny3636 Aeon name designs after me and being chosen as one of the few handpicked models to represent VIOLATOR. The most defining moment of my modeling career thus far would have to be making into the top 20 being selected as a Modavia model and being photographed for the MFD13.

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

bT: Hard work, drive, motivation, effervescence, attention to detail, grace, poise, uniqueness, strength of character, having a confidence factor yet still remaining humble, being flexible, creative, passionate, dedicated, clever, quick thinking,able to take direction well, be able to sell ANYTHING!.focused, well prepared, and open minded, professional attitude, perfectly styled, super organized, on time, fresh, lively & marketable. Its a long list and I am sure there are many more things we can conjure up but I don’t want to loose peoples interest. My advice to aspiring models is to get good training @ at a large academy like AVENUE Academy, Learn all you can from every source be a self starter work on establishing yourself in the industry by the means of building your portfolio and networking going to shows and submerging yourself into the world of sl fashion. Be strong and confident don’t doubt yourself always give 100% make sure you are happy with the way you look your character will shine though your avatar.

Q: What do you like and dislike about modelling?

bT: I love mostly everything about modeling however the only thing I do not like is insecure people, who are intimidated by my confidence and try to judge me or pin things onto me that simply aren’t true, it is sad but the more you archive in sl modeling the more people write you hate mail! you have to try your best to have a thick skin and giggle and pity the poor people that need to make up lies about you in order for them to feel good about themselves.

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

bT: Creativity, flexibility and change are my most inspiring factors To name but a few, true artists Like Deliziosa Vendetta, Eshi Otawara, soraya Vaher are the kinds of people who are my biggest inspiration and drive me to learn and grow…. I know there are many more gorgeous and talented designers that truly inspire me also thank you to all of them… my inventory is stocked full of your delights x.

Thank you blackLiquid Tokyoska for letting us interview you and sharing your modeling tips to our readers.
Please give her some love and comments.

CONFESSIONS MODEL SPOTLIGHT: Emma Portilo

It is with great pleasure to announce our latest Confessions Model Spotlight of one the fastest excelling female models in the SL modeling industry, namely Emma Portilo.

In a short period of time, Emma has emerged well within the SL modeling industry boasting incredible experience in many different avenues of the modeling and fashion industry. Amongst it, Emma has enjoyed much time as a JCNY Showcase Model between June – December 2009 and the prospects of Emma taking out the monthly Model’Fest competition look incredibly high.

One of Emma’s biggest accomplishments is her work for Opium Fashion Agency for which she operates as a General Manager in the Blogging Division. OFA is one of the most active and profound agencies which largely precedes the walls of Second Life through its fashion blog. From this, Emma has proven herself an integral asset for OFA and much great success is premised on her hard work and natural drive.

We invited Emma to participate in this spotlight and here is what she had to say. We would like to congratulate Emma for being the current model spotlight for CSLTM and wish her all the very best for her career!

1. Please tell us about yourself how you ventured into the modelling industry.
I came into Second Life in March of 2009 and took up exploring, making friends, and surfing. However, I have always had an interest in modeling and knew there had to be to it than just being another pretty face because everyone can be pretty in Second Life. Not sure of what I was getting myself into, I entered a calendar contest for Surf Love and won a spot as Miss December 2009. At the same time I was selected as a JCNY Showcase Model of the week. That was in June. While on the runway at JCNY, I met many models, some experienced, some not. I learned a lot from the models that week and it both inspired and fueled my desire to go into modeling. Shortly thereafter I enrolled in a modeling school, Mimmi Boa Modeling Academy, where my passion for modeling truly took root and continued to grow and develop.

2. Please tell us about some of your accomplishments within the modelling industry and describe what would be one of the most defining moments of your modelling career.
I have been selected for numerous shows and won many contests since I began modeling. I feel very proud of each and every one of the accomplishments I have achieved. I am currently a General Manager for Opium Fashion Agency, an instructor for Opium Elite Fashion Academy, a model for several agencies including Opium Fashion Agency, Give it a Swirl, My Precious Modeling Group, Evane Models, Catalyst of Fantasy, and Team Edos. However, one of the most defining moments for me was my first runway show which was the Something Blue Love & Marriage Expo show. It was my first runway show and gave me that little boost of experience every model needs to be successful. It enabled me to move on to more and more runway shows, meet more and more people, and expand my experience and career. Since that show I have been in dozens of runway shows, numerous print ads, won the DC District Model Discovery search, am a Miss *LA* Beauty pagent winner, a Catalyst of Fantasy Model of the Month, and am in the top 20 for the Miss Bliss Couture 2010 title.

3. You have certainly established yourself well within the modelling industry. Please tell us what you believe are the essential elements to being a successful model. Do you have any advice for aspiring models?
I believe nothing surpasses experience, knowledge and a well equipped computer. Plainly stated, you have to have the technology to be able to cope with the increasingly high demands of the modeling world. The better your computer, the easier it is for you as a model. That being said, you have to have the knowledge to know what you are doing and nothing gains knowledge faster than becoming educated through a modeling school. Following that education, the experience you gain by repeatedly styling, selecting poses, and actually walking the runway are not only rewarding, but definitely priceless.

Some of the best advice that I received was from my instructor, Sequoia Nightfire, was to always be ready. Learn to style at a moment’s notice, have poses organized and prepared, and have a resume and pictures on hand. Being prepared has equipped me to move quickly at times when fast reactions were key to my success.

4. What do you like and dislike about modelling?
I dislike lag!!!! It’s such a huge evil for a model. It’s sometimes very difficult to fight and makes me realize how important it is to do everything you can, as a spectator, to help keep the lag down so the show can go on! I also dislike drama and negative attitudes.

What I like about modeling is everything else! From styling the outfits, to picking poses, to walking down the runway, to meeting so many different people – designers and models. I don’t design at all so it’s such a honor to be able to bring the imaginative designs of others to life on the runway or in front of the camera. It’s all very exciting and I feel so honored to be a part of it all.

5. Finally, please tell us what motivates you to be a model. Who inspires you the most and what is your inspiration?
I am motivated to be a model because I love the lifestyle. I love meeting the people, gaining the experiences in my life, learning new things, and receiving the wonderful creations of designers. As far as who inspires me most, there are so many that do! There are my incredible friends such as Mistina Collins, Grace Whelan, SterlingZen Harbor, Miaa Rebane, Sequoia Nightfire, Ireland Anthony, Liliya Avedon, Anastacia Markova, Kay Fairey, Mimmi Boa and so many others. It seems as though I meet new people on a perpetual basis and it would be really hard to list them all. In addition, all of the amazing and talented designers I have met and have been priviledged to know – from those working their way up in the fashion world to those that are well established, top designers. However, nothing and no one inspires and supports me more than my partner, Maxwell Silvansky. I can honestly say without his support, I would not be where I am today. He encourages me when I am down, lifts me up when I have failed, and is behind me 100% through thick and thin. He is truly the reason I have the strength to keep going on bad days and he always sees the beauty that is me, the real me behind the avatar, the beauty I try to show through my avatar. He believes in me and gives me strength to believe in myself even when others may try to bring me down.

Please help us congratulate Emma once again by commenting below! It is thoroughly deserved and we look forward to seeing Emma within the industry indefinitely!