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

LISTEN:

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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