Model Spotlight ~ Dancer Dallagio

I am pleased to present the next Confessions of an SL Top Model Spotlight ~ Dancer Dallagio.

We all know this wonderful women. Not only is she Stilleto Moody’s right hand woman at Stiletto Moody Shoes, but she is a talented model to boot. Her grace, charm and wit livens up a room. Dancer has always been someone I look up to and I am honored to have worked with her. I still talk about the great times even now.

So, please, join me in welcoming Dancer Dallagio as our Model Spotlight. :)

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

DD. First, let me say how very honoured I am to be asked to do this interview! My first venture into runway modeling was doing a show for Eshi Otawara on the Paisley Beebe show. Prior to that I had done some print work for Stiletto Moody and Baiastice/BehaviorBody. I also did some RFL and Maseno charity runway shows about the same time, and had been a fashion show stylist since 2008. I entered the Miss Virtual World 2010 competition, and had a crash course in modeling :). This led to more runway shows, more print work, and invitations to Model Agencies. Now, I’ve got a lot of experience with all facets of modeling, from being featured on the cover of Runway Magazine, being featured in several issues of BOSL Magazine, Too Sexy Magazine, vendor ads, magazine adverts, and many many runway shows. I take my work quite seriously, but I also love to have fun with the great people that I have the pleasure of working with.

JT. 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.

DD. From being voted a Top Ten Finalist in MVW 2010, named one of the Ten Most Elegant Women in Second Life, to being featured in vendor and store magazine advertisements in most major publications in SL, having clothes and jewelry made especially for me by fantastic designers, being photographed by some of the best photographers, working with many of the best models and agency staff/heads, I’m still growing within the industry, and I think every single moment is a defining one. I love showcasing the work of the amazing talents we are fortunate to have here in SL, and the creativity of the sets and choreography are just fantastic. I’m also now teaching modeling, which is so wonderful to share what I have learned with others. I’m still learning every day and loving it!

JT. 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?

DD. I think the main thing to have is a good sense of style; if you have this, you can learn the rest. Most facets of modeling can be taught, but a sense of style is like a sense of rhythm or music to a dancer–you really need these to be successful. You also need patience, humility, a certain grace, and the willingness to learn and grow. My best advice for aspiring models is to define your unique look whilst remaining true to yourself. We are all people behind our barbies and there are great friendships and knowledge to be had by remembering this.

JT. What do you like and dislike about modelling?

DD. I really love being able to use my fashion eye to showcase a designer’s creation in the best way that i can; to me, it’s all about making that design look well and promoting sales for the creator. The excitement of being on a stage is pretty terrific, too, just as it is for a ballet performance. Each show has great energy. I also really love being in promotional adverts and photos to represent a given design–this is so fantastic to think that the designer trusts me not just to take a design down a runway, but also to sell the actual product. :) I suppose the only thing i dislike would be a lack of professionalism, but I’ve been very lucky in this so far.

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

DD. My motivation is from a love of fashion and performance. I once was pulled aside by a designer who thanked me for really showcasing her design instead of myself, and I was so thrilled. Whilst I’m definitely “me” with my own unique style, I’m primarily there to be whatever look the designer wants and will make their design look fantastic. I am inspired by so many, from RL designs to SL designs, classical dancers, and models. In SL: Kay Fairey, Mui Mukerji, Blackbarbie Bravin, Barbarella Fuosing, Mimmi Boa, Miaa Rebane, Sora Tatham, Agtaope Carter, Natasja Schumann, Mavi Beck, Sabine Blackburn, all of the MVW contestants, Linnda Scofield, Payton Heron, Wicca Merlin, all of the models from Agata Agency, Avenue, BLVD, BeStyle, EIMA, Evane, ModelX, Premiere, Modavia, Opium; pretty much everyone! If I listed all of the names, I would fill up pages and pages…I learn from everyone and anyone, and love the bonds that form from being together in shows.

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

DD. I’ve been working in fashion and perfomance most of my life, and I am so thrilled to be continuing that in SL. I adore creativity, and this is a fantastic niche to be a part of. A huge thank you to everyone who has helped me come this far and who will help me continue to grow.


Thank you Dancer for allowing us to spotlight you.  We wish you all the best on your future endeavors in SL as well as RL.

Don’t forget to comment on Dancer Dallagio’s spotlight!  Your feedback is always valued.  :)

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/