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!

CONTEST: Herradura Baar’s “Make It Work” 2010

It’s 2010 and WE’RE BACK AGAIN with a new Make It Work Contest Series!!!

This time we’ve upped the ante again. BIG TIME………………….

Join us on Thursdays at 5:00PM SLT @ the Model’s Workshop Inworld.

We also have a great new sponsor for the entire year of 2010 – Kimmera Madison of Tres Beau Designs.

Kim has graciously agreed to sponsor this event, monthly, for the entire year. Tres Beau will not only provide the outfits to makeover, but she will also contribute gift cards and other goodies as prizes. We are working hard to get other PRIZE sponsors for things like hair, jewelry, eyelashes, fingernails and shoes to make SL even easier on your wallets in the future.

The contest will work like this.

Each month Kim (or one of her sweatshop elf lackeys (just kidding really she does ALL her own work)) will create an original Tres Beau design. This design will have a bunch of different pieces. Jackets, shirts, undershirts, skirts, etc……. All the parts will be in the box that gets handed out. Some will be female, some male, some unisex and some other (we are nothing if not supportive of alternative Lifestyles at Tres Beau – heh). This outfit will be given away free each month to Model’s Workshop and Tres Beau group members.

Then you get to style the outfit and send Herradura Baar a pic of your efforts. Herradura will put the pictures up on a Flickr page. Herradura’s group of unbiased, fashion industry judges (not Nave Fall because you all know he’s biased as hell, can’t be trusted, has no fashion sense and wouldn’t know a good outfit if it smacked him in the face) will select a group of semi-finalists to walk their talk at a Model’s Workshop weekend event on the Tres Beau mainstore runway. We may do this twice to accommodate other timezone locales.

The judges will confer. A vote will be taken and a winner selected who will get a ton of good stuff….. Katherine Comet, Herradura Baar and Nave Fall are working together on getting more prize sponsors for the winners.

We will be including the men in this contest too. No fear……………….. If any man is in a rush and wishes to take the woman’s outfit and style it, go for it……..feel free or vice versa. Kim tells us that Tres Beau’s COO, Model’s Workshop’s own beloved Nave Fall wears her gowns frequently. Nave took the “5th” when asked to respond to that remark and left mumbling to himself about “free” women……… >>>giggles<<<

Herra’s intention is to allow you all room to stretch out and experiment in this event without a $L1000 “entry fee tuition” investment. We want you to have have fun with this. If the guys decide to wear the women’s outfit they’ll have a lot of room to stretch out in……………….

A comment we had from judges after a previous contest was "These people aren't taking any chances"; I think the key thing missing was guts. Be FIERCE in your styling. Next week we’ll have the outfit ready to go and hand it out. This outfit will allow lots of room to style, detail, accessorize and play with a variety of looks and themes. The winner of this event will know how to accessorize it just right so s/he stands out from the pack. And for you men – maybe we’ll find something that you can use to enter the contest. No promises though………. Tres Beau is going to do men’s accessories if Nave gets his way: Canes, smoking stuff, belts that don’t look like hula hoops, and so on…..

The first round will, once again be a photo contest. Contestants submit their pics to Herradura Baar. The pictures will be numbered, the names will be removed so only she know who is in each picture (and btw, she’s not a judge). This should eliminate some of the bias often found in contests like this and the subsequent grumbling about fixes and nepotism. When Herradura puts your photos on the FLICKR site the judges will look them over and pick the top 10 styled looks.

The 2nd round will be a runway show at a special Saturday “Make it Work” seminar on (tentatively) Saturday February 6th at 10am SLT at the Tres Beau Runway (again tentatively). You must be a part of this runway event to win! The winner will be the one who receives the most cumulative points from both the photo shoot judging and runway event.

We may give out random awards for things like best pic, best pose, best hair, gutsiest bad entry etc………. We reserve the right to hand out prizes for any reason or no reason whatsoever. Nave won the right to blog about the doings at Model’s Workshop and Tres Beau as his punishment for accusing Herradura of being the Fashion Critique SL.

This is all Wenedrenia Soderstrom’s fault btw she thought that Herradura was the Fashion Critique SL and made Nave do it. That’s his story and he’s sticking to it.

This collaboration between Model’s Workshop and Tres Beau is an SL first. The first time Kim has found a way to return some of what the modeling community has given so frequently to her……………. love and affection, expressed tangibly, and without any reservations. Thank you all and Happy New Year from Kimmera, Nave, Katina, Jasmine, Seren and the elves who make all the Tres Beau stuff………….

Kimmera Madison’s Tres Beau is one of SL’s oldest, high fashion, design destinations. On a historical note, ▶▷Kimmera Madison ◁◀ was an SL beta tester back in the day. Her rezzday is 7/1/2004. In 2010 Tres Beau will be startling, energizing, and enthralling, the fashionistas of the SL fashion world with a continuous stream of new women’s releases and, what are sure to be, trendsetting men’s fashions as well. The Tres Beau group will announce these well in advance and offer frequent specials for its members
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Don’t miss what promises to be a challenging and fun contest each month

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Date: This will be an ongoing monthly event

Time: Every month for the entire year of 2010

Venue: Model’s WorkShop and the Tres Beau Runway

For more information regarding the Herradura Baar, Tres Beau, Model's Workshop – Make It Work 2010 Contest Series please contact: Nave Fall (Tres Beau PR/The Strong Persuaders)

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Rules for Herradura Baar's “Make it Work” 2010 contest series.

❇ You must use, at least, 3 items from the “Make it Work” box. You may mix & match the items.

❇ All 3 items must be visible in some way in the photo. They do not need to be totally visible but we should be able to see them without a microscope

❇ You may use your own Shoes, Hair, Skin, Shape, Jewelry and other accessories.

❇ You may use other clothes provided that we still see the 3 items from the “Make it Work” box.

❇ You may resize the items in the “Make it Work” box but you may not recolor them.

❇ Photographs will not be judged on your ability to Photoshop; however, remember to frame the picture so you & the outfit is being sold – not excessive scenery!

❇ Only one entry per person.

❇ No nudity or sexually explicit photos. We’re running a fashion contest not Penthouse Pet centerfold. No matter what Nave says.

❇ Do not Photoshop your name into the photograph. It will be removed by the judges before posting.

Suggestions on how to win!

❇ We’ve done 3 of these contests and there seem to be some consistencies on who wins the contest and the comments from the judges. Hopefully some of these suggestions will help you to create a winner!

❇ Take chances! Models who have won in the past have gone to great lengths and detail to create an image. They've taken risks with their choice of accessories to add to the photograph.

❇ There are 3 outfits in this box – do not feel you need to create a picture using pieces from just one of the outfits. Mix & match. We have added outfits with similar colors so they can easily be mixed around to create a brand new outfit.

❇ Styling means using some of your stuff too. As long as we can see 3 items from the outfit we’re fine with whatever else you use. My motto with styling has always been ‘Think Outside the Box’ – yours should be too!

❇ Remember, ultimately, you are selling yourself and the outfit you are wearing. If you’re overwhelmed with background scenery how can we tell if you have a great outfit? Even though we don’t want excessive photoshopping, make sure you crop the photos so you and your outfit is the focus of the photo – not the scenery or the props.

DATES TO REMEMBER:

❇ January 14th, 2009 – Contest is open! The entry box is free to all contestants and will be sent out in group notices to all members of Model Workshop and Tres Beau. Anyone else wanting to enter will need to go to Tres Beau store and pay a small entry fee to purchase the entry box.

❇ January 29th, 2009 at 11:59 – All entries must be sent in at this time.

❇ February 1st 2009 – Judging opens for contestants. Judges will be voting in an unbiased manner so that quality of picture is selected and not name of the contestant

❇ February 4th 2009 at the 5pm Model Workshop – Finalists will be announced! Top 10 vote getters will be invited to compete in round #2. (I would highly suggest not tossing out those entry boxes!).

❇ February 13th at 9am SL time: Final round of “Make it Work” will be held at the Tres Beau runway. Finalists will show off their first outfits and create a new outfit using the remaining parts in the box.

☑ ☑ ☑ ☑ TIME TO VOTE ☑ ☑ ☑ ☑

Winner will be based on the votes from the photo contest AND votes from the runway show combined.

PRIZES:

❇ Shopping Spree at Tres Beau valued at $10,000L. 2nd & 3rd place will also received gift cards to Tres Beau.

❇ Opportunity to do an upcoming photoshoot for Tres Beau with one of her top winning designs

❇ A Balut Runway HUD with personal instructions on using it from its designer Monica Balut

❇ A scholarship to Maniera Academy, compliments of Topaz Joubert, CEO of Maniera

❇ A set of poses from Sizzle Poses compliments of creator Lorra Undercroft.

❇ $5000 Linden Cash Prize

We will also have prizes & gifts to hand out along with a scholarship to MWC Academy, donated by CEO Jennifer Warden to our most promising model.

JUDGES WILL INCLUDE:

Kimmera Madison, CEO & Designer for Tres Beau
Miaa Rebane, Miss Virtual World 2010, SL Supermodel and former Make it Work Contest Winner
Nave"not a model" Fall, COO of Tres Beau and Model Workshop PITA
Monica Balut, Leader of the Model WOrkshop and creator of the Balut Runway HUD
Kay Fairey, Boulevard Agency Director, Miss Virtual World Model Academy CEO, and Team edo Director
Kat Msarko, Executive Director for Ora Trei Designs and Model Workshop Leader
Glitter Bolissima, Ms SL International 2009, JCNY Modelfest Winner Oct 2009 and Model Workshop Leader
Rouge Anthony, SL Supermodel and Model Workshop Leader
Katherine Comet, Maniera Academy Instructor/Runway Mgr & SuperElite's Miss SuperSearch Autumn 2010
Frolic Mills. CEO & Publisher of BOSL Magazine and Boulevard Agency
Sabine Blackburn, SL Supermodel and SuperStylist, Miss Switzerland 2010

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Contact Information:
To visit Tres Beau’s main shop: <
To learn more about Tres Beau visit the blog: http://www.kimmeramadison.blogspot.com/
To contact Nave Fall (Tres Beau PR/The Strong Persuaders) by email: naveonsl@gmail.com
To visit Model's Workshop: 􀀻
Balut Software:􀀺
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