CONFESSIONS Model Spotlight: Mangosio Lohner

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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. =)

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: Mimmi Boa

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When you hear the word SUPERMODELS, Mimmi Boa is one of the names that popped up in the Second Life World of Fashion. Mimmi Boa is a multi-faceted beauty who combines a stunning unique look with a high degree of professionalism and a totally amazing fashion sense. She has made a name for herself through her hard work, dedication and her fantastic sense of style.

It is with great honor to present MISS Virtual World 2009:
Mimmi Boa

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

I was a model in RL and it was natural for me to plan the same career also in SL.
When i decided to start at international level I practiced a lot to have a perfect confidence with the “pixel catwalks” , walked tons of miles on the lil beach in front of my home and when i thought i was ready i promoted myself all the way.
My hard work and good skills helped me to reach all my targets in few time.
I really pushed myself to the limit to have a good preparation on stage and to create a unique avatar with a very personal look.

2. 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.

My career is full of wonderful moments:

– the first big target i reached was to be hired by the most important agencies of SL;
– the second great target was becoming a Modavia Supermodel after only few months from the time i started to model ( My adorate Dea Mills) wrote to me that day the most special words i’ve ever heard in SL and i keep that notecard as a precious treasure.

-To won some important contests was a great satisfaction too but the highest moment of my career was, as you can obviously imagine, to be crowned Miss Virtual World 2009.This is surely the biggest target ever for a model, the top of the tops and nothing can be compared to this huge media event!

-My modeling academy is another great satisfaction and my agency too.

BTW here the list of my agencies and the most important achievements

Modavia Supermodel
Avenue Models
Modavia Production Model
Boulevard Top Model
Premiere Supermodel
BeStyle Head Model
UVogue Top Model
Glitter’s Model
SL Supermodels
Evane Head model
GIA Glance Supermodel model
Indyra’s live Model
Starlight Top model
ModelX Top model
Tres Jolie Model
Chambre du chocolat Model
Studio Red Model
SuperElite Head Model and model trainer
EIMA Supermodel
Neiva Kumasi Supermodel Model
Sexy2nd Top Model
Premiere modeling Supermodel
SWMB Headmodel
Starlight Top Model
Lionskins Top Model

– Owner of Evane Models Agency
-Owner of “mimmi Boa Modeling academy”
-Co Owner of SW&MB fashion productions
– Miss Virtual World 2009 (Miss SL Universe 2009)
– Miss Italy
-Winner of the international contest Miss Best of Fashion 2008
-Winner of the “Audacious Summer model contest” 2008
-Winner of the catwalk winter model contest of Evane models.
-Winner of the Sana Models’s runaway contest (Top model rank and testimonial on the logo agency)
-Miss Jen School: testimonial 2008 for the italian model agency “jen school and service”
-Choosen as one of the new Indyra models from the contest “Indyra Model search”
-Commercials for Ewing fashion
-Commercial directed by Ted Nichols with Modavia Supermodels
-Commercial with Modavia Supermodels for Miss Costarica movie
Testimonial for the International designer Edo Tone of “Style of Edo” for the special “Mimmi Line”
-Testimonial of the italian designer Delia Auer
-Testimonial of the designer Anubis Hartunian
-testimonial of the brand “Azul” by Mami Jewell
-Modelled for Chambre du Chocolate televised fashion show on SLTV
-Modelled for Nardcotix televised fashion show on SLTV

-in 2008 Involved as Top model and P.R. in the Maseno project to support “Maseno orphanage” in Kenya (we organized fashion shows with auction to support these poor children)

-Cover girl for Bestyle magazine september 2008
-Covergirl for “la Stela magazine” september 2008
-Model of the month in the Avenue models magazine September
-Covergirl for “Bestyle” magazine november
-Covergirl as Miss Virtual World for BOSL January 2009 Issue
-Covergirl as Miss Virtual World for Slexy magazine january Issue
-Covergirl for Essence of Style Issue 3
-Covergirl for Bestyle issue 3
-Interview as Miss Virtual World in almost every magazine of the grid for january issues.

-In 2009 Chief of the “Maseno Project II” garments of hope, organized a fashion show marathon to raise funds for the “Nest rescue Centre” in Luanda- Kenya.
raised over 4.000 USA dollars!!!!!!!!!!!
This is my proud!

-Miss Bliss 2010 Finalist

Performed in approximately more of 400 fashion shows for the above mentioned agencies and for famous international and italian designers.
I really forgot lot of the events i preformed, there are too much!

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3. 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?

In SL is easy to be beautiful with a bunch of lindens and you can be a great doll but if you think this is enough to be a supermodel you are totally wrong!
A Supermodel must be unique and unique doesn’t mean beautiful, means to be different and outstanding from the crowd.
You can buy skins, shapes, outfits but you couldn’t buy attitude, good taste, good manners….. you must have it in your “DNA”
I usually tell to my models that i don’t make miracles, i just teach how to be a good model but their skills will makes the difference!
The most important thing is to understand we are models not actresses so our job is to “give life” to the creations we wear.
The first thing to remember is to find the best way to let the outfit you are wearing outstanding and how let it “shine” for an outstanding final results!

I can also say is very important to keep in mind the following points:

– dare to be different
– explore
– experiment
– be special
– create your own look (people must recognize you at first sight)
– RULE THE TRENDS!!!!!!
– learn to match the right accessories with the different styles.
– remember: better less stuffs but fabulous than tons of trash!
– Be always perfect because people is expecting to be inspired by you ( as in Rl happened with famous people)
– Be reliable, be nice, help people, be humble and smile!!!
– Stay out of gossips, don’t get involved in dramas.
– Be natural because the trend in the SL modeling is to be, the most you can, close to RL.
– And at the end of all don’t forget this is not your main life; take it easy, do your things seriously but remember this is a pixel world!

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4. What do you like and dislike about modeling?

Those are the things i dislike not only in the modeling but generaly:

I dislike bad manners, envy, jelous and greedy people and who doesn’t have respect of others.
I dislike bad attitudes and who spit poison on people just to hurt!
I HATE fake persons who act cute and kind just to reach something.
Remember Mimmi Boa is smart enough to understand who is “liking” just to have something back……
I’m nice but not stupid and don’t forget under Mimmi there is an “Iron” woman with a good working brain.

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

I believed that modeling in SL was the natural continuation of a career begun years ago in RL and ended abruptly due to force majeure ( a terrible car crash).I don’t stay here to tell you what’s happened, most of you just know but this is not the point i only just moved in this virtual world what I knew and did in real life.
I was skilled in my “main life” and I’m skilled in my “pixel life” that’s simple and the fact i have a good ability to match stuffs and a good taste surely helped me a lot.
I don’t have any inspirations i prefer to inspire others!
I love to help and encourage my students and models and I’m like an “auntie” to them.
Probably I’m very picky but i want my models on the top and so i let them work hard!

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

I wanna thank you both guys for this great project and for involving me!
My English is not a good one, as you know I’m Italian but i really hope you understand what i told *giggles*
Sl must be a lovely way to have fun,to relax, to express your personality doing something you couldn’t do in your “main life” not a way to hurt and and also to help who needs an hand, i still don’t understand why some people use it to hurt others and acting horrible but let me say losers in RL are losers also in SL!

Love
Mimmi Boa

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We thank you Mimmi 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 Mimmi Boa’s spotlight! Your feedback is always valued 🙂