CONFESSIONS SUPERMODEL SPOTLIGHT: Dimitri Shinn

I am very pleased to announced our next CONFESSIONS SUPERMODEL SPOTLIGHT:

Dimitri Shinn

 

Dimitri Shinn is one of the TOP MALE MODELS in SL that I look up to as a role model because he is one of those male models that have it all together. He has charisma, substance, style and he is very friendly and approachable. On top of that, he has numerous talents including making poses. Aside from modelling at Top Notch Agencies like AVENUE, Boulevard and Mad, He is also the owner and pose designer of BeScene Poses which are superb on the runway and photo shoots. Please WELCOME him to the CSLTM Supermodel Spotlights.

 

 

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.

DS: I believe that my ability to style any type of look is a major characteristic for me when it comes to being unique in modelling and recognizable from the rest. I have been told by many people that I have a unique flair for being able to style any look that is needed, be it for a fashion show, photoshoot or personal styling.

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

DS: For myself, SL Fashion is about being as creative as you can be. Don’t allow any obstacles to hold you back. Take risks and chances when styling!
When I first started SL, I was very interested in becoming a male stylist. I got my first real job as an Avenue Stylist, thanks to Rusch Raymaker, Avenue CEO. When I had my interview with her, I was highly encouraged to take the modelling classes at Avenue Academy and from there it all started.

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?

DS: My most defining moments for myself in SL would be walking in my first runway show ever with Avenue Models. I distinctly remember the exact show, it was Winterfaire in 2009. It was exactly right after I had graduated.
In addition to this I have been really blessed within the modelling and fashion industry.
I feel that I have reached my goals finally in SL when it comes to modelling, my main focus was getting into the 3 agencies that I currently work for, Avenue, Boulevard and MAD Agency, getting into MAD Agency finally sealed the deal for me when it comes to modelling.
As a male stylist, I have had the pleasure of working with some male models on the grid by giving them a makeover and giving them personal courses on styling. I feel that this is an accomplishment for myself as it makes me happy to see that they are finally pleased with themselves and successful within the industry.
I have been working over a year as a MAD Image stylist, thanks to Nicholai Shepherd, gone but not forgotten.
I was named one of ICON Magazine’s stylist of the month. In addition to that I was asked to do monthly print work with Icon Magazine and have also been with them over a year.
I was Avenue Model of The Month in February 2010 in Avenue monthly magazine.
I have managed to open and get my shop BeScene Poses going, something I had been wanting to do for quite some time before I actually got it going. Because of my experience with modelling and print work, I base a lot of my creations around what people would need for runway, print work and much more.

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?

DS: As for advice I would certainly tell them that:-

1) They should never give up on something that they want.
2) Treat others as you would want them to treat you.
3) Last but not least, be yourself.

Q: What do you like and dislike about modelling?

DS: There is nothing I really dislike about modelling, another way to look at things would be as a challenge and finding a way to overcome them.

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

DS: The ability to style anything and make it look great is what motivates me. I actually consider myself a stylist above a model. I do believe tho, that styling is one the main essentials to being a great model. As for who inspires me, I would say that one of my good friends Boe Cortes does, he is a fantastic stylist and a great model.

 

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

DS: As for future plans, I am mainly focused on my store at the moment and always researching ways to improve my creations. I also have plans to create male and female modelling walks at some point.

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

DS: My other interests in SL would be my beautiful wife, Shae Sixpence whom I adore and love spending time with, exploring sims, watching movies creating poses with and much more. I don’t have much time for anything else as I am already very busy as it is.

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

DS: I would like to thank CSLTM for this interview. I hope everyone has a successful and blessed career within this industry as I have.

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Thank you to Mr. Dimitri Shinn for taking the time in his busy schedule to let us interview him. Best Wishes to all your future endeavors. Happy New Year to you and the lovely Shae Sixpense.

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CONFESSIONS MODEL SPOTLIGHT: Leandra Breen

It is with great honor to present our next model spotlight: Leandra Breen

She is one of the fastest growing model in Second Life due to her impeccable beauty and styling skills, but more importantly because she is very humble, down to earth and approachable.  Her talent and accomplishments have  a lot of heads turning in the SL Fashion Industry. Recently, She made it as a finalist for Miss Virtual World 2011, representing Miss Germany. Other honors include being the reigning Miss SuperElite Spring, Miss Bliss Finalist 2011 and GIA Model of the Month June.

Leandra Breen’s resume boast Top Agencies and Academies which include:

★ Angel Dessous Lingerie Couture COO
★ AVENUE Model
★ GIA – Supermodel
★ Modavia Model
★ SuperElite Topmodel
★ EVANE – Top Model and Fashion Director
★ 5th Avenue Topmodel
★ ModelX Model
★ Opium Model
★ BeStyle Supermodel and Show Director
★ Deja Vu Model
★ SoLo2 Topmodel
★ Graduated Miss Virtual World Modeling Academy
★ Graduated at EVANE Agency
★ Graduated at AVENUE Models Academy

I am so pleased to present to you one Fantabulous Top Model: Leandra Breen

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.

LB: Well it’s not easy to be unique when the whole grid runs to the same newest skins and shapes ;-).
I think the key is the whole package. When you feel all good and ‘found yourself’ in your appearance, then you found your look. I searched a long time, but now I found my style. I would describe myself as a classic model. I value precision, perfect poses and focused work on the catwalk.

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

LB: I started with some contests in the Summer 2009 (woooo that was exciting) but no modelling at all. Some weeks later, I had the pleasure to meet Rena Mascot. She taught me the basics of modeling, the lessons have accompanied me ever since. I was looking for good agencies for training classes and graduated in February 2010. Learning should be ongoing for a model because there is something new to learn every day.

The SL Fashion Industry is in my opinion the biggest market in SL. There are so many high talented Designers and I admire them very much. Each designer has his/her own style and each different styles are beautiful like a rainbow. I know from Nando how much work has to be done for one new dress. It is a lot of work. My advice for new models is show your respect for the designers and their clothes with your best work.

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?

LB: My biggest accomplishment is that I am now a well known model. No matter which tag is over my head, I know that I am sure in my work on the catwalk. Nevertheless, my greatest success is of course to be chosen as a finalist ‘Miss Germany 2011’ for Miss Virtual World 2011 competition.

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?

LB: There are hundreds of beautiful models in SL that want to take part in shows and want to be famous. But to be honest, modelling is more than walking in clothes, it is for me a kind of art too.

Also there are different kind of models. Photo models, contest models and runway models.

As a runway model you present the dresses of talented designers. Follow their instructions if required and ‘sell’ the dress on the stage with your appearance. Therefore, you should try to get the best education and styling skills.

Learn to deal with the lag, ask experienced models for help or suggestions and – very important – stay away from gossip and be always kind and charming. Your Attitude is your biggest point to make yourself unique. If you lose a contest, okay, cheer for the winners and share their happiness.
That is what makes you known in a good way.

Q:  What do you like and dislike about modelling?

LB: I like the variety of clothes and shows, each show is something special and exciting. And I like styling the dresses for a show. Sometimes it takes me hours finding exactly the accessories I am looking for a special dress.

I absolutely dislike Jealousy, Envy and bad attitude. Having a good attitude, being punctual and reliable shows your respect and respect is at least a thing we should have for each other, if in SL or RL.

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

LB: The inspiration comes for me from the wonderful designers in SL and RL. I watch the RL trends carefully and find it again in SL Styles. Often I see a dress in a SL shop and think over the styling I would do for it, or I see an amazing RL dress and discuss with Nando if it would be a dress for SL too. Here I named one of my biggest inspirations, my partner Nando Korobase.

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

LB: Yes of course. I have plans for directing a new fabulous Show with BeStyle. I look forward for the Modavia Fashion Week and I go on with my daily work for Angel Dessous. In October, the MVW finals start and I will give my best in the contest. Wanna know a secret? I am very seldom excited before a contest, but MVW is a special thing and yes wow, I am excited :-)).

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

LB: I would like to add a thank you for Nando, for always being here for me and to my friends in SL for making this ‘second life’ to the wonderful place as it is for me.
Love you <3.

And thank you CSLTM team for the honor of being in the model spotlight :-))).

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Thank You Leandra Breen for letting us interview you and for sharing your experiences and modelling tips with our readers. We wish you the very best in all your future endeavors. Good Luck with Miss Virtual World. I know you will SHINE!

Please kindly leave a message/comments for Leandra Breen. If you would like to know more about her, Please visit the following sites. Thank You.

FLICKR: http://www.flickr.com/photos/40604235@N07/
BLOG: http://leandrabreen.wordpress.com/