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Summer Mckeen Talks about Her New Music Community : Keen On

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If you have been immersed in the world of Social Media, you may have heard of Summer Mckeen. Summer is an Influencer, Actor, Model, Musician and Business Woman. She has 2.25 Million Subscribers on Youtube and 1.8 Million followers on Instagram. Summer shares with us all about her deep love for music and how it led her to her newest business endeavor.

You started doing YouTube in 2012, nearly 10 years ago, how has your content and YouTube as a whole changed since then? 

It honestly hasn’t changed too much as far as content goes. It’s so cool because you can go back on my channel and watch me grow up, but other than the progression of becoming an adult, I don’t think much has changed! I think I’ve become more comfortable with sharing the failures of life and showing how growth only comes from failure. I’ve kind of gone from the “girl next door” to “the big sister” figure on my channel. I just want to live and grow with my subscribers in a positive way. 

Photo By: Mia McCarthy

Many people around the world look at you as an inspiration. Do you have anyone that inspires you? 

I think where I find my inspiration is constantly changing. I have found inspiration in my peers, my family and through whatever it is I spend my time on outside of YouTube. Inspiration is everywhere! 

One of your newest business endeavors is Keen On, can you share with us what it is all about and what inspired you to start it? 

Music has always been a huge part of my life. Even since I was super little, I can’t remember a time I wasn’t constantly listening to music. I’ve taken piano lessons, voice lessons, had musically talented family friends, gone to as many concerts I can, and even recorded a song that is now on Spotify. I would die if I didn’t have music! Because of my passion for music, I brought it onto my YouTube channel through “music playlist” videos where I share all the songs I listen to. This resonated really well with my followers, which translated to earning over 100k followers on Spotify. I knew I wanted to use my platform for something I was passionate about, and music just made sense. My goal for Keen On is to highlight smaller artists and give them the platform they deserve, bring like-minded, music-loving people together, and introduce people to new sounds. I can’t wait for what’s to come for Keen On… we have plenty of projects in the works. 

Photo By: Mia McCarthy

Who are some of your favorite musical artists? 

My all-time favorite will always be Kevin Parker (aka Tame Impala). His sound is unlike anything I’ve listened to before and my appreciation for his insane talent is through the roof. I’ve been listening to him forever. I also love Mac Demarco so much that I’ve taken every chance I can to see him in concert… I’ve seen him four times now! A few others I love are Her’s, Flume, MGMT, Beck, STRFKR, Beach House, Sure Sure, Kacey Musgraves and SO many more! 

You have worked with brands like Maybelline, Billabong, and Gucci, but how different is working on a community like Keen On, that you created? 

It’s a totally new world for me. Usually, I work with pros on the teams of these huge brands that have been in the business forever and know exactly what they’re doing. But with Keen On, I am supposed to be the pro. I’m so lucky to have a team that helps me with everything, but at the end of the day, everything is ultimately up to me. It’s a huge learning experience with every step we take, but it feels so amazing to know I started something that has infinite potential! 

What’s next for Keen On?

We’re working on a number of things, but nothing that I can say juuuust yet. We have so much planned for Keen On this year that you’ll get to listen to very soon . Cannot wait! Stay tuned, because Keen On has so much coming up! Follow the IG @keenon so you won’t miss a thing! 

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Haley Kalil: Sports Illustrated, STEM, and her Empowering New Organization

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Haley Kalil is a model, scientist, and an activist. She was just announced as a returning model in the 2021 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition for the 4th year in a row.  She has published award winning immunology research, is a winner of the first ever Sports Illustrated Swim Search, and now she is launching her very own organization called “The Nerd Herd”. The organization was created to empower women to love their bodies and their minds, while working to educate the new generation of women in STEM. Haley will be releasing a collection of Nerd Herd loungewear later this year, donating 100% of the proceeds from the first launch to organizations that help get young women involved in STEM at an early age.

You graduated with a 4.0 in Biomedical Sciences and Psychology with a minor in Chemistry. What drew you to the STEM field? 

 I have always been fascinated by the human body. I was also raised by two mechanical engineers. Almost everyone in my immediate family is in a STEM based field – so passion for science runs through our veins. I was drawn to math and science for as long as I can remember. My friends would dread chemistry class… while I secretly loved it!! My friends would complain about Physics… but it was one of my favorite courses. I just knew science was my calling because it came so easily to me. I also love that science is a field where there are no limits to what you can learn. There is so much out there to still be explored, investigated, and studied. I wanted to be the person doing those things. 

You started your modeling career on a whim in 2017, when you decided to submit a video via Instagram for Sports Illustrated’s open call. Before you were modeling you worked in an immunology lab, what was that like? 

 Working in a laboratory setting is a LOT different than working as a model. Although the process of discovery is exciting….a lot of the time, years of hard work on a project can result in no significant findings. I always enjoyed the lab because it was a place where I felt “in my element.” …But, I won’t lie…. there was nothing more disappointing than when your hypothesis did not end up being accurate – especially if you spend a lot of time working on the project. 

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Sports Illustrated saw your submission video for their open call and messaged you about being in the next Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition. You treated the shoot like a big test and you studied. Can you share with us what that studying looked like?

 Oh man… I watched every single “Making of SI Swimsuit” I could find online. I STUDIED for that shoot. I watched old school videos of Cindy Crawford, Elle Macpherson, Tyra Banks… you name it… I watched it. I practiced their poses in the mirror. I would film myself posing and making facial expressions – trying my best to mimic the powerhouses of the industry. I thought of modeling the same way I viewed anything else in life…. it can be learned. It just takes a lot of hard work and dedication…. and I definitely put in the endless hours because this was my one shot!!

Do you have someone who acts as a role model or inspiration? 

 My mother is my greatest role model. I know a lot of people have celebrities or social icons they look up to…. and I completely understand why. But for me… I don’t know those people on a personal level. I haven’t seen them at their worst. I’ve only seen them at their best. I’ve seen my mother go through some of the hardest times and she still handled herself with grace, humility, and kindness. I aspire to be as good of a woman and to have as kind of a heart as she does. 

Modeling has always been something that has interested you. Now you are modeling for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition for the 4th year in a row. Can you share a little bit about the process of shooting the issue? 

 Shooting for SI Swimsuit is one of the most exciting things I have ever done and I am honored every single year they invite me back. SI Swimsuit has become a second family to me. Being on set with them is fun, goofy, empowering, and inspiring. I can truly be myself and feel my most confident.

The one thing many people don’t know about SI Swimsuit is that the team is made up primarily of women. The editor and assistant editors are women. The social media, head of PR, and many set assistants are women. It’s a very empowering feeling when you get to stand in front of a group of powerhouse women in a bikini and they cheer you on and build you up!! Because, as a woman, sometimes it’s very hard to stand in front of a group of extremely powerful people in a bikini and not second guess something about your body. When I’m shooting with SI Swimsuit, I have never once had a negative thought go through my head. I feel like they truly see me and celebrate me. Shooting with SI Swimsuit is like shooting iconic, mind blowing images with your best friends. 

Photo By: Nick Suarez

Traveling is something you love to do in your free time. You have been in Miami Swim Week and have shot in Belize and Kenya. Where has been your favorite place that you have traveled? 

 Thailand is absolutely magical. I think it may be one of my favorite places on earth because the natural beauty of the environment is so striking. Kenya was incredible because I never envisioned I would ever get the chance to travel to Africa. The people, the food, and the culture were beautifully intoxicating. I didn’t want to leave. 

You are launching “The Nerd Herd”, an organization that empowers women to love their minds and bodies, as well as empowering women in STEM. Can you tell us a bit more about “The Nerd Herd” and what inspired you to create this organization? 

 The Nerd Herd is my passion project. What started as a social media hashtag has grown into a movement. It is a way I am hoping to give back to a community I know and love dearly. Science was once my entire life. I came from a world where I was respected for my mind….and entered a world where I was respected for my body…. and it made me aware of the incredibly stringent rules that have been placed on women in the sciences and in society as a whole. Society tries to place women into categories. If you embrace your intellectual abilities, you can’t embrace your body and vice versa. Our society puts women in boxes based on their choice of swimsuit or the length of their skirt. But women are incredibly multifaceted and embracing both one’s body and one’s mind at that same time should not be deemed inappropriate. The Nerd Herd is a place for women to feel safe expressing their passion for knowledge, science, math, etc. while also loving and embracing every curve of their physical bodies. It is also a place to encourage young women to pursue their passions in STEM – despite many of the fields still being male dominated.

What are some inspirational words that you live by?

 “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more so that we may fear less.” – Marie Curie (the first woman to win a Nobel Prize for her studies in radioactivity) 

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Supermodel Lindsey Pelas Raves About Her Modeling Career and Fighting Internet Trolls

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You may have seen bombshell Lindsey Pelas in publications such as Maxim, GQ, and Playboy. But now the supermodel and social media sensation has taken on the world of podcasts with her very own one, Eyes Up Here with Lindsey Pelas. We chatted with Lindsey about the podcast, her life as a model, and the challenges she’s overcome in her career.

 

Cliché: Can you describe the vibe that you got after amassing more than 13 million followers on Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter?

Lindsey Pelas: It’s been a whole lot of fun! There were a lot of times where I thought, “Okay, now what am I going to do with all of these eyes on me?” But now I’ve got a lot of focus and direction.

What was the transition like moving from Louisiana to Los Angeles to start your modeling career?

It was pretty surreal but felt right at the same time. I actually just moved here thinking that I would be a bartender for a while. I never imagined having the luck I’ve had.

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You’ve modeled for Maxim, GQ, Playboy, and others. What was that experience like shooting for these publications? What was the most transformational moment during your modeling career?

It’s been cool getting the chance to appear in these publications. It feels normal shooting them, but when you hold the magazines in your hand it’s a really cool feeling. The most transformational moment during my career was very early. One day I picked up my phone and quit my bartending job and decided I was going to figure out how to make this a career. I’m glad I made that choice to be fearless now.

Over the years, you have talked about the adversity that you were faced with such as growing back pain and harsh criticism from many people on social media. How did you manage to overcome these challenges and still paved the way for a great life? Can you tell me about your biggest buzzkill moment?

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I’ve been prepared for the rude people and criticism for a long time. I’m an outspoken, free-thinking girl from the South with DDD boobs. People have been stressing about me for a long time. My biggest buzzkill was almost getting a Carl’s Jr. commercial. One of my good friends ended up getting the part though so it was actually a sweet silver lining and a lesson in patience and perseverance.

What’s the message that you hope your fans take away from your podcast, Eyes Up Here with Lindsey Pelas? Why did you feel it was critical and important to launch your own podcast?

I hope fans enjoy my guests and I hope they take away that there’s more than meets the eye with everyone’s story. We make judgments and decisions based on our assumptions about people and ideas and a lot of the time, we get it wrong. Everyone has a story, and everyone is human. I actually had a lot of requests for a podcast. My Twitter followers really wanted one and I thought it would be a great way to connect.

How would you say your social media outlets influenced your career?

Social media is 100 percent responsible for my career. No one would have invited me to model, but I started doing it on my own. I’m thankful for the mobility and opportunities social media has given me.

It’s worth mentioning that you have very good taste in fashion. What’s your personal style? How did you develop it?

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Thanks! I am actually so thankful to work with brands who help dress me and get me together. My personal style I don’t show that often. I’m a lot simpler than you’d probably think. A black turtleneck and jeans and some sneakers are my go-to everyday normal-wear.

What’s your advice to your fans looking to pursue the same path that you took to become a public figure and to gain popularity? How much importance do you put on being a role model for them?

My advice is to believe in yourself. Only you know what you’re capable of. I think we suppress a lot of our instincts and true desires in life but feeding into your dreams is the only way to be truly happy. If you are pursuing your dreams with excitement and passion, people will take notice. I hope to be a positive role model. My final objective in life is to make an impact in some way. My goals in life are setting me up in that direction.

At this point in your life, who was the person to help guide you to where you are now?

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Many random people helped guide me to get me where I am now. I’ve had a lot of casual influences end up helping me make majors decisions. For instance, former relationships, bosses and strangers. I get direction from all sorts of people. I’m always learning.

What do you do on your off days when you aren’t modeling or acting?

No one ever says this, but I love watching television. I also enjoy sitting on the sofa with my dog, Tosh, binge-watching, and eating Oreos… That’s the life.

Are there any big surprises that your fans should be on the lookout for on social media?

My 2019 Calendar!

What are your future plans?

I plan to do a lot more acting and modeling and slowly taking over the world. It’s going to be great.

 

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Supermodel Lindsey Pelas Raves About Her Modeling Career and Fighting Internet Trolls. Image Credits: Martin Depict, Madelene Lisella, James Thompson JZL, Dmitriy Plyusnin, and Bryan Dewitt

Gisele Bündchen Rejects Being Labeled a Model

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Gisele Bündchen rejects being labeled a model because she says the title doesn’t define her. In a new interview with Vogue, the 37-year-old explained modeling is just her career.

“I’m not a model,” she asserted. “Modeling is a job that I do, a career that I’ve had. It allowed me to see the world, and I was well paid for it. But it never defined me,” Bündchen stressed.

Beginning her career at the tender age of 14-years-old, Bündchen also pointed out that she struggled with all of the attention that came with modeling.

“I was a fish out of water in fashion. I was always like, Let me go to the job and go home,” she told Vogue.

According to People, the mother of two has walked 500 runways and has appeared on 2,000 magazine covers.

The fashion superstar also opened up about her thoughts on the new age of modeling. She admitted that social media is not of her generation and she is reluctant to use it.

“If I had to promote myself in the way girls modeling now have to do, forget it. I wouldn’t do it,” she said.

Bündchen added that her younger sister created her Instagram account and is the who reminds her to post selfies.

“If it was me, it would only be pictures of sunsets,” she told Vogue. “It’s not my generation—I have to be honest about that. I’m older, wiser,” she continued.

Bündchen is gearing up for the release of her first book, Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life, in October, which will reveal the ups and downs that have helped shape who she is today.

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Bündchen’s full interview is available in the July issue of Vogue where she is also the cover star. She was photographed in Tulum, Mexico donning styles from Ralph Lauren, Proenza Schouler, Bottega Veneta, and more.

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Elisabeta Vintila: Global Glamour Girl

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“When I tell people I come from Romania, they usually ask if I’m a vampire or a gymnast!” laughs international model Elisabeta Vintila.

“But my country is about more than just Dracula and Nadia Comaneci. It’s also rich in history and a picturesque, unspoiled place with beautiful green fields.”

Born and raised near Bucharest, she relocated to London as her main base, spends a lot of time in Los Angeles but is really a global citizen traveling the world for modeling assignments.

“Among my favorite places are Paris and Milan because they are fashion capitals. I wanted to be a model because fashion has always been my passion. Plus I really enjoy the creativity of the job – one tiny movement or changed expression can do magic and transform you.

“The pressure that comes with this work is to always look good and fresh – but a good night’s sleep and plenty of vitamin C will do the trick there.”

The size zero stunner has two other important tips to share. “Always wear sun block in order to protect your skin, even in winter time as there’s still UV. And always be hydrated. Drink three cups of any tea daily. That’s what works for me.”

And in this age of the selfie, what is her advice for the perfect IG picture? “Angles and lighting are important as well as distance. For example, if I take a picture too close up then my nose will start looking huuuge.”

elisabetaWait a minute, even a successful model has insecurities? “Yes, a few of them. Just like every other woman. I have got cellulite and stretch marks and other scars on my body but it’s ok. As long as I’m happy and my family are healthy then I’m all good. My greatest ambition is to always make my mother proud, as I love her more than life itself.”

Something else making her mom proud is how Elisabeta has been expanding from modeling to acting lately, including picking up a coveted stage role.

“The longest running play in Los Angeles is a romantic comedy called It’s Just Sex and the show will be coming to London soon with me among the cast. I love the comedic elements of it as I’ve been writing comedy sketches for a young age and this is a good fit for me as I transition into more acting.”

Among actors and models there are two great beauties she admires above all others. “Naomi Campbell because she’s always radiant, open and super relaxed and Angelina Jolie because she’s loving, caring and a great humanitarian.”

Elisabeta is on her way to the big time too but fame is not something that interests her. “Doing the things you love doing and spending time with loved ones – that’s what life is all about. Bless you all.”

You can finder her on instagram as lizzi_v

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Katie Willcox is Proving That Healthy is the New Skinny

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As women, there is no denying that we are constantly under the scrutiny of others. Whether it’s what we are wearing or if we are not wearing makeup, we are put into boxes to be a certain way that we cannot live up to because these “ideals” are not realistic. Despite this, we are always reminded of the push to be “perfect” through social media, television, magazines, and more. What we need more of is kindness, truth, and most importantly, support—not only with ourselves, but others, too. Enter Katie Willcox, a true inspiration for women and girls growing up in a world that can create so much pressure on how one should look, act, and feel. She is a force that glows from within and shares her unwavering strength with others, in turn creating a positive movement of acceptance, healthy body image, and being and loving yourself confidently.
 

From the publishing of her book, Healthy Is The New Skinny: Your Guide To Self-Love In A Picture Perfect World and the social movement it represents, to creating her own modeling agency, Natural Model Management, which promotes health and attainable goals for the modern-day woman, Willcox is one of the most influential, graceful, and honest women we have ever seen. Plus, she is such a kickass person who makes you feel welcomed and accepted from the get-go. Need it get better? We had the honor of speaking with the wonder woman herself about her ever-growing career, sweet family, and will to promote the right type of change in an industry that can feel so limited.

Cliché: What sparked your fire in making the first step to breaking the glass ceiling of the modeling industry? How do you continue to strive for more in an industry that can feel so limited and exclusive?
Katie Willcox: For me, the moment that changed everything was when I was sitting on my kitchen floor and crying because I licked frosting off of a baking sheet. It was a low point in my life when I had to stop and realize that this was not who I was as a person and this was not who I wanted to be. At the time, despite working as a plus-size model at a size 14, I wanted to get healthier and feel more comfortable in my skin, but like so many women, what started as a healthy goal took a dark turn and I had gone too far. I had lost 60 pounds and had gone from a size 14 to a 6, losing all of my plus-size clients and income. I was too small for plus-size modeling and too big for straight-size modeling at a size 6.

Because modeling was the only job I had since high school, continuing to work as a model was the driving force pushing me to get smaller and smaller as I jeopardized my health with every pound. I will never forget that day I sat on the kitchen floor alone and distraught over having a taste of frosting from a batch of cupcakes I had made for a friend’s party. I felt sad, angry, lost, and like a failure in more ways than one. I failed in my attempts to be healthy, I failed in my attempt to be small enough to work as model, and worst of all, I failed myself and my spirit. As I sat and talked with my now husband, I cried and told him I hated this industry and what it does to girls, both models and the girls who look up to them. I told him I wanted to quit and do something meaningful with my life. He said to me, “You can quit, but if you quit, who is going to help change it?” That was the defining moment for me when I realized that I could do nothing or I could do something, and I am not a do-nothing kind of girl.

As for glass ceilings…when you get close enough, you realize they are just holograms. It isn’t about breaking them; it is about just moving through them because when you do that, you realize the challenges they represent keep shifting and changing. As women, we won’t be able to break through one challenge and not immediately be faced with another equally daunting challenge. But if you can realize that these challenges only have power over you if you allow them to, then you take control and the outcome is in your hands, depending upon how hard you are willing to work.

I continue to strive for more from this extremely limiting industry because I continue to strive for more of myself as a woman. Through my experiences, I have realized that I am capable of so much more than being beautiful, and so is every single girl and woman. I have also realized that with our current culture that is image-obsessed, there are ways to use beauty for good and share the truth. I now have a 10-month-old daughter named True, and she is my daily reminder to be true to myself and to be fearless as we fight for the female spirit that is hurting. Our culture only believes what it can see; that is why it is important to show different forms of beauty and value them equally, but the end goal is for girls and women to no longer need permission to love and value themselves from others.

How Lornalitz Baez is Inspiring the Fashion Industry

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Fashion model Lornalitz Baez is breaking barriers in the fashion world and inspiring everyone who has ever been told they “can’t” to love themselves regardless and just say “Eff it!” Here, she gives us a look into her struggles with body image, being mixed race, and her hopes for the fashion industry while chasing a life-long dream.

Cliché: We all choose different paths in life, so for you, why was it modeling?
Lornalitz Baez: I’ve always loved photography and having my photo taken. Ever since I was a little girl, I have pictures of me where I’m posing for the camera. My parents say they remember me running toward the camera and I was never really a shy girl. Then around the age of 12, my mom started putting me in beauty pageants. I was tall for my age; I remember at 5 years old, I looked like I was a second grader. [Laughs] So my mother said, “I need to do something with this.” No one in my family was a model. Everyone in my family is either a teacher, a business owner, or a lawyer. I fell into kind of liking the pageantry; I competed in something small for my first competition and I made top 5. I also remember just always being intrigued by fashion magazines and fashion shows. It was always something that I loved. I would always play dress up in my mother’s shoes and in her makeup, so I just think it was always in me because there was no one in my family that was a model or anything like that. I was the first and the only so far.
Who inspires you? Who do you look at and just go, “Wow”?
I always try to gear toward someone that I found was relatable to me, because I’m mixed—I’m Puerto Rican and 40% Japanese and I have more African American, Indian features. Growing up, it was hard for my agents to put me into a category, so I kind of gravitated toward Tyra Banks. It was like, okay, she’s my complexion, she’s tall, she’s beautiful, and a top model, but she didn’t have my body shape because I was very curvy, so with that, I started to gravitate toward J-Lo. You know, she was the first one with the whole booty, the curves, and she’s Puerto Rican. So I would definitely say it’s between Tyra Banks and Jennifer Lopez.
So with that [feeling as if you don’t fit in a certain category], I know you’ve battled with body image. Did that stem from the fashion industry or was it something that transpired before then?
Oh no, that came from the fashion industry. [Laughs] I didn’t even realize my body was an issue until I got in the fashion industry. In my family, everyone is curvy. Everyone is shaped so differently, but there really isn’t a size zero. My cousins are size 12, 14, and 18, but they’re healthy, voluptuous, tall women. No one has ever told me growing up that I needed to lose weight. It was never family; it was definitely the industry. There wasn’t a “junior plus” when I was growing up. So I had to pick and choose. My agency said I had to either lose weight—I was a size 12 at age 12 and 5’8”—or fall into this video vixen-ish type of work because there really wasn’t a market for plus. So when you’re young and this is a dream of yours, you get manipulated a little bit and that’s what happened to me. I was a young girl and I really didn’t know any better, so I told myself, “Okay, I’ll just lose the weight. How hard can that be?” It turned into me losing the weight, but then it became a struggle to maintain the size in order to continue working, and that’s where the whole eating disorder came in because you start trying different diets, and you start experimenting and talking to other models that are also in the same predicament. So then it became me trying this diet pill, and that diet tea and hearing them say, “Just go to the gym, but go three times a day,” and those are all different forms of eating disorders.
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There are many young girls struggling to find their place—not just in the fashion, but in society in general. What advice would you give them having been someone that went through it?
What helped me was just saying “Eff it.” [Laughs] I went through that journey and afterwards, I was able to discover what I wanted and what made me happy. So I tell girls and women of all ages that I got to the point where I was not going to listen to other people anymore and realized I needed to listen to myself and love myself enough to realize that I am enough. I had to remind myself that if they—the fashion industry or people in general—don’t want to accept me, then eff it. I am where I want to be in my life and I do what makes me happy and proud of myself in the end of the day. So my advice is to really internally figure out what is making you feel this way and try to surround yourself with like-minded people, friends, and family that you can really trust, inspirational books and motivational speakers like Les Brown. You have to find yourself. There are so many of us trying to break the barriers in the fashion industry—even myself. I’m trying to break the barrier for the ethnically ambiguous. Not just the black and the white, but the Asian and the Indian and the ones that are mixed like me. The change has been slow, but it’s happening, especially with the first full-figured model on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Now we just need the first full-figured African American, or Asian or mixed model on the cover. I think if that happens, then it opens so many doors for the younger generation to feel more accepted and feel like they have somewhere to fit in.
The Sports Illustrated cover was a huge deal and I think the fashion industry, especially overseas, is taking responsibility in how these models look. I know there are countries that have been putting weight requirements on these girls because they want them to look healthy and have some meat on their bones and I applaud them for that. What do you think about this change?
They don’t talk about it, but it’s because many young models were dying because they were malnourished. That’s the reality of it, and people overseas were complaining and uncomfortable going to these shows and seeing bones on the runway. They made it known that they can’t appreciate the clothing and the fashion when all they’re focused on is the model that looks unhealthy and it’s sad. I think it’s also starting over here, too. I walked in NYFW for the first ever full-figured designer (Ashley Nell Tipton) to win Project Runway and I was her muse. I was the model that was able to close out her show. Also, some designers are letting one or two full-figured models walk with the straight models in shows, so hopefully over time there isn’t a label anymore of straight size or plus size and everyone can just be a “model.”
Tell me about your most fun, most difficult, and most scandalous shoot/modeling jobs you’ve ever done.
The most fun job I’ve done was shooting a Hawaiian Tropics swimsuit spread in Hawaii. I love Hawaii. I just feel I could see myself retiring there.
The craziest shoot was for this magazine and I don’t even remember the name anymore—I think I purposely erased it from my memory. They were trying to do a reshoot of Jesus and the 12 disciples and they tried to throw me into the mix as a temptress, but then they were like, “but we need you topless.” [Laughs] It was the weirdest thing, but this was years ago. [I thought] topless was something you had to be okay with as a model, so I told myself, “Might as well go topless.” That was horrible because the quality of the shoot was terrible. It wasn’t a top photographer, it was just a random shoot, and my mom got to see the pictures and she was not happy about that. [Laughs]
The sexiest one I’ve done—and I’ve done a lot of sexy ones—was a photo shoot in New York City where I wore leopard high waist panties and posed topless. The photographer made me feel really comfortable and the room was filled with cameras because I was filming for an episode of Curvy Girls season 1 on NuvoTV.
What is one of your biggest dreams as a model?
I want to be the first Afro-latina Japanese full-figured Victoria’s Secret model. I want to be an Angel. I would love that. I want to be the face. I want to be with the other models, wings on, walking the runway.
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Sweet, Sweet Music with MAAD*MOISELLE

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We’ve sat down with many fashion-forward individuals, we’ve interviewed countless musicians, and we’ve heard dozens of life stories from artists around the world, but we can now say that we’ve interviewed one person who embodies all of these characteristics: MAAD*MOISELLE. She has graced the pages of various magazines as a model, her music has been played at maximum volume in venues, and her style has been pinned on countless Pinterest style boards. Her empowering and classic image has landed her opportunities with websites and blogs like Tumblr, as well as companies like Puma and Fossil. Now, here’s a look into MAAD*MOISELLE’s world, her passions, and what’s to come.

 
Cliché: What came first, the modeling, DJing, or writing music?
MAAD*MOISELLE: Modeling and writing music came around the same time for me. As I was working on getting into the fashion industry, I was always writing and recording ideas.
Tell us about your newest single, “Sweet & Low.” For those that have yet to hear it, what is it about?
“Sweet & Low” is a fun, playful record inspired by the funk and disco era. It’s about a woman who has no fear in telling her significant other what she wants. I’ve always had a thing for the ‘70s and had been experimenting with finding ways to revisit those vibes. My production company, The VAMP, really helped bring those ideas to life.
What was your earliest memory of falling in love with music?
My earliest memory would have to be singing Boyz II Men’s “Water Runs Dry” around the house with my father. I would alway want to study their backgrounds and add my own. My mother played a huge role as well. Every Saturday morning she would blast music like Chic, Luther Vandross, and Nancy Wilson. I grew up in a musical household, so my love for it came super natural.
We LOVE your fashion sense. What or who inspires your looks?
Thank you! The ‘70s is a huge inspiration for me. Bianca Jagger, Jerry Hall, and Diana Ross are some of my favorites to be inspired by. I really love them for their effortless glam moments.
Speaking of inspiration, what inspired your latest music video?
As the writers and I were penning “Sweet & Low,” we started chatting about concepts and locations for the video. Ice cream parlors and candy shops kept popping into the picture, so when it came time to shoot, it was a no-brainer. The directors and I just wanted the vibe to mirror the playful and fun mood of the record.
What can we expect from you in the future?
In the future, you can expect some more music and visuals from me. I’m excited to start releasing everything I’ve been working on over the past year.
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Sweet, Sweet Music with MAAD*MOISELLE: Photos courtesy of MAAD*MOISELLE

Karrueche Tran Interview

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Karrueche Tran is more than just a pretty face. Though it is a pretty one, Tran is hoping to show the world that she can act, too. The 27-year-old is already making big strides: she starred in the Syfy Sharknado Week movie 3 Headed Shark Attack and the new StyleHaul and Maybelline series alongside Denise Richards. We’re excited to see this beauty in a whole new light, and we think you should be, too.

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Bathing suit: Vitamin A, Earrings: Melinda Maria


Cliché: Did you always know you wanted to be a model? What got you first interested in the industry?
Karrueche Tran: I was always interested in modeling from my earlier years. I was approached at different times for modeling gigs, but I never thought that would be a career for me because I’m only 5’1”. I wanted to do runway and editorial, so I thought I would never be able to take modeling seriously, but luckily for me, it happened!
What was the transition from model to actress like for you?
Modeling and acting are both expressive and you have to show emotion, but with acting, there is a lot of background work. I have to work hard with an acting coach and be able to bring forth any emotion at any time for a scene. It’s much harder than having to be pretty during a photo shoot, so I think acting is much more work than modeling.
You play a character named Maggie in the movie 3 Headed Shark Attack, which premiered during Syfy’s Sharknado Week. What was it like to be a part of such a big week for the channel?
Sharknado Week is very big and actually I didn’t really realize how big the sci-fi and shark world is. They have a huge audience and faithful fans. I am really lucky and really happy to be a part of 3 Headed Shark Attack. I am the main character, which is also really awesome.
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Bathing suit: Vitamin A, Earrings: Melinda Maria


Do you identify with your character Maggie at all?
I do identify with Maggie a little bit. Maggie is very adventurous, driven, and a hard worker, and she knows exactly what she wants. She’s passionate about what she believes in. I am not as adventurous as Maggie because she’s jumping in the water and trying to kill sharks. [laughs] She is more of a daredevil than I am. As far as being driven and being passionate about what I believe in, I believe that Maggie and I have similar characteristics.

CariDee English Interview

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IMG_8602doneWe all know the unpredictable Cycle 7 winner of America’s Next Top Model, CariDee English, and this free spirit is still keeping us on our toes! From being a famous print and runway model to a psoriasis advocate, English has made a mark and is making sure her story continues. With a behind the scenes look, check out what she had to say about the modeling industry, her confidence, and her one true love: the drums.
Cliché: You have been battling psoriasis since you were 5 and even did a photo shoot without editing your skin. How did it feel to be photographed in “your own skin?”
CariDee English: It was really liberating and honestly, I wasn’t very confident in my own skin and my psoriasis until that moment. Relentlessly showing it and desensitizing myself to it played a big part. I became confident because I exposed it and other people embraced it.

Other than your psoriasis, what other battles do you face in your career?
I’ve faced confidence battles, for sure. Growing up in the modeling industry and then trying to figure out who I am as a woman, not as a model, has been a challenge. There’s a ying and a yang, a push and a pull. I’m often labeled as a model rather than a person, but when my modeling career began, I hadn’t yet grown into who I was. It wasn’t until I turned 30 that I felt like I had made it.

What are your favorite and least favorite parts about modeling?
I absolutely love traveling and being able to dress up; those are some of my favorite aspects of the industry. My least favorite has to be photo shoots in the cold: it’s so hard to look pretty when you’re freezing. Also, when photographers micromanage while trying to get a shot, it’s frustrating because it interrupts the flow of the shoot.

What advice would you give a young girl who is beginning her modeling career?
You have to realize that you’re not going into a land of fantasy, that you’re breaking that fantasy of what modeling looks like when you actually go into it. It’s not an easy job. On the inside, it’s hard work, rejection, body confidence, and acceptance issues. You can’t judge a model by a magazine cover.

Another one of your passions is playing the drums. How did that start?
I’ve always liked drumming, but my passion for it really started in 2009. My brother’s biological father (we have the same mom, but different dads) had committed suicide, and I was so hurt and confused. With suicide, there’s no closure or conclusions, but he was a great musician and I just wanted to be a musician for a little bit because it was something that was important to him. For years, I had been telling myself I was going to learn how to play drums, but because of my career, I kept putting it off. So I did something drastic: after the funeral, I shaved my long blond hair into a mohawk and dyed it black. I needed to grieve and doing something this drastic was my way of setting myself up for some time off. During that time off, I channeled all my pain into the drums. Every day, I went into a rehearsal space and played so hard and so loud that everything else was drowned out. I had no idea what I was doing, but I eventually got good at it and I just love to do it.
You opened the Fashion Rocks Show at the Hard Rock in Puerto Rico. How did it feel to combine modeling and playing the drums? How was the experience? Were you nervous?
It was my second time doing this and I love it because it’s so electric. There’s so much energy flowing through your body when you walk down a runway, but when you play, you get all of it out. Seeing girls walk by you on the catwalk while playing the drums is such a girl power moment, and when I drum it’s an empowering thing. Everyone is so supportive backstage and it’s great because guys give me fist bumps instead of trying to get my number.
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I read that you still have your baby pillow and can’t sleep without it. I still have mine and can’t sleep without it either! It’s very flat and flimsy, but it’s perfect to me. How is yours holding up and is there a special story around it?
It’s so disgusting and stinky! My mom hides it from me every time I go see her; she pinches the corners like it’s diseased. She’s accepted that it’s a part of the family, but it’s a shunned member of the family. My pillow has a personality and feelings in my mind. Going through life and getting to become an adult is a right of passage, but you have to hang on to your inner kid. Plus, my pillow is comforting and sleeping is a hard thing to do when you live a life full of stress, but my baby pillow is a lot safer than Ambien!

You saw Britney in Vegas recently. How was the show and your Vegas trip?
Britney is a hero of mine, not necessarily because of her music, but because of everything she went through publicly. Her whole life has been completely under a microscope, but she never feels like she needs to explain anything to anyone. She’s been one of the only ones so far who has grown from a hard time in her life when everyone seemed to turn against her, and now she’s stronger than ever! It has destroyed other people, but America has really embraced her again. To be able to sit front row for her show was a very special moment and something that I am so grateful I was able to do. I cheer her on as a woman. She’s gone through a lot of stuff and still came out on top.

What is a major hardship you went through after America’s Next Top Model?
Any relationship I’ve been in has been a bit of a challenge because I have a big issue opening up to people. I had to learn to trust people, for them liking me rather than liking what I do or who I was.

Are you still in touch with Tyra Banks or any of the other contestants?
I’m still really close with most of the girls from my cycle, including Eugena (who was the third runner-up).

Are you planning on taking any trips this summer?
I’m taking my dad on a baseball stadium tour. It was his dream to be a pro baseball player. He worked three jobs as a single dad to raise me, and I always told him I’d be his retirement plan! In addition to that, every year I take a trip with professional storm chasers and go down to Tornado Alley for 10 days. I get to chase these tornadoes, study them with meteorologists, and help provide relief with the Red Cross for any towns affected. Sometimes families have their homes literally uprooted by these tornadoes; it’s dangerous, but I learn so much and it’s amazing to be able to give back. It’s the trip I most look forward to every year.

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CariDee English Interview: Photographed by Quavondo

Summer Crosley Interview

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Since the last time we talked to acclaimed model Summer Crosley, she has yet to slow down. Her modeling career is booming and doesn’t seem to be stopping any time soon with her high-profile appearances in various magazines like GQ Italy. She is an international jetsetter with a stunning camera-ready face and natural modeling ability, and needless to say, Crosley is a top model in her own right with great personal style to boot. This woman is just getting started and no one can stop her. Below we chat with Crosley about her modeling career, her personal style, and the newest addition to her family.

Cliché: What have you been up to since the last time you talked to us in our April/May 2013 issue?
Summer Crosley: Well, let’s see: I recently adopted a cute little French bulldog, who is my world. I love her so much and she goes to as many places with me as possible. She puts a smile on my face and is my BFF!

What is your favorite photo shoot that you have done to date?
For GQ Italy. I always loved GQ and they feature some gorgeous women. They were so fun and so laid back, which is important when you are going for more of a “sexy” shoot.

Do the photo shoots and campaigns influence your personal style at all?
Yes, I work with a lot of stylists and they will put these unique looks together that I would never in a million years think of wearing! And once I see it, I am like, “Yeah, I think I found my new style obsession.”

So how would you describe your personal style?
I am definitely a more relaxed style kind of girl. I like comfort, so flat shoes, a great pair of jeans or denim shorts, a free-flowing shirt, and an excellent pair of shades are a must!

Do you get to travel a lot for your work?
Usually I am booked on one international trip per month.

What has been favorite place that you have traveled to?
In the past months, I have been to Italy, Turks and Caicos, St. Barths, and Sydney, Australia.   All amazing places. As far as my favorite, I might have to say I was very impressed with St. Barths. I always heard great things about it, but wow, was I impressed! The beach, the people, and the style are up there in awesomeness.

What are the most challenging parts about modeling?
For me—and I think others would agree—it’s that people in this industry can sometimes not be so nice about your looks, or say you are overweight, etc., so you have to be able to take the criticism with a grain of salt. That is just how some people are, and it does not matter if you are a model, or a bank teller, or a lawyer. There will always be someone who will talk about you behind your back, so you just have to learn to be confident.

Was modeling always a life-long dream of yours, or was it something you realized you wanted to do later on in life?
I was always interested. I would always read fashion magazines when I was a little girl and be so intrigued by the models, styling, and the location of the shoots, but I never thought I would actually be doing it one day. Apparently I put that positive energy out there and the universe brought it into my life.

What are your top 5 must-haves that you have in your handbag?
My cell phone, lip gloss, a mirror, gum, and a great money/credit card holder.

If you weren’t currently modeling, what do you see yourself doing as a career?
I have been thinking about luxury real estate sales. It sounds fun being able to see all kinds of nice homes and help someone purchase their dream house.

What are five career goals you have set for yourself for the future?
I have been getting involved in elephant conservation which I am trying to grow, maybe start my own PR company, have a family, find true love, and enjoy life every day to the fullest!

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Summer Crosley Interview: Photographed by Steve Conner

Julia Lanski Interview

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Julia Lanski by Terry Check  IMG_0184EAgainst her parents’ wishes, 17-year-old Julia Lanski packed her suitcase and boarded a train to Moscow, a city of opportunity. With little money to her name, she worked odd jobs to pay the rent while studying journalism at night, eventually landing a job in public relations. Feeling shy and uneasy about her natural beauty in high school, viewing her looks as “a curse,” this highly successful PR agent started to promote herself, leading to modeling contracts and magazine covers throughout Russia.

Never satisfied with today and always focused on tomorrow, Lanski headed to Miami for fashion modeling and commercial work while attending acting classes. In 2013, the Russian beauty was voted “Most Beautiful Woman in the World” by Mode Lifestyle Magazine, adding to her public persona. Once again she packed her bags and bought a one-way ticket to Los Angeles, saying, “Hollywood called out to me.”

Julia Lanski joined Cliché’s Terry Check for a cup of coffee, good conversation, and a few candid photos along the iconic Rodeo Drive.

Cliché: Since being selected as Mode Lifestyle Magazine’s “2013 Most Beautiful Woman,” how has your life and career changed?
Julia Lanski: Well, my life has changed dramatically. I’m living in the City of Angels; what can be better? After Hollywood discovered that I was voted the “Most Beautiful Woman in the World” by Mode Lifestyle Magazine, they got in touch with me immediately, offering me airfare to LA, a prepaid apartment in the heart of Los Angeles, contracts with famous modeling agencies, and leading parts in the movies. [Laughs] I hope you got my sense of humor.

Julia Lanski by Terry Check  IMG_0145EWe all can dream, can’t we? Because all dreams come true, they really do. Now, being serious, I did move to LA to pursue an acting career that I started back in Miami. My life has not changed since I was voted Mode Lifestyle Magazine’s 2013 “Most Beautiful Woman in the World.” Maybe it changed my attitude. I definitely became more confident… There are hundreds of thousands of beautiful women out there, and I was really honored to be selected in the top 10 after the first week of voting, and then the editor asked me to write a short biography to see if I could qualify as one of the top 3 women.

At first I was thinking, “Ok, Julia, here is your chance to make up a great ‘Hollywood’ story, the sort of fairytale that we always read in the magazines.” But then, I said to myself, I never pretended to be anybody else but myself. I am going to share my true-life story with all the good and bad. I spent the next five hours writing my biography. And then I sent it out thinking that I just lost my chance [to be selected as the most beautiful woman] with my very open and honest writing. A few days later, the magazine editor called to congratulate me [for winning]. I was very happy to know that people were able to recognize not only my looks, but also my inner qualities, morals, and values.

So here is the lesson: always stay true to yourself! Like they say, “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” People are often trying to be like somebody else, forgetting about their precious gift, their uniqueness. Being voted the “Most Beautiful Woman in the World” is not a real achievement. A real achievement is when you have done something significant, something dramatic that changed the world or helped somebody.

Are you working on any new projects?
I am writing a book titled Survivor, a memoir, to help people believe in themselves. Like they say, everyone’s got a story, but not everyone is willing to share it. Some people want to forget about their past, some people are ashamed of it, and some people don’t think their stories are important. I have this burning desire inside of me; it’s like a voice that is telling me to write it—not for myself, but for others.

Besides being a model and actress, I play piano and sing. My talent agent, Jerry Pace, is really interested in my talent, so I am recording a video playing piano and singing. I am so excited.

What are some of your dreams?
I would really love to have my own TV/Internet show about unique, real people who weren’t born with a silver spoon in their mouth—people who work hard to get where they are today by overcoming obstacles and becoming successful. I think it is very important if people could share their life experiences with others who are going through difficult moments in their life. We are not alone. Other people have been through the same issues, and maybe they have the best advice or solutions to share with others.

During our photo shoot, Lanski shared another dream come true: her childhood idol, Sylvester Stallone, is the main character in her soon-to-be-finished movie script. With Lanski’s public relation skills and having brunch with Stallone’s mother to pitch the movie script, this amazing woman will continue to surprise all of us. Be sure to visit Julia Lanski’s website at julialanski.com, and always believe in yourself. 

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Julia Lanski Interview: Photographed by Terry Check, Photo retouch by Alyssa DeLaura