One of my friends that I graduated high school with brought to my attention that KMM was sending girls to Colby Models for fashion week, so I went in for a brief interview, met with Alycia Kaback and the VP Nicole, who took my pictures and sent them to Colby Models. Ryan Colby really liked my look and worked to get me in for castings and go sees.
Had you ever considered modeling before?
Yes. I’ve been trying to model and really get into the industry since I was 12, but didn’t get into it until I was about 17 or 18. I was a semi-finalist for America’s Next Top Model Cycle 16, which Brittany won.
What was the America’s Next Top Model experience like?
It was a good experience, and it gave me a little taste of what reality TV is really like. It’s not at all like what you see on TV. They want a certain person to be on their show, and they know what type of girls they want before shooting even begins. Being on Top Model was something that I always wanted to do, so it was a good experience as I had always watched the show. It was such an accomplishment for me to get to meet Miss J, Jay Manuel and Tyra. I think that everything happens for a reason, and although I didn’t make it far on the show, I’m now in NYC and doing a lot of fashion things, like walking fashion week.
Would you do the show again?
No. I tried out again after, and I made it to the New York finals, but not the semi-finals. It was a blessing in disguise, since Ryan O’Connor at Colby Models said the girls on the show are new faces who get a lot of exposure, so people don’t want to book them because they are overexposed. I’m at an advantage now because I am a new face that isn’t overexposed yet and that is something that people could really be interested in.
What was it like going to your first casting?
Nerve-wracking! There are so many different girls in NYC that look really model-esque, so there is a lot of competition. Nevertheless, it was a good experience and I was able to get a little taste of what was to come.
What would be your dream modeling job?
I would love to go to Paris and do a Chanel show or even Haute couture in Paris. Even if I could get a big spread in Vogue or Vogue Italia would be awesome and a major accomplishment.
Through Kaback Models and Colby, I’ve done a lot of fashion shows, including Ela Acosta, Anna Francesca, and Kalia Rogers. I’ve also done a lot of test shoots, which are really fun because each photographer has different and new ideas. I’ve also done Cosmogirl, which was a favorite job of mine, and that issue will be out in January 2012. I’ve also been on television for Project Accessory and Gossip Girl which was a pretty cool experience.
What was it like walking in New York Fashion Week?
I’ve done fashion shows in Philly before, so I’m kind of familiar with how they work, but NY Fashion Week is way more intense. They have a strict call time that you have to be there for so you can do hair and makeup. It’s very busy backstage with designers pinning dresses and hemming, but it’s also an adrenalin rush because it is all really exciting. I love doing the shows and I love being there. I’ve walked for Ela Acosta, Anna Francesca and Kalia Rogers, and more.
What upcoming projects do you have?
Fashion week is starting up again, so hopefully I’ll be doing castings and go-sees for the spring/summer collections. I’ve been working on my portfolio book doing test shoots and I’m trying to get over to Paris and do some work over there with editorials and fashion week there.
What was it like being on Project Accessory?
I was a model for one of the designers on the finale episode. It was really fun experience, but it was a long and grueling day. I got to see Molly Sims and Kenneth Cole, so that was pretty cool. John Frieda did the hair and makeup so I got a lot of hair products, but I didn’t get any of the accessories that were made, but that’s ok. The designers did a really good job-there were really intricate, delicate, classic and lady like pieces.
What’s it like being a KMM/ Colby model?
I love it! They are a small boutique agency in NYC and it is more beneficial to me because Alycia Kaback and her team devote most of their time to all their models. It is very time consuming, because I could get a job at 10am and have to be somewhere at 12pm. You have to always be on your toes and ready to work. I have my down days sometimes; I work at Hollister part time so I’m always working regardless. You have to be dedicated and have time because nothing is fast in the modeling industry. You have to be patient with everything.
What do you want casting directors or photographers to come away with after working with you?
That I was fun, energetic, polite, dedicated and really focused.
What do you like to do outside of modeling?
I do a lot of visiting back home to Philly. I love biking, even when I’m home, and I’m a blog person. I do a lot of tumblr and like going to the movies. I recruit people at Hollister so I love networking with people. I like to go out and have fun, which is a perk of being in NYC.
What type of music do you like to listen to and what are your favorite movies?
I like Soul music, and I’m a big fan of Jill Scott, health music, and Indy. I like comedy movies and Bridesmaids, The Hangover, and Black Swan are some of my favorite movies.
Anything with Ryan Gosling because he is gorgeous. I did a test shoot with a photographer who lives right next door to him. His car was outside of the Brownstone so I was so excited, even if it was just that little glimpse of him.
What would be your advice to people coming in to KMM for the first time and who might be skeptical of what Alycia Kaback has to offer?
Definitely give KMM a try. A lot of people think these places are scams, but they aren’t. Alycia Kaback is actually trying to help you. Always give it a shot. If your gut tells you no, then don’t do it. But Alycia Kaback has helped me a lot and now I’m living out my dreams of modeling in NYC.
What dreams do you have yourself?
I want to be a supermodel. I want to be a household name like Gisele and Naomi Campbell but I also want to help people. I want to be able to make a difference in the world. When I make enough money, I want to be able to give back to shelters or help people all over the world. I want to go back to school; I graduated from high school in 2009 and went to college for a year, then stopped. I want to also have a normal lifestyle besides just modeling.
Who do you look up to?
My mom. She does everything on her own now. She’s living by herself now that I’m not here, working full time in her fifties and does it all. She is always in high spirits and I hope that I make her proud in what I’m doing.
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