Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Non-Model's Path to Becoming a Model pt. 2

With CEO of Studio Sixth Sense, Stephen Goudeau

All clothing by Studio Sixth Sense

A Non-Model's Path to Becoming a Model pt. 2

By Noreen

A lot of times for up and coming people in the fashion industry, work is more of a collaborative effort and often involves little or no pay. It's termed TF (time for) and basically means that each party puts forth their time and effort as compensation. Sometimes, it's basically a way for designers and photographers to take advantage of this and get models to work for them for free. I've even had designers promise pictures from shows for portfolio purposes as compensation for working with them, and never follow up on that promise.

So when I worked with Studio Sixth Sense, it was really refreshing. Aside from the fact that the whole Studio Sixth Sense team was so amazingly sweet, they not only had a food tray before the runway show TO FEED THE MODELS, but they also made EACH model a small gift bag (with their names handwritten on cards) and filled with lots of goodies.

I don't have to tell you how luxurious and sophisticated the clothes are. Or how everyone at Houston Fashion week was raving about the collection. They have what it takes to get somewhere in the fashion industry. More importantly than anything else, they have an appreciation for the people that can help them get there. And that my friends, will make all the difference in the world.

You can check out Studio Sixth Sense on Facebook

Saturday, April 9, 2011

A Non-Model's Path to Being a Model pt. 1

Top by United Colors of Benetton
Shorts by American Eagle Outfitters
Photography by Cody Criglow

A Non-Model's path to Being a Model pt. 1
By Noreen

I've always despised the way people are so quick to label themselves as 'models' and I've always been really hesitant to call myself one. So I always found it comical when people would mistake me for one or tell me that I could be one. Sure I have the height, but I'm far from the qualifications of what I believe to be a bonafide model, you know, the seemingly unreachable perfection you see in the fashion magazines.

The modeling industry has got to be one of the hardest industries to be in. The sole basis of the job is to be judged on your looks and that can be tough on even the most self-assured soul, let alone my own. But while it's easy to start thinking about the cants, the hows, and the many ways I am not fit to be a model, the only thing that I realized was that I should just do things that I enjoy.

I have to say that even though I will probably never be good enough to go pro, what I DO have is good enough to help other people. I've been able to participate in 2 charity (unpaid) runway shows. Being able to help other people is probably just as satisfying as a contract with one of the top modeling agencies in New York.

Bottom line: The only person who should judge whether you can or can't do something is yourself and sometimes the only thing that is stopping you from doing things is yourself.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Behind the Scenes: Be Nicole Fashion show

Photography: Ryce Yanez
Clothes: Nicole Larson
Ankle Boots: Payless

All clothing by Nicole Larson

Free People top
Target Jeggings
Payless Boots

Because of the Make A Wish foundation, Nicole Larson was able to visit the Fashion Institute of Design in New York. Now at 15 years old, this fashion show debuted her first collection and proceeds benefited the Make-A-Wish foundation Texas GulfCoast and Louisiana chapter.

The collection focused on the versatility of being able to mix and match different pieces together. Featuring flattering sweetheart necklines, vibrant magentas and teals, and sophisticated shrugs. The Be Nicole Larson show was a blast and such a fulfilling show to be a part of. She was so sweet and the clothes were super casual chic and colorful! I was totally in love with the color palette. Hope you guys enjoyed a peak!