photography Pure Emotions Photography
model Victoria Yore
hmua Makeup and Hair by Monique
wardrobe House Of Dali
What’s your background in modeling?
I started modeling for department stores when I was about three years old. Dance took over my life, but then I got back into modeling a year and a half ago because who doesn’t like to get their hair and makeup done, wear beautiful clothes and have their pictures taken?
What other modeling projects have you done?
I have done a variety of other modeling projects. Recently, I have been published by Dark Beauty Magazine, Whim Online Magazine and Lucy’s Magazine. I have also walked in Fashion Week Tampa Bay and Christian Fashion Week, two of the largest fashion shows in the Tampa Bay Area.
Do you have any other experience in the fashion industry?
Utilizing my marketing experience, I helped a local designer revamp her website by SEO optimizing the content and updating the descriptions of her designs.
What is fun and rewarding about modeling?
Modeling is fun and rewarding because I have been able to form unexpected bonds with people in the industry, from models and photographers, to event coordinators and designers. When I first started, I would sit backstage at shows and browse my phone. The more shows I did, the more I got to know my fellow models who have since become my friends. Instead of being bored for hours, sitting around backstage has become a time to spend time with my friends. The support we share is very rewarding. Many people think that models would be catty and unsupportive of each other. I have found the exact opposite from the Tampa Bay modeling community.
What do you dislike about modeling?
In a past interview, a fellow model said the worst part about modeling is trying to take out teased and styled hair after a show! I have to concur! But in all seriousness, modeling can be difficult, because although the industry has advanced, it is still stuck, for the most part, on a certain look height, body type, facial structure etc. I feel like limiting humans into these little categories is detrimental to the industry. It just takes a few major agencies and designers to step out of the box for good and provide a good example to the rest of the industry. Thankfully, change is afoot!
How do you prepare for a modeling shoot?
I prepare for a shoot by discussing inspiration and mood board images with the photographer/stylist etc. so that I can envision the direction in my head. On the day of the shoot, I pack a huge model bag with all the necessary things I am going to need for that specific shoot, shoes, accessories etc.
How would you describe working with the photographer?
Working with the photographer was fabulous! Alicia and I have been friends for over three years and have never done a fashion shoot together! We had always talked about it and certainly wanted to, but it just had not worked out until this shoot. This was my first time working with Alicia as a photographer, aside from a low