Name: Alicia Sollazzo
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Photographer: Oscar McAnally
Photographer IG: @vanityboudoir
1. What inspired you to get into this industry?
Growing up I always assumed that to be a model you had to be super tall (I'm short), I never realized that there were so many other areas of modelling other than runway. People would always come up to me and say, you're so beautiful, you should model but I was too afraid of failing. I started off with swimsuit modelling and saw all the different shapes and sizes of girls in this industry. That inspired me! After that, I didn't care how tall I was, I was going to be a model.
2. How long have you been modeling?
I've only really been modelling for a little over a year. People don't really believe it, heck I don't even believe it! I've come a long way in a short amount of time which makes me realize, anything is possible.
3. Who is your favorite model?
To be honest, I don't really have a favourite model. I'm inspired by so many different models because they're all unique in their own way. I don't want to be just like one model, I want to be like all of them.
4. Were you always comfortable in your own skin and in front of the camera?
I think I've always been comfortable in my own skin but nothing like I am now. When I started off, I was nervous in front of the camera but not because I was insecure but because I really didn't know what I was doing. I had a vision in my head of what I wanted the shots to look like, I just didn't know how to portray it.
5. Did you have any mentors who really helped mold and guide you?
My mother is very supportive of what I'm doing which goes a long way in this industry. It's hard to grow on your own, you need a support system. But with the modelling, my best friend really helped me out a lot! When we met she had been modelling a little longer than I had, so she really helped guide me down the right path.
6. Do you have any tips for aspiring models in the industry?
Yes! Don't let anyone tell you you can't do it. If it's truly something you want, you need to work as hard as possible to get it. With that being said, there will be struggles and there will be some set backs, there always is. But in the end it's always worth it.
7. Do you have a WTF moment at a shoot?
Not so far which I'm grateful for but I'm sure I'll have one in my career. Let's just hope I handle it well!
8. What are some of the biggest revelations you've discovered through modelling?
One of the biggest revelations I've discovered is that there isn't just one path to the top. There's many different roads you can take to get to where you're going. So many people think that there's only one way to becoming a successful model, but there isn't. So just because your path doesn't look the same as someone else's trying to model, it doesn't mean you're not making any progress. You are! It's just your progress looks a little bit different than theirs.
9. Tell us something random about yourself.
I'm a singer and a dancer! Many people don't know that side to me. I've been singing for as long as I can remember and dancing for about ten years. I'm trained in many aspects of dance, from hip-hop to ballet, I love it. I guess I started modelling to see if I could be a triple threat.
10. What are you most proud of?
I'm just proud of everything I've done up until now and how far I've come. When I look back to a little over a year ago, I would never have imagined this is where I'd be. My life was totally different and not in a good way. I was unhappy that I wasn't doing what I loved and I'm just so proud of myself for deciding to start over.
11. When it's all said and done, what do you want to be remembered as?
I want to be remembered as the girl who defied the odds. Not only am I from Canada but I'm from a small city where there's not really any opportunity for what I want to do. Also, the fact that I'm a shorter model, everyone always told me I couldn't do it. And I believed it. But now I want people to know that I went after what I wanted even when no one wanted me to. In the end, I just want to be happy with my career.