Photographer: Eric LaRokk
1. How long have you been modeling?: I have been modeling full time for about two years.
2. Who is your favorite model?
I have more than one but my favorite fitness model is undoubtedly Michelle Lewin.
3. Were you always comfortable in your own skin and in front of the camera?
Not really. As an adolescent I was very self conscious and believe it or not, I was often made fun of because of my voluptuous body. They say turn your weakness into your strength... Funny how things change over the years!
4. Did you have any mentors who really helped mold and guide you?
Yes. The first photographer who shot me in the United States, Greg Burns, definitely helped me become comfortable in front of the camera and pointed me toward the right direction. Experience and commitment did the rest.
5. Do you have any tips for aspiring models in the industry?
Being a model is extremely competitive. You need to be 100% committed to your goals and have a lot of discipline. Be ready to be rejected more often than not at the beginning, but don't give up. Start small, take the time to learn about posing and different styles of photography and decide which style of modeling you and your body are more suitable for. Network with photographers, other models, make up artists, and stylists. Research ideas, concepts and put together mood boards and propose them to your photographers.
6. Do you have a WTF moment at a shoot?
Well... I expect professionalism and respect from the photographers I work with. A rude or vulgar comment would definitely generate a WTF moment on my end and likely end both the shoot and my relationship with the photographer in question.
7. What are some of the biggest revelations you've discovered through modelling?
That modeling is so much harder than it looks!!! Sometimes holding a pose can be so hard that it can make you sore for days. Also, there are several things you need to pay attention to, such as the whites of your eyes, the placement of your fingers, weather or not your lips are parted, and whether there is negative space between your arms/legs and the body, and of course your facial expression. Modeling is like interpreting a role, so you need to feel it.
8. Tell us something random about yourself.
I am full blood Italian, I was born and raised in a beautiful beach town in central Italy called Pescara. I moved to the United States in 2014.
9. What are you most proud of?
My academic accomplishments. I am currently a full time international student in the United States. I have managed to maintain a 4.0 GPA throughout my entire college career. I am a member of four international honor societies and I am on track to graduate with a bachelors degree in Psychology at the end of this year. I am also proud of my fitness journey, I am not sure what I would do without the gym!