Name: Lana Pha
Location: Los Angeles
Photographer: Cam Perry
1. What inspired you to get into this industry?
I used to be in fashion, more behind the scenes, and was always interested in being in front of the camera. I wanted to learn to be comfortable in my own skin and build my confidence.
2. How long have you been modeling?
I've been modeling since early this year.
3. Who is your favorite model?
I love Cara Delevigne.
4. Were you always comfortable in your own skin and in front of the camera?
I never used to be comfortable in front of the camera nor comfortable in my own skin. For a long period of time, I didn't want to be seen and thought I didn't photograph well.
5. Did you have any mentors who really helped mold and guide you?
I don't have any mentors, I just got into this recently by myself. I'm hoping to meet someone who can help me become better.
6. Do you have any tips for aspiring models in the industry?
Be confident and give it your best, there's always room for improvement and growth. This isn't the easiest thing, but you can have fun and learn a lot.
7. Do you have a WTF moment at a shoot?
I found it a little weird being nude and slathering coconut oil all over my body, but my photographer was my friend so I wasn't crazy uncomfortable.
8. What are some of the biggest revelations you've discovered through modelling?:
Modeling requires a lot of patience and work as well as meeting the right people. I feel like in this industry, you can get mixed up with the wrong people or people can take advantage of you. This is all about what you can bring to the table, too. This industry is so different for everyone, every one has different experiences.
9. Tell us something random about yourself.
I was raised in a small town in Georgia and grew up in a restaurant setting almost all my life. Food network and eateries are basically my life.
10. What are you most proud of?
I'm proud that I've been able to pick up and go wherever I want and be able to take care of myself and pursue my aspirations. I'm come a long way from the sheltered, self conscious girl I used to be.
11. When it's all said and done, what do you want to be remembered as?
I don't want to be remembered as "just a model". I want people to see me as someone different and unique. I definitely want to brand myself and do many other things people won't forget.