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Name: Elisabetta Di Virgilio
Location: Sarasota, FL
Photographer: Eric LaRokk
Makeup Artist: Elisabetta Di Virgilio
Hair Stylist: Elisabetta Di Virgilio
1. What inspired you to get into this industry?
Family, friends and strangers! I always had people tell me I should start modeling.... So I decided I would give it a shot!
2. How long have you been modeling?
I have been modeling full time for about two and a half years.
3. Who is your favorite model?
My favorite fitness model is Michelle Lewin. She is beautiful inside and out!
4. Were you always comfortable in your own skin and in front of the camera?
Not at all... I will never forget when my middle school and high school classmates would call me "culona"... which is the Italian word for "fat ass" with a negative connotation. Funny how a lot of people now describe my butt as my "best feature"...
Also, my classmates would make fun of my hourglass shape, so I have been extremely self conscious about my hip width and my little waist until few years ago... Now? I love my body. There is no other way I'd rather be.
5. Did you have any mentors who really helped mold and guide you?
Not really. I pretty much started modeling on my own, without any specific guidance. When I started, I took the time to learn about posing, I researched about different styles of photography and decided which style of modeling both my body and my personality were more suitable for. I started small, networked with photographers, other models, make up artists, and stylists. I researched ideas, concepts and put together several mood boards and proposed them to photographers. Every shoot teaches you something, you never truly stop learning and perfecting the details.
6. Do you have any tips for aspiring models in the industry?
In such competitive industry you need to be 100% committed to your goal if you want to be successful. Have a specific goal. Know what style of modeling is best suitable for both your personality and your body. Network with photographers, other models, make up artists and stylists. Get involved into your local modeling community as a starting point. Be ready to be rejected, but never get discouraged nor give up. Some of the best models were once rejected by modeling agencies or photographers too. It's life. Be humble and always ask photographers for constructive criticism. It will help you improve and get on another level.
7. Do you have a WTF moment at a shoot?
I believe there should always be mutual respect and professionalism during a shoot. A vulgar remark or a rude comment would definitely generate a "WTF" moment on my end, and likely end both the shoot and my relationship with the photographer in question.
8. What are some of the biggest revelations you've discovered through modelling?
That modeling is so much harder than people think! It takes time and experience to get to "know" your own body. You may think a specific pose will look amazing, and then when you look at the picture from the camera you realize it is not flattering at all. Some poses just don't work for your body type and you can only learn that through experience. You need to know both your strengths and your flaws and make magic around them!
In addition to it, make up and hair style also play an important role. Everything needs to dovetail perfectly.
9. Tell us something random about yourself.
Apparently, I have a thick Italian accent, but I wouldn't know it if people didn't tell me I did!
10. What are you most proud of?
My academic accomplishments. I am currently two classes away from graduating from the University of South Florida. I have managed to maintain a 4.0 GPA throughout my entire college career. I have been inducted into five national and international honor societies. I am on track to graduate with a bachelors degree in Psychology in December 2017.
I am also very proud of my fitness journey and my modeling career.
11. When it's all said and done, what do you want to be remembered as?
When it's all said and done, I want to be remembered not for my looks but for my hard work, my studies, my kindness, my compassion and dedication making a positive impact on the world.
12. Any last words?
I am participating in the Maxim's Finest competition. I would really appreciate your support! You can vote for free up to once per day by clicking the link below, or you can purchase warrior votes at $1 per vote.
The link to vote is as follows: https://maximsfinest.com/2017/elisabetta-di-virgilio