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Nelita Villezon: “Miss April” Model of the month


Our female model muse of the month is Miss Nelita Villezon, who happens to be celebrating her birthday today!

• Where are you from? I am from Los Angeles California.

• When did you start modeling? I officially started modeling when I was sixteen.

• What drives/drove you to pursue a career in the modeling/fashion industry? My family has always worked in the entertainment industry and fashion was something that I have always loved. Modeling and fashion is where I get the most joy. I love the freedom of expression and the interpretation of creativity.

• What are some of your best/worst experiences modeling? I have the best experiences with most of my modeling gigs. It is always such a joy and thrill to do what I love. Not all gigs turn out the best, but I make sure to make the most out of every experience.

• What advice would you give to hopeful models? I would tell hopeful models that there is no right or one formula to success in this industry, but you have to keep your personal drive in you everyday.

• What is your dream job? My dream job would be to walk the runways in Milan and Paris.

• How can you be booked? I can be booked with Linda McAlister Talent at lmtalent.com

What would you consider your best feature? I would say my best feature is my eyes. Makeup artist love  them and I’m told that they are very expressive.

What are some of the jobs/campaigns you’ve been booked for or are recognized in? Goodness, I have people finding my work everywhere.  I am in AT&T ads, Cingular Wireless, Honda commercial, book covers, Jet magazine and other various ads.

How do you stay in Model shape? I definitely am very watchful of what I put into my body as far as food. I am all about portion control. I also do not drink or smoke.  You can also find me in the gym everyday with at least one hour of cardio.

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Posted by on April 16, 2011 in Models

 

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CONTESTS: V MAN Model Search – Vote for Manuel Mendez


 

We’d like to interrupt your day to ask that everyone who reads this goes to vote for Manuel Mendez, one of our monthly featured male models, who is entering the VMAN Model Search.  Show him your support by clicking the link below and voting for this amazing young man.

Vote here.

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2011 in Contests

 

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MUSE: Chrishell Stubbs


Chrishell Stubbs, Ford Models

I’m not sure if its because Caribbean beauty Ms. Stubbs looks like the lovechild of Erykah Badu and Noemi Lenoire with a little Aishwarya Rai, but I am inspired by Chrishell’s beauty.  As you will see in the photos below, she also has a chameleon quality when it comes to her ethnicity…in some looks she appears creole, in some she appears Indian and others she clearly displays African American features.  Regardless of her background, she is a breathtaking beauty who has caught our eyes here at KRAVE.

 

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2011 in Models

 

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Darius Peek: “Mr. January” Male Model of the Month


With the New Year we’re hoping to give you MORE with our blog and web presence. One of our most popular features is the male/female monthly model features and 2011 will bring you some more new and amazing talents.  Here to bring int he new year the RIGHT way is Detroit’s own, Darius Peek, Mr. January.

 

Where are you from?

I’m a 313 baby all day, lol.  My physical address is in the city of Highland Park but I all but live in the city of Detroit, so I guess you could say I’m a dual citizen of both as we call them locally “The Park” and of course “The D”.

When did you start modeling?

I started modeling the second I came out of what I have come to know her as my mom, lol, but my official debut onto the modeling scene came in 2004 at the tender age of 17.  My very first booking was Seagram’s Gin promo for a local promotions and marketing agency, whose owner is beyond gorgeous, whom we’ll call “G” is an ex model and if you were to see her you’d see why, who by the way now that I’m 6 years past legal should give me call so I can take her to dinner, lol.

 

What drives/drove you to pursue a career in the modeling/fashion industry?

I have always been a people person and kind of glutton for attention, and the money is pretty good too in the fashion industry, lol.  My drive comes from my love of all things fashion and my need to be the best.  I don’t think I could adequately explain the feeling I get right before I step out from the curtain into the bright lights and eyes of onlookers sitting to the left and right of a runway I’m about to walk but not just walk but own.  The modeling industry is naturally competitive, some might even say over competitive due to both the level of talent present and literally the sheer number of people all doing the same thing and all going after the same limited goals, gigs.  I am naturally competitive and always trying to be the best at everything and not the best do to the lack competition but the best because I was better than the competition. so what better place to showcase my natural affinity for competition.

What are some of your best/worst experiences modeling?

The best experiences in my modeling career so far are honestly the feeling I get whenever I get booked for a job.  The feeling that I get knowing I was chosen over so many other to represent an ideal, or fantasy, or physical manifestation of another’s aspiration is truthfully kind of arousing, for those few minutes speaking with an agent or director or reading an email that I am wanted, in demand, sought after enough to be paid to be merely looked at is intoxicating.  I pride myself on being humble but at those moment I feel the universes is giving me its brief window to bask in my self-proclaimed greatness, to indulge in all sorts of narcissism and self-indulgence free of the worry of backlash or jinxing my accomplishment before returning to reality.  I think to be a successful model everybody has to feel at least a small sense of irrational self-absorbed bravado.  Its fun at times and definitely necessary with the amount of regular rejection and cold hard truthful critique the average model will face throughout their career, besides if you don’t think you’re the best no body else will either.

 

My worst experiences have been my loss of jobs due to my lack of willingness to undermine my morals, ethics, and values to succeed in this industry, or the loss of friends; well-being that hindsight is 20/20 so-called friends due to my successes and their shortcomings.

 

What advice would you give to hopeful models?

To all you new models who want to succeed in this industry the first thing you need to do to succeed is to be honest with yourself about your chances at success and what you can bring to the table that will allow you to stand out amongst the crowd, next get a thick skin and don’t let rejection and what others think of you be the blueprint of who you will be, and lastly work hard, grind, claw tooth and nail 24/7/365 until you achieve your accepted level of achievement.  It’s a dog eat dog world out there and in this industry if you not eating you getting ate.

What is your dream job?

I have two dream jobs one I’m sure anybody who has read this far could guess, I want to be a world renown supermodel.  My second dream job, a top investment banker or hedge fund manager at the greatest investment bank in the world, Goldman Sachs.

 

What would you consider your best feature?

My best features I would say is my facial bone structure in particular my jaw line.

What are some of the jobs/campaigns you’ve been booked for or are recognized in?

I have done a Pelle Pelle campaign (regional), Chicago Fashion Week, a campaign for MGM (regional), and PNC (national), and soon to be a featured cover model for KRAVE Magazine, among other things, lol…

What do you do to stay in ‘Model’ Shape?

My regimen to stay in shape honestly consists  of working out 4 of 7 days of the week and a strict diet of McDonald’s hamburgers, pizza, Krispy Kreme donuts, and Gatorade, no really, lol ….

How can you be booked?

I can be booked by calling my business line @ 3135493424 and please leave a message if I am unable to answer, “NO REALLY” and my email dariuspatrickpeek@gmail.com.

 

 

Ha! We like how you snuck in “KRAVE Magazine” and your aspiration of a corporate financial career.

We salute Mr. Darius Peek for continuing to live his dreams and reach his goals, a true KRAVE Man.

 

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2011 in Models

 

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Manuel Mendez: “Mr. December” Male Model of the Month


Manuel Mendez

 

Our male model for December is the Dominican dynamo Mr. Mendez. The latin looker is ramping up to show the fashion world what its been missing.

 

Where are you from?

I’m from the Dominican Republic, a nation on the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean region.

When did you start modeling?

I started modeling right after high school..

What drives/drove you to pursue a career in the modeling/fashion industry?

What drove me was a friend of mine, going to school to be a photographer who asked to take pictures of me for a school project. After seeing those images  my friends and others started to tell me that I should look into modeling. I hesitated for sometime because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to pursue modeling. I never thought of myself as being a model because all through high school I suffered with acne. After seeing the images, words of encouragement, support and inspiration from friends and family, my confidence level and self-esteem improved. I then decided to give it a try.

This industry lacks of a lot of things. I noticed that there aren’t any male dominican models out there that we recognize. It’s good to see female models like Arlene Sosa and Rose Cordero.  They are two dominican girls that are internationally working on covers of magazine and campaigns. Seeing them drives me even more to keep pushing! They have opened many doors for other female models. I think it’s about time for a male dominican model to do the same.

What are some of your best/worst experiences modeling?

My best experiences in modeling was shooting in my country Dominican Republic.

I would have never thought in a million years that I would shoot out there, never crossed my mind. It was on the beach, so amazing!

What advice would you give to hopeful models?

In my opinion, the most important thing  is to believe in yourself.  There’s that voice inside of you that tells you right from wrong. That same voice tells you what you like and don’t like and what you are to become.

Everyone has this voice of reason and its there  for you to listen and follow. Its like when you plant a tree; that tree is not going to grow unless you water it and take good care of it. So apply that to your dreams and goals! Stay on top of them and you will see them grow.

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to be a model, internationally, and to be the face of a major brands.

How can you be booked?

For now, all  bookings can be made through my website www.manuelamendez.com. I’ve yet to sign with an agency, but I’m currently shopping around.

What would you consider your best feature?

People tell me my lips and my eyes, so I would go with that. I have a scar on left side  of my cheek that I personally like….lol

What are some of the jobs/campaigns you’ve been booked for or are recognized in?

I have yet to book that campaign that I would be recognized for, but I’m working on that so hopefully the world will see it soon. I would say for now www.dominicanfashionmodels.com because that’s were I got my first recognition..

How do you stay in “model shape”?

Definitely a good healthy way of eating, that’s number one. On top of that I workout a lot.  I take a total body conditioning class, abdominal class and boxing at the gym at least four times a week.

 

We wish you all the luck in the world Mr. Mendez and KRAVE will support you in your journey.

 

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Brianna Michelle – “Miss December” Female Model of the Month


Brianna Michelle

We proudly present the lovely Brianna Michelle. She’s our ‘Miss December’ and the epitome of the strong & beautiful black woman living her dreams. Here’s more about Miss December.

Where are you from?

I am from the Pacific Northwest, Seattle, WA

When did you start modeling?

I started modeling when I was in middle school. My counselor and mentor Virginia Owens was a successful model and she got me started with SMG Model Management.

What drives/drove you to pursue a career in the modeling/fashion industry?

I really felt that I had a unique look with being dark skin with natural green eyes and I had the height so I figured, “Let me see how the industry responds to me.”. Not to mention, I really wanted to see more ethnic models in the high fashion magazines.  Someone that young black girls can relate to.

What are some of your best/worst experiences modeling?

The best experience for me is living out my reality and testing my confidence and ambition because this industry is not easy.  I would say a disadvantage of this industry is that in all the major magazines, there is still less than 3% of minorities represented.  Flipping through magazines, knowing that you will only see a 1-5 pages of someone who you can relate to is very disheartening especially when we are consumers and just a beautiful.

What advice would you give to hopeful models?

I would say be faithful, ambition and consistent.  Never stop no matter how many times you hear no because you will hear a yes when it’s your time!

What is your dream job?

My dream jobs are working with DeBeers, Chanel and Versace!

How can you be booked?

I am working with A few agents here in NY (Direct Model Management, The Agency and managers). You could also contact me at bm@iambriannamichelle.com
What would you consider your best feature?

I would say my eyes and my skin 🙂

What are some of the jobs/campaigns you’ve been booked for or are recognized in?

L’Oreal‘s Dark N Lovely brand and my new campaign with Clairol

What do you do to stay in ‘Model’ Shape?

Eating well and bikram yoga…

You can find out more about Brianna Michelle on her website, I Am Brianna Michelle.

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2010 in Models

 

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Brandon Claybon: Male Model of the Month


Brandon Claybon

Mr. November: Brandon Claybon

Where are you from?

I’m from a small town right outside of Memphis, called Oakland, TN.  I’m a country boy who grew up around farm animals, listening to the blues, playing baseball, fishing in ponds, and singing in church.

When did you start modeling?

I started modeling my junior year of college in 2008.  But 2010 has been then first year were I have been able to model full-time.

What drove you to pursue a career in the modeling/fashion industry?

Well….modeling came by coincidence.  Since I was a kid, I always wanted to be a working actor doing television and film, but once I got taller and skinner in high school people kept telling me I should model.  So, I started learning more about the modeling and fashion industry, and I realized that I had a product to sell.  After that realization, I began to pursue modeling as well as acting.

What are some of your best and worst experiences modeling?

Hmmm… One of my best experiences was recently being a part of the Macy’s Fashion Show in Chicago.  Not only was the event exciting and fun….but the people I worked with was so cool and friendly.  You don’t always get that in this business, so when you do it feels really good.  I had the best time.  I really don’t have that many bad experiences.  Maybe the one night I was offered drugs by an industry professional.  That was a little awkward and weird….but I don’t fall into peer pressure so it was no big deal.  I guess….

What advice would you give to hopeful models?

I would just tell aspiring models to learn what kind of product they sell.  Make a list of all the clients you think might hire you to sell their clothes, image, product or etc.  Know how to market yourself first before you start shopping around for agencies.  And trust me….you are going to hear plenty of no’s but it only takes one yes to get you in the door.  Stay honest and true to yourself and keep striving to get better. (And that’s in anything you decide to do.)

What is your dream job?

My dream job in modeling is to have a national commercial and print campaign with Macy’s.  That would be awesome.  Matter of fact….I’ll go ahead and put that in the universe right now.  HA!

How can a potential client book you?

Clients can book me through any of my agencies around the U.S., from NTA in Los Angeles, Chosen Model Management in Chicago and Atlanta, or Kim Dawson in Dallas.  I have a link to all of them on my website, which is www.brandonclaybon.com.

What would you consider your best feature?

I don’t know… probably my smile.

What are some of the jobs/campaigns you’ve been booked for or recognized in?

I get recognized a lot for a commercial I did with MaxClarity Skin Care, which is running right now.  I also just did a campaign for the Elysian Hotel in Chicago and that was pretty amazing.  I’m excited about the future…I feel like God has some big plans for me.

How do you stay in “model shape”?

I work out 4-5 days a week and I try my best to eat healthy, day in and day out. It gets hard though…because I’m a foodie! LOL!

We salute Brandon Claybon for following his heart and pursuing his dreams. Many blessings to you and KRAVE supports your dream.

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2010 in Models

 

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