International Sensation: Claudia Romani

Photo Credit: Decorum Photography
Photo Credit: Decorum Photography

How do you begin describing this international model and actress? You start with her obvious gorgeous looks, her many accomplishments: COED Magazine, Maxim Italy, FHM Slovenia,  and then you transition into her incredible personality, her hobbies, which include: swimming, yoga, pilates, and traveling. Claudia Romani is one busy woman, and if you’re a fan of hers—you know that she always likes to be one step ahead, and for those of you that are just now being introduced her, here is some advice for you: try to keep up as fast as you possibly can.

Justin Marroquin: How did you get your start in modeling?

Claudia Romani: I was scouted by FHM Denmark—I went to college there and I looked very exotic compared to the Scandinavian blondes.

Justin Marroquin: Was modeling easy for you to grasp at first?

Claudia Romani: In Denmark it was fairly easy, then I got discover the tough reality of big, foreign markets.

Photo Credit: Ajonel Vazquez
Photo Credit: Ajonel Vazquez

Justin Marroquin: Did you have any specific goals that you wanted to achieve when you started to model?

Claudia Romani: Not really, but I always think big with whatever I do.

Justin Marroquin: What does being a model mean to you?

Claudia Romani: It’s challenging, fun, difficult, tiring, amazing. It’s a big part of my life, and I would never replace it.

Photo Credit: Cocographic
Photo Credit: Cocographic

Justin Marroquin: When you first saw yourself in a magazine, what did that feel like?

Claudia Romani: I saw myself on billboards at the bus stop, music videos, and magazines in a short amount of time! It was so great, and it still is to this day.

Photo Credit: Tino Tedali
Photo Credit: Tino Tedali

Justin Marroquin: Besides modeling, what other dreams and aspirations do you have?

Claudia Romani: I put family first, and I’m a businesswoman as well. I run kustomkompanies.com with my boyfriend, Kevin Gleizes. Sports gear, fashion—a whole lifestyle based on being fit, healthy, and having fun on the inflatable paddle boards and so on!

Claudia Romani

Justin Marroquin: How do you react when someone is being negative towards you?

Claudia Romani: It happens everyday! Can’t be liked by the whole world,  but that means you’re out there, people look at you, comment, and well, it means you’re successful—so accept it!

Claudia Romani

Justin Marroquin: What would you like to achieve the most in 2014?

Claudia Romani: I hope to do more TV. Kustom Kompanies involves having a production company too, and we are ready to show our very special Miami life.

Justin Marroquin: Do you have any beliefs or values that you believe attribute to any success that you attain in your life?

Claudia Romani:I have a great family and support system, I look up to them, and I have been taught to be responsible and reliable. I put that in everything I do.

Claudia Romani

 

Photo Credit: Mark Campbell
Photo Credit: Mark Campbell

 

Justin Marroquin: Share the best advice that has helped you in your life the most?

Claudia Romani: Don’t trust anyone too much, believe in yourself, and never give up! Results may be just around the corner.

 

Claudia Romani

 

Claudia Romani

 

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Eye Of The Tiger: Tygeria

Photo Credit: Bryan Kurz Photography
Photo Credit: Bryan Kurz Photography

 

Actress, model, and writer. Tygeria is talented in those three departments, and anything else she puts her mind to. She is fueled by creativity, and has been featured in magazines, blogs, and e-magazines. Tygeria is a special woman who not only exhibits beauty, but intelligence as well. A sign of a strong person is decisiveness in what they want in their lives, and Tygeria has that quality, which makes her absolutely desirable.

 

Justin Marroquin: How did you start modeling?

Tygeria: I started modeling actually when I was younger; I got paid in a gift card and that was first gig, and I didn’t think I was model material. To make a long story short, I hit a bump in life and was feeling down—and wanted a way to support my son, and I thought since I wasn’t getting call backs for jobs—maybe I should try modeling. The worse that could happen was that I got a no, and so I did my first shoot and the rest was history.

 

Justin Marroquin: When you decided to start modeling, did you have any goals in mind that you wanted to achieve?

Tygeria: I wanted to be in a magazine (at least one), and one day I wished to be in Vogue, ha-ha, right.

Photo Credit: Scott Krammer Photography
Photo Credit: Scott Krammer Photography

 

Justin Marroquin: To date, what has been your favorite photo shoot thus far?

Tygeria: My favorite photo shoot. . . that’s tough, but I love photo shoots that I create because they are closer to you, and when you see them published, it feels great.

 

Justin Marroquin: In your opinion, what makes a model successful?

Tygeria: Totally my opinion, I think what makes a great model is someone who treats modeling like a job: you show up early, you respect people, and their time; someone who is humble and lastly, the most important thing in my opinion—is someone who is gonna work their butt off. Hard work pays off.

Photo Credit: Michael W. Bishop Photography
Photo Credit: Michael W. Bishop Photography

 

Justin Marroquin: What makes you stand out from all the other models?

Tygeria: I think what makes me stand out from other models is—I love to model everything; I don’t want to get myself into one bubble as a model. I want to be the model who could do everything from cosplay to editorial.

 

Justin Marroquin: In a world filled with criticism and negativity, how do you deal with it?

Tygeria: The thing is—when I started modeling, everything people said bothered me. I cried and cried until one day I said: you know what? who cares! These people aren’t paying my bills or doing anything for me, and they aren’t magazine editors; they are just people who want to tear someone down to make themselves feel better, and I am beautiful and perfect the way God made me.

Photo Credit: Hardy Nance Photography
Photo Credit: Hardy Nance Photography

 

Justin Marroquin: What is the biggest misconception about modeling?

Tygeria: The biggest misconception with modeling that I have noticed— is people who don’t understand the industry at all. They think when they first start, if they are beautiful, they should get paid and they get free magazines is another one. The truth is magazines are supposed to give you a thing called a “tear sheet” when you are in it for you to have for your portfolio, and if you want the whole magazine, you buy it. If they gave out every magazine for free, then their business would flop.

 

Justin Marroquin: Do you like to be involved in all aspects of a photo shoot?

Tygeria: Yes, I love to set up and I love to tear down; I love collecting items for the photo shoot as long as my wallet can handle it. I love the creativity of an idea, and I absolutely love the photo in front of me and in a magazine—it’s the most wonderful feeling ever.

Photo Credit: Dumas Harshaw Photography
Photo Credit: Dumas Harshaw Photography

 

Justin Marroquin: What are your plans for the future?

Tygeria: My plans for the future are work out and get into more magazines, and work with new people and try to do more exciting things for the future.

Justin Marroquin: Is there any specific piece of advice that has helped you significantly in your life?

Tygeria: Follow your dreams. The worse thing in life that can happen to you is someone saying no to you.

Photo Credit: Focus West Photography
Photo Credit: Focus West Photography

 

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Photo Credit: RA Photography

 

Photo Credit: Michael W. Bishop Photography
Photo Credit: Michael W. Bishop Photography

 

Photo Credit: Hardy Nance Photography
Photo Credit: Hardy Nance Photography

 

Photo Credit: Michael W. Bishop Photography
Photo Credit: Michael W. Bishop Photography

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Focus West Photography
Photo Credit: Focus West Photography

 

Photo Credit: Scott Krammer Photography
Photo Credit: Scott Krammer Photography

 

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Better yourself: Better Magazine

Better Magazine

Better Magazine has arrived! I’m thrilled to be a part of this publication, and it has some great content! This magazine has everything from gorgeous models, interviews, style, fashion, movie reviews, food, and travel. Go get your copy today and let me know what you think about it.

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Goddess From Down Under: Sarah Arthur-Young

Sarah Arthur-Young

 

It takes a clear vision to know where you want to go in life, and Sarah Arthur-Young knows exactly where she’s headed. This Australian beauty is committed, determined, and passionate about becoming the best she can possibly be. Sarah has been in FHM Magazine, films, TV commercials,  and many model competitions. In a world filled with egos and people willing to do anything for fame and fortune, Sarah is the complete opposite and with her hard work mentality, she has accomplished so much already and it’s only the beginning of a long, successful career for her.

 

Justin Marroquin: How did modeling come about for you?

Sarah Arthur-Young: I first started in the industry by entering in modeling competitions (Ralph/FHM/Inside Sport, etc.) scored a couple of second place finishes, then moved more into swimwear, lingerie, fashion, and commercial photo shoots.

 

Justin Marroquin: When you booked your first photo shoot, how did you prepare physically and mentally?

Sarah Arthur-Young: There was no mental preparation; only to have an open mind, and have fun. Physically, I waxed, tanned, and exercised. Plus, plenty of water for hydration.

 

Sarah Arthur-Young

 

Justin Marroquin: From your experience, what does it really take to become a model in today’s world?

Sarah Arthur-Young: Just believing in yourself and confidence.

 

Justin Marroquin: You are very driven and motivated. Where does that come from, and how do you maintain being that way?

Sarah Arthur-Young: I am very driven and motivated—I believe exercise really helps the mind and body. For me, its my energy.

 

Sarah Arthur-Young

 

Justin Marroquin: Of all the photo shoots you’ve done, which one stands out in your mind and why?

Sarah Arthur-Young: I have done art nude shoots and they were very creative, and a lot of fun. Collaborating with the photographer to come up with different ideas are awesome. I also really loved my recent photo shoot with BabeMethod. As it was a video shoot as well—lots of laughs.

 

Sarah Arthur-Young

 

Justin Marroquin: In today’s world, criticism and negativity are very rampant. How do you deal with it, and does it affect you in any way?

Sarah Arthur-Young: To me, most of this negative criticism comes from jealousy. I really don’t care what other people think of me. I am happy with my life, and that’s all that matters.

 

You’re also an actor. How did you get interested in acting?

Sarah Arthur-Young: I joined an acting agency, and have had a lot of work on Neighbours, Hollowman, Underbelly, Tangled, and Canal Rd. TV commercials are my favorite, and also pay good money.

 

Sarah Arthur-Young

 

Justin Marroquin: Do you plan on coming to America, and act/model?

Sarah Arthur-Young: That would be my dream to be a Hollywood actor. One day, I’m sure it will happen.

 

Sarah Arthur-Young

 

 

Sarah Arthur-Young

 

Sarah Arthur-Young

 

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Straight Forward: Teka

Teka

Without question, Teka is a one of a kind model. Both gorgeous and smart, Teka knows what she wants and doesn’t let anything distract her. She knew at an early age that she wanted to model, and that is prevalent now with her focus and determination to succeed in such a cutthroat industry. While she intends to make her mark in modeling, Teka is also talented in many areas including music, writing, makeup, etc. It won’t be long before you start seeing Teka on your television and billboards across the world, which is why I am extremely grateful to be bringing you this interview.

Justin Marroquin: At what point in your life did you know that you wanted to model?

Teka: I knew from day one that I wanted to model. It was kind of always in my blood. I come from a family of models, so it sort of grew on me, but certainly dawned on me at the early teenage point of my life.

Justin Marroquin: What was the modeling scene like when you first started out?

Teka: When I first started, the modeling scene was very competitive. If you didn’t have that confidence they were looking for, they would look right past you.

Teka

Justin Marroquin: The general population knows very little about the realities of modeling. What’s your take on that?

Teka: The general population has no idea what the realities of modeling are. It is not what it’s made up to be! Everyone wants to be a model, but they don’t know the actual responsibilities of being a model. In all reality, they don’t know how hard this particular industry is. It’s not easy, and it is not something that is just handed to you because you want it. You have to work beyond hard for it, and be the best that you can be!

Teka

Justin Marroquin: Is there a specific aspect of modeling that you really enjoy?

Teka: A specific aspect of modeling that I enjoy—are honestly the people. I’m genuinely a “people person,” so I enjoy all the people who I work with. The different personalities, the laughs, the connections, etc. It’s amazing to work with people who have the same drive as you.

Justin Marroquin: How do you handle criticism and negativity?

Teka: Through the years I have gotten better and better at handling the criticism and negativity. Although no one likes to be criticized or put down, it’s life and it will always happen. At some point you have to just learn to block it out, and keep pushing. I will never let criticism and negativity get the best of me, or cause me to quit what I love. It’s something that we all will deal with for the rest of our lives.

Teka

Justin Marroquin: What would be your dream photo shoot?

Teka: I have yet to do a Dark Beauty photo shoot, and I want to do that so bad! So that would have to be my dream photo shoot.

Justin Marroquin: How do you prepare yourself before a photo shoot?

Teka: I eat— because it sucks to be hungry during a shoot. I make sure my face is cleansed before makeup is applied. I paint my finger nails and toe nails; I make sure that I’m nicely cleaned and groomed before going to a shoot. Also, plenty of rest and hydration is the best preparation for any photo shoot!

Teka

Justin Marroquin: What are some of your hobbies and interests?

Teka: As a hobby, I enjoy making music, organizing, being crafty, and writing. I take interest in all sorts of things such as music, makeup, art, etc.

Justin Marroquin: What can the world expect from Teka in the future?

Teka: From me, the world can expect nothing but the best! I’m coming, just watch and see. It’s only up from here and I plan on doing everything in my power to be as successful as I’ve ever dreamed of. Everyone will soon see me on their TV screens and magazines! Expect me to be the next trending topic!

Teka

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Sin City Beauty: Ashley Webber

Ashley Webber

Las Vegas is known for its bright lights, top rated shows, casinos, and clubs. If you look closer though, you will discover a woman who is determined, strong-willed, and not to mention—absolutely beautiful. Ashley Webber is both an actress/model, and has done music videos, commercials, promotional modeling, trade show staffing, and photo shoots. Ashley has her sights set high on achieving her goals and in due time, she will become a big name and take over the acting and modeling industry.

Justin Marroquin: What has your experience been like in modeling to date?

Ashley Webber: My experience in modeling has been good, but I’ve had some shares of ups and downs. Before I started, I researched the categories of modeling, and made a realistic goal for myself. I chose commercial print and catalog. Genetically, I’m 5’1” and my normal weight has always been around 125 pounds—I could never do high fashion, runway, and ect. being realistic with myself set me up to have less of a heartbreak, and have a good experience than most.

Justin Marroquin: What do you like about modeling?

Ashley Webber: I like and enjoy modeling because it is competitive, and allows me to be different whenever I am at a photo shoot. Modeling is that place of rest for me, and a peaceful escape. I don’t wear a glass slipper or have millions, but it makes me happy and I enjoy it.

Ashley Webber

Justin Marroquin: What do you dislike about modeling?

Ashley Webber: The more I have been building myself on another level of success, I see how hungry other models are, and it’s definitely not the same. From what I see, it’s a lot of focus on jealousy from one another—and actually change themselves to become a better competitor in a challenge. It’s a cold industry; some may be mad, but the truth must be told. There are models who pay their way to success, while others climb the mountains to it. Not every success comes with talent, and it’s becoming more about money—and money is always the grounds of greed. Modeling has changed because money comes before talent. Models go out of their way to pay publications. Where is the truth in that? Some models don’t want to work for success, they’re willing to pay for it without realizing it will only get them so far, and leave them without income and happiness.

Justin Marroquin: In your opinion, how has modeling changed over the years?

Ashley Webber: The number one downfall in this industry, is being signed to agencies that aren’t 100 percent legit. Models are so quick and I have seen that they will sign with anyone, and that can lead to their career drying up so fast. Modeling and finding the best representation is not easy; many agencies are strictly designed to make sure that they get income from their models. I used to be one of those models who thought that having an agency by her side would get her a lot more work, but during my time there I was placed in the background, and being constantly told about dieting and losing weight. I was unhappy; as soon as I went back to doing my career solo—is when I had opportunities to appear in magazines, have interviews, and more options available to me. I’m now an official model, with a model magazine. In 2014, I have been selected as a future model in Model Up Magazine and Unsung Magazine, and I’m touched to be having this interview with you (Justin Marroquin).

“In the future, I see myself modeling clothes in catalogs for big companies, but on my journey—my number one goal is to stay true to myself; I want to be successful with every inch that is genetically mine. I will never come up with any image that this world wants to see; I want to become successful with my true identity. “-Ashley Webber

Ashley Webber

Ashley Webber

Ashley Webber

Ashley Webber

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The Definition Of Determination: Ashley Alexiss

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Playboy Miss Social February 2011. Playboy South Africa Girl Next Door 2012. Internationally published glamour/lingerie model. Creator of Cleavage for the CURE. Student. Ashley Alexiss works hard at anything she does, and her determination is second to none. Ashley is the perfect example of working hard and not giving up. I admire her attitude and the way that she carries herself. She doesn’t understand the word “can’t” and if you dare utter that word to her, she will most likely prove you wrong. Everyone will benefit from learning Ashley, and I’m proud to bring you my interview with her.

 

Justin Marroquin: Have you always been interested in modeling?

Ashley Alexiss: This is funny. When I was a kid, I hated pictures! I look back at my childhood pictures and I would literally have this death stare. It wasn’t until high school that I started actually smiling, then decided in my Junior year to enter the Miss Teen Massachusetts pageant. I ended up winning the title of Miss Congeniality, and had to do a mandatory photo shoot where I knew this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, and took to it and here I am.

 

JM: Of all the photo shoots you’ve done, what’s your favorite?

AA: Honestly, every photo shoot I do is different, and special. Until I do a shoot with penguins, I won’t have a particular favorite.

 

Photo Credit: Bob Sleeper www.zzzphotos.com
Photo Credit: Bob Sleeper http://www.zzzphotos.com

 

JM: What has been your best experience as a model?

AA: My best experience has been meeting some of my life long friends: Megan Retzlaff, Cassandra Marie, Katy Ann, Amy Madison. There’s so many other ladies too—but these girls have changed my life for the better. I’ve met them all through work and if I wasn’t in the field I’m in, I may never have gotten to share my life with them. I appreciate good people and good people is an understatement for those girls.

 

Photo Credit: Hot Shots Photography
Photo Credit: Hot Shots Photography

 

JM: Tell me about Cleavage for the CURE?

AA: Cleavage for the CURE was launched after I had gone through two life changing experiences. One, getting a breast augmentation and two, losing my grandmother to cancer. I put the two of them together and wanted a way to use sex appeal for better reason. I started by auctioning off my bras that I’ve worn in photo shoots, that no longer fit, on Ebay, and would donate the majority of the percentage to Susan G. Komen. Since then, I’ve sold silicone bracelets to raise awareness of C4TC and have made model contests to give models exposure. I want to think of Cleavage for the CURE as a pay it forward type of campaign.

 

JM: Where does your determination come from?

AA: My determination comes from being rejected the majority of my life, being told I can’t do what I’m doing because I’m short, curvy, and nobody would take me serious. I love proving people wrong, and that’s what I’m doing while making a positive impact.

 

Photo Credit: StewartSmithPhotography.com
Photo Credit: StewartSmithPhotography.com

 

JM: What do you want to achieve the most in your life?

AA: I honestly just want to be successful in this industry, create a movement that other people can follow and inspire others to follow their dreams no matter how far-fetched they may seem.

 

Photo Credit: Bob Sleepr www.zzzphotos.com
Photo Credit: Bob Sleeper http://www.zzzphotos.com

 

JM: Has there been a photo shoot that you didn’t like how it turned out?

AA: Every model knows you have more than one of those during your career. Whether the photographer just decided to be a creep, or not get your photos back. I’ve had that happen a few times by people I had highly respected only to find they clearly didn’t care about their professionalism. It happens, and you just have to keep moving on.

 

Photo Credit: Radiant Inc
Photo Credit: Radiant Inc

 

JM: How can people get more determined in their lives like you?

AA: Just believe in you. As long as you love yourself, believe in yourself, and are motivated, you can do anything! Seriously think about it. If you don’t think you can do it, how do you expect anyone else to think otherwise?

 

Photo Credit: Bob Sleeper www.zzzphotos.com
Photo Credit: Bob Sleeper http://www.zzzphotos.com

 

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