Meet the Model: Jennifer Phoenix

Meet the Models spotlights each and every model featured in Scottsdale Living — so you can get to know them better.

 How did you start modeling?

I was approached by a woman a coffee shop when I was 16 and she asked if I would be interested in being a model for Vidal Sassoon hair shows. Since then, I have modeled in numerous runway shows (including Scottsdale Fashion Week), calendars, print ads, and more.

What type of modeling do you like the most and why?

In addition to working with photographers, I have posed for several painters and sculptors. I love posing for artists on fine art projects! It inspires me to be part of the creative process. When collaborating with painters and sculptors, you end up spending much more time together than you would on a typical photo shoot. This gives you the opportunity to get to know each other on a much more personal level. I love hearing other people’s life stories and ambitions. I feel so grateful that I have been able to meet so many amazing and inspirational people during my modeling career.

What is your favorite shoot you’ve done? Why?

That’s a really tough question! I’m not sure I could narrow it down to just one. I have had so many wonderful and memorable shoots…often they are in amazing locations. I have had the opportunity to see so many places I probably never would have seen if it weren’t for modeling. Travel is definitely one of the biggest perks of being a model. I also love the memorable and comical moments during shoots. For instance, I was shooting in a plaza in New York City early one morning and two full-grown men were splashing around in a nearby fountain. They took notice of the shoot and came running over, clothes dripping wet, and asked if they could assist on the shoot. The photographer immediately put them to work with reflectors. Those two were hilarious! The photographer and I still laugh about that today. It’s always an adventure on a shoot. You never know what could happen… people, weather, you name it! Some of my favorite shoots have been just because of the random, crazy things that happen. It’s great to have those crazy life experiences you can look back on and laugh until your sides hurt!

What advice would you give to someone interested in modeling?

I would tell aspiring models to first realize that modeling is not always glamorous. There are plenty of very early mornings. And several outdoor shoots when it’s very cold or hot outside. You won’t always be able to join your friends for that night out on the town if you have a shoot in the morning and need to look fresh and rested. You need to take care of yourself, which means eating right and exercising regularly. The other piece of advice I would offer is to have fun with it! Modeling is like any other profession – if you don’t enjoy it, you will be miserable. If you have fun with it, modeling can be a very rewarding career!

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