Meet the Models spotlights each and every model featured in Scottsdale Living — so you can get to know them better.
Up next on Meet the Models, meet Jennifer Monge, an up-and-comer who can be seen wearing a navy blue, nautical two-piece in our Spring 2012 issue.
How did you start modeling?
My desire to model began at young age with hopes to follow in my mother’s footsteps. Unfortunately I didn’t reach a height of 5′ 9″, which made me really sad and decided not to continue. Friends and family members would tell me to do something with the modeling, so I started thinking and getting excited again. It was about eight months ago when I decided to really give it a shot. I started contacting photographers who I admired; I was very lucky to have been given the opportunity to work with them. There is one photographer in particular who has helped me so much in my modeling journey — Mr. David Henry. He made me his muse and was able to practice so much and got a well-rounded portfolio. I then approached agencies and was lucky to be signed.
What type of modeling do you like the most and why?
I really enjoy all of them, but I will have to say my favorite is fine art. There is a mystery about a picture that expresses a feel, a story, with the body. Not looking at the camera creates a desire to look more and want to know more about it.
What is your favorite shoot you’ve done and why?
My favorite shoot would have to be “My Mexico” — I’ve even named it! To me this shoot was really special because it represented my vision of my roots, my heritage. I was also portraying one of Mexico’s legendary actresses, Maria Felix. The location of the shoot was perfect; there were cacti in the background, I had a bullet belt — it was the whole package. This photo shoot was a dream come true for me.
That’s a hard choice. I have several favorites for different themes, but the one that really speaks to me is this one.
What advice would you give to someone interested in modeling?
Modeling is like any other job; you must really want it and be willing to work extra hard. Do your research, have passion for it, be persistent, be realistic, be positive, and never take “no” for an answer or let it bring you down when you do hear one. Only the stubborn and strong-minded survive the criticism of the industry. This is one of the most difficult careers one could choose. Being in the spotlight at all times, having people criticize you from left and right is not easy; but, if you really want it and are willing to fight, then you should have a wonderful career.
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