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Meet the Models: Kristen Pyland

Meet Kristen Pyland, one of Phoenix Fashion Week‘s beautiful up and coming models. Catch her on the runway’s of this years Fashion week October 1 to 5. 

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How did you start modeling? I started modeling when I went to an open call for Phoenix Fashion week’s MIMS fashion show last year.

How long have you been modeling?

I have been modeling for almost two years now.

What type of modeling do you like most?

Runway is my favorite part because I show up and get to see all my friends, wear outfits that are about to hit the stores, and it’s not behind the scenes like photo shoots are.

What was your most memorable shoot? My favorite shoot was with Steven Trujillo on my 18th birthday. He is so passionate about his work and makes sure anyone has a great time. He really sets the mood and creates so many different looks in one shoot.

What is your favorite part about being a model?

My favorite part about being a model is learning to have confidence because it is important to be completely comfortable with your true self.

Do you have all time favorite shot of yourself? One of my favorite shots on the runway was at Studio 3D during the shop garment district when I was modeling one of Doux Belle’s gowns. The feather hat, beautiful necklace, and long gloves reminded me of playing dress up when I was younger.

Have you mastered your cat walk yet?

My catwalk is still a work in progress. I feel as if I will always be able to learn something or get a tip anytime we have practice to improve my walk.

How do you keep in model shape?

To keep in shape I do Pilates and yoga at my gym that’s across the street. Also, I take a jazz dance class at my school that boots my endurance and betters my flexibility.

What is your favorite thing to do off the run way?

Off the set I still like to keep busy. I’m always outdoors hiking, camping, boating, fishing, or swimming with my friends. Now since I’m in college I like to go home as often as possible to spend time with my family as well.

What is the hardest part about being a model?

The hardest part about being a model is the stereotypes society automatically gives you. Coming into Phoenix Fashion Week I was apprehensive about meeting all the girls, but was pleasantly surprised. I have gained so many true friends in such a short period of time. We are honestly like a huge family now.

What advice do you have for aspiring models?

The best advice for someone wanting to come into the modeling world is to have fun with it and come with an open mind. You will get as much out of it as you put in. That means come to all the practices, make as many friends as you can, learn the makeup and clothes tips, and enjoy every minute. The opportunities are incredible, so always participate because you never know what lies ahead or who’s watching.

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Madison Aker

Meet The Models: Madison Aker

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 Madison Aker, who you can spot in the Summer 2012 issue wearing a fun and flirty two-piece swimsuit — the Betsy Johnson French Pastry.

How did you start modeling?

I actually started modeling as a child. I did a lot of the little (literally) runway shows in local malls from the time I was four.

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

I really enjoy photo shoots. I am not very tall (only 5’4), but I seem to photograph taller than I am! I really love the face-to-face interaction and the energy on photo shoots.

What is your favorite shoot you’ve done and why?Madison Aker

Truthfully, I loved Scottsdale Living’s photo shoot. It was so much fun working with the people that were there, and meeting the wonderful girls that were also modeling. I also did a shoot for 944 Magazine that was a lot of fun.

Do you have an all-time favorite modeling photo?

I do! It was also a bathing suit shot that I did for my portfolio. The photographer was Richard Petrillo. We went out into some thick trees and bushes in the middle of Tempe, and it turned out looking like I was in the rainforest!

What advice would you give to someone interested in modeling?

Oh man! I have a lot of advice. I’d start with staying true to yourself. Be who you are, not who someone wants you to be. Keep your family and friends involved. Stay safe out there, and take care of yourself. And have a blast!


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Meet the Models: Jennifer Monge

Meet The Models: Jennifer Monge

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.

Jennifer MongeDo you have an all time favorite modeling photo?

That’s a hard choice. I have several favorites for different themes, but the one that really speaks to me is this one.
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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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Meet the Models: Jeanna Jeanna

Meet The Models: Jeanna Jeanna

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 Jeanna Jeanna, who not only graces the cover of our Spring 2012 with that retro-fabulous cap, but she can also be found within the same issue donning KKINI‘s Monroe Bathers Tank, which you can find at Exquisite Swimwear.

How did you start modeling?

In 2001 in Georgia, I saw a flier for a fashion show. They needed models, and I didn’t  know anyone that side of the Mississippi so I figured, “Why not?” That day opened up the door for me to be signed with Elite, New York, L’Agence and The Talent Group, Atlanta & Paolo Tomei, Milan. I was a dental assistant at the time and now a nurse, and it has always been a fun hobby.

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

I like editorial and glamour. They feel the most fun, and I like when there is a funky creative edge that is inspiring the shoot.

What is your favorite shoot you’ve done and why?

There are so many that were fun and could easily be a favorite. I loved shooting in Italy and overcoming the language barrier added to it. Studio and closed-set shoots are great, too, because people seem to be more relaxed and act like themselves. Anything with a great makeup artist and lots of free flow creativity is a good time.

Meet the Models: Jeanna Jeanna

Do you have an all-time favorite modeling photo?

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What advice would you give to someone interested in modeling?

Go to school and get a degree in something that will last because your looks won’t and people respect intelligence over beauty at the end of the day.


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Meet the Models: Mai Ling

Meet The Models: Mai Ling

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 Mai Ling, who you can spot sporting a sexy, nautical-style two-piece from Beach Bunny Swimwear in the Style section of the Spring 2012 issue.

How did you start modeling?

Although I am turning 40 in May, I am very new to the modeling industry. I actually just began investigating and pursuing engagements last summer and am so proud to say my very first paid commercial shoot took place Fall 2011.

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

I was initially pursuing commercial product modeling because of my height, but I am thrilled to have been selected for several full-body, lifestyle prints. It is definitely more creative with role-playing and has also been much more fun to work with other models involved on a set.

What is your favorite shoot you’ve done and why?

The bathing suit issue shot at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale is definitely my favorite one so far! “Glamorous,” “classic swimsuit set,” and “FUN!” are the ways I would describe it.

››› Read about Mai Ling’s experience at the Hotel Valley Ho photo shoot (for the Spring 2012 issue).

Meet the Models: Mai LingDo you have an all-time favorite modeling photo?

‹‹‹ I love this shot, and I use it for all my online avatars. My husband took it, and it is 100 percent me.

What advice would you give to someone interested in modeling?

“You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible.” ― Deepak Chopra

Age is just a reminder that there is less and less time to experience the joys of life. The road to modeling has been a journey to self for me. I challenged myself to do something that was so uncomfortable it made me sweat to just think about it and found out that it was actually fun! Interested in modeling? Definitely start today!


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Meet the Models: Sharen Jade

Meet The Models: Sharen Jade

So you’re flipping through the latest issue of Scottsdale Living, and you think to yourself, 1) “I love these clothes and accessories!” and 2) “Who are these models?” Well, our newest series titled Meet the Models — which we hope to fit into future issues of the magazine — answers that second question for you, spotlighting each and every model featured in Scottsdale Living — so you can get to know them better.

First up on Meet the Models, Sharen Jade, who you can spot sporting a fantastically retro, magenta-striped, two-piece swimsuit in the Style section of the Spring 2012 issue.

How did you start modeling?

I started modeling about a year after I moved to Arizona. I have six sisters and two brothers, all of whom have modeled around the world. I was the only one who had not but always wanted to. I started meeting a lot of contacts and networking, and before I knew it I began doing paid shoots! I made the cover of a local MMA calender and decided to continue on and have been doing well as a self-employed, independent model ever since!

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

I love all types of modeling, but if I had to, I’ll pick three ― because I can’t say just one. First, I’d say abstract/artistic modeling that takes skill and composure to the next level. Second, glamour/fashion; I love showing my personality and uniqueness while advertising the product given. Lastly, I’d say lingerie/underwear modeling. I know I would love, and do very well at, something more mainstream like Victoria’s Secret ― best example I can think of.

What is your favorite shoot you’ve done and why?

My favorite shoot? That’s a hard one. I always have fun at shoots! I have had maybe one or two semi-bad experiences, but I usually make the most out of everything and just enjoy my work while making art.

Do you have an all-time favorite modeling photo?

Meet the Models: Sharen JadeThat’s a hard one; I’ve worked with so many talented photographers! Most say this is their favorite head shot of mine.
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What advice would you give to someone interested in modeling?

I recruit girls here and there when I find talent and/or unique looks. The advice I find myself giving quite often is ― simply put ― know why you want to be a model. If you’re coming into this for the money or for the attention, you may go far if you’re willing to do certain things to get there. But, in my short experience as a model, I feel that using your skills, talent, professionalism and personality, are way more marketable than selling your soul. It’s too easy to get “ahead” in this world by giving up any and all morals. However, I feel like that can only take you so far. The love of the art of photography and the joy I get from helping create it somehow shows in my work. I am told time and time again that my professionalism and love for the industry shines through my work and makes photographers want to work with me again! Remember your morals, and have some self-respect. But only if you want to be respected in return.


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