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.
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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