There are a lot of BLAZIN models popping up all over the place. With the invention of sites like Model Mayhem, facebook GGurls and other model networking sites, we are being treated to the beautiful works of models we may have never even known existed. From city to city, coast to coast I want to shine the spotlight on those who impress me most. I will be bringing you interviews with some of the hottest established and up and coming models that I run across as I blaze my own path of fame across the net. Let’s get it on!! Time to meet one of them now………..
Name: Tonie aka Model T
Weight: 115 lbs
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Tonie is a youthful looking beauty that reigns from Kentucky and she enjoys shopping, reading various novels, viewing artwork, watching reality shows with her mother, spending time with friends, and rollerskating with her 11 year old nephew. These are just a few things that goes on in her spare time but what she truly loves doing is posing in front of the camera! Once Tonie steps foot onto the set,she transforms into Model T!
1. How long have you been in the modeling game? What influenced your decision to start modeling?
With the help of one of my best friends, I did my first photo shoot in November 2005, so I am coming up on my 10 year anniversary! As a child, I always enjoyed browsing through fashion magazines with my mother. Of course, I would always picture myself modeling the clothes. One day, I came across a beautiful photo of Grace Jones and I asked my mother if Grace was male or female. My mother told me that Grace Jones is female and a model who is known for her wild sense of style. As a kid, Grace’s style was “scary” at times but I truly loved it because she made you not only notice her wild style but also her beauty. I told myself that I may not be Grace Jones when I grow up, but I darn sure can make a statement like she.
2. Were your family and friends supportive of your decision?
My friends and siblings are very supportive! My mother and father are not supportive, they are old school and could never “get with the times”. I remember when my mother helped me pick out the best images from my first photo shoot, which looked like senior pictures, and she was cool about it. A few months later in 2006, I showed her images that were more avant garde and she completely dissed them, which struck a nerve with me because those were the images that got people noticing me on ModelMayhem! To this day, I believe my mother is a bit jealous LOL! My parents have not seen any of my modeling images since 2006 lol! They are also not savvy about technology, so I am not worried about them finding images online. Casually, I will mention walking in a few fashion shows but they seem uninterested and never come to any events.
3. What influenced you to focus more towards fashion and glamour at a time where everyone wants to be eye candy?
After being told “No” several times in the first few months, I knew that being African American and slender would not be enough for me to stand out, so I had to channel my inner Grace Jones and become different. That’s when I began to network with photographers who also liked being different and we incorporated various wigs, props, and fun ideas in all my photo shoots. To me, photo shoots are all about personality and when you are having fun during your shoot, it definitely shows up in the photos! Once I gained attention of the photographers who only shot eye candy, I gave myself a pat on the back because they saw something that not every eye candy model has…..they saw diversity.
4. What is your ultimate goal with your modeling?
My ultimate goal in modeling is to go to Paris and participate in Fashion Week! I have no problem settling for my plan b, which is to open up a large studio space for photographers, models, hairstylists, make-up artists, and stylists to rent during the winter 🙂
5. I’ve noticed that you’re a chameleon easily switching it up with a variety of wigs. You even do wig reviews, tell me, what’s your wig fascination and how it got started?
HAHAHA my fascination with wigs came from my mother! I remember when I was a kid, my mother took my sisters and I to a hair store to search for a wig that was similar to her hairstyle. I enjoyed all the different styles of wigs and couldn’t wait to buy one when I got older, which I did when I turned 22. I loved my Aaliyah mystery bang style wig, and of course, my mother didn’t like it lol! I wore out to the club and some people thought it was my hair and others knew it was a wig. Years later, I learned that I was wearing the wig crooked LOL! Once my interest in modeling grew, my fascination with wigs became an obsession! These middle and high school girls are lucky because weaves and wigs are no longer a secret LOL! If I wore a wig to school back in the 90s, folks would have been joking on me ALL DAY LONG LOL and that also included the curly ponytail, which I didn’t wear but not too often! Once I graduated high school, I proudly wore that fake long ponytail. My mother and sisters still rock the ponytail, it even transitioned to my aunts and female cousins who used to joke on us for always rocking the ponytail LOL!
6. Have you been featured in any print publications? Any Publication you’re specifically aiming for?
I have been featured in some print publications such as Ar Leith Magazine, Mogul Magazine, Burda Moden Magazine, Red Hot Kittens, NLM Magazine, KY Fused Magazine, Ooh-Wee Magazine, UGFM Magazine, Transpire Magazine, HNS Magazine, BX25 Vixens Magazine, The 411 Magazine, and my own magazine series on MagCloud: Modeltunleashed The Print Edition. My dream publication is always going to be Vogue magazine but I’m always excited for whoever accepts my photo submission! Its hard to get a photo submission these days…..you really got to have the right team to work with and research which publication you want to submit the images to. For some odd reason, I always miss the deadlines of certain themes.
7. Did you enjoy working on the set of the short film “Open Up”? What can you tell us about the film?
I LOVED working on the set of “Open Up” and the crew was super nice, plus this was my first short film to be featured in! The film is written by Rodney Cox and is about veterans who are experience post traumatic stress disorder, which is pretty common in some veterans. My character is married to an ex-war veteran and she struggles on dealing with his stubbornness about seeking help for the disorder. The role was easy for me to play because I am stubborn at times and always seem to date stubborn men LOL! Working on the film has got me interested in doing more acting…..maybe even working behind the scenes.
8. You might break some hearts here, are you single, dating or attached?
I’m sure I’ll fall in love again one day (keywords: one day) but in the meantime, all I want to do is wear my cute clothes, sexy hair, sexy heels, and continue to have fun! Sometimes I am just too hot too handle and too cold to hold…..the right man will catch me at the right moment and keep my attention at all times.
9. Have you had your first experience with a pervy photographer yet? How did you handle the situation?
That is one experience that I have not come across yet (knocking on wood) and hope that I never do. Whenever I hear about models and their experiences with pervy photographers, I get a sick feeling in my stomach and then reality hits me about how sick this industry can be. You can’t trust everyone and you really have to be careful out there. I’m pretty sure that is one of the reasons why my parents dislike me modeling….I truly do not blame them, if that’s the case.
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