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Spotlight On Talent: Latonia “Shostoppa” Martin

Name: Latonia Martin

Location: Chicago

Measurements: 5’7″ 240lbs 42-46-48

Latonia “Shostoppa” Martin is an up and coming model and actress out of Chicago Illinois. A plus size model, Latonia is hoping to help change the way plus models are perceived in the industry. Also a budding actress, Latonia shows her diversity as she makes her way up the ladder.

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Sapphire: I appreciate you taking time out your busy schedule to sit down and talk to me. How long have you been in the entertainment industry? How did you get your big break?

Latonia: Actually, I just got into the entertainment industry in November of last year. I got my big break at my runway graduation from Chocolate Modeling Academy, when Shettima Web, another plus size model, opened the doors to opportunity for me.

Sapphire: When we met, I thought you were just a model, I was pleasantly surprised to see that you’re an actress as well. Can you tell us about Undercover Detectives?

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Latonia: Undercover Detectives is a show about corrupt detectives that will be starting soon. It is directed by April Whitaker, I play the part of Patience. The cast is currently on a radio tour to promote the show, we most recently did Intellectual Radio with Brandi Love in Chicago.

Sapphire: Inquiring minds would like to know,  how did you get the name “Shostoppa”?

Latonia: A group of my friends gave it to me for my comedy and clothes when I come in people look at me so I’m the Shostoppa.

Sapphire: How long have you been working with the Plushsize Modeling Agency? How did you end up joining the team?

Latonia: I’ve been with them only for a few weeks. By chance meeting I met Felicia, who owns the agency. We hit it off and she scooped me up for her agency and pus sized magazine.

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Sapphire: As a plus sized model have you found the modeling industry to be open and welcoming? What is your biggest challenge as a plus model?

Latonia: Many Designers still have to learn to work with diversity, the industry and world is changing as we speak.

Sapphire: You looked beautiful at your Scholarship 2017 event. For those unfamiliar with the event, can you tell us about it?

Latonia: I’ve been a part of St. John Grand Chapter in Chicago for 17 years.  We raise money to give scholarships to High school Seniors towards college. Every February we have a large banquet

Sapphire: Are you more of a tomboy or a girly girl? How would you describe your style?

Latonia: Both actually. I can go to 0 to 100 real quick, switching from a fully beat face to gym shoes and jeans

Sapphire: What advice would you give to young girls who aspire to be models even though they don’t fit the traditional standards of the modeling industry?

Latonia: Learn to take constructive criticism you will be told no. You have just keep going and put God first

Sapphire: What’s next for Ms. Shostoppa? What can fans look forward to seeing from you in the near future?

 Latonia: I’m planning to make My way to New York Fashion Week, see the Bulls play and  to  hone my acting talents

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Sapphire: How can someone book you and keep up with your work?

Latonia: latoniasec@gmail.com or plushsizeagency@gmail.com.

IG @shostoppadamodel

Twitter    @shostoppadamodel

G+ Latonia Martin

 

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Spotlight On Talent: Nafrini

Nafrini is a Conscious Hip Hop artist hailing from the Midwest, on a mission to bring back authentic storytelling and substance to the art form of Hip Hop. In the spring of 2015 she released ‘All Day (Promo)’, a freestyle over Kanye West’s track of the same name where she addressed the braggadocio nature of rap music. She followed that up in the winter of 2015 with her first official single ‘In My Hands’—a laid back hip hop record detailing the obstacles of her spiritual journey followed by the release of the ‘In My Hands’ music video in the spring of 2016.

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Nafrini 1


In the Fall of 2016 she released her second single ‘Lovin’ Him (That Was That Bullshit)’ detailing a past relationship that ended in regret. 2017 promises the next chapter in that tale with new music & visuals, live performances and as always, a focus on telling true-to-life stories.

Nafrini
Nafrini
Sapphire: You’re  extremely multi talented, model, musician, actress, is there any talent you wish you had but don’t? If you had to pick one of you talents to focus on for the next 5 years, which would it be?
Nafrini: Thank you. I really wish I knew how to play the guitar. It’s my favorite instrument next to the drums to hear on a track, but I cannot play lol. If I had to pick 1 talent to focus on for the next 5 years it would be music hands down! It’s one of my first loves next to writing and now that things are moving in that area I’d prefer to put more energy that way.


Sapphire: Your  music,  while giving the hip hop crowd what it wants, also manages to tell deep stories of love, growth, pain, and betrayal. Where  do you come up with the inspiration for your songs? Which of your  current songs do you  enjoy performing most in front of a live audience?

Nafrini: My lyrics stem from personal life experiences mainly. I come up with concepts before I hear the beat as what I want to speak about at that time determines the type of beat I search for. I enjoy performing ‘Do You Love Yourself’ which will be released officially very soon! I’ve been performing that live and it gets a great response each time. I enjoy it mainly as it speaks on the vanity of humans and how that can take ones life down the wrong path to where they eventually get lost in all of the illusions of life.

Sapphire: Why  do you  bill yourself as a “conscious” hip hop artist? What  makes your music  different  from  the norm?

Nafrini: I’m young but I grew up with an older brother who always played pure Hip Hop in the house from Too Short to Pac and some Do or Die out of Chicago so I grew up listening to pure storytellers. I think that’s an element that is missing in today’s music. It’s been resurrected with J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar, two of my favorites by the way. I’m not the kind of artist who will do a bunch of songs about how good her sex is, how dope her body is etc. I naturally tell life stories when I write. While I don’t knock any other artist who’s about pure entertainment as there’s a place for that I am here to keep the storytelling going how Tupac and those before used to do with their music.
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Nafrini 2


Sapphire: Your  portfolio on Model Mayhem is stunning. Each photo more mesmerizing. I see you’ve been modeling  for 11 years, what  got you started in the modeling industry and how hard was it to find your niche?


Nafrini: Thank you for the compliment. I actually began modeling by mistake believe it or not. I’m a short girl standing 5’0 and very curvy so I never saw myself as model material. I was actually searching for a photographer to take some actor headshots for me as I was doing local theater and some short films locally and he put me on to sites like Model Mayhem and I took the photos from that shoot and opened a portfolio account to mainly network with other actors, casting directors on there. I began to get approached by photographers who loved my look and began to do photoshoot that way and it just led to more and more shoots as well as other acting projects. I knew right away that I would not qualify for top casting agencies due to my height and then I learned about different avenues of modeling and I love being sexy so I began to do more lingerie, implied nudes to full on nude work. Glamour pays good and fits perfectly for me. I view myself as a vixen, sex kitten with a Goddess flare so I ran with it.
Sapphire: What can you tell us  about “Blood of Bad Men”? You look  kinda  mean with a  gun in your hand, will this  be your  first movie?
Nafrini: Blood of Bad Men just wrapped in 2016 and is currently in post production. It’s about a group of ladies who are pretty much call girls with a Madame lol, and they get wrapped up in some petty crime outside of pleasing customers that leads to some messy blood shed. Anyone who knows me knows I’m slightly obsessed with Pam Grier as she represents strength and sex appeal with you look at her catalog of work so I love portraying that image as well. This will be my second film to make the cut and be released as the first is called ‘Petty Cash: The Movie’ and that was several years ago. I’ve done a few other projects but they have not seen the light of day. 

Sapphire: I see we share a hobby, I’ve noticed you keep a book nearby. I’m an avid reader as well. What are your  favorite genres? What book can you read over and over?
Nafrini: Nice! Yes, I am a bookworm for sure and have been one since I was a little girl with my first set of books being Dr. Suess ordered by my mom lol. I LOVE fiction novels though I’ve been more into non-fiction, self help books. I have been dying to reread the Little Black Girl Lost series by Keith Lee Johnson. I made it to the third book and saw there are more so I need to start over and catch up lol. The story of Johnnie Wise was compelling for me when I first started reading that series.
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Nafrini 3

Sapphire: I know hearts are going to break here but you’re happily in love. Is it hard being a nude model and entertainer and having a stable relationship? Is you boo supportive of your career?

Nafrini: You know I’ve definitely experienced in a past relationship that not every man can handle his woman being seen by so many men in the nude. It’s really a security issue because these also tend to be the same men who follow you so they know your work and like your pictures but will tell you they don’t date “those kind of women” so in the past I compromised who I am which is a fucking nudist hippie LOL. I’m comfortable in my skin and love showing off my sex appeal but when I tried playing the conservative role I became miserable as I realized that isn’t me and any man who steps to me has to roll with me or keep it moving. I have seen with my partner that not every man has an issue with it! Hell, if porn stars can have full on husbands and children why can’t a chick who just likes to be nude have the same, right? I feel no pressure now as I can be myself and that’s the dopest feeling as his only concern is being committed to him which is NO issue for me! I’m traditional in a lot of ways believe it or not.

Sapphire: Your body is  sick, I see you be up in Planet Fitness. Do you have a strict work out regimen? Do you diet?
Nafrini: Well thank you. I aim to hit the gym 3-4 times a week to maintain and sculpt my physique and honestly nutrition wasn’t my thing before as I’m such a foodie! Yet now I’ve realized how that plays a huge part in fitness so I aim to have a cleaner diet with more fruits, vegetables and natural products. I no longer eat fried foods except for on a cheat day. 

Sapphire: You’ve shot in some beautiful locations. If you had to pick a top two  locations, which would you say you enjoyed the most?

Nafrini: Definitely West Hollywood is now a favorite and I love Chicago as there are so many dope places to shoot outdoors when the weather is beautiful.
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Nafrini 4

Sapphire: How  can people keep up with your music, modeling and acting work. Drop those links girl.
Nafrini: People can follow me on Instagram at www.instagram.com/NatashaNafrini and like my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheNafrini as well as Twitter www.twitter.com/NatashaNafrini to keep up with my projects as I post and network often. Don’t forget to  swing by  my website http://www.Nafrini.com
Thank you once again for this interview.
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Spotlight On Talent: Mercedy, Actress, Model, Singer & More.

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Mercady 1

1.) You’re so multi-talented, a skilled model, dancer, singer, photographer and actress. How  do you  find balance and the time to pursue  your passions?

Well as you may know that acting, modelling and singing is my main… rest are hobbies. However a lot of my focus goes in acting.. so when that’s  gone a bit quiet, I then do more modelling and photography.. in between that I may have the odd singing or dance project to do or a film… Singing however has been on hold for a few months with me on the lookout for a producer.. So I started writing songs with my writer friend, Danny Wheelhouse, who also checks my film scripts etc as well. Since I’ve found producers so will be working with them very soon for my singing.

They maybe times where I’m doing a lot of one thing like for example filming and not much time to do others.. But I have a diary that helps me keep track when it gets crazy lol.

2.) You started your film career in 2011 and  to date have appeared in over 20 short films, movies and video projects. Where  do you see your  acting career  in 5 years. What is your  ultimate goal   as an actress?

I started out just doing short films and networking and slowly built up… It’s been tough years, on and off. However I like to think in 5 years time I’ll be more further than I am now.. with far more acting credits and TV credits to show that will eventually create into show reel and doing what I love.

My aim goal as an actress is to show people what I’m made of, work hard and constantly progress to active where I’d like to be. Working with talented people and being part of amazing features and TV programmes, that to me would be amazing.. I just work hard and see what comes out of it.. I can’t honestly say where I’ll be, only where I’d like to be. But whatever happens ill always work hard to get there in doing what I love.

3.) Can you tell is about  appearing at Dance  Academy?

When I was younger I joined a dance class Academy spent about 5/6 years there… Learning different dance styles.. such as street dance, hip-hop, cheerleading, break-dance, bit of salsa, contemporary and more etc..  the last two years of my dancing there… I was then in a team called ‘Villians’ doing dance competitions came 3rd place once. I then got more older moved onto a group called ‘Fusion’ (adult team) Doing competitions, competition against other teams coming 3rd the first time and 2nd on a different occasion and 5th solo, earning medals and group trophy’s.. also did live shows to where we performed dances we learnt each year… then things moved on I went college which then had not a lot of time to do it anymore there.

4.) You’ve  done  a lot of musical  theater. Tell us about your training and if you can remember, what  performance  was the most significant to  you?

I studied Musical Theatre level 3 at college and did two main musical shows… one being  ‘A slice of a Saturday Night’ & ‘Our House’  and other musical shows at college.. The main one for me that I really loved and most challenging was ‘Our House’ The dancing was fast and energetic all way through, none stop. found it the hardest I’ve done as well, but loved it and the music. outside of college I did ‘grease’ play when I was younger at school and started be in ‘Mamma Mia’ musical when I was attending Dance Academy.

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Mercady 2

5.) You have an affinity  for horror movies  and had makeup done for  that  genre as well. How did your love  for horror movies come about? What horror  projects have you worked on ?

I’ve always been an huge fan of horror, I find a lot of work goes into them, love all the SFX makeup too.. I remember watching a film Called ‘The Ring’ that set my love of, since I’ve been constantly watching them… I’ve learnt a lot from them as well. Most recent horror features I’ve done where: ‘Lead me to the Dark, under my skin’ .

6.) Giving  back is beautiful. I loved finding out that  you  work  with a  company  to help  youth develop their creative talents. Tell us about that.

I spent few years in youth work sessions, volunteering, Its great experience helping young people, gain a better future by inspiring them to do well in what they love to do. doing activities with them and passing on what I know onto them in projects, youth  was really awarding and enjoyed my time there, I’ve also presented award on awards night for some of the young people. I did youth work course level 2 and passed just before I left the groups.

7.) What is it about modelling that  interests you? How did you start modelling?

When I was younger I could never see myself modelling, down to low confidence about myself, however I did a one off shoot, I really enjoyed it, after that I had six months out and I then saw a casting of a group shoot, I went to it and it kicked off from there. Think most thing I love about modelling is seeing what different looks I can pull off trying different themes, I can’t stick to one theme I get bored, Like to experience different styles far more fun and interesting, plus makes your portfolio more versatile. I also love modelling because I’ve meet some amazing talented photographers, models and Artists and pleasure working with different people… one the reasons I carried on in modelling was to improve my confidence as an actress too.  

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Mercady 3

8.) Do you do photo shoots only or  are you a runway model  as well? What’s your dream modelling  gig?

I’m however under the height limit for cat walking, but it’s never been style I really wanted to be honest. I would love to aim doing international modelling, featuring on stuff, commercials, Beauty looks, photo shoots, Magazines and Catalogues etc mainly what I’m interested in as a model.

9.) Being so multi-talented and diverse I have to ask, if you could narrow it down to just one of your  talents, which one would you focus on?

As much as I love Singing and Modelling and the rest, for me has to be acting, I love being on set and escaping into different characters… I find it more challenging and awarding. My acting really grow in passion once I started getting into the odd features, was great experience.

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Mercady 4

10.) Where can people  find out more about you?

They can find me by my website, Purple port, Facebook Pages, Casting Networks ,Mercedy on  IMDb, Twitter, Instagram etc..

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We Added 2 More To The Published Column Yesterday

I just  love  being able to highlight and  showcase  talented people. There’s something about watching others shine that  brings Me a real inner joy and peace. I think because in so many way I’ve achieved My dreams I love other dreamers.

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caitlin tabilog tear sheet

Yesterday the  new issue of  London LeBlanc Magazine was released featuring  two interviews I conducted. This is the  third issue of London LeBlanc I’ve written for.  I’m so happy  to be able to offer   talent not only the  opportunity to be  featured here  but also in print.

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I can’t wait until I an showcase your talent too! Check out the FREE digital version at www.londonleblancmagazine.com. Print versions available at http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1071582

London LeBlanc Magazine v15
London LeBlanc Magazine v15
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Spotlight On Talent: Male Model DeMarcus D. Moore

Name:DeMarcus D. Moore

Age: 24

Hometown: Winnsboro, S.C.

 

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DeMarcus D. Moore 1

Sapphire: How long have you been pursuing a career in acting and modeling?

DeMarcus: have been pursuing a modeling and acting career a little over a year.

Sapphire: Do you remember your first photo shoot? What about it made you realize you had to keep doing it?

DeMarcus: Yes, I remember my first photo shoot it was with my agency FFS. That day I was thinking wow I like this. I thought to myself I can be getting paid to do this something I already love doing at that moment I knew I really wanted to pursue acting and modeling.

Sapphire: You’ve done quite a few fashion shows. What do you enjoy most about ripping the runway? What do you like least about walking in fashion shows?

DeMarcus: The thing I enjoy most about ripping the runway is actually being the center of attention know all eyes are on me as I am modeling the attire on the runway. The thing I like least about fashion shows at this point in my career I am fairly new so I have not being doing good a posing on the runway to get good pictures. But I am working on that.

Sapphire: Why acting? I see you’ve been an extra in a movie, have you secured any other movie or tv roles?

DeMarcus: I would say acting is really my passion. I’ve always wanted to do acting, the idea of portraying different characters and being on different sets and traveling different places is very entertaining. I have yet to secure another acting role. Its a work in progress though.

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DeMarcus D. Moore 2

 

Sapphire: What is your ultimate goal as an entertainer?

DeMarcus: One of my ultimate goals as a entertainer is to some day land a main role on hit successful tv show that goes on for multiple seasons. That’s just one of my goals.

Sapphire: Do you have any other talents you are hiding?

DeMarcus: Sadly no I am not that talented, although I have been told I should be a comedian.

Sapphire: Have you ever considered moving to New York or LA to pursue your passions? Would you relocate to chase your dream?

DeMarcus: I would like to get a little more local experience and training that way I will be ready when I relocate.

Sapphire: To date, what has been your most memorable gig?

DeMarcus: To date I would have to say my most memorable gig would be working with the South Carolina film Institute as a movie extra under the direction of the director Terri. This was memorable because cause it was my first time being on a movie set and getting on set experience.

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DeMarcus D. Moore 3

 

Sapphire: Do you find it harder to get gigs as a male model?

DeMarcus: I don’t feel its harder getting gigs a male. I honestly feel that it depends on the determination of the individual pursuing .

Sapphire: Where can people follow your career?

DeMarcus: Facebook https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009225659574&fref=ts

Instagram http://www.instagram.com/demarcusdmoore

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We Have Had Such A Successful Week – Look Inside

I am working so hard to get the  name Sapphire Spotlight on Talent out there and I can see it starting to pay off. Combining My writing with My love of promoting talent is bringing more people to the site daily. More people to the site mean more opportunities for people to see you and your talent when it’s YOUR turn to be here.

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hannah

 

Our current Model of the Month Hannah Moore is  not ONLY currently in  New York to walk for New York Fashion week but  she is also featured in the February issue of  London LeBlanc Magazine that was released yesterday.

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imagery by malik

I also met a  great photographer  from Atlanta who’s work I just immediately  fell in love with. I interviewed him for the magazine as well and it came out great. Check out his website and  check out the  new issue of London LeBlanc Magazine online FREE at www.londonleblancmagazine.com or buy  a print copy at http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1054466

I can’t wait to see who  will be next to be featured. Will it be you????

Model Call
Model Call

86 Blvd is  trying  something new and it’s looking  for models. 86 Blvd is  usually  extremely sensuous and  sexy but  it’s looking to tone done a little and become more mainstream. Are you fashion forward and still sexy? Submit to email above .

I have a new Spotlight on Talent Interview lined up here  for next week with an Actor/Photographer I  met. He has been in the acting career on and off Broadway for 30 years. I’m steady grinding so  you can  shine.

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365 hiphop

My exclusive interview with  Carl Michel, Best Selling Author of 365 Hip-Hop: Daily Motivational  Quotes was published this week as well.  Please take  some time to stop by and check it out http://theurbantwist.com/2016/02/09/revolutionizing-the-way-we-listen-to-hip-hop/ today and share with a friend.

Here it’s all about promoting talent and giving  people a place to shine. Want your  space  in the spotlight? Email Me sapphirespotlightontalent.com or sapphirethesexyone@gmail.com

 

 

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Spotlight On Talent: Jungle Barbie Julia Fashionista On The Rise

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Jungle Barbie Julia 1

When I  first noticed this model it was through the photos of a photographer I had  once shot with. I was  mesmerized by her beauty and style. She was  young and  though she  was in a world full of models, she  stood  out. I  silently followed and watched this  young beauty for the last year and became a fan.

Watching  the  model, designer, stylist, singer turned fashion  blogger I was constantly amazed at the versatility and drive this young lady possessed. I was so excited when I  approached her to interview her for London LeBlanc Magazine and  she happily  agreed.  The interview will be available in print and  digital format January 13th.

Jungle Barbie Julia 2
Jungle Barbie Julia 2

In the meantime you can take some time to get to know this young  fashionista on the rise by checking out her  fashion  blog or following her on social networking sites. She  has some great ideas for Valentines Day and much more. Check out some of her other fashion  blogs at http://sevnetwork.com/author/junglebarbiejulia/

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Jungle Barbie 3

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I’ve Partnered With An International Magazine To Give You Even More Exposure

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tearsheet – My interview with brandee baboski for london leblanc

So I’m working hard to  continue to  build this site. We just celebrated our one year anniversary and while it’s not quite where I want it to be it’s getting there. I’m happy to announce  that I’ve partnered with an international magazine, London LeBlanc Magazine to offer you even more exposure.

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kareem ali and ambush tear sheet

I am steadily looking for people to interview for this site  but now once a month I can also highlight 2 individuals or groups in an international print and digital magazine. The first issue with My writing and interviews in it came out yesterday.  Check it out https://www.joomag.com/magazine/london-leblanc-magazine-volume-12/0313334001450038793

London LeBlanc Magazine Volume 12
London LeBlanc Magazine Volume 12

I interviewed a plus sized model/designer from Ohio and a Emcee/Producer group from Baltimore. They came out  great. If you’re interested in being featured here on the site or possibly in the magazine feel free to email Me at sapphirespotlightontalent@gmail.com or sapphirethesexyone@gmail.com

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New Feature Interview Posted: Paradise Rodriguez

Paradise Rodriguez- Runway Beauty
Paradise Rodriguez- Runway Beauty

There are a lot of BLAZIN entertainers popping up all over the place. With the invention of sites like Instagram, facebook, Twitter and Youtube we are are getting introduced to talented individuals 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 entertainers and internet personalities 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………..

Paradise Rodriguez Fitness Model
Paradise Rodriguez Fitness Model

Brief Bio

Hello. My name is paradise Rodriguez. I am 23 years old and based in Miami Florida and Atlanta Georgia. I am nationally and internationally published and a working professional actress, brand ambassador , dancer and model….. I am 5’6″ and 105 lbs

1.) You’re so multi talented I don’t want to mislabel you. I know you’re a model, dancer and actress. Are there any other talents  I’m forgetting?

I am also a brand ambassador . I have the honor of representing several companies , like triple rock vodka in New Zealand….besides ,my professional side, I am a fire spitter and QB for a ladies football team we are organizing.

2.) To be skilled in so many arts you must have gotten started early. At what age did you know you were meant to be a star? What talent did you start to develop first?

I knew very early on I was going to be a business woman. There were so many things I wanted to do but not having parents and a stable home with several siblings, presented my goals rather difficult. It took me a few years, but I never gave up. I began my acting career when I was 13 gaining the leading role in our community theater, after which I took a break and dove straight into my modeling at 16.

Paradise Rodriguez Motivation
Paradise Rodriguez Motivation

3.) You’ve competed in beauty pageants I see. Can you tell Me what pageants you have participated in and what, if any, titles you have won?

I’ve competed a bit. Pageants are VERY different than your normal bikini competitions. I’m currently Miss Florida for the International Miss Regency pageant. I have won best smile for viva la glam as well as the whole title for the 97x competition down in Panama City Beach.

CHECK OUT THE REST OF THIS INTERVIEW  IN OUR FEATURED INTERVIEW SECTION  AT http://sapphirespotlightontalent.com/feature-interviews/paradise-rodriguez-this-multi-talented-beauty-will-inspire-you-to-no-end/

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Spotlight On Talent – Model T

Model T Unleashed
Model T Unleashed

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
Age: 34
Height: 5’6
Weight: 115 lbs
Hometown: Louisville, KY

Model T Bubble Princess
Model T Bubble Princess

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.
Model T: Puzzle Em
Model T: Puzzle Em
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 🙂
Model T Wigged Out
Model T Wigged Out
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.
Model T Rocking Out
Model T Rocking Out
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.
Model T All Dolled Up
Model T All Dolled Up
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.

10. Where can people check you out at?

My portfolio can be found on the following sites:
New images plus a blog can be found here: http://whoistonie.weebly.com/
Check out my ol school images here: http://whoistonie.wix.com/tonie-2
Check out my sexier images here: http://whoistonie.wix.com/modeltunleashed
Check me out in the short film Open Up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QYBMqvMrfs
Check out my wig channel on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/modeltunleashed
Model T Snake Charmer
Model T Snake Charmer

I want to say thank you to the lovely Sapphire Hill for being one of my online model inspirations AND taking the time to notice my talent  and granting me this interview! MUAH!!!!!
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