Name: Latonia Martin
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.
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?
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.
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
Sapphire: How can someone book you and keep up with your work?
Latonia: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
10.) Where can people find out more about you?
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.
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.
Name:DeMarcus D. Moore
Hometown: Winnsboro, S.C.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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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………..
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.
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 https://sapphirespotlightontalent.com/feature-interviews/paradise-rodriguez-this-multi-talented-beauty-will-inspire-you-to-no-end/
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.
10. Where can people check you out at?
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/