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Spotlight On Talent: Jungle Barbie Julia Fashionista On The Rise

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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/

Jungle Barbie 3

Jungle Barbie 3

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Spotlight On Talent: This “Kydd” Has His Own Style

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There are a lot of BLAZIN designers popping up all over the place. With the invention of sites like Instagram, facebook, Pinterest 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 clothing designers 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.

Andre (Kydd)
29
Baltimore, MD
Born and raised in Baltimore, MD with a family that was pretty much by the statistics. Enriched in an environment that promoted growth only but the sheer determination of a mother too tired of the norm, Kydd was given the shot to focus on his  many talents.  That was the spark that started him on the path to become any and everything he would ever become. Nothing would be enough just because the thought of more existed. The only desire he ever had was to find something worth no longer existing, the smile at the end of any rainbow. Living a life worth of extinction.
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Q1# I first became aware of your clothing brand about a year ago when another local model I had
attended some shoots with was rocking one of your shirts. How long have you actually been
building your brand?

Its been a little over two years now, and  I love it. A couple people actually ask to wear my clothing and that’s when I remember, I love what I do. So yea a rough two years. Something that started as a college hustle.

Q2# What inspired you to start designing clothes in the first place? Can you remember your first
finished piece of clothing? What was it?
 I won’t say I was inspired so much as I was given, well pushed into an opportunity. Like I said it was a college hustle, airbrushed tees were coming back and a my best friend were just working any hustle that could make money. That whole college experience with parties, drinks, and any other thing we thought people would notice. Just trying different skills and people noticed this one in particular. But the actual brand didn’t start until about a year after I left school and he calls me up like lets start a company. I mean neither of us had any real marketing experience, it was just a why not moment. Anyway— here we are.
But I will share a secret that keeps me going, as a kid I always dreamed of being in a gallery debut. With the way the art world has turned I guess this is my way of being seen no matter what. The only goal is to turn the world into my gallery. Aw man our first finished product I think was either a T-shirt with the skull and flower vines on it. Famous stars and stripes were big then don’t judge us.
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Q3# You have a style that reminds me of anime yet you use a lot of pandas and animals as well
Can you tell us about your style and your love for pandas?
My style? That’s a complicated one, growing up I drew anime, furries, all of that kind of stuff. Even big ugly monsters, back then my imagination was my friend. I even had a decent comic collection. But for me art is about the vision, its a beautiful translation. For me its all art, the one language that connects any intellect. Something so basic of an understanding. But when you ask me about the animals and the pandas that is a whole other thing.
I love pandas, I mean really love them as a symbol of something beyond what they’re being. Name another creature that decides who I am is worth dying for, you cant change my mind, convince me or tempt me. Its been a long running joke that they die out because they wont reproduce, like that’s a big choice. Its a powerful statement, I am willing to go to extinction for my choice, one that they may not even understand they are making. When is the last time you met a person willing to not just die but have their way of living die because of what they believe. That’s something to aspire to but then again they are kinda cool with out that outlook.
Q4# You’re more than just a clothing designer I see, you’re a talented artist as well. How long have
you been an artist? Do you just draw or are you a painter as well?
I’ve been an artist all of my life, I don’t know how to be anything else. Creation is the most amazing thing I have ever been apart of. I use various mediums it really depends on the image but to list a few. Pencils, markers, color pencils, make up, water color, and fabric paint. I have yet to do a whole painting because that still scares me I mean there’s no real control, there’s just a passion. And discipline, and we know how urban folk are with that word right lol
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lipstick design

Q5# Did I notice some poetry and writing by you on your facebook page as well?
Yes I write as well. Words are just another medium to create. My favorite parts of the day are creating some sort of reality from the fantasies of readers, I like making a place where people can be who they are. And some people listen better than they see.
Whatever vehicle works best for what I have to say, as long as people enjoy the journey.
Q6# Have you had a lot of success with your clothing line? Who is your dream celebrity
to dress?
The success has been enough for me. I love it when people put on something I made and they smile, in that way that feels like a perfect fit. I work with out measurements most times so a perfect fit to me is my success. I think my celeb client wishlist would include Skin Diamond and K. Michelle its that attitude and way of life I want to capture and recreate. I chase that feeling of I am who I am.
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Q7# Where do you see your career in 5 years?
In 5 years I just hope to be remembered, or at least in the laundry bag still relevant.
Q8# Are you in school for anything pertaining to your talent? If not, are you planning to
attend?
No I tried school, it didn’t agree with me. Anything we want to learn is a choice. I was raised on dictionaries and encyclopedias. A little hard work and mostly punishments, you gotta rebel lol. Plus in this day and age with google plus a search bar I can take a weekend and learn anything I want.
Q9#
Do you think you can and will achieve the level of success you want living in Baltimore or
do you see yourself relocating for your art?
Honestly as much as I love my city, I want to move. How can we learn if we don’t explore. Its all about what else can I do next, I’ve lived here my whole life there’s gotta be more to learn. Plus I can’t lie people aren’t as up to helping others succeed in this place. Most people I’ve run into either want to have a piece of what you built or if you doing better then they want to knock you back. I know at times I’m far too Utopian but I can’t believe this is all there is.
Q10# Where can people find your work and items ?
Ahhhh my favorite question…. people can buy product at www.lustlife.bigcartel.com or they can see it on IG @_iamlust_ but they can always contact me at cirqusroyalty@gmail.com for questions or custom orders. Its All Art.

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Spotlight On Talent – Model T

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Model T Unleashed

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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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Spotlight On Talent – Cayne Clarke

Cayne Clarke Photography 1

                  Cayne Clarke Photography 1

There are a lot of BLAZING photographers popping up all over the place. With the invention of sites like Instagram, Model Mayhem and Facebook, we are being treated to the beautiful works of artists 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 photographers 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 the greats………

Name: Cayne Clarke
Age: 46
Based In: Washington DC / Baltimore MD
Name of Company: Cayne Clarke Photography / NFLAVA Model Magazine
Website: http://www.ibpstudios.com

Cayne Clarke Photography 1

                             Cayne Clarke Photography 2

1. How long have you been perfecting your craft?  I was first introduced to photography my sophomore year in college through a friend that was into photography

2. What were the influences that led you into Photography? What type of photography do you specialize in?
A good friend in college got me started with me very first Nikon camera. I think it was the opportunity to capture people in all kinds of ways. In college there were no shortage of girls who wanted to pose for us. You can say being around sexy young women and taking their pictures could be an influence as well. Another is definitely the digital age and the additional magic one can do with computer software.
My specialty is studio eye candy portraits. I used to also include urban in my definition but I have since grown to include much more than just the urban culture.

3. Growing up what did you see yourself doing for a living? Do you still plan on pursuing that at some point?
I didn’t really have a profession I targeted; I just wanted to go to college and major in Marketing and do something in that field. I did get my degree in marketing and advertising but I never got into the field. I work as an IT professional. I don’t believe I have any interest in doing marketing at this point in my life and career.

Cayne Clarke Photography 3

            Cayne Clarke Photography 3

4. Are you strictly a photographer, or with the new technology available to us now that digital photography has taken over, have you gone into graphics at all?
Part of my specialty is using the digital image taken from the camera and transform it into something unique and special. So yes, I have also incorporated graphics into my photos as well as retouching techniques.

5. Were you a photographer before the digital age? Can you shoot with film: and if so, do you miss the old days of actually developing your film, and watching your work come to life in front of you?
I came into photography just as the DSLR’s were being introduced to the world. My buddy was a film guy and I used to watch him develop film. I never got into it. I can say I’m glad I am shooting in this era although I do have a respect for those who came up in the film age.

6. Do you shoot indoor or outdoor more often? Which do you prefer and why?

 I mainly shoot indoor as I am studio photographer however, I do like shooting outdoors and it depends on the day; if it’s cloudy and dull I may go for some subtle black and white images; if it’s sunny I may go for more radiant and bright images. I prefer indoor studio because I get to control my environment from the lights, the props, and even the general space.

Cayne Clarke Photography 4

                                 Cayne Clarke Photography 4

7. What is your ultimate goal? What would be your Dream Project?
My goal is to be able to make enough money from photography that I can be consistent with a great downtown loft studio. A dream project would be shooting for my own gallery showing.

8. Where can people see your work?
Besides Facebook and other social media you can Google my name or studio and plenty of my past work will be displayed. I also have a published magazine called NFLAVA Model Magazine as well as a hard book cover on sale on amazon of my black and white portraits. My website also displays my model portfolio work but some of my commercial pieces as well.

9. Have you ever been published? Do you own a publication?
You’re reading my mind.  Yes. I own and manage NFLAVA Model Magazine, a magazine that I consider to be a useful stepping stool for many unsigned models looking for practice and exposure. I’ve also had my work published in several magazines by way of the Sexy Sapphire, a brilliant social media marketing guru. I’ve also had my photos appear in one major film, ATL. If you are familiar with the movie, some of my pictures were used as props in Uncle George’s room.

10. If someone wanted to hire or contact you for a session, how can they get in touch with you?

The 2 best ways to reach me for booking is through a Facebook message or send me a shoot request via my websites’ contact page – http://ibpstudios.com.

Cayne Clarke Photography 5

                                Cayne Clarke Photography 5

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