Peer into a model's life

Top by Zara

Top by Zara

=> Check out this odd editorial with Denise Schaefer for Galore Mag:

Denise, where are you from?

Yes, well you see…

I was born in Peru where I had the most amazing childhood, I spent all my summers at this beach in Peru called Colán.  

Colán Beach, Peru

Colán Beach, Peru

I remember having this big house with all of my cousins, aunts and uncles.

Those memories are what I like to call my happy place…

Then we moved here to Ventura, CA when I was 11...

I still go back to Peru from time to time when I get a chance, it’s nice to get away once in a while you know…

That’s beautiful, thank you for sharing that. Now, how long have you been modeling for and what impact has it had on your life?

I’ve been modeling for almost 2 years now and it’s completely transformed my life...

It’s like a switch that I didn’t even know that was there just got turned on.

It's made me more confident in myself... even though I notice all the odd little details about myself now...

It’s also made me realize:

“You CAN change who you are, no matter what.”

If I could turn back time and go back to high school, I’d be way more outgoing and secure in myself.

Model: Denise Schaefer @ LA Models

Makeup: Ash Mathews

Hair: Monica Escalante

Photographers: Joe Villanueva and Katie Stone

What type of girl or woman does it take to be a successful model?

Look as weird as this sounds… you have to be business oriented.

And it’s okay to go out and have fun with your friends, I just notice that girls who go out all the time and stay out way too late tend to not book as many jobs...

So to all you models out there, just know that when you go to a casting and you look tired, they're probably going to book the other girl that has more of a healthy glow.

Which brings me to my next point…

Remember that as a model you’re most likely not going to book every casting, so being confident and living a healthy lifestyle is key to keeping sane…

Top by Wildfox

Top by Wildfox

Top by Wildfox

Top by Wildfox

What are some of the biggest challenges you face as a model?

Well, it can be a bit tough to make plans or go on trips because your schedule tends to be a bit spontaneous

Another big challenge is when you’re just too hard on yourself about your looks

My advice is to snap out of it as soon as you can…

You’ve just got to tell yourself to simply get over it, because let’s face it:

There are bigger problems in the world.

And the times that I do cave in and focus on the negative, I just always remember to take it as a learning experience and just prosper from it.

You just have to make the best out of bad situations, it’s easier than you think...

And lastly, what must change in order for models to be properly recognized?

You know, I think that it’d be awesome to see more models have an identity. As a model, people at times look at us just as a pretty face, like dolls…

Then you’ll open up a magazine where you’ll rarely see the girl’s name anywhere unless she’s a celebrity…

It’d be nice to have models’ names be more visible in ads, however that probably won’t happen until we achieve our own identity...


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"Spring Honey" Featuring Ashley Moore for Galore Mag

Check out our latest "Galore Mag Exclusive

Bombshell of a model Ashley Moore, who you may remember not only from countless beautiful campaigns, but also as the subject of Drake’s video for hit song “Hold on, We’re Going Home”. SO, we are so excited to present this editorial Galore fave photographers Villanueva & Stone shot exclusively for us. They also took some time out to interview the darling model about life in the limelight. Check out all below!

Ashley: what did you want to become when you were a child?
I wanted to be an actress and still do to this very day. I just want to keep pursuing this.

 

Where do you call home?
I’m from a military family, so I traveled a lot…I was never in just one place. I lived in North Carolina the longest before I moved out here, so I would definitely call that home. I love going home to visit because it’s very relaxing and different from here. The pace of life is slower. You know?

Pink Sweater by rag & bone 

Pink Sweater by rag & bone 

Who’s your favorite model or actress?
I’m obsessed with Angelina Jolie as far as acting. She’s a business woman who can do everything and she’s just headstrong… I really admire that about her. As far as modeling I really look up to Chanel Iman, she’s one of my favorites. I actually had a chance to meet her and she was simply amazing. I really look up to her, and we share a similar look in a way. I think that’s another reason I look up to her so much.

Dress by Alexander Wang

Dress by Alexander Wang

Top by Marc Jacobs

Top by Marc Jacobs

Ashley, tell us about your experience in the fashion world?
In the beginning I was not really into it or took it seriously. However, after being in it for a while it really opened my eyes to the different vibes and energy people have. And what people put into it all as well. I know it’s a lot to deal with, but fashion is amazing. I appreciate it more now.


How do you get ready for shoots?
I go in with a positive mindset and a great attitude. Like it’s going to be the best shoot of my life. And it usually turns out to be a really good shoot. So I decide to pump myself up about it.


What is the weirdest shoot you’ve been a part of?
I did a Lexus commercial and it was a little uncomfortable because I looked completely different. My eyebrows were bleached, I had black hair, I looked like an Alien. That and having to play a 15 year old cabbie who’s all cheesy and stuff. The thing is I enjoy getting into character and not being yourself.

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Bikini by Victoria's Secret

Bikini by Victoria's Secret

Shorts by A.L.C.

Shorts by A.L.C.

What would you say has been your favorite shoot?

I shot for GQ with A$AP Rocky, and I shot with Ben Watts which is one of my favorite photographers and it was amazing. Just being around the energy and the crowd was amazing. It was really great working with Ben. That’s also when I met Chanel Iman…so that was an amazing, amazing day. Another one was, I was able to go to Puerto Rico for a shoot I did for Garage. It was a 3 day shoot around really cool people and a great scene. Those were really great moments for me,


How do you face rejection?
In the beginning it was really difficult for me. People can say so many negative and hurtful things to you. I’ve just learned to just ignore it and realize there’s always going to be a prettier girl, that’s just the life. You can’t compare yourself or let those words get to you because then your confidence is just shot. So I’ve learned to be who I am and be comfortable in my own skin and just go with it, be happy and not really care what others think.


What is your opinion of beauty, is there a certain stereotype?
It’s definitely what’s on the inside, the outside isn’t everything. You have to have a good personality, confidence, have a good attitude and carry yourself well. Because a negative attitude will make you look horrible and it’ll make you become an ugly person.
You can be beautiful all day long on the outside but if you don’t have a beautiful inside, it doesn’t really matter. So the way you carry yourself and having overall just great energy. That’s what beauty is to me.


What drives you?
Honestly, do what I love and be able to support and take care of my family. I want to travel the world and help others. I love going on mission trips just because we should always give back. Seeing others be happy makes me happy. That’s one of my big goals: Travel.

Model: Ashley Moore @ Nous + One

Makeup: Ash Mathews

Hair: Leah Bacino

Photographers : Joe Villanueva and Katie Stone

Rachel Barnes @ The Beach

Black Sweater by rag & bone/JEANS

Black Sweater by rag & bone/JEANS

White Top by Helmut Lang

White Top by Helmut Lang

Black Shorts by Current/Elliott

Black Shorts by Current/Elliott

Red Skirt by ZARA

Red Skirt by ZARA

Bikini by Victoria's Secret

Bikini by Victoria's Secret

Model: Rachel Barnes @ newMARK Models + No Ties
Makeup: Ash Mathews
Hair: Régne