For our own editorials Streetfashion MagZZine partners up with model agency Modelemi. The Texas based agency will run Streetfashion MagZZine's model training and development program ZZ ACADEMY. The model, we like to introduce to you today, is one of the first models, we like to work with. Since we expect you to see her in some of our future editorials, you already today have the chance to learn about up and coming model Sonja Liane by reading our interview with her. We also like to show you some of her photos taken by Modelemi's director of photography, Tim Bear.
I am 18 years old. I was born in Clear Lake City, Texas and currently live in Temple, Texas. I am still in High School and upon graduation plan to focus on modeling entirely as my career.
What genre of modeling are you interested in?
How do you prepare for a modeling shoot?
I make sure my model bag is packed with everything I will need depending on the show or event and spend the night before making sure I look my best for the job.
What really goes on behind the scenes as a model?
I usually spend an hour or two getting my hair and makeup done. After that, there may be a bit of downtime before the show starts. I like to spend that time practicing my walk and chatting with the other models before I have to get dressed.
What do you love most about modelling?
I would have to say photoshoots.
What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
Getting signed with Modelemi.
So you're model at Modelemi. What do you like about Modelemi?
I like how we are all like a family. We support and encourage each other.
How did you learn about Modelemi?
I met Tim at a bridal show I did back in November, Once Upon A Wedding, and learned about Modelemi there.
I recently did a couple photoshoots with Tim Bear, it was a street fashion type of look both times. I also had a bridal shoot for Kelsey Vawter.
Which photographers in the industry do you most enjoy working with?
Tim Bear, Mark Guerra, Steve Mongare, and Lajuana Williams.
Define your personal style.
A bit edgy. I wear a lot of black. On a regular day, I usually throw on a band t-shirt, black jeans, converse, and occasionally a beanie.
Who would you say is your 'style muse'?
Tyra Banks! I grew up watching America's Next Top Model.
Your favourite designer is… ?
Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar?
Is there any particular designer piece you are crushing on right now?
A matching plaid top and skirt from Midi Soliz's Black Cross Collection. I wore it for a show I did back in December and fell in love with it.
I hope to be a successful top model, traveling the world and modeling for brands such as Burberry and Chanel.
If you could be anywhere else but here, where would you go?
New York City.
What tip or advice can you offer to other models looking to get into the industry?
Answer: Make sure this is really what you want to do. Look into upcoming shows in your area and give it a try there. Ask yourself if you enjoyed it and if it is something you would want to do again. If you are serious about modeling, start networking with people in the industry. Talk to people at shows, mixers, and after parties. You never know who you may meet there. The most important thing I could say is to work hard and stay humble.