Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Meet our Featured Members for May 2012

Our numbers are quickly growing, members are finding more success and in the next couple of months, ModelWire Network has a HUGE announcement to make.  In the meantime, please check out our Featured Members for May.  We bring you some of our favorite members who we're sure are going to take the fashion industry by storm!  If you would like to be featured or have any great story ideas, don't hesitate to reach out to us at  Have a great May!

Model of the Month:  Kara Gibson


Why modeling?
I enjoy expressing myself through movement and energy.  Modeling is as much story telling as acting and I enjoy both very much.
Who is your favorite model of all time?
My favorite model of all time is Kate Moss.  I love that she doesn't meet all of the standard requirements of a model (i.e. her height), but for what she lacks she makes up for in her strengths.
What inspires you?
Music inspires me.  If there wasn't music I'd have nothing to live to (as opposed to dance to).
What do you look for when selecting a photographer to work with?
I look for hot girls when selecting a photographer.  I would rather be the weakest girl they've got to shoot with.  That way, I'm assured that I'm putting myself in a pool of women that make me look better.  I never want to be the best one in the room, because when I'm not I'm not, I'm not improving my career.
What is your most embarrassing moment professionally?  
  My most embarrassing moment professionally would be being too awesome...c'mon guys, please - you think I'm going to have industry professionals read that?!

Photographer of the Month:  Jeff Pearson


What inspires you?
I'm inspired by everything.
Why photography?
In this age of information and misinformation, I have never felt the single image to be more important.  In an instant, you can convey a whole philosophy.  I also like the idea of taking a moment that's gone and turning it into something that you can hold in your hands.  Photography has a unique mystery about it that I can't desribe.  I just love it!
What do you look for when selecting a model to work with?
When looking for a model, I hope to find someone who's a bit sophisticated on his or her own.  It's hard to direct simple people.  I've had beautiful models who, when I took their picture, looked horrible.  Then I had someone who at first sight was not that nice to look at, but when we turned up the music and began shooting, they blossomed into this gift that's been put in front of me.  But that person has to really want to do what it is they're doing and know how to lose themselves.  Otherwise, it just looks amateur. 
What genre does your work focus on?
Personally, I like to make high contrasted images that show some sort of occurrence as opposed to static images where nothing is happening.  Even more so I'm drawn to building sets and I look forward to the day that I can work with a great art director.  In the beginning I used to think I would become a photojournalist.  I loved to travel and document what I saw but then the appeal to twist reality started to grow.  It started when I began putting friends in weird scenarios then shooting it.  The first of which was when I took my boss and his wife out to Ocean Beach in San Francisco, painted her red and glued goat horns to her forehead.  Then I put him in a tuxedo, drenched an old door in kerosene and lit it on fire in the background.  That was fun.  Currently I'm focusing on excluding all elements from the image and just focusing on the model to see if I can tell the same type of story with as little as possible.

Wardrobe Stylist of the Month:  Tim Barron


Why wardrobe stylist?
It's something I fell into.  I was always captivated by fashion and style.  It started with an internship in LA about 3 years ago when I was 16 year old.  Although it was only for a couple of months, I learned quite a bit.  So I decided to pursue it.
What inspires you?
Mostly literature or films.  I enjoy grasping trends and somehow revolving them around the story.
What do you look for when selecting a model to work with?
The photographer and I will look at all the agency boards - we look for the model that fits the story, the season and the clothes.  I look at the posture, personality and poise of a model in their previous photographs.
What is your favorite project you have worked on?
An editorial I did for Dress Code Russia that was focused around San Francisco with photographer Olga Lacosta.
What is your personal style?
It depends on my mood, but most of the time I wear a fitted button-up, skinny pants/trousers, a coat or long vest.  If I'm feeling casual, an over sized t-shirt with skinny pants will do. 

Makeup Artist of the Month:  Alex LaMarsh


Why makeup artist?
I naturally fell into it after modeling.  It just seemed natural.  Photographers who I tested with liked the makeup I did on myself and started asking me to do makeup on other models.  By the time I quit modeling, I had built a portfolio.
Who is your favorite makeup artist of all time?
Kevin Aucoin
What inspires you?
Color, personalities, music, imagery.
What product can you not live without?
My face primers.  June d'age serum, OC Eight for t-zone, Estee Lauder's illuminators for face and eyes and Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional.
What is your favorite project you have work on?
I adore working with Benefit Cosmetics.  I recently did hair and makeup on their book "Raising Eyebrows" and created the looks for their kits for the movie Snow White and the Huntsman.

Hair Stylist of the Month:  Brittney Yabs


What product can you not live without? 
I can't live without Pure Abundance Hair Potion by AVEDA.  It thickens the roots up to 17% to create volume.  The bigger the hair, the better.
What is your personal style?
My personal style is definitely more on the "edgy" side.  In my closet you will find a lot of leather, black, studded, lace, cheetah print and Jeffrey Campbell shoes.
What genre does your work focus on?
Editorial and avant garde.
 Why hairstyling?
Doing hair is my passion.  I am definitely a visual artist.  I love to see what I am creating as I am doing it.  I design most of my work from scratch.  There is always something new to learn in the industry and something to teach.  I love the beauty and art behind it.  It never gets boring.
What is your favorite band of all time?
I am currently tied between two bands:  Memphis May Fire and Search the City. 



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