The Journey -Interview w/ Model Shoniah Torres

The Journey... will be a continuous look at the life of Models, Fashion designers, Agencies, Musicians, Photographers & other creatives. Sk Mag wants to show our readers how they work in conjunction with the various industries they work in. Each issue will have new insight into each part of the wheel and how it affects their industry as a whole. So we have started by interviewing 3 models at different stages of their career to help create a blueprint for models to follow.

1. Tell me about your experience as a model.

Shoniah My experience with modeling has been great! It has taught me so much about myself. I've learned that I can break the mold and model stereotypes on the runway.

2. What is your greatest weakness, as a model? What are you doing to improve on it?

Shoniah - My greatest weakness as a model is food and working out. I love ice cream! I'm trying to workout more outside of my dance training.

3. What is your greatest strength, as a model?

Shoniah - My greatest strength as a model is my confidence. I am only 5'3 but I can pose alongside the taller models and fit right in. I have also been told that I appear a lot taller on the runway.

4. Why did you choose to pursue a career as a model?

Shoniah - My mom saw a casting call for FWBK and decided to take me. She explained that I may not get chosen because of my height and body type...but we went for it anyway...

I've been modeling ever since.... that was 3 years ago.

5. What are your goals as a model?

Shoniah - I would love to walk in some of the bigger shows, get published in a major fashion magazine and land an endorsement from a major beauty or fashion brand. I would also like to be a role model for young girls that are short and curvy like myself. I want to show them that we can have a place in the modeling industry.

6. How do you handle a situation where a photographer does not properly direct you?

Shoniah - If a photographer doesn't direct me, I pretty much just take control and begin posing. At that point my mother will begin helping me with direction ..... we work as a team. The job is to get the best image possible.

7. When entering a new modeling gig, describe how you build relationships with the creative team or your fellow models?

Shoniah - I come to a modeling gig open to their suggestions and I listen to their vision before I put my input on the project. I come to set prepared and ready to work. I am usually over prepared.

8. Being a reliable model is of utmost importance. How would you describe your work ethic?

Shoniah My work ethic is great. I understand that my job is to be on time, come prepared and bring a vision to life. I aim for that on every shoot. I am very reliable. If a MUA doesn't show up, I do my own makeup. If the hairstylist doesn't show up, I do my own hair, and if a designer flakes, I will have something with me to shoot.

9. Tell me about your most difficult photo shoot?

Shoniah -  I don't really have a story about a difficult photo shoot. I've been extremely lucky to have worked with some amazing talents. The most difficult thing that I may have had to deal with would be the temperature being cold.

10. How would you react if asked to do a shoot you were not comfortable with? What are your limitations?

Shoniah - I would just respectfully decline. My limitations are no nudity or sexually explicit photos.

11. Do you utilize an agency service to book work?

Shoniah - No I do not use an agency. I am a freelance model at this time.

12. Tell me the advantages and disadvantages of using an agency?

Shoniah - An advantage of using an agency is getting larger gigs and having the price negotiated for u. A disadvantage is them taking a portion of your pay.

13. Who do you look up to in the modeling industry?

Shoniah - I look up to Tyra Banks. She's opening up the doors for models of all shapes, sizes, and ages.

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