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Aylin please tell us your talent/work rate per hour?
I migrated to the US in 2012 to attend college. It was here that I had my first big introduction to modelling at a college fashion show that featured a plethora of local designers. Since then I have been working with various local and upcoming New York and New Jersey designers in my free time.
Recently I've turned to modelling as a way to share positivity and encouragement. It has become a means of accepting and embracing my body while encouraging others to do the same. I love working with photographers and makeup artists who bring their visions to the table. When I attend a shoot, I get to become their canvas. Interacting with creative people and visionaries is one of the greatest joys of involvement in this industry!
Moving forward, I hope to continue to inspire others as I build my modelling career. It is important that I can encourage others to see that the definition of beauty is limitless.
Currently, my work is in runway and editorial shoots.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Aylin. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I'm an ethnic melting pot. I grew up in a family infused with many cultures and experiences including African, Indian, Chinese and Hispanic cultures
Aylin, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
I'm extremely passionate about the Stop the Violence campaign and other women empowerment movements. My involvement started in 2010 as a Girl Scout and never waivered.
Modeling was always taboo in my family, so I wasn't able to test the waters until I started college in New York and signed up to be part of our annual fashion show. Initially, I signed on as moral support for a friend who wanted to audition but as the training and fittings continued I felt increasingly committed to and comfortable in the modelling setting
Who is your inspiration in life Aylin? How do you keep inspired?
My students are my biggest inspiration! As a high school teacher, I interact with juniors on a daily basis. These students are in the most crucial year of their High School experience, and as they grapple with what they want to be in life, they continuously remind me to seek out and follow my dreams.
We all make mistakes Aylin; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Model; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
As a relatively new model, this question is tough to answer. In my modelling career, I don't recall butting heads with anyone. If we did disagree it was always respectfully so.
Aylin , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Model, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
This is one of the hardest parts of the industry. I've found that researching a client is a must. Looking at prior work and their portfolio is a great way to gain insight into what they expect/need from you. Communication is also key. If I'm uncertain about something, I simply ask.
Please tell us Aylin, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
Portfolio building! It can be extremely costly unless you work with photographers who are also trying to build their portfolios. I spend a large amount of time attending events, networking, contacting photographers and even offering to assist with shoot set ups in exchange for assistance with my portfolio.
Aylin, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I worked with a designer once whose line featured a lot of revealing pieces. Despite my body type, I was not comfortable displaying certain body parts. Sitting with him to explain my reservation while reassuring him that I was still interested in working with him (just not with the original piece he wanted me to wear) was challenging. As we discussed the situation, I was consistent in assuring him that his work was remarkable and it was my pleasure to work with him. I let him see that my reservations were detached from him as an artist.
Aylin, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest moment had to be at my first fashion show when I did a swimwear line hand knitted by my close friend. This moment stands out for me because it marked the beginning of my journey to truly accepting my body and learning to be comfortable in my skin.
Aylin, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
A recent shoot with DWSnapshot. I was able to choose the outfit, hair and makeup. I hoped to achieve an almost doll like appearance with a modernized 80's look. It was a challenge to choose the outfit but more so to be the person creating the vision: to have my photographer look to me for pointers on exactly what angle I wanted him to work with. It was a lot of work! It was also extremely rewarding to see my vision captured on film.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
Being successful requires a lot of grit! That means that you get right back up when you don't get selected for that casting call, and you use criticism to strengthen your performance at the next one. You don't give up despite the chatter. Stay focused and work hard to accomplish your dream.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I'm interested in working with MUAs, fashion designers and Photographers across a variety of concepts. I'm genuinely interested in working with persons who are passionate about their work and the work product.
Now for the best part Aylin! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photographer: Derrick Whiting @dwsnapshot