Bella Stapelman


Bella Stapelman



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My whole brand is BEING UNIQUE! I want kids my age to know it's so cool just to be you! Bullies can't win if we don't let them! I stand up against bullies and have done an anti-bully campaign with Wild Child Magazine! I want girls especially to accept their body type just how they are; there is NO perfect person or body- make the most of what you have and find what your soul craves. Write, paint, sing, do goat yoga - I don't care!! JUST BE YOU!! I model clothes I would wear; I am a brand ambassador for multiple online brands- which also include cheer and dance gear.

Bella, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as Model?

My passion has always been to perform. Whether I was in gymnastics, singing on stage, competing in cheerleading, and now modeling, I love to express myself in creative ways. My aspiration in life would be to be acting and modeling. I am a fun person!!! I could see myself hosting a game show, but I also can shed a tear for a serious scene! My dream would be to work with Disney!!! I am a fun person. I could see myself hosting a game show, but I also can shed a tear for a serious scene. When my mom first saw, I could cry at the drop of a hat. She wondered how many times I have done this to her. _»ƒ__»ƒ_ 
I started modeling when my mom took me to a modeling workshop for ROCKY MOUNTAIN ENTERTAINMENT AGENCY located in Montana. I have been performing on some level since I was four years old. My mom always told me I was a natural and was singing and dancing about as quickly as I learned to talk. I had mentioned to her many times I wanted to model, but she wanted to wait until I was a little older and had more years of performance under my belt and knew I would feel comfortable doing it. She finally took me to a modeling workshop in my hometown just so I could have a fun day of just dressing up and getting professional photos taken, with a makeup artist and everything !! When we got there, I started coming alive on the shoots, and they offered me a contract before I left. That was only five short months ago, and the rest is history as we say.

Who is your inspiration in life, Bella? How do you stay inspired as a Model?

My inspiration is my mom. She is brave, strong, loving, supportive, and has modeled a good work ethic as a single mom. She's a very hard worker and always supports me in whatever I want to do. 
I stay inspired as a model by always watching and studying other models, and then putting my own _„ñsignature_„ on it. I love yoga and nature, and I feel this keeps me grounded.

We all make mistakes, Bella; we wish we could take back. What was the mistake you made in the past that you wish you can take back?

I made the mistake of succumbing to peer pressure at times. This age is tricky, and I've learned always to be true to myself...whether it's popular or not. The right crowd will notice!

Bella, How do you describe yourself in terms of working with clients?

I am very directable. I remain professional but make all my shoots fun! I am still just a kid at the end of the day, and I've learned so much from each person I've worked with. My favorite photographer, Jenna Martin, she taught me the right kind of puckered lip in a photo and tricks to do. Each one has been different, but I've learned something new at every photo shoot.

Please tell us, Bella, how do you prioritize work, social life, friends, and family?

The school has to come first, or Mom says no cheer or modeling. So school and family are number one. I will be honest if my mom didn't manage all my sports-choir-modeling schedule...I'm not sure I could get it all done.

Bella, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.

I will use an example of this from school. Last year I wanted to start a book club at my school. I asked the teacher and librarian what I needed to do in order to start this. First, they told me I would need to get enough students to give up a recess once a week to attend. I would need to advertise to do this. I got my friend involved with me, and together we made posters and flyers and have it announced over our school PA system. The teacher and librarian we're all for the idea, but they did not help us with this, we did it all on our own. We set a date to start our first meeting, and I had three times more people than originally expected !!! (that all gave up the recess to come in and talk about books.) So that was cool.

Bella, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model.

I was most proud when I submitted my very first modeling photo to my very first magazine after only weeks of getting a contract!! It all happened so fast! I had a two-page feature in the April 2018 Wild Child Magazine.

Bella, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?

I remember trying to nail down a _„ñserious look_„ I could do smiling photos with ease! It came natural, and let's face it. I AM a cheerleader! But to look mad, sad, serious or FIERCE was something new for me. My first attempt at this look did not look so great. Squinty and even sleepy at times. I can laugh now _»ƒ__»ƒ_but I studied in the mirror, and funny enough took a lot of selfies to see what worked and what didn't. I did a modeling camp with my agency, and I had a photo shoot where it rained, but they were able to fluff my hair just right, the background was vibrant green, and I finally nailed that fierce look. It all came together that day, and I knew the photographer liked it because they weren't directing me- they were too busy just clicking away and yelling _„ñyes! I love it!_.„ The photo came out amazing, and now my mom reminds me to smile pretty at times too.

What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?

Same advice my mom gives me. Stay true to yourself. Allow your managers and agents to handle bookings if you are a child model. You have to WORK at it constantly. It's just like my cheer routines. I only get better with practice and in the world of modeling, trends and fashion change constantly, so I feel models need to bend with that.

Photo Credits:

Photographer: Jenna Martin
HMUA: Rachelle Kathleen