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I've been a model since I was little. I took modeling classes at John Casablancas last year, graduated & dis the big runway show. I also was rewarded the best female runway model & model of the Year for that agency. Modeling is a passion of mine. I'd love nothing more than to do this my whole life. (For as long as I can anyways.) I am 17 and only 5'6 unfortunately so I'm not able to do the big known runway shows, but that won't make me give up my dream. I have the looks, the personality, and the ability to take direction. I'm also very determined. I will make it in the modeling world.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Catalina. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I used to hate my forehead. Until I started modeling I despised how I looked. Modeling helped me gain my confidence, and Tyra Banks was/is a big help with that. She's my inspiration.
Catalina, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
Modeling & modeling. Modeling is my whole life. I dream big. Ever since I was little my family.. and even strangers told me I should be a model. People told me I looked like Tyra Banks. I wanted to pursue that dream.
Who is your inspiration in life Catalina? How do you keep inspired?
Tyra Banks & Myself. Tyra Banks inspired me to love myself, she helped me gain my confidence in my appearance. I have a big forehead, but it's taking me places in the modeling world, so I've begun to love it.
I also stated myself as an inspiration because I taught myself to become an inspiration.. "inspire yourself." And "become/be your inspiration" is what I tell myself every day. I also want to inspire others.
We all make mistakes Catalina; 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.
A Model in the agency had a bad attitude with me, and instead of walking away I gave her one right back.
Catalina , 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?
I just do what is needed to be done.
Please tell us, Catalina, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
I just stay strong with everything I need to do..all the time, every day.
Catalina, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I showed a photographer instead of explaining a certain pose to be shot. Showing instead explaining did the trick.
Catalina, 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 with share to everyone. What is it and why?
Graduation from John Casablancas Modeling Classes. The big runway show. I walked proudly down the runway holding my certificate stating that I was the best female runway model.
Catalina, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Photoshoots. Photoshoots always have room for creativity and fun, unique poses!
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
If you want to be successful as a model you must have what it takes, physically, mentally, and emotionally. You have to want/need this. Modeling must be your life, your passion if you want success. You need to have the looks, personality, and the ability to take direction. You cannot be shy. You have to own the stage every time.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes, any and all collaborations! (Keep in mind I am only 17.)
Now for the best part Catalina! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.