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My name is Chayla aka The Tattooed Princess, and I am a 24-year-old model who lives in Lincolnshire.
I would say I am a fun loving, bubbly model who has a 'Girl Next Door' look about her. I love meeting and working with new people and would like to think I am easy to work alongside and get along with, I am a very open minded person and would like to think I am someone who is easy to talk to and work with.
I have 11 tattoos in total, mostly on my right leg but I am also starting a sleeve on my left arm, so my shoulder is also covered and as well as with some text on my forearm, I do have a small tattoo on right wrist and one on the top of my spine. I have taken interest in a few hobbies over the years including cheerleading and pole dancing, so I have a natural flow with my movements and am very aware of my body. I have recently achieved the splits on my right leg which is helping improve my flexibility.
I've been published online, and I have collaborated with several photographers and designers from around the UK, so I know what I'm doing. I've also starred in a few short films and had a BTS video for an all-day photoshoot called Shoot Madness filmed by the talented Loki Films, so I am more than comfortable with film work aswell.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Chayla. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
My name is Chayla which is obviously a unique name which not many people have heard of.
My mother called me this from a song performed by Blondie, her song was spelt with an S, but all my other sister's names begin with a 'C' so to follow pattern I was called Chayla
Chayla, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
I have always wanted to be a model since I was young however it was actually catwalk modelling I wanted to pursue but with me only being 5ft 3 I knew it was going to be difficult. Thankfully 4 or 5 years ago a friend introduced me to a photographer who used me as a model and helped progress my portfolio and modelling skills.
Who is your inspiration in life Chayla? How do you keep inspired?
My inspiration comes from within, I have such a passion for modelling, and I have wanted to do this as a full-time job for so long. Growing up watching the Next Top Model series and reading any fashion magazine I could find has stuck with me, and I use everything I have learnt to keep my inspiration high
We all make mistakes Chayla, 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.
Thankfully, as a model, I haven't had any situations happen in which I wish I had handled the situation differently. Within my personal life, this would be a different situation, however, modelling has helped me improve, progress and become more professional
Chayla , 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 prioritising your clients’ needs?
With regards to prioritising clients, I will contact all clients to her what they expect of and vice versa. Where I have worked together with multiple clients, I tend to find out their expectations and work from there and organise the day dependant on their expectations of the shoot and prioritise accordingly
Please tell us Chayla, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
As I'm sure people are aware, modelling isn't as easy as showing up, look pretty and have pictures taken, what a lot of people don't see are the hours of practising poses, outfit stylings, hair styles I try, makeup designs and so much more! Leading up to a shoot I also send mood boards to clients as well as ongoing photos of outfits, makeup and hair styles.
Chayla, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Being creative can always be difficult once you have been modelling for a while. I had a shoot in an abandoned tram shed with three photographers so after a whole you have to get a bit creative, what I tend to do is use my surroundings as best I can and think outside the box! I ended up climbing and sitting on an old window ledge high up, crawling behind a fence and scrambling through fields just to get a shot
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
Make sure it is something you are passionate about as it is such a tough industry. You need a thick skin and a lot of self-motivation!
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Happy to collaborate and network with anyone
Malcolm Cole - @flashpointstudiopics
James Hall - @laughingorc
Brian Brogan - @studio2212
Richard Gaynor - @richardgaynorphotography
John Ashforth - @john72
Rod Trussardi - @vizualography