ASTONISH: Tell us what your go to style is when you are not posing for the camera.
MICHELLE: My go to style when I’m not posing for the camera is, sexy street chic with a twist of androgyny. I love to dress in black with a little pop of color to pull it all together. Over size shirts with leather pleated skirts, a small leather backpack and bright suede shoes create my most favorite ensembles.
MICHELLE: My top three people I follow on Instagram are, Tony Ellis (@tonyellisnyc), Emanuele Ferrari (@emanueleferrariph) and Steve Fan (@stevefanfotos). These three people are very talented photographers and are all non comparable. The first shoot New York based photographer, Tony Ellis and I produced it landed a 12 page spread in Nextdoormodel Magazine, Issue 6. Tony is a very strong photographer who has a strong message, “you only need to shoot a small amount of shots to get the right one. No need to keep shooting if you know you got the shot in 10 takes.” This really opened my eyes and made me realize that, with an outstanding photographer comes precious knowledge and with that knowledge, their craft becomes second nature.
After being published in Nextdoormodel Magazine Issue 6, I was then introduced to the very talented Editor and Chief, Emanuele Ferrari who is also an amazing photographer based in Italy. Magazines with substance and character really intrigue me and makes my appreciation for the world of fashion even broader. Emanuel and I have followed each other and made a deal that when, (not if) I go to Italy, we will then shoot and create some amazing magic for the world to see.
I always look up to photographers who know their craft inside and out and treat their career like a passion more than a task. This is truly why I follow Los Angeles, CA based photographer, Steve Fan. Fans work is amazing and very alluring to the eye. His recent work landed the cover story of Nextdoormodel Magzine, Issue 6. Residing in the state where I was raised as a child, Steve and I too have made a goal to shoot the next time I visit California.
It’s amazing how all three of these people tie in together and how I followed them at 3 separate times. I think it’s more of a, “great minds think alike” moment. Rather than a pure coincidence.
MICHELLE: My must have cosmetic item is, MAC Mineralize, Volcanic Ash Exfoliator. This product is amazing, it is an exfoliant that you use 1-3 times a week. It washes away all dead skin and helps with keeping your skin clear of blemishes , scaring and discoloration. Overall it’s amazing for keeping your face feeling refreshed and ready for the day! And not to mention, it’s really fun to wash your face with actual black Volcanic ash. It’s just like going to a really fun hands on museum! Pretty freaking cool!
MICHELLE: My dream runway to walk would have to be for, Alexander Wang. I love his overall vision and his designing esthetic. I am inspired by his crreativitive behind every garment he produces. It would be more than an honor to one day grace the runway for such a talented, remarkable and passionate designer. Truly a legend indeed.
MICHELLE: The most exciting gig I’ve booked to date was being the face of the SS14 Campaign for London brand, Bitching and Junkfood. Photographer, Lydia Garnett based out of London traveled to New York and met with her team to then shoot in the streets of NYC for the entire Campaign. Along side was Aaron Wenck, New York based Photographer/Videographer who filmed the fashion film portion of the campaign. The campaign is currently viewable at, www.butchingandjunkfood.com.
Being requested for such an amazing brand was so touching and such a blessing to say the least. Such a wonderful, dynamic and creatively structured brand by the lovely, Marion Bergin.
MICHELLE: I see myself in two years career wise, traveling oversees booking amazing jobs via request bookings. I see myself as being a model held with very high regards and a well known name in this industry. I will in two years, have branded myself completely and become a model who will be known nationwide with just my face alone. Inspiring aspiring models and little children to reach for their dreams and make them a reality just like how I’ve done. My message and purpose now and then will be, to always reach for the top and even though you might not be their now, you will be there one day because you never quit and you put your all into it! God is amazing and with much faith and hard work, in two years I will truly get there!