2 posts tagged "Marihenny Rivera Pasible"
As a new model, how do you prepare for your first-ever New York fashion week? For those eager, lanky teenagers just recently thrown into the fashion vortex, no piece of advice falls on deaf ears. On Wednesday afternoon, New York Model Management, which represents notables like Melissa Tammerijn, Sui He, and Lisanne de Jong, held an orientation for its crop of fresh faces to answer questions about what they should expect in the coming weeks. Panelists including the CFDA’s Steven Kolb, top casting director John Pfeiffer, and street-style photographer Phil Oh commented on everything from the CFDA’s updated health guidelines to ways to stand out using your personal style.
“Who am I? Some 50-year-old coming to talk to all these pretty girls?” Steven Kolb laughed. “But I know about it. Fashion is very seductive, but at its core, it’s a very warmhearted industry. And you should never apologize for being thin or in shape.” Pfieffer, who casts shows like Victoria’s Secret, Michael Kors, and Prabal Gurung, added, “Always walk around as much as possible. People are looking at you all the time. You never know what casting director or blogger will be around, so you always have to look the part.”
Some of these pointers may sound obvious, but even the non-freshman catawalkers, like 19-year-old Marihenny Rivera-Pasible, found the tips helpful. “I think these types of open conversations are pointing us in the right direction,” said 16-year-old runway novice Amira Ahmed, who just moved from London in time to shoot the new Gap campaign. Keep an eye out for her this season, on the runway and on the street—as the panelists pointed out, she already seems to have personal style figured out and has been popping up on street-style blogs frequently.
Of course, not every girl makes it big on her first outing, à la Daphne Groeneveld. “If it doesn’t work out this season, just keep trying,” Pfeiffer encouraged. “There are so many girls who didn’t make it their first or second season. Or fourth—Daria Werbowy. Or even fifth—Lara Stone.”
As a rookie model walking the global circuit for the first time, you quickly learn that you’re expected to pose on demand anytime for anyone. And with every cell phone now equipped with a camera, anyone and everyone is prepared to make a demand. The young catwalkers who made the cut for our Top Ten New Models list mastered the mannequin game lickety-split, setting them apart from the rest of the blips on the Spring radar. (We saw quite a few of our picks on the runway at last night’s Versace for H&M spectacular.) Style.com asked these newcomers (and their agents) to capture a few candid moments of their own during the shows. Here are a few selects from their cell phone camera dispatches.
Above: Jasmine Tookes and Marte Mei van Haaster (top); Julia Frauche and Erjona Ala (middle); Marihenny Rivera Pasible (bottom)