Model of the Month: Julie Prugar

We are so glad to have the very experienced Fit model professional, Julie P, as our February Model of the Month! Continue reading to learn more about this Fit star and how she got started!

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1. Where you are from? 

I am from Cleveland, Ohio.

2. What you are into… studies, hobbies, special skills etc..?

I love swimming, biking, hiking, skiing, dancing, yoga, traveling the world.

3. Favorite clients from the biz?

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Armani, DKNY, DVF, Marc Jacobs, LAMB, Ann Inc, Chaus (Cece Sport), Tory Burch CK, RL, Nellie Partow & Draper

James are all team I have had the pleasure of working with over the years!

4. Dreams/goals any thing else of interest (any other dream clients?)?

I would love to learn guitar, piano, & become fluent in Spanish

5. Career highlights?

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Many trips to Italy (working with Giorgio Armani). Trips to Hong Kong, & Sri Lanka. Also, working with Gwen Stefani & Reese Witherspoon on their lines.

6. How did you get into modeling?

I started fitting when I lived in LA & was working in the film industry. In between jobs I was restless & wanted to make extra money. My friend Paige got me into it when she needed me to sub for her. I ended up landing Fiorucci & Guess Jeans. Shortly after I moved to NYC. I contacted an Agency to start fitting again & within a year I was booked full time. The rest is history!

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SPOTLIGHT NEW-SIGN: Gilbert Costache

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1. Where you are from?

I am from Romania though I have worked in this industry for the past 10 years in some of the main fashion capitals of the world such as: Milan, Madrid, Barcelona, Istanbul and New York.

2. How did you start modeling?

When I was 16, a scout discovered me in Bucharest, Romania. I was in Madrid, Spain when I really started modeling, so at 19 I quit soccer to commit to being signed to multiple fashion agencies.

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I am an actor. I am a licensed life-coach and I believe that it is very important to have the resources, the context and to find the right path to follow for the rest of our lives. I consider myself a simple, honest human being who appreciates quality in life. My hobbies include reading, dancing and generally having a sense of humor (I love stand-up comedy and jokes). I play soccer often and I practice yoga. I have also written novels and I enjoy philosophy.

4. Favorite clients you have worked with?

Dsquared, Dior, Adidas, Zara, Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger, Marc Jacobs, Guess, Armani, Calvin Klein.

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5. Dreams/goals any thing else of interest (any other dream clients?)?

To spend my time writing books. I also dream of acting for the movie I am writing. More fashion campaigns.

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6. Career highlights?

Music clips in Romania and Spain with the best singers there. Catalogs in Turkey , Istanbul. Catalogs in Spain. Catwalks for Tommy Hilfiger, Burberry. Tv commercial for Nike. Tv commercial for Heineken. Walking runway for some great designers internationally.

7. Awesome! Do you have any notable Fashion Week experiences?

When I was in Europe, I walked in shows for Burberry, Tommy Hilfiger and when I was in Romania I worked with some of their best designers.

To keep up with Gilbert make sure to check out his website and follow him on Instagram!

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Model of the Month: Kristin Gallina

Our January Model of the Month is the stunning and jet-setting curve model, Kristin Gallina! Continue reading to learn more about Kristin:

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1. Where you are from?

I am from Brooklyn, New York.

2. What you are into… studies, hobbies, special skills etc..?

Besides modeling, I have been a licensed hairstylist and makeup artist for the last 12 years. I worked in two salons in Brooklyn but now with modeling I am more of a freelance stylist. I also write a beauty column for a magazine called Love U Magazine.

3. Favorite clients from the biz?

Some of my favorite clients in this industry that I have worked with would have to be JunaRose, Lord & Taylor, Madewell, J. Crew, & Warp and Weft! All amazing brands to work for!

4. Dreams/goals any thing else of interest (any other dream clients?)?

_MG_5284RT.jpgI would have to say my dreams for my modeling career are to become a part of the change that is happening as we speak in the fashion industry. I would love to see Victoria Secret Models being curvier. I would love to see big brands such as Gucci, Fendi, Prada, & Chanel feature curvier models in their campaigns. Yes, the industry has started to change but it has only just begun so I would love to be involved in something epic and ground breaking. The way Ashley Graham was the first plus model to be featuredon Sports Illustrated, something like that would be amazing. I would also definitely love to work with Lane Bryant, Good American, Forever 21, Swimsuits for All – just to name a few.

 

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The highlight of my career for me would be getting the chance to fly to LA to meet brands and designers on the west coast and even getting to do some modeling work while I was there. Los Angeles is exciting and filled with glam so to get to see that was a great experience for me.

6. How did you get into modeling?

One of my very good friends who I have grown up with my entire life got me into it, Christen Marucci. She hooked me up to the talented Nikki Gomez who then scouted me and connected me with Bicoastal. It was always a far off dream and Christen, Nikki & the Bicoastal team made it happen! I am forever grateful to them all for making my dream more of a reality.

 

Fashion Gives Back

It’s that time of the year where we know many have recently been thinking about charitable giving for year’s end. It is truly heart-warming to know the people we work with are so generous and charitable.

We got to chat with creative director Claudia Marenco of Human Habit about how she’s helping improve the lives of Guatemalan people and native Mayan women!

BICOASTAL:  We know you are passionate and involved about something near and dear to your heart. Do you have a moment to let us know what it is and how you got involved?

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CLAUDIA MARENCO: Yes, I am helping a non-profit organization Multiplica Guatemala that works with local artisans. I am designing bags and sandals.

BICOASTAL: Amazing! Can you tell us more about Multiplica Guatemala?

CM:  Multiplica Guatemala is an ethical brand and a local non-profit organization, with the alliance of INTECAP (Technical Institution of Capacitation and Productivity), seeks to improve the lives of Guatemalan people. This economic and commercial incentive is achieved with the collaboration of native Mayan women; giving them the opportunity and tools to empower them to become entrepreneurial women in business.  They learn how to assess risks and make decisions that benefit them and their families.

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Make sure to follow Multiplica Guatemala on Instagram here to keep up with them and shop their products!

We also got to chat with our model Suwana Perry about the charity she is working with! Continue reading to learn more:

BICOASTAL MGMT: We know you are passionate and involved about something near and dear to your heart. Do you have a moment to let us know what it is and how you got involved?

SUWANNA PERRY: Beauty for Freedom (BFF), a 501(c)(3) Non-profit foundation, whose mission is to battle the crisis of human trafficking and empower survivors, raises revenue for survivors in the developing world with a fresh approach of self-worth and empowerment through the arts. We engage the industries of Beauty and Fashion as powerful allies in the fight to end human trafficking through public campaigns, our travel-abroad arts therapy workshops for survivors and events.

BICOASTAL MGMT: How did you get involved?

SUWANNA PERRY: My dear friend Monica Watkins is the co-founder of Beauty for Freedom. We met through modeling years ago and I always admired her passion for creating platforms which encouraged charity, social consciousness and artistic freedom. I attended a BFF event about two years ago and we reconnected. We met for coffee a few weeks later and she asked me if I would like to get involved. It’s truly been a powerful experience.

BICOASTAL MGMT: What makes this issue near and dear to your heart?

SUWANNA PERRY: We all deserve the power of choice. The basic human right to have ownership over your own body. To not be violated or used at someone else’s will or due force. These issues are happening all around the world and possibly in your neighborhood. Education/ legislative change and supporting non-profits with feet on the ground are so important. An estimated 40 million people are in slavery today, we have to keep going until we see change. Here are some more statistics:

Labor Slavery- About 50 percent toil in forced labor slavery in industries where manual labor is needed—such as manufacturing, farming, ranching, logging, mining, fishing, and brick making—and in service industries working as dish washers, janitors, gardeners, and maids.
Sex Slavery- About 12.5 percent are trapped in forced prostitution sex slavery.
Forced Marriage Slavery- About 37.5 percent are trapped in forced marriages.
Child Slavery- About 25 percent of today’s slaves are children.

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Make sure to check out http://www.beautyforfreedom.org if you would like to help by donating or fundraising!

Model of the Month – Josh Ford

We’re so happy to have the handsome and versatile Josh Ford as our November Model of the Month! Not only is he a trained actor, but he is recently starting his Fit career along with keeping up with his commercial and print castings/bookings – continue reading to learn about this Ohio native and how he’s taking NYC by storm!

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1. Where you are from?

Cleveland, Oh

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2. What you are into… studies, hobbies, special skills etc..?

Sports, food, mountain biking, weight lifting, ocean conservation, martial arts (black belt in tae kwon do)

3. Favorite clients from the biz?

Discovery ID, history channel are two networks I loved being on! I’ve also started fitting recently at Express which is has been so much fun, being a part of the design process has been rewarding and a really cool experience.

4. Dreams/goals any thing else of interest (any other dream clients?)?

To produce and star in my own works on the big screen has been my long term goal since I can remember. I’d also love to get some more steady fit gigs here in the city – Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein, American Eagle are all some of my favorite brands I’d love to fit for.

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5. Career highlights?

Acting as a doctor on “All My Children”. Also had a Napolian solo on a feature fan film for “The Man from Uncle” (in production) – the pilot got picked up to film overseas next year.

6. How did you get into modeling or acting? 

I did acting when I was younger, got out of it cause of sports, when to to school for marketing and finance at Miami university. Went into corporate world. Always wanted to get back into acting, so quit the corporate world and move to NYC to pursue my dream to act and model. That was 10yrs ago.

 

 

#MeToo ft. Merideth Morgan

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No matter how you feel about the #MeToo movement, you definitely can’t miss it. It’s clear that the current climate has made it possible for people to come forward with what they consider shameful secrets, and place the shame where it rightfully belongs. But one also has to wonder if the more we hear about it, the more we become desensitized and consider it a norm, and then take it for granted that it’ll never change.

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We are all feminists here, don’t get us wrong! Humanists, actually. We just hope the movement creates respect, not apathy. We’re so proud of our models who shared their stories for their bravery and support to the movement.

Check out our plus model/blogger new-sign, Merideth, who incorporated this into her blog recently. We loved it so much, we had to share – she touches on her experience and how it affects her day to day life, read about it here (click!).

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Also check out the rest of her blog which touches on plus fashion, health, and more. We’re so happy to have the gorgeous (inside and out) Merideth on our boards!

Model of the Month – Cat Cabral

We’re so excited to have the multi-talented,  petite fit model star on the rise, Cat Cabral as our October Model of the Month. Not only is she a great “fit” for many top brands, but is also seasoned in theatre + film productions. If she’s not being flown across the country for fittings, you can find Cat studying her role for an upcoming film/commercial! Continue reading to learn more about Cat!

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1. Where you are from?
Long Island but moved to NYC proper when I was 17.

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2. What you are into… studies, hobbies, special skills etc..?
I’m fascinated by the history of Old Hollywood and all aspects of film-making. An ideal weekend would include shopping for vintage clothes, records and seeing live music! Fun fact, I used to work in NYC’s oldest witchcraft store and have a life-long love of Halloween, the supernatural and of course, cats!

3. Favorite clients from the biz?
I had the amazing opportunity to fit model for a secret celebrity client at Alexander Wang. As a huge fan of his designs, I was even more impressed by how welcoming and warm the entire team was during this very particular fitting that involved lots of leather bodysuits!  Also, One Jeanswear Group, Belk and MGF are great brands that I’ve been lucky to work with. I love the versatility, comfort and style; they truly have something for everyone!

4. Dreams/goals, any thing else of interest (any other dream clients?)?
One of my biggest dreams would be cast in a period piece either TV or Film, something along the lines of Downtown Abbey or a BBC drama! There are countless amazing shows on TV right now and to be cast on Transparent, Orange is the New Black or This Is Us would be a dream come true! Also, I’d love to own a beach cottage in Mexico one day.

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I feel so lucky to have worked in lots of indie films, and theater productions but one of the biggest highlights was a play I did called Love At Home for both the NYC and San Francisco Fringe Festivals. Also getting to play a lead for Shadow of Doubt, a show on Investigation Discovery where I was running through the woods chasing after my sister’s killer was super fun!

6. How did you get into modeling or acting?
As a child, I would stay up late watching old movies and would practice famous scenes in my parent’s basement over and over again. I loved the world of pretend and being able to express different facets and emotions through theater games. I never thought I could be a model and as someone who grew up in the 90’s I was obsessed with the glamorous supermodels of the era so getting to be a fit model now feels surreal!

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BICOASTAL X PROJECT RUNWAY

Project Runway has returned for it’s 16th season – but this time, with some Bicoastal MGMT models under their belt! So far this season, Janine T. has taken the runway by storm – see below for some highlights!

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Make sure to tune in to see some of our other gorgeous models in the finale!

Model of the Month: Karina Bik

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Check out the super experienced and gorgeous Karina Bik, as our September Model of the Month! From fit modeling, to parts modeling, to showroom, to print, to now acting – Karina really does it all! Continue reading to learn more about Karina….

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1. Where you are from?
I’m from Ufa, Russia

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I studied law in college and I love detective stories and investigations. I’m also a big foodie, and I love food tourism with my friends and family in New York. I spend a lot of time thinking about all of the tasty food that I can’t eat 🙂

3. Favorite clients from the biz?
I love clients who share my artistic vision and encourage models to participate in defining what that means. I really enjoy working with ready to wear and sports brands, beauty, jewelry and bridal clients!

4. Dreams/goals any thing else of interest (any other dream clients?)?
Right now, I’m concentrating on improving my acting skills. I’ve been attending classes and doing music videos, commercials and even small roles on TV series.

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I feel very grateful to all the opportunities my life has given me! Starting from a small town and moving to NYC, I’ve been fortunate enough to work with major brands including Estée Lauder, Marc Jacobs, L’oreal, Johnson&Johnson, Converse, HTC, Unilever, Vera Bradley, Bumble&Bumble, Marchesa, Jonathan Simkai, Ted Baker, Harley Davidson black label, Neiman Marcus, Make Up For Ever, Manhattan Portage, Pepsi and The Knot, among others.

6. How did you get into modeling or acting?
I started my career at the age of 13. Because I was already relatively tall (5’9″) at that time, I was noticed by a local modeling agency and the rest is history.

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TALENT SPOTLIGHT: Christen Marucci

We’re so happy to have been able to chat a little bit with the multi-talented and stunning curve model, Christen Marucci! Coming from a background in entertainment, this beauty has finally found herself in the modeling industry – read more to learn more about how she started, her dreams, and some career highlights!

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How did you get into modeling?
Ashley Graham! I always wanted to be a model but with my clothing size I never thought it was possible. When I started following Ashley Graham’s career I realized that it was possible! The industry had finally made room. I searched out every agency that offered a curve division and finally found the right fit for me at Bicoastal!

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Tell us about a recent career highlight!
Since being signed there have been many exciting opportunities. The most exciting to date however was appearing on the Today Show modeling for the Macy’s Fall Fashion Show! There is nothing quite like seeing yourself on television especially on such a known network. It was a pleasure working with the staff and so fun modeling the clothing!

Any dream clients?
My dream is to be a Victoria Secret Angel! I always loved their line it’s the only undergarments I wear! To be featured in the magazine and walk in their iconic fashion show would be an absolute dream come true.

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We noticed you also sing, tell us more about that! (A project you’re most proud of, a song that’s special to you, etc)
I have been singing for as long as I can remember. I come from a very musical family. I was signed to an indie label my senior year of high school. It was an exciting time! I stayed with my label One Mind Music Inc for ten years. I wrote countless songs and sang on countless tracks. My most exciting project was “Damsel” and EP single that I wrote and released. Every song was written from personal experience, my favorite being “Masquerade”. Because of that album I received my own Pandora, iHeart Radio and Spotify station and was able to have it sold on iTunes!

What inspires you?
I am inspired by many things. I am most inspired by those closest to me, my family. Their differences and likeness inspire me. I was raised to be true to who I am, to love who I am. They love and support me and that is the best inspiration.

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To keep up with Christen, check out her IG page, (also available for influencing!)