Model of the Month- Stacie J!

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We are so excited to have Stacie J as our Model of the Month! Within the first 3 weeks of signing with us, Stacie picked up her first fit account and has been steadily on the rise since, fitting now for several great brands within her first year!  Continue reading for more on Stacie and her modeling journey…

LisaHoulgrave_05311. Where you are from?
I’m originally from Chicago, IL. I’ve always wanted to live in NYC, and 2 years ago I moved here on a whim!

2. What you are into… studies, hobbies, special skills etc..?
When I’m not modeling, I’m doing makeup. I’ve been a freelance makeup artist for 7 years.
Makeup trick: hold a folded issue under your eye when applying eye shadow. It will create a clean line and catch any extra shadow that falls.

3. Favorite clients from the biz?
My favorite clients are Alexander Wang, Intermix and Theory because I love their clothing. Trying on beautiful clothes all day doesn’t feel like “work”.
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4. Dreams/goals any thing else of interest-feel free to tell the world about (any other dream clients?)?
My dream client would be Tom Ford (huge fan)! His style is cool but classic; I love that.

5. Career highlights?
One highlight in my career was when I booked my first-ever fitting casting. It was such a surprise which made it even more rewarding..

6. How did you get into modeling?
I really got into modeling when I won a beauty pageant at age 17. The experience taught me a lot about being in front of the camera.

To keep up with Stacie, you can follow her on Instagram here!

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4 Reasons to Celebrate Non-GMO Month by Bicoastal Model Jessica Ecklund!

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Did you know that October is the official Non-GMO Month? This month, retail stores nationwide will celebrate the consumer’s right to be informed of foods and products that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
What exactly are GMOs again?
GMOs, or Genetically Modified Organisms, are products of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE), which creates new combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and viral genes by combining DNA from one species with DNA from another. The result: new organisms that do not occur in nature.
GMOs are often not labeled as such. In many developed nations, GMO products are heavily restricted or banned altogether because they have yet to be proven safe for people’s health and the health of the environment. However, in the U.S. there is a dearth of public awareness of the potentially harmful repercussions of GMO products.
Here are four more reasons why you should celebrate Non-GMO Month this October and empower yourself to make the right decisions for you and your family.
1. Human Health
Currently, seed companies prohibit independent research with their products, leaving very little empirical data available.
2. Environmental and Animal Health

…Click here to read more!

Featured Photographer- Nikki Gomez!

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We are so happy that our own Nikki Gomez has gone from Model Managing at Bicoastal, to now consulting and expanding her creative side to not only photography, but podcasting, building her brand, and more! Continue reading for more details…

1. As a photographer what inspires you and creates the most successful shoot?

IMG_0176RTI love capturing my client’s true beauty. Freckles, gap in the teeth, natural beautiful complexions etc. I find it all beautiful and inspirational.  It’s also important to me to get to know my clients during our shoot so that I can capture them as they really are. A common reaction after is shoot is awe. I have been told so often that they can’t believe how I was able to show them their true selves. Most of my models say the images “really look like them”. I find that feeling so rewarding.

2. Tell me about your new path-we miss you in the office but are so excited for you and your new ventures? Any highlights you want to share?

I miss you all at Bicoastal as well! I know now that working at Bicoastal was an important part of my journey. Ultimately, it brought me back to my passions and I learned so much from everyone there that I can now apply to all aspects of my business. I am so grateful for that. Since I have left, I have launched a new website for my brand. thenikkigomez.com not only has my photography portfolio but, it is also one of the placInline image 3es you can listen to my podcast, “The Nikki Gomez Show”. My podcast is my way of sharing stories of inspiration from people that I know. Thanks to my career, I do know a lot of models and industry talent so it has kind of evolved into giving a voice to models and people in the industry. While that was not my original intention, I do like showing that beauty is so much more than what you see. So many of my guests have overcome serious odds to get where they are in life. I think it’s a great way to share their stories and hopefully inspire others. I have received a lot of positive feedback on the podcast and it’s also now available on iTunes for free.

In addition to The Nikki Gomez Show, I also have another podcast hosted by iTunes and The Monsters of Media (http://www.themonstersofmedia.com/i-think-im-gonna-hate-this) called “I Think I’m Gonna Hate This”. It’s more of a fun podcast that I host along with my boyfriend E.P. Guzman. In it we discuss films we have avoided for years becauInline image 1se we assumed they would be bad or we just wouldn’t like them and we share our review and thoughts on it. This is a very light hearted fun show and I am sure there are episodes to peek everyone’s interest.

Of course, I wouldn’t be a true Native New Yorker if I didn’t have several things on my plate so I am also taking courses in Motivational Speaking with YSU. I am about half way through my course work now and plan to be speaking to teens in high schools all over the country starting this fall. Personal tragedies as well as triumphs have given me a strong appreciation for life and all of it’s lessons. I have had to over come some tough heart ships to find my life and follow my purpose and I believe it’s my duty to share my story with others. I don’t know if I can inspire everyone I speak to but, if I can help one depressed, struggling kid realize they aDisplaying March 2015 cover nikki g photog.jpgre not alone and all is possible if they believe in themselves then I know I have achieved my goal.

3. Anything you want to add?

Yes, some of my most recent photography work is also featured in the current issue of Daily Venus Diva Magazine. I shot both covers as well as the images that accompany Christina Mendez’s article. I also had the pleasure of having Christina as a guest on “The Nikki Gomez Show”.

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To keep up with Nikki, you can see her website here!