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!)

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Model of the Month: John Strand

We are so excited to have the charming, handsome, and talented John Strand as our June Model of the Month! Continue reading to learn some more about John, his favorite clients, his experience as a print, commercial, fit, and runway model, (and musician!) and it all started!

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1. Where you are from?IMG_3407.JPG
Los Angeles, California

2. What you are into… studies, hobbies, special skills etc..?
I’m a big fan of Sherlock Holmes and Tom Clancy novels..I was a gymnast as a young child and enjoyed playing many sports growing up, from swimming and tennis to varsity high school basketball. I was classically trained on the piano and vocals since I was 10 years old, and I actually fronted a touring indie rock band as a lead singer/keyboardist and songwriter/band manager from 15 into my early 20s. Music is still the magic that fuels my creative ethos.

3. Favorite clients from the biz? 
Fave clients..Armani, Burberry, John Varvatos are a few of my all time favorite designers, and working for them is always an honor.. Trina

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Turk / Mr Turk are personal friends and I’ve modeled for their men’s collection for years, and actually love the pieces!

4. Dreams/goals any thing else of interest (any other dream clients?)?
I am a consummate dreamer…I’ve been enticed and empowered by many forms of creative expression, and my goals are as broad as they are bold. As an enthusiastic lover of fashion and a working model, a major goal is an international campaign for an elite designer like Dolce & Gabbana..which ironically was the brand that launched one of my career heroes David Gandy, who broke barriers in the field, which I also aspire to do. I also hope to return to the music industry as a performer and songwriter, in tandem with my expanding work as a model and actor.

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I’ve been blessed with a number of amazing experiences in multiple disciplines of the creative/media industries, from being the first male model to walk for Project Runway’s Michael Costello in Fashion Week, to leading a band performance in front of almost 10,000 people, to filming lead roles for Nicki Minaj, Uniqlo, the Discovery Channel, and more. Shadowing Kevin Spacey was also pretty rad.

6. How did you get into modeling or acting?
I was scouted into modeling by a talent agency that obtained a few promo images I had taken as a teenager while fronting my rock band..within a few weeks I was published in a regional magazine and booked a runway show, and the rest, as they say, is history…

 

Couples Who Create Together, Stay Together!

 

Check out the cool and talented couple, Valéry and Bryan, whose love for each other and love for creating has produced some wonderful, innovative content! Keep reading to learn more about their journey as partners!

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How did you two meet? Did your craft bring you together?Valery_Lessard_EDIT_Andreanne_Gauhier_2.jpeg Acting class at Anthony Meindl Actor’s Workshop in NYC. We first met in 2012, and started dating and co-producing the following year.

What is it like to work with your significant other?
We found that we are a great balance. Bryan’s tedious preparation and Valéry’s creative instincts complement each other wonderfully. By being able to trust and rely on one another, it allows every project we work on to grow stronger, together.

What project are you most proud of?
We’ve completed two short films together. The first is UNDER WATER, and the second was soon after, called AFTER MIDNIGHT, which is a short tribute

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Do you collectively have a dream project?
UNDER WATER the feature film is our next big endeavor. It will be a full-length film based on the short we did. We’re currently distributing the script to competitions, labs, and agents, and seeking funding and co-production opportunities.

Our dream project is a love story based on Valéry’s grandparents, and about how love and war cannot coexist.

Model of the Month – Greg B!

Check out Greg – long time actor and now rising fit model super star – as our February Model of the Month! This Iowa native is taking the Big Apple by storm – and we’re excited to go along for the ride! Continue reading to learn a bit more about him…

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1. Where you are from?

I’m from a small town in Iowa called Newton, went to college in the Chicago area, and graduate Greg#72.jpgschool in Kansas City. Currently living in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and loving it!

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

Hobbies include reading, biking, theatre, and poker. I’m a warm-weather lover, so if I can be outside in a park or on the beach I’m having a good day.

3. Favorite clients from the biz?

Love working with Arctix Bottoms. Everyone that I’ve meet there, from photographers to designers to factory workers to management is so friendly and hard-working. There’s always a fun vibe in the room with them. Plus I’ve had the privilege of doing both ecomm and fit with them, and I’ve learned so much working in different facets of the process.

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

I’d really like to work with Tahari, I had a go see there when I first started working with Bicoastal that went really well, and I just loved the energy of the place.
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Print work also holds a fascination for me, I think I’ve got a unique look and wouldn’t mind holding a glass of whiskey in a magazine someday. 🙂

5. Career highlights?

My primary work is in theatre and film, so acting with Toni Collette in the tv show Hostages has got to be a lifetime favorite. Other favorite roles include Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher, Leontes in A Winter’s Tale, and an upcoming role on the Starz network show Power!

6. How did you get into modeling or acting?

I’ve been acting and in front of audiences my whole life. Started in church and community theatre as a kid and just never stopped through high school and college and grad school and now professionally. I think the only way you can fail is to quit. And now because I didn’t quit, I’m working with amazing people modeling and acting. It’s what I love to do and I don’t intend to stop. Onwards and upwards.

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Model of the Month-Chrisandra W!

We are delighted to feature gorgeous plus model (and STAR size 18 fit model!) Chrisandra W! See below to learn more!

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1. Where you are from?

I was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. I moved to NYC to attend college, and currently reside in Brooklyn.

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

A great interest of mine is foreign language study. I previously worked as a certified Spanish Teacher and I have some proficiency in Italian and German.

Another area that I am currently developing is Commercial Voiceover. I am taking another round of Voiceover classes at Actor’s Connection with Paul Liberti, and plan to begin seeking work in that field as well.

Speaking of fashion, I have loved it since childhood! Matter of fact, I used to be late to school because I was changing my outfit so many times. It’s funny that I’m making a living now doing just that. I am also a self-taught makeup artist, proficient in beauty makeup and face & body painting.

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3. Favorite clients from the biz?

They are all my favorites! I’ve loved fitting for Eloquii, Kohls, and Oceanfront swimwear with Trimera Brands! All have been such a pleasure to work with. Additionally, I recently enjoyed shooting e-comm for Change Fashions-so much fun!

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

I would love to be a part of more print campaigns, especially mainstream companies invested in showcasing diversity like Gap, Slink Jeans, Target . . . and many others. I also need Nubian Skin the London-based lingerie company to get in touch with me so I can show off these curvy legs for their plus size line! I love that they specialize in undergarments and hosiery for the many brown shades of people.

Expanding my fit client list is also something I’m really looking to do in 2017! I’ve really enjoyed being apart of the process and seeing companies like Eloquii grow while I’ve been their fit model.

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5. Career highlights?

I have been actively modeling for the past 6 years. The top highlights include being a part of BET Experience in Los Angeles with Goo Goo Atkins, being selected as the Face of ‘Fro Fashion Week-Atlanta in 2013, and definitely traveling to different factories internationally (China) multiple times with Eloquii for fit work!

6. How did you get into modeling or acting?

I used to frequent a website plusmodels.com which provided good information for people starting out. I networked and submitted myself to different projects and tested with photographers. Then, when I was seeking agency representation I just sent in my measurements and snapshots of myself in jeans/tank top to several agencies. I was called into four agencies, that’s when Bicoastal signed me!

 

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