Alexandra Ferrara-Fstop’s “Rising Star”!

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We are so excited to share this awesome interview of one of our commercial, legit, fit, and plus print talent-Alexandra F. She was featured on fstop.fm‘s blog as their “Rising Star”, and we couldn’t agree more! Continue reading to see our personal favorite parts of the interview…click here to read the full post!

Upon graduating with her BFA in Musical Theatre, Alexandra moved to the Big Apple in pursuit of her dreams. Whether she’s on stage or in front of the camera, she commands a strong presence through her talent, vivacity, and charm. Check her out below.

_10A4762 copy.jpgWhat was the moment you decided to get into modeling?

When I moved to New York, I started noticing healthy, curvy, size 8-10 models like Myla Dalbesio in ads and magazines, and it really excited me. I definitely struggled with my body image growing up (as most girls do), and maybe if there had been move curvy models around when I was younger, I would have felt differently!


What was your most embarrassing situation while modeling?

I have SO many it’s hard to choose! You HAVE to be able to laugh at yourself in this business because some of the situations you find yourself in are completely absurd. Here are some highlights from just the past few weeks…I went to a casting for a music video where they turned on some music and told me to just dance as if I were at a club while they taped it (there is now video somewhere of my solo dance performance to “Ghetto Superstar”). Once, I had an entire casting where they had to shoot JUST my butt wearing different outfits and walking around. And most recently, I found myself being measured in my underwear in a room full of people, while the Hamilton soundtrack played in the background.


Modeling is very competitive.  How do you stand out?

I’m always early, prepared, and show up with a good attitude. Whether or not I’m the best for the job, if someone works with me once, they are very likely to want to work with me again.alexandria-ferrara-812


What’s been the most challenging part of modeling, and how did you overcome those challenges?

The most challenging part is fighting the urge to compare yourself to other people. Every time I walk into a casting, every SINGLE girl is drop dead gorgeous and probably just finished working on an incredible job. I have to block all of that out and remember that casting decisions at the end of the day are about hair color and measurements. They aren’t personal.

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What is the best thing a photographer can do to bring out your personality?

Play great music!


What was your most memorable photoshoot?

I was shooting swimwear in the summer just to add to my portfolio, and it was about 101 degrees. I do NOT hold up well in the heat! I was a total mess. My makeup was dripping off – I felt faint. It was terrible. The makeup artist was an angel and found a frozen pack of peas to stick down the back of my suit in an attempt to cool me down. So there I was, trying to look sexy in a swimsuit with sweat and pea juice dripping down my back. The whole thing was just so comical!


What do you like most about modeling?

It opened up an entirely new creative network for me. I jump at any chance to create something new.

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alexandria ferrara 387.jpgWhat are the top 3 tips you have for aspiring models?

  1. Don’t be a jerk! Meaning, don’t talk badly about people, show up on time, and smile once in a while.
  2. You can’t make everyone happy.
  3. Laugh at yourself.

What do you want people to remember about you after a shoot?

I hope that people remember me as open, honest, creative, and willing to work to get the job done.


What advice about modeling do you wish you had when you first started?

There’s no right or wrong. It’s all a matter of opinion.

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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!

Plus Night Out 2014

Our stunning plus size models walked the runway at this years Plus Night Out. We were honored to sponsor such a great event and welcome Model Search Winner Wema Enofe to the Bicoastal Models Family!

 

For full coverage go to Curvysta Magazine

Screen Shot 2014-10-02 at 2.37.59 PMModel Search Winner: Wema Enofe

   Screen Shot 2014-10-02 at 2.26.29 PM     Bicoastal Models Founder and CEO: Malissa Young

Bicoastal Models + Print Division is Officially Open!

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This year has been a year of growth for Bicoastal. One of our main goals has been to grow our plus division and provide clients with professional models of all sizes to fulfill the growing need in the industry.  We are proud to announce the official launch of our Plus Size Print Division. We have a great mix of models of varying sizes, height and ethnicities.

Please take a moment and check out or video and photos of the models!

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Here are some of our + Beauties… 

Models from left to right: Angel, Alex F, Jennifer, Lea, Malinda, Hailey, Rachel D, Rachel C., Jaylah, Annoula, Lizzie, Ronnie, Krista, Stephanie, Vanessa, & Laura Lee

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Photography: Mayah Stone

Videography: Matt Ramirez 

Makeup Artist: Eve Chen of Melange NYC

See our complete Plus Size Print Board Here! 

Please contact us at bookings@bicoastalmodels.com for rates and booking info