Check out our Model of the Month and fit model superstar, Katie Ward Mason! Not only have millions of garments been based off of her body, but she is a super athlete on top of being a mom-read a bit here about how she juggles it all!
Where you are from?
I grew up in a very small town on the Jersey Shore called Spring Lake. After HS I moved to Manhattan and received a bachelors in Business focussing in Fashion Merchandising/Marketing from Parsons School of Design. In my first year at Parson’s, the entire freshman class took foundations which exposed me to Life Drawing, Pattern Making and many more things beyond the business side. Who knew how handy pattern making would come into play in my career!
What you are into… studies, hobbies, special skills etc..?
I’m from an active family. While attending Parson’s, I didn’t get that athletic college experience. Pretty soon afterward graduating , I got into the sport of triathlon and never looked back. While at a tri-camp I had the opportunity to try Nordic Skiing. My husband and I now chase snow on weekends and vacations to enjoy some “fresh corduroy”. We are also avid SUPers and body surfers. Our passion to live an active lifestyle has taken us around the world from Brazil, Kona to the waves on the Portugal coast. This helps keep up with my Portuguese and French!
Favorite clients from the biz?
I’ve had some absolutely wonderful and diverse clients in the fit world. From junior accounts like Delia’s and and Target, to contemporary at Theory and couture with Narciso Rodriguez, Kaufman Franco and Donna Karan. This experience has taken me to China, HK, Vietnam, Italy, Jakarta, Dominican Republic, as well as some awesome domestic factories.
Dreams/goals any thing else of interest (any other dream clients?)?
As I continue on this awesome journey fitting, my goal is to fully incorporate my diverse skill set into an Innovations position in the athletic apparel world. With my degree, my knowledge of fit, fabric, construction, to the high uncompromising standards I hold for all gear I test. Whether racing in the Hawaii heat, -10 degrees in the High Peaks of the Adirondacks or in downward dog there is no excuse to not be dry, comfortable as well as being on trend and looking good.
How did you get into modeling or acting?
After Parson’s I went on to open a business. I was young, overwhelmed and knew it was to much to soon; I was looking for a change. One of my regular clients turned out to be the Creative Director at Theory. She asked me to come up and try some things on. I had fit during my days at Parson’s for free clothes and never thought of making it my career. I made comments on the samples and she had my measurements taken. I stared fitting the next day!
Not only do we have some stunning models but our models aren’t all looks, they are brains and talent too! This month, inspirational Bicoastal Model, Joselyn Martinez has contributed a book review of the motivational book “The Artist Way” by: Julia Cameron.
“We like to pretend it is hard to follow our heart’s dreams. The truth is, it is difficult to avoid walking through the many doors that will open. Turn aside your dream and it will come back to you again and a second mysterious door will swing open.” -Julia Cameron.
Yay. I am reading the Artist’s Way again! Written by Julia Cameron; it is one of my favorite books. I first heard about this book through my writer friend, Erasmo Guerra. We met at an office job I had way back during college years.He told me how much he liked the book and I purchased it in in May of 2004. I just realized that was ten years ago. It changed my life. Many times between college classes, work and unfortunately TV, I caught myself saying things like: “I want to take Salsa Lessons” (I think everyone says that one) or, I want to “try Yoga one day….