1. Where you are from?
Good ole’ Green Bay, WI.
2. What you are into… studies, hobbies, special skills etc..?
Along with modeling I am also an actress…an anomaly I know (laugh) I am SUPER excited to announce that the feature film I co-produced and had a supporting role in, called “The Light of the Moon”, won the 2017 Audience Award at SXSW and is now streaming on Amazon Prime (link here)!
I also LOVE dance! I have over 20 years of experience in ballet, modern & contemporary dance. Although I have retired from performing, I am excited to further explore the dance world through the lens of psychology. This past October I was honored to present my research findings in the field of dance psychology, at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science. It is a passion of mine to stay involved in the dance community, and participate in research projects that bridge my love and expertise of dance, with my BA in psychology.
Oh, and last but not least….decorating Ugly Sweater Christmas Cookies! I’m telling you this may be my true calling in life 😉 Check out my Instagram for examples of this old-school holiday awesomeness!!
3. Favorite clients from the biz?
Over this past decade as a fit model, there have been SO MANY wonderful people that I have had the privilege of working with. It’s hard to narrow down, but I’ll give you a few of my favs…I absolutely love Bibhu Mohapatra and Susana Monaco. Over the years, I have been lucky enough to not only call these talented artists clients, but also friends. I am particularly moved by the love and support they have showed me over this this past year, not to mention their incredible generosity surrounding “The Light of the Moon” film. Their willingness to donate their time and energy to dress me, and key members of my film family, for red carpets premiers and festival appearances, means the world to me! I cannot thank them enough!
On this same note, I want to thank the production team over at Alice & Olivia for being so AWESOME, and always having my back, both in life and at work! Your generosity with helping to facilitate wardrobe for the “The Light of the Moon” was above and beyond! Without you guys Bonnie would be naked.
I also adore my team over at Vera Wang Collection. Not only are they fun to work with, but watching the artistry and precision in which they perform their craft is incredibly inspiring. And last but not least, I will always have a special place in my heart for Alexander Wang and his team. He was my first major fit client, and the 4 years I spent there taught me so much about this business and opened up so many opportunities.
4. Dreams/goals any thing else of interest (any other dream clients?)?
Dude…still trying for that Victoria Secret contract (laugh)…still no? Ok.
But back in the real world , my goals for modeling are really quite simple. I feel incredibly blessed to have had the career that I have had thus far. The longevity in and of itself makes me feel really lucky! I have had the privilege of working with amazingly talented people, past and present, who have kept my job interesting and fun. My goal is just to continue to work with these types of clients; ones that I love and who make me love my job! I am always looking for another great fit 😉
5. Career highlights?
I would have to say that my first trip to Paris Fashion Week. It was one of those experiences that will always stay with me. I had never been to Paris before, and not only did I get to show Bibhu Mohapatra’s beautiful collection, but I also got to partake in a photoshoot of his line. We shot on a balcony overlooking Paris and the view was unbelievable! The Eiffel Tower was on one side, The Lourve on the other, and the Tuileries Garden below….it was breathtaking!
Another highlight, was walking hand in hand down the runway with Susana Monaco during the finale of her runway show on CNBC’s The Profit. I knew how much this presentation meant to her, and the fact that she wanted me, as her fit model, to walk as the finale girl, and then with her during her bow …. I can’t tell you how much that meant to me.
6. How did you get into modeling?
The old fashion way….I went to open calls. I think I hit up every modeling agency in Chicago, and then NYC ! (laugh) I can’t tell you how many ‘no’s’ I got before getting the YES! Goes to show you, it only takes one person to see your potential and give you that break! Forever grateful to those first agents who gave me a chance.