BICOASTAL PLUS MODEL NEWS

August has been an exciting month for our Plus board! From national fashion campaigns to magazine covers to major department store commercials – see some highlights below!

Our Bicoastal Babes – Fabiana (far left) and Gabby (far right) on the cover of PMM!

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Bicoastal Babe Sara S. (second from right) for Torrid campaign

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Bicoastal Babe Erika Lauren (second from right) for Torrid Denim campaign

…and see Veronica T. for JCPenney commercial below!

JCPenney TV Commercial, ‘Love a Good Deal?’

If you love a good deal, JCPenney invites you to shop in its stores where you can find up to 60 percent off select home items and earn $10 in Bonus Bucks for every $50 you spend.

We are so excited to see the amazing things our plus models are doing, and we see an even brighter future ahead!

 

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Model of the Month – Rick F.

Introducing Rick – our expert sports/fitness fit model and also talented, and versatile Print, Runway, and Commerical model – as our July Model of the Month! Read below to see how he got started and how his background in athletics has turned out to be useful in his modeling career!

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1. Where you are from?
Boston, Massachussetts

2. What you are into… studies, hobbies, special skills etc..?
I have an athletic background and always had a love for sports. I lettered in basketball and football in high school and even played a little college football. After college, I still had the urge to stay in athletics so I coached. It was a great experience and I loved every moment of it.

3. Favorite clients from the biz?
DICK’S Sporting Goods, Reebok, New Balance, Converse and Puma.

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

A goal and dream of mine is to shoot a national campaign/commercial for Macy’s or Nike.

5. Career highlights?
Shooting for DICK’S Sporting Goods, fitting withReebok, New Balance, Converse and Puma.

6. How did you get into modeling or acting?
Kind of fell into modeling as a side gig as I was finishing college. The head Photographer at Karmaloop spotted me while I was at work. Karmaloop ultimately became my first gig and the rest is history.

 

BICOASTAL TEAM NEWS

With the many changes happening around here, we thought we’d update you all!

  • We moved offices! We are now in the heart of the Garment District (1385 Broadway, corner of 38th and Broadway). It’s exciting to be in middle of things, feel free to stop by and say hi!
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  • We are losing our dear Alex! She has decided to take a different path and go back to nursing school, so please join us in relishing the last couple of weeks we have with her! During her time here she has become a treasured friend and colleague to us all, she will be missed!
  • On that note, we have a new team member who has joined us and is currently training to be our new catch-all assistant/booker, Chrissy! Please join us in warmly welcoming her to the Bicoastal family!
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  • Angel got married! See a photo here of the Bicoastal team with the newlyweds!
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(from left to right) Malissa, Alex, Brandon, Angel, Alfredo, Jessica and Josh

  • Continuing to develop our Fashion board and growth, we brought on Karem Belalcazar for consulting purposes – she’s a former partner at Request and current owner at KB Artist Group. We are excited to work with her on our team!Karem Belalcazar

Model of the Month – Larena Danielle

Meet our June Model of the Month – fit, print, commercial and legit talent, Larena! Coming from a small town, we’re excited to be a part of her ever-growing career in the big city. Keep reading to learn more about Larena!

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1. Where you are from?
I’m from a little mountain-surrounded town called Missoula, Montana.IMG_6835.jpeg

2. What you are into… studies, hobbies, special skills etc..? 
I’m very eclectic and passionate so narrowing down my hobbies is difficult for me. I can’t keep myself from exploring every potential creative way I can express myself in the arts. My main focus has always been acting but I go from writing short stories/scripts, teaching a figure drawing class in Bushwick, repurposing and re-designing thrift finds, singing karaoke, to playing with my twin sister in our Dark wave art-pop band MOTHERMARY I keep myself busy exploring and pushing myself

3. Favorite clients from the biz?
For fit and showroom: Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Cami NYC, PIPER, One Jeanswear Group. Modeling: Giu Giu, Tucker NYC, Mint Swim. Commercial: John Freida, Facebook, Chase, Meet up, Seagram 7.

4. Dreams/goals any thing else of interest (any other dream clients?)?
Dream fit clients: J Crew, Kate Spade, Brandy Melville, Adidas, Chromat, I am Gia label, Matte brand, Iliana clothing, Cienne, Seek collective, Rachel Comey, Miaou.

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5. Career highlights?
I’ll always cherish the summer I worked regional theatre with the Playmill playhouse next to Yellowstone. Performing improv with second city legends Rick and Laura hall. Performing on tv on Adult Swim, Discovery Channel, MTV, Travel Channel, etc. Walking with Mint Swim in fashion week was the most fun I’ve had walking. Working with Calvin Klein for fit and showroom has been a dream.

6. How did you get into modeling or acting? 
Coming from a big family of 11 children I had to find a way to stand out. I started putting on fashion shows for my mom and performing plays for the whole family from the time I could talk. Missoula has a world renowned children’s theatre “Missoula children’s theatre” that brings theatre to grade schools, so I started performing in shows in elementary. I never was able to commit to any career that didn’t involve art and performance despite everyone in Montana discouraging me from moving to the big city. I finally decided to face my fears and moved to NYC 2 years ago. That was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. I love this city and the amazing rollercoaster of a life it provides.

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Stephanie M: Model + Influencer

We’re so happy to be able to have chatted with Stephanie about her modeling and influencing career – keep reading to learn more about super talented, plus bombshell, how she started and her goals!

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I’m definitely an Instagram “OG” and I’ve had it since it first came out but I never knew where it was going to take me. I first started it because I wanted to perform Burlesque and saw other performers with one, however I mostly posted my roommates cat and ice cream pics. Then I was approached on Facebook to look into Plus modeling & while I was reluctant due to lack of confidence, I really wanted to give it a try. Social Media allowed me to test the waters as a model and see what the public response would be and while scary I couldn’t believe how much positivity I received. That made me feel great and I was inspiring other women to do so as well and that kept me going. As it grew I wanted to make it bigger & better and now I can say after years of daily hard work it is a rewarding job!

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2) Any tips for newbies?

I have so many tips! I actually co-host a podcast called #Sponsored all about the Influencer & Model life where we give tips to grow your audience each week. My number one tip would be consistency. To grow a following it is going to be something you are going to have to devote time and energy into building by constantly putting yourself out there with new content each day! Engage with your fans, elevate your content with professional cameras/lighting/editing, fake it to make it and find what makes you unique and showcase that the most!

3) We love following you and seeing your favorite products, where you go, what you do, etc… out of all of these topics, what is your favorite to share?

My favorite kinds of photos to take are boudoir and pinup. Those feel the most like me and I’ve always adored feminine, sexy, luxurious pieces of lingerie. I’m so lucky to be able to receive those products and in turn showcase that there’s no size limit on sexy and encourage other women to tap into their inner bombshell.

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4) What is the best part of being a professional influencer?

The best part would be having a group of supporters in your pocket. It really feels amazing to get that positive feedback daily and know that people are rooting for you to succeed. It’s a lot of hard work but the response has been the payoff.

5) What are your goals/any dream clients?

Ultimate dream would be Maxim and Sports Illustrated! I’ve looked up to centerfolds my whole life but never thought I was the right “type”, now to see more body types in these publications is truly amazing!

 

 

Model of the Month – Erica Lauren

Our April Model of the Month is the truly Bicoastal and curvy beauty, Erica Lauren, who is taking the plus industry by storm! Here she talks about how she started, her favorite clients, and the support she gotten along the way as a visibly plus model – keep reading to learn more about her!

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1. Where you are from?

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Born and raised in Pasadena, California.

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

In middle school I really got into music and playing volleyball. I was in the Los Angeles Children’s Choir as well as the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra, and my love of music continued on through majoring in music performance in college! I play the upright classical bass. 🙂 While I can’t call myself an active musician these days, anyone that knows me will tell you I still love to sing and I’m so thankful for my years of studying music. I also play volleyball from time to time and try to stay relatively active!

3. Favorite clients from the biz?

Picking a favorite client is impossible! I’m lucky to have had so many great client experiences so far. If anything some of my favorite moments with clients would be the first time I got booked as a signed model in NY and shot a campaign with Fashion To Figure. The FTF team has continued to be great to work with ever since. Another favorite moment would be when I first got to shoot with Fashion Nova. As it’s such hugely successful brand, I had so many people, from family to strangers, reaching out and telling me how they were excited to see my photos, especially as visibly plus size model! Any chance I’ve had to work with clients/brands that I’ve known of since I was young, such as Ashley Stewart or Windsor, has definitely been a milestone.

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4. Dreams/goals any thing else of interest?

When I decided to give modeling a real shot, I told myself it was going to be all about life experiences and taking it as far as the universe would allow. I would love for those experiences to include walking in NY Fashion Week for one of these designers that are making waves in the industry with their inclusive runways shows, such as Christian Siriano or Chromat. I’d also love to model overseas, and at some point it would be in-

IMG_4805.jpgcredible to be able to more formally share my life experiences and learnings with others in hopes of aiding them along in taking career risks or learning to love their curves.

5. Career highlights?

I know I already mentioned some special moments, but another highlight of my modeling career would have to be when I first walked in Style Fashion Week LA. I was booked to be the first plus size model to walk for designer Mario de la Torre, and I was the only plus model in the show that night. It was the biggest stage I’d ever walked on and the support was so amazing. Another early highlight was shooting with photographer Michelle Alexandra. It was maybe my second or third photoshoot ever and I learned so much about styling and posing in a short period of time, and her photos helped me secure agency representation and several clients.

6. How did you get into modeling?

In 2015 I was really noticing the rise of plus size models and plus size social media influencers, especially on Instagram, and how there were so many brands I’d never heard of that they were all rocking with so much confidence. I felt so inspired to finally give myself a chance after years of feeling foolish for even thinking modeling was within the realm of possibility. I eventually saw and submitted to casting for a Skorch Magazine special feature spread on body diversity and I booked it. Then about 6 months later I submitted to a second casting and ended up booking Full Figured Fashion Week in New York. Meeting the other aspiring models and industry professionals jump started everything from that moment on.

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Hannah Berner: Model, Actor + Producer

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We are so happy we got to chat with Hannah, the multi-talented fit, commercial, print, and fitness model – and most recently – video producer and comedian for the infamous Betches Instagram account. Continue reading to learn more about Hannah and how she got started!

We love watching you on Betches! How did you fall into this?

Thanks so much! I was at a desk job questioning my life purpose and crying in the bathroom when I decided I needed to quit and reevaluate my career path. I asked myself what I would do if money wasn’t an issue and it was to create funny videos. I had no idea how I could do this, but I applied to a video internship and started to hone my video editing skills. Out of nowhere, a model I had met at an Adidas photoshoot (that Bicoastal booked for me) reached out to me saying that he was working for a brand called Betches who was looking for a video producer with 5 years experience. I laughed and said I’m not a good fit, but I submitted a funny video anyway. They called me into their office and said that they will start me as a freelancer. 7 months later, I was officially hired as the first video producer at Betches. Since starting the video department, I’ve increased video views from 2.2 million views in Q3 2016 to 155 million views in Q3 2017. I love creating new ideas to make my friends and family laugh everyday.

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Tell us a little bit about your other talents – sports, hosting, improv? What do you enjoy most?

I grew up around sports including basketball, golf, softball, and tennis. At 12 years old I decided to focus on tennis and ended up playing for the University of Wisconsin and playing professionally for a bit. After tennis, I worked as a sports broadcaster for the University of Wisconsin Athletics, so I would interview basketball, soccer, and track teams and then edit their highlight reels. Since I’ve been little, I’ve always been very silly and outgoing, so comedy was a natural step for me to use my experience in video and hard work ethic from sports to create funny content. Sports, hosting, and comedy are all different ways for me to express myself, whether it is physically or verbally. I think it’s healthy to find a lot of different hobbies and never define yourself by just one thing. Everyone is multifaceted and you can surprise yourself by finding out you are passionate about a new hobby or skill.

Tell us about your experience as a fit model with Bicoastal – what are some highlights/favorite clients?

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As a fit model, I’ve worked for Hanes, Urban Outfitters, Elie Tahari, MM La Fleur, One Jeans Group. I love fit modeling because I really enjoy being a part of the creative process. I feel like a fly on the wall while serious decisions are being made about the length of a dress that will be sold in thousands of stores or something as little as the color of a button. It’s also pretty cool to go around and brag to my friends that my body has perfect proportions and then they tell me to shut up.

Do you have any particular favorite sketches? And why? 

I do! I love to expose the reality behind social media and make fun of the fake personas that can make people feel insecure with online. During this time of social media, it’s important not to compare yourselves to someone else’s highlight reel. Let’s be serious, we are all in yoga pants with no makeup on scrolling our Instagram feed majority of the time. I made this video joking about fitness influencers:

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Love my fit fam! #motivationmonday

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To see more of Hannah’s great posts and videos, make sure to follow @betches!

Model of the Month – Ashley Van Egeren

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1. Where you are from?
Good ole’ Green Bay, WI.

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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.

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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.

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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?

image6 (1).jpegI 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.

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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.

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Yasmin Elzomor: Model + Influencer

We’re so excited we were able to sit down and chat with our model, blogger, and influencer, Yasmin Elzomor! Continue reading to learn more about Yasmin, how she started, and what keeps her going.

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1) How did you start blogging/influencing?

I started blogging about a year and a half ago and it was honestly the best decision I ever made. I knew I wanted to inspire others through my actions and my passions so what better way to do that than to create a personal space where you can be yourself?yasminelzomor-HIGH RES JPEGS-0006.jpg

2) Any advice for someone starting?
Whatever you do, just be genuine and GO FOR IT. Just start, you’ll figure everything else out once you begin. I know it’s very cliche to say “just be yourself” but when you show the world who you really are, you allow others the permission to be vulnerable. You allow them to be themselves. Do it because you want to inspire others. Do it because you love it.

3) We love following you and seeing your favorite products, where you go, what you do, etc… out of all of these topics, what is your favorite to share?
As much as I love sharing my favorite skincare products or my #ootd, nothing makes me happier than sharing where I am in my spiritual journey. I’ve grown so much emotionally, mentally and spiritually ever since I started my blog and I’m so grateful for every opportunity I’ve had to grow. My personal growth has helped me manifest so much in my career and this is only the beginning.

4) What is the best part of being a professional influencer?
The best part of being a professional influencer is the satisfaction of inspiring others to be the absolute best version of themselves. As long as my messages inspire one person a day, I know I’m doing my job.

To keep up with Yasmin, make sure to check out her blog and follow her on Instagram!

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Model of the Month: Julie Prugar

We are so glad to have the very experienced Fit model professional, Julie P, as our February Model of the Month! Continue reading to learn more about this Fit star and how she got started!

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1. Where you are from? 

I am from Cleveland, Ohio.

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

I love swimming, biking, hiking, skiing, dancing, yoga, traveling the world.

3. Favorite clients from the biz?

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Armani, DKNY, DVF, Marc Jacobs, LAMB, Ann Inc, Chaus (Cece Sport), Tory Burch CK, RL, Nellie Partow & Draper

James are all team I have had the pleasure of working with over the years!

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

I would love to learn guitar, piano, & become fluent in Spanish

5. Career highlights?

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Many trips to Italy (working with Giorgio Armani). Trips to Hong Kong, & Sri Lanka. Also, working with Gwen Stefani & Reese Witherspoon on their lines.

6. How did you get into modeling?

I started fitting when I lived in LA & was working in the film industry. In between jobs I was restless & wanted to make extra money. My friend Paige got me into it when she needed me to sub for her. I ended up landing Fiorucci & Guess Jeans. Shortly after I moved to NYC. I contacted an Agency to start fitting again & within a year I was booked full time. The rest is history!

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