September Model of the Month – Jaimi P.

We are so excited to have the super-experienced Missy fit model, Jaimi P, as our September Model of the Month. With years of experience, current New Yorker, Jaimi, has now fit for so many awesome brands on both the East and West Coast, and additionally has traveled to China to fit on-site at factories! Continue reading more to learn more about where Jaimi has been and her journey as a pro fit model!

  1. Where are you from?

    I grew up in a very small town in Minnesota -surrounded by lakes, rivers, pine trees, and wildlife.  We had horses, dogs, cats, lizards, birds, hamsters, and even a pet goat named Houdini.  I’m a city girl now, but I’m grateful that my family remains rooted in my childhood home.  It’s my favorite holiday destination, particularly when it’s filled with my many nieces and nephews!

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

    I love motorcycling, road-tripping and camping.  A few years ago, I combined all three and rode my motorcycle all around the Western half of the country – camping all along the way.  It was extraordinary (even the bit where I rode through an unexpected snowstorm in Wyoming)!

  3. Favorite clients from the biz?

    I have enjoyed all of my fit clients, for different reasons. I love working with the Ralph Lauren Denim team!  I will always have a soft spot for my Los Angeles fit families Monique Lhuillier and Sanctuary. Making the move from Los Angeles to New York was bittersweet. 

  4. Dreams/goals anything else of interest?

    I have so much fun fitting for brands across the board from bridal / formal wear to casual wear and denim. I’d love to add more swimwear and fitness brands to the mix as well! 

  5. Career highlights? 

    I love to travel, so I’ve really enjoyed the trips I’ve taken with my fit clients.  One of my favorite trips was to China where I got to tour the factory and work directly with the seamstresses that build the bridal gowns for one of my clients. 

  6. How did you get into fit modeling?

    I feel like I’ve been preparing for this career long before I started, as my mom is a hobby seamstress and I also work as an actor, often working on stage in classical productions. I’ve had many clothes and costumes built and tailored for me over the years. When I was randomly scouted by a fit agent in Los Angeles several years ago, I found it to be a very natural fit for me (pun intended).  With the recent transition many companies are making into zoom fittings – my self-tape setup and film making skills have been put to good use as well, which has been a fun challenge!

Model of the Month – Leah M.

She is back! We are thrilled to have our pro-size 6 fit model star, Leah McGarry (formerly known as Leah Heifferon), as our August Model of the Month. Book publisher turned model, Leah has a decade of experience in the industry working for clients like DVF, Madewell, and Tory Burch. Continue reading to find out more about Leah and her fit model experience!

1. Where are you from?

The middle of the desert near Tucson, Arizona. We had a horse, goats, chickens, and grew our own vegetables. People are always surprised to hear this about me, probably because I love New York City so much.

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

I’m into good food, weird wine, reading and hiking upstate.LisaHoulgrave_Photography_0003_RTF.jpg

3. Favorite clients from the biz? 

I feel so lucky to have been able to work with such great clients! Some favorites include Madewell, Gap, DKNY, Rag & Bone, DVF, Tory Burch, Zac Posen–to name just a few!

4. Dreams/goals anything else of interest? 

I’d love to fit for some sustainable brands. I see more and more of them launching and I’d love to be a part of that movement.

5. Career highlights? 

Getting to work for Diane von Furstenberg for 8 years was amazing–it
was great to have something so steady in an industry that is
constantly changing; it really felt like a family.

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Getting to travel with them to Hong Kong was also very cool, as was going to Milan with Ralph Lauren!

6. How did you get into fit modeling?

I was working in publishing, selling translation rights to American novels to international publishers, and was looking for a way to supplement my income. I started getting more and more fit clients and decided to make the switch to fitting full-time. I miss my other life sometimes but I still enjoy books in my free time.

 

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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New-Sign Spotlight: Robert B

We are so excited for one of the newest additions to the Bicoastal team-Robert Brace! Not only is Robert a perfect size Large, but he’s been named a “New York Top Fitness Guru” by the New York Daily News, and a “Top Celebrity Trainer” by Bloomberg Businessweek.

Robert Brace is a celebrity fitness trainer, television personality, former soloist ballet dancer with The Metropolitan Opera Ballet and star of the Food Network’s weight- loss reality show “Fat Chef.” He is also the on-air fitness expert for WBLS radio show “Quakes House.”

Robert has shared his extensive knowledge as a featured guest on media outlets including: Good Morning America, The View, New York Live (NBC), The Food Network, PIX 11 News, NYTV, EOnline.com, Shape.com, Self.com, Foxnews.com, PopSugar.com, Essence.com, B.E.T.com, Teenvogue.com, New York Daily News, Bloomberg Businessweek, amNew York, Juicy Magazine, Gotham Magazine and Uptown Magazine.

Robert trains his clients in his exclusive fitness studio in Soho, New York . His clients include; Victoria Secret Models, A-List actors, and television/radio personalities

Welcome to the Bicoastal family, Robert!

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To keep up with Robert, here is a link to his website!