BICOASTAL MGMT // NYFW

So proud of our models and to participate in NYFW again – check out a few highlights below!

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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.

 

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!

 

 

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!

SPOTLIGHT NEW-SIGN: Gilbert Costache

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1. Where you are from?

I am from Romania though I have worked in this industry for the past 10 years in some of the main fashion capitals of the world such as: Milan, Madrid, Barcelona, Istanbul and New York.

2. How did you start modeling?

When I was 16, a scout discovered me in Bucharest, Romania. I was in Madrid, Spain when I really started modeling, so at 19 I quit soccer to commit to being signed to multiple fashion agencies.

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I am an actor. I am a licensed life-coach and I believe that it is very important to have the resources, the context and to find the right path to follow for the rest of our lives. I consider myself a simple, honest human being who appreciates quality in life. My hobbies include reading, dancing and generally having a sense of humor (I love stand-up comedy and jokes). I play soccer often and I practice yoga. I have also written novels and I enjoy philosophy.

4. Favorite clients you have worked with?

Dsquared, Dior, Adidas, Zara, Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger, Marc Jacobs, Guess, Armani, Calvin Klein.

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

To spend my time writing books. I also dream of acting for the movie I am writing. More fashion campaigns.

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6. Career highlights?

Music clips in Romania and Spain with the best singers there. Catalogs in Turkey , Istanbul. Catalogs in Spain. Catwalks for Tommy Hilfiger, Burberry. Tv commercial for Nike. Tv commercial for Heineken. Walking runway for some great designers internationally.

7. Awesome! Do you have any notable Fashion Week experiences?

When I was in Europe, I walked in shows for Burberry, Tommy Hilfiger and when I was in Romania I worked with some of their best designers.

To keep up with Gilbert make sure to check out his website and follow him on Instagram!

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#MeToo ft. Merideth Morgan

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No matter how you feel about the #MeToo movement, you definitely can’t miss it. It’s clear that the current climate has made it possible for people to come forward with what they consider shameful secrets, and place the shame where it rightfully belongs. But one also has to wonder if the more we hear about it, the more we become desensitized and consider it a norm, and then take it for granted that it’ll never change.

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We are all feminists here, don’t get us wrong! Humanists, actually. We just hope the movement creates respect, not apathy. We’re so proud of our models who shared their stories for their bravery and support to the movement.

Check out our plus model/blogger new-sign, Merideth, who incorporated this into her blog recently. We loved it so much, we had to share – she touches on her experience and how it affects her day to day life, read about it here (click!).

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Also check out the rest of her blog which touches on plus fashion, health, and more. We’re so happy to have the gorgeous (inside and out) Merideth on our boards!

TALENT SPOTLIGHT: Christen Marucci

We’re so happy to have been able to chat a little bit with the multi-talented and stunning curve model, Christen Marucci! Coming from a background in entertainment, this beauty has finally found herself in the modeling industry – read more to learn more about how she started, her dreams, and some career highlights!

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How did you get into modeling?
Ashley Graham! I always wanted to be a model but with my clothing size I never thought it was possible. When I started following Ashley Graham’s career I realized that it was possible! The industry had finally made room. I searched out every agency that offered a curve division and finally found the right fit for me at Bicoastal!

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Tell us about a recent career highlight!
Since being signed there have been many exciting opportunities. The most exciting to date however was appearing on the Today Show modeling for the Macy’s Fall Fashion Show! There is nothing quite like seeing yourself on television especially on such a known network. It was a pleasure working with the staff and so fun modeling the clothing!

Any dream clients?
My dream is to be a Victoria Secret Angel! I always loved their line it’s the only undergarments I wear! To be featured in the magazine and walk in their iconic fashion show would be an absolute dream come true.

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We noticed you also sing, tell us more about that! (A project you’re most proud of, a song that’s special to you, etc)
I have been singing for as long as I can remember. I come from a very musical family. I was signed to an indie label my senior year of high school. It was an exciting time! I stayed with my label One Mind Music Inc for ten years. I wrote countless songs and sang on countless tracks. My most exciting project was “Damsel” and EP single that I wrote and released. Every song was written from personal experience, my favorite being “Masquerade”. Because of that album I received my own Pandora, iHeart Radio and Spotify station and was able to have it sold on iTunes!

What inspires you?
I am inspired by many things. I am most inspired by those closest to me, my family. Their differences and likeness inspire me. I was raised to be true to who I am, to love who I am. They love and support me and that is the best inspiration.

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To keep up with Christen, check out her IG page, (also available for influencing!)

Model of the Month – Chelsea B!

Check out the awesome Bicoastal MGMT model/talent, Chelsea, as our March Model of the Month! Not only is she one of our newest fit model stars, but she also entirely versatile when it comes to her talent and artistic expression – keep reading to learn some more about Chelsea!

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1. Where you are from?

I am originally from Rochester, NY but frequented the city a lot while growing up, and have been here for 12 years.

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I am a professional dancer – Performing in the immersive show, ‘ Sleep No More’ for about 4 years. I also work with my collaborative dance partner Adam Barruch, traveling nationally/ internationally performing, creating films and assisting him set works on companies. I recently did a site specific dance film with Sarah Elgart of Arrogant Elbow that was outfitted by Issey Miyake and was accepted into the Cannes Film Festival. Currently I am working on presenting my first ever solo show to premiere in June.
In addition to this, I’m an active AIDS activist, volunteering for God’s Love We Deliver, Dancers Responding to AIDS, and am starting an education in post conflict transformation work – using movement to promote healing with legend dance Margie Gillis.
So, in a nutshell I’m a dancer / performance artist, activist, feminist, coffee addict, Hitchcock blonde, who loves the ocean 😉

3. Favorite clients from the biz?

By favorite clients by far are MM LAFLEUR- working with them is to watch brilliant artists and minds at work. They are a strong, supportive group of creatives, who enjoy what they do and have a strong energy that makes it beyond enjoyable to be around. I am also astounded to watch them create, fix, tweak, and improve.

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 I have dreams of owning a juice stand on the beach someday… and between now and then I am committed to living a present and honest life of art and adventure.

5. What are some of your career highlights?

I’ve been very blessed in my career, and it’s not over yet 😉
Some highlights over the past few years would be: when I spent time in Japan shooting 2 dance films- it was an epic and once in a lifetime experience…. being asked to be part of the Margie Gillis Legacy Project… Joining Sleep No More (after auditioning 3 times!), spending residency at The Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbra with Adam Barruch , and working with Pavel Zustiak and Gabrielle Lamb on LUNA ( my solo show).
Not to mention the brilliant artists and humans I have met!
6. How did you get into modeling or acting?
I used to model when I was little- mainly for Kodak- but when I was 9 I decided to go to a ballet training school, and that became my life’s goal. Any expression of art keeps my interest and I continued to stay involved with as many areas of the art world as possible, including my modeling. In a weird way, fit modeling reaffirms for me that I am enough- something we as artists forget sometimes. I value the team that has my back, to remind me of that when I lose my way.
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TALENT SPOTLIGHT: GILLIAN TODD

We’re so excited to feature Bicoastal MGMT model/talent, Gillian Todd, on our blog this month! We’ve loved having her over the years and watching her talents grow and spread into different paths like developing and producing film, starting her own company (theBlox), and more! Continue reading to learn more about Gillian…
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How long have you been with Bicoastal as a fit model, print model and actor?
I  am very happy to say I’ve been a part of the Bicoastal family for going on 6 years.
Tell us about your background?
I’m originally from Montana, where I studied acting & modern dance, before coming to New York to pursue a career in acting. I had a multitude of supplemental jobs when I first moved here- everything from teaching pre-school, to working events to running my own private chef business. I have always been creative and entrepreneurial and I think that’s one of the reasons I connected with Marco, my business partner and new fiancé! His background is in writing, directing, producing, but business as well. We actually started working together and creating more quickly than we developed our romantic relationship and that’s when I got more involved in producing, in addition to acting.
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I joined Marco in the Bronx about 5 years ago, shortly after we began our  company, Round Seven, where we develop and produce film, TV and branded content. While we were working on a Bronx-based documentary, we started to see that our Borough is portrayed very negatively in the media and on Google. Being marketing and social media savvy, we joked that we should use our skills as content creators to blow up the internet with positive SEOs about the Bronx. The notion became a more serious conversation when we started to see our area changing. We decided now was the perfect time to use content to protect and elevate the identity of the Bronx. Here at theBLOX, we like to say: Brooklyn has Vice, Manhattan has everything, the Bronx needs theBLOX.
What, in a nutshell, is it?
TheBLOX is the only new-media platform in the Bronx. It is made up of a community of media professionals, committed to amplifying and Bronx-centric, entertaining content that celebrates culture and diversity. Stylistically, think Buzzfeed, Complex, Vice, Vox…
Where and how can people watch?
Our website is www.theblox.tv and we are on all social media platforms @thebloxtv. Please subscribe to our YouTube channel to get the latest videos!GILLIAN_TODD_381.jpg
Do you have any favorite episodes?
It’s hard to pick my favorite segments, because there really is something for everyone. Of course I have to shamelessly self promote my sports segment! Check out my recent videos highlighting NYCFC and Yankees. I am very excited about and think the Bicoastal family will appreciate a couple style-based segments we have coming up. One is with Men’s Style Blogger Dandy in the Bronx and the other with Designer and Influencer Jerome LaMaar, called Stylin’ Out.
What’s your future vision?  
My vision for theBLOX is to continue to create opportunities for young, talented creators in the Bronx and to produce content that will be consumed by everyone. I really think we are on the path to compete with the new-media big boys… not naming names 😉