Modeling looks like such an easy, glamorous, cushy job, and the fashion reality shows would have you think just that. True, it can be glamorous and exciting, but it is far cry from a day at the beach. Though some models live a luxury life and make a lot of money, most working models have a sporadic income while waiting for that one big break. No matter how beautiful or handsome these lovelies look in our favorite glossies, it takes a lot of hard work and perseverance to build a successful career. Still, most models will say it is worth all the rejection and hard work. And instead of living lives of quiet desperation, these courageous beings forge ahead, go after their dreams and live their passion.
Fashion Reverie gives its readers an inside look into the world of models by posting interviews and profiles of models from top agencies. Enjoy!!
Fashion Reverie: How did you get your start as a model?
August: I am of Haitian descent and I was discovered by Inez Bonilla of Painted Faces Model Management.
FR: Has modeling live up to your expectations?
Auguste: Like anything in life, modeling is what you make it. I never take anything for granted; I am savoring every experience and every moment of my career.
Auguste: I have worked for Natori, Juma, Laura Siegel, just to name a few. I have also had editorials in Essence and I have been on the cover of TSR magazine. Overall, I have had very good experiences, and I always enjoy working with friendly people and being transformed by makeup and great clothes.
FR: What is your funniest modeling experience?
Auguste: Once I asked a makeup artist for makeup remover, and she told me it’s her job to remove my makeup. So, I waited and waited and she never came back. I thought it was funny, me sitting there when I could’ve removed my own makeup.
FR: Who are some of your favorite designers?
Auguste: I adore Essence and Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, Garavani, Ralph Lauren, to name a few.
FR: Which designers or brands would you like to work for?
Auguste: I would like to work for Tommy Hilfiger, Yves Saint Laurent, and Christian Dior.
FR: What do like more, runway or modeling for editorials and campaigns, and why?
Auguste: I like runway because it’s quick; (laughter) you walk and it’s over. But I would like more campaigns because a picture can last a lifetime, and campaigns also pay well.
Auguste: When you model it is very hard to plan for another career because unlike a 9 to 5 job, you don’t know when will work again after your last project. But, if I were to have another career, I would love to work with children.
FR: What is your favorite city?
Auguste: That is a hard question because though I live in NYC, at heart I am a country girl and I love the outdoors. I guess you can say I have learned to adapt and find exciting things to do in whatever city I am in.
FR: How would you describe your personal style?
Auguste: My personal style depends on my mood, but I usually keep it simple and casual.
FR: If you could do something else other than modeling, what would you do?
Auguste: That is easy, I would own a farm.
FR: What’s next for you?
Auguste: The world is my oyster. I am cherishing life and make the best of all my opportunities.