Janine Marie is a gorgeous model and a queen from Canada ♥️ I hope you’ll enjoy the interview;
How did you fall in love with modeling?
Modelling is a big part of the package for the career I’m aspiring to be in. I want to be an actress / singer / model. You’ve got to be able to sell a product. It’s another piece to the puzzle. I started taking selfies before phones even had cameras on them. I would steal my dad’s digital camera and start taking pictures with it. Then my dad got me my own camera. After that, I would stay up all night editing photos for fun. It was something that I always knew I had a passion for.
How were you discovered?
I wouldn’t even say I’m discovered. I’m still building and growing. I am grateful for the whole experience of it all.
What’s one of the most interesting shoots that you’ve done?
I would say the “Geisha Punk” shoot. It was shot by Makeup Artist and Photographer, Marina Thompson. It was definitely my most challenging shoot. I loved the results.
How would you define your personal style?
Whoever I feel like being that day. My friends would describe my style as diverse and influential. I don’t fit into any box. I get ready like it’s dress up, every day. I don’t like wearing the same combination of clothes. My clothing collection is very large so I don’t need to shop a whole lot, but when I do I love consignment shopping. Everything is unique and has its own story. I like being creative. Every day is a new look and a new me.
Where did you grow up? How have your roots influenced your sense of style?
Calgary Canada. I stick out here. I don’t fit in. When other’s get ready, they wear a t-shirt, jeans and sneaks. When I go for a “casual” look, you can bet, I’m probably still wearing a 5 inch heal. But I’m not super girly. Although the weather here doesn’t really permit. I’ve lived here my whole life but I’ve always felt I didn’t belong. I wear tutu’s & sequins on the regular. I guess it helped impact my career because I’m easily spotted in a crowd.
Who is your style icon and why?
Right now it’s Jenny Humphrey from Gossip Girl. My look is constantly changing but I’ve always loved rock music. My collection of band t shirt’s is insane for someone who never puts on t-shirt and jeans. I’ll just throw one on with a tutu, and that will be my casual weekend look.
Who is your favorite photographer and why?
I don’t have a favourite. I love all the people I’ve worked with so far. They’ve helped me grow.
What advice would you give to aspiring models out there?
Don’t EVER pay for a portfolio. I learned that from Tyra Banks. There is no reason to pay a photographer. Your time is valuable as well. If you want this to be your business, know and understand that the photographer benefits from taking your photos. They go into his or her portfolio as well. I know some agencies will make you pay hundreds to “start your portfolio”. Start your own. Use social media. That’s what I did and now I have sponsorships from photos I took alone with a selfie stick.
Do you edit your own photos? If yes, which programs do you use?
I used to. I actually now have a person in New York who does my edits for me now because I need to juggle my time. Before I loved VSCO & Lightroom. I always keep my photo editing apps, just in case I need to upload a photo quickly to my Instagram story or Facebook.
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