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Summer is right around the corner, so I thought I’d share my two favorite brands for swimwear! My most recent discovery and new favorite is ’Gigi C Bikinis’ (pictured above). The fit is amazing, the design is creative and the fabric is durable. My other long-time favorite is Norma Kamali; I have one of her rockin ‘Stud Chuck’ monokinis. So many cool styles to choose from on her website and I recommend getting one of her famous sleeping bag coats, as well!
If I have to choose only one tip to give someone who wants to stay fit or get more fit, it would have to be this: prioritize. Even though media and social media may make it seem like partying until 3am every weekend won’t affect any other area of your life this is not the case. You have to choose: hero by day or hero by night! : ) Happy choosing! Xo, Selina The New York Fit Model
One of my favorite podcasts is ‘How I Built This’ with Guy Raz. I’ve listened to every episode on my way to or from fittings in the garment district or downtown NYC. There are so many good episodes to choose from, and one of the best ones is fashion related: I’d like to recommend the one with Jenn Hyman, the co-founder of Rent The Runway. She is incredibly inspiring and demonstrates through the story of how she built her company that a great idea and not taking no for an answer can get you far. Enjoy listening! Xo, Selina The Fit Model
One of my responsibilities as a New York fit model is to keep my measurements and size 4 consistent. Even though there is a difference between a fitness model and a fit model I really enjoy working out and taking care of my fitness. I find easier to get motivated to do this when I have cool workout clothes that fit properly. Here are my favorites brands: 1. Alo Yoga (my outfit in the picture is from them) 2. Pink ‘all day sport’ from Victorias Secret (they have some great high wasted leggings) 3. Nike ( love their hoodies and my running shoes are always Nike ). See you at the gym! xo, Selina The Fit Model
Before I even knew what fit modeling was I was lucky enough to read this book. It has nothing to do with fit modeling, but everything to do with working in the fashion world/ fashion-related industries and how to conduct yourself in business in general. I really recommend ‘Leave Your Mark’ by Aliza Licht for anyone that needs a little inspiration or work-place common sense/ guidance. I am sure that I owe a percentage of my repeat bookings as a fit model to having read this book. Being a successful New York fit model really comes down to your reputation in the industry, which only can be created by doing right by people and doing a good job for them. Reading great books helps inspire great decisions and work ethic.
I was super inspired in a fitting with a cool downtown designer client recently. Throughout the fitting he played a very urban and mellow instrumental beats playlist, which inspired me to find some similar playlists of my own. I don't know about you, but I don't always need full on dance music when I work out. Sometimes it's nice just to have a chill beat in the background while walking, running or doing some pilates in the house. My favorite playlist for chill, urban, hip-hop beats on Spotify are: 'Chillhop Study Beats','Mellow Beats' and 'Chill Instrumental Beats'.
Some of my favorite fashion photography is by Irving Penn, Louise Dahl-Wolfe and Patrick Demarchelier. If you're feeling uninspired I really recommend taking some time to study their beautiful work - inspiration guaranteed! The picture above is shot by Irving Penn.
Some of my favorite documentaries that I've watched lately have been fashion industry documentaries. On Netflix my favorite ones right now are: 'Dries' about Dries Van Noten, 'House of Z' about Zac Posen and 'Manolo' about Manolo Blahnik'. Outside of Netflix I also recently watched 'Diana Vreeland: The eye has to travel' via iTunes.
Recommend all of them!
My favorite place to grab a quick coffee and a toasted cheese bureka inbetween fittings is at Matto on 37th street between 7th ave and 8th ave. It's the tiniest coffee shop ever but all their items are only $2 so it's a great place for a grab and go if you don't want to spend too much.
Wondering how to get started as a fit model? Have questions about fit modeling like: is it true that the average hourly rate is in the hundreds of dollars? Is it true that you need to be a certain size to be a fit model? What size is the most in demand fit model size? I've created a very basic guide to answer all these questions. You can download it HERE.