We recently had the honor to interview one of our own Modelo Fashion Models Emaleah Christou! This incredible interview is a must read as we get to know our model Emaleah more better. She is such an amazing talent with such a bright future. Enjoy this article and please support her. Her contact information will be on the bottom of this article.
Why did you choose to become a model?
My mom was a fashion photographer since I was a baby so I kind of just grew up modeling!
What are your greatest strengths when it comes to modeling?
Definitely posing, you can give me any theme and I’ll match the emotions in my posing to the theme you give me.
What is your weakness if any and what are you doing to improve on it?
I would say runway, I’m constantly trying to improve my walk to be the best it can be.
Tell us about some of your experiences in this journey?
I’ve had a lot of amazing experiences with some amazing people, such as agencies helping me improve my skills or designers hiring me over and over again for their shows, but I’ve had a lot of bad experiences with photographers and other people in the industry.
What are some of your goals as a model?
Some of my goals are definitely to get signed to a bigger agency by the time I’m 16.
Do people see you as trustworthy and an honest individual?
Yes I would say so! I’ve never flaked on a job.
Would you consider yourself a creative person?
Definitely, I try to bring as much creativity and emotion to my jobs.
How do you deal in uncomfortable situations?
I calmly state that I’m not comfortable doing something, and if they keep pushing me, at that moment I would probably call my agent to tell them about the situation and ask what I could do about it.
When have you worked among a diverse group of people?
Definitely at all of the runway shows I’ve worked at. They are all so amazing and diverse, and I love being a part of it.
When entering a new modeling gig, describe how you build relationships with the creative team or your fellow models?
I always make sure to stay off of my phone, be alert in conversations and ask questions about their work!
How do you handle a situation where a photographer does not properly direct you?
If I feel like something is off or wrong, I would respectfully say my opinion, if they do or say something inappropriate then at that moment I would tell them what I’m not comfortable doing.
Models need to be clear communicators, how would you rate your communication skills?
I would rate my communication skills at a 9/10, I make sure to always be friendly with the people I work with, but I admit that sometimes when I’m extremely busy in that moment that sometimes I forget to socialize haha.
Tell us about your education and training related to modeling?
I have gotten trained and mentored by supermodel Coco Rocha on my posing, runway, and general modeling education. I’m extremely grateful for her and what she taught me.
When you suffer a setback during a shoot, how do you recover?
I definitely would stay calm and address the situation, I would never leave under pressure though.
Tell us something we wouldn't know about you from looking at your portfolio?
Looking at my portfolio, I don’t do a lot of high fashion shoots, I never really get hired for them because I’m not the typical 5’10 model that does high fashion, but if I am needed for it I can 100% provide what you need.
Being a reliable model is of utmost importance. How would you describe your work ethic?
I would describe myself as extremely reliable, if you need me last minute I’ll do my best to show up!
Do you work well under pressure?
Yes I work extremely well under pressure.
Who do you look up to in the modeling industry?
I really look up to Bella Hadid, who has had a lot of roadblocks and setbacks in her career, but still made it to the top. I also admire Coco Rocha because she has been criticized so much by peers and professionals, but made an amazing career for herself out of her sheer talent.
How would you react if asked to do a shoot you weren't comfortable with?
I would respectfully tell them I don’t feel comfortable doing a shoot like this, or ask if we can do something a little different.
What are your limitations?My limitations are definitely my height, I’m only 5’5 when most models are 5’9 to 6’0. Another limitation is that I don’t shoot lingerie.