We got a chance to have a chat with model and Instagrammer Brit Manuela about her experience in the industry! Interested in learning a little more? Read on!
Crispy Citron: If you were to describe yourself to a stranger in just a few minutes, what would you say? (work, interests, family life, hobbies etc.)
Brit: If I had to describe myself to a stranger I would tell them that I am very honest, energetic and self-aware. I work extremely hard, but make sure I have time to stay in close contact with my family; even though they live on the east coast and I am in LA. I stand up for what I believe in, even if I'm the only one. I love working out, living a healthy lifestyle and helping others do the same!
Crispy Citron: What was the catalyst moment that sparked your interest in becoming a model?
Brit: The moment that sparked my interest would definitely be after I shot with my first photographer. I had never planned on being a model, though growing up my mom loved pictures and I was definitely not camera shy. I always watched ANTM and admired the career, but at the time I was more focused on school and sports. I was carrying my friends coffee to her photoshoot, and the photographer asked if I modelled and if he could take a couple pictures of me. I was shocked, but after I was in front of the camera and saw how the pictures turned out, I wanted to take more, learn my angles and pursue this as a potential career.
Crispy Citron: What was your big break? The moment where you said “Wow - I can’t believe it!”
Brit: My big break would have to be when I hit 100,000 followers on Instagram. I had never imagined I would have a following and such an awesome support system doing what I love to do, and I feel so blessed and grateful towards all of my followers.
Crispy Citron: How do you think Instagram has changed the game for the modelling?
Brit: I think Instagram has changed the game for modelling by allowing everyone to express themselves on a platform, and have an equal ability to grow without a certain standard. I'll elaborate on that; for modelling agencies and management companies, there is a certain standard that one has to withhold in order to be signed. Whether that is height, age, weight or even hair length, there are specific guidelines you must meet. Instagram does not have as strict of guidelines, and the public gets to chose whether or not they want to support, follow, or like your content. There's not one person telling you how you should look or what you should shoot; it's just you. You can post what you want (to a certain extent) and if people enjoy it, it's a self satisfaction because you are in control of it, and not at someone else's mercy.
Crispy Citron: What are your biggest workout and clean eating tips you would give to someone starting a path to a healthier lifestyle?
Brit: My biggest workout and clean eating tips would be to find what fits your lifestyle and body type. Most commonly I would say to drink lots of water, try to intake low sodium, low sugar and little to no greasy processed foods (McDonald's, Taco Bell, etc.). Its okay to have it every once in a while, but everyday isn't good for your health. Eat lots of greens, and make sure you are eating/ drinking the right amount of protein for your lifestyle. Every body is different, and there are many factors that play into a workout, diet and what your body can and can't handle food wise. And just know that results take time! Rome wasn't built in a day so don't get discouraged if you aren't seeing the results you want overnight or even the first week/month. Consistency is key once you find a routine that works for you!
Crispy Citron: Who are some of your favorite brands and photographers that you’ve worked with?
Brit: I don't have just one or even two favorite brands that I've worked with because I'm very selective with brands that I shoot, and all them are amazing! I do like to go to the beach and pool quite a bit so I tend to gear towards smaller bikinis for minimal tan lines; Myra, Ark and Mary Grace Swim are a few of my favorites! Clint Roberts and I have been good friends for going on 4 years now and he is such an amazing photographer. Every time we shoot it doesn't take us long to get the perfect shot, and we always have a good energy that really portrays in the photos we take together, and that means a lot to me.
Crispy Citron: What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced working as a model? Have you always been supported in your interest in modelling and social media?
Brit: One of my biggest challenges as a model would be my skin. I suffered from acne in the past, and I still have breakouts to this day! A lot of people assume models have clear skin all the time, and as much as I wish that were true it is not. I have always been supported by my family and friends for modelling and social media. I surround myself with positive people that radiate contagious good energy. My mom is just as supportive as she was from day one; the rest of my family and friends are the same way. They always support me in whatever I want to do and I'm so blessed and grateful to have that support system.
Crispy Citron: What is one thing that you would want to tell your followers or anyone interested in getting into the modelling industry?
Brit: Something I would tell my followers or anyone getting into the modelling industry is stay true to yourself and know your self worth. This industry can be very cut throat, I've cried a few times; both happy and sad tears, but I picked myself up and held my head high. Going into this you need to set your boundaries and stick to them, that's what I've done and it's taken me a little while to get where I'm at, but I did it the right way, and I will continue to do it the right way with no short cuts. Chase your dreams and aim for the stars and always remember you are beautiful no matter what!