Raising Arizona! Q and A With Model Summer Sunley

Phoenix, Arizona

The Valley of the Sun, PHX, Phoenix has a lot of worthy monikers, and all of them are worthy of it’s namesake rising from the proverbial ashes in becoming one of the nation’s largest cities.

Photo: David D. Wallace Jr

With a population of over 1.5 million, Phoenix is the sixth-largest city in the United States, and as the capital of Arizona is the largest capital city in the country.

Once seen as a obscure retirement backwater for northern snowbirds from the North and East, Phoenix has exploded into a entertainment and sports mecca thanks to building new sports complexes for the Phoenix Suns in the form of the Talking Stick Resort Arena in downtown Phoenix, the Arizona Coyotes in suburban Glendale and University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals.

Within the last decade, Phoenix has hosted two Super Bowls (XLII, XLIX) a Pro Bowl, the College Football Playoff National Championship game, the 2016 Copa America Centenario and the upcoming 2017 NCAA Final Four.

Make no mistake, Phoenix is the place to be if you’re a sports fan.

Aside from sports, Phoenix is also the home of notable actors and models such as Amber Valetta and recently-crowns Best Actress and Golden Globe Award winner, Emma Stone.

With all things from Phoenix on the rise, model Summer Sunley hopes to add to that streak.

A native of the greater Phoenix area, the 5’1 brown-haired stunner has already modeled for brands such as fitness brand, Cut Above Clothing and has recently signed with Denver-based boutique modeling agency, NXT|model, the oppurtunites are abound for the petite beauty.

Below is my Q and A with Mrs. Sunley as we discuss modeling, spring fashion tips and her beloved Jayhawks playing in her own backyard.

 

Photo: David D. Wallace Jr

 

Name: Summer Sunley

Age: 22

Height: 5’1’ ½

Birthplace: Phoenix, AZ

Measurements: 32DD-24-32

Dress size: 1

Social Media Links: Facebook: Summer Sunley | Instagram: @sum_fit_elephant

Agency: NXT|model, Denver, Colorado

 

Robert D. Cobb: What kind of model do you consider yourself? (Instagram, pin-up/glamour, fashion)

Summer Sunley: “I wouldn’t say I am any specific type of model. I have done many different types of shoots from portraits to artistic. I hope I never land into just one category, the sky is the limit and I am always open minded to hearing what an artist’s vision is. 

I have recently signed with an agency called NXT|model in Denver, Colorado and so I am optimistic that this is just the start.”

 

Robert D. Cobb: What brands have you modeled for? Which one do you enjoy modeling for the most?

Summer Sunley: “I have been a brand ambassador for ‘Cut Above Clothing’ a fitness clothing line. Late last year, I filmed for a show called Spotlight Local which highlighted at home fitness routines. That has been one of my favorite projects because it was the first time I had been filmed for anything.

It forced me to work extremely hard and get out of my comfort zone. As for other brands, I have some projects ‘in the works’ I don’t want to speak too soon and jinx them.”

 

Photo: David D. Wallace Jr

 

Robert D. Cobb: Where has been your favorite place to shoot?

Summer Sunley: “Shooting outdoors is and always will be my favorite. I love the natural light and energy of being outdoors. It simply feels the most relaxed. More specifically, I like abandoned areas and buildings. The dark and eerie vibe can bring out great emotion for photos.”

 

Photo: David D. Wallace Jr

Robert D. Cobb: What is the most exciting aspect of modeling?

Summer Sunley: “The most exciting part about modeling is the continuation of networking and meeting like-minded individuals. There is ALWAYS art to create, that alone is exciting.”

 

Robert D. Cobb: With spring now here, what fashion and style tips and trends do you have for looking good when the temperature drops?

Summer Sunley: “I am a firm believer that less is more when it comes to make up. Let that skin breathe!! Especially with warmer weather nothing is more beautiful than a natural glow.”

 

Robert D. Cobb: Since you’re into lifestyle and fitness, what is your opinion of athleisure, fashion or fitness fad?
Summer Sunley:I definitely think athleisure can be fashion. Depends how it is worn. It is not my favorite trend but I think it can be super comfortable and the easy go to outfit sometimes.”

 

Robert D. Cobb: Within the industry, who is your inspiration?

Summer Sunley: “This industry is huge. I wouldn’t say I have one inspiration. I am obsessed with following beauty and fashion trends. I also love keeping up with new and upcoming models. It is essential in this industry to always be right behind the ‘newest’ fad. 

I enjoy seeing changes in the industry and how the expectation of models and their look is expanding. I am proud to be in an ever-growing industry and I hope to continue to see people ‘breaking the mold’ of what a model is.”

 

Robert D. Cobb: What is your secret to staying in shape?

Summer Sunley: “I have no secret to staying in shape. Anyone who knows me knows that I advocate for a lifestyle change not a diet for a quick change. I believe in feeding myself for survival and longevity.”

 

Photo: David D. Wallace Jr

Robert D. Cobb: Outside of modeling, what are your hobbies?

Summer Sunley: “There is so much to life. My list of hobbies is forever changing. One of my most favorite things to do is write. I write every single day. Poetry is my utmost favorite. Until recently many didn’t know I was a writer.

It was as if my love for writing were a secret that I liked keeping to myself. I am starting to be comfortable enough to share more. Other than writing I really enjoy the outdoors and cooking for my family.”

 

Sports question: Who are your favorite teams and clubs

Summer Sunley: “DALLAS COWBOYS!! College basketball I go for KU (Kansas University) Jayhawks”

 

Robert D. Cobb: Since you’re a professed Jayhawks fan, how do you like their chances in the Final Four?

Summer Sunley: “Jayhawks always have a strong chance! Wouldn’t want to speak too soon and jinx it.”

 
Since you’re from Arizona, Arizona or Arizona State?
Summer Sunley: “Arizona State!”

 

Robert D. Cobb: What are your favorite cities to travel to?

Summer Sunley: I love the beaches of California and the mountains of Colorado. Nowhere specific just give me the beach and the mountains.”

 

Photo: David D. Wallace Jr

Robert D. Cobb: What advice would you give to women aspiring to get into modeling?

Summer Sunley: The biggest advice I would give is 1. Continue aspiring to be a model, always. 2. Always be true to yourself. Never do anything you aren’t comfortable with. 

Something a photographer friend and I always say to help break out of the comfort zone is, “Learn to act truthfully in imaginary circumstances.” He is also the one who took all of the wonderful pictures of me in this spread. David D Wallace.”

 

Special thanks to Mrs. Summer Sunley for her time and assistance during the Q and A interview process. Images are the property of their rightful owners and are used with permission.




Fitness Focus! Q and A With Fitness and Pin-Up/Glamour Model, Dagmara Izabela Luka

Photo: Gary Clark Photography

Koszalin, Poland

A quiet and quaint city in northwestern Poland on the Baltic Sea, Kosazlin has a storied history and past all it’s own.

While most outside of Poland are more likely to be familiar with larger cities such as Gdansk, Warsaw, Krakow and Torun, Koszalin’s history—which stretches back to the 11th century—is littered with being a part of the German Empire, occupied by the Nazis and Red Army.

With a population of 108,000, Kosazlin may not be considered by many a top tourist destination, but it is a city with a special place in both Polish and European history.

While not known as the birthplace of fitness models, perhaps Morristown, New Jersey-based fitness and glamour/pin-up model, Dagmara Izabela Mara could put it on the map.

Mara, who left her native Kosazlin for the United States nine years because she loves a challenge and wanted to challenge herself, is a certified personal trainer that holds accreditations through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and Certified Weight Loss (WLS), is currently working towards her Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) certification.

Holder of a master’s degree in Economics from Koszalin University of Technology and a post-graduate degree in Psychology/Management from the University of Szczecin in her native country.

The 36-year-old blonde bombshell and New Jersey transplant has been a certified fitness trainer for seven years and a model off and on for five years, taking time off to raise her now 13-year-old son.

Polish born and Jersey-bred, Mara is an example of following one’s dreams and making it in America if there ever was one.

Below is my Q and A with Mrs. Dagmara Izabela Mara as we discuss modeling, working out, how to get fit and in shape this spring, coming to America and how to stay and get motivated.

Photo: Jolly Roger Imagery by Michael Lee

 

Name: Dagmara Izabela Luka

Age: 36

Height: 5’4

Birthplace: Koszalin, Poland

Hometown: Morristown, New Jersey

Measurements: 33-27-37

Social Media Links: Facebook: Dagmara_Izabela | Instagram: @Dagmara_Izabela

 

Photo: Effi Amouris

Robert D. Cobb: What kind of model do you consider yourself?

Dagmara Izabela Mara: “I consider myself a pin-up/glamour model, a petite model, a swimsuit/lingerie model, a fitness model, a fashion model, a commercial model and a mature model.”

 

Robert D. Cobb: What brands have you modeled for? Which one do you enjoy modeling for the most?

Dagmara Izabela Mara: “I have not been fortunate enough to have modeled for any brands. I am hoping for a better chance to do so in the near future.”

 

Photo: Effi Amouris

Robert D. Cobb: Where has been your favorite place to shoot?

Dagmara Izabela Mara: “One of my most memorable experiences has been in New York City, around the World Trade Center. I love shooting outside with natural light, and it was pleasurable to be around very optimistic and a professional group of people.”

 

Robert D. Cobb: What is the most exciting aspect of modeling?

Dagmara Izabela Mara: “The most exhilarating aspect about modeling is the transformation that takes place mentally and physically. Doing photography, for me, is something eternal. In the image, you can mirror someone’s soul, and feelings.

Modeling is more than posing; moreover, it’s a form of creative art.”

 

Photo: Effi Amouris

Robert D. Cobb: Within the industry, who is your inspiration?

Dagmara Izabela Mara: “My inspiration is Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer. Cindy Crawford and I think alike. She said, “It’s not about looking younger, but about loving yourself”. I completely agree in terms of when you are content with your accomplishments in life, how it “brings true youthful energy to your life”.

I like to take good care of myself by eating healthy and working out, but most importantly being passionate and happy about what I do is what truly keeps me feeling great, which then brings more confidence into my life.

Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer inspire me because they achieve success through hard work and commitment. That’s commendable.”

 

Robert D. Cobb: Any spring fashion and style tips for women that you wish to pass on?

Dagmara Izabela Mara: “You could have on the trendiest, most expensive outfit in the world—but if it doesn’t fit you properly, you’re not going to look stylish, and all your effort and money would have been wasted.

The biggest mistake women make is wearing clothes that don’t fit because they don’t accept the body they have right now. You have to do that in order to figure out what looks good on you.

And besides, confidence is the best accessory. It can make or break an outfit.”

Robert D. Cobb: What is your secret to staying in shape?

Dagmara Izabela Mara: There is no secret to staying in shape. As a personal trainer, I know what it takes to achieve your fitness goals. It is hard work and dedication. I work out five days a week and I eat as healthy as I can to maintain myself in good shape.

All it takes is self-motivation, and dedication to get where you want to be, and you’ll get there.”

 

Robert D. Cobb: Fashion or fitness fad, what is your opinion of athleisure?

Dagmara Izabela Mara: “Why are people increasingly interested in athleisure wear?

I think part of it is certainly connected to the rise of fitness-conscious people who look at athletics not only as a hobby but also as an all-around lifestyle. Another part of it is simply the desire for clothing to be comfortable, even when it’s supposed to be functional, like formal wear in professional situations.”

 

Photo: Jolly Roger Imagery by Michael Lee

Robert D. Cobb: Describe your workout routine?

Dagmara Izabela Mara: “First, I want to say that I’ve been consistently training for over five years now. I have always been a fan of weight and strength training. My work schedule is constantly changing, therefore; I don’t always follow any specific training days.

Photo: Gary Clark Photography

The same applies to my rest days, I take them as they come.We all have those lagging body parts that just take longer to respond to our workouts, personally it’s my legs.

When training, I like to use heavier weights, with a moderate rep range. I usually do 4-5 sets of each exercise with a rep range of 8-12. If for any reason I’d only have 3 days during the week to workout then one day I would train my whole upper body, the next day would be all legs/calves and on the 3rd non-consecutive day I would do a whole body workout, focusing on a couple of exercises for each body part with a higher rep range.

I like to stick to the same routine for no more than six weeks.

Our muscles are very adaptive, and after a while they stop responding to whatever workouts we are doing. Therefore; it is important to change your routine from time to time. To change things up, I might just change the order of exercises, rep range, weights and/or change my routine completely.

I also may add a light weight day with an increased in reps and then a heavy weight day with lower reps for the same muscle groups.”

 

Photo: Effi Amouris

Robert D. Cobb: What’s the best way to stay motivated?

Dagmara Izabela Mara: “Fortunately, economists and psychologists have been studying how to crack the code of what compels us to repeatedly do something we don’t always want to do. 

Start thinking of yourself as an athlete, and not a spectator. Set a goal, enlist a friend, mark it on your calendar, and have some fun.

You’ll be setting yourself up for a lifetime of better health, more happiness, and more energy for everything else in your life.”

 

Robert D. Cobb: With spring now here, what workout tips do you suggest?

Dagmara Izabela Mara: “Weight training for a better body.

Many women worry that weight training will somehow transform them into Hulk-ettes, so they spend hours doing cardio in order to maintain their “feminine” figure. The truth is, women just don’t have the hormonal support to gain muscle mass like men.

The hormone testosterone is responsible for large increases in muscle mass. Women’s testosterone levels are a fraction of men’s. That means you can bench press without concern that you will look bulky.

You’re right about one thing, though: training with weights will increase your lean muscle mass.

That’s a good thing! The more muscle you have, the more calories your body will burn. The more calories you burn, the leaner you’ll get. Increased muscle mass will also add shape to your arms, take inches from your tummy, and even add some roundness to your booty!

When women’s magazines talk about “tone,” they’re really talking about strong muscles.”

 

Jolly Roger Imagery by Michael Lee

Robert D. Cobb: Outside of modeling, what are your hobbies?

Dagmara Izabela Mara: “My hobbies are working out, reading books on psychology, neuroscience, human body and food, and art.”

 

Robert D. Cobb: Sports question: Who are your favorite teams and clubs?

Dagmara Izabela Mara: “I like to watch soccer and tennis games, but I have no particular favorite team.”

 

Robert D. Cobb: What are your favorite cities to travel to?

Dagmara Izabela Mara: “There are too many nice cities all around the world; therefore, I would have a lot of favorite cities if I had traveled them all. I think all of them are special in some kind. All of them have some beauty. Krakow in Poland or Prague has majesty. Jaco in Costa Rica has amazing tropical wind.”

 

Robert D. Cobb: What advice would you give to women aspiring to get into modeling?

Dagmara Izabela Mara: “My advice to women aspiring to get into modeling would be to love yourself and be confident. It is your patience, listening skills and general attitude that will get you far. You don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. Beauty is within you.”

 

Special thanks to Mrs. Dagmara Izabela Mara for her time and assistance during the Q and A interview process. Images used are the property of their respective owners and are used with permission.




Fitness Focus! Q and A With Fitness and Instagram Model, Susan Sophia Rouse

Photo: Larry Hodge Photography

San Jose, Costa Rica

The picturesque and breathtaking capital of Costa Rica, the former Spanish colonial outpost tucked away in Central America is as beautiful and historic a city as you will ever find.

Located in the Central Valley, Chepe—as it is sometimes called—boasts a population of 2.1 million, is the country’s major hub of transportation and tourism.

One of the top spring break hot spots annually, San Jose was ranked the sixth-most important destination in all of Latin America, per TheMasterCard Global Destinations Cities Index 2012.

While known for being a place of paradise and great beauty, one of it’s own citizens in fitness and Instagram model, Susan Sophia Rouse may turn out to be it’s greatest ambassador.

Based in Tampa Bay, Florida and currently a student at the University of South Florida, the curvy and simply gorgeous 25-year-old Rouse is both easy on the eyes as well as being so outgoing.

 

Blessed with an eye-catching figure and athletic build, the 5’6 bombshell has modeled for Tampa-based bikini swimwear line, The Bikini Boutique with sights set on doing bigger things in 2017.

Below is my Q and A with Ms. Rouse as we discuss fitness, modeling, fashion and her love of her adopted hometown Tampa Bay sports teams.

Photo: Larry Hodge Photography

 

Name: Susan Sophia Rouse

Age: 25

Height: 5’6″

Measurements: 32-27-36

Birthplace: San Jose, Costa Rica

Residence: Tampa Bay, Florida

Agency: Freelance

Social Media Links: Instagram | @so_lavish

 

Robert D. Cobb: What kind of model do you consider yourself?

Susan Sophia Rouse: “Fitness, Instagram, bikini and boutique”

 

Robert D. Cobb: What brands have you modeled for? Which one do you enjoy modeling for the most?

Susan Sophia Rouse: “The Bikini Boutique in Tampa, my favorite would certainly be bikini and fitness style photo shoots”

 

Photo: Larry Hodge Photography

Robert D. Cobb: Where has been your favorite place to shoot?

Susan Sophia Rouse: “Being a Costa Rican/Florida girl, I would have to say the beach!”

 

Robert D. Cobb: What is the most exciting aspect of modeling?

Susan Sophia Rouse: “Working with amazing photographers, other models, makeup artists, etc. it’s so exciting to see people come together to make something really beautiful happen!”

 

Photo: Larry Hodge Photography

Robert D. Cobb: With springnow here, what fashion and style tips and trends do you have for looking good when the temperature drops?

Susan Sophia Rouse: “Embrace this amazing weather for hair! You can wear it straight or curled without worrying about humidity. Cozy sweaters over leggings and cute boots are always a lovely stapled look, you look but together while feeling super comfy!”

 

Robert D. Cobb: Any style tips for women that you wish to pass on?

Susan Sophia Rouse: “I believe that woman should own their own style, don’t just go buy whatever is popular at the moment but create your own style at the gym that makes you feel comfortable and beautiful! Everyone is different and there is so much variety in todays world that you can make it whatever your heart desires.”

 

Photo: Larry Hodge Photography

Robert D. Cobb: Within the industry, who is your inspiration?

Susan Sophia Rouse: “My inspiration comes from a lot of different fitness models, the year round conditioning that they are loyal to shows and it’s an incredible commitment to health, and motivating others!”

 

Robert D. Cobb: Fashion or fitness fad, what is your opinion of athleisure?

Susan Sophia Rouse: “Athleisure has a time and place, I think it certainly is a fashion. Women can look like super models at the gym, while out running errands or even at home lounging!

I still encourage getting dressed up and putting on some makeup from time to time because you put in work in the gym you should get dolled up every now and then and show it off!”

 

Robert D. Cobb: What’s the best way to stay motivated during the colder months?

Susan Sophia Rouse: “During the colder months it’s important to remember your goals that you have worked so hard for in the other months during the year, fitness is not a season it’s a lifestyle.

Success is created in your daily habits, meal prepping, training, proper supplementation and making sure you get your beauty sleep! During the cold months I always love going to the sauna to shake the cold and get into my workout! Plus cute workout winter clothes are always fun”

 

Robert D. Cobb: What is your secret to staying in shape?

Susan Sophia Rouse: “My secret is really no secret at all, eat clean, train hard, hit some pre breakfast cardio 2-3 times a week and drink lots of water!”

Photo: Larry Hodge Photography

Robert D. Cobb: Describe your workout routine?

Susan Sophia Rouse:

“My workout routine usually looks like this every week:
Monday: shoulders
Tuesday: back
Wednesday: legs
Thursday: chest
Friday: arms and abs
Saturday: glutes and hamstrings
Sunday: active rest day”

 

Photo: Larry Hodge Photography

Robert D. Cobb: Outside of modeling, what are your hobbies?

Susan Sophia Rouse: “Outside of modeling I love fitness, I’m a personal trainer and I genuinely enjoy watching people accomplish their goals! I also love painting, and home projects.”

 

Sports question: Who are your favorite teams and clubs

Susan Sophia Rouse: “Since I’ve grown up in Tampa, I would have to say the Bucs, Rays, and Lightning!”

 

Robert D. Cobb: What are your favorite cities to travel to?

Susan Sophia Rouse: “In the USA, I love Seattle, WA! Outside of the USA, I would have to say San Jose, Costa Rica!”

 

Robert D. Cobb: What advice would you give to women aspiring to get into modeling?

Susan Sophia Rouse: My advice to women who are aspiring models: carry yourself with confidence, know that you may not be every ones cup of tea but never let that stop you, wake up every day, work towards your goals, and always take chances! You never know how close you are to making your dreams come true!”




Cleveland Browns: Is Giants DT Johnathan Hankins Worth The Money?

It goes without saying, especially in the AFC North, that you need to run the ball. Strangely enough, you must also be able to stop it. One player who may be able to help the Cleveland Browns may be free agent defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins.

With the first full week of free agency now in the books, and widely considered on of the biggest winners so far—unless you ask a certain hack from ESPN who shall remain nameless—Cleveland wisely addressed a porous offensive line in signing J.C. Tretter, Kevin Zeitler and extending Joel Bitonio.

While the offensive line—and wide receiver—were addressed, the question that begs to be answered is how will Cleveland shore up the equally suspect defensive line?

With many mock drafts projecting the Browns to select former Texas A & M defensive end Myles Garrett and address an area that was among the worst in QB pressures, sacks and rushing yards allowed per game, a player who could very well help them could be the aforementioned Hankins.

Johnathan Hankins is a 24-year-old 6’2 320-pound defensive tackle from THE Ohio State University.  He registered 29 solo tackles and three sacks, in 2016, with the New York Giants. The 2013 second round pick out of the Detroit suburb of Dearborn Heights is currently seeking a big pay day in the amount of $10 million a year, per media reports.

In 16 games with the Giants, Hankins had 43 combined tackles, three sacks, and one forced fumble. For his career, the four-year vet has 140 tackles, ten sacks, and three forced fumbles.

While his stats don’t jump out at you Johnathan Hankins is more of a run-stuffer. Moreover, he would greatly improve Cleveland’s run defense if paired with Danny Shelton in the middle.

Question is, will the Browns bite on his $10 million a year demands?

Currently, the Browns have second-highest amount of salary cap space still available. Around $60 million. As a result, the analytics-driven Browns front office would be smart in at least making the still young Hankins an offer. Ultimately, he would fill an area of need on the defensive line.

Picture a stout run-stuffing interior duo of Hankins next to Shelton. By the same token, the projected Garrett coming off of one edge and Emmanuel Ogbah off of the other. Suddenly, instead of having one of the worst run defenses, Cleveland would vault into a potential top-ten unit overnight.

Some might call such a statement a bit hyperbole. However, considering new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’ track record on defense and pass-rushing, it may not be far out of the realm of reality.

The question is, will the Browns actually go after Hankins or address DL during the upcoming draft?

Only time will tell.




Polish Stunner! Q and A with Fashion and Glamour Model Barbara Eva Breidenbach

Photo: C. Reynolds Photography

Chrozow, Poland

If there such thing as pure beauty, than the Eastern European country of Poland has much to offer. A country of tremendous history, culture and a storied past, Poland has contributed much to the world in the form of science, entertainment and culture.

The former Soviet Union-controlled member of the Warsaw Pact, Poland has also made significant contributions in the world of modeling.

Famous supermodels such as Joanna Krupa, Magdalena Wrobel and Dagmara Dominczyk have strutted their stuff on various catwalks such as Victoria’s Secret and appeared in men’s magazines such as Maxim and on the small screen.

The latest Polish stunner to make her name in the world of modeling is Barbara Eva Breidenbach is one to watch. Born in the southern Polish city of Chorzow, Breidenbach has posed for various lingerie, swimsuit and luxury brands such as Maax Spa, while serving as brand ambassador for Carboon38, Kiliwatch Paris, and Valenza Moda.

IN addition to walking Paris Fashion Week in 2006, the 5’10 long-legged, dark-haired stunner has also served as a muse in posing for many artiest in various art galleries for body sculptures.

Currently based in San Antonio, Texas for the last eight years, Bredienbach is making moves in becoming Poland’s next great modeling export.

Below is my Q and A with Ms. Breidenbach as we discuss fashion, modeling and life in America.

 

Name: Barbara Breidenbach

Age: 30

Height: 5’10

Birthplace: Chorzow, Poland

Residence: San Antonio, Texas

Measurements: 35-28-38

Agency: Freelance

Social Media Links: Instagram: @bybasia | Facebook: Barbara Breidenbach

 

Photo: C. Reynolds Photography

Robert D. Cobb: What kind of model do you consider yourself?

Barbara Breidenbach: “Instagram, pin-up/glamour, fashion. I was originally a fashion/runway model. Right now, I pose for art projects, commercial, and editorials.”

 

Robert D. Cobb: What brands have you modeled for? Which one do you enjoy modeling for the most?

Barbara Breidenbach: “I have modeled for many lingerie and swimsuit brands. I have done high fashion and runway modeling, which I enjoy the most.”

 

Robert D. Cobb: Where has been your favorite place to shoot?

Barbara Breidenbach: “Bathtubs; the desert with its beautiful sunsets, and on the rooftops in Paris with views of Eiffel Tower.”

 

Robert D. Cobb: What is the most exciting aspect of modeling?

Barbara Breidenbach: “Travel; seeing new places; working with fashion.”

 

Robert D. Cobb: With winter here and spring right around the corner, what fashion and style tips and trends do you have for looking good when the temperature drops?

Barbara Breidenbach: “I strive to look good all year round. I pay attention to taking care of myself with daily exercise, yoga, bike riding, hiking, and skiing. I exfoliating and moisturizing my skin daily.

I always overdressed for almost all the places I go….one never knows what awaits you around the corner!”

 

Photo: C. Reynolds Photography

Robert D. Cobb: Within the industry, who is your inspiration?

Barbara Breidenbach: “Naomi Campbell for her beautiful walk and Eva Herzigova for her poise and look.”

 

Robert D. Cobb: What is your secret to staying in shape?

Barbara Breidenbach: “It really is very simple. One must do daily exercise with attention to cross training. One cannot get in shape by focusing in just one sport.

One cannot just ride a bike daily and be in shape for all aspects of ones mind body and spirit.

It is a combination of proper eating, sleeping, mental well being while simultaneously concentrating on multiple sports that improve cardiovascular, strength and mental stability. Staying in shape is a full time job.”

 

Robert D. Cobb: Outside of modeling, what are your hobbies?

Barbara Breidenbach:Yoga, cinema, good books, passion for fashion, my son.”

 

Robert D. Cobb: Sports question: Who are your favorite teams and clubs?

Barbara Breidenbach: “San Antonio Spurs; Real Madrid”

 

Robert D. Cobb: What are your favorite cities to travel to?

Barbara Breidenbach: “San Francisco, Paris, Barcelona and Krakow”

 

Robert D. Cobb: What advice would you give to women aspiring to get into modeling?

Barbara Breidenbach: “Do your research and never give up! Modeling is a very difficult profession. There will be many rejections but be persistent! Always remember “Entrepreneurs average 3.8 failures before final success. What sets the successful ones apart is their amazing persistence.” (Lisa M. Amos)”

Special thanks to Ms. Barbara Eva Breidenbach for her time and cooperation during the Q and A interview process. All images are those of their respective owners and used with permission.




Cleveland Browns: Could Vols RB Alvin Kamara Be A Possible Second-Round Pick? (VIDEO)

In a draft class that consists of high-profile names such as Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook, Christian McCaffrey and D’Onta Foreman, one name who may slip through the cracks is former Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara.

Kamara, a 5’10, 215 pound dual-threat tailback out of Norcross, GA, has gradually creeped up various mock drafts to the end of round one and top of the second, thanks to his ability to run inside, outside and be used as a receiver out of the backfield in rushing 103 times for 596 yards and nine touchdowns and catching 40 passes for 392 yards and four touchdowns as a receiver.

While some may balk at the fact that his rushing yards and attempts are low for someone with close to double-digit touchdowns, the lack of wear and tear on a player of Kamara’s skill set and position could be seen as a good thing for potential NFL suitors.

It’s no secret that the shelf life of an NFL running back is a short one due to all of the constant hits that they take. For a player such as Kamara who touched the ball barely over 100 times mat attract a team such as the Cleveland Browns, who could use a complimentary back to take some of the load off of current starters Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson.

With the current status of the forementioned Crowell up in the air, as he is a restricted free agent, Alvin Kamara could be viewed as a possible replacement for “The Crow” if he does indeed fly the Browns coup.

If Crowell is retained and Alvin Kamara is hypothetically taken by the Browns either at No.33 or at No.52, then Cleveland would boast a potentially potent running game behind a freshly bolstered offensive line that added J.C Tretter and Kevin Zeitler.

While his name is not familiar to those outside of Knoxville right now, don’t be too shocked to hear it if you’re a Browns fan come April.




New York Fashion Week’s Hottest New Face? Q and A With Fashion Model Bella DeMone

Photo: William Kearns

New York Fashion Week.

Considered by many to be THE must-attend event whether you’re an up-and-coming model, designer or style guru, NYFW is the place to be seen to be seen.

With notables such as longtime Vogue editor Anne Wintour, notable designers such as Michael Kors, Vera Wang, Yves St. Laurent, Calvin Klein, Tom Ford and notable celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have been known to be front row to see some of spring’s hottest fashion trends front and center.

Notable luxury brands and buyers use New York Fashion Week as a proverbial Super Bowl to see and showcase the hottest new trends and styles. Notable models who have strolled the NYFW catwalk include the likes of Gigi and Bella Hadid, Karlie Kloss and Kendall Jenner.

With the world of modeling always looking for the hottest and freshest face or new look, New York Fashion Week may have gotten an injection of Philadelphia-style flavor in the form of fashion model Bella DeMone.

DeMone, a 31-year-old native of the City of Brotherly Love, has modeled for the likes of Harley Davidson and Bella Chantelle. Thanks to an exotic, ethnic olive-skinned look and alluring dark brown hair and mesmerizing eyes, Demone is a versatile and stunning Italian beauty, who is both modest and humble, yet beautiful, sassy and street-smart.

Below is my Q and A with Ms. Demone as we talk NYFW, spring fashion tips, her love of her Philly sports and her exciting plans for 2017 and beyond!

 

Name: Teresa Scicchitano

Age: 31

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Measurements: 34-27-32

Height: 5’3

 

Photo: Ross Bagley Photography

Robert D. Cobb: Congratulations on walking the catwalk during New York Fashion Week, what was that like and what did you gain the most from the experience?

Bella DeMone: What it was like….Well getting the opportunity to go to New York for the event was amazing, but I did anticipate it to be chaotic, because its NY. It was pretty chaotic, however I absolutely loved every second of it. So many models, make artists, hair stylist and designers, we all had to fit in one room which was long but narrow.  What I’ve gain is the amount of respect and networking and getting to know more people. You learn a lot and see more.

 

Robert D. Cobb: In the modeling world, networking is key, any new contacts and potential opportunities in the pipeline?

Bella DeMone: Networking is key and highly important, without connecting with people it would be super hard to me at least. One thing for sure is always to be yourself no matter what. To speak about opportunities, I won’t kiss and tell. You’ll have to wait and see.

 

Robert D. Cobb: You have a very alluring and exotic look, what do you feel you bring to the world of fashion and modeling?

Bella DeMone: I feel as though it’s not just my look but also personality. The combination is powerful and important to me. I put my all into a project because it’s an art that I absolutely love. On another note, team work as well, when you have group that is positive and wants to accomplish the same makes everything so much better.

 

Robert D. Cobb: What brands have you modeled for?

Bella DeMone: TMD by Tatiana, Bella Chantelle, Harley Davidson and Sozo Signature.

 

Robert D. Cobb: Which one do you enjoy modeling for the most?

Bella DeMone: I couldn’t just choose one. They were all equally amazing experiences in there own way. I was truly blessed for the opportunity and humbled to be working with such talented people.

 

Robert D. Cobb: Where has been your favorite place to shoot?

Bella DeMone: My favorite place to shoot was Frog Hollow Studio in Newtown square PA. They have an old barn style setup out in the country side. It’s in the middle of some really great scenery.

 

Robert D. Cobb: What is the most exciting aspect of modeling?

Bella DeMone: Oh, there is so many aspects to modeling that excite me. I get to work with creative people from all walks of life. I get to wear hand crafted clothing that someone put so much work into. I believe representing someone’s brand and/or event is such an honor.
Robert D. Cobb: Within the industry, who is your inspiration?

Bella DeMone: I don’t have one person and or model that inspires me. I had this deep passion for modeling for a long time and as I grow in the industry I am finding my inspiration coming from my friends and family.

They have been my biggest fans and it makes me want to go harder. I also finding a newly found inspiration coming from social media. The love from people enjoying my work is awesome! I really appreciate ever like and comment.

 

Robert D. Cobb: What is your secret to staying in shape?

Bella DeMone: At this point, I don’t have set regimen but I am always on the go. I don’t consume large quantities of food and I am very active. I am focused on keeping a good balance.

 

Robert D. Cobb: With winter here and spring around the corner, what new fashion trends do you see coming up in 2017?

Bella DeMone: There’s lot of trends happening left to right, sometimes you got to be creative and give it a twist. Bright colors and be bold.

 

Robert D. Cobb: What tips can you give your fellow sisters out there on how to up their style game this season?

Bella DeMone: I’d tell them to stay on top of social media such as Instagram, because you’ll see trends from all over the world, from models, designers, your every day girl. And again, you don’t always have to follow it because I don’t. I like to be different and separate myself from that time to time.
Robert D. Cobb: Outside of modeling, what are your hobbies?

Bella DeMone: Hobbies: I love to explore new places, even if it’s somewhere within my own city.

I enjoy amazing landscapes and high energy city like New York. I also have a desire to discover great cuisine. I’m my own personal food critic…LOL! Besides that I do all the normal activities like bowling, movies, shopping and dancing… I love dancing!

 

Sports question: Who are your favorite teams and clubs?

Bella DeMone: I’ve been a Eagles for a very long time, despite the fact that have family members that are hardcore Dallas Cowboy fans. I get a lot of trash talk from a certain cousin…LOL! I have to say that I attempted to be a Dallas Cowboy fan for a moment in my life but went right back to my roots. Go Eagles!

 

Robert D. Cobb: As some of your shoots suggest, you’re a bit of a football junkie, how did you first get into football?

Bella DeMone: I guess it was because of my families interest in football. The little gathering, etc.

 

Fantasy football? Who is your top player and who would you draft? fantasy football?

Bella DeMone: N/V

 

Robert D. Cobb: Since you’re an Eagles fan and didn’t really have a dog in the Super Bowl, who were you rooting for and why?

Bella DeMone: Well to be honest, I love the Eagles and it was hard to root for just any team, but I was leaning towards the Patriots along with Tom Brady. Haha…He’s awesome and is very well dedicated to his work.

 

College football? Who is your team?

Bella DeMone: The Florida Gators.

 

Robert D. Cobb: You know that you are the epitome of every guys wet dream in being a football fan, are you single or spoken for?

Bella DeMone: I was raised to keep my relationship status personal and off the social media radar. First of, if I say I am single I will attract the “what you doing tonight” crowd. And relationships are hard enough to balance out with my lifestyle, I wouldn’t want to add more pressure by advertising it.  

 

Robert D. Cobb: Since you’re from Philly, what’s up with your boy, (Sixers center) Joel Embiid? He on the come up! What are your thoughts on him?

Bella DeMone: Well, all I can really say is that he seems to be a well-rounded basketball player and loves what he does, however I do not follow basketball as much so I cannot really input on that.

 

Robert D. Cobb: What are your favorite cities to travel to?

Bella DeMone: Miami and New York City

 

Robert D. Cobb: What’s next for you this year and beyond?

Bella DeMone: Well my family, which included my mom and her boyfriend and of course two of my best friends came to support me, so they all stayed which was incredible. I couldn’t have been more happier. Right now, I am currently working on a few projects and hope to attend more castings in Philly area or New York. I am trying really hard and hope to make it to some place huge.

Gain more exposure and see the world is my ultimate goal.

Robert D. Cobb: What advice would you give to women aspiring to get into modeling?

Bella DeMone: I recommend that they enjoy the journey and don’t lose track of their goals. No matter what anyone says keep confident. If something don’t feel right, it’s most-likely not. Trust your instincts! If modeling is your true passion all the hard work will be rewarding.

Don’t lose yourself and being humble is a great trait.

Special thanks to Ms. Bella DeMone for her time and assistance during the Q and A process. Images used with permission and are the respective property of their owners. Follow Bella DeMone on Instagram @bella_demone and on Facebook here.