Southern Belle! Q and A With Glamour and Fashion Model Kym Dickens

Photo: Jamie Saveal/JPS Photography

Dahlonega, Georgia

They saw that all things down South are simpler, quieter and move at a much more gentile pace.

 

If there was ever a small town that best examples this, it is Dahlonega, Georgia. Known as “Gold City” due to it being the site of the second gold rush in the United States.

This tiny town of barely 5,000-plus is also in the middle of what is considered the North Georgia Wine Country, as it and Lumpkin County feature five licensed wineries and multiple vineyards that attract tourists from all over the South and various parts of the United States.

Home to notable athletes and entertainers such as John Bell, the lead singer for Widespread Panic, NASCAR’s first female driver in Sara Christian, Zac Brown of the Zac Brown Band and Amy Ray from Indigo Girls, perhaps Austin, Texas-based glamour model Kym Dickens can be the next Gold City native to make it big.

A true Southern belle if there ever was one, the curvy 5’6 blonde bombshell Dickens—who was raised in Texarkana, Texas in her youth, before settling in Austin—is set to burst on the modeling scene thanks to a smoldering combination of shapeliness that evokes memories of Marilyn Monroe.

Versatile, sexy and sweet and just enough rawness and pizazz, Dickens has a sensual cover-worthy look ready to turn heads and stand out above the rest in the world of glamour modeling.

Below is my Q and A with Ms. Dickens as we discuss modeling and her passion for fashion.

 

Name: Kym Dickens

Age: 23

Height: 5’6″

Birthplace: Dahlonega, Georgia

Residence: Austin, Texas

Measurements: 32-27-37

Dress: size 2/4

Social Media Links: Instagram |@Kym_model Facebook | KymDickensModel

Agency: Modelemi

Photo: Cinco Photography

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

Kym Dickens: “I am a fashion/glamour/fitness/lifestyle/street fashion/swimsuit/lingerie model”

 

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

Kym Dickens: “I am currently working with a number of new companies! I featured on 2 local boutiques websites. I am a brand ambassador of CEJ bags. Also I have just been offered two more ambassadorships with 2 online clothing companies such as Bad Bitch clothing and a swimsuit company.

I also love fashion shows. I have been in a few and have 3 upcoming shows between March-June. I love fashion the most.”

 

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

Kym Dickens: “I like outdoor shooting versus a studio. I will do both but I think having a beautiful background from nature really makes a picture stand out and one of a kind.”

 

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

Kym Dickens: “I like modeling because I can inspire other’s to follow their dreams such as I am doing.”

 

Robert D. Cobb: With spring now here and summer right around the corner, what fashion and style tips do you recommend?

Kym Dickens: “Summer is just around the corner which means it’s time to drop those bad eating habits and hit the gym! Me personally, love pizza, but since summer is just around the corner I am eating cleaner and hitting the gym more.”

 

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

Kym Dickens: “I am inspired by those who chase their dreams. I hope to one day make it big to work with big brands. I also like to support local brands. Fashion is a way to express yourself. I enjoy it.”

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

Kym Dickens: “I eat pizza to be honest, but then I feel guilty and work out at least 5 times a week. Yoga is a good way to stay in shape. I do a lot of cardio and weights to stay toned. Eating right is the main key to being in shape.”

 

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

Kym Dickens: “I am a college student whose dream is to get into law school. I love to write as well. I paint too. I recently started ice skating as a hobby which I am not the best at it.”

Photo: Modelemi

Robert D. Cobb: Since you’re on spring break, any plans to go on vacation? Any future plans or upcoming projects in the pipeline?

Kym Dickens: “I work during spring break! 🙁 I have big upcoming events this summer from fashion shows, to big shoots, to events and a little fun on the side.”

Robert D. Cobb: Since you’re into fashion, what are your thoughts on athleisure, fashion or fitness fad?

Kym Dickens:My new fitness craze is weights and squats! It’s amazing what they have done for my body. Also since summer is approaching I will be doing a lot of local outdoor activities in Austin like paddle boarding or spending time at the Greenbelt in Austin, Texas or floating the San Marcus river with friends.

I am the kinda girl who can go from a formal dress to a pair a boots and rock both. You can take the girl out of a small town and into a big city but you can’t take the small town out of her blood. I will stay true to my roots; even in a big city”

Photo: Tim Bear

Robert D. Cobb: What’s the most Southern thing about you besides your curves and accent?

Kym Dickens: “My accent sets me apart as a southern gal. With curves like this people always joke and say,” looks like you ate your cornbread growing up!”.”

 

Photo: Jamie Saveal/JPS Photography

Sports question: Who are your favorite teams and clubs

Kym Dickens: “I am not a big sports girl but you cant go wrong with the Cowboys or Rangers.”

 

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

Kym Dickens: “I haven’t visited many places in my life so modeling will help me travel the world.”

 

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

Kym Dickens: “I never in a million years thought I could be a model. I was bullied all my childhood. One day I woke up and realized that despite what others think or make you feel, its up to you to chase your dreams.

I am chasing mine. Anyone can do anything as long as you try and give it your all.”

Special thanks to Ms. Kym Dickens for her time and assistance during the Q and A interview process. Photos are the respective property of their owners and used with permission.




Beauty: 7 Perfect Night Time Routine for Bright and Youthful-Looking Skin

Maintaining the bright and youthful appearance of the skin can be quite a challenge, especially after a certain age.

However, it is not impossible to reach such an objective, with the development of a night time routine being of great help. If you are used to just getting home and going to bed straight away, without taking care of your skin, it is time to make a change. You need to develop your very own night time routine and learn how to properly look after your skin.

Years later, you will be thankful for the decisions you have taken in the present.

#1 Skin Cleansing

During the day, a lot of debris accumulates on the surface of our skin, including from makeup and dead cells. If you do not cleanse your skin before going to bed, it should come as no surprise that you will wake up with bags under eyes in the morning.

Instead, you should try this first step of your nighttime routine and use a cleanser that matches your skin type. Use this product according to the instructions and clean your skin, so that it can breathe and rejuvenate itself during the night.

#2 Toner as the next step

You might expect that toner is recommended only for morning use but, in reality, you can benefit a lot from using this product at night as well. The most important thing that you need to remember is that the toner can enhance your complexion, helping you deal with potential problems at the same time.

Once again, you have to make sure that the toner matches your skin type. For example, if you have oily skin, you should use a product especially recommended for such a complexion.

Such products are more astringent, and they eliminate the excess sebum production from the level of the skin.

#3 Moisturizer for night time hydration

No matter how tired you are, you should never skip over moisturizer. During the night, the skin goes through a rejuvenation process, once that is essential for the maintenance of its youthful appearance. If the skin is dry, then this repair process will be impaired.

A moisturizer recommended for night time is rich in texture, having both hydrating and nourishing properties at the level of the skin.

#4 Exfoliation on a weekly basis

Even though this is not part of the daily nighttime routine, it should not be considered as less important. If you are battling with a dull complexion, it is recommended to give exfoliation a try, at least once a week. The best moment to exfoliate your skin is right before going to bed so that it can heal and rejuvenate itself while you sleep.

You can either use store-bought products or prepare a homemade scrub in the comfort of your home, depending on preferences. What matters is that you will wake up looking fantastic, with a beautiful, healthy glow at the level of the skin.

#5 Rejuvenation serums for skin rejuvenation & brightening

The rejuvenation of the skin is a serious matter and one that best takes place during the night, while you get your sleep. For this reason, it is recommended to consider using rejuvenation serums on a daily basis. These contain active ingredients, such as peptides and different enzymes, helping you enjoy the youthful appearance of the skin, for as long as it is possible.

What matters is that you purchase only top quality products, as these have the best ingredients to offer.

#6 Try a facial mask at least once a week

Facial masks can help you get rid of a dull complexion and look fantastic once more. They can be used on all skin types and, if you do not have the time to get to the store, you can easily prepare one at home, using only natural ingredients. Facial masks are known for their intensely hydrating and nourishing properties, with each of the ingredients serving a different purpose.

Some of them are meant to rejuvenate the skin, while others have a soothing effect, reducing redness and irritation.

Video Must Watch- Top 5 Homemade Face Masks for Your Skin

#7 Use serums with antioxidants

The constant exposure to the UV rays, including when it is cloudy outside, does a lot of damage to the skin, leading to premature aging. If you want to maintain the young-looking appearance of the skin, you need to include antioxidant serums in your night time routine.

These can repair the damage done by free radicals, reducing the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles. They contain active ingredients, such as vitamin C and resveratrol, being able to repair cell damage and brighten the skin at the same time.

What matters is that you choose a serum that suits your skin type, as there are many products that contain substances with irritating properties (especially for those with sensitive skin).

These are the steps that you need to follow, to develop a highly-efficient night time routine. As you have seen, if you want to maintain the youthful appearance of the skin, you cannot go straight to bed. You have to cleanse, tone and moisturize, just to name a few. You might also want to consider using top-quality anti-aging products, such as Bella Serata.

This anti-aging cream has an age-defying formula, and it can help you maintain the youthful appearance of the skin for a genuinely prolonged period.

References:

http://www.allure.com/gallery/editors-nighttime-skin-care-routine

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/19/best-nighttime-skincare-routine_n_6873568.html




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.




5 Quick Skin Care Hacks That Will Never Let You Down

By Pauline Simons

Your skin begins to lose its glow as you age. Though skin is the only organ that regenerates itself and every second new cells form deep down in the epidermis, but with age this process too slows down. Can this be taken care of? Why not? There are some quick skin care hacks and every woman should know about these.

Trust me these won’t let you down ever…

Exfoliate

This is the best way to rejuvenate your skin. Slough off the dead, dry skin and reveal the brighter side. Its simple and quick.

1. Apply an exfoliant to your skin. Leave it for 5 minutes.

2. Rub it gently with your hands in circular motion and wash it away with clean,warm water.

P.S. pick the right kind of exfoliant for your skin depending on your skin type. For instance, only a creamy exfoliator would do for people with dry skin. It will make skin look fresh and beautiful.

Massage Into Your Face

Massage is now looked at as a therapy. It improves skin clarity and tone. There is no need to go to a salon all the time. Do-it-yourself.

1. Use your fingertips and gently rub it down into your face for a couple of minutes.

2. Begin from your chin and move up towards the cheeks and forhead.

Massaging your face increases blood flow to the skin and will make it look soft and supple. Not just the face, even your body benefits a lot from massaging. It improves sleep, calms depression and anxiety, eases muscle pain besides other benefits. So, if you have time and inclination, get a full body massage – from head-to-toe.

Cleanse Twice

Cleansing twice is important for the skin. When you do it in the morning, you remove the oils built up at night. It is recommended that you use only water in the morning to clean your face. The pH of water is enough to do so. Cleansing your face in the evening should be done with a cleanser depending on your skin type. This removes dirt and the debris that may have been left behind by your makeup products. Still need deep cleaning, use cleansing balm or paste, which also acts as an exfoliant and will leave your skin super clean and smooth.

Use a Serum For Protective Barrier

Skin can sometimes become unpredictable when the seasons change. It gets prone to infections, allergies and hence turns more sensitive. A serum acts as a barrier for the skin and protects it from external damage. Use serum that reduces inflammation and delivers hydration too. Serum penetrates deep into the skin and renews lipids. Good for the aging skin.

Use Antioxidants

Antioxidants help in limiting radicals, which damage the skin cells. It also protects skin from harmful UV rays and helps in:

1. Reducing Inflammation – Antioxidants keep skin inflammation-free. Antioxidants found in pine bark and green tea produce great anti-inflammatory results by improving blood circulation and cell metabolism.

2. Skin firming – Skin firming is another benefit of antioxidants. It reverses the aging process and rejuvenates the skin.

Other than these adopt good eating habits. Treat skin in a gentle way, your skin needs pampering to appear radiant and glowing. Eat healthy diet rich in antioxidants. Vitamin A and C are great antioxidants for the skin. Products like life cell anti ageing cream has it too. All you need to do is take care of your skin and follow the above steps diligently.

Author Bio: Pauline Simons is a health and skincare expert by profession. She loves to share her knowledge and experience with people. She regularly contributes her write ups to health or skin care related websites and blogs. In her free time she loves to travel, fashion shows and music.




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!”




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.