In the world of modeling, there is perhaps no bigger area of importance than landing with the right modeling agency.
For an aspiring model, landing with big-name agencies such as Ford, Elite Model Management and Wilhelmina, is basically considered hitting the big time. As with all things in entertainment, one has be to leery of potential scammers and people making false promises in trying to take advantage of those who are fresh and new to the scenes.
Despite that, the world of modeling has forever been changed thanks to the likes of Ashley Graham, Iskra Lawrence, Bree Warren and other plus-size models, due to agencies such as NYC-based JAG Models and UK-based agencies such as Close Models and Paris-based agency, Agence Plus.
That combined with a more conscious effort within the modeling industry to work with and inspire a new generation of models regardless of size, look and background and magazines promoting more diversity, being a model today is completely different then it was back in it’s 1980’s supermodel heyday.
One person who is helping to make a different is current model and Founder/Owner and CEO of North Bay, Ontario-based YOUnique Models in Amandy Ranger.
A model coach and mentor that helps prospective models build their own portfolio and get discovered, Ranger’s Be YOUnique Models offers mentoring, advice in how to get into the modeling industry as well as scouting and shooting with photographers and potential sponsors.
Ranger, a stunning 5’8 blonde beauty, who has appeared in notable publications such as Models View, Fashion World Models and ModelMania as a cover girl, has worked with notable brands such as GWorld Intimates, Naughty Girl Lingerie, Wetpeach Swimwear, SNS Bikinis and Juicy Ads.
Below is my Q and A with Mrs. Amandy Ranger as we talk about YOUnique Models, getting in the industry, swimwear fashion trends to watch this summer and what its like to coach, mentor and inspire others hoping to get into the modeling industry.
Name: Amanda Ranger
Birthplace: North Bay, Ontario, Canada
Modeling Agency: None, but working alongside EMG Canada
Robert D. Cobb: As the CEO/Founder and Owner of Be YOUnique Models, what type of look do you look for in prospective models, and what trends in terms of models do you see coming up?
Amanda Ranger: “We are actually inclusive to all women and men wanting to gain experience and build portfolios get published and discovered. We don’t go for a particular look as we feel that everyone has a place in the industry…”
Robert D. Cobb: What kind of model do you consider yourself? (Instagram, pin-up/glamour, fashion)
Amanda Ranger: “I don’t really place myself in a specific category I like to think of myself as being versatile although the majority of what I have done is glamour, fashion (bikini, lingerie)”
Robert D. Cobb: What brands have you modeled for? Which one do you enjoy modeling for the most?
Amanda Ranger: “I have had so many sponsors I have been fortunate these include Gworld Intimates, Wet peach swimwear, SNS Bikinis, Naughty Girl lingerie, Juicy ads, Lifted bud, Cexce bikinis, Bikinis by Freddy’s (Iceland), Get go apparel, Furi ltd and the list goes on although I can not say that I have a favorite I love them all!”
Robert D. Cobb: Since you’re a bikini model and swimsuit owner, what swimwear trends and looks do you see being hot?
Amanda Ranger: “I really love the sheer peek a boo style and I really feel that nudes will be a trend this year.”
Robert D. Cobb: What exudes confidence in looking hot and sexy for the summer on the beach?
Amanda Ranger: “Honestly, just being confident in your skin is beautiful. No matter what size just rock it out in sun ladies!”
Robert D. Cobb: What tips and tricks do you recommend for looking good this summer?
Amanda Ranger: “It’s important to stay hydrated and eat healthy during the summer. I also think that being active is key as well. I usually enjoy rollerblading biking hiking stand up paddle boarding kayaking and boating so get out there and enjoy it!”
Robert D. Cobb: Where has been your favorite place to shoot?
Amanda Ranger: “So far, I would have to say Iceland, where I went as a model mentor and coach June 2016, I have also enjoyed shooting in Mexico (several times) Orlando and Grenada.”
Robert D. Cobb: What is the most exciting aspect of modeling?
Amanda Ranger: “I just love getting dresses up having my makeup done and pretending to be someone else for the day. I sometimes play a character in my mind as this helps me when shooting.”
Robert D. Cobb: With summer now here, what fashion and style tips and trends do you have for looking good when the temperature rises?
Amanda Ranger: “I love fashion, but honestly do not follow what’s trending I tend to wear what is most flattering on my body. But when in doubt always have a cardigan or cute shawl for the fluctuating temperatures.”
Robert D. Cobb: Within the industry, who is your inspiration?
Amanda Ranger: “I honestly can not say I am inspired by anyone. What has inspired me is the negativity which surrounds this industry so I have made it my mission to change this and help other aspiring models.
To do this, I started my business, be YOUnique models. Where I create events and book photographers and models to come to out and shoot, I also get the models published, coach and mentor and also work with sponsors. We do not discriminate against anyone and are open to help all men and women in this industry.”
Robert D. Cobb: What is your secret to staying in shape?
Amanda Ranger: “I like to stay active hit the gym and in the summer time I am outdoors a lot but I am also quite fortunate that I don’t have many issues with this.”
Robert D. Cobb: Outside of modeling, what are your hobbies?
Amanda Ranger: “I enjoy standup paddle boarding, kayaking, rollerblading, boating, travelling and helping others.”
Sports question: Who are your favorite teams and clubs
Amanda Ranger: “None! LOL!”
Robert D. Cobb: What are your favorite cities to travel to?
Amanda Ranger: “I really enjoy going to Montreal, but I am more of a hot weather kinda girl, so anywhere where its warm is my favorite city! LOL!”
Robert D. Cobb: What advice would you give to women aspiring to get into modeling?
Amanda Ranger: “Don’t give up because practice makes perfect. Always ask photographers for references and play it safe out there. I also feel that getting an education alongside modeling is crucial as this type of industry can only take you so far, for so long.”
Special thanks to Mrs. Amandy Ranger for her time and assistance during the Q and A interview process, all images used with permission, and are the rightful property of their respective owners.