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. 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.” 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.” 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.”
Photo: David D. Wallace Jr
Photo: David D. Wallace Jr
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.” 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?
I love the beaches of California and the mountains of Colorado. Nowhere specific just give me the beach and the mountains.”
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.