Model of the Month – Amanda Meyer

We couldn’t be more thrilled to announce our May Model of the Month, Amanda Meyer. With many years of experience, she continues to be one of LA’s leading fit models. Keep reading to learn more about Amanda, what inspires her, and her career goals and highlights!AmandaM headhat

1. Where you are from?

 

Bakersfield, California 

2. What you are into… studies, hobbies, special skills etc..?

 

I’m into my golden retriever puppy, he’s literally perfection put into an animal and i can’t get enough of him! I also love shopping and redecorating my house. My taste is always changing and i love expressing that through my outfits and style. 

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3. Favorite clients from the biz?

 

I love all my accounts and feel so blessed to be able to work with such inspiring teams. Most of my accounts I’ve had for 8+years so it’s transitioned to be more of a family dynamic than anything else.

4. Dreams/goals any thing else of interest (any other dream clients?)?

 

I’m currently starting a perfume line and would love to see that into fruition. It’s been a four year journey and that’s coming to an end this September when we launch so be sure to look out for Elia perfume! AmandaM bswim

 

5. Career highlights?

 

I was recently asked to travel to China for work, which was something I’ve always wanted to do. We were there for two weeks bouncing around from Shanghai to Hong Kong meeting and fitting with the different factories. I loved seeing the “behind the scene” process for how clothes are made and meeting the people that make the designs come to life was something I will always cherish! 

6. How did you get into modeling or acting?

 

This is actually a really funny story, Craigslist. I answered an ad looking for a model at juicy couture. When i walked in they measured me and asked if i knew anything about fit modeling, of course i went with it and booked the gig, since then, I’ve never looked back!
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Wicked Flaws with Colette Pfeiffer

We’re so happy to have had the opportunity to chat with the beautiful and confident Colette Pfeiffer, where she shares with us the story behind her blog, Wicked Flaws. Aside from her passion in blogging, she’s also an avid hiker and climber. Continue reading to learn more about how she embraces her flaws and turn them into stories to motivate and inspire others!

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1) How did you start influencing/Blogging? 

I find myself a rather unlikely “blogger.” The concept for Wicked Flaws came to me actually through a great disappointment. Myself and four other models with scars and body disformity shot for a project called “Pretty” a couple years ago.  The article, embracing a flawed body in the face of beauty standards, was to be published along with the photos from the shoot. Sadly, although it happens often, it never went to print. I was heartbroken because the project felt so important to me. I let myself be sad for a bit, then thought, why could I not make this platform myself? Don’t I believe people need to see and read these things? Can’t anyone get a web domain and get to work?

2)What are your goals with the Blog? 

In my adulthood, I’ve been very open about my missing cheek and my scar. I wear cute bathing suits now without being afraid because everyone will see. I didn’t always feel this way though. For a long time I lived feeling as though I had a secret that I was trying to keep. Trying to hide it at the pool and slumber parties. I feel like strong figures within the disfigured community help people get to this point, so my goal is to share as many amazing stories, people, and ideas as I can, to help others feel the liberation I now feel. Wicked Flaws isn’t just for people like me, absolutely everyone has something that makes them feel insecure, and no one is immune to societal pressures.

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3) When and how was Wicked Flaws Born? 

I chose the name Wicked Flaws because of the dual definition of “Wicked” in the dictionary.  It means both “bad, evil, wrong” and “extremely excellent, wonderful.”  I felt this was the perfect was to embrace the idea of taking the “bad” in our lives and turning the tables. So I launched Wicked Flaws on October 22, 2018, which is ironically, National Scar Day.  It was six days before my birthday. I’d been working on the project for over a year, and in all honesty, was quite terrified to launch. How do you wear your biggest vulnerability on your sleeve for the entire world to see? “I wonder what people will say to me. Worse, I wonder what they will say ABOUT me.” But I believed my content was too important not to share.  It was time, once again, to take my towel off by the pool and walk proudly for all to see.

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4) What do you hope to inspire with it?  

We live in a very peculiar time. Our lives are saturated with social media and content. Left and right, it seems there is perfection at our fingertips. I can’t imagine what it’s like growing up in this world, I’m grateful to be a 90s baby, when we still had landlines and desktop computers. There aren’t enough people out there saying “This is not reality. These Instagram people are not real. This is one very posed picture of them, taken 50 times to get a good one, on a tiny phone screen.” We need more people saying “Real life is messy and unkept. Scars and differences are what make us strong and beautiful. To be like everyone else would be the biggest shame.” I went though a time period when I was very self conscious of my scar and missing cheek. If I can inspire others to embrace their flaws, then I’m truly so lucky as to say “I have helped others like me”

Model of the Month- Gina Vitori

We couldn’t be more excited to announce our February’s Model of the Month, Gina V! She is a multi-talented fit, commercial, print, and fitness model. Her professionalism and approachable attitude are some of her amazing qualities that have made her a favorite amongst her print and fit clients and in the industry. Continue reading to learn more about Gina!

1.) Where are you from?

I’m from Long Island, NY – I lived in Manhattan for 5 years through college/ a bit after – and now I live in Los Angeles.

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2. What you are into… studies, hobbies, special skills etc..?

Oh man, I’m into so many things! Most of which surrounding positivity and adventure though. An ideal day would be waking up super early, catching a few waves 🏄‍ and sipping tea/reading on the beach. I also am into yoga, dancing, stunts, hiking, martial arts, eating chocolate and wearing fuzzy socks.

3. Favorite clients from the biz?

I love all my clients! Especially Rag & Bone, DECOR & Danang.

4. Dreams/goals any thing else of interest (any other dream clients?)?

I think I’ve made it when I figure out how to have consistent access to a bucket of puppies. Other than that, my end ‘dream’ is to be a working actress/model with financial and creative freedom! And getting the chance to travel the world! I would love to shoot Madewell, Free People, J Crew… or work in the Judd Apatow universe. If I could have a combination career of Emma Stone and Zoe Saldana, I’d be pretty happy.

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5. Career highlights?

My career highlight at this point would probably be spending a month in Thailand to shoot a film that premiered on the SyFy network. I essentially got payed to do what I love and be on vacation. I made the best friends on that shoot.

6. How did you get into modeling or acting?

I grew up doing musical theatre (with a breakout performance in 5th grade as ‘Annie’ in our community theatre production), and was hooked ever since. I got my first agent in my senior year of high school, after I got accepted into NYU Tisch School of the Arts and knew that I would for sure be pursuing this professionally. My first agent sent me out for a bunch of modeling stuff first- and it’s stuck ever since 🙂

Cheyenne Lee Herrera Featured on Draper James

We’re ecstatic to share that our model, Cheyenne Lee Herrera was recently featured on Draper James’ website and blog, a lifestyle brand launched by celebrity Reese Witherspoon.

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Cheyenne is a curve model and body positive activist born and raised in Palm Springs, California.

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On Draper James, she talks about her struggles with body image and confidence at a young age. While she turned to art and clothes as an escape, this eventually became her career and led her to be the girl boss that she is today! She also talks about what it means to “make life pretty” and the role that fashion plays in instilling confidence for others.

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We’re so proud of Cheyenne and if you’d like to learn more about this babe and her passion for the body positive community, feel free to check out the full blog post here!

Model of The Month- Cné Rhymes

We are excited to announce Cné R as January’s Model of the Month!  She is agorgeous, confident and a joy to all her clients. From being a perfect size 18 Fit model, to booking print, Ecomm and more, she does it all! Continue reading to learn more about Cné, her highlights, goals, and how she started:

1.) Where are you from?

Los Angeles, CA 🙂

2. What you are into… studies, hobbies, special skills etc..?

In college I studied Criminal Justice! I’m also really into DIY sewing, Hair and makeup and cooking shows! Chopped makes the world go round!

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Unique Vintage! (Because Seriously how many girls get to live out their childhood dream of being barbie?!), FashionNova, Melissa Mercedes and many more!

4. Dreams/goals any thing else of interest (any other dream clients?)?

My goal is to make every woman I come in contact with feel fearless and empowered in the skin they’re in! My dream client would be Lane Bryant!

 

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5. Career highlights?

My first shoot with Ashley Stewart In New York and last years shoot with Levi’s in San Fransisco.

 

6. How did you get into modeling or acting?

Very Funny Story! My dad called me one day while enjoying his retirement watching a talk show and they were showcasing Plus Models and he called me and told me “My baby is beautfiul just like these girls on TV! You should model! That was that!!

Bicoastal Giving Back

By choosing Bicoastal, you have helped support these charities. Thank you!
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
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The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is one of the world’s most notable, nonprofit environmental organizations. Valuing realistic and long-term solutions, the Environmental Defense Fund fosters beliefs of conserving natural systems and solving leading environmental obstacles such as changes in climates, oceans, ecosystems, and health. By collaborating with others, EDF fights for change by capitalizing on varying strengths and weaknesses made possible through teamwork to discover unique solutions.
For more information on the Environmental Defense Fund, visit their website here.
Greenpeace USA
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Established in 1971, Greenpeace USA has been determined to change the world for over 45 years. With offices in more than 50 countries and a dedicated group of people who are committed to spreading Greenpeace’s values, this organization has practiced peaceful protests to disclose environmental issues across the globe. Combatting serious concerns such as global warming and the degradation of oceans, Greenpeace spreads awareness about destruction and champions diversity as the solution to provide altering perspectives to preserve the natural world.
For more information on Greenpeace USA, visit their website here.
Action Against Hunger
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Action Against Hunger is a prestigious charity committed to fighting against hunger and saving malnourished families. Receiving the highest four-star rating from Charity Navigator, being listed as an ‘A-rated’ organization by CharityWatch, and earning the Guidestar’s Platinum Participant Seal and the “Best in America” seal, Action Against Hunger is proud of their outstanding appraisals and assessments. Over the span of almost 40 years, Action Against Hunger has been involved in assisting more than 45 countries by catering to areas that have struggled from natural disasters, food shortages, and destructive strifes.
For more information on Action Against Hunger, visit their website here.
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
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With major values surrounding the proper care for animals, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is known as the first, and now one of the largest, humane societies in North America. The ASPCA has performed a notable amount of accomplishments — some of those being rescuing over 47,000 animals and raising around $12 million for Animal Welfare Organizations. Through animal rescue, placement, and protection, ASPCA is committed to assuring justice for defenseless animals across the country.
For more information on the American Society for the Prevention of the Cruelty to Animals, visit their website here.

January Model of The Month- Jocell Villa

Happy 2018! We are so excited to kick off the New Year with the Gorgeous, Vivacious and Fiery Jocell Villa as our January model of the month. Her professionalism, positive attitude, and personality has made her a favorite amongst her print and fit clients and in the industry. Continue reading to learn more about Jocell!

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1. Where you are from?

I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California! I love my city. We are lucky to have so many cultures here. My family has brought its own diversity into Los Angeles – my father emigrated from Mexico and was lucky enough to meet my magnificent mother here and raise six kids in a beautiful part of town. I’m a proud Chicana and middle child!

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2. What you are into… studies, hobbies, special skills etc..?

Hanging out with my big, loud family is very important to me. Despite modeling full-time, I still try to pick up a few shifts at my family’s restaurant. However, the only green I get in exchange for my labor is Chili Verde.

I have studied psychology and sociology because I am very fascinated by how we are shaped by our experiences, particularly the unique immigrant experience in America.

I’m very passionate about good health and living a balanced life. I highly recommend yoga to anyone seeking healing and ongoing calmness.


.3. Favorite clients from the biz?
Some of my favorites clients include Windsor, Unique Vintage and Bee Darlin.


4. Dreams/goals, any thing else of interest (any other dream clients?)?

Travelling for work is always a blessing. Also, working on projects that allow me to show my personality is a privilege I never take for granted. Oh, and to be the face of Estée Lauder 🙂

 

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5. Career highlights?
Being model of the month for Bicoastal Management, of course. Well, second to being signed by Bicoastal.

6. How did you get into modeling or acting?
I began by modeling for Spanish bridal and quinceañera magazines, which then lead to competing in international beauty pageants. Representing Mexico and the US on a world stage was a formative experience. I then moved onto modeling and Spanish television hosting. Bicoastal has allowed me to cross over into the English market and I am really enjoying the new experiences and relationships 🙂

 

 

Fashion Gives Back

It’s that time of the year where we know many have recently been thinking about charitable giving for year’s end. It is truly heart-warming to know the people we work with are so generous and charitable.

We got to chat with creative director Claudia Marenco of Human Habit about how she’s helping improve the lives of Guatemalan people and native Mayan women!

BICOASTAL:  We know you are passionate and involved about something near and dear to your heart. Do you have a moment to let us know what it is and how you got involved?

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CLAUDIA MARENCO: Yes, I am helping a non-profit organization Multiplica Guatemala that works with local artisans. I am designing bags and sandals.

BICOASTAL: Amazing! Can you tell us more about Multiplica Guatemala?

CM:  Multiplica Guatemala is an ethical brand and a local non-profit organization, with the alliance of INTECAP (Technical Institution of Capacitation and Productivity), seeks to improve the lives of Guatemalan people. This economic and commercial incentive is achieved with the collaboration of native Mayan women; giving them the opportunity and tools to empower them to become entrepreneurial women in business.  They learn how to assess risks and make decisions that benefit them and their families.

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Make sure to follow Multiplica Guatemala on Instagram here to keep up with them and shop their products!

We also got to chat with our model Suwana Perry about the charity she is working with! Continue reading to learn more:

BICOASTAL MGMT: We know you are passionate and involved about something near and dear to your heart. Do you have a moment to let us know what it is and how you got involved?

SUWANNA PERRY: Beauty for Freedom (BFF), a 501(c)(3) Non-profit foundation, whose mission is to battle the crisis of human trafficking and empower survivors, raises revenue for survivors in the developing world with a fresh approach of self-worth and empowerment through the arts. We engage the industries of Beauty and Fashion as powerful allies in the fight to end human trafficking through public campaigns, our travel-abroad arts therapy workshops for survivors and events.

BICOASTAL MGMT: How did you get involved?

SUWANNA PERRY: My dear friend Monica Watkins is the co-founder of Beauty for Freedom. We met through modeling years ago and I always admired her passion for creating platforms which encouraged charity, social consciousness and artistic freedom. I attended a BFF event about two years ago and we reconnected. We met for coffee a few weeks later and she asked me if I would like to get involved. It’s truly been a powerful experience.

BICOASTAL MGMT: What makes this issue near and dear to your heart?

SUWANNA PERRY: We all deserve the power of choice. The basic human right to have ownership over your own body. To not be violated or used at someone else’s will or due force. These issues are happening all around the world and possibly in your neighborhood. Education/ legislative change and supporting non-profits with feet on the ground are so important. An estimated 40 million people are in slavery today, we have to keep going until we see change. Here are some more statistics:

Labor Slavery- About 50 percent toil in forced labor slavery in industries where manual labor is needed—such as manufacturing, farming, ranching, logging, mining, fishing, and brick making—and in service industries working as dish washers, janitors, gardeners, and maids.
Sex Slavery- About 12.5 percent are trapped in forced prostitution sex slavery.
Forced Marriage Slavery- About 37.5 percent are trapped in forced marriages.
Child Slavery- About 25 percent of today’s slaves are children.

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Make sure to check out http://www.beautyforfreedom.org if you would like to help by donating or fundraising!

November Model of The Month: Ryn Higgins

We’re so excited to have the gorgeous, determined and high spirited Ryn Higgins as our November model of the month. Her professionalism and positive attitude has made her a favorite amongst her print and fit clients and in the industry. Continue reading to learn more about Ryn!

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1. Where you are from?
Dallas, Texas

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2. What you are into… studies, hobbies, special skills etc..?

I love getting out and exploring Los Angeles. I am a sucker for downtown and all its architecture. I love the beach. I love getting lost in the mountains above Pasadena. Where I grew up it was so flat you could see for miles, but here you have to get to the top to see it all. Its one of the greatest cities in the world!


.3. Favorite clients from the biz?
My favorite client?! I could never pick. I have met so many great clients and fellow models. This industry is full of some of the most extraordinary people.


4. Dreams/goals, any thing else of interest (any other dream clients?)?
I would love to travel more. I always have such fun when clients send me all around the world and I hope to put a lot more stamps in my passport in the coming year.

 

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5. Career highlights?
Being on the cover of Darling Magazine. It was such a beautiful shoot and something I will cherish.

6. How did you get into modeling or acting?
It happened pretty accidentally. I just showed up to an LA based Casting for  size 14 models and ended up booking it. I had just signed up for LA Casting to be an extra and see movie stars. I never thought I would get here. 🙂