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Three Models Share Their Makeup Free Monday Experience!

Posted in Beauty, Hair, & Make-up, Body Image, Confidence, Models, Parenting, Plus-Size Modeling, Self-Esteem, Unique Beauty with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 22, 2010 by Liz

Here we go again…Makeup Free Monday! In an effort to remind women of the importance of real and inner beauty, to promote better body image, to prevent eating disorders and to encourage conversations about unrealistic body ideals, Alexis Wolfer launched Makeup Free Mondays. The movement is all about empowerment. It’s about recognizing inner beauty, expanding the definition of outer beauty, and showing the world what both look like. It’s about real beauty. Many of you already know that from our first Makeup Free Monday article. You can find that link at the bottom of this article.

Amber Herendon is a wife, mother, and model.

I love the concept of Makeup Free Monday!! I usually don’t wear makeup, unless I’m going somewhere special, so for me, it wasn’t a huge change at all. I actually get more of a response from my friends if I am wearing makeup. I love the idea of being confident in our true skin and I think it’s very empowering to women. Rock on ladies!! 🙂

Tracie Stern is a plus-size model, mother of two boys, entrepreneur, and wife.

I am a model; our job requires us to show up to work with a clean face, which means not a stitch of anything but moisturizer. While working, they put on so much makeup that by the end of the day you just want to scratch the makeup off. So, I typically will take my face off the minute they clear me of the job. I’ve even been known to hit the airport bathroom and do a full scrub down before my flight. I have also found that after three or four days of wearing photo makeup, my skin needed a few days to recover, so I would go clean until the next job.

I don’t think anyone asks or wonders why I don’t wear makeup on a daily basis because I’ve gotten in the habit of not wearing any unless I have a business function, social, or casting. For the last seventeen years, I’ve showed up to work with a clean face; it just feels more natural to be natural than to be made up. I also feel that personally, wearing makeup every day tends to age me even more, so by keeping my skin clean all day, as often as possible, to me keeps it looking fresh and young. Being a mom now to two young boys, keeping my skin clean makes the morning routine go a lot faster!

Angela Jones is a wife, mother of two children, a model, and the co-creator of Plus-Size Models Unite. She is on a mission to help create a world of confident girls and women.

When I was asked to participate in Makeup Free Mondays, I knew that it wouldn’t be a difficult task for me, since I do not wear much makeup in my day-to-day life. But, it made me realize just how far I have come on my personal journey of self-acceptance.

It brought me back to the day I went into labor with our first-born daughter. My husband and I were on a walk and my water broke. I immediately went into the house, took a shower, did my hair and makeup, and got dressed…to give birth!!! I do not know what I was thinking! My husband didn’t either, but he knew not to argue with his pregnant wife!

I have realized that Makeup Free Mondays really isn’t about makeup. I went on with my daily routine, I had a meeting in the morning, dropped off and picked up our kids from school, grocery shopped, and did my normal routine throughout the day…but it was about taking a step back and acknowledging  just how far I have come as a person. Years ago, it would really have been a struggle to walk out the door with no makeup on and feel beautiful, but today…I did. Because today, I know that beauty is not just skin deep…to me beauty is about feeling confident in who I am as a person and how I live my life. There are elements that played a part in getting to where I am today and continuing to grow and for me they are pushing myself out of my box, going for goals, pursuing dreams, sometimes being knocked down and getting right back up, even if it takes me awhile 🙂 but, never giving up! The other is my constant support from my family and true friends.

I love makeup. My normal everyday makeup consists of mineral powder, bronzer, mascara, and cherry chapstick and I love to take it up a notch when we go out for a date night or with our friends. When I work, it is so much fun having my makeup done; the makeup artists are so talented and it is fun to learn little tricks and tips! I feel it is important to take a little extra time to make yourself feel extra special!

Thank you, Beauty Bean! Thank you for this opportunity. It was a very memorable day. To allow our daughter to witness mommy participating, talking with her about what true beauty means, and that being beautiful is also about being respectful to yourself and others. Throughout the day, I never felt I had to explain what I was doing, but I did feel that I wanted to share the idea with others and see if they would like to try Makeup Free Mondays out next week!

*Thank you, ladies!

**Here is a link to more information about Makeup Free Mondays


Introducing Natural Model Management…An Agency Created by Models for Models that Value Models’ Natural Build & Body Size and Encourages Models to be Healthy.

Posted in Articles, Books, & Magazines, Beauty, Hair, & Make-up, Body Image, Confidence, Fashion, Inspiration, Media, Models, Plus-Size Modeling, Self-Esteem with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 10, 2010 by Liz

Katie Halchishick and Bradford Wilcox have launched Natural Model Management. Natural Model Management is the first modeling agency to create a division dedicated to bridging the gap between the industry standards for “Straight Size” and “Plus Size” divisions. The Natural Beauty board represents stunning models that resemble those of the classic coveted supermodels of the 80’s and 90’s. Natural values models and their natural build and body size and encourage models to find a healthy balance in life and in their bodies.

Natural Model Management co-creator, Katie Halchishick

Please tell us a little about Natural Model Management. What inspired you and Bradford to open up your own agency?

Natural Model Management is a Los Angeles based agency that is dedicated to health within the industry, while upholding a high respect level between models, clients, and ourselves. Natural Model Management was created by models for models and every division has a successful model as a mentor and advisor to educate other models on how to have a lasting career. The number one complaint of most models is the lack of communication between themselves and their agents. All any model wants is to get one on one attention from their agent to help guide and educate them on the industry and give them constructive criticism they need to improve. Sadly, this can be hard to find but it is our number one priority at Natural. We encourage a healthy life style and healthy weight for all of our models while giving them the respect, as a person, to choose what size is best for them!

It was a huge eye opener for me to be a six figure model at 200 pounds and be considered a “success,” and then finding health and happiness for myself after losing 50 pounds, and being told my hips were two inches too big be a “Straight Size” model. I was a “Plus Size” model at a size 14 and at a size 6. I had reached that point when my body wouldn’t get any smaller despite my constant workouts and diet; I had to make a choice…

A) I cross the line of health and go to the dark side forcing my body passed what it is capable of by some sort of eating disorder, diet pills, smoking, drugs, etc.

B) Keep working out for 2-3 hours a day and eating the worst meal delivery food that equals 1200 calories a day and still be the biggest girl at every casting at a size 6. Or, I could choose something else… after a long breakdown crying session with Bradford, where I fully let out all the frustration and anger, I decided that playing by someone else’s rules wasn’t going to work for me (it never has). I chose option C.

C) Use what I had learned to better myself, share what I had learned from this experience, and actively work to change the damaging affects of this industry and how it effects all of us.

There is a huge misconception that only women are mistreated in the fashion industry, and the truth is that male models face a lot of the same issues as well. We are inspired by each other’s ideas, success, and outlook on life. We just want to bring clients new models that are well coached, with less attitude! We believe change happens from the inside out.

What sets Natural apart from other agencies?

When you start as a model, no one teaches you how to model! It really is kind of crazy; they send you off to a job with no clue how to move or what to expect. We are spending time with all of our models to teach them what is expected of them. We want all of our models to feel confident in themselves and in their abilities. Every job is an honor and it is the models responsibility to go in to a job, use what they have learned, and get rehired.

What does it take to be a Natural model? What are the requirements? How do girls apply?

We represent female models 5’8″ and taller, sizes 4 to 16. We want girls that are healthy, and as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside. Our male models are 6’0″ – 6’3″ with 30” – 32″ waist.

You can apply by going to and clicking on the Become a Model tab, fill out the required information, and it will be sent to our team to review.

Where is Natural Model Management based?

Los Angeles, California

When Natural represents models, you work one on one with your models to help them have a longer lasting career. We think that is awesome! Can you please tell us why you do this and what you help your models work on?

Moving – this is an art form that has to be practiced. We will show the models what moving on set looks like, the do’s and don’ts and why. It always helps to see examples, so we review the models film to help them to know good angles and poses for their bodies, etc.

Confidence – Confidence is HUGE! You can be the most beautiful girl, but if you don’t have confidence in what you are doing, it shows. Confidence comes with practice!

Honesty – We really are honest with our models without being disrespectful. We are constructive and positive, so our models believe in themselves and us. That is really important; you should always believe in yourself and if your agent starts to make you doubt that, you may want to look elsewhere.

Education – We also educate our models on important life lesson like paying your taxes! That is also something that no one teaches you as a young model. We don’t put random charges on models accounts so that we can make extra money, and we ask for approval before any charges go on a models account.

Natural believes it is important to set a healthy example to girls and women. What does being healthy mean to you?

Being healthy is having balance in your life, both physically and mentally. Love life and always explore what it has to offer.

Why are the models who are represented by Natural special?

Our models are all special because they are asked to join the team; that means they believe working to set a higher standard for all models. Our models are awesome people who have more to offer than just being pretty, and they truly are as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside—and they prove it. All our models just want a chance and we feel so privileged to have them as a teammate.

What impression are your models going to make on the clients?

Because of the size of our models, they won’t be doing tons of high fashion work. The great thing about that is the clients for catalog work are so awesome! I have been so lucky to work with some genuine great people and that is exactly what they can expect from our models! We understand that these clients can use anyone, and we want them to choose our models for exactly that!

Plus-Size Models Unite co-creator, Angela Jones.

*You can find out more about Natural Model Management at and!/pages/Natural-Model-Management/165648113455490.

Natural Model Management represent male models as well…