Our cover – international model Tawny Jordan

Tawny Jordan loves being an international model and nothing is more exciting than the day-to-day adventures of a model. She takes every job she is given very seriously because she realizes that first impressions are lasting, and she always wants to represent her brand and her agency to the fullest. She is always energetic and full of enthusiasm at any shoot, and wants to only deliver the best results every time she is in front of the camera.  With her prior modeling experience, she feels that any premier opportunity would be consistent with her goals by eating healthy and putting in the time to work out.  

She is committed. Being a model doesn’t mean just being pretty on the outside, the inside matters as well. 

Tracey D. Smith (Editor-at-Large)

- First off tell us how you were "discovered" and how your modeling career all started?

T.J.: I was first discovered when I was in LA and I was approached by a model manager. She came across my photos and asked me if I was interested in working with her. I took a leap of faith and trusted her, we are working together till this day. My manager has made me what I am today, she coaches me, offers great advice and I can't wait to see what 2015 has in store for us. 

- Was modeling something you always wanted to do, or did it just happened?

T.J.:  Modeling was always a dream of mine especially when I was a little girl. I loved posing for pictures and being in the spotlight. I remember going through fashion magazines, those women were all so gorgeous and I aspired to be like that one day. I'm very lucky that dream began when I was 19 years old. 

- If you weren't modeling what would you see yourself doing?

T.J.:  If I wasn't modeling I would be owning a clothing company. I always wanted to own my own business, whether it would be a boutique or online store. I would carry clothing that I saw myself and other women wearing. I would shoot the clothing line in exotic places and put my heart and soul in it. Even though I'm modeling now someday I plan on continuing this dream of mine. I always believed you can do more than one thing.

- What has been your favorite shoot / campaign / work to date?

T.J.: My favorite campaign to date would have to be with the company Pink Lipstick. I absolutely love working with them and it's never a dull moment. Their clothing is so hot and sexy! Not only do they sell lingerie, but sports apparel too. I rock their stuff at the gym all the time and I can't help but feel sexy even when I'm sweating. I can't wait to work with them again this year.

- How would you describe your personal style? Where do you pull your inspiration from? 

T.J.: My personal style is very eclectic. I don't have just one style, but I have multiple. I love form fitting or very loose clothing, high waisted bottoms, leather anything, floral patterns, high heels and unique pieces. I pull my inspiration from what's hot in today's fashion and sometimes I tie in pieces from the 70's and 90's, vintage items, like plaid or high waisted shorts.

- Besides modeling, let's talk about your other talents.

T.J.: Besides modeling, I really love acting. I started acting as a child, whether it would be declamations, drama class or school plays. I got back into acting last year when I was on set for Transformers: Age of Extinction and I instantly knew I wanted to continue acting again. Overall it was an amazing experience and I got to work with the famous director, Michael Bay.  Another skill I have is being a Corona Ring Girl featured on Showtime. Being a Corona Ring Girl I've had the opportunity to work with the famous undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather and many others. Needless to say, I enjoy working on camera whether it's a movie or a boxing match.

- Sometimes the modeling industry gets a bad rap with the jealousy and egos encountered between other models and agencies. Was this true for you?  Have you managed to tough it out and make good friends?

T.J.: I'm a drama free person and I try to stay away from it. I can't let drama get in the way of my career, so I always stay focused and remain positive. One of the things I do to keep focused is that I have a set schedule, I wake up, eat, workout and then all that stress is gone and I've got the whole day to take on and focus on my modeling career. I think people shouldn't get caught up in drama because it's very negative. Staying positive helps me grow and better myself.

Being in this industry there is no need for drama. I've made friendships with a lot of cool models, photographers and directors who have felt the same way I do. I think I'm pretty lucky.

- Five things that you can't live without?

T.J.: Delicious food, family, cell phone, expensive moisturizer and my dog Crizzly.

- Give us 5 facts about you people may not know.

T.J.: I received my black belt in karate when I was in 5th grade. Kickboxing is my favorite way to workout. I'm a pretty good cook. I'm an animal lover, yes even snakes! Finally, I love to adventure and try new things.

- If you are asked to pick up a casual outfit within 2 minutes, what would it be?

T.J.: Easy! I would choose a cute top, high waisted shorts and a pair of Vans or Converse shoes.

- What's the best and worst thing about being a model?

T.J.: The best thing about being a model is that I get to travel the world and do amazing things. The worst thing is that it's not easy being a model, a lot of effort is involved with taking care of yourself and staying in tip top shape. Sometimes it's hard to do that when traveling so I always look for gyms and choose healthier meal options and snacks of course!

- What are your goals as a model? How do you see yourself progress in this field? 

T.J.: My goals as a model is to continue traveling, networking and making every year better than the last. I have seen progression every year I've been modeling, so I need to continue staying focused and not giving up. 2015 is looking fantastic, so much is in the works and if you follow my social media you can stay tuned in my journey.

- How do you communicate with people? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements?

T.J.: I'm a very social and optimistic person, so I'm always open to suggestions or criticism. It's important to not take offense to the suggestions or criticism people give you, but to learn from it. Being optimistic about things has opened a lot of doors for me. Another thing that I've learned is to not be afraid to take risks. It can be hard to try something new, but you'll never know if you don't try. 

- Tell us about your education: Have you attended fashion modeling courses? What related courses or studies have you taken?

T.J.:  I have not taken any modeling classes, but only suggestions from my peers to better myself. I feel that my manager has guided me and has made me a better model. Modeling has given me the opportunity to wear and shoot amazing pieces from designers. I honestly love what I do! A little fun fact about me, while I was college I applied and got accepted to another school to get my degree in Fashion Merchandising because I loved working with clothing. 

- New Year Resolutions. 

T.J.: I have many, but I'll let you in on a few! I plan on buying a house this year, traveling more and reading at least one book a month.

Tracey D. Smith Editor-at-Large
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