Model Spotlight I Kel G
Name: Kel G
Ethnic Origin: Austrian, English and Irish
Hometown: Waukesha, WI
College Attending: University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Area of Study: Marketing and Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations
How were you discovered by Agency Galatea? My sister actually had a meeting scheduled with Marie last summer and I just came along for support! I guess Chris liked my look because a year later here I am. :)
You can only watch one TV show for the rest of your life, but the series will never end… which show would you choose?
It’s hard to choose, because I like either really trashy, brain candy-type reality shows, or adorable family sitcoms. So to narrow it down to two, Boy Meets World or Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
Q: What’s the best way to stay fit while still having fun?
A: Zumba is the best to go to and have fun with your girlfriends, while getting fit!
Q: Being a Summerfest Veteran, what are some tips or advice you can give to first time music festival go-ers?
A: OH DEAR LORD. Dress appropriately! I can’t tell you how many bums I saw this year coming out from underneath high-waisted shorts.
Would you rather… Go a lifetime without Starbucks…or go a lifetime without Panda Express…?
YOU CAN’T DO THIS TO ME… If I absolutely, positively had to…I would go without Starbucks. Though I’m a fan of my Venti Iced Chai with a shot of vanilla, you can’t find one within 20 miles of school and I have to drink generic chai when I’m there (WOW first world problems). But you can’t replace the deliciousness that is Panda Express.
What’s your go-to froyo flavor?
Cake Batter. Hands down. Sprinkle on a few Butterfinger crumbles and some marshmallow fluff and you’re golden.
Q: What’s your involvement with movement of curvy models being incorporated into more fashion campaigns?
A: As I’m still very new to the industry, I think my role right now is to make my peers aware that “Plus” is just another size group. It’s just a category like “Juniors” or “Petite.” If the label of “Plus” were never added, being a size 12 or larger wouldn’t be so intimidating.
Q: Are there any curvy models you admire?
A: I’m literally OBSESSED with Australian Plus model, Robyn Lawley. She’s got an amazing, fashionable swimwear line for girls with curves. Everyone should check her out… :)
Q: What’s the best advice you can give girls struggling with embracing and being proud of their curves?
A: I am totally still working on finding my balance for my body, but everyone has to realize that no two people are the same, and the thigh gap is not meant for everybody! I think that dressing for your body is very important, and I’ve been discovering that I love my curves more when I am wearing nice fitting clothes, instead of trying to get back into my high school jeans.
Special Note from Kel G
I remember going to a modeling agency about 2 years before I met my AG family, and being mortified by being rejected as a straight size model. At the time I was working out pretty excessively with marching band in high school, and I was thin enough to see my ribcage when I breathed. I just didn’t understand why my measurements weren’t good enough. So I hit the gym for hours every day on top of marching band practices but nothing was working to make me smaller. I thought my dreams of becoming a model were shot.
I just want to say thank you to my AG family for reminding me that I am beautiful at my size and opening my eyes to the world of plus modeling. Without you all I’d probably be just wallowing in self-loathing instead of embracing and celebrating the body God blessed me with. :)
Thanks for checking in with AG Model Spotlight, Kel G!
Model Spotlight I Scott Hegland
Name: Scott Hegland
Ethnic Origin: Norwegian
Hometown: Rosemont, IL
College Attending: Lewis University
Area of Study: Business Administration
What plays have you acted in? I’ve done two plays- ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’ and ‘Moonlights and Magnolias.’
What roles did you play in each? For my first play, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ I requested a minor role, so I played the sheriff. And then in Moonlights and Magnolias’ I didn’t have a choice of a minor role because it only had a cast of 4 characters.
If you could…
Sing one song on American Idol, what would it be? ‘It Takes a Man’ by Chris Young
Play one character in any show on Broadway, who would choose? I don’t do musicals, but I would make an exception to play Sweeney Todd– the demon barber of Fleet Street.
Fitness and Martial Arts
Q: Best way to stay fit?
A: Weight lifting and a high protein, low calorie diet.
Q: What do you recommend eating pre/post workout?
A: Banana before a workout, and a protein shake and chicken with brown rice after a workout.
Q: What types of martial art do you practice?
A: I study Hapkido and Tae Kwon Do.
Q: What is the difference between Hapkido and Tae Kwon Do?
A: Hapkido is a more practical self defense that involves real world situations. It has a heavy focus on wrist and joint locks. Tae Kwon Do is more flashy and focuses on punches and kicks.
Q: How long have you been practicing?
A: About a year
Q: What made you want to become a martial artist?
A: Marie Anderson suggested martial arts to me.
Q: Has being a martial artist helped you in your modeling career? How so?
A: I think so. My martial arts experience got me a job for the Cannes Film Festival.
Thanks for checking in with AG Model Spotlight, Scott Hegland!
Model Spotlight I Bella
Name: Bella Miller
Ethnic Origin: 50% Colombian & British/French/German
Hometown: Springfield, Illinois
Nickname: Bella (my full name is Isabella). In the modeling world I go by Bella, so my nickname for Bella would be Bells.
College Attending/Area of Study: Wilbur Wright College. I’m planning to transfer to the Art institute or Columbia College Chicago to most likely study Graphic Design.
When/How were you discovered by Agency Galatea? I was discovered in Miami by the agency I was with prior to Galatea. I was 14 at the time, but officially started when I was 15 years old. Being with that agency led to the need for an agency in Chicago (my hometown) and my agent in Miami recommended Agency Galatea. I signed with Galatea when I was 17.
Q: Best way to stay in shape?
A: To always watch what you eat. I don’t workout, but I bike almost everywhere I go.
Q: How do you balance your modeling career while in college?
A: I schedule my college classes in a way that I can have plenty of free time in case of a booking. For example, my first semester I scheduled my classes so that I only went to class two days a week and the rest of the week was left open for modeling.
This or That?
Picnic or Nice Restaurant? Picnic
Sushi or Pizza? Sushi! I do not like pizza.
Bright Colors or Neutral Tones? I wear a lot of black, so I would say neutral. However, I love pastels.
Heels or Sneakers? My favorite Doc Martin sneakers. I wear them every day.
Hey, Bella! Can we go thrift shopping?
Q: What is your favorite store to shop at?
A: My favorite place to shop is either thrift stores or the Urban Outfitters surplus. I never pay retail prices. Especially for clothing I can make myself (which I have done plenty of times).
Q: What store do you think has the best deals for bargain shoppers looking stay on trend?
A: The Urban Outfitters surplus has the best deals.
Q: What is the most memorable style you’ve ever had at a photo shoot?
A: I can’t say I’ve had a favorite yet, but probably the shoots I had in New York were more to my liking.
Q: How would you describe your personal style?
A: I wouldn’t put myself in a certain genre. Some days I will wear skirts and things that would be categorized as “kawaii” and other days I tend to be a tomboy and usually wear black. Black is always in style. I tend to buy things that people would think are ugly and then make it work.
Q: What is one accessory you can’t live with out this summer?
A: Probably all my backpacks. I’m not a purse type of girl. I always need a backpack because I’m always out and about.
Q: What is one tip you can give people who are interested in thrift shopping?
A: If the thrift shop looks old and dirty, then it will probably have the most interesting clothes.
Arts and Cats
Q: When did you start drawing?
A: I’ve been drawing all my life. My dad is a painter, and as far as I can remember I’ve always been encouraged to draw or paint.
Q: What medium of art is your favorite?
A: A lot of my art is known for being very clean, as if it was printed. I don’t do a lot of sketching. I use markers and pens to do must of my work.
Q: What do you use as inspiration for your art?
A: For inspiration I usually go to my best friend who I look up to. She really inspires me to draw and I love her artwork. However, I am not like her. I work best when I am given a problem and I solve it instead of making my own problem. Which is why I am good at designing logos and clothing for companies. They present me with a problem and from there I create what they want. Abstract is not my strength.
Q: How many cats do you have? Dogs? Other Animals?
A: I have one dog and three cats.
Q: Have you always been an animal lover?
A: Yes, always. I love animals :)
Q: How did you get Ponyo to be so photogenic for you on Instagram?
A: I always have my camera on me wherever I am so that I can capture random moments when my cats are doing cute or funny things. And not only to capture my pets but other moments in life. I really enjoy photography.
Q: When did you start designing art for t-shirts?
A: I got into designing logos and what-not because I post a lot of my art on Instagram, from that a clothing company in New York saw my work and approached me about designing their clothes. The company is King Panda Apparel. Since then, I’ve done logos for other small businesses such as coffee shops and other groups who were in need of logos.
Q: How do you design the t-shirts?
A: I do all my work on illustrator. Which takes a lot of patience. I start by making a sketch of what the company wants and from there I scan my sketch onto the computer and recreate what I sketched onto illustrator. By using illustrator I can send the companies vector images of their design which allows them to alter the design to put it on shirts or hats. So basically it enables them to make the design the size they need.
We hope you enjoyed getting to know AG Model, Bella! Don’t forget to check back with us next Friday for another Model Spotlight : )
Model Spotlight I Watts
Name: Michael Watts
Ethnic Origin: Black, White, Indian
Hometown: H-town baby… Houston, Texas
Graduated from/Area of study: Lincoln College, Lincoln, Illinois/Communications
Q&A with Watts!
Q: How were you discovered?
A: My former agent, Ms. Kay set up a meeting and introduced me to Marie and the rest of the gang. Everything just felt right, so we moved forward and signed a contract. I couldn’t be happier to be with Agency Galatea.
Q: Best way to stay fit?
A: Never over eat. Your diet should consist of protein, veggies, fruit and a little whole grain. If you have to eat junk food or dessert, don’t over do it and stay active everyday.
Q: What is something you’d recommend to people trying to stay active?
A: If you’re not into sports or don’t like to workout, take advantage of weekly chores like mowing your lawn. If you have a push mower…don’t use the self propel motion. Get outside and do some gardening. All of the bending over and constant moving around will help you burn calories and stay fit.
This or That?
Books or Movies? Hmm.. I definitely watch more movies/TV but I still love to read books.
Coffee or Tea? Coffee in the morning. Tea in the evening.
Early Bird or Night Owl? Both. I don’t need much sleep… I stay up with the owls and wake up with the birds.
Board Games or Video Games? Video games, because it’s 2014. Every now and then who doesn’t like to bust out a board game? Monopoly, Twister, Sorry, Candy Land, Trouble, OPERATION, and last but not least Mouse Trap.
Would You Rather…
Always be cold? or Always be hot? Hot, because I’m from Houston.
Always have to wear socks and sandals? or Always have to wear a hooded sweatshirt backwards? Rock the hooded sweatshirt backwards for sure.
Have Cheetos dust permanently stuck to your fingers? or A permanent milk mustache? I’d definitely go with Cheetos dust on the fingers… your fingers would always taste good. Or you could rock the classic MJ glove and be stylin on everyone all the time. Plus, you wouldn’t be walking around looking like a clown with a permanent milk mustache.
I’ve heard you like to cook organically…
Q: When and why did you start cooking organically?
A: Long story short, seven or eight years ago I started educating myself about farms and all the foods that come from farms. Foods like dairy products, meat, and eggs. Once I learned how the animals were (and still are) being treated on large-scale farms, I started supporting my local farmers. I started buying local, sustainable, and most importantly healthy food that your body naturally recognizes and takes in.
Q: How often do you cook?
A: Every day. I really do have a passion for cooking. I love to see the response I get when I cook for others. They have that look that’s like, ‘What? You didn’t make this…’ ha I love that.
Q: What’s your go-to recipe?
A: I want to say meatloaf is my go-to recipe…but it’s definitely chicken– grilled bbq chicken, baked or roasted chicken, boiled chicken so it can be pulled easily…I LOVE CHICKEN!!!
Q: What’s your go-to grocery store for organic foods?
A: Hyvee Health Market, Greatest Grains and the local farmer’s market.
Q: What’s your favorite organic brand?
A: Kalona Super Natural. All their products are made here in Kalona, Iowa. They have grass fed dairy products, free range for the animals, and low heat pasteurization for the milk. There’s no hormones or steroids– just happy, healthy animals that produce healthy food.
Q: What other recommendations do you have when it comes to organic food?
A: If I can recommend anything, it would be to educate yourself on what you are putting into your body. Before you throw something in your cart at the grocery store, turn the item around and look at the ingredients. Most of the time if I can’t pronounce something, I’m not buying it, let alone putting it in my body. Long lists of ingredients that I cannot pronounce scare me.
Thanks for getting to know Watts! Check back with Agency Galatea next week to see who will be featured as our Model Spotlight.
Model Spotlight I Angie Ruis
Model Spotlight: Angie Ruis
Ethnic Origin: American (Dutch)
Hometown: Aurora, Ohio
Nickname: Angie Pangie
Q&A with Angie!
Q: How were you discovered?
A: By Marie Anderson at a convention in Toronto 1994
Q: Favorite job thus far?
A: Nautica Campaign shot by Peter Lindberg
Q: Chocolate or Vanilla…or Strawberry?
Q: What charity or charities are you passionate about and why?
A: March of Dimes and Autism Speaks. My twins were born at 27 weeks and my son was diagnosed on the autism spectrum
Q: Favorite travel? Favorite international travel?
A: Anywhere in Italy. But I love Europe as a whole and Australia
Q: Best way to stay fit?
A: Any Beachbody program and running
Q: Guilty pleasure?
Q: If you could trade lives with someone for a day, who would it be?
A: Mary from Downtown Abbey! Could you imagine living in that house??
Q: What’s your go-to work out?
A: Focus T25. It’s cardio weights all done in 25 minutes! Amazing workouts!
Q: What’s your go-to recipe?
A: Usually my Shakeology since it’s so fast and easy but I make yummy fish tacos too!!
Q: What’s one piece of advice you’d give to someone trying to get fit?
A: Don’t give up! One day or one week of not sticking to a plan won’t break you!! Get back up and keep trying! Also your nutrition is 80% of your results- eat clean!!!
Angie Plays ‘Fill in the Blank’ with Us!
When I’m not modeling I can be found: Being a stay at home mom to 4 great kids!
My hidden talent is: Being a mom of 4 great kids!
Celebrity Crush: Russell Crowe in Gladiator
Favorite item of clothing in my closet: White Gucci loafers I got in Milan 20 years ago. I’m waiting for them to make a comeback!!
My weirdest phobia is: Saliva! Too much of that is NOT a good thing.
The sport I kick butt at is: I used to be a pretty good high jumper in high school! Now it’s the sport of juggling (kids, modeling, being a wife)
My best stress reliever is: A great yoga class
When I wake up in the morning, I always do these two things: Brush teeth and have coffee- in that strange order
The best prank I’ve ever played on someone was: Telling my husband about baby #4. It was great because he thought it was a prank- but it wasn’t!!!
If I could pick one person to have dinner with, dead or alive, I’d choose: Jesus
My favorite thing to do on a Saturday night is: Cook a great dinner and watch a movie
I’m totally addicted to: Game of Thrones
The most bizarre dream I’ve ever had: Getting back in to modeling after all these years- it’s coming true too which is even more bizarre!! :)
The embarrassing moment that still makes me cringe was when I: Came out of the bathroom at a party with toilet paper coming out of the back of my jeans! Not a good look.
The best gift I’ve ever been given was: My kids (Luke and Lydia 6, Eloise 4, Miles 2)
If I weren’t a model, I’d be: Doing what I am now- being a mom!!
Thanks for reading! Check back with us next week for another Agency Galatea Model Spotlight!