Monica - A Confident Woman
Trust your gut! If it doesn't feel right, pay attention to that but also, have fun with it, don't take yourself so seriously and enjoy putting yourself out there.
It's all a part of the growth inside you.
Don't worry about what anybody thinks, if it's for you, you can't go wrong!
When did you start with modeling? Can you recall your first photo session?
~I was 22 when I did my first photoshoot in Washington DC with the agency, Model Management. They said I photographed young, so they sent me to NYC to photograph sexier images with a photographer named Panos. That was 2 days before 9/11 and things just went on hold because if it. I left for Arizona shortly after.
You are into implied nude /nude art photos too. Can you explain to our readers implied and nude art from your point of view
~ When I was 24 I befriended a photographer named Anil, he approached me about doing nude photos, I just felt it was an opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and embrace myself for exactly who I was!! No secrets. There is something very liberating and empowering about being there naked...it's not sexual but it definitely enhances all the senses that make you feel like a woman! A confident woman!
Favorite lingerie for photo sessions?
~I never thought of myself as a lingerie person but I'm enjoying the dress-up factor of it! I love things with lace and peek a boo appeal, it's the teasing before baring it all!
What would be your advice to young girls who would like to start an alt modeling career? Also, advice to girls who would like to do artsy implied nude/nude photos like you?
~ Trust your gut! If it doesn't feel right, pay attention to that but also, have fun with it, don't take yourself so seriously and enjoy putting yourself out there. It's all a part of the growth inside you. Don't worry about what anybody thinks, if it's for you, you can't go wrong!
~I love to write, it's the easiest way for me to communicate and share. And I love photographs because of the same reason, I love the history behind the photo. It's fun to create and share a story, whether it's your own or you're helping someone with theirs!!
Reader? 5 favorite books?
~I do read but I wish I read more! My top 5...
* The Alchemist
* The Rum Diary
* anything murder mystery
* Naked Lunch (made me so uncomfortable)
* Anything Jodi Picoult
Healer - Reiki master - tell us more about that
~ I've been a massage therapist for over 7 years and it came at a time when I needed to be peaceful, it changed my life and I love what I do. I connect with people in ways that most people don't allow you to connect with them. It's very vulnerable and I'm privileged to be able to share that with my clients. I do Reiki as well, which is energy healing and an extension of that deeper connection I'm able to share with clients.
Plans for 2020?
~ I definitely want to create more with people, I've already been meeting so many wonderful people through alt modeling this year, it's been incredible! And travel, I'll be all across the US this summer and hope to collaborate with more people!! If I'm really lucky, I'd like to make it to Europe by year's end! I've met a lot of fascinating people on social media and I just think it would be great to bring those relationships full circle!
Social media accounts so people can see your work.