23 Feb Miss Erin Emanii
Erin Emanii Carter was born and raised in Golden State, California. At age 6 she relocated to Michigan, were she experienced the majority of her childhood. Since becoming an adult, Erin has traveled the country in pursuit of her dreams as a model. Erin’s friends would describe her as very ambitious and passionate about her career. She stands 5’6 and is 28 years old. After over 9 years of experience, Erin has met many people and has developedher talents in areas to include: print, promotional, runway, radio, music videos, and independent films. Erin Emaniihas been featured in developing magazines and newspapers all over the country and continues to work diligently in her pursuit of increased exposure and bigger features.
Since dedicating her life to this career choice Erin has not looked back and takes every opportunity very seriously. As a precaution, she is often times accompanied by an escort to ensure that whomever she spends her time with does not take advantage of her femininity. Throughout Erin’s experiences she has been made aware that many photographers do not like escorts, and for that reason she has been very selective of offers she considers.
Notable features include promotional modeling for big corporations like Pepsi in 2008, Maybelline and Starbucksin 2012, and gracing runways nationally. Erin’s experience as an actress ranges from playing the background as an extra for Stomp the Yard 2 in 2009, feature roles on the big screen in 2011 release “The Citizen” and “SextMessaging” in 2012. Needless to say she has owned the runway walking in everything from local events and small celebrations, to huge fashion shows like, PeaceLoveSpandex that attract designers and patrons from all over the world to Detroit. Most recently Erin has graced the cover of GEI magazine’s 2014 Swimsuit and Lingerie edition and has also been cast in Eloise which will be released next year.
Fierce: For those who are not familiar with you can you please introduce yourself?
Erin: My name is Erin and I am an up and coming model.
Fierce: How did you get your start in the modeling world?
Erin: I started out when I was little doing fashion shows for stores and then I did America’s Next Top Model but I was short so I did not make it. I did however run into Tyra Banks afterwards who told me to not stop so I kept going. To hear that from one of my idols really motivated me.
Fierce: What was it about modeling that attracted you to it?
Erin: I like being in front of the camera, dressing up and wearing make up. When I was little I liked dressing up in my moms clothes and making faces so that is what I love to do. Getting in front of the camera and playing dress up. That is what I love to do and being able to wear different styles of clothing.
Fierce: Do you feel pressured to look a certain way in this industry and how do you handle it?
Erin: Well I am naturally slim and I have been that way all of my life; so when people say I am too skinny it does not bother me. When I post pictures they tell me I am too skinny and I say “thank you” I hear that a lot. I am use to it does not bother me. The negativity gives me motivation to keep going on. This industry does want you to look a certain way but I don’t allow it to get to me.
Fierce: Which do you enjoy the most, being in front of the cameras or being on the catwalk?
Erin: I love both but I love the camera more if I had to choose. But I do love the catwalk but it is hard to book those gigs because of my height.
Fierce: When I was coming up the top models were Tyra Banks, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford , etc. and now it seems everyone is model now with posing naked on IG and bent over but you actually being a model, how does it make you feel to see these other genres being considered “models” as well?
Erin: It does make me feel a certain way. When I get contacted to do a photo shoot it’s the photagraphers looking for the stripper type and that is not what I do. Real models compared to the Instagram or stripper models its kind of hard on us. Strippers will do things for free so they will book them versus models like us that have experience.
Fierce: Everyone thinks that modeling is just sitting pretty and posing but a lot work goes in to it. Being a model how much work and time do you have to invest?
Erin: I’ve invested a lot. I have been doing this for almost 5 plus years. When I get ready for a photo shoot I have to start getting ready for it the day before. Some photo shoots are first thing in the morning and some are in the afternoon. I have to make sure my nails and toes are done. I have to make sure I am perfect before I go on set. It’s so hard for you to remember everything before going on set.
Fierce: What are some of the misconceptions that comes along with being a model?
Erin: There’s a lot. I go through so much or whatever to get everything in order. It’s like everything has to be done right. You don’t want that photographer to yell at you so you have to be on you’re a game for everything to fall in place for the designer that you are taking the photos for. Some designers do not want their pictures messed up so you have to give them that 100% and more at time.
Fierce: Who are some of the women or men that inspired you or still inspire you to be a model?
Erin: Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks are the 2 that I look up to and the other one is Imani. Those are the biggest ones that I look up to and I get pointers from. Sometime I will go through their pictures so I can see their facial expressions and what I do is practice in the mirror their expressions so I can get better.
Fierce: Where do you see yourself in the future with your career?
Erin: Actually hopefully I see myself where Tyra and Naomi are at today. Very successful and to be able to help others in their career and hopefully open up a agency.
Fierce: What is some advice that you would give anyone looking to become a model?
Erin: Make sure they do their research with photographers and different agencies. Some in the industry are scam artist and you have to watch who you sign with because you don’t want to sign your life away. You also want a lawyer that can read over your contracts for you as well.
Fierce: Anything that you would like to say to your fans and supporters?
Erin: Well I would like to thank them for everything that they have done with getting my name out. I always see a couple of my fans retweeting or sharing my pictures and promoting me and I really appreciate that. I love them.
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