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Manda Mae: Profile + Interview

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Manda Mae: Interview
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The first words that comes to your mind when you hear Inspiration, Passion, and Strength

What comes to mind when I hear “Inspiration, passion & strength” is my life. I think of my life when these words come into play because everything I do has been built on all three of those terms; I am inspired every single day by other beautiful models/mentors and if it weren’t for the inspiration they had given me I wouldn’t have as much passion for the industry as I do. My strength is something I depend on every single day, I take new challenges and push myself as hard as I can, strength isn’t just something I use to push myself but it’s also the power of giving myself comfortable limitations.

Who are you? (Answer how you interpret this question)

My name is Manda Mae, I am 20 year-old internationally published model from Wasaga Beach, ON. I am naturally blonde with blue eyes, stand 5’5, am passionate about body art, fashion & photography, animals, and making people smile. I started modelling at a very young age for pageants & small clothing companies. In 2009, body modifications became a huge interest in my life & soon became my main focus; after collecting a few tattoos I started modelling again in 2011. I started shooting for all different clothing companies across Canada & U.S such as Dirty Shirty, Novel Thread Co, Ironfist, WolfNCrane, Frightmare, Twonk World and more. After getting my name out, I was starting to land publications in magazines such as Missy/Ink Magazine, Tattoo Lifestyle, Xalt, and Tat2Magazine. In 2014 I landed my first big gig, a high-profile billboard downtown Toronto as a promotional model for Northern Ink Xposure. Since then I have taken place in many different events such as the 2014 Sullen Angels Inked Up World Tour, Project One Way Toronto, music videos, & more. During the day when I’m not shooting you can find me cuddling or at the park with my big Bernese Mountain dog! On the weekends you can find me partying it up in the city of Toronto with my promo family “Cruel” which can be found on Facebook, we’re always hosting awesome events… come find me! 

Why do you do what you do?

Modelling is something I have always held a big interest in, ever since I was a young girl being in-front of a camera made me feel comfortable & made me feel myself. I always loved to be in all the family pictures & loved to take my own photographs. I have always had a big appreciation and open mind to any type of art whether it was fashion, painting, music, tattoos ect, I always loved it all. I do what I do simply because it makes me the person I am.

When did you know this is what you wanted to do, and what events led you to choose it?

I knew this was exactly what I wanted to do last year, though I’ve always had a passion and loved all the aspects of the industry. This past year has really made me realize this is where I want to be and exactly what I want for myself. I’ve experienced a lot of different things over the past couple years being a freelance model, you really have to just trust yourself & take every risk there is to take because it’s always a lesson learned in the end.

Toughest thing you had to overcome to do what you do? And what/who helped you?

I think the biggest struggle I had coming into this industry was definitely my worries about the way people were going to judge me. Over the past couple years I have done tons of different shoots from fashion, boudoir, implied, etc. Everyone has their own opinions and at some point in time you’re going to cross people that don’t agree with your work. For a while, I struggled with people stating their negative opinions but overtime I’ve realized if you love what you’re doing, you shouldn’t let anyone change that feeling. I think what mainly helped me get through this is my photographers. I couldn’t be more thankful for my photographers, as each one of them helped me push past this feeling by making me feel beautiful in every way. I’ve also had a lot of help from really supportive friends & family.

Has anyone/anything ever inspired you to become who you are (to follow your dreams)? Have you ever inspired anyone directly?

I have been inspired by so many different models, business owners, friends, and family to follow my dreams…

Main model inspirations: Cara Delevingne, Bernadette Macias & Sara Fabel. I would consider all these ladies my main modelling inspirations because they all bring their own unique feel into the industry. I have been following all three of these ladies for a long time & hope one day I can inspire people the way they inspire me.

 

As for myself inspiring other people, I try to inspire people I talk to everyday as much as I can to chase their own dreams. I believe chasing your dreams is one of the most important things to conquer in life.

One mistake that you made in your journey? How have you learnt from them?

I think a mistake I’ve made in the industry was trusting people I shouldn’t have but I honestly don’t regret a second of it. There is always going to be obstacles in your journey so I don’t think people should waste time dwelling on the past but instead move forward with your head high and take the next best opportunity. 

Upcoming projects? Plans/goal? (about anything, if you have any)

I have tons of upcoming projects right now such as magazine publications for Skin N Ink Magazine & Inked Girls Magazine, two new music videos that I will be featured in, and more unreleased work to come!
This summer I have some super big plans coming into play that I haven’t yet released but it’s going to be unreal. Be sure to stay updated on my Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter accounts.

What advice would you give to other people? (Just about life in general - It could be about anything)

My advice for everyone is to chase your dreams & never let someone tell you that you “can’t” because you can make whatever you want out of your life.

Say anything you want, about anything (Last words)

Love you all! Be sure to stay tuned with me on social media!!

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Manda Mae: Profile
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Full name

Manda Mae

Age

20

Place of Birth? (city, country)

Barrie, ON Canada

Where you live now? (city, country)

Oshawa, ON Canada

Origins (where parents are from)? (city, country)

Barrie, ON Canada & Michigan, US

First Language?

English

What do you do? (Profession/Occupation)

Club Promoter, Internationally Published Model

How long have you been doing it?

2-3 years

Fav Song

Fuck Your Opinion- Dizzy Wright

Fav Musician/Vocal artist/Rapper/Singer

I love all music but if I had to pick a top three right now I would pick Blink 182, Isaiah Rashad, and Lana Del Rey

Fav Movie

Alice In Wonderland

Fav Actor/Actress

Brittany Murphy

Fav Clothing brand

No favorite

Fav Visual artist/Photographer/Filmaker/Dancer/Choreographer

Terry Richardson- photographer

Fav Sport to watch

Hockey

Fav Sport to play

Volleyball

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Photo Credit: Niko Artphotography