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The NINE5FOUR Magazine 2011 Vote4Me Model Winners talk about their next steps and the voting experience!
SO… You both won the Vote4Me Contest Powered by 711HURT. What was the overall experience like? Candace: Oh gosh, I was kind of nervous at first because I had never entered in a contest like this before. But I knew I would make a great spokes model and I had tons of support from my family and friends, so why not!
Melanie: It was fun and the first time I have ever did a voting contest so I’m glad I won too.
What do you both feel it takes for a model to be successful in the industry today? Candace: You have to give 110% all the time. Whether your working a modeling gig or even just out at the grocery store, you never know who you’re going to meet so you got to be on your A game and network with everyone. Of course you have to stay healthy and in shape, that’s a given. But most importantly, keep a positive attitude and remain dedicated to the goals you have set for yourself. I think that’s the most useful thing anyone can do, modeling or not! :)
Melanie: You have to be the total package and have something to set yourself apart from the rest. Also a good portfolio and resume.
Who are some of the influences both in and out of the industry that you look up to? Candace: In the modeling industry, I definitely look up to Tyra Banks. I think she’s a great role model because she has come so far in her career and is always striving to help young women. She was told she would never become a model and overcame so much criticism and look at her now! She’s such an inspiration!
Melanie: My friend Brittani D because she has accomplished so much in the modeling world within one year and she is reaching her goals.
5 Years ago, where did you think you would be today? Candace: Probably not sitting here interviewing for the cover of NINE5FOUR Magazine lol… Lets see... 5 years ago I was still in high school and the only thing on my mind was graduation and going onto college!
Melanie: I thought by now I’d be rich and famous but I guess ill give that another 5 years ;)
So you did the cover shoot, what was that like and what is the next step for you girls? Candace: The cover shoot was so much fun! I’m really glad I got to shoot with Mel, we get along great which made it really easy. The next step for me is continuing what I’m doing now, I want to keep doing print work and hopefully land another magazine cover!
Melanie: The cover shoot was super fun and so was working with everyone. Yes, if you were there us models snacked then ate thin crust pizza. The next step is to further my talents and book more stuff.
Besides modeling and being beautiful, lol what do you guys like to do for fun? Candace: Aw thanks D :) I actually work at a law firm full time so that takes up the majority of my time. After work I usually hit up the gym, I WORK OUT! LOL. And any other free time is spent with my family and friends. I love going to the beach and on the boat, or even just lying around watching a movie and relaxing. I really don’t go out and party much because I like to get my beauty rest ;)
Melanie: I love to work out so that and shopping!
I know you girls hit the gym, I mean look you lol. But seriously, what kind of workout routine do you girls have? Candace: Oh yah, you know it! I try and work out 5 times a week; I do 3 days with a personal trainer and 2 days at the gym. Lately my focus is more on building muscle so I have been doing a lot less cardio and a lot more weight training.
Melanie: I’m a personal trainer so I love to mix things up but mostly lifting weights. I hate cardio, couldn’t do it to save my life.
When did you get started with modeling and what inspired you to be a model? Candace: I started about a year and a half ago doing promotional modeling because I wanted to make some extra money, and it just grew from there. I still do promotional modeling because you get to interact with the consumers and it’s a lot of fun but now I have branched out to other various types of modeling.
Melanie: I started modeling when I was 13 and I just wanted to do it.
What type of model would you guys like to be classified as in the industry? Candace: Honestly, I don’t want to be classified as anything in particular. I don’t want to limit myself, I love glamour, swimwear, fashion, runway, everything! I love modeling all types of clothing, shoes, and accessories. I think I’m sort of like a chameleon when it comes to modeling. Put me in some high heels and lingerie, I’ll rock it! Put me in jeans and a T-shirt, I’ll rock it! Put me in a paper bag and I’ll rock that too!
Melanie: Fashion, print, and fitness model
So I know every guy wants to know this, how would a guy approach you and get your undivided attention? Candace: With humor! I love a guy that can keep me entertained and make me laugh. Of course the guy has to be attractive too, but personality goes a long way with me!
Melanie: He has to approach me nicely, not shouting “hey ma” or whistle at me like a damn dog across the room.
What types of characteristics do you look for in a partner? Candace: Well, I keep myself in shape so I want my partner to do the same. A good sense of humor like I said before. And he’s got to be romantic ;)
Melanie: A nice guy who cooks, cleans, does laundry, a guy who has manners and wakes me up with kisseys every morning :)
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Candace: I think perfect happiness can only be achieved when you’re happy within yourself. Don’t rely on other people to make you happy. Love who you are, and love what you’re doing in life and then, I think you’ll truly be happy :)
Melanie: I just want my few close friends, family and a big chunk of moolahh!
If you could go anywhere in the world and do anything you want, where would it be and what would you do? Candace: I want to travel the world and see everywhere honestly. One of the places I would really like to visit is Europe, I have never been there and I would love to backpack across the entire country!
Melanie: It would be to Europe and I would wan to backpack around like a tourist with a friend lol
Who would you love to model with if you could model with anyone of anytime? Candace: Tyra Banks of course, she’s my idol and I feel like she would give such great advice.
Melanie: Candy! We make great model buddies and such a fun duo.
Both of you are so outgoing and personable… Have you been approached by agencies and other talent scouts? Candace: Oh yah, I work for a couple of companies, but I am still working on landing a big agency!
Melanie: Yes, while I was out doing a fashion show.
What’s your drink of choice when you’re out? Candace: If I’m dieting, Stoli Raz & club soda, thanks to my sister :), If I’m out at a club, a blue long island and If I’m out at a bar, a Guinness!
Melanie: Shots! And my drink of choice has no name. It is rum, orange juice, pineapple, splash of Grenidine and Sprite.
Who was your worst kissing partner? Candace: I’m not the type to kiss and tell ;) You really think I’d put him out on blast like that? Not my style. :)
Melanie: hmm can›t kiss and tell and that would be so mean of me.
Do you guys have any hidden talent? Candace: I can touch my tongue to my nose, LOL!
Melanie: I can burp on command haha.
Any celebrities that you would love to be with if given the opportunity? Candace: David Beckham, he’s a hottie!!
Melanie: No clue!
Would you have the heart to approach the celebrity and flirt with him? Candace: I don’t know, right now I would say yes I would, but we’d have to see about that when the time comes. I know I’m very outgoing and have a ton of energy, but when I first meet people I’m usually pretty shy.
Melanie: Well I would if I was single but I would be a ballsy friend and tell him my friends interested!
Where can the readers see more of you two? Candace: They can check out my new Model Fan Page on Facebook > http://www.facebook.com/#!/candy.brenn.model
Or they can visit my portfolio on Model Mayhem > http://www.modelmayhem.com/644835
I have a website that I’m working on as well but it’s not up yet :)
Melanie: I have a fan page on facebook “model melanie kate” and twitter @modelmelaniek8
Do you guys have any final words or shout outs? Candace: First and foremost, I’d like to thank God for blessing me with amazing opportunities. Thanks to all my family & friends for their love and support!!! I wouldn’t be here without you guys and I appreciate everyone who has been there for me and helped me along the way. I can’t wait to continue on with my career and see where it will take me. Shout out to my bestie who also models, Zamayra Centeno, and my personal trainer that keeps me in shape Dennis Sheppard at New Body Architects! :D XOXO Candy <3
Melanie: - Be sure to look out for me this year and shout outs to a “bug”, and all my friends :)