Only 5 days till Christmas…eeeek! Have you spotted our Boss Babes and Juniors in this year’s Manchester Arndale Christmas Campaign? Gerry, Calla, Georgia, and Boss Juniors, Petra and Geva had a ball on this year’s shoot.
As always we are super honoured to a part of this year’s campaign, a Manchester-born agency working with the cities successful shopping centre which represents some of the greatest stores, events, and food!
Tania Blake, Boss Model and mum of Boss Juniors model Jamie, joined the agency last Christmas and has already been paving the way in adding even more extra spice to our Originals Division. We caught up with our Cheshire Boss beaut to see what she’s been up to…
Hi Tania, it’s lovely to have you in at Boss HQ. So tell us how did you first get into modelling? I have always been a model on and off since the age of 15. It’s all I have ever known really. I am originally from NW London and I‘ve been very fortunate with a long successful career in modelling working on some really exciting campaigns along with some amazingly talented people.
Some of them that stick out are working with Tess Daley on the Braun Hair TV commercial and when I was younger I was used on all the teen magazines, Just seventeen and Jackie!
Well, we’re delighted to have you with Boss. What have you been working on recently? I’ve been busy! …Since I have been with Boss I have had the pleasure of working on shoots for JD Williams, Aldi, Trinity Shopping Mall and recently my favourite has been a campaign for Cotton Traders which was their first TV campaign ever and involved me wearing 5 looks to a coat, from casual to chic… I loved it!
What do you most love about Boss Model Management and modelling? Since moving up north from London 8 years ago, meeting Boss Model Management has allowed me to continue to do what I love with a quality agency whilst being a mum too! I’m also enjoying seeing the campaigns my son Jamie has been working on. His favourite was a Disney commercial!
So when not being a model or a mum how do you spend your downtime? I really passionate about my fitness and I love my weight training and yoga. Fitness has always been important to me not just for being in shape for a model, but I’m very passionate about leading a health lifestyle as much as possible.
Tell us something not everyone would know about you?I am also trained as a Primary school teacher.
What’s on your bucket list? To carry on modelling as long as I can, I just love it! I’m also proud to be an advocate for the ‘over 40s’ model. I think sometimes potential models are put off as they think modelling agencies are just for young people but it’s not like that and just because you’re a mum doesn’t mean your career stops. Since I have been with Boss there have been some fantastic shoots I’ve worked on.
Thanks Tania. We agree beauty has no age and girl you are rocking it!
This week the Boss spotlight is on Men’s Model Ben Smith and his recent work for F#*king Young online Magazine, an inspirational platform focusing on men’s fashion and culture. Shot in our lovely loft at Boss HQ by the fabulous Jay Mawson and styled by Boss Creative Donette Lathbury, explores the background to Ben’s modelling journey so far…
Taking things back to the very beginning – how did it all start out for you?
Hey there! My name’s Ben Smith (a boring name I know), and I’m a 21-year-old student model. Born in Tokyo, Japan, and raised in a town called Maidenhead in the south of England. Tokyo, Japan? Yes, but still 100% British. I’m currently based in Manchester where I balance modeling with my university studies; a tricky one since I study mechanical engineering. I’ve spent a huge part of my life being devoted to sport: previously representing my country in the field of rowing. Since then, my hobbies have turned to food and fitness, which is what you’ll see spread across my social media.
How were you discovered/scouted? And what were your first feelings when you happened to sign your first contract?
I was approached by an agency at a young age, 16 or so, but at the time they thought I was going to be too tall. Yes, you can be too tall to be a model! I was already rising through six-foot and I didn’t look like slowing down. The agency wasn’t looking to invest their time in someone who wasn’t going to fit clothes in a few years’ time, so the idea was brushed aside. Fast track to when I moved to Manchester, at 19, I wasn’t too tall, and I’d stopped growing. The timing was right and so I found my place at my mother agency, Boss Model Management. Within a few months of starting up, my life flipped upside down. It was a bit of a whirlwind experience for me. Since starting I’ve signed with another five agencies, totaling to six worldwide, I have traveled abroad for work and collaborated with some incredibly talented individuals, many of whom I owe thanks for helping me get to where I am.
Who’s been the dream client to work with?
I’ve recently had the pleasure of working for part brand part philanthropists, ‘Pangaia’. Clothes are made with seaweed: a zero-waste approach is taken, and earnings are directed to a non-profit organization. It was great to be a part of the movement towards positive change in the industry. I’m hoping more of these opportunities come my way in the future.
Favorite modeling experience so far?
This one’s easy. Traveling. four weeks in Milan and five weeks in Istanbul has been remarkable, as they were so different culturally but equally surreal experiences. I feel extremely lucky to be able to travel on stay where agencies are so accommodating, it’s one of the major highlights of the job. Throwing myself out to as many different places as I can through modeling has become the new challenge, so keep an eye out where I head next!
Could you give us a fun anecdote about yourself?
You’ll love this one. My first major casting for the Burberry runway show. I was in line with my shirt off, waiting to walk for Riccardo and the casting director. I walk around the corner and they’re sat at a table some distance away. I was instructed to walk to the table and back twice, it was so quiet you could almost hear a pin drop. I started walking, and with every second step my right shoe would produce a squeak. A squeak that sounded a little too similar to breaking wind. I continued to walk to the table and back, twice, lighting the room up as I walked. When I finished I couldn’t help but burst out laughing. Thankfully, they also found the funny side. I ended up getting Burberry as a regular client after that too, so I can’t be too embarrassed.
Three words that describe your best self are…
Weird (just a little), outdoorsy (if that’s even a word), and driven.
Essentials to bring along your travels for a last-minute job are…
My travel pillow, 100%. After that, probably headphones or a book, when you sign up to model you sign up to wait around a lot.
How do you react to trolling and online criticism?
I’m fortunate enough that I don’t get a whole lot of it, and when I do, I tend to just see the funny side.
What are your thoughts in regard to the whole Instagram thing?
Instagram is a deeply rooted part of the industry, so you have to welcome it into your life to reach your full potential. I’ve definitely built connections through the platform that I otherwise wouldn’t have, so I can be grateful for that.
Do you feel empowered through your social media channels? If so/not, how come?
I think what’s empowering is seeing the ease with which you can have a positive impact on others through social media. Once you find yourself with a wide enough audience that you can do so, I think it’s important to make good use of it.
What do you wish you could have done differently throughout your journey?
I feel like the timing of my modeling career has actually worked out perfectly. If I wasn’t so tall and I’d started at a younger age, I’m not convinced I would have had the same success.
Any major inspirations?
I tend to draw inspiration from those around me, I find nothing more motivating than seeing, and surrounding myself with, people who are hungry for the same things that I am.
Learning through experience is the only way to progress as a model, all the screwed-up castings, weaker images and things you wish you did differently are how you ultimately progress. It’s a necessary process, so I don’t think there’s any reason to look backward.
What’s the wisest lesson you’ve learned about being in the industry?
Be yourself, because you can’t be someone else better than they can.
Any advice to give the young wave of aspiring models, wanting to venture into such field?
Think about the reasons if/why you want to model early on, and when you’re sure, keep your feet on the ground and be proactive!
On Friday 13th September, journalists, models, and designers descended on the capital for one of the most highly anticipated calendar events, London Fashion Week!!
At the Waldorf Hilton, Jamie Wei Huang pulled out all the stops to present her new SS 2020 collection. With a hint of punk and 90s feel, the show boasted an array of bright colours and shades paired with hints of metal and leather, including eye-catching electrified hairstyles.
One beauty that did catch our eye was Boss model Amber. Storming the runway, wearing a contemporary silk shirt and sheer skirt, paired with oversized sandals, our boss beauty Amber truly captured the unique luxury womenswear label.
Here are some shots of Amber from backstage at Jamie Wei Huang SS20 show.
Earlier this week the world celebrated International Youth Day. What is it? Established by the UN back in 1999, aims to raise awareness and encourage young people to become active and create positive changes.
At Boss, supporting young talent and creating opportunities for our people is in our blood, and we’re super proud to coach and mentor a range of young faces.
Meet Kaiden Williams, Boss model and ambassador who is breaking down the ‘norm’ of the industry and he isn’t holding back!
Following in the footsteps of the iconic Winnie Harlow, Kaiden has taken the industry by storm and secured some major bookings to kick start his modelling career.
As well as launching two major high street campaigns, Kaiden featured in a BBC News article about his condition which is known as vitiligo; having once covered up his patches he is now a role model and inspiration to other young people with this unusual condition which affects only 1% of the world’s population.
We are so proud to have him on board and he is an absolute winner to work with. Confident, polite and impeccably professional, this boy will get noticed and we predict he will be one of our major rising stars this year.
Whilst we’re all waiting for another glorious summer heatwave we thought we would share with you some golden sunlight of our very own and share our sensationally elegant Helen Brumby with one her beautiful new images. When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine! 😍
We have never been blown away by a show as much as this one! This Dolce & Gabanna show was set up beautifully with breath-taking views held in the historic Sicilian town of Agrigento. With the beautiful golden hour light shining through the temple, Dolce & Gabanna debuted their new collection which was worn effortlessly by our Boss Goddess Lily Flynn.
Lily is no stranger to the runway and working with the likes of D&G, booking regularly with them. We couldn’t be any prouder of our girl and we are super excited to see what else is in the pipeline ✨
From Juniors to New Faces, meet the super handsome Josh Pink.
As well as being a gorgeous Boss Model, Josh has been up to some exciting things recently. When he’s not studying and modelling, he’s a top lacrosse player. Starting from the age of 10 our Boss boy has been a part of some major wins such as U12, U14, and U16 titles in the North West.
Not only has Josh been picked to be on the Metros squad, an exchange programme between Stockport and Anne Arundel in the USA, In 2015 he successfully trialled for a place on the England Talent Pathway which has led to him being picked for the U20 team for the first ever U20 European Lacrosse Championship. A major event to celebrate this will be held in sunny Prague from 29 June – 6 July 2019
Keep your eyes peeled for our super talented Boss boy who is making waves. Now available for bookings, you can view Josh’s Boss profile at:
He’s a poet and don’t we know it. Check out our gorgeous Boss boy Max Wallis for Attitude Magazine’s Pride Issue 2019.
Celebrating Pride month and the magazines 25th anniversary, Max is showcased in a 9 page spread chatting alongside Jake Bass, titled ‘The Porn Star and The Poet’
The pair speak openly about intimacy, poetry, porn, weird leaps of faith and what pride means to them. We couldn’t be prouder of Max for having the confidence to share his journey and thoughts to the world.
This issue isn’t one to miss and a must read. Grab your copy now!
Welcome to our second edition of Model Off Duty. Up next, we have a gorgeous Boss babe who’s love for writing has got her passionately speaking about feminism, queer theory and post-colonialism. She’s a poet and yogi with a heart of gold, we wanted to get inside the creative mind of the stunning Natasha Turner,
Hey Natasha, firstly congratulations on finishing your exams and final year! Tell us a little more about what you were studying please
Thank you! I’ve recently completed my degree in English Literature. It has definitely been the most challenging but rewarding three years of my life. The topics I’ve covered have spanned from race, feminism, queer theory, post-colonialism to cultural theory. I’ve also created a plethora of original poetry and short stories through my creative writing units. I feel like the course has broadened my outlook on the world and has taught me the importance of finding a voice.
What inspired you to write what you wrote in your dissertation?
My dissertation is about how African-American authors have used literature as a form of resistance against their oppression and internalised self-hatred. In modern America still wrought with racial tension and inequality, I thought there was no better time to look towards the literature of the past to understand why prejudice towards Black Americans still endures.
So, do you see yourself in a career in literature, What are your top career goals?
I’m still figuring this out for myself, but I want to help people with whatever I do. Writing is my passion, so if I could use it to express my ideas with the world, in the hope of making someone else’s life that bit easier, that would be amazing. I also fantasize about hosting my own Louis Thereoux-esque documentaries, as I love engaging with different people and hearing their stories. I would also love to take it further with BOSS, as I think adding diversity and real, attainable bodies into the industry is fundamental and extremely positive.
Now that University is over, what are your 2019 Summer plans?
I’m planning on starting a blog this summer so I can use my words to discuss important issues that will hopefully open the reader’s mind. I also want the blog to include self-help and self-love themes, as I’d love to create a platform that could resonate with, or help even just one person out.
I also want to be more active in volunteering. I’ve recently joined the Extinction Rebellion and I’m working with a local group to form ideas about how we can tackle climate change in our area of Manchester. I’ve also been researching into volunteering with refugees and asylum seekers, to make them feel welcome and more comfortable with English.
I also want to improve my yoga skills and practice daily meditation again, as it took a bit of a backseat with the university stress. Finally, I’m going to a festival called Meadows in The Mountains in Bulgaria. Festivals are my ultimate happy place, so I can’t wait!
Now enough about education, more about YOU…
Your Instagram tells us you like to travel, where have been your favourite holiday destinations and why?
This is a tough one as I’ve loved every country I’ve been lucky enough to travel to. I’m pretty adventurous, so Croatia, Portugal and Spain have been great places to swim in the ocean, cliff jump and mountain trek. I also think Barcelona is one of the coolest cities ever, with great food, style and street art.
On to Fashion and Beauty:
Tell us your hair care secrets…
My holy grail is Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Condition, without it I would definitely be looking like Sideshow Bob from The Simpsons. I also couldn’t live without my afro comb, because I think the bigger the better!
How would you describe your personal style?
I would say my style is pretty eclectic and depends on how I’m feeling on the day. Sometimes I’ll put on a whimsical bohemian dress, and sometimes I’ll go more androgynous with suit trousers and Doc Martens. I don’t see the point in limiting ourselves to just one style, I think it’s fun to dress up as different characters and versions of yourself, and not caring what others think.
Heels or trainers?
Trainers all the way!
Trousers or skirts?
I wear them both as much as the other, it just depends on my mood!
Finally, what is your mantra?
Nothing can dim the light that shines from within – Maya Angelou.