Typical teen, Cat, first fell in love with ModCloth as a customer. “I would find myself constantly daydreaming of shooting with ModCloth, wearing the fabulous clothing and sporting vintage hair and makeup,” says the then aspiring model. After responding to a posting on our careers page, Cat’s dream of stepping in front of the camera came true – and neither Cat, nor ModCloth, could be happier! While Cat’s luminous locks and twinkling eyes help make every snapshot sparkle, her enthusiasm and grace make her delightful company in the studio. As Cat puts it, “A mantra of mine is to always be kind, and bring your own sunshine, because life is just more fun that way.”
Who or what inspires your personal sense of style? How do you emulate those people or inspirations in your wardrobe?
My personal style inspirations exude femininity. I always am curious to see what Taylor Swift is wearing in her music videos, at her concerts, and on the red carpet. I adore her style: vintage-inspired dresses, quirky T-shirts, Oxford shoes, and red lipstick. So, whenever I get the chance to wear a ladylike dress with a pair of fun vintage shoes, I feel very Taylor! Moreover, I get much of my style inspiration from vintage fashionistas traveling the world. I have been on a vintage-travel kick on Pinterest lately, finding some gorgeous pictures of ladies sporting fabulous clothing while dining at a Parisian cafÃ© or lounging in the train station. Their outfit combinations help to spark my style.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
For seven years, I classically trained as a singer. A few years ago, my family realized that my heart belonged to modeling, because they would catch me practicing poses instead of practicing my music! A fascinating family fact is that my mom – dubbed the “ModMom” by me – was a model when she was in her early 20s. Modeling is in my genes!
What lessons have you learned about modeling?
Practice, practice, practice! I always make sure to study fashion stories in magazines, carefully examining models’ different interpretations of clothing pieces and how they move in front of the camera. Then, I work to try some of those poses in front of the mirror, testing them out and adding my own pizzazz! I have learned that surprising photographers with a new pose or facial expression helps to bring my inner energy to the surface. While a pose may feel awkward or uncomfortable in the moment, it may turn out completely different on camera. I always try to step outside of the box and just go for it! When I am working hard at shoots, I always make sure to block out everything that is going on around me and focus on the camera. This helps me put all of my energy into getting the perfect shot.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
In the future, I can see myself scooting along city streets on a pink moped, zipping to the nearest cafÃ©! I have always been a city girl, and after traveling to Ireland, London, and Paris with my family, I know in my heart that I will, one day, reside in a European metropolis. I am quite interested in pursuing a career focused on Media Studies – a combination of radio, TV, and writing. I definitely plan on continuing modeling, too, since I absolutely adore posing for the camera and adding my own flair to different pieces of clothing and accessories.
What are you most passionate about, and why?
Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved to draw, color, and paint. I am also quite passionate about writing and being transported to a different time or place through books. I love hanging out in libraries and bookstores – the older the better – and finding my own little nook to cozy up in. Of course, my main passion is modeling. I have the time of my life modeling at ModCloth, and it is truly a dream come true to work for this fab company!