Model: Sienna Eve Benton @benton_fashion
Photographer: Matthew Bragonier @thetigersaint
Make up: Demyra Raven Payn @d_dot_ray
Interview by @maryjaynnnne
How did you start modeling?
I was a student of photography at Sacramento State. I realized it’s hard to get subjects to volunteer their time when you don’t have a portfolio developed. So to complete several assignments I shot self portraits and developed a better understanding of photography when it comes to directing my subjects and taking direction from other photographers. It wasn’t long before both my modeling and photography portfolios started to develop.
Tell us what are you into besides modeling?
Photography for sure! But now I’m also pursuing my Masters in Acting at the New York Film Academy where I’m learning not only acting but shooting, writing, and editing films. As long as a camera is involved I’m happy. Oh and food! Very important!
Who is your favorite model or artist and why?
The Victoria’s Secret Angels and photographer Russell James! I have never seen such appreciation of black and white fine art nude work before. My eyes were truly opened when I saw his work and then started watching the Angels behind the scenes. I love that the Angels represent a healthy lifestyle with fitness and eating healthy and being strong and confident which is a perfect recipe for feeling like a sexy woman! I know I’m no angel because I’m “fun sized” but that at least makes me a Cupid!
What do you do in your free time?
I have a furr baby so I spoil her rotten with walks, runs, and the park. She helps keep me in shape cause she’s half black lab and half pit. So she needs exercise as I do I.
I’m also a typical Cali girl so I have to be at the beach or anywhere outdoors where the sun shines bright and I can get in the water.
How do you handle motivating people around you?
I yell at them. Jk! Actually I think people are naturally motivated by being around others who are motivated. It becomes a beautiful form of team work. When I see someone I know who’s busting their butt and getting publications or features or amazing jobs out of it, then I tell myself I need to put some pep in my step which makes me work harder and think more creatively. So I feel like when someone who knows me see’s me doing that…it motivates them too. It usually results in helping each other out and building careers together. But let’s not forget that at the end of the day you gotta be your own motivator. And the only way to do it is to do it.
What’s the biggest city you’ve been to?
Los Angeles! Not bad for a girl who grew up in small country towns with populations of 1000ish. But I’m gonna keep aiming to travel. I think New York would be amazing because I love looking at the photos of women walking down the street everyday looking like little fashionistas!
What’s your most favorite city to visit?
I gotta admit I really enjoyed Washington DC. I never thought I would adjust to places that remind me of politics and stress but I REALLY enjoyed my time there and am really looking forward to going back to visit friends.
What city do you have on your list to go to before you die?
I have to admit though I have my passport, I’ve never been out of the country so there is a whole list of cities I have to experience! Rome, Siena, Crete, Paris, etc…
Are you a coffee lover? If you do, where is your favorite place to get it?
I’m so addicted it should illegal. I wrote a whole blog on Venti sized drinks you can order at Starbucks that are 300 calories and under. But I mean I also looooove little cafes that seem are like little hidden secrets. So intimate.
What advice can you give to photographers and models?
If it’s last minute and you can’t make it to a shoot for some reason, at least refer your next best person to take your place. It’s professional and people will respect you at least made an effort to not waste their time by providing someone to do the job just as good. Everyone knows fashion is a tough business to break into and it’s a ridiculous amount of TF work. So if everyone took time off, try to respect that by finding a back up.
Another tip I would recommend is people need credibility to feel comfortable in collaborating. Always include your website/social media pages of your trying to put together a photoshoot. Anyone can claim to be a photographer or a model and then either have no portfolio or a undeveloped portfolio. Professionals need to know two things. If you are real, and if your “for real.”
What do you prefer? Bad boy or Classy Men?
I like Bad boys who graduated to being classy men. Alpha males who don’t flaunt it unless they need to.
What instantly gets you off?
Stolen Kiss. Love it when my man knows I’m not expecting one but I want one.
Are you a giver or taker during sex?
When I’m in a relationship, I really like everything to be 50/50 in all aspects including making love. However, in the bedroom, my man does have to have a certain way of making me feel like I’m a WOMAN 😉
How can we follow you online?
Personal Website: http://evesillusions.wix.com/benton-fashion
FB: Sienna Eve Benton
This article is published in Alwayz Therro Issue 67
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