Top Model and “You, Me, NYC” contributor, Natira Simone, is happy to offer one-on-one model coach courses to up and coming and seasoned models needing brushing up. This class would be a 2 hour session, giving advice on which direction each model should go in; teaching correct catwalk, posing and model etiquette, and will also provide snacks. Please contact Natira Simone via email at: email@example.com, to book your session today!
Exceptional physical condition, extreme weather tolerance and the ability to lift a significant amount of weight, is just the tip of the iceberg, regarding what it takes to be an Ornamental Iron Worker. Now, couple that with beauty, grace, elegance and high-fashion, the end result is “True New Yorker” Porcha Gordon.
Originally from Houston, Texas, currently living in the Bronx, Porcha is an Ornamental Ironworker going on eight years, with an additional career in the industry of high-fashion modeling as well. According to Porcha, the uniqueness of her profession and the impeccable views, are what she loves the most about being an Ornamental Ironworker. What she loves the most about being a model, is being able to dress up and showcase beautiful designs.
One of the challenges of this dual career, was the constant transformation from Ornamental Ironworker to model. Gordon remembers when she first started to model, she was not graceful at all. Her walk made people cringe. She had to learn how to walk all over again. Balancing both professions takes a lot of physical energy out of her, especially, when a show runs late and she gets very little sleep for work the next day. Additionally, she tends to get nicks, cuts and bruises, which can be impose an issue in front of the camera.
When asked if she faced any animosity in such a male dominated industry, Porcha replied, “Not really but occasionally, I get a guy who thinks that he can bully me because I’m a girl”. According to Porcha, due to her size and her looks, she would get a few interesting stares when seen in her hard-hat and construction gear when she first started. Now, those stares have turned in to admiration and people being impressed.
One of her most interesting experiences in her daytime profession, was working on the new Tappan Zee Bridge and in the world of modeling, discovering a whole new universe and being a part of it, which is the opportunity of a lifetime. However, where there is interesting there is also embarrassment. Porcha recalls, a time when she was working over someone not realizing there was a can of “Redbull” in her back pocket. Somehow she crushed the can and it got all over her and her construction pants. She had to continue the rest of the day working in her leggings. Another awkward moment for Porcha was when she was modeling. She was wearing patterned “granny panties” which happened to faintly show through her outfit.
Porcha’s busy schedule between careers does actually allow for some downtime. During the few moments she does have for herself, Porcha cherishes the time she spends with her friends, as well as playing in all things makeup. She also likes to participate in beauty classes and catch up on sleep, which according to Gordon, sleep is boring but it’s the best thing ever.
Once finished with her journey of self discovery, Porcha eventually wants to travel the world with her best friend. For now she will continue to maintain two careers and continue the path she has been following which makes her great grandmother proud. Although her great grandmother is no longer with us, she is still Porcha’s greatest influence in life.
“Wrapped by Nellz” a Brooklyn based hair wrap line is making quite a stir in the local community and New York City as well. Jamaican born, moved to Brooklyn from Florida where she was raised, had a lot to do with why Nellz got into the custom hair wrap industry. She loves the diversity and the fashion the city has to offer. Nellz has always worn hair wraps and has received a ton of compliments. She would use scarves and shirts, however it would just not look right, the threads would be showing, amongst other effects, which was another factor that prompted her to get into the business of making custom hair wraps.
After praying and consulting with the pastor of her church, and aligning her vision with her church, Nellz stepped into the world of being an entrepreneur. Owning her own business plays a huge part in maintaining the ministry and the church of which she is a part of. Taking that bold step, has really jump-started a passion and ignited her creativity side. Nellz started to wash, cut, iron and sew her own wraps and created many various sizes for all to enjoy.
Her design style is focused mainly on a lot of African prints and patterns with a collection of calm textiles and materials as well. She gets most of her fabrics from Africa, California, Florida, Texas and New York City. She likes to obtain from these different areas based on their distinct vibe as opposed to what is already the standard in New York City. With that being said, one of Nellz’s favorite designers is Betsey Johnson and the way she boldly expresses her love for the “out of normal style”. Nellz follows suit by not always matching her wraps with her outfits, creating her own “out of normal style”.
One of her biggest challenges of owning her line is finding the medium and looking for repetition. Being fairly new to the industry, Nellz experiences little day to day achievements and struggles as she tries to pinpoint the trend and avoid the norm. Once she has defined the mean, she will know what to expect at that point going forward.
Whatever little downtime Nellz has, she focuses on her family and her heavy involvement with her church. She also has been evaluating as to whether she will be adding earrings as an additional accessory to her line as well. She has been receiving a lot of positive feedback from her customers regarding her wraps and when she will be adding earrings as well. Should Nellz decide to add earrings to her line, I am already positive it will add an additional “finishing touch” along with one of her wraps, to any wardrobe that is missing that eye-catching accent and completing the look with a touch of exceptional brillance.