2013 is already lined up with castings and opportunities in the modeling and fashion industry. Full Figured Fashion Week will be finishing their casting tour for their 2013 event. My colleague, Joy Ashley is spear-heading some great things. Here’s more about her and what’s to come…
Joy Ashley is an actress, stylist, and plus size model signed with MSA Models in New York. She is also an entrepreneur and writer. Dealing with her own share of struggles in the modeling industry and interacting with unsigned models has fueled the fire of her entrepreneurial spirit. Providing opportunities for plus size models, along with changing the landscape of the plus modeling industry, has become a large part of her career.
Joy has created two companies. The first is Model Mission Collective. It is a photography company comprised of three industry professionals who are stars in their perspective genres. They have teamed up to create this talented collective of amazing artistry. Model Mission Collective offers a package that includes hair, makeup, creative direction, and styling for a reasonable price…$350. If you are familiar with the modeling industry you know that is an amazing deal. Joy says “I am not looking to become a millionaire with these photo shoots, I’m looking to prepare aspiring models with amazing images and a professional shooting experience that they can afford.” Model Mission Collective has shot with top models in the industry including Asia Monet and Samantha Lebbie. They also work with aspiring models. I’ve shot with the Model Mission Collective and enjoyed my experience
The second company is the NYC Plus Model Network. It produces events and castings solely for the plus size model. In creating this company Joy hopes to provide opportunities for models to network, grow, and succeed in the industry. Her latest event will serve as the ULTIMATE plus model casting. This event has gathered some of the biggest plus size brands to be a part of a casting panel. Those panelists will have the opportunity to interview and audition undiscovered talent and possibly cast them for future projects. The event will also showcase vendors, celebrity designers, and stylists. Be sure to get your early bird tickets for just $25 (while they last) and mark your calendars for Saturday, January 26th.
Through her efforts, Joy has hopes to change the industry one event, casting, and opportunity at a time. Her vow to help, regardless of her accomplishments, will always be a part of what drives Joy’s innovative and groundbreaking work. Who knows what’s next? Whatever it is, it will be exciting and full of curves.
Until next time…Andrea