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Meet Rastik Bily, an aspiring model and true gentlemen (Seriously, he helped carry photo equipment on set). Rastik describes himself as an easy going man who is deeply rooted in his faith. Take a look at some of his best shots!

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Fashion designer, Hardy Amies stated, “A man should look as if he bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care and forgotten all about them.” Rastik epitomizes this quote as he is very dapper in this stylish suit.

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To learn more about Rastik, you can find him on Facebook or Model Mayhem.

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Growing up in the Dominican Republic, Nadia Peña had no idea that she would become a model. As a kid, she was thoroughly content singing and dancing on a kids TV show. Years later, in a New York City spa, the director of an agency asked her if she wanted to model.  Nadia did not take the inquiry seriously at first. Like many of us, when we hear the word model, we think of someone who is a size zero and tall enough to play center for the Miami Heat.  Nadia quickly learned about modeling opportunities in the plus size industry. She jumped at the chance and has maintained a modeling career for over 15 years.  

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A successful career does not come without its obstacles. “There wasn’t much diversity back then,” Nadia shared, “There were very few Latinas in the industry working at the time. I felt I needed to work a little harder than other girls, because I was representing a large group of women that didn’t have much representation.” Nadia proves that it takes more than curves and cuteness to be successful in the fashion industry. Her longevity is evidence that hard work and determination are key survival factors. She is definitely a trailblazer.

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If you aspire to become a model, Nadia offers this advice, “Prepare. Learn your best angles. Learn body movement and celebrate your best features.” She says that you should invest in a good portfolio and don’t give up! It is important to have faith too.  When things get a little challenging, Nadia encourages herself with these words: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.

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As a busy wife and mother, Nadia balances her career and still manages to stay stylish on a daily basis. She has a versatile sense of fashion and her style changes based on her mood. “I can one day be sweet and romantic, the next day change to urban chic or sporty. It all depends on how I feel that particular day.  Sometimes the inner goddess wants to come out and my style becomes elegant and sophisticated. My feelings translate into my daily fashion,” she said.  One thing that is a definite staple in her wardrobe is a great pair a jeans. Whatever she chooses to wear, it is a safe bet that Nadia looks great in it.

To earn more about Nadia Peña, follow her on Instagram @iamnadiap.

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Meet Jeremy Niederheiser of H-Town. A social media pro and Shawn Mendes aficionado who says that The Hangover is the best movie title that describes his life. Jeremy spends his free time planning vacations he can’t afford, bar hopping in Midtown, and watching foreign films to make his roommates think that he knows different languages. Obviously, Jeremy is intriguing. Read more to understand what makes him so awesome!

RMS: What’s your favorite piece of clothing you own / owned?
JN: It’s gotta be my black Guess coat. I remember when I bought it. I was still living with my parents and finally started making a little bit of money on my own. This coat was one of my first “Treat yo’ self” purchases after college.

RMS: How do you describe your personal style?
JN: I feel like I dress very basic. Solid button downs with skinny jeans. I aim for looking nice, but not standing out too much.

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RMS: What are you most likely to become famous for?
JN: Probably some dumb viral video that everyone will get tired of hearing about within a week. I’m always catching something funny on my Snapchat.

RMS: What job would you be terrible at?
JN: Anything dealing with phone calls or having to think things up on the spot in front of important people. Right now, my job is in social media and I love it because I’m given at least a little time to really think about what I want to say. I’m definitely one of those people who thinks of the perfect thing to say in an argument like 5 minutes after it’s over with.

RMS: What skill would you like to master?
JN: Piano. I want to be that guy in the airport or mall that just walks up to a piano, plays something really good for a few minutes, and looks up to see a big crowd gathered with a roaring applause.

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RMS: What would be your ideal way to spend the weekend?
JN: A concert, or better yet, a music festival with a lineup of artists I love and drinks that aren’t like $15 each.

RMS: What is the best advice you ever received?
JN: “Believe in your flyness, conquer your shyness.” Thanks, Kanye.

RMS: What is something most people don’t know about you?
JN: I actually have no clue what I’m doing most of the time. Fake it ’til you make it pro.

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RMS: Who inspires you to be better?
JN: All of the successful people who are younger than me. Like y’all are awesome.  Let me know how I can do it too.

RMS: What are you most looking forward to in 2017?
JN: Definitely traveling to new places and experiencing new things. I just got my very first passport in the mail last week and I’m so excited to fill it up with different stamps. I’ve been following a few travel bloggers on social media for years, so I’m pumped to finally stop living a fun life through a tiny bright screen and see these places in person.

Be sure to follow Jeremy on Twitter and IG @JeremyKwae. You will be thoroughly entertained.

 

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Brandon Harper is an author and relationship expert from Houston, TX. Besides being a talented writer, Brandon enjoys spending time with his family, watching basketball and attending concerts. His book, From the Outside Looking In, explores the vicissitudes of modern day relationships. See what Brandon had to say about his past experiences and how he uses them to help others.

RMS: Tell us about your book From the Outside Looking In. What was your motivation for writing it?
BH: From the Outside Looking In was a very personal project.  I wrote the book based on how I was feeling at a certain point and time in my life. I was dealing with some things and I just decided to pour my emotions on to paper and that’s how the book was created. Experiences were my motivation.

RMS: In what way does your past experiences enable you to help others?
BH: The lessons I’ve learned from previous relationships caused me a lot of pain.  I want to use my experiences to show others how to avoid the same heartache.

RMS: What is the best advice you can give to someone starting a new relationship?
BH: Don’t be so quick to put your all into it at the very beginning. Take your time to fully learn about the other person.

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RMS: Name some top qualities that everyone should look for in a potential mate.
BH: Look for someone that you have things in common with. Trust is everything. You must be able to trust someone that you are in a relationship with. Another quality is attractiveness, both mentally and physically.

RMS: What would you say is the biggest misconception about relationships?
BH: That they are supposed to be perfect with no problems at all.

RMS: What’s next for you? Are you working on another book or do you have any upcoming projects?
BH: Yes, I do. I have two new books coming in 2017. The first being a self-help guide for women titled Girls Like Bad Boys, Women Like Grown Men . The second is a fictional urban drama that picks up from where my first book left off titled Caught Up Wife.

We are excited about Brandon’s future as an author. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @DiaryHarper and Facebook @ThePersonalConversation.