The incredible Nina Hernandez of Illinois! This beauty shot by contributing photographer Marcus Turner. On her first time shooting glamour, Nina knocked it out the park! Let’s take a few moments and get to know this Latina beauty!
GMM: What is your nationality?:
I am Mexican and Puerto Rican.
What’s one of your biggest strengths in modeling?
I’m very strong willed. I love being a chameleon and modeling allows me to be myself. I love portraying different looks anywhere from pageants to androgynous modeling. I also enjoy working together with photographers in creating different concepts. I enjoy being an inspiration to models who don’t fit the industry standard..
What do you love about the modeling process?
I love the transformation aspect. Hair, makeup, and mix styling allows me to look like a completely different person. Modeling allows me to express every part of my personality.
What modeling achievements are you most proud of?
Endee Magazine editorial and working on campaign with LA Tan. Although I am Mexican and Puerto Rican,I don’t normally practice Spanish at home. My family wanted to learn how to speak English well. I entered a Spanish speaking Latina pageant. I had to actually study for it. I missed the tryouts, but was allowed to compete within the third round. Somehow I was able to make it to the finals. It was a big accomplishment for me, because I rarely speak the language while I’m at home anymore.
How did you get into modeling?
I started with acting classes in high school. I took some head shots for a photographer to get my acting career started. But somehow, people saw the photos and started asking about modeling opportunities. I worked a lot during those times. But photographers were willing to rearrange their schedule for me.
What’s the most interesting thing that has happened to you on shoot?
I did a shoot on red-line train. I had 60 seconds to change, model, shoot, and then RUN before security could catch us.
What are your top 3 genres to shoot?
Beauty; because I love makeup. Editorial; but i don’t get a chance to do it much. And Fashion is my 3rd.
What is your modeling routine?
I pack for photo shoots at least four days in advance and follow up with everyone on the creative team on the project. I prefer mood boards and inspirations
If you had to walk away from modeling tomorrow, what would you be most proud of?
My editorial spread in Endee, LA Tan, and this shoot. This was my first experience with this type shoot. I first started modeling based off determination and I have met people who believe in what I do. Although I’ve been denied by some, I realize you can accomplish your goals. It all comes down to you; the person you are, your reputation, and willingness to make make things happen.
Model: Nina Hernandez