FAN FEATURE FRIDAY: Emily Matheny - International Fashion Model

Friday, April 25, 2014

Vara Pappas photographer,  Angel Jagger HMU
When you attend as many fashion events as I do, you're bond to run into the same people over and over again, including models.   Out of all the models I see on a regular basis there are a few models that really stand out to me and Emily Matheny is one of them! I decided she was one of my favorite models after David Peck's Houston Made event featuring designs from David Peck, Amir Taghi, and Jonathan Blake.  Emily is of course gorgeous, but beyond that, she has a distinct look, and commands a picture and the runway. I'm not one to judge model talent, having no experience in modeling outside of rooting for my favorite model on America's Next Top Model, but I've seen enough to know that she's good at what she does, and I'm happy to feature her on my blog today! So read on and learn all about Emily and her career as an International Fashion Model! 

Mere Magazine Cover Photographer: Micah Bickham Stylist: Vico Puentes

NAME: Emily Matheny

CAREER: Fashion Model

Are you originally from Houston? 
Yes, I was born in Houston, Texas

How did you get your start in modeling? I signed with Page.713 's talent division when I was 12 years old, but I always wanted to be a model. When I grew taller, I was signed to the modeling division of as well. I really love my agency! They're like family to me!

San Francisco - Steven Sun Photographer
It's always great to work somewhere where you feel appreciated and like family! So is modeling your full-time job? 
Modeling has become a full-time career for me, and I wouldn't have it any other way!

Neiman Marcus Director Ken Downing at Fashion Show in San Francisco
What's a typical day in the life of a model? 
The thing about modeling is there's no such thing as a "typical day". Every day is different which is one of the things I LOVE about my work. One day I'm in Houston shooting a lookbook, the next I'm in San Francisco running around to my castings for the day.  You never know where you'll travel  to next or who you'll meet and work with. It's the perfect career for someone like me, who can't live without variety.

Emily in 002 Magazine (2014)
Who are your Fashion Model Mentors/Icons
Page Parkes would have to be my number one inspiration in the modeling industry.  She is incredibly smart and professional. I look to her for advice. She has done so much for me, along with her wonderful team. I can't thank them enough!  Bambi Lynn has also greatly influenced my career. From her success as a former model to her flourishing production company, BLiNC by Bambi Lynn, she has changed the industry in Houston and beyond. Both Page and Bambi have influenced me in the best way in every area of my life. I wouldn't be where I am today without them.  

San Francisco - Neiman Marcus - Zac Posen Gown

What's the hardest thing you had to learn in being a model? 
I started classical ballet training at the age of 4 and learned almost every other style of dance along with it. My dance background has greatly helped me with movement behind the camera and on the runway. I also started acting at age 5, which built my confidence and prepared me for the world of modeling. I am grateful to say that modeling comes naturally to me. 
Australia Chrysalis Magazine
So I first took note of you, by seeing you model at some of my favorite fashion events around the city.  I think it was after the Houston Made show at David Peck that I decided you were one of my favorites! ha-ha. Do you like modeling in Houston? Any plans to model outside of Houston or have you already?
I am signed with Page.713 Model & Talent Agency in Houston, Page Parkes Management in Dallas, Stars Model Management in San Francisco,  London Management Group in Sydney and Melbourne, & Factor Women in Chicago.  I am incredibly blessed to be with each of these agencies and I love working in all of these cities. I have also modeled for Cesar Galindo's in his Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week  show in New York City. 

Emily Matheny Portfolio 32
 Photographer: Arthur Garcia Stylist: Leslie Rivas Hair & Makeup Artist: Bianca Linette
Who are some of your favorite fashion designers?
There are so many designers I adore! Jonathan Blake, Karl Lagerfeld, Zac Posen, David Peck, Elie Saab, Cesar Galindo, and Ralph Lauren are at the top of my list. 

Jonathan Blake Modern Luxury Magazine Photographer: Sofia Van Der Dys
What's your style philosophy and do you find yourself swayed by the clothes you're asked to wear? 
I believe confidence creates the look, no matter what you have on, it all comes down to who you are. I like to bring a little attitude and edginess to my personal wardrobe, but I always look to the designs I wear day-to-day for more inspiration.

2014 New York CZAR Look Book Fall 2014
When I'm backstage at Fashion Shows I see so many people working on one model at once, and I imagine different shows have different makeup artists and they all use different makeups and brushes. Do you have any crazy "break-out" stories from makeup used in shoots or for the runway? 
I've always been very careful with my skin and I take great care of it every day, which is why I believe I have been lucky to never experience a breakout of reaction from makeup. 

Left: Photographer Matt Frisbie & Right: Portfolio 15 Photographer Tania Quintanilla

How much say does a model have in a  photo shoot, fashion show, or campaign? 
It all depends on the job and who you are working with. A model usually has the power to refuse to wear something he or she is uncomfortable with, but most other decisions belong to the designer or the photographer.  That's not to say that the model can't influence the direction of the shoot or show. In some scenarios the model is included in the decision process. 

Left: San Francisco Photographer Stephen Sun & Right: Emily Collin Kelly photographer, Leslie Rivas Stylist,  Bianca Linette Hair & Makeup Artist

Do you have a preference between print & runway? It's difficult for me to choose between print and runway as I love doing both. The major difference between the two is that runway is similar to a live performance, which is always exciting, while print is more of a collaboration with a team to create amazing images.

Fashion Houston 2012 maison rabih kayrouz
Any tips for ladies and men looking to break into the modeling agency? 
This industry is very diverse and it's easy to get lost in the crowd. My advice is to be yourself and the right opportunities will present themselves. It is also extremely important to remain professional at all times.
Fashion Houston 2012 David Peck Article
Anything else you would like for my readers to know about you?
I LOVE to travel and experience new cultures, which, thankfully, is one of the many perks of being a model! I think it's safe to say that I am one of the most wanderlust girls you will ever meet! 

Portfolio 31 Photographer Allen Henson
More of Emily's work
Left: New York BCBGMAXAZRIA Dress photo by Shawn Arrington & Right: new york Shawn Arrington photographer

Left: San Francisco photographer  Lauren Jeanne & Right: Sydney Australia Photographer Seamus O'Sullivan

San Francisco John Schell photographer
San Francisco John Schell photographer
Left: San Francisco NM Bentley Event & Right: Fashion Houston 2012 David Peck

Left: Fashion Houston 2012 David Peck dress & Right: Fashion Houston 2012 Zac Posen

Fujio Emura Photo and Almajan Tahawii Stylist
You can keep up with Emily on the following sites: 

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