Alize "Ali" Wilbourn, 14, from Freehold, NJ. (1/2 hour from Manhattan) recently travelled to Los Angeles, were LAFashionWeek.com organized a photo shoot for her with top fashion photographer Tim Regas.
You could say Ali is a pretty typical 14 year old girl in most respects, except for her stunning and highly photogenic good looks. She already stands nearly 6’ tall, an international glamazon runway model in the making.
Ali is a freshman at St. John Vianney School HS Holmdel, NJ, where her sporting interests include soccer and volleyball. She is also interested in fashion, nail art, flowers and ‘doing hair.’
Photographer Tim Regas commented: “Young people interested in modeling don’t need to test or have a portfolio shoot in order to supply a prospective agency with images. Agencies just need simple snapshots: a head shot and a variety of body shots work fine for agencies. And those images can be submitted on line or in person at an open call. Agencies have a pretty good idea of what they need in a model and for better or worse know almost immediately if a girl is right for them.”
“When I test with an unsigned model, the benefit to me is I’ll literally test different lighting styles in my studio in Venice or set ups outside. For the new model, I think the most beneficial part of a shoot is just being on set, taking direction (hopefully), and seeing if this is something they really want to do. Getting images is almost secondary to the experience of being a model.”
Tim Regas continued, “For Ali, it was her first time in a studio and her first time being photographed as a model. I have a huge assortment of wardrobe in my studio, so it breaks the ice to go through the wardrobe and pick looks to shoot. For being only 14, I think Ali did very well. Trial by fire in LA is modeling on Venice Beach with passer bys gawking and offering their commentary. If you can model through that, you are well on your way to handling the challenges of being a model. Ali handled it well; it’s now up to her to decide if she wants to make the huge time commitment it takes to get signed by a strong agency and then work as a professional model.”
Images by: Tim Regas Styling by: Denise Saker Make Up by: Linda Marfisi