Alana Monteiro: A Quick Chat. By Eleanor Klein.
There’s no question that Alana Monterio is currently one of the biggest names in high fashion. Not only has she graced the covers of magazines including Numero, L’Officel and Elle, but she has 780k Instagram followers and counting! Today we had the opportunity to chat with her.
We would love to learn more about your journey into modeling. How did you get into modeling?
During my senior year in high school, I started attending open calls at local Boston modeling agencies because I am from Massachusetts. I worked so much once I signed with a Boston agency, but I wanted to expand my career and go to the # 1 market in the world for modeling which is New York.
I would continuously take the bus from Massachusetts to New York every few weeks to attend open calls at modeling agencies. I was still in high school at the time, so I was also submitting pictures online to New York agencies. I ended up getting a modeling contract in NYC a few months after graduating high school, and so I deferred my college admission and moved straight to New York.
What has been your most memorable modeling gig and why?
I have worked with so many amazing clients, so it’s hard to pick one that stands out the most for me, but I would have say my most memorable gig was shooting a Footlocker campaign. This gig was so memorable because it landed me my first billboard in Times Square.
Can you describe to us a typical day for you on set?
A typical day of modeling is arriving on set at 9 a.m. I sit in hair and make up for about an hour or two depending on the client. I then start shooting for about 2-3 hours until lunch. They usually have amazing catered food on set, and lunch will last for about 30 minutes. After lunch, we’ll start shooting again for another 3-4 hours, and we usually wrap around 5-6pm.
What gigs do you hope you secure in the future?
I never like to announce projects that I want to work on. I feel like keeping your big plans silent is a must.
What advice do you have for anyone looking to get into modeling?
Get an agent at a reputable modeling agency.
You can keep up with Alana on Instagram @alanamonteiro
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