LEXX C

I draw confidence from the people who believe in me and have always encouraged me to model but I mostly have to remind myself why I model. I hope I can inspire women to embrace their sexuality and femininity without fear. We're often told it's wrong to feel sexy or express that side of ourselves because we won't be taken seriously. We're indirectly told we can't be sexy and still be a competent professional at the same time. My passion to change that is what motivates me to continue modeling. I draw confidence from knowing that if my work can inspire at least one woman to be everything she wants to be without limitations, then it's all been worth it. I tell myself, "Be fearless. You can be everything you want to be. The people who love you believe in you, then you should too."

 

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I'm comfortable in my own skin but as I continue modeling and meeting more models, I've come to realize that feeling comfortable in front of a camera comes over time. It's not just standing there and looking pretty. Every time you step in front of a camera you're accepting the challenge to give the photographer something good to capture while expressing who you are. The first time I stepped in front of a camera, I didn't know what to do. Most of those shots were just basic poses; over time I learned how to use my body more. I look back at shots from when I just started out and realize how far I've come; it's crazy. As far as physical aspects go, I think we all know our strengths and weaknesses. I try to focus more on translating emotion into my photographs rather than just drawing attention to my body. I don't want my work to be another shot of a hot girl. I want it to make you feel something.

 

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(laughing) [The subway shoot] was quite a day. I remember it was Super Bowl Sunday and I was surprised Troy wanted to shoot and hadn't planned to be glued to a TV that day. He arranged for us to shoot at a loft that happened to be right next to the station. Before the shoot, he'd mentioned going down to get some shots there but it wasn't necessarily our plan. We shot at the loft of a few hours before taking it down to the station. When we first arrived, there weren't many people and we assumed it was because the game was starting around that time. If you look at the image, I was actually wearing a big trench coat so I think people were probably wondering why I was wearing a huge coat on a ridiculously hot day in LA. I would only remove the trench coat when Troy told me he was going to begin shooting and then I'd cover up when I saw someone coming.

It was a great shoot, we weren't down there long at all and we didn't expect to get such great images, let alone such a positive response on Instagram. I think we got great images because I was shooting with Troy. He's been a part of my entire journey and I was able to translate confidence and sensuality despite being in such a public place because of the great relationship I have with him.

 

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I had a shoot where a strawberry shake was poured onto my body. Let's just say it was pretty sticky but the photographer, Louie Knows, captured an amazing shot of that. Another shoot, I was tied up with a rope wearing only a bikini while fire entertainers played with flames all around me. That was scary. Modeling doesn't always involve the most comfortable attire. It's about what looks good in the shot so sometimes I've had to wear some things I would never choose for myself but once I see the shots, especially if you have a great photographer, they almost always come out better than expected. When I'm not modeling, I wear mostly plain street clothes jean shorts, converse, bralettes with crop tops... etc. So when I have a choice, I prefer to model in that because that's who I am.

 

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I've always been pretty outgoing in the sense that I love to try new things, however socially I'm more of an introvert. Even growing up, I was pretty shy. I like people but I prefer to stay home and chill rather than go out. I don't think it came as a shock to my loved ones that I'd try something new but what does surprise me is how far it's gone. I would've never expected it to take off the way it did but I'm so happy it has because I've been able to meet and work with so many creative, fun people that it's definitely made me more social over time.

 

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One of the most challenging aspects of my work has been managing my time, but one that I'm most grateful for is relationships I've built. Aside from modeling, I have a career as well. Balancing my workload, multiple shoots a week, engaging with fans and responding to inquiries from photographers gets overwhelming at times. I've never regretted it, though. Even when I feel like I have no time to catch my breath, I think about the people who believe in me and want to see me model more. I think about the photographers, stylists, and MUAs that I've met along the way, built friendships with and speak to daily.

 

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Yes, I'm optimistic. I never set any goals or expectations with modeling. It's always been more like a, "Try it out and see where this goes." kind of thing but I'm really excited to meet and work with more people and hopefully take my modeling to new heights. I don't know exactly where that is. I don't want to set my heart on a specific publication or type of gig and get turned down. There are so many beautiful, talented women; I'm just another trying to make her mark, but I'll always be hopeful and enthusiastic to expand my scope, take on new challenges, and work with more creative people.

 

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Ending on a positive, the end of civilization will be caused by: (laughing) Is the end of civilization a positive? I think the end of civilization will be caused by mankind's greed, unless the zombie apocalypse strikes first. In that case, I'm glad I watched all the Doomsday Preppers episodes.

 


















01 // Troy Lorita // digital.creations
02 // Greyson T. // greysontarantino
03 // Greyson T. // greysontarantino
04 // Greyson T. // greysontarantino
05 // Greyson T. // greysontarantino
06 // Louie Knows // louieknows
07 // Luna Stylez // luna__stylez
08 // Luna Stylez // luna__stylez
09 // Luna Stylez // luna__stylez
10 // Luna Stylez // luna__stylez
11 // Luna Stylez // luna__stylez
12 // Troy Lorita // digital.creations
13 // Troy Lorita // digital.creations
14 // Troy Lorita // digital.creations
15 // Troy Lorita // digital.creations
16 // Troy Lorita // digital.creations
17 // Troy Lorita // digital.creations
18 // Troy Lorita // digital.creations

 

Lexx C // lexx_c

 

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