Get a sneak-peak into the life of international Page Parkes model, Ally Ertel, with this exclusive interview! This sweet girl is not only a Celine model and a runway star, (see her walking for Chanel Houte Coutre below), but she has a heart of gold, and we could not be prouder of her!
How did you first come to be involved with Page Parkes?
I was scouted by an amazing photographer friend of hers, Danny Cardozo, who introduced me to Page while we were all at a Tony Robbins conference. What I loved about working with Page from the beginning was that we had mutual interests of personal growth and making a positive difference in the world in whatever you do.
Maybe not the first but one of the first tests I ever did. I did a little bit of modeling in high school with a different agency and I cringe looking back at the pictures now! I had no idea how to move my body or work with lighting or the clothing. Even after dozens now though, I feel like I'm still learning! Every photographer wants something different and every photo shoot can be a learning experience.
Where is the coolest place your modeling career has taken you?
I got to go to Kingston, Jamaica, for an editorial shoot earlier this year. The best part was the production team buying us fresh coconuts and local mangos. I also got to see parts of the country that I never would have seen had I gone there on my own for vacation.
What was your favorite job you ever booked?I honestly like them all for different reasons! I loved shooting British Vogue with one of my favorite photographers, Zoe Ghertner. Stunning clothing, beautiful location in California, and an amazing team with Lucinda Chambers styling..
Whenever you are traveling to various jobs, what do you always have with you?
Besides the obvious must haves of my phone, wallet and modeling portfolio, I love to carry my journal, a good book, water and some fresh or dried fruit. There's often a lot of waiting time running around to castings as well as at airports. If I'm traveling overseas I also like to bring a few meaningful comforts like my rose quartz angel and vanilla rose essential oil.
Modeling can be a lot of wear and tear on your hair, what is your go-to product to help combat the damage?
I'm obsessed with all things natural and organic for hair and skin care. I love Desert Essences raspberry shine shampoo and coconut moisturizing conditioner. I also do a deep condition treatment on my hair once every so often using Rahua organic conditioner!
We cannot wait to see where Ally's journey will take her next. And, of course, we will be there with her every step of the way!
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