Sacramento Fashion Week has become the biggest fashion showcasing events in Northern California and it’s no surprise that it is one of the first shows a lot of new models walk in for the first time. From the hundreds of models that audition about 200 get booked for one of the 4 days of showcases that week. Some booking multiple days. Emily Pashenee was one of those models.
Q: Tell us about your first fashion runway experience?
A: My first fashion runway experience was actually Sacramento Fashion Week. I was 13 years old and I was terrified. I was the youngest one there and I had very little experience, but somehow I ended up walking the glass runway in a finale piece by designer Jesus Medrano. I was extremely happy that I did not break the glass runway. I met some other models who were around my age (Brianna Staffler, Lily Matamoros) and we kind of became the baby squad because we were so much younger than everyone else. They made me feel less nervous.
Q: That show with the glass runway was a few years back. How did you get introduced to the production?
A: I got introduced to the Sac Fashion Week through Michael Lockett, one of the first photographers I started working with. We were doing a shoot one day and he kept telling me I have to go try for it, so I found out when the casting was and I did it.
Q: Do you have a favorite local designer?
A: Yes I do !! Her name is Yennie Zhou. Her designs are extremely high fashion and ever since I first saw her models walking around at my first Sac Fashion Week, I wanted to be one of them. To this day I’m pretty sure I would do just about anything to walk for Yennie.
Q: Who’s your favorite model and why?
A: My favorite model is Candice Swanepoel because she’s one of the most iconic models out there in my opinion, she’s been the face of almost every high-end brand you can think of. When I think fashion, her face comes to mind.
Q: What would you say is your personal style?
A: My personal style is most definitely Barbie on a budget. I really love looking put together and having a clean cut outfit, as well as having my hair and makeup done. I primarily shop at Ross but whenever I tell someone that they never believe me.
Q: Who did you look up to when you were younger?
A: When I was younger I looked up to more of an idea rather than a person. I really loved the idea of people being unapologetically themselves and not being ashamed. I used to be very self-conscious of my height and how small I was. I really just wanted to be happy in my own body. Modeling gave to me.
Q: Where do you see yourself going in this industry?
A: I would like to be signed by a big agency and hopefully be the next Candice Swanepoel. The odds may be slim so I am working hard in school to make sure I have a backup plan.
Q: What do you do in your free time?
A: In my free time I primarily play with makeup, I’ve been told a few times that I should start a blog and share tips on my makeup and fashion but I am not sure, I’m kind of too scared to do that.
Q: What is your advice to young girls and boys wanting to be in this industry?
A: My advice is to be genuine. And if it is real modeling YOU ARE NOT PAYING FOR ANYTHING. I see so many younger girls wanting to model so bad but they end up wearing their own clothes and paying for shoots themselves. The only time you do that is if you need to update your portfolio. Also to understand different types of modeling for different types of people is key. There are models for everything, it is just a matter of finding the right fit and type for you.