Alejandra Torregrosa Jimenez

Most of us only have a vague idea of what we want from a career. Alejandra belongs to a different breed of models. She knows the brands and styles she wants to represent as a model and makes moves to make them happen.

Alejandra at the NY Fashion Week Gala September 2022

If you were given $25,000 to spend on yourself or your brand, how would you spend it?

If it were for me, possibly buy my mom a new car. For my brand, invest in a new red-carpet wardrobe.

Are you looking to stay independent or are you looking for an agency?

Looking to work with an agency such as Ford, Elite, or Wilhemina.

Who or what is your career inspiration?

My grandmother was a fashion designer. So was my mom. She’s a very strong yet graceful woman. My mom is a single mother and she has sacrificed everything for me and my career. She’s my inspiration and where I draw strength from.

What is your experience using professional photographers?

I work well with them and follow their instructions because I have some great talent working with me like Mike Chaiken my current photographer.

What brands do you fantasize about modeling for?

Gucci, Guess, Hermes, Versace, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein

What would it take for you to consider yourself successful in this industry?

For me, it’s about continuing to work. I work hard to stay in the business. Success is being able to look back at the body of work I’ve had the privilege to be a part of and know I have more to accomplish.

Model-Alejandra Torregrosa Jimenez @AlejandraS2010, Photographer-Mike Chaiken

What is one mistake you’ve made during your career that became the best learning experience?

Trusting everyone too much. I learned that some people aren’t honest because they are taking too many shortcuts to make sure they prosper first. After some time, you notice the ones who are in it for the work and the ones who are in it just for the quick return.

Are you interested in pursuing other careers alongside modeling? (ex. Acting, product lines, music, etc.)

Of course! Who doesn’t want to expand their modeling career into acting or start their own makeup line? But for now, I’m focusing on modeling first.

What is one tip you would give a new model starting their career?

Be yourself and ALWAYS be kind.

We can’t wait to see you in an upcoming print edition of NY Style Magazine and add you to the list of amazing models we’ve featured.

Olivia Salinas
Olivia Salinas

Journalist and writer for NY Style and Millennial Entrepreneur Magazines covering music, modeling and the fashion industry.

Why CL KID Treats His Music Career Like An Innovative Brand

CL KID

Recording Artist l Producer l Entrepreneur

All artists sound the same.  We hear that comment daily from every direction.  From “type beats” to “mumble rap”, all new music gets criticized quickly.  CL KID, an artist from Orlando, FL, breaks that mold.  

His newest release, “Memories”, is a sequel to his thrilling storyline which begins in his previous release, “Bonnie”.  CL KID’s brand of storytelling is a blend of heartbreak and lyrical metaphors.  In his song, “Revelation”, he states, “Cause I ain’t been focused, gonna die on my own well that’s what the joke is, ‘bout as real as it gets since the day that I wrote this”.  CL KID is a huge advocate for mental health awareness.

CL KID (Charles Martinez) uses personal emotion to narrate his story within his music. His music is self-produced. This, along with stunning video visuals, allows him to separate his brand from the rest of the artists on the indie scene.  He also co-founded a non-profit organization, Be The Reason, in order to give back to his community.

We caught up with CL KID to discuss his growth as an artist, his experiences in the industry, and how he was able to develop a brand that took him to the next level!

How is the music scene in Orlando, Florida?

I’d say it’s underrated. When you think of music cities you always recall the same places: New York, Atlanta, Nashville, Austin, Los Angeles, etc. Even within the state, Miami is seen as a more decorated music town.  Orlando is rich with indie artists.  A few of which have “blown-up” in recent years. Even so, your location has less impact on your success than it did years back.  Social media and digital streaming allow artists to publish and promote their music in an instant.  I have no reason to leave Orlando and doubt I ever will.  It is my home and I love it.

Your music is self-produced and self-written.  What comes first in your creative process, the music or the lyrics?

Honestly, it changes with each project.  I rarely sit down and decide to write a song.  Usually, an idea for a rhythm will pop into my mind and I’ll build onto it throughout my day.  By the time I open my music program, I’ll already have decided on the song’s drum pattern, melody, and main chorus.  From there I’ll add on a few layers or a sample and continue to form lyrics.  I rehearse the lyrics in my head over and over as I go about my day until I have a full song.  At that point, I’ll write the lyrics down in completion.

That’s an interesting approach.  Who would you say is your biggest influence as an artist?

My father is my biggest influence for loving music.  He was a DJ in New York City.  I listened to an endless amount of records growing up.  He would play them, quite loudly, almost every day.  Listening to older music gave me a good ear for chord progression and song composition.

Beyond that, I grew up listening to Jay-Z.  To me, he’s the greatest to ever do it.  I loved his use of metaphors and his unique style of flow.  Every line has a double meaning.  I knew that when I started writing lyrics that I would make sure there was thought to every line.

If you had funding for your music, how would you spend it?

I would continue on the path I currently follow.  Unfortunately, the industry is all about getting seen.  Artists are paying for streams, likes and follows, etc.  This is what the business of music has become.  If I had funding I would continue to expand my brand.  Music videos, artist merch, NFT creation, are all things I’m currently doing under my artist name.  I would use the money to market these brand items and remain independent.  Other than that, nothing would change.  I’m not into materialistic things and have everything I need in life.  Although, I guess I would buy more sound kits for music production. You can never have too many sounds.

What would it take for you to consider yourself successful in this industry?

That’s hard to say.  I try to stay present as much as possible.  Looking ahead can make you miss out on today.  My life goal is to retire my parents. If I can achieve that from my music, then that would be the ultimate success. Beyond finances, I aim to be synonymous with Orlando.  I want my brand to grow to the level where if you think of Orlando, you think CL KID.  Similar to when you hear LA you might think Kobe.

You started a Non-Profit Organization, “Be the Reason”.  Discuss this if you will.

I love helping others.  I want to give back to my community as much as possible.  “Be the Reason” is a platform I co-founded, alongside my friend and business partner Johnny Ruiz, to help educate and elevate our city.  We aim to teach financial skills and organize events to help those in need in both their short and long-term lives.  We believe strongly that together we can Be the Reason someone lives a better tomorrow.

Tell us about your new single, “Memories”.  That is certainly a unique concept.

Unique in a way definitely. So this song is a sequel to a song I previously released, “Bonnie”.  “Bonnie” is about a guy who falls for a girl, much like many songs.  However, this guy’s love is more of an obsession.  The song format is similar to that of “Stan”, by Eminem.  It is narrated by the guy who is describing a girl he loves in his journal. By the end of the song, you discover this is not his first “love”.  He is an obsessed murderer who keeps getting rejected.  “Bonnie” describes one love in particular, whereas “Memories” picks up much later in his life.  After various failed attempts at love, he finally decides to go back to the woman who first made him feel infatuated.  This does not go well, as described in the song and video.

Do you have any upcoming projects that we should look out for?

Absolutely.  I have a few songs I’m working on at the moment.  I just completed a slower song called, “Feel Me”.  That will be released very soon.  In addition, “Choosy” will be completed soon after “Feel Me” is released.  That is more of a traditional “swaggy” track.  I will be posting content involving both in the near future.

CL KID Instagram

What advice would you give to anyone trying to get started in the music industry?

  1. Be unique
  2. Take risks
  3. Don’t worry about what people think
  4. Don’t wait for perfection

Number four is key.  So many artists fail before they even truly get started because they overthink everything they do.  Waiting until you have the perfect video before you release your song.  Only posting “high quality” content.  These things are great to associate with, but if you wait until everything is perfect to move forward, you’ll likely never complete anything.  Don’t be afraid to show off your process and your progress.

You can keep up with CL KID and all his content here: CL KID

Olivia Salinas
Olivia Salinas

Journalist and writer for NY Style and Millennial Entrepreneur Magazines covering music, modeling and the fashion industry.

Alex Allison Wants You To Prevent Exercise Injuries

There are 3 phenomenal calisthenic workouts that I’ve seen my clients do wrong rather frequently, and often, it’s a minor tweak here and there. Small tweaks are vital in fitness. They could be the difference between performing the exercise correctly, to putting yourself in a position to get injured. Push-ups seem to be the most common exercise in which I see mistakes. Push-ups are phenomenal in so many ways. You’re basically working out your whole upper body in one move, and there are a lot of different ways to do push-ups that will get you the same results.

My preferred method of choice is super-setting between standard pushups (shoulder width) and diamond pushups. Both of these are effective exercises for building mass in the upper body. The other two would have to be pull-ups and dips respectively. Novice lifters tend to pull too much with the biceps on pull-ups and use too much deltoid on dips. A slight modification completely changes the dynamic for how successful the exercise can be. For pull-ups, simply raising your chest and bringing your elbows to your side will eliminate the issue there, while leaning slightly forward on dips will dramatically improve the overall lift.

Modern people spend all day sitting, so their nervous systems and muscles become habituated to a limited range of motion.

“The body adapts to the movements you most frequently make. The corollary to that is that the body adapts to the movements you don’t make: It adapts by not making those movements anymore.” People who want more forgiving hamstrings or hip joints need to stand up, sit, squat, walk and change positions throughout the day.

Passive stretches may not be the most effective way of increasing flexibility, Although several studies found that passive-training regimens do modestly increase flexibility, it may be more effective to do something called proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), where people extend their muscles and then try to contract them from a lengthened position.

We’ve all heard that “Sitting is the new smoking” but keep this in mind, your muscles need motion throughout the day. The position they are usually at rest often is the position you’ve trained them to stay in.

Check out Alex Allison’s complete breakdown in the Winter 2022 issue of NY Style Magazine.

Luna Hinojosa, Carving Out An Independent Modeling And Fashion Career

Becoming a model or actor requires a combination of hard work, dedication, and perseverance. It is a competitive industry, and success often requires a strong work ethic and a willingness to continuously improve and learn.

We talked to Luna Hinojosa about her motivation and plans for her career as a model and actor.

If you were given $25,000 to spend on yourself or your brand, how would you spend it?

I would spend it to grow my association to help many people with disorders such as depression, anxiety, etc. or to open shelters to help people with housing, food, and clothing. I love helping people!

Are you looking to stay independent or are you looking for an agency?

I prefer to stay independent, but if I get the opportunity to work for an agency, I would be more than delighted.

Who or what is your career inspiration?

Claudia Schiffer.

What social media platform do you use the most to promote your career?

Facebook.

What is your experience using professional photographers?

It’s wonderful because I share and collaborate with very talented, wonderful people, and I learn a lot from them.

What brand do you fantasize modeling for?

I´d love to model for Vivienne Westwood.

Who did you idolize growing up?

I have always loved Lady Diana.

What would it take for you to consider yourself successful in this industry?

More opportunities exist in runways and photography, both at home and abroad. I want to seize every opportunity afforded to me.

What is one story you MUST tell people about what happened to you during your journey?

It has not been easy but I have been working very hard for many years to achieve my dreams.

What is one mistake you’ve made during your career that became the best learning experience?

My biggest mistake is not believing in myself enough at times.

What is your favorite way to engage with your audience?

Being myself, being kind to everyone and always help.

Are you interested in pursuing other careers alongside modeling? (ex. Acting, product lines, music, etc.)

I´m actually an actress and beauty pageant too.

Other than the main social media platforms, which app do you find most useful?

Pinterest

What is one tip you would give a new model starting their career?

Never give up or quit no matter how hard and challenging the journey is.

Anything you would like to add?

Follow your dreams and always believe in yourself, keep your eyes on the stars and hope in your heart.



Model: Luna Hinojosa Facebook: @Luna Hinojosa LINK: https://www.facebook.com/luna.hinojosa Instagram: @luna.hinojosa.88 LINK: https://www.instagram.com/luna.hinojosa.88 Photographer: Pablo Rostro Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pablorostrofotografo Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pablorostro/?hl=es-la Email: [email protected] Kavyar: https://kavyar.com/tfmnmw6sxrjq MakeUp Artist: Diana Barrón Facebook: @DB makeup LINK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100086063975763 Instagram: @dianabarron_makeup LINK: https://www.instagram.com/dianabarron_makeup/ Fashion Designer: Darkside Boutique Morelia Link: https://www.facebook.com/darksidemoreliaboutique

What’s the best way to find you on social media?

In Facebook and Instagram… Facebook: @Luna Hinojosa / Instagram: @luna.hinojosa.88

Olivia Salinas
Olivia Salinas

Journalist and writer for NY Style and Millennial Entrepreneur Magazines covering music, modeling and the fashion industry.