It is a muggy, rainy day today at Kent State University and Christine is wearing heeled ankle boots, tights and a prep school plaid skirt. Did I mention that it is also 9:00 a.m. in the morning? Christine is one of those girls who is always dressed to the nines and looks flawless constantly. To top it off, she’s one of the nicest people that I have met and one of the most interesting. She has a very cool and fascinating relationship with the fashion industry. She is not only a student at the Kent State School of Fashion Merchandising but also a working model and is spending her last semester in school studying abroad in Paris this summer. She sat down with me to discuss her experiences.
Name: Christine Lamendola
Role: Model and Fashion Merchandising Student
CollegeFashionista: How did you get started as a model?
Christine Lamendola: I have always loved performing and being in front of the camera so when Kent had a model call, I took advantage of it and from there things just kind of grew. I had people calling me to model garments for them and photographers that asked if they could work with me. It was something I never planned on doing in my life, but now I love it!
CF: What is your favorite thing about modeling?
CL: I love being able to change your personality based on what you are wearing. It’s like becoming a different person, just like actors do on screen or stage. I also love wearing some of the amazing garments that have been made by very talented designers. Sometimes it feels more like I am wearing art than a gown. I think by far my favorite thing about modeling is the runway, it gives you this insane adrenaline rush right before you walk on and thats the best feeling ever.
CF: What are you most looking forward to about studying abroad?
CL: I have never been abroad before so I am really looking forward to seeing the everything with fresh and wide eyes. But more importantly I am looking forward to growing as a person through experiences and cultures.
CF: What do you plan to do with your degree upon graduation?
CL: I would love to work doing visual merchandising, on a creative team that helps to determine the store layout displays and mannequins. I would also like to get involved in fashion show production, but its all up in the air and could change tomorrow!
Learn More: Christine is ending her senior year at Kent State University abroad this summer in Paris, make sure to keep an eye out for her as she’s bound to do great things.