the rock star
Stephanie Carta is with Priscillas (Sydney) & Elite (NYC).
STEPHANIE CARTA: My best friend in high school kept telling me the idea of me being a model. It came about when her cousin was doing a hair photo shoot and I was asked to model for it.
STEPHANIE CARTA: Difference, something different but interesting, personal style, right place at the right time, and a mane of wild darkness!
PONY RYDER: Did that "nomination" influence your career?
STEPHANIE CARTA: Well, it might have in some ways that I don’t know about yet. Really this happened after I had achieved a few really good show spots that I have been waiting for and have been working hard for, in quite a while.
What followed has been not so much a big boom of overwhelm, but kind of just a few really special right pieces of work that I was ready for. I think this next season is really going to be the follow up of that statement. I’m so happy to be named in this sought after position though. As my booker in New York says, "it’s the stock exchange of the model industry!"
PONY RYDER: Did you have to prove yourself all over again after the so called "scandal" in Australia?
STEPHANIE CARTA: Oh wow! That’s a whole-another story. I mean yes, I did feel like I had and kind of have to keep proving myself after this unfortunate series of events happened. But I think, as time goes by, whatever, you know.
I am me, and people who know that, and who know me, know that there’s better things to talk about. I and a good friend of mine made a couple of funny T-shirts out of it though. Now every time we meet. We make sure he buys me a burger for dinner!!It was annoying. But god, things like that happen sometimes, life isn’t perfect. None of us quite knew how to deal with it either. It’s OK now, though.
PONY RYDER: Who thought you how to walk on the runway, did you have a trainer? Is runway walk something you have to work on constantly, or is it like driving a bike, once you figure it out, you never forget how to do it.
STEPHANIE CARTA: Kinda like a bike that you keep somehow making better as you go along. Mine, I think, in the beginning started by watching the big shows on FTV in high school when we got cable TV at mum’s for a little while.
Then I just started the tweaking from there, depending what I came across, which is some good walking experience!! I get asked now to teach new girls how to walk!
PONY RYDER: Did anyone on fittings or castings ever ask you to change something about yourself? What to do in that type of situation?
STEPHANIE CARTA: Yes, in a way. I’ve been scrutinized at one stage for being too "heavy" and at one stage for being too "thin". I mean there’s always the ‘having black hair’ thing. But in the modeling and beauty world I think there’s never one ideal perfection.
It’s like a variety and you just learn as you go (also by speaking with other models and people in the industry). It’s when you come across the right people who think you are the perfect match for the job, that you realize to have faith in your own uniqueness.
STEPHANIE CARTA: Well the aim is to go there as rested and ready for the job as possible. Have a clean face and clean hair.Just recently in Paris I had to make a major decision between two really great shows.
STEPHANIE CARTA: In my case it was the epitome of a totally fresh start! Almost like I just really became a model again and I was starting to forget where I was going or my purpose for it. For some its maybe "that’s it".
STEPHANIE CARTA: Yesss hahaha. There was a note written on the fridge in NYC. I don’t know what went on... I hate model apartments so much that when I’m put in one, I never go 'home'.
STEPHANIE CARTA: Feeling you have to be proven to the right people. When they should already know! hahaFor me nothing happens overnight, all at once. It’s all worked really hard for, but I appreciate this because I learn a lot and life would be too easy otherwise.
STEPHANIE CARTA: Catwoman.
STEPHANIE CARTA: I am lucky to be blessed with good genes. When you come across the right people to give you the right personal tips along the way it’s awesome. Fish oils are great, hydration, love and care as much as you can. Not too much sun. As natural products as possible, they sometimes even costs less too!
STEPHANIE CARTA: I think I’ve been living in two years of winter right now. But on my visit to Christine Chin in NYC, they taught me even in winter to wear sun block, it has to be the right kind especially for your face though otherwise it’s really clogging. Thanks for reminding me, I just got to the summer here finally. When I go to the beach I pretty much usually cover my whole body! I tan like a freak but I want to be careful!
STEPHANIE CARTA: You are what you eat.
STEPHANIE CARTA: My other beautiful friends! Right now my "red she says" lipstick and nothing else looks amazing.
PONY RYDER: And tell us, what products do you use for your hair?
PONY RYDER: When models say they eat healthy, what does it mean, that they eat salads or tofu?
STEPHANIE CARTA: Well yeah, but "healthy", I’ve noticed, is different for each person, depending on how much they know. I’ve seen some models eat freakishly saddening low amounts of food. And others having a more laid back approach and being lucky, or compensating with gym etc.
STEPHANIE CARTA: If it works it works! Seek the best advice you can from your peers, to decide what’s right for you in the industry and try to stay cool!
PONY RYDER: Do you have any model friend you would like to see presented on Pony Ryder?