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With another episode of “Blood, Sweat And Heels” down, we’re bringing you an interview with one of the cast members from the hot new Bravo TV show. This week, we chatted with Mica Hughes who is a former high-fashion model and owner of Mica Models, a model management company. She divulged tips on what upcoming models need to know before they can make it in the industry, her favorite wines, and how she was surprised by how mean the girls were toward her behind the scenes.
Check out what Mica had to say, and stay tuned each week for our chats with the rest of the cast!
StyleBlazer: You started off your career as a model, now you have your own modeling agency. How did you go from modeling to teacher?
Mica Hughes: When I decided to start my agency I just reached out to all the people I had been working with throughout the years and asked them if they would be willing to book through me. Most of the models I was working with I ended up representing as well. Word started to travel, so more girls started to call seeking representation too and it grew from there.
SB: How is your model development process with the new girls you bring on?
MH: It depends on what level they come in at. When I am developing they pretty much don’t have enough in their book–they don’t really know how to properly present themselves, they don’t know how to runway walk, and they just don’t know the business. So I kind of start from the bottom, depending on what they need, and teach them the things they need to know.
SB: What is one tip you would give one model who is aspiring to get into the fashion world?
MH: The biggest tip I would say is to know the industry and know what’s going on in fashion today. Read your magazines, look at Fashion week in New York and all over the world, and see what the girls are doing and what do they look like and just try to learn the business before you get into the business as much as you can. Do your research.
SB: What would you say your favorite fashion brands are?
MH: Oh gosh, they’re so many. I love Balenciaga, Gucci, I also like DVF.
SB: On the show, all of the girls love to have a glass of wine, and I know you catch a lot of flack for it and Geneva often points it out — would you say the portrayal of your drinking is extreme or is it accurate and something that you’re working on?
MH: I’m not working on my drinking; I don’t have a problem with drinking. Geneva, you know, she chose to label and judge for whatever reason to be mean. I was going through a really vulnerable time in my life during filming and it was very stressful. It was over a very long period of filming, so of course the camera is going to catch something. Did I get tipsy here and there? Yeah I did but you know, I’m human, I’m not perfect. Am I a drunk and alcoholic if that’s the definition? Then, I guess. But I’m going to tell you I’m not. I think it was inflated and it’s reality TV so things get inflated easily and the world can believe what is repeated over and over on camera and with someone’s words.
SB: What would you say is your favorite wine to drink?
MH: My favorite is really red wine but its hard to find a good red wine by the glass, but I love Montrachet. I love white wine, I love Chardonnays and I do like Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio. Some other reds I like are Caymus and Opus One.
SB: Now that the show has wrapped up, you’ve been watching it back I assume, are you shocked by some of the things that were said?
MH: I’m learning a lot through watching the show, I’m seeing it with everybody else. It’s a little surprising sometimes how the girls go in on me. I didn’t know that was happening so much. So watching and hearing the comments and just the constant comments, it’s like their whole thing is just talking about Mica. It went a little overboard and its surprising of course because you don’t know what’s coming up. I’m always on the edge of my seat with my teeth clenched like ‘Oh My God, what’s next.’ It’s not easy to watch but it is entertaining, most of it.
SB: What’s next? Do you know if there’s going to be a second season?
MH: We don’t know if there’s a second season yet, we don’t have word. I believe there will be but we don’t know.
SB: Hopefully there will be! Is there anything coming up for you?
MH: I’m actually starting to do several workshop webinars for Mica Models and there have been a boatload of submissions of girls who really need development and I just can’t answer them all. So I’m going to start doing webinars and probably a boot camp soon. So that’s in the works right now, and you can find the info at micamodels.com. I’m also working on a makeup line, and I’m a licensed aesthetician so I’m working on getting my own microcurrent machine.