Name: Sandra Hordatt
Occupation: Make-Up Artist / Stylist
How did you first get into modeling?
Well basically I just did it for the extra money, so I just did some TV commercials and a lot of photography. No ramps though, because of my height.
What do you consider to be the highlight of your career thus far?
Having the opportunity to work with Hype Williams (music video director) in New York. I did videos for Ja Rule, Babyface and some others under his direction.
What was your most difficult shoot?
Well that would DEFINITELY be the Babyface video I did with Hype Williams, just because it was a REALLY long shoot - we shot for 20 hours! But even though it was long, it worked out better for me because they paid the flat rate that we were contracted for, and then I gained overtime pay which was double!
What are some of the lessons you've learnt getting involved in this industry?
In this business, you should keep to yourself. Be friendly with everyone but it is important that you keep your personal life PRIVATE.
Throughout your modeling career, what are your most memorable experiences?
Working with Meiling for her Z line, which gave us shorter models an opportunity to grace the runway for once! It was truly memorable for me, a very creative concept - 'Fashionably Loud' plus it was the first time anyone had a fashion show in an IslandPeople party. It was just amazing honestly.
What do you think is your strongest feature?
Ummm... it might be my jaw line. Not that I like it so much but I just think it might be my strongest feature.
Ok...so you have $1000 to go on a shopping spree, what would you buy?
Well honestly, I am a bargain hunter, so I would probably go downtown Port-of-Spain and buy a sh*tload of shoes, accessories and tops!
What secret fashion tips can you share with our readers?
Well the current thing is Cocktail rings - so use them a lot. Cocktail rings can now be worn in the day, not just at night and also wear lots of bangles. Accessories on the whole can dress ANYTHING up. You can be wearing a T-shirt and shorts but lots of funky jewelry or attractive accessories can immediately spice up that simple outfit.
Who do you consider to be the biggest fashion icon?
I adore Missoni, which is a Milan-based designer who does mostly crochet and knitted designs. They basically started just as this Granny crocheting different pieces and now they've created this massive Italian empire, where they would mix the knitted patterns with leather etc. I really admire companies that start small and develop into something so big.
What's the best advice you can give to up and coming models or anyone considering becoming a model?
It is very hard to penetrate the industry, so it is important that you start off looking your best. The key to getting involved is by using a good photographer, a good make-up artist and get some great photos! Drop them off everywhere you can - advertising agencies, modeling agencies, even with other photographers etc in order to market yourself and that should be a good start for any model. Get your face out there!