Amy Alessi – The Vintage Beauty

Amy got her start in modeling when her sister, a hair and makeup artist, needed a model to build her portfolio. The experience galvanized a passion within Amy, and she’s been in front of the camera since. Check out her story and moving images below.


Say hello to Amy:

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Photographer: Meghan McCloud | HMUA: Paige Joy.

Where are you from? What’s your favorite place in the world?

I am from Chicago, Illinois and model across Chicagoland/Northwest Indiana. I haven’t traveled to many places yet, although I’m hoping to travel to California and New York! I would love to network with people across the country to hear new ideas and work in some new settings! One of my favorite places in the world is Thailand. Although I haven’t been there, it is on my bucket list to visit one day. I love anything tropical and I’ve heard the people have such great hospitality. I think Thailand would make for some great photos too!


Who are your role models in the industry?

My biggest role model in this industry is Madeline Ford. A few years ago, I was surprised to see that she (a more well known Chicago model) had followed me on Instagram. I was having a hard time trying to get into the industry so I messaged her for some advice. I am very lucky that she ended up writing me back, because everything she told me helped me to be where I am now. Madeline helped me find a way into the industry, and I look up to her like a mentor.


Are you currently working as a freelancer or through an agency?

I am currently a freelancer, although I am seeking representation. I’m really trying to broaden my portfolio and expand my network before I go to an agency.


Tell us about your career.  How did you get into it?

My sister got me into modeling when I was about 10 years old. She is a hair and makeup artist and wanted to shoot with me for her portfolio. When I was younger, my older sisters often had America’s Next Top Model playing on the TV, so I was very familiar with the idea of modeling. It wasn’t a professional shoot, but I fell in love with modeling the second the camera was in front of my face. To this day, my sister is usually my HMUA for my shoots. She loves what she does, as do I.

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Photographer & HMUA: Paige Joy.

What’s your favorite picture of yourself?

Hmm, hard to decide on just one picture! But this is definitely one of my favorite shoots! The photographer’s vision for this shoot consisted of me getting into a fountain in downtown Chicago. There were tons of flowers in the fountain (some fish too), and I got in wearing a vintage wedding gown. It sounds crazy, but it was amazing and super fun!

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Published online in Crybabyzine magazine “Story book Ghosts.” | Creator and Photographer: Liz Fang | HMUA: Paige Joy.

Modeling is very competitive.  How do you stand out?

I have a really unique disposition in front of the camera. My photos are very intense and impassioned. I think they’re very sincere because they are a reflection of who I am.  No matter the shoot, my ambition always shows.


What’s your philosophy when it comes to being a great model?

When it comes to being a great model, I’d say it’s all about passion and how much you love what you’re doing. Knowing how to put all of your energy and love for modeling into a shoot. Modeling is so much more than just a few poses, modeling is expression and emotion.


What do you want people to remember about you after a shoot?

I want people to remember how easy it was to work with me on set. I am very professional. I always work to get the perfect shot, and I listen to feedback and constructive criticism.

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Photographer & HMUA: Paige Joy.

What’s one of your biggest fears?

One of my biggest fears is settling. I am a very determined person, and I have great perseverance. I work really hard for everything I love, and I know that one day my work will pay off. What if one day I decide to settle for less? When I know I’ve worked for so much more.

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Photographer & HMUA: Paige Joy.

What fashion trend do you wish would come back?

I’m a die-hard vintage girl! I love vintage style, anything from the 40s, especially! I really wish everyone would start wearing victory rolls again. They are super voluminous and I would not mind rocking them everyday!


What’s something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t?

I’ve always wanted to ride an elephant in the wild, in its natural habitat. I think elephants are so unconventional and free – I feel like they’re the gypsies of the animal world! I would love to just be able to ride one freely, and unforced on the elephant. I guess it’s more of a dream, but life is full of hidden gems you never know what might happen. 🙂


For anyone that wants to get in touch with Amy, here’s some contact information:

FStop: Profile

Facebook: Profile

Instagram: @amy_lov13


Amy, thank you for sharing your story with us! 🙂

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