Straight from the hip, model/actress Bria Myles is a brick house with a to-die-for silhouette reminiscent of a Salvador Dali masterpiece.
She’s the epitome of eye candy, the sexy “girl next door” that tortured your heart. She’s the chocolate dipped version of Jessica Rabbit that’s more than meets the eye. Hailing from the City of Angels, this ridiculously sexy 24-year-old Los Angeles, CA, native knows exactly what she wants in life. Discovered in 2005 following her appearance in the Kanye West/Rhyme fest music video “Brand New,” Ms. Myles hit the world of modeling running and hasn’t looked back since. She appeared in music videos for some of music’s biggest artists such as Twista, Trey Songs, Pharrell, The Clipse and Nelly Furtado as well as numerous magazines including Black Men, XXL, King, Smooth, Show, Hip-Hop Weekly and now J’Adore. With the world seemingly at her fingertips, her true desires in this world have yet to be fulfilled. Join J’Adore as Bria shares her opinions on today’s urban models, what makes a man sexy and her future endeavors.
Daily, there are aspiring models everywhere constantly scrambling to achieve just a portion of what Bria has achieved. Young women enter the world of urban modeling with individual aspirations dictated by their own circumstances. Some step into the industry with dreams of fame and fortune, while others seek greater opportunities incorporating acting, writing, producing, directing or entrepreneurship. Bria’s plans are surprisingly a lot simpler.
“Modeling is just a hobby,” Bria frankly admits with a smile. “Everything has been done. I don’t want to be the next ‘It’ girl. I just want to make money, get married, and have a family. I really just want to be a kindergarten teacher. I want a normal life. I don’t want to be 30-year-old at the club. That’s not cool.”
Bria implores people to recognize that just because aspiring models appear in music videos, the immediate classification as a “video ho” or a “groupie” is totally unfair. She expounds, “We do the same thing that women in pop, rock videos or Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issues do. It’s only because of our ethnicity and strong sexuality that we are automatically classified as ho’s.” The glass ceiling in the realm of urban modeling has definitely lowered. While many young models of color would love to be the “chosen one” of music’s most prized artists, Bria chooses education over fame. The flashing lights are not her addiction. While virtually any man would be out of his mind to not be attracted to a woman like Bria who flaunts a 34-26-45 physique, they must be informed that her expectations are lofty. She advises, “My ideal man would have to be very debonair like Denzel Washington. His presence must be amazing.” Gentlemen, simply put, come strong or don’t come at all.
Fame is a dangerous drug and possibly the most addictive in American society. One does not encounter too many individuals during their lifetime that dodges the flashing lights, extravagant parties and lavish lifestyles associated with the elite. Bria Myles is the exception. She has shown that it is possible to be exposed to the high life and remain grounded. Fame is not for everyone. Fifteen minutes is a short time. What do you do when the 16th minute strikes? Your chocolate dream next door has found her answer on the road less traveled…the road of normalcy.
This hot, rebellious, scintillating and fashionably sexy issue of J’Adore would not be complete without highlighting “the baddest” women from all four corners of the earth. thus far, via the jaw-dropping featured models of this issue’s Model citizen, we’ve blessed you with some of the best globally including the U.S., Colombia, Cuba, Lebanon, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Persia. As we always exclaim, “J’Adore is worldwide, not stateside!” to bring you the “best of the best” in beauty, style and talent, J’Adore always strives to consistently bring you the best from all worlds, all together in each and every issue. So, with that established, we’ll end this edition of Model citizen on a very special note. This time around, we are proud to feature the mesmerizing model, Suelyn Medeiros.
There is absolutely no way J’Adore can feature the finest women in the world without visiting the South American dreamscape of Brazil’s notorious Rio de Janeiro. Rio’s rich history and picturesque qualities have collectively served as a heaven on earth for its millions of visitors who tread its grounds every year. Perhaps this is why Christ the Redeemer sits high above, overlooking the city. And its angels…the beautiful Brazilian women…are legendary. Be it their beautiful skin tones, inviting smiles or voluptuous bodies, the women of Rio are the fantasies that walk in and out of dreams, leaving imprints on hearts and fires of desire in souls worldwide.
Rio native Suelyn Medeiros is the epitome of a Brazilian goddess. Boasting an out-of-this-world 34C22-38figure, the 5’8” beauty and once aspiring doctor has taken the modeling and fashion industry by storm. In less than three years, Suelyn has graced the pages of publications such as Show, Black Men, Smooth, XXL, Complex and now J’Adore; appeared in numerous music videos for major artists such as Ludacris, R. Kelly, and Snoop Dogg; ripped numerous runways; and showcased her beauty in commercial advertisements for L’Oreal. She has simply been the one of the most highly sought in within the last two years, so it’s only fitting that we bring the bad boy culture of rock n’ roll together with the ultimate goddess who they all love.
Believe it or not, many of today’s top models are discovered in the traditional way -- by chance. Ms. Medeiros was no exception. Discovered by an agent while attending a friend’s fashion show, Suelyn quickly connected with the passion and perks that the life of a model brings. Quickly, she was engulfed in photoshoots, countless bookings, world travel and opportunities to meet some of the greatest personalities in the fashion arena. (The cash dividends weren’t so bad either.) Unlike so many of her counterparts who solely rely on looks, Suelyn has the tendency to shine brighter due to her fiery, yet humble Latin determination and overall inner-beauty that warms any room she enters. As for how she has been able to maintain focus in the fast and furious world of modeling, Suelyn offers, “You can enjoy the perks of fame and celebrity, but the minute you let it get to your head, things will go bad.” Mature words from a young lady who has seen and experienced a lot during her ascension. She’s witnessed promising and immensely talented individuals reach the brink of stardom, only to see them crumble due to their inability to keep it all in perspective. She advises, “You become a celebrity and achieve fame because people like and admire something about you. If you start thinking that you’re better than everyone, it won’t be long before you become disliked and are easily replaced.”
It’s an obvious conclusion that Suelyn’s magnetic sex appeal attracts the best from the worlds of R&B, hip-hop and rock n’ roll. Let’s be frank, women, sex and music go hand-in-hand like politicians and crime -- you can’t have one without the other. Ms. Medeiros represents the young women that serve as icons of beauty within this lifestyle. “People are driven to things that make them feel good,” Suelyn confirms. “Sex and rock n’ roll is at the top of that list. The rock lifestyle glamorizes the best of the best and that attracts the world’s most beautiful women.” Her key for balancing it all out is to simply be true to yourself, comfortable in your own skin and know that it’s okay not to be in the limelight every minute. Accept your flaws. They are what ultimately define you.
As Suelyn Medeiros moves forward into her promising future as a model and actress, questions still surface regarding the place that she and other aspiring urban/ethnic models will have in the current landscape of entertainment. Several factors of late including the oversaturation of talent, high profile misfortunes of a few and hard economic times continue to test the genre of ethnic/urban modeling. Suelyn combats these recent adversities with faith and persistence. “People will always misjudge or stereotype you by the category in which they think you are in,” she professes. “You must stay true to yourself and get the job done. Be professional at all times and people will recognize your true colors. Let your actions speak for you.”
Leave it to an angel to speak the truest of truths.
Can’t get enough of Suelyn Medeiros from this jaw-dropping layout? Visit her website, www.iluvsuelyn.com, and our website, www.jadoremag.com, for more entrancing eye candy.
J’Adore Magazine: Where are you from and how long have you been modeling professionally?
Kaitlyn Gillis: I’m originally from Orange County and I currently reside in Ventura County. I’ve been modeling professionally for about four months now and have truly enjoyed the many experiences I’ve had along the way.
What do you do to maintain your flawless figure?
I’ve been taking hikes around the area and recently found some hot springs fairly close to town. I play softball on two slow-pitch, coed teams and also take my dogs out to the park or just stroll around the neighborhood.
You have a fresh look, what are some of your favorite beauty products?
Thank you. My absolute favorite product I’ve used recently is Philosophy: Kiss Me Lip Gloss. Something helpful for daily use is the very light sunscreen from PCA Skin - ReBalance SPF 45 and Pur power foundation SPF 25.
Where you involved in sports as a child, if so which sports did you play?
I’ve played softball for 13 years and have been to the National Junior Olympics twice, where we placed third and fifth in Santa Fe, N.M. and Aurora, Colo. When I was younger, I played soccer, volleyball and tennis for short periods of time. I loved the games, but I always excelled in softball and it’s my first love.
Is the modeling business really as competitive as it seems and what do you plan to do to stay on the surface?
It is competitive, but not as cutthroat as people would have you believe. I plan to keep an open mind and push myself as hard as I can. It’s all really about how strong you are inside, whether you can take constructive criticism in an optimistic way, how you handle rejection and your ability to just keep on pushing through to the next level.
Would you ever do a modeling reality show?
Yes. I find the interactions and relationships that develop between the participants amazing.
Who is your favorite shoe designer?
Out of the many fashion photographers you’ve worked with, who is your favorite?
I’ve really enjoyed all of my shoots. The photographers have been great and I’ve learned so much from working with all of them. Out of photographers I have had the opportunity to shoot with recently, my most enjoyable shoots have been with photographer Jerome Duchange.
I understand the modeling industry is fast paced, so where do you see yourself in two years?
It is fast paced, with quite a lot to grab onto at first. I feel that as long as I keep up the working hard, I have every opportunity to make something of myself. If all goes as planned, I will be overseas continuing to achieve much success, which I strive for on a daily basis.
How did you get discovered and what were your emotions as you booked your first gig?
I got discovered at a modeling and talent event held at the Universal Hilton Hotel. The first gig I booked came to me as a complete surprise, due to the fact that it was my first audition ever. Nonetheless, it was a fabulous and amazing surprise.
You have a very exotic look. What makes you stand out from your competition?
As clichéd as it sounds, I believe that it’s my genuine personality and my passion for the art of modeling.
Since you’ve been in the industry, what model stereotype has proven to be true?
I really dislike stereotypes, but if I have to choose a modeling stereotype that has proven to be true, it's that most models are skeletal skinny. I, myself, am a thin young lady, but I keep it up with a lot of cardiovascular workouts and healthy eating habits. Some of these girls just look ill.
What are your on-the-go fashion must haves?
I have four fashion must haves that accompany me at all times. The most important is my sun-block lotion (I am not a big fan of sunburns), sunglasses, a scarf and four-inch heels.
Are you a Victoria’s Secret or boyfriend’s t-shirt kind of girl?
I like to play on both fields. At night, I like to play the Victoria’s Secret girl, but when the sun comes out, I am more than happy being the boyfriend's t-shirt kind of girl.
What animal best embodies your character and why?
The animal that best embodies my character is a leopard. Leopards can easily adapt to any habitat and they are capable of killing prey much bigger than itself.
How would you define self-confidence?
I believe self-confidence is being able to try new things, whatever it may be and not being afraid of failure. If failure does result, learn from it and try again.
How did you get started in the industry and how long have you been professionally modeling?
I was 16 years old and someone asked if I would model in a fashion show, which was in a church and no one under 60 years old was in the crowd watching. It was a lot of fun. I have been modeling professionally for 10 years.
If you hadn’t become a model, what profession would you have pursued?
Acting at a younger age and possibly architecture.
Where do you see yourself in four years?
In the big screen, producing, acting and participating in producing soundtracks for films.
When you’re not modeling, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Fitness, martial arts and writing of all sorts, such as poetry and screenwriting, as well as singing.
Who are some of your favorite designers?
Prada, Bottega Veneta, Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani and Burberry.
Are you a dinner and a movie type of guy, or do you party like a rock star?
A bit of both–life is a balance.
What is your definition of success?
Love, happiness, comfort and liberty.
Has anyone in the industry asked you to change your look, if so, how did you feel about it?
I would for a shoot, but in general I would not because I know how to market myself.
What do you do to stay in shape?
Swimming, sprinting, weight training, martial arts and polymerics.
So far, what has been the highlight of your career?
A photo shoot in New Zealand on a plateau in the mountains and it was not about that money, but about the experience and the amazing sight.
As a graduate from California State University, what is your response to critics that say models are dumb?
To respond to a critic’s opinion about models and intelligence would be dumb. People are allowed to have their own views, even the ignorant.
Looking back at how you began your career with various photo shoots, which lead to commercials, TV shows, films and now appearances in the 2009 Native American Men's Calendar, what was the most memorable and exciting moment for you?
I think my most memorable and exciting experiences would have to be as an actor, working on the set of the blockbuster movie Twilight. The second runner-up would have to be auditioning for the movie Apacolypto with Mel Gibson. He is an amazing actor, whom I truly respect. I did not get the part but meeting with Mel was very rewarding as an actor.
What obstacles have you faced while being Native American in a European modeling market?
The European market is structured around the Caucasian image—men and women who are white. It is tough to find a place for a long-haired brown guy. It is still that way today. The doors have opened up a bit for the Asian and the African American, but not for the Native Warrior.
I heard that you produce and advise musicians, what is your favorite genre of music and whose album are you currently playing in your car?
Music is a huge passion of mine. I have managed, produced and mentored everything from death metal to Latin jazz. My favorite music these days is house music and hip hop and the CD in my car is a house mix by my current project DJ Chris Getz, grandson of jazz great Stan Getz.
Aside from modeling, you’re a photographer. Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I draw my inspiration from the sea. The ocean plays a big part in my spirituality. The ocean has the power to sustain life and destroy life. The ocean serves as a border, yet has no borders. The ocean is strong and it is weak. The ocean inspires me to seek out the unknown.
You have a piece of artwork titled “A Perfect World.” If you lived in a perfect world, what would your ideal reality consist of?
The word “perfection” is an oxymoron. Nothing in life is perfect because life is subjective. So, the answer to this question has to be answered as a primitive man. A world that is free of struggle, a world where there is plenty of food, drink and women. A world with sand, surf and sun.
After life as a model, what are your career plans?
It is sad to think that I would not be a model foreve,r but I do have a college degree in Communication and if I am not going to be able to work in front of the camera, I definitely want to work behind the camera, somewhere in production. I truly only desire a career in the arts.
HOBBIES: I'm a computer GEEK! I love designing websites.
ASPIRATIONS: My family is the one who has been there for me since day one. My mother gave me that extra push to believe in myself and to accomplish my dreams. My children are my back bone and my supporters which gives me my courage to stay strong.
BEST FEATURES: My Legs and my Kool-Aid smile. I ran track for six years so my legs are very toned. My smile is charming from ear to ear.
FAVOURITE PAST TIME: It was a Floyd Mayweather Party In Vegas 07. Me and my girls had so much fun.
TURN OFFS: I don't like Stinky breath! Yuck! Or a Bossy-or-Aggorant Person.
FAVOURITE FOOD: I love Seafood. So when are we going to Dinner?
FAVOURITE QUOTE: "Easy To Find, Impossible to Forget"
WHATS NEXT? I am actually going to school for Computer Technology and I have a company call Complex5 Studios. I love modeling but it is something I do in my spare time. But I doplan to do more appearances in clubs, go on auditions and try to be the best in this industry. My plans for the future are ... I hope to appear in more magazines, put out my own calendar...and some videos....So Make Sure You show your girl some Support... www.alesyahflores.com
I love makeup artistry, being a part of creative photo shoots, wardrobe styling and I’m an English major at the University of Colorado at Denver.
I have many goals, but as of right now, I find it very hard to commit myself to just one. I’m a free spirit who’s always thinking and dreaming. I know no matter what lane I choose, the overall impact that I want to leave is a very strong and positive one for the younger female generation. With the exception of my mother, I can’t really remember having a female hero. With that being said, there were no footprints for me to follow, so I’m currently making my own and that is something I would like to pass on to those that I inspire.
My best features are my eyes, lips and my personality; that’s key.
FAVOURITE PAST TIME:
I’m addicted to fashion! I’m always looking for fashion trends in all kinds of magazines that I can apply to my line of custom t-shirts, Tyme² (coming Fall 2009).
Those who are pessimistic, have a lack of ambition, or no individual style.
I could eat the Barbeque Shrimp appetizer from Gumbo’s everyday!
“Put God before your dreams and he’ll guide you to them.” – S. Pestano
I have a lot of dreams and many goals set for myself, but as of right now, I’m just very thankful for the support and notoriety that I’ve gained within the last year. Not only in my hometown, but in many states where I’ve never visited, people are giving me a lot of positive feedback and respect for the effort I’m putting forth in my projects via the Internet (myspace.com/DecoDesinger). I plan on taking everything one step at a time while keeping my options open.