Model Solstice Moon discusses her inspiration behind modeling, battling anxiety, doing photo shoots, her main goals, and more!

Interviews / Models – It has been a busy week with all of the writing I been doing for the website and many more new names are becoming familiar to our readers as I continue interviewing talented people that openly expressed some of their latest plans for the new year. I got in touch with independent Connecticut model Solstice Moon to get the inside scoop on her background, inspiration behind modeling, main focus, and more. I hope you enjoy reading the interview!

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Internet Hollywood: What’s up Moon?! Welcome to the Internet Hollywood universe. This is definitely exciting since this is our very first time doing an interview together. I look forward to reading some of your answers to my questions. I would like to begin this short interview by giving our readers a little break down of your background story. Could you fill us in on who you are, where you from, and what inspired you want to begin a career in modeling?

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Moon: Hi! So my name is Christina but I go by Tina and my model name is Solstice. I’m from a small town in Durham CT. I’ve wanted to model since I was a little kid. A lot of my friends where in beauty pageants and because I struggled badly with an anxiety disorder. My mom never allowed me to even try and said I’d never be a model. I was like any other girl who loved America’s next top Model and watched it from season one. I love the fashion and the runway and the drive and all the energy that modeling is. Once I got older I started getting piercings and I knew I wanted to have tattoos. I knew this would put me in a different category of modeling because in 2008 things like tattoos and piercings where so heavily frowned upon. I was in a boarding school for all of high school and my best friend Sydney was super supportive of my desire to model. We use to do runway walks down the hallway late at night and do random photoshoots in our rooms or anywhere we possibly could. She has always been my biggest support even before I began my modeling career. I still struggle heavily with mental health issues however I wanted to prove my mom wrong and show Sydney that I could do this even with a lot of odds Against me. I modeling only for a little from 2010-2013. 2014 is when I really started to model and then I was in a serious car accident that left me with lots of health issues and more mental health issues. One of my first shoots after the accident was one that showed the scares on my face heavily and I was so upset that I stopped modeling and deleted the images. Sadly my best friend Sydney passed away and that’s when I pushed really hard to make this my job. After being in a traumatic accident and loosing my biggest support and best friend I knew I needed to push hard for this and work my ass of regardless of the loss and the hurt and the mental health telling me no. Since then I’ve been modeling and I don’t plan on turning back.

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Internet Hollywood: How hard was it for you to establish the connects you needed to do photo shoots with photographers and what kind of photo shoots do you prefer doing, and has it changed now that you’re more experienced?

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Moon: I would say it was really hard at first to find connections. The industry is really hard in the first place and then adding my tattoos and piercings definitely made it harder. However I’m really thankful for the amazing people I worked with from the start because they are my true foundation and now are some of my greatest friends. I love doing high fashion shoots. I love the look. All the crazy posing and outfits is so fun and expressive but I also love doing boudoir and implied nude because of how body empowering it is and how comfortable it has made me feel about myself. I would say that I love everything just as much as I did when I first started but I’m way more comfortable with shooting everyday street fashion. That was hard for me in the beginning I struggled with only having one look. Sometimes I feel like I haven’t fully broken that one look but even now I’m pushing my own boundaries to do the thing that are of my comfort zone.

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Internet Hollywood: What are the main goals you have set in place for this year and are you currently working on any projects now?

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Moon: Main goals I have for myself this year is just keep pushing threw anxieties and shooting with more photographers and branching out of my comfort zone. I do have a lot of projects in the making. Me and my friend Phil so Phil_hovey_photo on Instagram are going to be doing a shoot with cupcakes. Not to much spoiling on that one. Also, come May, me and Shana from @bellamaliapghoto on Instagram are doing a dead mermaid shoot with my new tail from finfolk that I have not shot in. And that’s just two in the next few months I’ve got about 7 shoots booked in just February so there’s lots of new things coming!

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Internet Hollywood: Should people expect to witness other abilities come from you as you continue to build your brand or will you just be doing modeling?

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Moon: I’m a huge gamer and anime/manga nerd so I started a twitch stream and I’ll be building that up more this year. I started last year as a test and it was going real well. Then the holidays came and things got crazy so I took a break and focused on family. I plan on working out a schedule for every week of streams. My channel is be a bunch of different things from days of just chatting where people can come and join me and just have conversations with me. I’ll usually have a topic of the day sometimes I’ll have people ask question depends on the day of the week. Along with days where I’ll stream me playing WOW or blade and soul or any other game that I’m interested in. I do want to get more involved in YouTube as well I think it’s another amazing platform so maybe behind the scenes videos and vlogs of photoshoot days or simple things like my skincare routine and my hair routine and my nails. Things that still have to do with my modeling but aren’t focused on with platforms like Instagram. It would be fun to show people more of my life than just my modeling.

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Internet Hollywood: What kind of connections are you hoping to build as an independent model to expand your brand and what has been your biggest challenges to overcome that you feel all beginners should expect when they want to start a career as an independent model?

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Moon: I really would love to build more connections with smaller business and clothing lines. I definitely want to do more runway and show that tattooed models can do the same as non-tattooed models. Working with other brands is so much fun and I just would love to continue doing that. The biggest challenge for me personally was my anxieties and not always putting myself out there because of being afraid of rejection which I think everyone is afraid of. You just have to keep pushing forward and reach out to people who you find you want to work with and it’s super important to stay true to yourself. Don’t ever do something you don’t want to even if it sounds like an amazing opportunity. Staying true to myself has helped me grow as a person. It’s important to do what you what. Even if you start out doing one thing and I’m 3 months you want to do something else take the step and do something else. It’s 100% possible if you try hard enough. Do not get discouraged from anyone and don’t allow anyone to talk away what you love about modeling. There are days I feel so low and want to stop and people will want you to but you have to remember why your doing this and keep doing it. Do it for yourself and not for anyone else.

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Internet Hollywood: Thank you for the interview, Moon!

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Moon Solstice: Instagram

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Dupe Digital Media: Instagram