This week’s UsTrendy Trendsetter of the Week is Amanda Soucy! Amanda is a model, dancer, and fashionista. We love Amanda’s style! Checkout her exclusive feature with UsTrendy below! XO
What inspired you to start modeling, fitness, dancing, and pageants?
I was always very athletic growing up, you name the sport and I played it. I started cheerleading in elementary school and fell in love with the sport. It challenged me both physically and mentally and taught me how to keep smiling even when things are tough! I began cheerleading professionally in college and, in turn, was introduced to modeling opportunities. Fitness is so important in this industry because strong is the new skinny. it is important to take care of your body so that you can be at your best level of health, something that is extremely important to me. Much of what I learned as a professional cheerleader prepared me for competing in pageants. I developed self-confidence, and improved my public speaking skills. I am used to being in front of large crowds so the Miss Massachusetts stage is not as intimidating as it might have been if I hadn’t grown up cheerleading.
What’s your biggest tip for someone who wants to get into the industry?
Do your research. It is easy to jump at the first opportunity that you get but make sure it is the right fit for you, it is also important to sign with a reputable agency so they can look out for your best interests.
How would you describe your own personal style?
My personal style is a reflection of my personality. My style is classic, with a contemporary spin on it. I like to pair something delicate, like lace, with something a little edgier, like leather. Living in New England my closet needs to adapt to the long winters that we have, so it contains a lot of fur pieces (faux of course). Playing with different textures can really transform any look.
What are some of your current fashion obsessions?
I am 5’7” but in my heart I am 5’9”, so my current obsession is platform heels. They are so easy to walk in and work wonders for your legs. They come in great unique styles for the summer and early fall.
What is one thing that people would be surprised to hear?
People may be surprised to know that I rarely pay full price for anything. I scour clearance racks and consignment stores for staples for my wardrobe. It’s like therapy for me, and helps me dress stylishly on a budget.
Is there someone out there who inspires you fashion-wise?
Olivia Palermo is my fashion spirit animal. Her ability to style and accessorize is brilliant and can transform a basic staple like a little black dress into an edgy yet classic look.
What is your favorite product from UsTrendy?
I love UsTrendy because it offers the latest trends at affordable prices. I own the nude/blue baroque dress from UsTrendy and I get so many compliments on it. Just about all of my friends have asked to borrow it!
What trend do you hope stays around forever or makes a comeback?
I am a huge fan of the “Ladylike” trend. Pumps and vintage looking jewelry can make any look seem a little more polished. Red lipstick is a must for me. A classic ladylike look should always be in style!
Where do you like to travel?
I have a lot of travel plans on my bucket list, but have a long way to go. My work commitments here in Boston don’t allow for much travel to be incorporated into my schedule. I have been fortunate to go on an annual family vacation to Aruba, it is a fun island and I always find one of a kind, hand stitched swimsuits at the local boutiques.
What is the one thing you couldn’t live without?
My phone, specifically because it doubles as my Ipod. Having headphones on and good music playing makes utilizing public transportation in the city much more bearable!
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