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Cindy Kauanui

Advice From Cindy Kauanui, Founder of Jet Set Models


Cindy Kauanui, founder of Jet Set Models, has grown an underdog agency in San Diego into a worldwide industry leader. She began as a model herself, and eventually started a production company that was detroyed by Hurricane Iniki. She moved to La Jolla, San Diego where she has discovered some of the biggest names in the industry including Shyann McClure, the new spokeschild for Welch's Grape Juice and recently, Tori Praver the new Guess? model replacing Paris Hilton.


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We talked to Jet Set Models owner Cindy Kauanui about how to become a jet-set top model:


Tori Praver

New Faces: What led you into the industry?


Jet Set Models: I started out as a model myself in Honolulu but I really liked the behind the scenes more than I liked in front of the camera. I asked the agency director if she could train me and she did. When I moved back to Kauai I met up with a woman, Belinda, and together we decided to form a company called Showlites unlimited, and so we started booking models on assignments for television commercials and print campaigns.


On September 11, 1992, Hurricane Iniki hit the island and we lost everything. I initially moved to Hollywood but ended up settling in La Jolla, San Diego, where I started out of my little apartment, where I booked big assignments like Versace and covers of Allure Magazine.


New Faces: Recently, you discovered one of the top talents, Tori Praver, the new spokesmodel for GUESS? who will replace Paris Hilton and join the likes of Claudia Schiffer; what did she have that attracted you to her?


Jet Set Models: Tori had a really fresh face it was really Jet Set, I can honestly say she's the epitome of what Jet Set looks for, we like girls that are at least 5' 8" – 5' 9", Tori is 5' 11" and she has a healthy glow, good skin, beautiful green eyes, full lips, a long neck, and these are just things you look for.


New Faces: What can make a model stand out, like Tori did?


Jet Set Models: It's hard to describe, because while none of our models really look alike, they all have it. Aside from the above, you have to have that natural beauty that doesn't require any makeup, a sporty, lean, body, and generally the eyes are far set, the nose trimmed up a bit and just a very photogenic the aesthetically pleasing look. Also, having a healthy look, not that drawn look, and golden skin is popular.


New Faces: What advice would you give to aspiring models and actors who want to get into the industry?


Jet Set Models: That rejection is part of the business; a lot of people can't take that (rejection) and they really shouldn't be in the industry if they can't because it isn't about them as a person. They might want a brunette when you're a blonde or vice versa, you can't always fit into every ad campaign or match every brand.


Sometimes it takes time, people like Tori are very fortunate that she could go from a Polaroid to becoming a celebrity overnight, sometimes that happens but it doesn't always happen. The industry is always changing so your look may not be appropriate for the time.


There was a wonderful girl that I found in San Diego and I believed in her, she had a great look, but no one was interested. I just felt she had it so eventually it was about a year and a half later that she ended up becoming a huge model; she did Roberto Cavalli and Versace and had a tremendous career and is still modeling today. It was just that at that time her look wasn't in.


It could be as simple as just changing your hair. I had another girl who didn't work, we had her hair cut and instantly she was working every day. People want to see something different and you have to create it.


New Faces: Does it matter where you live?


Jet Set Models: I think with the internet technology it really doesn't matter where you live - just look at NewFaces.com where members from around the world have access to all the top agents. Some of the best models come from far away places. Often times you get agencies in Los Angeles saying 'you need to be with someone in Los Angeles' but you don't.


Want More Advice?
The Insider's Guide to Modeling is the #1 guide for beginning and established models. If you want to know how to be a model, get free photoshoots, avoid scams and more, this is the Industry #1 Best Seller that MTV calls "The BEST modeling guide on the market!"


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