Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 5th 2013 Contents BOBIE-LEE DIXON
Sian McIntosh s image has been
everywhere lately. She is the face
of the new model search competi-
tion, Face of T&T, and a much sought-after
model for top Carnival bands and ad agen-
After the recent launch of Tribe's 2014 pres-
entation Tribe 10, a blogger reporting on the
event described the 32-year-old as, "being
able to make sackcloth and ashes look sexy."
It probably isn't a coincidence that Sioux, the
costume she modelled at the launch, is one
of Tribe's fastest-selling sections.
Away from the glamour and limelight, McIn-
tosh, the daughter of Opposition MP Patricia
McIntosh, is a secondary schoolteacher at a
co-ed school. She talked to the Guardian about
getting into modelling, keeping her teaching
and modelling career separate and how her
parents feel about her work.
I balance modelling and teaching by trying
as much as possible to keep them separate.
But this does not always work out. My students
are aware of what I do but they always remain
respectful. There are actually girls I have taught
who are now getting into the industry and
seek advice from me. I understand my respon-
sibility as a teacher and someone who sets
standards for children, so I am very careful
with the types of modelling that I do.
I got into modelling to gain more confi-
dence. I was always very shy growing up. I
was also a chubby kid. I started modelling
when I was 23 but my first band launch was
in 2010 when I was asked by designer Sandra
Hordatt to model her section Xi'an Warriors
(for Tribe's 2011 presentation Way of the War-
riors) and the rest is history.
I have been a body model for the past eight
years. I don't really like being described as a
body model because I find it sort of conceited.
I have learned to change this mindset by allow-
ing people to see the real me, which is a very
down-to-earth, fun, geeky and very approach-
Being a model has given me a lot of expo-
sure professionally in terms of getting different
types of modelling jobs and again, it has def-
initely given me the confidence that I did not
have when I was younger.
My experience as a face model was dif-
ferent to being a body model because it was
the first weave I have ever worn, but it was
fabulous. Secondly, I was not accustomed to
having the focus solely on my face so that
took a bit of getting used to. But I must say,
working with Kirk Thomas was really an amaz-
ing experience, he is so talented and he's fun
to be around.
I was recently compared to renowned
model Iman after I did the face shot for Face
of T&T. This was a big deal for me, because
I wouldn't compare myself to her, she is just
such a huge fashion icon.
I am good at being a model because I think
I'm very easy to work with and I think I take
direction really well. The key to staying ground-
ed is being humble and never letting this pro-
fession go to my head.
I work independently because this better
My mother supports what I do. Initially
she was nervous about the kind of modelling
I'd be doing, but when she saw my work, she
was proud. She is very supportive and she
collects everything I do. I'm the only daughter,
and my Dad's "little princess", but he is also
quite cool with what I do.
I keep in shape by doing a little Tae Bo
and going to the gym but tennis is my real
sport. I don't make joke with my food either
because I love my belly.
My diet consists of everything that can be
consumed by a human, except caraille. Yuck!
I prepare myself for a shoot or show by
clearing my head and focusing on executing
my routine at its best. I don't really feel that
pressured nowadays but if anything, I just
take a shot (drink), and I'm good to go!
Some beauty tips I swear by include using
moisturiser and not staying up too late or
over-partying. I soundly believe in the old
people's advice, stay way from night dew.'
And you must have a chapstick, because
crusty lips aren't cute.
I think I am going to be modelling as
long as the good Lord will smile on me
and keep me looking young. But you must
also know when to stop too! And leave
on a high note.
wearing a vest and shorts, hanging with
my boyfriend or when I am at the beach.
I am a real beach bum.
I don t think the modelling industry
is bad, but I do think that in T&T we
should be a bit more selective with mod-
els. Not just because you are pretty
means that you are a model. This is a
serious profession for those who want
to do it professionally and there are
specific requirements that should be
adhered to. I am not stating that you
have to be six feet and skinny, nowa-
days there is a healthier standard for
models and there are different cate-
gories of models. Find what works
Thursday, September 5, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
teacher and model.
Sian McIntosh gets fitted into
the costume Apache, for Tribe
Carnival's photoshoot for their
2014 presentation Tribe 10.
PHOTOS: MARK LYNDERSAY
Sian the model...owns the spotlight
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