MODELING & TALENT
barbizon2012 By Ashley Burns
For the winners of the titles of
Ms. and Mr. Barbizon at IMTA,
the reward is always far greater
than they ever expected
Connections ne of the most positive aspects that the hundreds of
boys and girls, men and women who attend IMTA
in Los Angeles and New York each year always
shares with us, is the ability to make new connec-
tions. This isn’t just about meeting agents and scouts,
as much as it’s simply about making friends with their peers who
are there to compete for the same spotlight and attention. It’s truly
an experience that consistently transcends the expectations of
young models and actors, and it ﬂies in the face of the stereotype
that these industries are cutthroat and competitive.
Even with the prestige and respect that come with the titles of
Ms. and Mr. Barbizon, the aspiring models that receive this honor
and recognition always care more about setting an example and
earning the respect of their friends than they do about the reward.
Granted, the reward—and the subsequent opportunity to appear
in the Pageantry and PromTime Fashion Showcase—is amazing,
but when this year’s Mr. Barbizon Donny Hughes and Ms. Barbi-
zon Jennifer Dau spoke with us about their experiences at IMTA,
they were more thankful for the experience than anything.
Pageantry magazine: What interested you in becoming
Jennifer Dau: There were a lot of things that interested me in
becoming a model. First, all my life I had been tall, I thought to
myself that I should put that to use. Also, growing up there were a
lot of models that I looked up to, Tyra Banks being one of them. I
remember I wanted to be just like her when I grew up. I just knew
this was the career for me.
My family and everyone around me also encouraged me to pur-
sue my dreams. They said that if I wanted to become a model then
go for it. They supported me throughout my whole life, and they
PAGEANTRY said they were behind me 100% when I said I wanted to become a
model. It was that push they gave me that helped me become who
I am today.
Donny Hughes: I became interested in becoming a model
mainly because of the opportunity and the growing industry. The
modeling industry as a whole is just gushing with opportunity, so
I felt this was a really good time to take advantage of all of it.
Also, the people that I am able to work with are the best someone
could ever ask for; they are just plain good people. All of the di-
rectors and the photographers are always willing to work with
someone no matter how experienced a model is. This is great be-
cause it really keeps someone striving to be his best when others
around them are encouraging.
PM: How has your training with Barbizon helped in your un-
derstanding of the modeling business?
JD: It taught me not only how to be a model, but the basics be-
hind it. I learned that modeling isn’t just fun and glam. It takes a
lot of effort and work. For example, there is a lot that goes on be-
hind the scenes to put on one fashion show. The same goes for
photo shoots, too.
I learned that models need to be prepared. Barbizon helped me
understand that if I really wanted to become a model I would have
to work for it. I needed to be on top of my poses, know my walk,
and be conﬁdent.
DH: Barbizon has helped me exponentially, from the understand-
ing of how to model to how to act on and off the set. Barbizon has
helped teach me how to be a model from the ground up. I’ve
learned the normal process of the modeling business and was able
to wrap my head around all of the ins and outs of the business.