Double Feature - by Joan Awa
McGlory Magazine features Chamorrita Swimwear in its October 2015 Issue. Chamorrita Swimwear interviews MFM Magazine Editor-in-Chief Alarick McGlory
It’s fanuchånan, “time of rain” in the islands when we expect frequent showers and the occasional drizzle. But this doesn’t stop us from heading to the beach when a bit of sun breaks through the clouds. Actually, we look forward to the rarity of clear skies during the wet season on Guam; the sun shimmering in the waters is gof bonita. But the sun isn’t the only one breaking through - this month, we surfaced through another internationally known fashion publication, McGlory Fashion Magazine. And, what better way to celebrate our spot in the mag by featuring the multi-talented editor-in-chief himself, Alarick McGlory who gave us an opportunity to collaborate with him.
Chamorrita Swimwear virtually sat with Alarick, a man of many talents from styling, fashion designing, consulting and now editing; as we flooded him with questions of his work. With a global vision, Alarick’s publication MFM presents an array of features for a diverse audience. Like the uncontrollable wet season on Guam, the recognition from publications like Alarick’s keeps pouring in and Chamorrita Swimwear is just catching the rain when it falls.
CS: How and why did you choose to collaborate with Chamorrita Swimwear? Also, how did you find out about the brand and decide to approach Sandrine with the idea of using her pieces?
AM: I came to know about your company through Azhar Harris, Editor-in-Chief at Fashion Couture Magazine. He was the one who found your swimwear-line which he found everything about it to be amazing! He sent pictures to me via email and I loved them! We both decided to collaborate with Chamorrita Swimwear.
CS: You mentioned that you were able to work with two established models in the business, Megan Haley who is a Guess campaign model and Miranda Ault; how was it working/styling with the two and were they excited to be modeling pieces from a swimwear brand in Guam? In your opinion what makes a great model and why would it be better to work with models who are with an agency versus those who are not in one?
AM: Yes, I had the pleasure of working with the two models, Megan Haley and Miranda Ault, whom I styled using pieces from the Chamorrita Swimwear line.
Megan loved your Swimwear when we were at the photo-shoot. She specifically asked me about the brand because it fit so well. I told her it was an International Swimwear company from Guam, called Chamorrita Swimwear. She actually liked it so much that she told me she would love to collaborate with me again, using your Swimwear.
CS: That sounds amazing!
I also got to work with Miranda, along with Fashion photographer, JB Jakubek. During the shoot, she got to try on the black 2-piece bikini set which she absolutely loved.
Both the models were wonderful to work with and they will definitely be published in McGlory Fashion Magazine.
In my opinion, someone who has the drive and determination to figure out what direction they want to take their career in, makes a great model. A great model also works out, eats healthy, has a positive attitude and takes his/her career very seriously. They show up on time, all groomed up with clean and fresh fingernails and clean hair. They are humble, hard working and nice to work with.
I, actually, don’t think that it would always be better to work with a model belonging to an agency rather than someone who is not. I believe you can find talent anywhere. It does not depend on whether you are with an agency, or not. If you possess the right characteristics, you can grow into anything you want to be and steer your career in the right direction.
CS: Tell us a little bit about yourself: where are you from, how did you start your career and is this something you have always wanted to do?
AM: I was born in Beverly Hills, California, USA and I always wanted to be a designer for evening-wear and ready-to-wear collections.
I attended The Art Institute of Orange County, California for Fashion Design and that is where I met Paul Kane, who was also going to school, to become a fashion photographer. We met in 2012 and we formed a team and I became the Head stylist of his company named Paul Kane Photography and that is where it all started.
I have always been very creative and artistic. I love inspiring and motivating others to achieve their goals because I believe there is nothing you can't achieve if you work hard enough for it. I love what I do. I enjoy working with teams and meeting new and interesting people. I like the fact that in the Fashion world, you get to meet a ton of people each day - people with so many different traits and personalities and that you have the opportunity to collaborate with such talented individuals! There is always something new to learn and I find that quite interesting.
CS: Let's get to know more about your career - you started off as a Stylist and Fashion Consultant; what companies/agencies/designers/publications have you worked with before working with FCM and eventually creating your own publication, McGlory Fashion Magazine? What prompted you to start your own magazine?
AM: Yes, I did start off as the Head-Stylist at Paul Kane Photography as well as for JB Jakubek Photography. In due course of time, I got the opportunity to work as the Head Stylist at Nayeli Arts, where the top runway models on the West-side are trained. From there, I ended up being the Head Stylist of Fashion Couture Magazine. It has been 3 years since when I was in college in 2012, to 2015, when I am about to launch my new magazine, called McGlory Fashion Magazine.
I wanted to come up with MFM while working with Azhar Harris, Editor-in-Chief, FCM. He is a great mentor. He influenced me to create something of my own. I also had a lot of positive and influential people around me who helped me take this step forward and make one of my dreams come true. I believe that nothing happens overnight and I think, in some way or the other, everything came together faster than I thought it would, mainly because of the people who have always liked what I did and supported me throughout the years.
I always believe in encouraging people and watching them rise in their career-paths to, eventually, become someone they wish to be. All my posts on Instagram and basically everything that I post on social media, has always been very positive and encouraging to others. So when I decided to come up with a magazine, I was blessed to have the support of a lot of people who motivated me to create something new and grow as a brand.
Last but not the least, I have my “partner-in-crime”, my Editor, Debarati Mohanta, from New York. She has been truly amazing in every aspect and she is a huge supporter of the movement of MFM. I am, indeed, very blessed to have her on board with me on this new venture.
CS: Fashion will always be an ongoing and developing craze - for us living in the islands, people have not caught on to it as much as it has internationally, could you send give us some advice or insight on what it takes to get as far as you have in the industry? What would you like to see from models and designers in your industry and line of work?
AM: You’re all doing a phenomenal job marketing and advertising your company out there in Guam. Together, you have achieved so much success through hardwork and dedication.
Building your brand is such a huge part of any developing company. Some other crucial steps, I guess, would be posting every day on Instagram, marketing yourself in a productive and positive way on other social media platforms as well, taking measures to generate traffic to your website and connecting and collaborating with people who can bring positive exposure to your brand.
I think you have already done a fabulous job in creating an amazing Swimwear line from Guam. You are already progressing in the right direction. Never give up, stay true to your brand, continue to evolve every day and let the world know who you are! That is all I can say.
I think models in our industry should follow their dreams, be confident and have a good self-esteem. They should never let anyone tell them otherwise. The top Models in the world were once told they didn’t have the face for fashion but it didn’t bring their determination down.
What i’d like to say to any aspiring models out there, to have faith in themselves and work extremely hard to get what they want in this industry. And as I always tell my editor, Debarati, that there's nothing you can't do with hard work, dedication and persistence whether you are working on yourself and your career or towards developing a brand and building an empire.
For designers, I would like to see them give a broader variety of ethnicities a fighting chance in the fashion world. I would love to see more ethnic girls on the runways and on the covers of magazines, representing different cultures and bringing them all together. Because we all love fashion and I think everyone should get a fair chance to express that.
CS: Would you ever want to visit Guam?
AM: I would love to visit Guam! The scenic beauty of Guam is absolutely gorgeous! It is something that we don't have access to in the city. To do an editorial out there would be phenomenal!
CS: Tell us something you enjoyed the most in working with Chamorrita Swimwear.
AM: I really enjoyed working with your company. People at Chamorrita Swimwear are tremendously sweet, hard working and destined to achieve more success in the future.
When I took a close look at your Swimwear, I noticed all the intricate details, designs and patterns that you had incorporated in your Swimwear and I loved it!
I would definitely love to collaborate with your company again and publish your amazing Swimwear in McGlory Fashion Magazine.
CS: Lastly, is there anything you would like to include or say...anything at all!
AM: I just want to say that it was a pleasure collaborating with Chamorrita Swimwear.
MFM wishes you all the very best on your journey towards creating and developing your international swimsuit line.
Thank you so much for the interview and we hope to collaborate with your company again in the future.
About Joan Awa
Joan Awa was raised on the beautiful island of Guåhan and has remained a resident since. With no thoughts of leaving, she continues to pursue her writing within the island. She currently writes for local publications such as Uno Magazine and is working on several literary works of her own. She is a huge fan of local artisans, businesses and their products, including Chamorrita Swimwear, which she loves to blog for!