Paityn Madich has extensive runway experience at LA and New York fashion weeks with high-profile brands such as Elena Collection, Lulu et Gigi, and Alexandra Bujan. She’s been involved in countless social media campaigns for brands such as Rebel Athletic, Cheer Brats, Yoobi, Lip Smackers, Lumineux by Oral Essentials, Izzy Be Clothing, Prom Girl, Disruptive Apparel, Emoji Girl Bracelets, and Vegas Bows. She has also done website/lookbook work for brands such as Petite Adele, Chick NYC, Ten Sixty Sherman Kids, and Official Crazy Pants. Additionally, Paityn is a competitive dancer and a Social Media Influencer with over 102,000 followers on Instagram.
StarCentral Magazine recently caught up with Paityn to discuss her journey in the modeling industry and here’s what went down:
How did you get into the modeling industry?
A few years ago I set up an Instagram account to share my cheerleading experiences. A well-known athletic apparel company noticed me online and asked me to represent their brand. That was definitely a lucky break, and in a matter of months, I was receiving messages and emails from other companies seeking models, influencers, and brand representatives for everything from clothes to makeup, bags, athletic equipment, school supplies, and more. Initially, I accepted a lot of offers, but my passion for fashion has taken me almost exclusively into representing only clothing and shoes. I love shoes. I really love shoes.
What do you like most about being a model?
The pay is a fun perk, even though it isn’t a lot. I love that I get to keep most of the clothes and shoes that I model, and I love love doing photoshoots and runway shows. Mostly, I love that modeling has given me the opportunity to work with some incredible people that I would have never had the opportunity to meet otherwise.
The downside to being a model?
In a normal year, there is a lot of travel involved, which means missing a lot of school. It seems like I am always working overtime to catch up on my homework and staying after class to make up tests.
What has been the most memorable experience of being in the modeling industry so far?
Oh wow, there have been so many. Walking in NYFW, LAFW and Toronto Fashion Week were all amazing. While in New York, I got to do a photoshoot with Jordan Matter; he had me climb on top of a street light in the middle of Manhattan, and that was totally memorable!
Who have been the most interesting people you’ve met so far?
I have worked with some fabulous designers and talented photographers, but the most interesting have been other social influencers such as Dylan Conrique, Chase Hudson, Payton Moormeier, Desiree Montoya, Talin Silva, Annie LeBlanc, Jayden Bartels, Nia Sioux, Kendall Vertes, Sofie Dossi and so many more. I always get excited to meet other teens with interests and goals similar to mine.
What has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned while in the modeling \ industry. This can be about the industry or about yourself.
I have learned the value of being me and not being caught up in emulating others.
Is your family supportive of you being a model?
My family is so supportive. The traveling involved is time-consuming and sometimes very expensive. They never complain about the many expenses incurred in private coaching, beauty routines, or social media management. I could never do it without their help.
If you could go back in a time machine to the time when you were just getting started, what would you do differently?
When I first started out, I under-valued my worth. I took a lot of little jobs that didn’t pay much more than a free piece of clothing. I was spending more to model than I was earning. If I were starting over, I would be much more selective in the jobs I accepted.
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
The best advice I have ever received is to be myself.
What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.
I plan to continue modeling when we are able to travel again. I would like to participate in a couple more fashion weeks in New York and in LA, but definitely not this year! For the time being, I will focus on my studies and enjoy some time social distancing with my cheer squad and friends.
The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:
1. Last good movie I’ve seen: Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith
2. What do you consider beautiful and why? Kindness. People who are kind are the prettiest people ever.
3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? Meet Anna Wintour!
4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d ” Parachute out of a plane.
5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? I am addicted to coffee; specifically Dutch Bros iced caramelizers. I’m definitely not interested in changing that flaw.