Model Q&A: Lonna Manson

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Model: Lonna Manson

Where are you from? Where are you based now and do you travel for shoots?

I grew up in Delaware. I’m a full-time touring model with home bases between DC, Philly and Orlando.

What inspired you to be a model?

I wanted to make art and to create pictures that were different.

Model: Lonna Manson

How or when did you start modeling?

I was approached by a group who traveled once while in DC and found out about this traveling model world. That was about 2.5 years ago and I fell in love with it.

What type of modeling do you enjoy most?

I like anything creative, especially horror themed stuff and grungy/punk rock.

Model: Lonna Manson

What do you look for when deciding to work with a photographer?

I look for the passion behind their work, and original themes and stylistic approaches to shoots. I don’t want to take pictures, I want to make art.

Which models or other artists inspire you?

Gia, Alison Wonderland, Courtney Love, and Sherri Moon Zombie.

Model: Lonna Manson; Photographer: Constantine Photo

What would be your dream shoot?

I’d really like to be followed around a music festival or on a regular modeling tour and capture the bizarre and beautiful things that most people overlook, and use that as settings/props.

How important is social media in your success?

I think social media is vital for models in this day and age. I like to attach song lyrics to my photos on Facebook to help with the mood I am trying to portray, and to help the audience relate to the work.

Model: Lonna Manson; Photographer: Scottsdale Images

What else do you do outside of modeling?

Modeling is my job at this time but I do have a bachelor’s in psychology and love reading different theories on human behavior. Traveling full time allows me to meet lots of new people and experience different cultures. I also love music! I’m constantly going to different music festivals and concerts of all sorts of genres.

What’s the best career advice you can give new models?

Always be your biggest fan. Nobody’s look is for everybody’s preference and if it was it would be boring. You’re going turned down, a lot in the beginning, but don’t let that deter you. Just be yourself and believe in yourself. Also don’t be naive. Think about your safety. Check references on new photographers and/or bring an escort. If you have a bad feeling about something then trust that feeling. There are always more shoots but never another you.

Model: Lonna Manson; Photographer: Joshua Mendoza

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