“We at all times attempt to combine all of it collectively, simply because I really feel like there’s simply bizarre connotations of, ‘Oh, when you’re not this peak, you may’t be a mannequin or you may’t stroll the runway. If you happen to’re not this weight, you’re not going to look good in clothes,’” says Mateo. “That’s not how we strategy our reveals in any respect. It’s form of like, ‘OK, what do the garments appear to be? OK, let’s see a pool of so many alternative folks.’ And see who would work and who wouldn’t. So, we actually go into it wanting to only see everybody. I’m form of blown by how many individuals begin off with us, whether or not that’s a present or an open casting, after which find yourself with a Wilhelmina deal. If we hadn’t given them this chance, they’d’ve by no means been capable of actually showcase that.”
Jean-Raymond is the inventive engine, however Mateo says they work collectively so effectively as a result of they’re each opinionated.
“Generally I can see one thing in a mannequin that he in all probability gained’t see with out her hair and make-up being achieved,” says Mateo. “So we travel on who will look good subsequent to one another; how will we be certain that everybody shines? Everybody has a hand in what the general image will appear to be, so it’s good once you simply don’t have a complete bunch of individuals saying, ‘Sure, sure, yeah,’ to no matter you say.”
Mateo by no means dreamed of working in mannequin casting, a discipline that doesn’t have many ladies of colour—Mateo is Afro-Latina. She says she at all times wished to be a stylist and all the things she did professionally was in an effort to make that occur. She interned at Important Homme, a males’s journal, earlier than becoming a member of Pyer Moss, then left Pyer Moss to work for Black Body as a trend publicist. Mateo says she wished to be taught in regards to the technique of requesting garments from manufacturers, which is an enormous bulk of styling or helping a stylist. After Black Body she wished to know extra about precise styling and the way magazines work, so she obtained a job within the trend closet at Marie Claire the place she assisted the equipment editor. Mateo says she was tasked with discovering new designers and realized the best way to be an precise stylist. This was sprinkled with varied jobs shadowing and helping stylists.