Meet Leah Alice, the gorgeous model from Blare Management, captured through the lens of photographer Arthur Da Costa Oddos. With a backdrop of sun, sea, and sand, this special feature dives into Leah’s philosophy: “All people smile in the same language.“
Leah, you have a clear passion for travel. Can you share with us your most unforgettable travel experience and why it left such a lasting impression?
I am always happy to share my travel experiences with others. Surely, one of the most memorables moments during my journeys was my first road trip though USA, we took together with my boyfriend. We explored Golden States’ famous San Francisco, played at some of the most popular casinos in Las Vegas and took sunsets at Miami Beach. But the focal point of the whole trip was visiting Key West, driving to mile zero and just enjoying each others companionship together with my boyfriend. Since this trip, I dream about living in one of the cities we visited, especially New York holds a special place in my heart.
I always prioritise in my life open-mindedness and freedom and that’s what I find is very profound in USA. It is a totally diﬀerent world and lifestyle from Europe and that’s what I enjoyed the most. Also the amount of people likeminded and focused on modelling made it way easier for me to open-up and feel confident.
Also, American food is my quilty pleasure. In-n-out, Raising Canes and Panda Express are my go-to after a long photoshoot. I know most models will say they eat salad three times a day, but thats not true! We love pizza, hamburgers and lots of fried chicken!
As a model, you are frequently in front of the camera. How do you stay confident and genuine during your shoots?
As I continuously strive to reflect my charisma and personality into my photoshoots, staying confident is crucial. It does not mean I am not stressed on the inside at the same moment. I find that the right balance of positive mindset and attitude together with bunch of professionalism goes a long way. Other important part of photoshoot is a photographer, most of the time they are real masters of their craft, who know how to work with models and elevate their qualities during photoshoot. They are the real heroes, who are able to provide fun and professional work environment at the same time, like in my shooting with Arthur.
“I want to embrace joys of the simple family life, taking on new responsibilities and one day also brining a new life into this world.”
How do you define “good moments” in your life?
Good moments are when time flies by, when nothing else matters and there’s no things bringing us down. As I find myself completely unaware of how time passes, when I’m with my friends or enjoying my hobbies, when I do yoga in the sunset.
These are moments I truly find good. They are simple, but it’s important to be able to enjoy and cherish this situations when we are truly care-free.
If you could have dinner with any three people, living or dead, who would they be and why?
If I could have dinner with any three people, living or dead, I would choose:
My dad – he has been my main supporter and fan throughout my whole life, and I am always super grateful for the knowledge and chances he has shared with me. He has always been there for me, doing everything he can to ensure my well-being and happiness. Today, as I live in Spain and he in Germany, we do not get so many chances to have just a normal diner at the end of the day.
My bestfriend Elena – that’s a person I vent to and can abuse with my long work or love stories. Besides my boyfriend, she knows the most about me, and we are just like sisters. On the other hand I love hearing her stories and giving her advice, that she never later follows. Thats just how best friends do :)
My boyfriend Kacper: He is a constant source of motivation and encouragement in my life. His belief in me and his unwavering support have pushed me to overcome challenges and achieve my goals. Having dinner with him would be an opportunity to express my gratitude and strengthen our bond even further. He also accomplished a lot by very young age business wise. Being raised by a single parent, he moved out of his mom’s house by age of 16 and by age of 20 completely left his country and moved to USA where he worked in hotels. He later relocated again to Spain where he started a successful networking company and where he have been living ever since. Spending time with him is one of my favourite things to do, so I always cherish the moments we can share.
“If you don’t do it yourself, no-one will do it for you… In the essence, get your butt out of the chair and go do something.”
Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
On one side I see myself working on my career and trying to achieve a success. As of now I am at the point my professional life as everything is ever-changing, I’m just excited to see what the future has in store for me. I would love to keep scoring bigger and better work opportunities while traveling world to places like Thailand and South Africa.
On the other side I see myself getting more serious about my relationship and just maybe (hopefully) we will be married by then, or at least engaged! I want to embrace joys of the simple family life, taking on new responsibilities and one day also brining a new life into this world.
If you could send a message to the entire world, what would you say?
All people smile in the same language.
“All people smile in the same language” is a truly beautiful and profound message that ever since is stuck in my head. A smile is a truly universal expression of a joy, kindness and understanding. I appreciate it a lot when I do groceries when other people in the shop smiles back at me, or when I can laugh at simple jokes with my hairdresser. It remind me, that even though we come from diﬀerent backgrounds, we do all strive to achieve same goal of happiness.
Is there a philosophy that guides your life decisions?
If you don’t do it yourself, no-one will do it for you.
In the essence, get your butt out of the chair and go do something. That’s something I had to learn the hard way. As my dad raised me single handedly, often we didn’t have same luxuries like families with both parents. Sometimes there was not enough time or resources like paying some of universities tuitions. That’s when you get out of the chair and go do it yourself.
Photographer: Arthur Da Costa Oddos
Instagram @arthurdco – www.arthurdco.com
Model: Leah Alice / Instagram @leahalice.it
Agency: Blare Management @blaremanagement