RE:Quest Model Management

photography // Khadijat Yussuff

I barged in through the front door, still not fully recovered from the sprint between subway and destination. At a solid seventeen minutes late (for my first test shoot, no less), I panted my way through first introductions, and could hear nothing but the blood speeding through every tiny vessel. As we proceeded from penthouse to rooftop, I tried to engage in light chatter.

“How are you doing today?”

She was probably doing much better before I showed up late.

“I’m a little sweaty,” she laughed. “It’s hot out there.”
“What do you have planned for the rest of the day?”
She smiled coyly, and her eyes lit up.
“Well, I’m going on a date after this.”
25 minutes or less. Breathe.

Jessica Barta Lam is a fresh-featured face with an even more refreshing personality, and I was quite impressed with the way the girl knew how to hit her poses with precision. It shouldn’t have come as a surprise, given Jess’s ample experience in the industry – from Asia’s Next Top Model to NYFW and everything in between (yes, even Kendall Jenner). As we eased into the shoot, giggling over things 22 year old women find amusing, I admired her ability to both gracefully take direction and deftly try new poses and angles without squandering a second. The blistering heat, too, she bore with resolve, even as I rushed her from rooftop corner to rooftop corner. I am honored to have done my first ever model test with this Chinese-Hungarian beauty, and I wish her the best of luck (and the best dates!) in the future.

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