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Alba Mecaj

Alba Mecaj
Alba, a beautiful model out of NYC was selected as the first cover model for EM Magazine, shot by photographer extraordinaire Tim Coburn. Alba's hair, under the magic fingers of amazing stylist James Cornwell, stole the show.

Birthdate: 4/12/1988
Height: 5’7”
From: New York City
Birthsign: Aries
>click to see Alba's editorial in EM Magazine!
>view Alba's portfolio - leave her a comment!
my favorite things about modeling...I love meeting new and talented people from the fashion industry. Everyone brings a positive and passionate energy on set. I'm always excited to see the outfits, as well as the hair and makeup they plan on each shoot... Its always something innovative and creative.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I'm from a small Eastern European country, Albania. I left when I was young and moved to New York for about 13 years now. I'm currently pursuing a degree in education in biology. I absolutely love working with my students as much as I love fashion. I also love traveling and learning new cultures.


How did you first get started in modeling?
I was first discovered during a talent show where I was singing on stage and a local designer offered me her card to shoot her new collection.


What are your favorite things about modeling?
I love meeting new and talented people from the fashion industry. Everyone brings a positive and passionate energy on set. I'm always excited to see the outfits, as well as the hair and makeup they plan on each shoot... Its always something innovative and creative.


How was your experience shooting the Cover of EM Magazine with Tm Coburn?
Oh my Gosh... I don't know where to start... Firstly, I invited a friend of mine to travel with me to D.C. So this turned out to be a fun day trip for us. The day of the shoot, I met Cristina who is so sweet and made me feel welcomed. Then, I was introduced to my haitstylist James Cornwell and photographer Tim Coburn who happened to be the funniest people I've ever worked with. Tim made me feel really comfortable and the shoot turned out to be an amazing experience.


Were you surprised to be chosen? How did you react when you found out?
I was very suprised! Especially because this contest was open to both male and female models from all over the country. Everyone in the final selection was beautiful and talented that I did not think I had a chance. I was sitting in class and I heard my phone ringing... And of course the entire class started laughing so I quickly turned it off not knowing who the call was from... but then I couldn't resist to hear my voicemail. When I finally heard that I was chosen to be in the cover of the EM Magazine all I wanted to do is jump on top of the desk and say "YES! YES! OMG"... But I did all the yelling inside my head of course...


You have been so close to booking soo many jobs on EM- South Moon Under, e.l.f. Cosmetics, Leona, Nicolita...
So are evidence that persistence is the key... Did you ever get discouraged?
I never got discouraged. In fact, I shot the e.l.f Cosmetics commercial where they had found me through Explore Modeling. I was close to booking South Moon Under but when they called me I wasn't able to confirm my availability, therefore another model replaced me. During the Nicolita contest I was placed Top 4 with highest votes and won Besame Cosmetics and a beautiful swimsuit of my choice from Nicolita. I was very happy with my prizes :)


What is your modeling dream job?
I have always dreamed about being featured in Magazines, TV Commercials, Music Videos and Catalogs... At this point in my life I have accomplished all of the above, but I'm ambitious to work with more reputable brands and companies and expand my horizons.


What are you currently obsessed about?
I'm currently obsessed with drinking Chai Latte from Starbucks.


Do you have a secret passion?
I love singing... whether I perform on stage or just with my friends at a karaoke bar... I love it!


What is your favorite music, band?
I've always been a fan of Gypsy Kings or Akcent's type of music... I like latin and R&B.


What is currently your favorite piece of clothing?
I have a coral sheer skirt from ASOS that is absolutely gorgeous... I wore it during Fashion week in New York and I kept getting stopped for pictures from people and magazines.


Do you have a favorite artist (of any kind)?
I love Adelle and Rihanna.


If you could transport yourself to any place in the world at this very moment, where would you go and why?
I would love to be in Disney World. Its fun being a kid again and just enjoying those thrilling rides with friends and family.


What is something that not a lot of people know about you but you WISH more people COULD know?
I have been in the Dean's list and rewarded as an honor student. I have won in singing talent shows several times. I am featured on many catalogs and online shopping sites.




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