Check out our interview with entrepreneur, published model and actress Milana Spark.
An entrepreneur by nature, her annual gala “GlamZ Gala” brings together some of the top up-and-coming fashion designers during fashion week. As a published model, she has landed work with billion-dollar brands like Revolve, Alice and Olivia, Kittenish, Fashion Nova, Invisalign and Sofia Vergara Toty. She has been featured in Wonderland, Flaunt, Tmrw, NOTION, KALTBLUT, LADYGUNN, A Book, CelebMix, RIVAL and many more.
Hi Milana, describe yourself in 3 words?
How and when did you start into modeling?
It started with my dad… he loves photography and we would do these creative photoshoots and have so many great photos. I later started an Instagram account and posted some of my photos. I started gaining a lot of followers and was approached by brands to model and create content so I started real modeling.
What is fun and rewarding about modeling? And what is not?
The fun part is going to events, meeting new people, traveling to new places, and all the experiences. But what’s not fun is having to leave my friends at the end of events or projects because they are from all over the world.
Tell us about your annual gala, and why did you decide to create this in a very competitive market?
Glam Z Gala is an inspiring event that brings fashion brands and young models to the runway. It’s a day for kids and teens to showcase their talent, build confidence, and make new friends. I don’t find myself to be “competing” in this market, I just feel lucky to have this amazing experience and to empower other kids.
What is different from your annual gala to other fashion events in the industry?
GlamZ is not just a fashion show, it is a platform to inspire and empower kids and teens. We have some of our experienced models become mentors and role models on the runway and backstage. They help and inspire younger models and especially kids who are walking the runway for the very first time.
Can you name a few of the brands you are working or have worked with?
I have worked with and created content for Champs, Invisalign, Bubble, HiChew, ChipsAhoy, Blossom, and more. I walked the runway for some of my favorite fashion brands like Stella Mlia, Vitae Apparel, Meet Marie, and House of Juniors capsule collection that was designed by my friend and fashion influencer Zoe B3an.
The most important thing when you are shooting is?
The most important thing is to always have a positive attitude.
What’s your advice for the newer models and influencers?
Do not be afraid to be yourself and don’t let others put you down for what you do. Also, continue to practice as often as you can. Practice makes perfect.
How has modeling changed your life?
It has changed my life because I have met so many amazing people and had life changing experiences with traveling.
What is the most rewarding part of your work?
The most rewarding part of my work is getting to meet new people and make new friends.
What would you say are the greatest lessons you learned so far in this business?
The greatest lesson I’ve learned is to not let others put me down for what I do and always be myself.
How would your best friend describe you?
As a popular model and influencer you are followed by so many people. How do you feel about that pressure of always doing the right thing, and encourage people to follow their dreams?
I see my platform as a way to inspire and encourage others and be a positive role model, especially for other young girls.
If you are a book, what would be the title of the book and why?
Life with a spark of fun (because my stage name is Spark)
What advice would you give to your younger self and why?
To be less shy.
What’s next for Milana Spark in the last months of 2023?
I recently returned from New York Fashion Week and have to catch up on posting all the content. Also have to catch up on school work. I have a photoshoot coming up for the athletic brand which I am very excited about. Also need to start working on and helping with next year GlamZ Gala as it is growing and will be held in Vancouver and Los Angeles.
What is your favorite healthy food?
And your favorite cheat food?
What is your own definition of happiness?
What is your favorite song to belt out in the car/for karaoke?
At the moment, Strangers by Kenya Grace.
What do you think of Social Media?
I personally love social media. It helped me connect with others and make so many friends. Unfortunately there are some people who use it for the wrong reasons and also tend to edit a lot of things so you cant see everything exactly how it would be like in real life.
Where can we follow you?
Instagram – @milana.spark
Quote: Always appreciate a moment you won’t realize how important it is until it becomes a memory.
Movie: Mean Girls
Tv Series: Gilmore Girls
Favorite Food: Pasta
Travel Destination: Hawaii