STRANDED WITH JOBY BACH – #GetToKnow Interview

I asked Joby Bach last month if she is interested in doing a personal interview with me and she agreed. I was delighted by that, because as an editor of Style & Curve I wanted to give our fans the chance to know how the people really are. Social Media is a great tool to connect with a lot of people, but you can’t know how a person really is unless you meet them in real life. With the new #GetToKnow interview segment we give you a chance to see who the person behind-the-scene is. Joby loved the idea so much that she even provided us with BTS video teasers and a full shooting story. Find full video and the pics from her ‘STRANDED WITH JOBY BACH’ shooting with Martin Perreault below. Enjoy the interview I had with Joby Bach.

Lyz Lupo: Firstly, tell us some basic information about yourself?
Joby Bach: Well, I am from Montreal, Canada. I spent my childhood in Saint-Bruno; a little city off Montreal. I am 31 years old and I have a wonderful son of 10 years old.

Lyz: Tell us how your life was?
Joby: I had a difficult childhood. My mother was addicted to drugs and alcohol; besides that, she was also bipolar. Luckily, she had this deep desire to get out of this situation and get better, and since 1998, she’s been sober and is functioning very well.
My parents were already divorced so I lived with my mum. It was very difficult, especially between the ages of 4 to 9 years old because of her problems. Positive prospects took place when I went to a private college, because I was surrounded and well guided by the professors. And I could happily say that, “THIS SCHOOL SAVED MY LIFE.”

Lyz: How was it for you as a kid to see your mother being addicted?
Joby: I knew it was not normal! My mother told me that at the age of 3, when she was drinking; I took the bottle from her hands and said: “poison mom poison!”
So, I was pretty much aware of it as a kid.
For some reason, I kept my head cool although I knew it was not normal. Therefore, I never identified myself with this lifestyle. Did I have scars from that time?!!! OH, YES!! Many! And as a result, I sympathize with all those who have had similar experiences to me.

Lyz: That must have been hard, but I’m glad you managed it. How did you learn to not let it affect you? Or, how did you learn to be disciplined and work on your plans?
Joby: That’s a good question!
I believe that my spiritual side embarked here, to answer this question.
I have always said that there are two reasons as to why I could cope.
The first one: Being young, I was NOT raised in a religious family who practised the religion, but for some reason, I always believed in God! At a very young age, I was praying without anyone showing me how to. I felt that someone was watching positively over me in the sky.
Secondly: I saw my mother put loads of effort into getting out of the situation she was in. Unfortunately, damage had been done to me, but it’s NEVER TOO LATE to get out of it. Her recovery gave me a BREAK.

Lyz: Did you continue to be disciplined, or did you also make your own mistakes in life? Describe what happened.
Joby: Oh, jeez!!! YESS, I have made mistakes, but these mistakes have taught me. Because I grew up in difficult conditions, when I was 17, I was selling drugs and I fell myself as a drug user. For me, my thing at that time was Amphetamines, and I loved the night life. My boyfriend at that time was a drug dealer; we had the big life; but it was all illusionary. I lost myself in this universe for 2 and a half years. And I can tell you this, for you to understand that no matter how difficult your life is; there is ALWAYS a way out and you can do something about it. We are powerful and we are the masters of our lives.
By chance, when I was 20, I got out of this world which was extremely unhealthy. I left the boy whom I was with, moved to my father’s house and started to work in a FUTURE SHOP store. It was a new beginning for me.

Lyz: Continue how you became a mother and model.
Joby: I have always been artistic. As a kid, I amused myself by recording myself singing or playing radio presenter. Also, acting as a DJ lol…Yes, I did that!! (laughs), so I am not surprised that I ended up being a model, because I always had an interest in photography and art. On the other hand, my mother role began in 2007 when I had my son, and I can say open-heartedly that giving birth saved my LIFE somehow. I did not want my son to suffer as I had suffered as a child! So, I used ALL possible ways to make sure he would not have the life I had as a child. 🙂 My son is a blessing and the moment I saw his little eyes, I knew I was going to do everything in my power to protect him like a ‘mama wolf’.

Lyz: Being a model is a hard job sometimes, but what about the times when you don’t have a job. How do you manage to stay positive and motivated in those times?
Joby: As you know, being a model means working for oneself. Like all things, when you are self-employed there are strong periods and sometimes slower. This is part of the game as they say.
Personally, during my periods of tranquillity, I take the opportunity to recharge:
Walking in nature, writing, meditating and polishing up on other spheres that turn me on! As for example, spirituality or to create artistic projects. I am also a good life coach! I like to help people in need and to help them see clear through difficult situations. I think I’m a good guider.

Lyz: Why do you think you are a good life coach? What gives you strength to stay positive?
Joby: To be humble and sincere towards all my fans who read me, sometimes I am discouraged in the society in which we live. It’s like a race of the ego.
Who has the most beautiful house, the most beautiful body, the most beautiful career etc, and as a model this game is very present between girls; despite that they are PLUS SIZE, this does not change anything at all.
There is a lot of competition in the fashion industry and that personally turns me off!
I love my job, but I realized that we do not save lives.
Therefore, the best I can do is to try to help my friends and fans realize what’s really important in life. WELL-BEING is real important in-itself, and how to achieve it.
Now you probably wonder yourself, “Why do you continue to be a model.” It’s simply because I love the art behind it. I love to create photoshoots and I love to receive emails from fans saying, “Thank you Joby, you are a real inspiration, you helped me to love myself and to accept myself the way I am. Thank you and please don’t stop!” To be 100% real with you Lyz, it’s my main reason. Plus, why do I find my craft so difficult? It’s because I do not want to act like other models out there. Unfortunately, I find that many of them do it for selfish motivations. Personally, I want to make it in the right way! Without falling into the trap of appearance and lust. I try to keep it real and to focus on the goal to help others instead of being seduced by the assets that the job of a model can bring, or to become A CELEBRITY!
That’s why I think it’s important for me to associate myself with THE RIGHT CLIENTS, because I want to give THE RIGHT MESSAGE to the population. I want to associate myself with those who worry about others and care about others.
Most of my bookings are strategically selected because I like to partner with people of hearts; who take good care of the models. It’s happened to me a few times where I refused big bookings, SIMPLY because my intuition told me: “No, Joby do not make this booking!” I always consider myself and listen to myself.

Lyz: Apart from the motivations of your fans, where do you get your positive outlook of life from?
Joby: It’s a choice
(I don’t have anything else to add) lol

Lyz: Ok, so we already heard that your childhood wasn’t easy, that you also made your mistakes in life as we all did, and that your son changed your life. Can you sum up your life lessons in 1-3 sentences?
Joby: I think it’s super important to be well surrendered by people who have good intentions towards you and who sincerely want to help you. Unfortunately, often in life, it is the bad people who teach you the best lessons! The conclusion is here, do not fear the worst. You should TRUST the process 🙂 and know that everything will be fine in the end.

Lyz: Give me a quote of you that sums up your essence?
Joby: I like to expose the things that need to be exposed.
I’m a truth seeker, like a warrior of light from the famous book written by Paulo Coelho.

 

SHOOTING PICS:

 

FULL VIDEO:

 

BTS TEASERS:

 

ABOUT JOBY BACH:

Joby Bach is a plus size model from Montreal, Canada for many years now. She works regularly for brands like Addition Elle, Le Chateau, Laura Petit Plus, Wonderbra, Curvy Couture with Vivica A. Fox and she already appeared Vanity Fair  Magazine in 2014.  She is represented by NEXT MODELS CANADA and the contact to book her is DIDIER@NEXTMODELS.CA.

 

SHOOTING CREDITS:

photoshoot: Martin Perreault @martinperreault.ca
model: Joby Bach @jobybach
bts video: Yanik Chauvin @yanikphoto
makeup & hair: Catherine Lavoie @catounua
assistant: Bruno Laporte @bruno.laporte.5
assistant: Pat Tremblay @pat.tremblay.1980
lingerie :  Victroria’s Secret @victoriassecret
location: Daniel Goyette Gas Station, Montreal, Canada
special thanks for location tip: Alexandre Monet @alexandre.monet.3
music: Interlude – Briovere Buffentis – jamendo.com

 

Kind regards,

Lyz Lupo

Style & Curve Magazine

 

MODEL SPOTLIGHT: JOBY BACH

Canadian Plus Model Joby Bach Official is our second model to be featured for the MODEL SPOTLIGHT  from Style & Curve. She is represented by Natural Model Management.

Source: http://institutemag.com/2013/05/07/bold-beautiful/

1. How did you became a plus model?

An agency in Montreal spotted me at the age of 16 years for the regular size category. But physically, I was unable to hold this shape and weight. So few years after, I applied for the Plus size division! I’m completely in love with this category!

2. Was this also what you always wanted to do? Did you study? what?

Since the age of 4, I knew deeply that I want to be a model. I always liked to be filmed and play the star in front the camera. For me this is the ideal time to let me go, fall into my magical world and share it with the world. 🙂

3. Why do you regard yourself as a plus size model?

I consider myself as being a plus size, because I have curves. I have a refined waist and predominant hips. I wear 14 and I train regularly to be FIT. Being plus size does not mean necessarily, say (Big), but voluptuous to me and comfortable in their own skin. Personnaly, it simply leads to be healthy, well in my body and God knows I eat as I please… lol

unnamed

4. What are your wishes for 2014?

WOW, this is a very good question. I like that. 
Firstly, I want to develop myself. I am a woman who works a lot on me. I like to learn about myself. I love meeting new people who have full of motivation, inspirations, desires ,always in search of success to excel and become better. So, I wantto  travel, meet positive people, reinforce my relationships with my loyal contacts and being recognized of my good work. 🙂

5. What was the best thing that happend to you?

There are many good things that happening to me. The birth of my son was one of the greatest moments in my life. A tuning point was beginning. There was also the day i choosed to get involved in fashion completely and doing nothing else than FASHION!! A big jump when you are a single mom.

6. What was the worst thing that happend to you?

When my father was diagnosed with a Lungs Cancer in 1998 and thereafter he survived 3 recurrences. He’s alive and I am very proud of him. 

1185486_666698380008409_2003435959_n

Pic by Jeremy Bobrow

7. What do you like about Style & Curve?

Style & Curve is a young Magazine.The structure is hypper professional.Their choice of publication is always on point and classy. Their posts and interviews are interesting and amazing. The Chief editor is warm, friendly and social with everybody . No discrimination for anybody. I like her and love Style & Curve.

190534_610766858934895_38817910_n

Modelinfo:

Height: 175cm/5’9″

Bust: 38″ C

Waist: 84cm/33″

Hips:  115cm/45.5″

Dress: 44 EU/14 US/16 UK

Shoe: 40.5 EU/9.5 US/7 UK

Hair: Auburn

Eyes: Blue/Green

Age 28

Agency: http://naturalmodelsla.com/portfolio.aspx?nav=1&subid=11699&mainsubid=11699&modelid=642007&sexid=2&a=22

Fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Joby-Bach-Official/317721864906064

MODEL SPOTLIGHT: ISABELLA FORGET

Last week sunday we had our first Model Spotlight feature. On one special day we only share the model work or other work of one certain model.

The first plus model was ISABELLA FORGET from Canada. Isabella is not only a model, but also a make-up artist.

64573_571799616235820_283423468_n1496602_571798146235967_1822581666_n

Modelpage: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Isabella-Forget-Plus-size-model/489715384427042

Make-up page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maquillage-BellaFor-Makeup/100409293355955

Here is her interview for  Style & Curve:

1. How did you became a plus model?
I started in the fashion industry as a make up artist, one day my friend told me about a contest to become the next plus size model in Montreal and said I should go try it out. So that’s what I did, I showed at the contest with no expectations and I was in the final 10…. And finaly win the contract with the model agency.
2. Was this also what you always wanted to do? Did you study? What?
I never really tought I will became a model one day. I was always behind the camera. I always been an artistic person but my parents always wanted me to study and go to university. So that’s what I did, I went to school to do a bachelor in fashion marketing. I hated it… that was not really my thing but I wanted to be proud of myself by accomplishing and finishing something. I’m now in the proccess of finishing my master in communication. My subject is actualy the identity of plus size and regular model in the fashion world.

1555392_571818439567271_160362487_n

3.What would you respond to the current discussion about size 8 models presenting plus size fashion and to the people who say they are not even plus models?·
Plus size fashion is a relativly new trend and I think people don’t really understand it. There is different categories in the cast plus size. I think and it’s regarding the size zero of the «normal» model. So everything above that would be called plus size. I’m not a size 20 either and people sometime told me I was not a real plus size… I have real problems to find stores and places that would sell pants and jeans that will actually fit me. There is girls with bigger breast, belly or legs… every woman is beautiful in a special way and that is what we need to have in mind.

 4. Why do you regard yourself as a plus model?
I think I look at my self as a model, I’m proud to reprensent my curves. I want to show the world I have curves and I’m proud of them so everyone should embrace themself and be confident as they are.

77111_571817882900660_1541823440_n

5. Did you ever got bullied for your curves?
I called myself a plus-size but it’s just for the industry. I consider my body curvyliscious and that’s it. But it was not always been that way. I’ve been victim of intimidation when I was in elementary school. I was then obligated to construct a shell around me and grow stronger… and that’s what I did. So in secondary school, I went to a private school…. I gain on courage and made a lot of friend but I know I was different; all my friends was wearing 3-4 and sometime 0 of pants and skirt size… but I was wearing a size 8-9… at that time I thought I was fat and I wanted to look just like them. I wasn’t comfortable with myself and never realize that I was just normal and that I was really taller then all of them. It took my years to realize that I was proud of my curves and how I look and that most of the time, it’s society that make people feel bad about themselves. I’m now a sexy size 14 and it took me 50 pounds heavier to realize it. I like my body «as is» because that is who I am. I don’t want to change it, I don’t want to do diet, I just want people to respect me as I am. I think that is what make me beautiful, it’s because I like myself as I am and that can be disturbing for other people to see someone just comfortable in their own skin. So it took me year to realize it but now I’m happy.

6. What would you say to young girls who got bollied for their curves?
Been bollied teach me one thing, to be stronger. I stopped to focus on what those bad people told me and said to myself that i needed to show them I was better then that. Beauty is not only from inside, but in you’re mind. I’ve met a lot of people that emanate charisma and that is what make them crazy beautiful.

1016316_571814536234328_203572488_n

7. What do you like about Style & Curve?
The fact that you represent really confident women from around the world. Fashion is hard game, specially in the plus size section and Style & Curve do it differently and in a great way.

The pics in the interview are from a special editional she did.

BOLD & BEAUTIFUL:

http://institutemag.com/2013/05/07/bold-beautiful/
Models:
Isabella Forget Plus-size model
Joby Bach Official
Photographer: Anthony Turano
Source: Institute Magazine

Cheers Lyz Lupo for  Style & Curve