I always admire women who can do it all. They can be independent, creative, beautiful, body positive, and successful. My latest bad-bitch woman crush is Mandee Bence. If you aren't crushing on her already, prepare to fall in love. She's a full time designer who blogs and models on the side, and is always looking fabulous. Plus, she says that she doesn't need to rely on a man to earn success. Amen, sister!
SOCIAL DECAY: Your blog and Instagram are SO awesome. I love how it's so all encompassing. Of all the categories you cover, what is your favorite to write about?
MANDEE BENCE: Thank you ! My favorite thing to write about is travel. I really believe that all you know is all you’ve seen. A lot of people aren’t exposed to outside cultures other than what they’re used to. I’m very blessed to have been able to travel for work and personal.
SD: How do you balance blogging, modeling, and your full time job designing for New Era?
MB: I have corporate hours at New Era, and that’s my priority because it never changes. I try to book 2 or 3 shoots every weekend, and I blog whenever I have other spare time, usually at the end of the day before I leave the office.
SD: Where do you draw inspiration from for designing versus for styling? Or, do you get inspiration from the same place?
MB: It’s really different. For design, we are designing 16 months ahead so I usually need to get out of the office and take a trip. I also use WGSN and other style forecasting services that allow me to see ahead, like the trends in Japan and Paris, because they’re ahead of us. But as far as styling, it’s more current, so I’m just looking at Instagram and Pinterest, and what my friends are wearing.
SD: As a designer, who are a couple of fashion designers who you look up to?
MB: I really like Ronnie Fieg but I’m starting to not like him anymore because he never replies to my comments haha. I like Yeezy as a designer but not as a person. As far as more underground stuff, I love Nat Wood (Badwood), I can relate to her stuff.
SD: As a model, who would be your dream photographer to work with?
MB: I love Emanuele Ferrari (@emanueleferrariph) and Preyen Moodley (@loopphoto) for actual quality and style. I also would want to work with Van Styles, just because thats usually the point where other people think you’ve made it as a model.
SD: What do you think makes you a bad bitch?
MB: I’m a bad bitch because I pay my own bills, drive my own car, and can take care of myself. I don’t rely on a man for any of those things.
All photos courtesy of http://www.mandeebence.com/