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The Modeling Industry’s Next Brazilian Star, Paula Weckerle on Her Career Path




Paula Weckerle, who is with the prestigious The Industry agency in New York, is a true all-around model on the rise. From her diversified portfolio to her natural appeal, she stands out against a largely filter-and-filler saturated fashion world. The Brazilian beauty took some time to chat with us about her career goals and path.

Q: What do you love most about modeling and the fashion industry?

A: I like that I am able to make new connections, that so often become friends, and of course the traveling! I also love that I get to be versatile and creative; I do more fashion work and runway in the beginning of the year, and then in the second half I switch to more commercial projects, and even fitness modeling. I love being a chameleon. 

Q: Who are some of your role models? Whose career do you admire in the industry, and who inspires you?

A: Cindy Crawford—I think she had an amazing career. And she was also a chameleon, doing everything from fashion to hosting. I think she’s the full package and I really admire her. I also love that she was authentic and a natural real woman, which is how models used to be, with curves and no plastic surgery, which I resonate with and find empowering for younger girls. 

Q: What do you see as your highest achievement so far in your modeling career?

A: Honestly, I’ve had so many incredible clients and jobs that it’s hard to choose one. But in the beginning of my career, I got to work with a huge Brazilian designer, Arthur Caliman and it was my first big job that I still cherish because I learned so much from it. Also, being in New York Fashion Week has been incredible because it was a dream of mine when I first got into modeling. 

Q: Landing which job or client would make you feel like you ‘made it’ in the industry?

A: Working with high-end fashion designers like Dior, D&G. Haute Couture brands like Zuhair Murad would be a dream come true, and for beauty, a campaign with Chanel is like the ‘top.’ And of course, being in the pages of Vogue would feel like I’ve made it. 

Q: What is the main thing you want to achieve either in the business or through it, later? Is there a post-modeling goal?

A: I like to stay focused on the present; that’s my way of living. I want to do as much as I can and work as much as I can in the industry today. Instead of looking too much into the future I work on improving myself now and being fully present on my current clients and shoots. But as far as post-modeling, it would be incredible to eventually work with one the top designers I mentioned in a communications capacity or writing, as I really enjoy that.

Q: How are you responding to the pause in the industry due to the pandemic? How are you responding to the situation, and do you have any coping advice for others?

A: It’s been hard because I do not have my usual routine of working out, going to castings, and working on shoots and jobs. But I am hopeful that things will turn around soon. I’ve shifted my workout to at-home fitness, and I am finding that it is healthier to spend less time on my phone and on news outlets during this time. Instead I focus on reading, baking and working out to keep calm. I am focusing on what I can control, and that’s my advice for others too.

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“The Firing Squad”: I Cried Buckets of Tears




Sitting in the dimly lit theater, I had no idea what to expect as the opening credits of “The Firing Squad” began to roll. Little did I know that I was about to embark on an emotional journey that would leave me reaching for tissues and struggling to catch my breath.

The film follows the true story of three Christians facing execution by firing squad in a third world country. Directed by Timothy A. Chey, it features a stellar cast including James Barrington, Kevin Sorbo, and Cuba Gooding Jr. Each actor brings their character to life with such authenticity and depth that it’s impossible not to be fully immersed in their struggles and triumphs.

As the plot unfolded, I found myself drawn into a world of despair and desperation, but also one of unwavering faith and hope. The characters’ journey from darkness to light, from despair to redemption, resonated with me on a deeply personal level. I couldn’t help but be moved by their courage and resilience in the face of unimaginable adversity.

But it was the performances that truly stole the show. James Barrington’s portrayal of the protagonist’s internal turmoil was nothing short of mesmerizing, while Kevin Sorbo and Cuba Gooding Jr. delivered powerhouse performances that left me in awe.

And then there was the message of the film—that no matter how bleak the circumstances may seem, there is always hope. That even in our darkest moments, faith has the power to transform lives and bring about redemption. It was a message that hit me like a ton of bricks, leaving me with tears streaming down my face and a renewed sense of purpose.

As the credits rolled and the lights came up, I found myself struggling to put into words the impact that “The Firing Squad” had on me. All I could manage was, “I cried buckets of tears.” And I wasn’t alone. As I looked around the theater, I saw others wiping their eyes and exchanging emotional glances.

In the end, “The Firing Squad” wasn’t just a movie—it was an experience. An experience that left me feeling inspired, uplifted, and profoundly grateful for the power of cinema to touch the soul. And for that, I will be forever grateful.

The movie is set to premiere in the theatres worldwide on August 2, 2024. And this is definitely a must watch movie, reminding people of the strength of faith.

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