Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sculptress: 5 Questions With Celka

If you have your eyes on the Springfield modeling scene or your ears on the area music scene, you have probably seen or heard of Ms. Celka Ojakangas. She is a lovely southwest Missouri-based model and talented musician and violist.

I was very fortunate to secure Celka, who channeled her inner Grace Kelly, to help me explore some looks inspired by fashion photography icon, Herb Ritts. Mr. Ritts was active during the 1970s until his death in 2002. Aside from some of the world's most iconic fashion photographs, he directed evocative commercials and music videos, including Madonna's, "Cherish," and Chris Isaak's, "Wicked Game."

Celka's beautiful statuesque features embodies the "sculptural elegance" look I was after, so, I knew she would be an excellent collaborator for an afternoon of creative exploration. We were fortunate to also partner with Cindy Rhodes for Celka's lovely hair and makeup, which further evokes the clean lines and sculptural feel of our theme, with just a dash of old Hollywood glamour.

We sat down with Celka for 5 piercing questions, in order to help the world get to know her a little better.

AB: How long have you been modeling?

Celka: I have modeled off and on since 2009, but only started pursuing it seriously last November in 2012.

AB: Where do you find creative inspiration?

Celka: I take creative inspiration from every type of art. I am a musician and like to draw off and on. I believe there’s beauty in any medium. Modeling is the same – it’s not just about fashion, it’s about art.

AB: What is one piece of modeling advice you wish you received when you started?

Celka: Modeling isn’t about being as rigid as possible. Open up. Don’t be afraid to try unique poses. If the photographer is any good, they’ll tell you if it’s too strange.

AB: Beatles or Elvis?

Celka: As a musician, the Beatles, of course! Their music encompasses three decades. The same can’t be said for Elvis.

AB: What is one thing people don't know about you?

Celka: Quite a few know this about me, but for my followers who only know me for modeling, I’m actually a giant dinosaur enthusiast. If I wasn’t a musician, I would be a paleontologist. Can you say “nerd?” Haha.

You may find Celka on Facebook at: Be sure to give her page a like to keep up with her latest endeavors.

A special thanks to Cindy Rhodes for Celka's beautiful hair and makeup, and many thanks to the lovely Celka for a most wonderful collaboration.