Have you ever thought about reconnecting with someone from your past and then within a week doing it? That is what happened when I saw Billie Joe Powers which lead to her being featured as the BikiniTeam.com Model of the Month for February 2015.
I knew Billie Jo from way back in the Hawaiian Tropic days. We meet in New York City at an event and caught up again shortly thereafter in Hawaii. We became friends because she had an interest in Photography. So I told her I had an extra camera she can use at the Hawaiian Tropic USA Finals.
It was great to reconnect with her in Mexico during the Swimsuit USA International Model Search. I was walking in the dark through the resort grounds when I heard a big “HELLO” because her mother recognized me first. I was surprised to see Billie Jo standing there since I had not seen her since that Hawaiian Tropic USA Finals trip.
I was once again amazed at her beauty and immediately asked her if she would let me shoot her for Model of the Month while in Mexico. Before I knew it, we were shooting the feature around the Hard Rock. I loved that it was not a planned shoot and just seemed to work out. We had an amazing shoot with Tyler Suess & Chuck Owens helping me out.
It started out at the crack of dawn, we pretty much had the beach to ourselves the entire morning. I was so grateful to have that background for the shoot with Billie Jo, she looked so beautiful. Once we were done shooting, we headed to the restaurant for a well deserved breakfast feast.
Our shoot with Billie Jo Powers landed her the Foxy Lady of the Day honors at FoxSports.com on February 4th and her video for BikiniTeam.com was featured on Brobible.com on February 10th.
Checkout our exclusive interview with Billie Jo Powers our February 2015 Model of the Month:
Q: Describe your bikini for the shoot and why you like that particular style, cut, etc. Be as specific as possible with the brand name and even the suit name if you know it.
I wore numerous suits from Keva by Keva J and Victorias Secret. We shot on a beautiful beach in Riviera Maya, Mexico so I chose bright and tropical colors that matched the scenery. I wore suits from a company i’m sponsored by called “Keva by Keva J” and Victorias Secret.
Q: Most memorable moment on the shoot (Tell me about the day)?
I worked with John Neyrot years ago when I first started modeling and he’s always been a great friend and mentor. It was so nice to reunite in Mexico after so many years and get to work together again.
Q: When did you start modeling and how were you discovered?
My senior year of high school I was entered into a competition called “Model America” and won first place.
Q: What was your first big break in the industry?
Winning Model America included a trip to Oahu, Hawaii to compete in the International Finals for Hawaiian Tropic. After that, I was chosen as “Miss October” in their calendar sold worldwide. After that, the opportunities came rolling in.
Q: Not including shooting with us, what has been your favorite job so far?
Hosting Bikini Destinations on Edge TV. It’s my dream job. I get to travel around the world with an amazing crew, you can’t get better than that!
Q: What has been your favorite place on the planet to shoot and why?
Oahu, Hawaii. The scenery is breathtaking!
Q: What is your favorite swimwear company or companies and why do you like their swimsuits?
I’ve recently been sponsored with Keva by Keva J Swimwear. Their suits are amazing quality, classy and very fashion forward.
Q: Tell us something interesting about yourself that most people do not know (the quirkier, the better!)?
As an only child my Dad always wanted a boy. Since they ended up with a girl, I was named me after my dad.
Q: If you could be doing any job in the world for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
I absolutely love what I do now. Although, I would love to gradually move towards more hosting in the future.
Q: What is your favorite movie of all time and why?
Anything Chris Farley, he was my favorite!
Q: What are the Top 3 songs playing on your iPod right now?
I’ve been listening to Ed Sheran’s new CD on repeat, love it!
Q: What is your work out routine if any?
I’ve been doing a new form of yoga called Buti – it’s amazing.
Q: Favorite food and how often do you eat it?
Meat and potatoes. I make a steak on the grill at least once a week.
Q: What is your drink of choice?
I’m not a big drinker but I love a glass of chardonnay.
Q: What does Fashion mean to you?
Being able to express your personality through your wardrobe.
Q: What models do you look to for inspiration and/or admire and why?
Some of my best friends are in the modeling industry and it’s a wonderful thing to look to them for inspiration and support each other.
Q: Favorite designer and why?
Michael Costello, his style fits mine perfectly.
Q: What celebrity do you resemble or get mistaken for the most?
Christie Brinkley or Kelly Ripa.
Q: Where can we see you next? Do you have any upcoming events, photo shoots or appearances that your fans can see you at soon?
I will appear on the next episode of Bikini Destinations on Edge TV and was recently featured on the cover of VS Chicago Magazine.