OUR MARCH MODEL OF THE MONTH, ALISON CRONIN, GIVES US A SNEAK PEAK AT HER LIFE AS A TRUE MODEL.
Fit Model, World Traveler, Philanthropist, Miss Massachusetts & More! Learn about Alison below!
Name: Alison Michele Cronin
Social Media: @alicroninnyc (Instagram)
TM: What are some of your interests and hobbies outside of modeling?
AC:I love to take advantage of living in NYC by going to museums, the theater and trying out new restaurants. I also love to travel and learn about new cultures. And when I want to relax, board games and reading are on the agenda. I’m also a vintage clothing enthusiast so thrifting for a unique bargain is also one of my favorite things to do.
TM: Out of all the places you’ve traveled what has been your favorite place to visit? Why?
AC: That’s a tough one! I think every place I have been to has been unique and awesome in its own way. I did a research project in Ghana, West Africa and that was really wonderful experience. Such welcoming beautiful people there. I also love Naples, Italy and the Amalfi Coast. You haven’t lived until you’ve eaten fresh seafood and drank wine in Naples!
TM: Are you involved in any charities?
AC: I support a number of charities ranging from world problems like environmental conservation to local issues like public education inequality. I feel so blessed to have the life I do so I feel it’s a duty to give back to those less fortunate.
TM: If you were stranded on a deserted island what 3 things would you have to have with you?
AC: Does this island have cell service? If so then my phone so I could call for help! But really…
1. Matches to start a fire/try and signal help
2. A fishing pole to try and catch food ( I grew up on the beach so I got some skill there)
3. Sunscreen ( wrinkles/skin cancer aren’t cool on an island either)
TM: What is something most people don’t know about you?
AC: I was a major tomboy growing up. I didn’t wear dresses until 5th grade. I could climb trees and arm wrestle with the best of them!
TM: What are you career goals?
AC: Right now I am just really enjoying being able to make a living modeling. I love what I do and that each day is an adventure!
TM: How do you keep your body measurements consistent for fit modeling?
AC: Genetics definitely plays a part. My dad was the same size at 50 that he was when he got married. Running around the city to appointments and standing all day long also help. Plus, trying clothes on all day long you become very contentious of your body which makes it easier to keep things in check.
TM: You graduated summa cum laude (3.9 GPA) from NYU. When attending collage, did you have another career in mind? How does your schooling help you in your modeling career?
AC: I definitely think my schooling helps me as a fit model. A lot of the classes I took were communication based and as a fit model being able to properly communicate is essential. Knowing your audience, being able to read people, knowing what people are looking for from you in terms of how much feedback to give on a garment are all a part of being a good fit model.
TM: Before becoming a full time fit model, what types of jobs did you have?
AC: I have been modeling and acting since high school in some capacity or another. I was lucky enough in college to book some great commercial print stuff. I’ve also has lots of odd jobs from nannying to busing tables. I’ve been working in one capacity or another since I was 13!
TM: We hear you were Miss Massachusetts. How was that experience? Did it prepare you for you modeling career at all?
AC: Totally. Being Miss Massachusetts was life changing for so many reasons. I learned to be very comfortable /confident with yourself and your body. If you can prance around on stage in a bikini on national television you can do anything! I also learned the importance of constructive criticism. Also, the interview portion of pageantry got me to be very comfortable walking into a room of strangers which is essential for go sees!
TM: You fit a variety of categories from Sportswear to Swimwear. Is there a particular type of garment that is your favorite to fit?
AC: I grew up on the beach so swim is always fun! Plus you don’t have to wear heels which is always a treat for your feet. I enjoy that I have a variety of categories though because it keeps things interesting. I feel like I’m always learning!
TM: What tip would you give someone who wants to fit model?
AC: Be on time, be knowledgeable, be professional. It is always important to really pay attention. The more you fit the more familiar you become with technical terminology. Also, don’t be too sensitive- you have to have hard skin to be a fit model and not take any comments made in fittings to seriously.
TM: Why did you sign with TRUE and what has your experience been?
AC: I just got a great vibe from Dale (owner of True) when I first met her. Although I had been involved in different areas of modeling before, I was completely clueless about fitting. Dale was a supportive teacher and is always available to answer questions. The whole team at True really make you feel like family and offer you individual attention. They do a great job of working with both models and clients to find the best fit for everyone.