Today we’d like to introduce you to Addie Ortiz.
Addie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
As a child, I remember going out for rides with my father in his Monte Carlo listening to oldies, that’s how the love for classic cars, oldies, and vintage fashion began. I began embracing the style about 8 years ago. Many people would admire it and some would stare because I looked different.
Four years ago, I got diagnosed with Lupus, a painful autoimmune disease. Having lupus, it encouraged me to get healthy and fit. I lost about 135 lbs., which gained me so much recognition on social media. Photographers began to ask if I wanted to do photoshoots. I was so nervous and had low self-esteem. It has been over a year since I did my first professional shoot and ever since then, I absolutely love being in front of the camera.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been easy. My health has always been in the way. Constant pain and numerous hospital stays have made it difficult. I always have to put my life on hold to recover and be back to myself.
Having a large number of followers on social media, there will always be negative people leaving rude comments. However, I’ve learned to ignore it. People will always have something to say because they’re unhappy with their situation.
What should we know about your business? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I specialize in pin-up modeling. I have tried other styles, however, pin-up is what I do best. Many photographers have commented about how well I do it. I believe it’s because I don’t just dress pink for a photo but I embrace the lifestyle of it every day as well.
I have been published in over 18 magazines, including 2 covers, calendars, and books. I have been featured on websites as well.
What do you feel are the biggest barriers today to female leadership, in your industry or generally?
A woman can do it all. We are strong, beautiful, and smart. I’m not just a pretty lady in a photo but I represent everything I have been through.
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