Starting from the name, ECHO NITTOLITTO was incredibly evocative to me.

Just like a sound repeated by reflection, her figure extremely changeable and multifaceted rebounds to you in many different ways, as if you were standing in a room covered in mirrors, each one throwing a new aspect of her persona.

This feeling hits the spectator’s eye and sensibility while watching her works, always pushing boundries to reach strong visual images where she is able to communicate a delicate yet powerful image of herself.

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Echo, talented model from the States, answered for Reykjavik Boulevard some questions about her life off the set, getting us to know her better from gas stations to the first uncomfortable shoot until the present experiences: discover this and more in the interview below.

Tell us about your modeling profession: what pushed you to do it and how did you get started?

I lived in Florida at the time and had just moved back in with my parents after a very bad break up. I worked at a gas station during the nights and pretty much hated the direction my life was going in. I always longed to leave a stamp on man-kinds history like the women I’d seen plastered all over billboards and magazine spreads growing up. Their beauty was almost painful to see as I myself never truly felt beautiful. I would get a sinking feeling in my stomach and I would sense my heart skipping beats each time I saw a fantastic model posing in Vogue.

I wanted to have a strong presence the way those super models I looked up to did.

I wanted someone else to feel about me the way that I felt about them. What honestly got me to do it was pure curiosity. I mean, I’ve always wanted to model but my first shoot happened just by taking the leap to do so. I got into contact with a photographer who lived about an hour away who was nice enough to give me a chance and we set up a shoot near where I was living at the time. I hated the over all shoot, not because of him but because I felt entirely uncomfortable in my own skin. I had gained a decent amount of weight during my recent relationship and hated the way I looked. I was so uncomfortable with myself I swore I never wanted to do it again.  Then my parents asked me to move to Tennessee with them. I of course said yes because I felt my life was going nowhere in Florida. In Tennessee I got into contact with another photographer who found my photos from my first shoot and asked me if I would pose for him. I didn’t know anyone yet so I told myself “what the heck, why not?” and we quickly became friends. He introduced me to another photographer who introduced me to another (and the chain goes on) and that is how I got my foot in the door of modeling.

1600x1200-4Photographer: Florence Leung F L O T O G R A P H Y
www.flotography.ca
Wardrobe Stylist: Michelle Law
Model: Echo Nittolitto
Make up artist and Manicurist: Talysia Ayala- Make Up Artist using MAC Cosmetics
Hair Stylist: Eros Liu


Which aspects of modeling you like the most? 

At first I really enjoyed the idea of seeing myself in the photos and knowing that I was capable of doing those things, but that was when I wasn’t very self confident. As I gained confidence it became more about the creator and the over all image itself. What was the creator trying to convey? And how would I myself convey this? I love it when a team can come together and all be on the same page and make an image memorable.

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Model- Echo

MUA/HAIR- Michael Cartier Onsouvanh
Assistant Kelly kristine T
Designer- Rachel frank
Intern- Julie
Wardrobe Stylist- Ginger Peach
Studio- Wicker Park Studio


What does modeling mean for you?

Modeling to me has become an art form. I know that there are people out there who will fight tooth and nail to combat that statement but for me it definitely is. I don’t honestly know how to describe it. I use to paint and write but I stopped everything and managed to focus all of that energy into my modeling work. I truly hope it shows.

ImageProxy.mvcPhotographer: Florence Leung F L O T O G R A P H Y
www.flotography.ca
Wardrobe Stylist: Michelle Law
Model: Echo Nittolitto
Make up artist and Manicurist: Talysia Ayala- Make Up Artist using MAC Cosmetics
Hair Stylist: Eros Liu


What’s your relationship with the traveling part of your work? 

Well traveling is very exciting. Someone once told me that I should be very careful or else I would catch the Travel fever. The “Travel fever” is when you can’t sit still, you can’t stop moving your always chasing for the next location and your next job. I have definitely caught it and for now I see this as a good thing. I just don’t know how this unrest will affect my older years.

1600x1200-6Photographer: Elena Jasic
Model: Echo Nittolitto


What are your feelings and your thoughts in front of the lenses of a photographer?

This is different each time. Sometimes I will throw myself into a character and become who ever that character is so I am mainly focused on that and sometimes if the photographer is very quiet I am curious if I am doing what they are looking for etc. Every time is different, just depending on what the shoot is and what the photographers personality is like.

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Speaking of music: what singer or band is your all time favorite and your most recent crush?

I love so many bands. Right now I’m loving: Die Antwoord, Fever Ray, and I’m always a fan of Portishead. My music taste is very eclectic and I can like anything unless its mainstream radio crap.

1600x1200Photographer/Editor: Mariana Quevedo
Model: Echo Nittolitto
Stylist: Erin Leeper-Johnson
MUA/Hair: Galvin Mason


Who are your role-models? Is there anyone that your particularly admire?

Well in terms of models I love Christy Turlington, Lily Cole and Kristen McMenamy. Some of my other role models are people that I know, like my dad who always believes in me and wants me to do what I love whether he likes what ever it is or not. He’s an amazing person and I’m really lucky to have him in my life and I really respect him. Another role model of mine is Laretta Houston. She is such an amazing photographer and always pushes me to do better. She is a true believer in the underdog and is genuinely an amazing person. I will always have a high respect for that woman. Another photographer that I’ve gravitated towards and I just can’t help it is Marc Adrien. I had such a good experience shooting with him and he has taught me so much in the short amount of time we’ve worked together, it’s hard not to look up to someone like that.

1600x1200Photographer: Laretta Houston
Model: Echo Nittolitto
Make-Up: Artist Alexis Fagan
Hair Stylist: Naivasha Johnson


And about photography? Which photographer of all times you would you like to collaborate with?

There are so many people I want to work with it would be impossible to name them all. Some of my favorites off the top of my head though are: Elizaveta Porodina, Xi Sinsong, Yulia Gorbachenko and Thanassis Krikis.

ImageProxy-1.mvcPhotographer: Richard Dubois
Model: Echo Nittolitto


What is your idea about life? What’s missing that could really give you happiness?

I think that we have the power to do anything we want. I feel that the point of life is to see if we are willing to use that power. I honestly don’t know what is missing from my life that could make me happy. I could say the obvious, money, love etc. but I don’t know that I really believe any of that will bring me true happiness.

1600x1200-5Photographer/Editor: Mariana Quevedo
Model: Echo Nittolitto
Stylist: Erin Leeper-Johnson
MUA/Hair: Galvin Mason