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San Diego Model Profile: Meet Chloe Hemmat

You may know Chloe Hemmat from local surf lifestyle magazine spreads. Or perhaps you’ve seen her in music videos for major artists like Chris Brown and the hip-hop group Far East Movement. If you frequent downtown nightclubs, from Fluxx to Side Bar, chances are you’ve encountered her stylish choreography.

Hemmat landed her first modeling gig eight years ago, and has since worked with a variety of local and national media, fashion and music brands. But Hemmat doesn’t consider herself a model. In fact, her career aspirations cannot be confined to a print page. The 27-year-old Bahrain-born beauty also dabbles in clothing design, and is working closely with the San Diego-based line Tainted Entropy.

Q: When did you break into the modeling industry? 

A: In January of 2005, I was asked by Skinnie Magazine in Los Angeles to be featured as “girl of the month.” Unwritten Law was on the cover at the time. It was my first photo shoot. When that issue came out, I was contacted for additional work by people who saw me. I never really considered working as a model. I still don't consider myself a model. I'm just fortunate to be offered such great work.

Q: Most exciting modeling jobs so far? 

A: I like the clothing brand, swimsuit, catalogue photo shoots -- which is what I usually get contacted for. But my absolute favorite work is being in music videos or promotional/marketing videos for brands. I've been in a few music videos for Chris Brown, New Boys, Far East Movement, Roger Sanchez and Bei Maejor. I was also in a Persian music video for Kaiser Geyser.  It’s a song called "Vaveyla Leili.”

Q: How do you stay in such great shape? A: Dancing a ton, staying active, and working out at the local downtown gym, FIT, three to four times a week.

Q: How many tattoos do you have?

A: I have a tattoo on my hip that says a Persian proverb in Arabic: "He who wants a Ross must respect the thorn." The one on my inner thigh reads "once upon a midnight dreary." I also have the word "patience" on my right wrist and "passion in movement” on my left wrist.

Q: Do you feel pressure to move to Los Angeles?

A: I feel there is more work as a model for me in LA. Some auditions that I get called for are last minute, so it’s hard to make them. I’m sure that if I lived in LA, I would have more consistent modeling work, but my home is San Diego.

Q: How has social media influenced the modeling industry?

A: I get half of my work through social media and the other half through referrals/word of mouth. I've never been with an agency, and I’ve never went looking for work. I believe the only true models are the women who actually get paid to model -- real industry rates.

Q: Tell us about your role with the RMD Group.

A: I love my Job at RMD and I give it 110% priority. I'm the RMD Dance Manager which means I manage anything dance related for all three RMD venues -- Fluxx, Side Bar and F6ix.

My favorite local DJ Craig Smoove and I create the music and choreography for our shows. I can’t take credit for all of the choreography. We need help being the best we can be – especially with aerial stunts, which was something new that I wanted to present when Fluxx opened.

Q: Outside of modeling, what are your career aspirations?

A: I am the designer for a clothing line called Tainted Entropy. The owner, San Diego local Christopher Glenon, has established a foundation for the business, and is working on getting the clothing line into the right stores and major tradeshows.  The website launched in January: TaintedEntropy.com.

Right now I'm considering going the management/marketing route, but I haven't made a decision yet. I'm a firm believer in not rushing yourself to make a decision and going with the flow.

Background check: 3/4 Persian and 1/4 Arab. Born in Bahrain, moved to Los Angeles at 5-years-old.

Resume bragging rights: FHM Magazine, 944 Magazine, Surfshot Magazine, Revolt Magazine, Glamhouse.com, Bunny Bikini Co., Baby Cakes Bikinis.

Do you want to be featured in our Model Profile series on DiscoverSD.com and U-T San Diego? Send requests to michelle.guerin@utsandiego.com

 
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