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Luz Pavon

Luz PavonLuz Pavon, born February 24th, 1991 in Mexico City is a Mexican fashion model, actress and fashion brand owner.

At the end of 2008, Luz partnered with her sister Victoria Pavon and founded their own clothing company named PAVON NYC. One of their creations, called "The Ruffle Tube Dress", made in many different colors and textures, first sold to stylist Patricia Field from Sex and the City. It was featured as a must-have item in Style.com and in 2011, MTV declared Pavon a rising star.

"Even though I’m busier with modeling, the other 50 percent of my life is devoted to my clothing brand and my whole PAVON NYC world. We are mostly a non-seasonal company - we make new items every month.

"We sell in New York and online worldwide. We’re starting to distribute to other countries because we want to be massive. We put NYC in the name because everything is designed in New York City."

Our brand sells mostly online and in some stores in NYC. We do not have seasons, we create pieces every 2 months and it is mainly for women. It has become known as many celebrities have bought it, the first to do so was Amy Winehouse and Patricia Field was also the first to use it for Sex and the City.

Luz PavonWhen we arrived we didn't know anyone. We started to work a lot, with people who were in these disciplines and one thing takes you to the other if you want it from the heart and strive for it.

"One of our best-selling items was a ruffled tube dress in a lot of prints and colors — Patricia Field was our first client. We also started a production company and produce shoots for magazines; we work a lot with celebrities."

At 23, the Brooklyn-based model has developed a diverse set of skills - she’s gotten involved in photography, activism, DJing and acting — as well as running the clothing and production company with her older sister, Victoria.

“I’m very secure with myself, and I think that people feel that from me sometimes,” she says. “When you are secure in yourself and you love yourself, people feel that energy from you. I love my hair. And I love how I am. Some people might not like who I am but I’m happy how I am, my hair and everything.”

"I’ve always been interested in fashion and with modeling I get to see the clothes up-close, touch the textiles and everything. I enjoy seeing everyone’s different styles. My style is random - sometimes I’ll dress up a lot and other times I’ll wear really simple, low-key stuff.

Luz PavonPavon has appeared in advertisements for Balmain Hair Couture, Guess, Juicy Couture, Uniqlo and GAP.

She has been featured in numerous publications such as Vogue US, Teen Vogue, New York Times, i-D magazine, Dazed & Confused, Vogue Italia, Esquire, Fashion TV and Fashionista.com.

She has appeared in music videos for Kid Cudi and Joan Osborne. Pavon was selected by Chloë Sevigny to be part of her show in collaboration with Opening Ceremony and she also became VIP personality at the webshow series for Carolina Herrera 212 VIP fragrance.

Luz Pavon signed with Wilhelmina Models in New York. In 2010 Luz Pavon was in the spring ad campaign for Uniqlo.

In 2012 she was in the spring ad campaign for Barneys.

In 2013 she modeled for an editorial in the January edition of Bullett Magazine, which was called Portrait. She modeled for an editorial in the March edition of Dazed magazine, which was called Collections Spring Summer 2013.

Luz PavonIn 2014 she modeled for an editorial in the June edition of Vogue.com, which was called Hitched! 30 Wedding Dresses for the Bride to Be.

She modeled for an editorial in the August edition of Marie Claire Mexico and Latinoamerica, which was called Luz, Moda y Accion.

In 2015 she modeled for an editorial in the summer edition of Schon Magazine, which was called Step Into Liquid. She modeled for an editorial in the June edition of Teen Vogue, which was called Curl Power.

She modeled for an editorial in the September edition of i-D online, which was called Luz Pavon. She modeled for an editorial in the December edition of L’Officiel Mexico, which was called A Girl Like You. She walked the fall show for Adidas.

In 2016 she modeled for an editorial in the February edition of Vogue Espana, which was called Doble R: Rizos & Rosa. She modeled for an editorial in the March edition of Vogue Ukraine, which was called Beauty Story.

She modeled for an editorial in the June edition of Vogue Ukraine, which was called Fight Club. Her look books include the 2015 look book for Balmain Hair.

Luz PavonLuz Pavon’s dark beautiful curls prompted several agents to stop her on the street when she landed in Manhattan almost six years ago from Mexico City. Who can blame them...? Pavon shrugs it off, insisting that she’s always had this hair, despite the fact that the rest of her family has stick-straight hair.

As for modeling, she’s racked up Uniqlo campaigns and editorials in Marie Claire Mexico, Nylon, Elle U.K., Vogue Italia, Dazed & Confused and Bullett — as well as an appearance in Martin Scorsese’s upcoming 1970's rock drama series for HBO - 'Untitled Rock & Roll'.

It is set in the seventies, the characters are in the music industry in the era of disco and punk. It has all the Scorsese style. The protagonists are Olivia Wilde and Bobby Cannavale.

I got the role due to my look - the casting directors and Scorsese sought to personify the actors in the era of the seventies and my look is totally of those years.

It was something very special and I feel really lucky. I went to the casting one day and the very next day they talked to me about starting the project.

Newly signed to Wilhemina in New York City, Pavon’s 2015 outlook seems brighter than ever. “We all come here with our dreams,” she said of New York in heavily-accented English. “This is gonna be a good year.”

Luz Pavon"When I was growing up in Mexico, I was always the tallest one in my classroom and was really skinny. People would always tell me, “You should try modeling.” But when I came to New York, I didn’t know anyone and I didn’t know anything about it.

"I came here because I loved fashion. Every time I used to walk in the street agents would stop me and be like, ‘Oh my God, your hair! You’re so skinny and your hair is so big!” All my life, I’ve had this hair. And that’s how I started modeling.

My first job was for Ryan McGinley, for his black-and-white photography book, “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere.” It was not a traditional job, but it was cool and I learned what you had to do to make a picture.

"It was pretty interesting because it was my very first shoot, and when I got there, they said, “Okay, this is for an exhibition - you have to be naked.”

"I had to dance around naked. It was like, “OK, welcome to modeling!” But the picture used in the exhibition was just a close-up of my face, so it was fine.

It is very difficult being a Mexican model trying to work in New York. We all know that it is not easy or fast to get where you want to be, but being Mexican in a country of foreigners is even more complicated.

Luz PavonThe most important thing is to do everything with your heart and that you really do what you like with passion because definitely no one can stop you.

“I’m very secure with myself, and I think that people feel that from me sometimes,” she says. “When you are secure in yourself and you love yourself, people feel that energy from you. I love my hair. And I love how I am. Some people might not like who I am but I’m happy how I am, my hair and everything.”

Mexican model Luz Pavon on how she killed New York with kindness.

"My family has always supported me. I will go to the left, and they'll say, “OK, go to the left — you have our support. But keep your eyes open, don’t trust everything you see and be careful.”

"My sister and I live together near Prospect Park. We get along well and I think that’s super important. We work together; we have a company together. If we don’t get along, then nothing will work."

I love to travel whenever I have the chance. I love to spend time on the beach - I love tropical places in general. My next destination will be in Polynesia. I love it there. I also like to be on film, in motion. I want to be super healthy. I want my clothing brand everywhere, and to see my face randomly.

Luz Pavon"I'm 24, and I'm from Mexico City. I am one of the few models with curly hair, and I'm very proud of it. Most curly-haired models straighten their hair, or don't feel confident. I'm super thankful, because my hair is really easy. I wake up and don't do anything. It's natural, and I love it.

I got bangs when I moved to Europe when I was 11. I cut them myself! I let my hair air dry, and sometimes I'll spray it with rosewater. When it's frizzy, I let it go, let it flow. Even if I put on products it goes wild, and that's fine with me.

When I walk down the street, people come up to me and say they've never seen hair like mine. I don't get tired of that! I like to hear that people like my hair. I like it also. I want all girls to let their curls flow!"

To succeed in this industry the most important thing is to believe in yourself. Not all people who approach you are people you should trust.

Sometimes they are very negative, so you must have a lot of confidence, that nothing, nor anyone makes you doubt what you want to achieve - always do what you like and in the way you like it.

Luz PavonLeave nothing behind, move on, because dreams do come true. Everyday is a fight! Fulfilling my goals and achieving them has not been easy - it is a constant struggle, which makes me happier every day because I feel closer to it.

Every moment I live is unforgettable, working in everything I like and of course traveling and being in unique places will always be my favorite activity.

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