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Behind the Scenes: Meet the Model

Behind the Scenes: Meet the Model


There’s more to our September City Style model Darcey Nett than just posing for a shoot here and there—she’s a local business owner, music enthusiast and Badger fan. Read more about this multi-talented woman who’s signed with modeling agencies from coast to coast.

Where are you from?
I’m originally from Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin. I started visiting Madison when my oldest sister started college at UW-Madison in 1992. When I was a senior in high school and started applying to colleges, I knew I wanted to attend UW-Madison—my whole family went to school here! After completing my undergraduate degree, remaining in the city was a natural choice.

How long have you been modeling and how did you break into the industry?
I’ve been modeling for a little over ten years. I was waitressing my freshman year of college and a photographer approached me and asked if I wanted to participate in a photo shoot. After that first shoot, I realized how much I enjoyed it and eventually started Darcey Nett, LLC. Now, I’m fortunate to be signed with agencies in the Midwest, New York and Los Angeles.

You’re a local business owner as well.
Yes, I’m the owner of Always Best Care Madison (ABC). I worked and volunteered for roughly ten years in the healthcare industry. During that time, I was also experiencing life with a family member who suffered from dementia. It was a very daunting situation for everyone, and finding the appropriate resources was tough. I started ABC in 2012, and it is the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.

The unique advantage with ABC is that it offers both a free care consultation for assisted/independent living placement and provides in-home care options. At no charge, I will meet with families to discuss and determine any needs or required assistance. From there, ABC will create a personalized care plan based off their needs. My number one goal is to take any and all pressure off of seniors and their families, making the transition as seamless as possible.

What’s been your favorite shoot you’ve done?
I love shoots that have an athletic edge to them. Specifically, I spent a day in Wisconsin Dells shooting around the city, and then spent time zip lining upside down followed by racing in a jet boat. It had a little bit of glam—but then a lot of athletic edge.

What clients have you worked with, both locally and nationally?
[I’ve been][ fortunate to work with major brands as well as with local businesses. Over the past ten years, I’ve worked with ESPN/NBA, Harley Davidson, Xterra Fitness and Pinnacle Vodka.

Locally, I’ve done shoots with the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Lifeline USA, Madison’s Noteworthy, RAW Artists and walked the runway for Madison’s Bridal Expos.

And of course you can now add Madison Magazine to your roster of clients! What fall trends are you excited about—any from our shoot?
This fall, there are a couple of styles I’m anxious to try. I love the look of mixing unique textures in a neutral color palette. Additionally, I can’t wait to mix a faux fur vest under a bold, brightly colored coat. I’ll also be looking for the perfect pair—or two—of boots. And I’ll be sure to get the latest Badger gear for football season!

What does a model-off-duty like you wear every day?
My style is classic sophistication with an edge. I utilize a high-low style of shopping and dressing, buying pieces from places such as Target and H&M to Chanel and Dior. I love to mix and match because I think you can invest your money in the timeless options, such as a good bag, dress or coat, and then edge those pieces out with less expensive options, like scarves, jewelry and of-the-moment styles.

What’s the most offbeat shoot you've done?
There have been several offbeat shoots, but one of the crazier shoots I did recently was when I scaled up an abandoned building in a dramatic steampunk Rachel Frank Design. It was some of the most intricate work I have ever seen—hair, makeup and clothes—and there was a live film crew that captured the entire day. (See below for pictures of this shoot, shared by Darcey! Photography courtesy of Nathan Rist).

Any hobbies you like to pursue in your free time or little-known talents?
I guess you could call me a recovering band geek because I absolutely love music and I play multiple instruments, including harmonica!

Also, I’ll see amazing, expensive jewelry at the store or in fashion magazines and then go home and try to make [something similar] out of old pieces I own or from items from Goodwill and Michael’s for fun and to save money.

What are you favorite uniquely Madison pastimes?
My favorite restaurant is Sardine. I love sitting outside with a glass of wine and a plate of oysters. As for my favorite event to attend, it’s hard to narrow it down! I absolutely love tailgating and attending Badger football games, but I also love strolling the Capitol Square on Saturdays and buying fresh produce and supporting the local food scene.

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As Madison Magazine's style editor, Shayna Mace writes the monthly "Window Shopping" column about Madison's coolest store owners, products and shops. She also reports on Madison's most stylish people, chic items she loves, store events and sales, and additional dish in her weekly blog. Her favorite places to check out around town are local boutiques, consignment and vintage shops for one-of-a-kind treasures, new restaurants and bars, and anywhere that affords her the opportunity to meet and talk to Madison's most inspirational (and many times, fashionable!) people.

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