- What made you first become a model?
Being a model has always been a dream of mine. I would switch between professions (teacher, model, designer) whenever I get asked what I wanted to be when I grow up or what job I wanted as a kid. Even if it was just for family photos or group photos, there would at least be one person or two who would comment or playfully tease me on my "model" poses; my hand on my waist or my arched back.
- How did you feel when you did your first ever fashion show or photo shoot?
My first ever professional photo shoot was done in Summer 2015 for my 2016 Senior portraits. Of course like anyone else on their first time, I was nervous and shy. There was a professional photographer, hairstylist and makeup artist, backdrops, props, lights, and everything. So it overwhelmed me a bit but once I saw the photos, my anxiousness and worries of them looking not how I envisioned it to look completely disappeared. I was satisfied with the outcomes.
- Who was your role model as a child an how did that help in being a model?
I never actually had anyone I would call a role model growing up as a child. Parents would be the obvious thing but besides family members, there was no one. I really don't know why. I didn't see someone who I would follow in their footsteps in. I would always be so jealous of the people who did have a role model and be embarrassed to say I had none.
- What did your parent first think of you being a model and where they supportive?
As long as it made me happy, they were fine with it.
- How do you feel about the controversy of the size 0 debate in the industry
I feel like I'm seeing less models with size 0 and more representation for plus sizes. And I see that as an awesome thing because people are starting to see and accept bigger body types. The only downside to it is there's not enough representation for us petite people in the industry. And when I mean petite, I mean anyone who is 5'3" and below, anyone who is 30A and smaller, anyone who has an actual small butt, etc. You rarely ever see a smaller person in the runway, magazine covers, and the photos you see when you're online shopping.
- If your were not a model, what other profession would you have been doing instead?
For sure I would be an entrepreneur. I'm in a luxury hair care company that allows anyone who signs up to have a chance to change their life and have control over it. Mothers, fathers, college students, nurses, and so much more are in this business.
- What are guilty pleasures food wise?
Oh jeez... My food guilty pleasures are donuts, tacos, soft baked cookies, chicken katsu, and bacon & egg mcgriddles.
- How do you cope under the pressures of being a model?
I've had criticism from people who have told me I'm too skinny, I should eat more, anorexic/any eating disorder, boobs are too small/no boobs/flat-chested, no butt. I'm already dealing with body image issues for years because I never liked my barely-there boobs or my butt isn't big enough or I don't have the curves. But you know what? I've been learning to love my itty bitties and I'm loving every second of it.
- What beauty tips do you swear by?
When you're dealing with skin care, always try to get products that are water-based. I use ELF cosmetics skin care products and I love them! As for hair care, find products that uses ingredients that are by European standards! They've banned a lot of stuff that the U.S. hasn't banned. If you need any help finding hair products, I can help y'all!
- If a young girl/boy wanted to be a model what would your advice for them be?
Just do what you're comfortable doing! Also, look out for scammers who claim to be working for an agency. I've been a victim to these kind of things. You can find out by emailing or messaging the agency they claim to be in and they'll respond to you 99% of the time that that person doesn't work for them.