- What made you first become a model?
When I was younger I used to do my own fashion shows around the house and mom had me in a few things. But I never thought I was tall or skinny enough. I never thought I'd actually start modeling as a career. I used to do photo shoots for fun in high school and college mainly for myself but then I noticed how it was more of a release, an outlet, a coping skill for me. So, after seeing a few images, a friend of mines told me how I should get into it professional so I tried it out and it took off. Now, I want to be an inspiration, for women and girls to be able to see themselves in me. Someone who represents them and is their voice.
- How did you feel when you did your first ever fashion show or photo shoot?
My first professional photo shoot I had no idea what I was doing. Didn,t really know what looks I wanted to do,etc. I was nervous but super excited. The photographer made me feel comfortable and we actually got that set published.
- Who was your role model as a child and how did that help in being a model?
As a child my role models were pretty much my older cousins, coaches, mother, grandmothers, teachers, etc. That helped me in a sense that I knew I wanted to always give back and help young girls and women in any capacity I could as these women did for me.
- What did your parent first think of you being a model and where they supportive?
My mom has always been supportive in anything that I do so her response was more like, " girllll, let me get that body". She said if I'm going to do it, then I better do it 1000 %. My grandmothers, not so much.
- How do you feel about the controversy of the size 0 debate in the industry ?
I think it is ridiculous especially since I am a curvy, full figured woman. In the modeling world, according to industry standards, I would be considered plus size. To me, modeling is about being confident, using your voice/platform and being healthy no matter the size. Stay in shape, your best shape and don,t starve yourself to fit a "norm".
- If your were not a model, what other profession would you have been doing instead?
Well I actually do lot already. I have a Master's degree in counseling, act, conduct interviews, event plan, work with girls in foster care/ states custody and a lot of other things. I am the"Jackie" of all trades.
- What are guilty pleasures food wise?
Sooo this is random but Chipotle, plain chips, strawberry shortcake popsicles, lemons ( I eat about 2 whole ones a day), kale and any seafood. Not really a cakes and candy type girl.
- How do you cope under the pressures of being a model?
Listening to music,staying prayed up, talking to mentors and staying focused. Not focusing on what everyone else is doing and just being consistent in perfecting my craft.
- What beauty tips do you swear by?
Toothpaste for pimples, coconut oil , shea butter, any kind of face mask, lip gloss popping, washing makeup off before bed, don't wear makeup everyday because your face has to breathe, tie hair down before bed to protect your face, always have body spray and deodorant in purse
- If a young girl/boy wanted to be a model what would your advice for them be? Know your "WHY", reach out to others and do your research on what type of modeling you want to do. Also, make sure your ATTITUDE and WORK ETHIC are on point. If you have a sucky attitude and think everything is gone be handed to you then you are in the wrong business. Don't be that stuck up, cant take direction, lazy model.
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