Tbh, I don't even consider myself to be a model at the moment. It's mostly just something I've always wanted to do, so I'm working towards a modeling career.
- What made you first become a model?
My first fashion show ended up being cancelled because of COVID, which was disappointing, but my first shoot was so thrilling for me. I paid for my first shoot, so I was also really nervous about how everything would turn out because I have really high expectations for myself. I also knew the photographer, so it made me way less nervous. Overall, I was just grateful to have a starting point, so that I could see what I needed to work on in order to progress.
- How did you feel when you did your first ever fashion show or photo shoot?
The fabulous Tyra Banks!! I loved her so much and when she was the host of America's Next Top Model, I was highly invested, trying to learn everything I could. When they gave advice, I took it in. I think that's one of the reasons I have such high expectations for myself. It's not as easy at it looked on tv though. Haha.
- Who was your role model as a child an how did that help in being a model?
Both of parents have always been supportive of anything I do as long as I'm happy. Whenever I do my shoots, I always send them pictures to get their opinions.
- What did your parents first think of you being a model and were they supportive?
I honestly didn't think there was still a controversy over this, considering how much the modeling industry has changed. Personally, I think that, yes, there are agencies that are strict about a certain image, may it be a size 0. It's not necessarily fair, but I think that's ok because there are plenty of other opportunities and other agencies that are looking for someone to fit various descriptions. At the end of the day, the modeling industry is competitive, but so are many other professions. If it's something you're really passionate about, you will fight through all of the no's and find your yes!
- How do you feel about the controversy of the size 0 debate in the industry?
Technically, modeling isn't my profession. It's more of a dream I'm chasing. I'm actually in the military for the time being.
- If your were not a model, what other profession would you have been doing instead?
- What are guilty pleasures food wise?
Food wise?! Um, pasta noodles. I've been doing it since I was younger because I didn't like the sauce. I would literally make a plate of the plain noodles and throw some butter and Parmesan cheese on it and it just became a thing. I started mixing it up and adding bacon bits (or real bacon), deli turkey meat, etc. Also, I'm not really big on sweets, but when I do start craving, I always want hot brownies with walnuts and ice cream.
Out of all of the shoots I've done, I don't think I've ever really felt pressured, but in general if I've ever felt under pressure, I just think positive thoughts and take a few deep breathes. It usually helps.
- How do you cope under the pressures of being a model?
- What beauty tips do you swear by?
Um, I kind of have beauty tips for everything, but to keep it simple, if you don't have anything, always have gloss!! Also something I recently started doing to keep my eyebrows in place is using the Göt2b styling gel. Your brows aren't going anywhere!
- If a young girl/boy wanted to be a model what would your advice for them be?
Practice! Practice! Practice! Practice doesn't make perfect, but it definitely makes you better. Practice posing in the mirror, practice taking your own pictures, practice with someone else taking your pictures. Find models that inspire you and try to mimic what they do. Print out photos of your favorite poses and practice those until you feel like you got it without looking in the mirror.
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