- What made you first become a model?
My Bestfriend and my Coredj/Coremodel sister Dj Kelly J asked me, "What do you want to do in life? What are your dreams?" Modeling was on my list as a little girl but she set up a shoot for me soon after and my career took off
- How did you feel when you did your first ever fashion show or photo shoot?
I wish I could tell you that I was super nervous but my first photoshoot was a headshot. It was like picture day at school, so I just sat down and smiled. I was so calm and shy.
- Who was your role model as a child an how did that help in being a model?
My oldest sister Stacy (I have 7 sisters) was my role model. She's ten years older than me. Stacy knew everything about hair and fashion. Not only did I learn how to dress from her, I learned the ART in fashion and photography.
- What did your parent first think of you being a model and where they supportive?
My mom was not supportive at all and my dad was more like "sure, whatever". In high school and college I was perusing a career in Criminal Justice. I went into the medical field shortly after, so my parents were shocked when they saw my pictures.
- How do you feel about the controversy of the size 0 debate in the industry.
Honestly, that debate is not as big as it was 20,30 years ago. In today's times and with social media, there are all kinds of shapes and sizes of models, making and creating their own lanes. I have been pushed to embrace my slim/thick size and height. I am the "Petite Model" I can model all around and do different types of modeling but what limits me is my height. (I'm 5'3). I've done music videos, fashion shows, commercials and the list goes on. You can't let that size 0 stop you, create your own lane.
- If your were not a model, what other profession would you have been doing instead?
Exactly what I'm doing now. Starting my journey to become an entrepreneur. I am starting an online virgin hair, wig line and beauty products at http://www.allybabyhair.com
- What are guilty pleasures food wise?
It is indeed Soul Food and chocolate.
- How do you cope under the pressures of being a model?
I do everything with a purpose and I stay ready. The majority of shooting that I do has a story and purpose behind it. That makes the experience last a lifetime. Staying ready for me is keeping all of the grooming up like hair, nails, skin, waxing etc. and at all times. I get anxiety getting all these thing ready at the last minute.
- What beauty tips do you swear by?
With being a woman of color I swear by 100% raw Shea Butter for when I'm in the sun (shea butter is a natural sun block) and Vaseline on my feet with socks at night.
- If a young girl/boy wanted to be a model what would your advice for them be? Know the type of model you want to be. Invest in one class to teach you how to walk, make up tips and how to avoid scammers. The gym is my greatest advice ever. Health is beauty and how you feel about your body come out on camera. Working out is hard but its definitely a confidence booster and you'll get book more as a fit model, confident.