"I've recently discovered how empowering being on either side of a lens can be and it has refuelled me to begin a campaign."
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Tell us about yourself: Why do you want to work as a model? Why are you interested in modelling as a career?
I would love to opportunity to work as a model in order to further advance my platform of self love, freedom and healing. I've recently discovered how empowering being on either side of a lens can be and it has refuelled me to begin a campaign. So many of us look at the "regular standard" for modeling and fail to see beauty in the uniqueness of others. I want to recreate and bring out a genuine love for self and all of who we are as people. I never in a million years imagined I would be confident enough to pose for photographers and actually LOVE the outcome. I want others to experience that confidence boost and that empowerment to love self! I secretly want to have my art tell a story of my journey to self love and embracing who I am authentically. And something interesting or inspiring, I believe that journal writing can heal ones soul and free them to become who they were designed to be. Also, I love Jesus and I am a firm believer that people can be sexy and still love God! :D
How important is modelling education: Have you attended modelling courses? What related courses or studies have you taken?
Modeling education is so very important. I feel that for those who want to pursue runway and print, courses are vital to make sure they are trained appropriately. While I've only attended one class following a casting call, I gained an understanding of the importance of guidance. I also believe and have been able to experience it personally, that whoever we are, whatever poses we create, however our limbs fall, that's beautiful in and of itself. I've simply jumped into this world without training and I've loved and enjoyed the outcome. I'm able to see how classes and more education would and could further my career.
What do you think makes someone “fit” to be a model?
In order for someone to be "fit" to be a model, they have to be themselves and own every part of their shoot. There is no particular body type, skin tone or hair style that would make one "fit". I think it's about them taking all of who they are internally and displaying it externally and connecting with others who may look, feel, think they way they do.
What are your goals as a model? How do you see yourself progressing in this field?
I love this question!! My goals as a model are to encourage and inspire young girls and women of all ages to love themselves and those things they've considered "flaws" for most of their life. I want people to embrace their inner and authentic beauty and be empowered to be all of who they are. I want to shatter that typical image of models and destroy the negative mindsets most times associated with models. I see myself progressing my standing on my platform of unity, freedom and love for every inch of self.
What do you know about the advertising industry?
I do not know a ton about the advertisement industry, advertising psychology and photography. What I've been able to gain is that if people see someone who looks like them...someone they can connect to, they are more than likely to purchase a product, visit a business, or get more involved. Color schemes, body imagery, and presence are huge in either of those areas.
How do you communicate with people? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements?
I feel as though I communicate with people so very well. I consider myself friendly, open, honest, patient, giving and kind. Respect is a large factor for me and I find myself giving respect more often than not with an understanding that others may not always be willing or capable to do the same.
Do you eat nutritiously? How often do you exercise or go to the gym?
I am currently in the process of creating a work out regime that works for me. I'm learning the importance of being fit, eating properly and am currently educating myself on the benefits and how tos of exercise and eating nutritiously.
What is your dream role as a model?
My dream role as a model is to inspire and empower. I do have a passion for laughter and comedy and would love to star in a play, film, movie at some point.
Do you have any limitations? How do you define your boundaries when choosing to accept a modelling request?
I think the primary limitation is my unwillingness to pose nude and have it broadcast. I do believe that my body is solely reserved for that of my husband and would not feel comfortable having it displayed all over the world.
State your availability: Would you travel? Work full-time, part time? Any hours?
Currently, I have a very open schedule. I do have volunteer commitments I have made and will stick with those. I consider myself a PTM (part time model) for the time being.
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