How did you get started modeling?
Modeling was always something that sparked my curiosity and the whole culture was very fascinating. I knew of a few older gals around me that were shooting with photographers and that whole process sounds super glamorous to a young girl so I started asking questions. Once I knew I wanted to try it out, I did my research and created my first Model Mayhem profile. After a year of working that profile, and gaining a ton of experience, I shut it down and made the current profile after quitting my job and deciding to pursue modeling full time. Echo Nittolitto, Alysha Nett, and Coco Rocha inspire me constantly, and I aim to reach that level.
What excites you about modeling?
I love being able to travel and meet different people from all sorts of different background. I enjoy turning myself into a piece of art and the incredible levels of creativity involved in a good shoot. I would be lying if I said I didn't the glitz and glamor also! And finally, being able to make my own schedule and be my own boss is wonderful.
What are your favorite types of outfits to model in?
My favorite would have to be designer fashion pieces. Perhaps because of my shorter frame and curves I do not get to where them that much, I really relish the opportunity.
What are your least favorites?
I dislike trashy outfits whose only purpose is to show my body off. You can look very sexy and still be classy.
What kind of shoots would you like to work on in the future?
I've shot a lot of nudes and glamor imagery. I'll always shoot that, but I would prefer to shoot more lifestyle, natural light shoots. I like the LA style urban fashion aesthetic and would like to book more of those type of shoots. Also, shoots with a full team of makeup, hair, and stylists would be super great!
Are there any other creative mediums you work in?
Fashion design and sewing/seamstress. I'm also super creative with baking ;)
What kind of music do you like?
R&B all the way! Especially when I am by myself in the car: watch out!
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