What does it mean to remain

TRUE to who you are?

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“Pursuing your passions while keeping your morals/values intact.”

 

What led you to pursue modeling?

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“My mother was a photographer and had her own studio so I was always photographed while growing up.  In school, I got made fun of quite a bit for being tall and thin from a very young age which led me to become ashamed of my figure.  Then one day, I looked up modeling agency websites in New York and saw that they were built similarity….I began to see the beauty in embracing the way I was made.  I thought to myself, “This makes sense, let me give this a try in the fashion capital and see what happens.”

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How do you deal

with competition among other models?

“Honestly, for me, it was more in my head than the way I was actually being treated.  I found that the models were far more supportive then I expected, I mean, we all left our families and took a huge leap of faith to try and make it in this jungle so we stuck together.

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The competition came from seeing successes in others careers and wanting that when it was a slow season for me.  There would be a lot of days I felt not good enough, not skinny enough, not pretty enough…until one day about 5 yrs into my career I had an epiphany- We were all created equal and so is our worth. No agent or casting director can ever take that value from me.  This is what I do for a living, but it by no means defines me.  This is my journey and I cannot compare it to anyone else’s.  We all have our own strengths and we are unique.”

What’s your best advise for girls

wanting to become a model?

“Be prepared to work very hard.  Learning a new city, traveling, investing your time/energy and staying physically fit in a healthy way are important steps to pursuing a modeling career.

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Also, never feel the need to overstep your personal moral boundaries to “make it” in the industry no matter what anyone tells you.  If you feel uncomfortable with something on a shoot/audition, never hesitate to respectfully decline.  Having a successful modeling career while staying true to who you are is more than possible. “

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