Fashion, Career And Her Quest To Move Forward
I have learned is in order to make a difference
in the fashion industry you have to believe that
beauty comes from within. When I first came to Houston,
Texas from Lovelady ,Texas I was teased badly...
about my wardrobe, my hair being in a ponytail all
the time, as well as derogatory statments being
made about my big lips. I remember going home crying
to my mom everyday. One day she said these words
to me "you are beautiful enough to be a model
and don't let other people's words sweat your mentality".I
decided then, at a young age, that I wanted to make
an impact. I went back to school after Christmas
break and I made a decision that I will not be bullied
anymore. With determination and perseverance I strives
to be the best.
became one of the best athletes in my district and
went on to play WR/Wide Receiver(85) league WNFA
(Women National Football Association) for the Houston
Texas Cyclones. Although I was a great athlete I
still wanted to accomplish so much in the fashion
industry. I never had the luxury of knowing anyone
is this industry. Heck; I never had the luxury of
knowing anyone who knew anyone within the industry.
I had to do all the ground work and hustle by myself.
I've gotten denied for not being the typical 0-2
dress size. I've gotten scammed by many different
people. I've even walked into many agencies who
have absolutely loved me, loved my experience, training,
and humility, but because I didn't have a certificate
for their agency they wanted me to pay THOUSANDS
of dollars for it. One particular agency heard about
me being a great promotional model in Houston. They
also told me that I would need an agency certificate
to be officially signed with them.The only difference
with this agency is that they said I could pay off
my almost $4,000 balance by working at local stores
and boutiques as a promotional model.
weekend I worked hard and every weekend they took
my entire check. Until one day I realized that I
didn't want to finish paying off the balance and
decided that I can make the money on my own. Since
then I've accomplished so much. I've done print,
runway, promotional modeling and videos; as well
as accomplished being Top 50 African American Model
in Houston Texas.
never talked down on anyone in this industry and
promote all of who has worked hard to become who
they are. Jealousy is a big part of why Houston
isn't at the level they should be and I possess
NONE. I want everyone to know that you can have
a "crab in a bucket" mentality, but instead
of pulling your fellow crabs down to reach the top.
How about pushing them out the bucket, and them
using their claws to help pull you out as well.
Now I am the Scouting and Booking Director for A
La Carte Modeling Agency who doesn't just talk the
talk but also walks the walk.....three by the way.
I have changed many lives. Some of which never thought
that they would even be apart of this world.
empower kids to be better and inspire models to
believe. Passion and talent have taken me very far
in this industry. God is a wonderful God, and he
also has a sense of humor. Reason being, the same
agencies that denied me, due to lack of funds, are
the same agencies contacting me to place their models
in shows that I am the coordinating director for.
Life has come full circle.