Hi I graduated from high school in 1995 and started working at Olive Garden as a server during the day and for UPS at night. I was a loader for about 6months, We loaded parcels coming off a conveyor belt. I also worked in the drapery department at sears. I then went on to work for ProgressiveInsurance Co. in June 1998. I started out a customer service representative was chosen to train other new hires. I spent many years doing this during the day. I worked up to a senior service representative, then I had my first son who is now 13 years old. I've dreamed of being a model since I was 15 and each time I went to a conference, they would say they would call back, and They wanted allot of money which I too did not have. I went to go on to having my second son by this time it was June 2006. I was still working for Progressive Insurance Co by this time I has my property and casualty license and began working with our sales department. I always felt a tugging in creativity which I still indulge into from the time I was a child. I loved fashion. I began taking off work due to pain in my joints. I had surgery on my elbow and it was at that time I decided I had enough of the office. The job I had was such a very high leveled stressed job. I decided too leave and start going after my dream. I had taken a year to really think and pray on what it was that I wanted to do and modeling has always called me. I've been showing my photos on Facebook and Instagram. I started applying for all the model searches. Still chasing my dream at the age of 40. I'm proud to have been in communication for most of my life. That taught me allot about how people to react in different situations. Taught me how to be able to talk to anyone from anywhere and still made them happy to have spoken with me. I received so many compliments and encouraging words from others. I began communicating with other models and supporting them. That's when I also started my body positive page for my city on Instagram @clevelandcurves. I've actually met more women online in the plus size industry online. I found my voice when Ashley Stewart asked me to enter into the contest you have to answer one of three questions. What would you tell your 15 year old self?, What is important to you regarding body positive and last If you stood on a platform For Ashley Stewart what would you say. I chose the last one. I prayed diligently and I believe this is when I opened up into my personal life and what I had to endure as a child living with a single mother and two sisters. I started my cause to help fight against suicide. Social media is taking so many young girls and guys. I felt the need to speak out. Check out my cause just starting this year in 2017 @speaklifeandtruth. I'm very interested in modeling being my platform to help so many girls and guys out there suffering. Thank you and God Bless.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Alesha. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I'm very genuine, creative and selfless.
Alesha, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
This is very close to the beginning of my modelling career, but I intend on creating a clothing brand that supports my stop suicide. Also, I have begun helping other up and coming models by buying that shirt. Speaking encouraging words to other models.
Who is your inspiration in life Alesha? How do you keep inspired?
Jesus is my inspiration, and I stay inspired by the word of God and through trials and tribulations I've been through in my life. I also love to sketch and make neat things on my clothes.
We all make mistakes Alesha; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Model; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I can't go back as a model, but I can give you situations that I handled with customers. I remember when a gentleman wanted to get a fee removed from his policy but because of his attitude towards me. I declined giving it to him. I realized he was angry with me because I was not listening to what he was concerned about. I could have waived the fee as well, but I took his attitude at that time as a direct aim at me. People are not mad at you hardly ever. They are angry about the situation that occurred to them. They want you too listen and take what they are saying seriously. Show compassion towards their frustration, apologize even when it's not your fault. They most of the time just want someone to vent to that is showing they are engaged in conversation with you. No one likes feeling like they aren't being heard. I mean what's the point in expressing your frustration if you are not getting that engagement with the other person.
Alesha, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Model, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
I'm very organized. I love to label things and prioritize things it's a pet peeve of mine. I make sure we are both clear on our expectations of one another and I always get things in writing. I'm very friendly and extremely approachable. If the client expects something, I can't deliver I immediately let them know. There is no paddling in business. We need structure, guidelines and a clear understanding of each one's expectations.
Please tell us, Alesha , about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
Once I had to switch dates with clients to make sure they could be available at a time that would work for both parties concerned. Priorities are very important in Modeling
Alesha, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
One time I took on an assignment from my boss that another employee felt I had stolen from her. As soon as I heard this I took the boss and the other girl involved, and we all met constructively, and we even ended up doing the job together. I believe everyone felt better that it was addressed right away.
Alesha, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest moment was a time when I supported an up and coming model with her career and modelled her clothing personally, and she wrote on her Instagram page about what a wonderful person she met online and believed you can make great friends with the right people online. I was so proud of her, and I knew something about her was special. A couple of days later she was signed with click models
Alesha, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I'm always creative with my work, or at least try to be. I love to take pictures of myself and create these great artistic pieces of work using PicsArt app.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
I believe everything is about reaping and sewing. If you sew into other women's life. They will see into yours, and it's a wonderful feeling to help another model succeed.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes, I love creatives. Sometimes it's nice to trade print for photography. I'm looking for a commercial model job. I'm very diversified in many areas, so the sky's the limit!