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I am a 22-year-old woman that has huge goals and dreams that goes beyond just being a model. I am one of the hardest working people you would meet, and I don't give up until I win! I love to read and help people out. I served The United States Navy Reserves for a couple of years then decided to chase my future starting with Sales. I currently am an entrepreneur and saleswoman ready to step into my dreams.
BRIA, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
My passion is modelling and acting, but I am inspired to change my community. My plan is first to become the face of the world through modelling and acting, then use my income to change my family's lives, they will then be more inspired to help me pursue buying commercial and residential real estate in the community so more people can live and have stores within the community. More importantly, I will create a youth program for the new generation and become a powerful motivational voice to empower others. I started modelling right after training in boot-camp for the Reserves in 2015, and it was only because a lot of people kept telling me it's my talent. My first fashion show was a blast, and I became serious about modelling since.
Who is your inspiration in life BRIA? How do you keep inspired?
I am inspired, first, by Tyra Banks for being America's top-earning modelling by working her hardest starting at only 16 years old and opening the doors for black models to be on television and the cover of certain magazines. I get inspiration on a daily basis from two of my favourite motivational speakers: Tony Robbins and Les Brown. My mother and family also inspire me because their freedom is the reason I push every day.
We all make mistakes BRIA; 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.
There was a time where a professional photographer was more than willing to help me get my foot in the door in the industry and create my portfolio at no charge. He was a nice person, but he made me uncomfortable, and instead of creating boundaries and talking to him, I let myself reach a breaking point of getting a restraining order and never continuing business with that photographer.
BRIA, 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 prioritising your clients’ needs?
I would first go for the clients that are more loyal or more beneficiary to me or get a team of people to help me fulfil everyone's needs.
Please tell us BRIA, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
There was a fashion show where I had to walk past a model and a statue on a narrow runway with slippery traps. I had to practice on that runway many times and even changed my walk to do the best I can under the circumstances.
BRIA, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I used to be a Marketing Manager for this company doing make-up champagnes business to business. This wasn't an ideal job for a lot of men, but I was able to use the financial and personal gains from doing the business rather than thinking about what exactly they were doing on a day today. For women, the issue would be walking and working for long hours of the day. I was able to use my image as results of being a fit woman and technique to get them to realise while their young and healthy put in hard work.
BRIA, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest model moment was seeing the result of being a video model for a local artist and then later getting paid for the small gig. The video was really nice, the footage was awesome, I looked amazing, and I got paid!!! A lot of the modelling work I currently do is volunteer work.
BRIA, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
There was a time I had four different looks with four different hair and make-up changes for a photographer. At the time I had no money to get the clothing and shoes I needed for all the looks. I used my credit card and returned policies to take the clothes and shoes back, but the shoot was long, with was hot, security didn't allow us to take the photos where we were so I had to talk them into that on top of being out longer than intended. The pictures turned out great though.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
No matter who you are as long as you first have faith, stay healthy and in shape, and never give up on yourself, you will definitely make it!
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 would like to collaborate with fitness brands, top fashion brands, and runway fashion show.
Photographers: Mike Miller @mike.nfinity Timothy Schinsky @kingtungsten