Raised by my single father in Detroit, undergoing 13 years of private schooling, I was taught from an early age to work hard and take nothing for granted. I am an old soul, only being 24 but loving the classics and wishing I have grown up a couple of decades before my time.An animal lover with an outdoorsman personality, you can say I'm a country girl at heart that grew up in the big city.
Christina, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
My passion derives from many things. From simplicity to the common good of hard work, I enjoy a lot of the easy things in life such as a sunny morning andA good cup of coffee, to knowing I did the best I could at a job I worked the day previous.I started modelling right out of high school after sustaining a major knee injury and losing a college scholarship for sports.Never able to afford even senior photos, it was a fun new way of getting to see a side of myself I never knew of before.
Who is your inspiration in life Christina? How do you keep inspired?
My inspiration in life is knowing that things are always uncertain. Never take anything or anyone for granted, work your hardest and stay positive knowing tomorrow will be better than today.
We all make mistakes Christina; 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.
When I was younger, I always thought I had to voice my opinion, or stand up for myself and not let anyone say or think anyone says anything negative about me, simply bc I did not want to be seen negatively ever.I used to argue with people who just wanted attention and make a scene thinking I was the better person when in reality, the evil won bc those people got to see it upset me. I have matured to know that people are going to say what they want to and you can do nothing about it. Just stay true to you and let people talk
Christina, 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?
If working a busy display, I try and deliver kindness and patience to all, knowing that I will be with them in one moment. I also really go after people who are very interested in the product or what I have to say. Potential buyers are the priority.
Please tell us, Christina, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
While I was working a full-time job and doing the auto show. I would work from my hotel room every night, while still working a full day on the show floor. It was a very stressful time but things needed to be done
Christina, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
Little things such seeing how a display should be set up. We tried a few ways but at the end, the design I conjured up was the best laid out, and it took teamwork and aVisual to help them understand
Christina, 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?
Being asked back to my auto show team and being picked up by another team of our brands. Working on two teams for the same company showed me that I am capable of knowing my knowledge and contributing to the team large enough where they have trusted me in two forms of product knowledge as just a second year on the team.
Christina, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Making my website.This was and still is an ongoing project, and I can design it however which way I want. It is a lot of work but it's mine, I made it and am very proud of it
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
Never bow down to things you feel uncomfortable doing just bc someone says it's the thing to do. Believe in yourself, work hard and make a name for yourself being YOU, not trying to be like other people.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes.I am looking to branch into commercial, print and acting work.Having done a little here and there, I know that is my next step in this venture.I would like to get into fitness or outdoors modelling.
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