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Fashion has always kept my eye, ever since I was a young girl! I started out as a featured dancer and hair/clothing model on a locally syndicated tv dance show, "Dance Party" on WADL TV 38. After spending two years as a tv performer, I went on to work with various recording artists such as Aretha Franklin, John Brown, Tem Lemay and currently am a dancer for electro-pop artist Tunde Olaniran. After working as a principal modern/contemporary dancer for ArtLabJ Dance Company, I decided to pursue a music career as a singer-songwriter. My 1st ever hip-hop single, "Baddest Chick", produced by Jazatopia is currently on iTunes, as well as my newest single "Phenomenal". My career in fashion has expanded in print and editorial with brands such as El La Rouge Couture, Criselle Collection, on fashion shows like WALK and Plitzs New York Fashion Week. My music career continues to evolve with the release of my EP, Verses Of Love, which is available on CienTell.com to download, as well as my latest fashion portfolio and dance videos.
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Our readers would love to get to know you more CienTell. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
My lifestyle consists of being fashion forward and setting my own trends! Besides being a fashion model, I am a singer, songwriter and dancer/choreographer. Being an entertainer is part of my life and motivating others through music is part of who I am!
CienTell, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
Being a fashion model is such an adventure and love of mines. Also, my passion in life is through music and dance! I've always wanted to be Victoria's Secret model ever since I was 18 but becoming a music artist grasps my attention. I can be sexy and chic through my visuals so that's how I figured out how to pursuing modelling!
Who is your inspiration in life CienTell? How do you keep inspired?
The one woman who inspires to pursue my modelling and music career is Beyoncé! She is one of those entertainers who represents for the ladies and at the same time, maintains her sexiness. My grandmother, who recently passed, is the one individual who inspires me to keep pursuing my dreams in life and to stay focused!
We all make mistakes CienTell, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Model, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Well yes, models definitely run into unprofessional situations! A photographer from Los Angeles notified me through Model Mayhem, an online platform for models & fashion professionals, to do TFP work. His work is amazing and I asked about assistance for travel from Detroit to LA. He assumed that since he is doing a free shoot that I should be responsible for travel expenses! Anyone who reaches out for a request to work with any model should have some accommodation involved as well!
CienTell, 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?
It's important to make a list of all the clients on file and write down all the necessities for each client. One may require you to have your hair a certain way and another may require you to have a certain colour pair of shoes. Have an organized list to meet every clients' needs!
Please tell us CienTell, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
I love being in front of the camera so I decided to become a photographer and work with aspiring models on their poses. As I got better being a photographer, I learned about how models interact with the camera and that helped me become more advanced in modelling!
CienTell, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I did a lingerie shoot within Detroit with one other model and along with me being a music artist, I convinced the photographer to allow me to the model of my "CienCity" t-shirts as well. It was a way for me to advertise my brand and demonstrates sexiness!
CienTell 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?
The moment where I felt accomplished was when I appeared on MTV Jamz as a featured model in recording artist Rashad Morgan's music video, "Keep It 100". Even though it was for a split-second, it showed me that my image is presentable on platforms other than print and runway, but also on TV!
CienTell, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
When I was featured in my own R&B music video, "Slow", I presented my dance skills while setting my own fashion trends. I was the creative director of the video for myself and the cast! "Slow" is currently on YouTube and my website: CienTell.com
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
My advice for aspiring and professional models is learned from other professionals in their desired area of expertise, whether it's in makeup, fashion or entertainment. You can be as professional and successful as you can be, but no one is too experienced to keep learning and growing!
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'm always looking to collaborate with fashion designers, hairstylists and tv/film directors.
Now for the best part CienTell! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
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