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I am 26 years old, I have been happily married to my amazing husband Caleb for almost six years, and we have a two-year-old son and a ten-month-old daughter and a sweet being able to mix to named Pumpkin.I grew up in the Middle East for the first ten years of my life. I speak a little Arabic, and I learned some sign language in high school.
Debbie, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
I was told by the photographer taking my senior pictures that I should look into modelling as a job.I strongly aspire to be a "mom-el" a mommy model!As a mother of two my, body is not what it used to be, but I am confident that though I might not be perfect, I am good enough, and you are, too!
Who is your inspiration in life Debbie? How do you keep inspired?
I found myself watching America's next top model and yearning for what these girls had. I wanted it, so I decided to jump in and go for it!I stay inspired by seeing my peers succeed! I am so thankful for all of the support my friends and family who push me to do better.
We all make mistakes Debbie; 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 don't have many colleagues but I was working with another model, and I thought she was coming up with themes for our shoot, but I didn't confirm. When our shoot began, she stared at me, and I stared at her. It was very awkward. I felt so stupid.From then on I made sure to confirm waaay ahead of time!
Debbie, 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 make sure to keep numbers at my model boot camp small, so they all get food attention.I make sure when I am shooting with multiple photographers; I take turns who I am taking direction from.
Please tell us, Debbie, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
Making sure that my life is in order is a huge deal. My kids and husband are more important to me than anything, so I had to make a tough call about who or what got my time.
Debbie, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I gave suggestions to a model friend, and it helped her, and I work together and produce a great shoot!
Debbie, 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?
One of my proudest moments was when I posted a photo on my Instagram and Victoria's secret liked my picture!
Debbie, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
One shoot I was using my wedding dress, and it wouldn't zip! I shot from in front and pinned the dress to itself. I found out later that I was pregnant!
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
Network network network. Even if you are a knockout, it is so important to know people because you're way more likely to get a call from a word of mouth reference than a cold call.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I would love to be a spokesperson for any brand or company that empowers people. Everyone should love who they are, whether vitamins, clothing, or fitness be the reason.
Photographer: Mark Kline@markklinephotographyPhotographer: William KayMidori Photographer: Bonnie Brown@downtownsweetbonniebrown