My style is electric and bold - allowing me to light up any setting I'm in. Collaborating loud colours with expressive non-traditional apparel, allows me to creatively combine my anti-attitude with trendy styles.
I am the ultimate Urban Hippie, and I love wearing apparel that screams rebel-chic. I have a passion for risk-taking, and opportunities to combine my California sunshine with my New York spice.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Ebony. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I am a total humanitarian - fully dedicated to the betterment of others. I am extremely enthusiastic about creatively transforming suffering into learning experiences. Instilling a life of positivity and wellness for myself and those in my community through my passion for writing and personal branding is a lifestyle I am dedicated to.
As stated earlier, I am extremely passionate about contributing to the betterment of others through mental health and compassionate living.
Ebony, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
Psychology seems like a huge diversion away from modelling, but both give me the same feeling of confidently being who I am, as well as being comfortable in my skin. My fashion choices often make statements and have the ability to brighten up a room - which completely mirrors my inner self.
Who is your inspiration in life Ebony? How do you keep inspired?
Robyn Rihanna Fenty is my inspiration in life. She truly depicts someone who is fearless, and someone who does not shy away from learning experiences and transformation.
She is the epitome of someone who is comfortable in their skin - and unapologetically so. Risk taking is an activity she frequently not only takes part in but conquers. Whatever interests her, she explores, and she never fears the outcome.
Like myself, she puts her best foot forward in everything she does and has successfully managed to brand herself without losing herself.
We all make mistakes Ebony; 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 am in my first month of my modelling journey, so I haven't had too many opportunities to make mistakes I can learn from. However, I'd say to those who are trying to build their portfolio and expand their following should find their confidence.
I am extremely humble, so sometimes my humility can take away from the attitude needed to sell a look, and touch the audience the way you and the director want it to. This also contributes to making sure your spotlight remains your spotlight.
Ebony, 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?
As a Model, I treat my modelling career just as I do my corporate career. My work ethic is my brand and representation of my capabilities. I prioritise every project, event, and business I take part in - the key is a balance. I analyse and strategize what each client will need from me, and once that is figured out, I think of a way I can exceed their expectations. Once I've figured out what's needed of me, the only thing that is needed is discipline, patience, and due diligence.
Please tell us, Ebony, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
Unfortunately, I'm only a month in, in my modelling journey. As of right now, my priority is building my professional portfolio, expanding my following, networking, and branding myself.
However, I am still a young professional who has a deep passion for psychology - so it ends up becoming a balance of what feels like two jobs, which essentially is what I have! This requires me to be strategic with my time. My work ethic is my brand, and I do not by any means taint that representation of myself via corporate and the fashion industry. I dedicate the first hour of my morning, and my hour lunch break to responding to ads, enhancing my professional Instagram account, and networking. Once I am off work, these same steps continue. I also treat my everyday experiences as a networking opportunity because you do know who you will encounter. When I shop for myself, I think of apparel I can interchange between work, photo shoots, and nights out on time. I maintain balance and make use of my resources.
Ebony, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
There was a point where I was an Executive Receptionist/Office Manager for a small recruiting company in Midtown, NYC. This role required me to troubleshoot basic and entry level payroll issues. The guidelines for some of the payroll tasks I was expected to resolve were pretty outdated and created by a colleague who didn't have to handle those responsibilities. There was a point where a few members from the payroll department didn't agree with my methods and thought I was lazy and inefficient. As much as I tried to explain to them that I firstly, created an updated procedure fit for the current dynamic of those duties, and secondly, did everything that was needed from me on my end, it was not received positively.
They insisted on taking those responsibilities off of my hands and rejected my suggestions. I decided the best solution to this problem was to continue executing all my responsibilities with diligence and to simply allow the experience to be their teacher. After a week of them handling those tasks on their own, they realised I was efficient, returned the responsibility of those duties to me, and collaborated with me on an effective method for both parties.
Ebony, 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 professional moment is a tough decision to make since my modelling journey is very fresh. However, I'd say the day I became a brand ambassador for a company called Nora NYC is my proudest moment so far. It's an exhilarating feeling to know that strangers believe in you, and think so highly of you that they want you to represent not only their brand but their vision. Not only was that an uplifting experience but a motivational experience as well, is that this offer was made after having created my professional Instagram account a month ago.
Ebony, 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 worked as an Executive Receptionist/Office Manager for a small recruiting agency in NYC, I had the opportunity to put my love for writing to use in combination with work responsibilities. I was a member of the company's Culture Committee, which was created to help encouraging bonding activities between employees. My excellent writing skills were no secret to superiors and colleagues, and those skills were appreciated so much they incorporated it into the company's Facebook page. I was responsible for writing articles about company events on their social media platform with my voice.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
My advice would be that, like with all goals, aspirations, projects, and businesses one chooses to take part in, patience is essential. I find that we, as a people, are obsessed with instant gratification, which rarely happens. However, because we're so stuck on our timeline, we find it hard to roll with life's punches and become victims of our circumstances. We become victims of our circumstances by focusing on the fact that we had accomplished what we had wanted by the time frame we were aiming for, which inadvertently deters us from recognising the progress we have made, which most times feels incremental, although in reality has a huger impact than we realise. We cannot continue to put our best foot forward and achieve our goals with enhanced, and new ideas, if we block our openness with negativity.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I am looking for brands, talents, and creatives to collaborate with. There are so much talent and plentiful bright minds out there that I'd love the opportunity to meet and work with. I love meeting new people, and hold such a high enthusiasm for learning, and new ways to expand my thinking as well as my creative process.
It's hard to define what types of collaborations I'm looking to do, as I am such an open person. I don't necessarily think I have a set look, but more a set of different moods, which is what I base my wardrobe, personal brand, and photo shoots on. I am, however, always looking for opportunities that challenge me, and show me sides of myself I did not know existed.