"I wouldn't change much! I believe every lesson comes at just the right time in life; there's no set pace."
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Nice to meet you, Elijah! May we have your email address please?
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Alright, now for the interview! Firstly Elijah, how would you best describe yourself?
Our readers would love to get to know you more Elijah. Tell us about yourself, why you are passionate about what you do, and your journey so far.
Born and raised in south London, and with a mixed heritage of American, Italian, and Jamaican; I take great pride in cultures, and the variety life has to offer.
I look for passion and a sort of romance in everything I do - I get emotionally involved! I love reading, and I can express myself well with words. Modelling allows me to express myself and the designer, etc.'s wishes in another way though, and convey the ideas all in a single photograph and that is just so exciting to me!
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What are your goals and how do you see yourself progressing in the field Elijah?
I would love to feature in London fashion week because this is a great hub of an event and set in my hometown of course. A major goal is also to shoot with Gucci: I love their elegant, reserved looks as well as their bright, bold and floral designs; I own loads of shoes, but my original Gucci loafers are my favourite!.
As a representative of the many ethnicities which make me up, I hope to progress as a model who is versatile in their looks and can make anything look good - to inspire others to find their own groove as I will have!
How do you communicate with people Elijah? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements?
Yes. My mother was a professional model in her late teens, and when I was a young aspiring model she told me "great, but you have to be just as happy to listen and take instruction!"
Upbeat, memorable communication is such a crucial thing. I am passionate about how other's feel and think too. I always take a moment to speak with a designer/photographer first to get an idea of the themes/concepts behind the shoot and garments I am shooting in, that way I can really interpret them and add some personality to the look!
If you had to do it over again, what would you change Elijah?
I wouldn't change much! I believe every lesson comes at just the right time in life; there's no set pace. One thing I would definitely change is going out for countryside walks, with my mum when she offered, more often though: it would have been better to get my appreciation of nature sooner.
Who is your hero Elijah, and how have they helped you get to where you are?
One of my longest standing friends, Alexander, always encouraged me to take on all the opportunities before me and seek out extra ones too. He taught me that nothing was out of reach for me, and inspired me to be confident even when I'm trying my hand at something for the first time. He helped me through my teens with his bright outlook on life and absolute faith that I would be better than "fine" after any obstacle I faced. He is a hero of mine!
How important are creative education courses Elijah? Have you taken any, and did you find them useful?
Massively important! I took music lessons growing up which just supplemented my primary education massively, and took me out of the classroom for a change even though I always enjoyed school. Drama classes were useful in realising how even the most subtle of factors must be considered when carrying out a task
Do you have any tips for someone who is just starting out in the industry?
I myself am just starting out - but I would suggest being open minded and making the best of even those opportunities you initially thought may lead on to nothing.
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PHOTOGRAPHER: @IAMJONCOONEY (SUNGLASSES SHOT)
@MIKEYYNEALEE (BATHTUB SHOTS)
@LIAMF91 (STUDIO SHOTS)
@_SARAHHELL (RUNWAY SHOT)
ANNAABOAST (RED AND BLUE LOOK)
CARTER.FASHION (WHITE COAT LOOK)