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I am a stay-at-home wife and mother of 4 children. We homeschool our kid's ages 14, 8 and 5-year old twins. I love being with them and learning alongside them.
Jamia, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
I am a Christian and truly enjoy encouraging other women in the Word of God. I aspire to be a speaker someday and encourage women all over! I was scouted in NYC by a Paris agent but wasn't too ready to leave everything to begin that journey. So my mom and I sought representation in NYC, and my journey began!
Who is your inspiration in life Jamia? How do you keep inspired?
I am inspired by women who have strong, unique, and fashionable images that convey a modest beauty in appearance and personality.
We all make mistakes Jamia; 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 first began modelling, I was a bit older, but my agency didn't know. Because I was aware of business and was beginning to understand how the business worked, my agent asked me to submit a "few" clients that I thought fit my brand. Well, overzealous, I submitted five pages worth! My agent was turned off, and I ended up working with a different agent.
Jamia, 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'm not sure what you mean by this.
Please tell us Jamia, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
In London, during fashion week casting, schedules can get pretty hectic. Though many of my peers would blow off castings after hours of going, I never did this. I always respect the hard work my agents put into getting me the opportunity to be seen and make sure I represent them and myself to the best of my ability.
Jamia, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I went out for a Nokia campaign, and they were looking for a white male..then here I come - dark, bald, exotic, and natural beauty. I flashed a winning smile, put on the pizazz and performed. Next thing, I get a call from my agent that I was booked!
Jamia, 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?
When I worked with my daughter for Essence Magazine, my oldest daughter worked as a model until about the age of 7 and then she just wasn't interested anymore. That was the last job able to do together as mother and daughter. I will cherish it always!
Jamia, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I once did a job where they were looking for real ballet dancers to do fashion editorial with scarves and movement. I was able to fake it well and had a lot of fun!
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
Know who and you are and what you stand for BEFORE you start. If you don't, this industry will define who you are, and you may not like what they tell you to be!
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
No. I'm only interested in paid work. My time is precious, and I spend a good deal of it educating my children. I would prefer to be compensated for work. I love modelling and have put it secondary while I tend to educate my children.
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