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I was born into a military family. My mom served in the United States Marine Corps most of my life, as did my father who retired when I was an infant. Growing up in a military home you learn many values. For each child, I am the oldest of five, our values we hold closest are different mine stemmed from the fact I grew up "fat" and I grew to hate that term and still do to this day as an adult. I heard it everywhere! I couldn't go to the doctor's office without hearing it! It makes me sick to hear it. So after a long battle with my body, I learned that my sick obsession with trying to "please the scale" or please the numbers set by society as to what beauty is was exactly that, a sick obsession. I learned I could not count on any one person to love me for me. By that I mean I can't count on anyone to enjoy my beauty as much as I do now in place of me. My value I grew to love and appreciate was self-worth and self-support. I am different because despite all the metaphorical crosses I have had to bare, I have come out strong and independent and strong enough to help others realise their beauty and strength.
Jordan, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
I started as a model from an old classmate that referred me out to a modelling agency that at the time was too far for me to travel to. So after a lot of thought (and some growing up), I did my research and came across a local photographer, and she told me about a Facebook page for networking in this line of work. Of course, I jumped on the opportunity! After about one year of establishing myself, I now have the experience I can share and be proud of!
Who is your inspiration in life Jordan? How do you keep inspired?
My inspiration other than Marilyn Monroe, she is perfection, are my siblings. They inspire me to be the best me I can because I know no matter how different we are they are always watching me. I have a sister and brother exponentially fast approaching teenage years, and those are always the worst for everyone. So, being the role model I have to be, I have to show them you have to love yourself through the good and bad times. I have to show them by doing so, you get an inner strength I like to call a burning fire, and no one on earth can blow it out or take it away from you.
We all make mistakes Jordan, 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.
A photographer told me I was trying to set up a shoot with that I was too fat. He told me I would never make it as a model; I was too short and short, fat models have no place in the industry. So I politely told him to thank you for his time. If I could change anything, I would politely tell him he is dead wrong and the first photo shoot I did I would show him exactly how wrong, and how fierce I looked.
Jordan, 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 don't find it challenging; I am very open with my schedule from the beginning that way we can plan accordingly and not worry about any bumps or kinks. Servicing all the artistic visions is my favourite part of modelling, because I know I helped a dream become a reality and that means so much more to me than I can be to explain.
Please tell us Jordan, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
I had three shoots lined up two days in a row; the first day was an all-day shoot, the next day the shoots were an only half day but were six hours away from the first shot that didn't finish till almost midnight! So as soon as I finished the first day, I high tailed it to the location of the shoots the next day. I made it in time with still a few hours to sleep thankfully, but the lesson I learned was to plan locations versus time better.
jordan, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
Before I started modelling I was a manager for retail and with that came a lot of floor sets where you are redoing different parts of the store. You have to follow what is called a floor plan and the problem with this floor plan was that it was built for a bigger size store and not a store that has smaller shelves like ours. Many times we had to make do with what we had. There was one instance where we had to redo an entire three isles worth of shelves in the store. Well, that also included us moving our mark down items to a different part of the shows that was being redone. My boss wanted to put them up at the register, mind you our registers we're already small on space, to begin with. So, I persuaded her to move them to the front of the section of the shelves and strategically placed the items that were supposed to go in that spot somewhere else where they may be camouflaged.
jordan, 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?
My proudest moment so far as a model was just recently when I was mentoring a new model. I was trying to get her to channel at her inner beauty queen. At first, I could tell it felt a little awkward to her because she wasn't used to doing something like this, so I told her to relax and do what feels natural. No sooner than me saying that did a light switch turn on in her head. I could see it, and as soon as I saw it I knew exactly what it was, and after that, all I did was cheer her on and tell her that she was rocking it and is she completely exceeded my expectations. Now she is a regular at a few of my photo shoots.
Jordan, 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 am always creative with my work. As a model, I look for the photographer's vision, and I create it. Sometimes I fall so deep into character that I forget I am shooting, but the photos that come out of the process are minded simply blowing.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
Be yourself! Love you for who you are! Believe in your dreams as you believed in fairy tales as a child! Be unapologetic!
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 would love to collaborate for anything in regards to fashion and fantasy as well as advertisement and elegance!
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