I am a very humble human being. Growing up in not so nice parts of the city, moving schools, and making new friends is apart of who I am today. A girl, the daughter of two wonderfully lesbian mothers, and the oreo product of a white father and an African American mother. I am a rose in a world full of cloudy days. I enjoy talking to others, going out if my way to make an impression. It's important to me the feeling I evoke in people after leaving their presence rather than the persona. That is why I not only enjoy modelling but, I love networking and meeting beautiful souls. People that have a passion for creativity and results. I welcome all and try my best at including everyone. Here's my story.
Kira, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
Ironically, I didn't know I had a liking for it. I had always been told growing up that I was beautiful, different. Even being stopped on the street or stared at just a tad longer became a normal thing. So when I saw a competition to be a model in cooperation with a photography company, I submitted my photo without a second thought. However, I ended up actually getting chosen and being apart of not only that modelling teams but many others. From here I plan to continue networking and building my way up.
Who is your inspiration in life Kira? How do you keep inspired?
I have many inspirations in life. Seeing my mother stress over bills and payments motivates me to work so hard. Seeing my partner hustle and slowly grow into a beautiful human being is the everyday inspiration for me to live at my full potential. The negatives d the failures push me to succeed because the only place I have to go is up. I must do for myself, and in turn, do for others. I can only do that by staying focused and motivated on what drives me to keep going.
We all make mistakes Kira; 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.
At times being a model can be frustrating. Especially in situations where the photographer isn't cooperating. There are times where dates were set for you to receive edited photos, and that mark was not hit. I have learned to be considerate of others time in addition to giving them the benefit of the doubt, but one mistake I have made is rushing or hassling the photographers. It is okay to be proactive and communicate your concerns. However, it's another thing to spam the photographer. It is unprofessional and could damage chances for future interactions.
Kira, 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?
Whenever I am presented with opportunities for photo shoots, I am intentional in asking questions and clarifying any issues prior to the shoot. Communication and organisation are key to maintaining relationships.
Please tell us, Kira, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
There have been times where scheduling was very hectic. Particularly the day of my "going away to college" party I had two photoshoots to do well. With at least five different outfits and three different locations, it was frustrating but energising as I felt the hustle and bustle of model life.
Kira, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
When I still attended high school, towards the middle of my senior year, I became very drowned in academic responsibilities. Including tests, college apps, trips, interviews, and so forth. On top of all this and regular homework, I worked a part-time job at Mariano's. At a certain point I do remember that everything became overwhelming and so I took it upon myself to work out different shifts for me to cover. With my way of words and ability to advocate, my hours were changed and I no longer felt such pressure.
Kira, 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?
I would say the proudest moment in my modelling experience wouldn't necessarily be my accomplishments but rather how those accomplishments affected my confidence and the important people around me. The first time I overheard my mother talking about my success in modelling to her co-workers, it made me realise that it doesn't affect just me but the ones that ai love as well. They see me and my future. That is probably my the thing I'm most proud of.
Kira, 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 it comes to incorporating both creativity and academia, it can be challenging for me because I am a person of many sides. Therefore, decision making can be difficult. The way I try to use creativity in my work is through my emotions. I think about how the work makes me feel, what connotations are associated. I think about connections I can make and things that I can personally resonate with. That is how I produce work while being creative.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
I would say never to compare yourself. You are amazing and beautiful in every way a unique way. To follow your steps and always be thankful for opportunities coming your way.
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 collaborations with fellow models and diverse artistic styles. Whether that be fashion related, photography, or musical inquiries because I just so happen to sing as well.
Photographer: RJ Oliver @rjoliverphotography Photographer: Aaron Brown @NikeefilmsPhotographer: somekiddshit @somekiddshitPhotographer: Rashad Bevil Photographer: @Theshooter