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I consider myself a unique person. I'm an open book because I believe that stories are important to understanding others and the world around us. One of the things that set me apart is my quirkiness. I can transform into many different looks. Versatility is a huge strength of mine- I can morph into any look I need to.
Shakti, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as Model?
One of my passion is poetry. I love to write out my feelings surrounding life. My main passion is modelling. I began in February of 2018 because I was fortunate enough to meet amazing people who were apart of an agency. A couple of months passed and one of them remembered me. She let me know they had a casting call. I went, and I was selected to be apart of the agency.
Who is your inspiration in life Shakti? How do you stay inspired as a Model?
My biggest inspiration isn't a person. It's a concept. To be better and do better. To be better for myself by working hard on my craft but also to do better than myself. To evolve as not only a model but as a person and hopefully role model to young girls. The thought that one day I may have the impact to help someone make a positive change to their life drives me. I want to be the person I needed when I was younger.
We all make mistakes Shakti; we wish we could take back. What was the mistake you made in the past that you wish you can take back?
One of the biggest mistakes I made was being afraid to be myself. I was very close to not following my dreams and giving up. I feel like I wasted a lot of time putting myself down, but now I'm making up for lost time by picking myself up.
Shakti, How do you describe yourself in terms of working with clients?
I view myself as very team oriented. I like working towards a goal that will make all parties happy.
Please tell us Shakti, how do you prioritise work, social life, friends, and family?
It's very difficult; I have two jobs in addition to modelling. However, I find that when I take it day by day, I can find time to spend with loved ones. I am also very lucky I have people in my life that understand I have a lot going on and support me. It keeps me motivated to work hard and then when I get to spend time with them we end up talking about everything, and it feels great that no matter what or how difficult it gets I have people in my corner rooting for me- it takes off the burden of worrying about not seeing them as often. It's all love when we get to see each other, so the balance is hard, but love makes it all work.
Shakti, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
At one of my current jobs we would have to work with clients in different settings, and as employees, we had to float around to each set instead of being assigned a specific one. Usually what would end up happening is that someone would get caught up at one setting and would help clients who just got to the setting they were currently at. This made it very difficult on clients who had already been there waiting for one of us to help them in another setting. I pointed out how we have to do a better job at triaging clients because wait time affects their experience and we want them to have a good one.
Shakti, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model.
My proudest accomplishment as a model is getting booked for two shows in New York Fashion Week within seven months of me modelling.
Shakti, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
There was a photo shoot where the theme was "Wakandan Warrior" from Marvel's Black Panther film. The theming required us to make warrior costumes for a fictional African country. I have sewing experience and costume making experience, so I felt it was my time to shine. It was hard trying to make a cohesive and believable look, but it was fun designing, and when the whole thing came together, I was very proud of myself.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
It's real work. You're going to have to practice as if it were a sport. You need to be able to take criticism and turn it into a learning opportunity. Be kind, remember that your dream is shared among others and you should cooperate and uplift- not compete. Never forget that it's a passion, things may seem hetic or out of your control but remember why you're doing this. Be confident in your ability to learn and be great.
Cover 1 Photographer: Robert Walker @rwalker899 Cover 2- photo 6 Photographer: Anthony Smith @unspokenmemoriesfoto Photo 7- 10 James Adrien @jjsadrien