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I am a recording artist and have written over 500 songs. Music is my passion, but these epidemics I have spoken of are also a big relative problem I encourage others to bring to light today. I am an actress and have performed in many productions over the years. I am also a makeup artist, and perform special effects makeup for many occasions, including for the calendar of Medflight; the people who bring us our emergency aerial vehicles for hospitalisation. I have performed in fantastic venues and have a lot of big dreams for my future, as well as gifts to bring to the world.
Tori, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
I am a promoter of equality in all ways. I am openly a feminist and promote our rights as women to be treated the same as men. I am part of the LGBTQ+ community and am gender fluid and bisexual. I am a promoter of body positivity, and loving oneself eternally, not only for physical qualities that could easily redeem someone from being criticised but our mental qualities as people. We are all different, and we are all beautiful. I started modelling because I in the past was forced to overcome my past anorexia and bulimia. This was a very difficult pressuring part of my life, and I urge others to promote this positivity. Once I started modelling, I quickly learned how much loving my body has not only helped me as a body positive being, but an ambassador.
Who is your inspiration in life Tori? How do you keep inspired?
One person who has inspired me more than anyone else is the writer Lin Manuel Miranda, the writer of many musicals and productions, including Hamilton, In The Heights, and Moana. He has helped me learn it's okay to feel certain ways in situations where I might not feel quite like I fit in. He is a promoter of Love is Love is Love; a quote directed toward LGBTQ+ to help show the world that it shouldn't matter who loves who. He also created the quote that has kept me going for years, "You are perfectly cast in your life. I can't imagine anyone but you in the role. Go play." -Lin Manuel Miranda
We all make mistakes Tori; 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.
Not necessarily in modelling, but over the years it has been quite difficult for me to grasp the fact that even though we as people have personal issues, we ALL have issues that no one else sees. If the man in the grocery store snaps at you for walking in front of him, maybe his wife recently died. We don't know as humans, and it takes some nerve to respect that we are human. No matter what.
Tori, 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 give my all into the shoot and will take all advice to appease the artistic drive of the photographer.
Please tell us, Tori, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
Being a model, I have come to realise, influenced by my own beliefs, that if someone wants me to permanently change how I look to appease their sense of beauty, it's not worth the fight. I am a full believer in self-acceptance and will hold that stance until my dying day. As I said, I love artists such as makeup, but I wear makeup FOR the art, not to achieve a new sense of who I should be.
Tori, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I am a unique individual, and I adore expressing myself in that manner. While modelling, I like to give my suggestions about how I feel I should look. However, if the artist doesn't approve of my suggestion, I am always willing to let it go because art is about perception.
Tori 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?
This may seem little to many, but I feel most proud of the fact that I now appreciate my body as everyone should. I never received compliments in the past until I realised complements are subconsciously aimed toward the confidence of a model, not always the features.
Tori, 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 have been able to be creative while using my MUA skills on the set. It's very unnerving knowing if they'll like your approach, but it's also very appealing to see someone also appreciate your area of the art.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
Be confident in yourself, not who you want to be. You are not only your physical image but what you express. Allow yourself to be that beauty on the outside that you hold on the inside.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I am always looking to collaborate with other talents. Being an MUA for modern fashion and special effects is a big deal for me.
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