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I am a West African Model from Sierra Leone and Liberia. DAS Model Management Chicago & Miami represent me. I live in Los Angeles, CA. I knew I wanted to be a model from the age of 6 years old. I've been modeling since I was 12. I was born in Liberia, Monrovia during the height of the civil war in my country. My mother said I was born in a makeshift hospital. I have my bachelors degree in Psychology when I'm not booked, I practice my degree as an Autism Behavioral Therapist for children and sometimes young adults on the spectrum. It's very humbling and peaceful for me knowing that I am making a difference or just simply putting a smile on someone's face. I love music (obsess), the beach, Nature, painting, drawing, and writing poetry. I'm a _ã–sucks for love_ã, I believe we all have our soulmates. I consider myself to be a loner at times, but when I'm around my family and close friends, I come alive, my personality shines more. I truly love life and everything it has to offer, the good and the bad.
Wokie, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as Model?
My passion in life is to _ã–save the world_ã from leaving my footprints on the sands of time. To help others and to spread love to everyone; if I can do that through modeling, I'll be very happy. I started modeling at 12 years old, but I knew modeling was my calling at the age of 6years old. When my mother and I immigrated to the United States, I was 6 years old, people used to tell her to take me to New York and put me into modeling, or they would tell her _ã–your daughter is so beautiful she can be a model or something_ã. Being in front of the camera, knowing my angels, knowing my facial expressions, etc. has always been natural for me, I never had to try just practice.
Who is your inspiration in life Wokie? How do you stay inspired as a Model?
My inspiration in life is life itself. The beauty in life such as nature (sunlight, moonlight, beaches, birds are chirping, mountains) music, different people, events, surprises, changes/growth, etc. I stay inspired as a Model by studying and exploring other ideas, people (old and new), traveling, and sometimes just being still, meditating, and self-reflection on my goals and experiences. Model importantly, staying true to myself and knowing myself.
We all make mistakes Wokie; we wish we could take back. What was the mistake you made in the past that you wish you can take back?
One mistake I would take back is not focusing on my modeling career early on. I didn't take modeling as serious as I do now. I wish at age 12; I would've been more focus and fearless.
Wokie, How do you describe yourself in terms of working with clients?
I am very posing and can be shy at first; once I become more comfortable, I'm friendly and more lively. Although I become more friendly, I always make sure to be respectful and keep a professional boundary.
Please tell us Wokie, how do you prioritize work, social life, friends, and family?
I'm still learning how to. With social media becoming a new source of communication and financial marketing platform, it sometimes becomes difficult to differentiate between reality and social media. I try to write my _ã–to-do list_ã every Sunday night it every day to keep me on track of my schedule. I also realize that if I preserve my energy, I can prioritize my time and days better.
Wokie, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I do this all the time; I am very controlling when it comes to art and my vision, so I am always trying to persuade others. Working as an Autism Behavioral Therapist, I have to persuade many of the parents to try the methods I use to help their children. I am currently persuading my agency now to send me overseas to work they are open to the idea.
Wokie, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model.
I've been proud of all my professional accomplishments as am Model but my most is my new campaign with Benefit Cosmetics for there new foundation called _ã–Hello Happy Blurr_ã. I castes and booked the campaign without agency representation, and it was also my biggest paying job as a Model. I cried happy tears that day, I received the call, and after the campaign shoot. Seeing myself accomplish my goals makes me very proud.
Wokie, 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 recently had the opportunity to be the stylist of a shoot my agency wanted me to do. I was excited to in control of what I was wearing, but when I had to put the outfits/wardrobe together, I realize that it was not easy as I thought. I had a difficult time deciding the colors, shoes, accessories to chose. I was able to decide, and the shoot went well.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
There's so many advice to give, but my best advice would be, stay true to yourself and know your brand. Knowing and staying true to who you are will get you far in anything in life, especially Modeling. Knowing your brand or style will help you know what kind of modeling you are interested in — for example, editorial, beauty, high fashion, runway, etc.