How and when did you start modeling?
I was discovered on Twitter in Curvy Kate Star in a Bra and flew to New York City of 1,000 models with the final Top 10 curve models for a shoot and TV interview with Bare Necessities. That was ten years ago. Now I am signed all over the US in NY, Miami, LA, and Chicago and in Cape Town, South Africa and Johannesburg, South Africa.
What’s the most surprising thing you have discovered about modeling?
That there really needs to be more diversity behind the scenes. Even in 2022, I am often the only Black person in the room, or on set. In 10 years I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve had a booking with a Black photographer or director on set. The most diversity I’ve ever seen behind the scenes was a shoot I did for Celebrity Cruises led by Annie Leibovitz and Naima Green. The producer, Catherine Schramm, and casting director, Rose Rosen, intentionally selected the most diverse group of individuals for this project the entire world would see. The images have already been in Forbes, Daily Mail, and CNN showcasing people of all races, genders, sexual orientations, and physical abilities living a life of luxury travel. I’m so honored to have been the Black plus size model on that set because for the first time in my career, everyone behind the scenes represented true diversity and inclusion.
What is your favorite way to get model-ready?
Listening to Lizzo and doing a Turmeric facial.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
Helping get laws passed to end hair natural discrimination in The United States. The big goal with modeling is to use my platform to create sustainable, meaningful change. Please check out @ModelsForChangeNow, a collective of over 200 Black models.
Photography by Mikaela Helane