What have been your favorite modeling experiences so far?
In the beginning of my career I was in a spread for Marie Claire magazine, un-retouched, that was definitely an early memorable experience. But there are two jobs that really changed my career. A Fruit of the Loom campaign changed my career and really gave me confidence and validation that I did have a place in the modeling industry. Not only did it get me out of debt but also I feel like it got me noticed in the industry, and I started working regularly after that. Also getting booked on a Lane Bryant campaign and continuing to do e-commerce for years after that definitely put me on the map in the industry. I’ve made so many friends and learned so much working there; Lane Bryant will always have a special place in my heart!
What is your personal fashion aesthetic?
I’d say my personal style is pretty simple; maybe city chic would be a good term. In typical New Yorker fashion, my closet is mostly monochromatic and almost all black, but I like a pop of color every once in a while. My day-to-day look, almost always has some denim and you’ll rarely find me without a scarf, that’s the French in me!
If you were not modeling, what field would you be working in?
I’d definitely be in a creative field if I wasn’t modeling, maybe still doing makeup/hair which I did before modeling, or probably photography which I’ve been doing more of lately.
What do you like to do on your off time?
Whenever I have free time I head over to Liberty Humane Society where I’ve been a volunteer for about eight years. I’ve always loved animals, especially dogs, and there’s no better feeling than giving these sweet pups some love. I try and help any way I can in getting these animals out of the shelter and into a loving home they deserve,
Has there been someone in your life that has influenced you, in fashion or otherwise?
I wouldn’t say one particular person, but I’d say many of my fellow plus model friends have been the biggest influence on me. When I first got into this industry I was pretty insecure and self conscious, and seeing these beautiful, healthy woman, not hiding but actually flaunting their curves and happy about it, made me want to be like them! So I embraced my curves, and let go off insecurities and now I couldn’t be happier and more comfortable in my own skin! Hallelujah!
What is your advice to aspiring models?
My advice to new models is to really immerse yourself in this industry. You should constantly be working at it and learning about it. Follow designers and brands you want to work for, look at the agency boards and other models portfolios, network, and keep your book updated. If it’s truly what you want, make it your full time job. Do your research, put in the time, and make it happen!