Name: Catherine Li
Hometown: Milpitas, CA
What have been your favorite modeling experiences so far?
It is so hard to pinpoint one experience. Being able to travel and meet amazing talented people has been my favorite part of modeling in itself. As a creative individual, being on set and helping clients make their vision come true in different ways has made each shoot a great experience.
What is your personal fashion aesthetic?
My personal style is to stick to whatever makes me feel comfy and sexy. I experiment with different looks. Some days I will be a sporty, casual or sexy. I love a classic white tee, jean look with some Nikes or Vans, but I can switch it up in a second with some heels and a dress.
If you were not modeling, what field would you be working in?
Before I was a model, I was a publicist. I started at BET Networks as an intern, which developed into a job after I graduated college. I worked on all of the music specials, including The BET Awards, Hip Hop Awards, BET Honors, etc. I left BET after being offered an opportunity to work at Rogers + Cowan. While there, I worked on Oxygen Network and Food Network shows, Akon’s Lighting Up Africa Project, and more. I interned a lot while I was in college and was able to work on some of the most esteemed award shows in entertainment (Grammys, Golden Globes etc.) It was a great experience. I would probably still be doing that if I wasn’t modeling today.
What do you like to do on your off time?
I own an online plus size clothing store, Shop Love Yourz, so I don’t really have that much time off as all my off days are focused on my online store. I am also developing another online store called Female Revolution, which will offer sizes S-3X. I do try to sneak a few mini vacations when I can, but it is very rare.
Has there been someone in your life that has influenced you, in fashion or otherwise?
My family is such a huge influence when it comes to my work ethic. My parents are such hard workers and have instilled that trait in me. I try to make them proud everyday as they have made huge sacrifices.
What is your advice to aspiring models?
My best advice for aspiring models is to not let a “no” stop you from pursuing a dream. If I took every “no” to heart I wouldn’t be where I am today. When I first started modeling I was told that it would take me three years before I would start getting consistent work. I was also told by an agency that I was “too Asian,” I was told I was too small or too big, my look wasn’t trendy, the list goes on, but I never gave up. You have to be confident and positive in this industry as people will try and tear you down.