Model Bites: Terrine

Friday, February 27, 2015

Welcome to the weekend. You've got a couple days to relax and release, and I've got a good idea on exactly how you can do that. Hint: it involves stuffing your belly. I often feel that Americans work too hard and don't know how to properly indulge in the good life. We don't take long vacations and we don't know how not be stressed out. But what we do know how to do very well is EAT. Y'all know I'm a sucker for comfort food and brunch is my business. If I could eat grits, eggs, bacon and biscuits all day, you know I would and then I'd be pleasantly plump in all the right places. Back to my original point. If you're in La-la Land, you might want to get a taste of the sweet life and on hop on over to one of the city's best new spots, Terrine.


Real Model 101: Making the Choice

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Welcome to lesson number one in this series. We've already discussed what a model is and is not in the intro. You can get a quick refresher here. Let's move on to how you decide that you're going to be a model. What are the reasons you want to do this and how do you make it happen? Many people have asked me how I got started in this industry and what are the proper steps one should take to beginning his or her career. There's not an exact science to getting your foot in the door in modeling. Although I was discovered in a coffee shop, some models went to open calls and others have been scouted in malls. If you believe that there's some simple mathematical equation for success in modeling then you're wrong. What works for one doesn't always work for all, yet we can learn from each other's experiences.

I asked a few of my model friends about how they made the choice to be a model. Were they scouted? Did friends or family encourage them to do it? The responses I received are incredibly diverse and eye opening. Some of them became models because of a gut feeling while others had the choice made for them as kids. Here are their stories:


Golden Tones with TXTURE Magazine

Friday, February 20, 2015

When it comes to makeup, less is more. No woman should ever feel like she can't leave the house without makeup. That's just ridiculous. Your skin has a natural glow that really shines through when you let it breathe. When I do have to wear makeup, I never want it to look like the foundation or powder is weighing me down. If I've got on too much, you can really see the eyeshadow or concealer making my eyelids droop or creasing on my skin. But I do enjoy how a little color can transform anyone's face. For me, I tend to gravitate more toward golden hues and rich earth tones. They make my skin look absolutely delicious like a chocolate chip cookie fresh out the oven.


Measuring up While Black

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The modeling industry is highly competitive and can be difficult to break into. As models, we have to build connections, find the right representation and keep our books up to date all while maintaining our stats. Those things are strenuous enough, but what happens when circumstances out of your control prevent you from going to the next level with your modeling career?

Things were not working out with my agency. I wrote a heartfelt letter telling them we needed to part ways. With one final push, I took a leap of faith and submitted to one of the top agencies in LA. Success! I got a response that they were "very interested" in meeting with me. Now there's interested, then there's "very interested." That's another level! I was renewed by this opportunity and knew that it could be life changing for me.