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Why did you want to become a model?
I never thought that I could be a model much less make a living at it but after I saw that I could...I decided to try it and see how far I can go.

How did you get started in modeling?
I actually became a model by accident. I went to a photographer in order to get some personal pictures for myself. A few days after the shoot, he contacted me to let me know that someone contacted him to booked me for a shoot (I was on his website). After that I started booking modeling jobs on a regular basis and six months later I quit my job and Ive been at it full time since...that was 4 years ago and counting.

How has your life changed after you involved?
My life changed tremendously. Ive been able to travel to places that I would never have be able to if I wasn't a model such as the Gambia and Senegal in Africa; or be able to meet the people and go to events that Ive been to.

What is your favorite part about being a model?
My favorite part of modeling is seeing a client happy with my work. That's the best thing because I would never want someone to regret booking me so I always give 110%

What are your likes and dislikes about modeling?
I hate the whole go-see/casting process because you are being evaluated (very quickly) on a few shots and a quick glance and it can be nerve wrecking especially if you really want the job. My favorite part is getting booked of course, lol

What are the qualities for you to be model?
I think every client is looking for something different so you never really know. You also have to know what part of the industry you fit into. I know what my body is like and because of that, im a realist in the jobs that I go after. Because im not rail thin, I know that being a high fashion model is not or me but I know that my body is perfect for catalog, promotional and Fit model work.

Who are your influences?
Anyone who is successful in this industry is an influence to me.

What types of assignments are you attracted most?
Print work is most fun for me because I love to see the finished product but I also get a lot of Fit modeling gigs.

What was the hardest challenge for you?
The hardest thing for me (and most models I suspect) is rejection. You always want the job but you are always in competition with hundreds of other gorgeous models.

What are your most memorable modeling experiences?
It could be good or bad... When I went to Africa for 2 weeks as a promotional model. I got to be the guest of King Jammeh and met and shook the hands of King Muhammed of Morocco...oh and I went to my first Ball on that trip.

What would bring a smile to your face?
Getting a billboard in Times Square

What would be your "dream job" in life?
Victoria's Secrets Catalog

What projects are you currently working on?
Well besides modeling Im also a certified Makeup Artist and Im also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of an online magazine called www.citychickmag.com. I also have an online store...www.shophouseofmsh.com so as you can see, I am always working on a lot, lol

What are your future plans ?
My future plans is just to be successful in all my endeavors.

What's the best advice ever given to you?
Don't be disappointed if you don't get a job...it wasn't meant to be. If something was meant to be yours, it will be yours no matter what and no one can ever change that...My Grandmother told me that when I was very upset that I didnt get an Oil of Olay job and now that is the quote that I live by.

What are some Do's and Don'ts in the business that you have learned?
Always be professional and on time and remember that modeling is a business and as such, it should be treated like a job at all time.

What sort of tips or advice would you give somebody who is looking to modeling?
Make sure that you know where you fit in and be realistic. Don't try and do high fashion runway if you are 5'2 and 140 pounds...

     Is there anything else, to say, we did not ask?
      No, I think you guys covered it, lol

      Thank you We've enjoyed talking to you.

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