Photographer: Drew Santos
Makeup Artist: Tanya Ferreria, Las Vegas
1. What inspired you to get into this industry?
People telling me I was too short and too curvy to ever be a model. I love proving people wrong.
2. How long have you been modeling?
Not very long! I have only been published in the past year and I give thank for most of my career so far to my representation with the IBMS. They really were the ones who gave me the resources and motivation to start my career so I am very grateful to Patrick and Elina McKinney. I was a dancer for 7 years before modeling and A friend recommended me to try Moedlling, so I made a phone call to Patrick at IBMS and never looked back. I never imagined modeling was something I could do but the glamour modeling industry has opened so many doors for me. It provides a platform for women who don't fit the conventional norms of beauty to have a voice and be able to express themselves.
3. Who is your favorite model?
Sophie Dahl, Ashley Alexiss. Any models breaking the rules and doing something different. And showing you can have brains as well as beauty!
4. Tell us something random about yourself.
When I was 18, I left home by myself with a backpack and travelled around the world, twice.
5. What are you most proud of?
My 1 year old daughter, Mila. And a charity I helped co-found 10 years ago supporting school children in Tanzania.
6. When it's all said and done, what do you want to be remembered as?
I want to be remembered as a devoted mother who raised my kids to be happy, strong and to believe in themselves. Fame is irrelevant to me unless it serves a purpose and helps to change people's lives, but I would love to do something positive for women. Especially women who have ever suffered from domestic violence or been in abusive relationships. I feel fame is so short lived it is meaningless to get lost in the hype without having more fundamental goals. I only really care to be remembered by my family!