Name: Sye Kidane
Photographer: Cam Perry
1. What inspired you to get into this industry?
Growing up, I watched plenty of Americas Next Top Model, played dress up in my mothers clothing and collected different magazines. I admired how many looks and personas could be created from one model and seen modeling as a way to break free from the mold that society tends to place women in. Modeling allows us women to feel beautiful and empowered which is so important in a world where many aren't comfortable in their own skin.
2. How long have you been modeling?
I've been modeling for a year and a half
3. Who is your favorite model?
Iman Abdulmajid because she's a big role model for me and other aspiring East African models. Not only do i admire her stunning beauty and timeless images, but her ability to remain unapologetically herself is what makes her stand apart from the other top models. I also admire Iman because of her ability to pave the way for aspiring Black models by shedding light on the lack of diversity in the industry and working towards integrating more models of color into the fashion world.
4. Were you always comfortable in your own skin and in front of the camera?
Unfortunately, I wasn't always comfortable in my own skin and the idea of being on camera would make me nervous. I was very insecure growing up because I got teased for features that I now get complemented on. I didn't become comfortable with myself until I began modeling and fell in love with the way i looked and felt on camera.
5. Did you have any mentors who really helped mold and guide you?
Most of the lessons I learned from modeling was through my own trial and error. I'm grateful that i was able to learn that way because it enabled me to trust myself and develop my own networking skills. However, a few honorable mentions would be my friends Geeno Mizelli and Cam Perry. They are both well known photographers in Atlanta and they've been helpful in giving me better insight of the modeling industry and connecting me to other brands, magazines and companies.
6. Do you have any tips for aspiring models in the industry?
Learning how to explore out of your own comfort zone while knowing when to say no, is key to becoming successful in the modeling industry. Know yourself and know your worth!
7. Do you have a WTF moment at a shoot?
Being asked to lay on top of a jeep in the pouring rain to get some shots is one of the WTF moments that i had
8. What are some of the biggest revelations you've discovered through modelling?
I didn't realize how versatile I was until i began modeling. Learning the different ways that I can use my own body as a form of art is exhilarating
9. Tell us something random about yourself.
I'm a die hard feminist and love doing anything that involves empowering women and bringing us together
10. What are you most proud of?
I'm most proud of how far I've come. Although life was never easy for me, I became a much stronger and driven person
11. When it's all said and done, what do you want to be remembered as?
A bad ass woman who was unapologetically herself and did what she wanted while empowering other women to do the same!