Success Story: Being Nominated for the 2018 Girl Boss Awards Gala for Millennials!

To be honest, 2018 has been an eye opener when it comes to releasing that potential that you know you have. I’ve been working with my team and producing video content to promote different brands and their product/services. It was one of the scariest jumps I’ve had to take. Putting myself out there more and expressing my work through video content paved a way for others to see my personality and who I am as an individual and not through just images. Needless to say, taking that jump really paid off.

A dear friend of mine informed me of an awards gala that would be taking place in the city of Columbus, GA. Girlzz Who Hustle, a brand dedicated to acknowledging and empowering women who strive for greatness and success within the community, decided to host the Girl Boss Awards Gala for Millennials which recognizes women under the age of 35 within the community making a name for themselves through their businesses and brands. I instantly fell in love with the idea and the sense of positivity and empowerment. I decided to promote myself and get others to nominate me, hoping I would get nominated for a category.

And then, it happened.

I had received the news that I had not only been nominated for one category which was “Best Dressed Girl Boss”, but I was nominated for a major category, “Girl Boss of the Year.” When I saw it, it was like time stopped. And in that very moment, I felt God speaking to me, saying “Now, you see your purpose.” I was so excited. Being nominated for this gala had really shown me the purpose behind what I do. I want others to see that as long as God is the center of your brand, everything else will fall into place. People are watching you. Don’t ever think that they are not.

From choosing my formal dress to getting people to vote for me and the butterflies I felt in my stomach as the day got closer, preparing for that awards gala became one of the most memorable accomplishments of my life. I dreamed of attending a gala since I was little. And it was finally happening.

Even though I didn’t receive an award that night, my nomination was an award itself. But most importantly, it was a testimony to what God can do when you follow His plan, and not your own. I couldn’t be any more thankful for those who supported me during this moment of my life. It’s amazing how achievements such as this can push you to want to become even greater. I don’t want it to be a stopping point, but a checkpoint. A checkpoint that reminds me to keep going and continue to push for more greatness.

Don’t ever be afraid to show the world what you’re capable of. There are always people watching you. Not everyone will support you. But, there will be those who believe in your dreams just as strong as you do. They will become an anchor as you rise.

I couldn’t have asked for a more memorable experience. Until next time, stay connected with me. Leave any questions or thoughts in the comments.

Success Story: MASSO LUXE COLLABORATION

Back in May, I took a chance and applied to be a brand ambassador for Masso Luxe. Based in California, Masso Luxe is a clothing brand that offers beautiful, elegant clothing and accessories that will definitely make a statement any and wherever you go. From rompers and jumpsuits to sunglasses and handbags, Masso Luxe proved to be a brand that I would love to promote for.

Long story short, I got an offer! Super excited and ready to collaborate. I ordered a pair of their Milan sunglasses in rose gold and pink. I instantly fell in love and was ready to create video content to promote their sunglasses. You can check out that video below on YouTube. Masso Luxe loved the video so much that they re-posted it on their Instagram page, promoting their sunglasses. Can you say "AWESOMEEE SAUCEEE?!" 

Brand ambassador opportunities can really gain you exposure and help get yourself out there. It's exposure, fun, and rewarding on both ends. Instagram is a powerful platform that can make that happen. If you know that you have what it takes to help promote a brand, don't be afraid to reach out and share your ideas. And who knows, that brand may want to offer bigger and better opportunities if they see what you are capable of and what you can offer. So, believe in yourself, reach out, and see what happens.

Be mindful when doing your research. Make sure the brand is legitimate.

I plan to continue to make video content promoting Masso Luxe's products. And, anything beneficial, I would love to share with you all. Stay connected with me for more content!

Make sure to check out their site: http://www.massoluxe.com/?aff=1451

Whoa. Are YOU Your Worst Critic?

We all know when it comes to certain things whether it be something job related like an interview, or school related like a presentation or performance, or even self-related like our weight or personality, we want the best for ourselves. We want to be happy or we want things to go smoothly as possible. It’s okay to strive for the best. And when striving for the best, we will certainly encounter criticism from others, whether it be constructive or destructive. 

But, what we sometimes fail to realize is that even when we do strive for the best in whatever we may do, there is one person who can become the biggest critic of all times. “Who?” you asked.

You. 

Yes, you. Sometimes, you can be your worst critic. From the way you dress, to that slight accent you have in your voice, to the way you present yourself on your first date, we have a habit of pointing out every single flaw in ourselves and will literally beat ourselves up over it. Now don’t get me wrong, self-criticism is not an all around bad thing. It can help us grow in areas that need improvement. But when you reach a point where every flaw makes you feel like you’re not good enough, you’ve reached a problem.

I certainly know what it’s like to be your worst critic. I criticize myself ALL THE TIME. When it comes to too much self-criticism, I find it important to remember and apply the three C’s of life. Choice. Chances. Changes.

Choice: Trust the choices you make. Whether it was that outfit you chose to wear to an interview or the way you remixed your favorite song, trust in yourself and believe that what you choose to do is the best decision. If things don’t go the way you expected, it’s okay. Life is full of lessons. And those lessons teach us to better our decision-making process.

Chance: Take chances. When you criticize yourself too much, you become fearful and you tend to stick with what you know. Trying new things can open up so many doors. Before becoming an aspiring model, I was always to afraid to take chances like auditions and casting calls in fear of rejection. I always crowded my mind with “what if’s”. I only learned that “what if’s” lead to “I regret”. Take that chance.

Change: Accept what you can’t. Change what you can. We can often overcriticize ourselves about things we have no control over. Our flaws makes us unique in our own way. And before anyone else can accept them, you have to accept and love those flaws yourself first. The things you can change like your lifestyle habits, improving friendships/relationships, should be a greater priority. 

So, the main message to take from this blog is to stop being your worst critic. It’s okay to self-construct but don’t self-destruct. You are you for a reason. And whoever can’t accept it should just keep it stepping. Until next time loves! 

 

  

Success Story: WALK Fashion Show Hits Atlanta, Georgia!

With more than 300+ models auditioning, WALK Fashion Show definitely brought out the crowd in Atlanta, Georgia. WALK is a very professional, established organization aimed to create and build independent artists, whether you are a model, designer, or behind-the-scenes. They tour internationally, hitting major cities like New York, Miami, LA, Atlanta, Detroit, and more. WALK Fashion Show has been my biggest success so far and I couldn't be anymore grateful for this experience.

WALK Fashion Show consisted of two auditions, in which the first one I could not make. However, I made it to the second one. With more than 300+ models auditioning, I definitely saw a challenge presented before me. Thankfully, I was successful with the auditions and it was the start of a new adventure for me in Atlanta's fashion industry for the very first time. 

WALK Fashion Show Atlanta Edition was held on June 3rd, 2017 at the beautiful Carlos Ballroom Center. Emerging designers and independent designers were given the opportunity to showcase their talent. Celebrity designer Stevie Boi, creator of the NOIR collection, was also showcasing his work at WALK Fashion Show. Although I didn't make the cut to model for his collection, I was chosen by 3 other designers including LA Pink, Kimfy, and M91. You can check out some of the images below. 

WALK Fashion Show taught me so many things and I want to share it with you all.

1. When a designer chooses you as their model, that is a PRIVILEGE and an HONOR. Not everyone has the opportunity to hit the runway, so when you are chosen, make the best of it. You are the muse and you have a duty to showcase that designer's product. 

2. Don't miss out on networking opportunities. This is one of my BIGGEST regrets. Once I was finished, I was finished. And if I could go back and change that, I would've stayed and networked. After researching and reading articles on the show, I found out some major icons were in the building, from photographers to celebrities. 

3. Stay prepared and professional. From auditioning to walking the runway the day of the show, you must remain prepared and professional. Backstage madness was oh so real. Bring extra clothing (black leggings, black or nude camis/ bras, etc.) because you never know what ideas the designer may have up his or her sleeve. And you have to be able to meet those needs. 

4. REMAIN HUMBLE. One of the greatest moments was when independent designer, KIMFY, thanked me for modeling for her clothing line. She reminded me to stay humble. Being humble will get you far. Trust me.

***TIP: During auditions, always have a 8 x 10 head shot or comp card. 

 

DESIGNER M91, Photographer: Tyrus Davis

DESIGNER KIMFY, Photographer: Belinda Vickerson

DESIGNER LA Pink, Photographer: Tony K. McCoy

Designer KIMFY

Designer Minique R Murphy, M91

With or Without Makeup? You Slay.


As women, we must learn to embrace ourselves, with or without makeup. And, today's society is quick to deem one greater than the other, but in my opinion, that's not the case. Confidence is key.

If you haven't already taken notice on social media, there is a growing comparison between women who wear makeup and those who do not. And, society has somehow created a never ending feud to deem one greater than the other and that you are less of a person depending on what you wear. However, for the longest, I have considered that feud to be nothing less than toxic and ultimately, self-destructive.

I, myself, love makeup. I enjoy experimenting and trying out new things. And being an aspiring model, makeup is commonly used whether I'm doing a photo shoot or ripping the runway. I know several individuals who are extremely talented and passionate about makeup. They strive each and every day to make that passion a lifetime career as a makeup artist. Others use makeup to hide scars or other skin related features. For example, even when I used minimum makeup, I tend to only use concealer to help with darkness under my eyes. Makeup is a form of expression. It helps us feel confident and can add a little boost to our self motivation. I've never considered makeup to be misleading unless YOU create it to be that way by applying so much that you are not recognizable. I love makeup, but I also remind myself that too much makeup can be harmful to your skin. I've always believed that makeup should enhance you, not change you. Protect your skin. Nourish your skin.

Even though makeup is a form of expression and should be used to enhance and not change, natural beauty should always be embraced as well. Natural beauty is something you will live with forever. Once all that makeup is removed, you are who you are naturally. And nothing is more beautiful than when you can accept and love your natural self as well. We tend to hide that side of us because we are scared what others may think. But, you are YOU, flaws and all. Remind yourself that you are beYOUtiful in your own way.

The message I am trying to get across to you all is that with or without makeup, you slay. Wearing it or not wearing it should not validate who you are as a person and it doesn't make you greater than anyone else, despite what you choose to wear. If you want to slay the day away with your face beat, do it. If you want to slay the day away naturally, do it. Do what makes you happy. If you are not CONFIDENT, it won't work either way. You have to embrace yourself. You have to love yourself so that everything else can fall into place.

Check out this article on how Zendaya stood up for a woman being attacked on Twitter, regarding this same issue. http://www.someecards.com/news/makeup/zendaya-posted-a-nomakeup-selfie-to-stand-up-for-women-against-twitter-attacks/

Don't be afraid to do what makes you happy. Confidence is key. Now, go. Slay the day away.

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SUCCESS STORY- Did One Of My Biggest Dreams Come True? I Think YES! Being Featured on Daya By Zendaya

So if you don't already know, I am a HUGEEEE fan of Zendaya Coleman, the triple-threat model herself. She is known for being an actress, model, and fashion/beauty icon. This well known beauty icon has also launched her very own clothing and shoe line, known as Daya by Zendaya. I recently had the opportunity to purchase some of her clothing. After the purchase, I fell in love and I decided to take pictures in my outfit that I put together. I posted these images on my Instagram and tagged @zendaya and @dayabyzendaya. To my surprise, I received a notification from @dayabyzendaya asking to be featured on their site. It was seriously a dream come true. And now, I can proudly say that I have been featured on Zendaya's website! 

The tip I want you all to learn from this is that you never know who sees your work on Instagram. The proper use of tagging and hash-tagging has proven to be very beneficial and can help you get noticed. But, when promoting someone's clothing line, shoe line, or anything of the sort, be professional and find a way to stand out from the rest, whether it's how you put your outfit together or the quality of your pictures. Your first impression can be your last impression. Also, don't ever think that this will not happen to you! Because it can! I never in a million years thought I would be featured on Zendaya's website but it truly happened. And it also taught me how to make the best of every opportunity. If you got a chance, take it! 

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                           Zendaya Coleman

                         Zendaya Coleman

SUCCESS STORY - Being Featured In My First Magazine, Break Magazine!

Ever since I was in high school, I dreamed of being featured in a magazine. But back then, I was no where near the person I am today. So, that was just what I thought it would be, a dream. However, that all changed at the beginning of the year of 2017. Break Magazine, created by Kelly McBride, is a magazine publication aimed at breaking the norm. I had taken noticed that I was featured on their IG, @breakmagazine, which I am very grateful for. Prior to the release of Volume 1 of Break Magazine, I collaborated back in December 2016 with Jaris Tobler, an amazing photographer/videographer, Sineca Butler, an extremely talented makeup artist, and the incredible, talented hairstylist, Jalissa Marshall for a shoot in an elegant, red velvet dress. The images from that shoot were chosen by Break Magazine to be featured in the first volume, which, fortunately for me, centered around a velvet theme. To receive that news, I was incredibly shocked and extremely thankful to Break Magazine for this opportunity. It was an accomplishment that set a new level of goals for me, both short and long-term.

The tip I want you all to learn from this is that you should keep your work as professional as possible, especially on social media, and keep it as unique as possible. You never know who will spot your work and it could land you an opportunity of a lifetime. This was my first feature ever in a magazine and now I have set my goals where it will surely not be my last. I've also learned that it is vital to pay attention to submission deadlines and concept themes that magazine publications post on social media. Be creative and be different. It doesn't hurt to try. You never know where it will go!

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