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ISSUE 22 /SPRING 2021

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DEFINES VIRTUAL PHOTOGRAPHY

LITTLE SISTER SAVES BIG SISTER’S LIFE FROM SICKLE CELL

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HOW TO BECOME A MODEL WITH

GREYSON LAND COVER STORY

Mykal-Michee Harris SHARES HER EXPERIENCE ON THE ABC SITCOM “MIXED-ISH”


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Editor’s Letter 6 What Is Fashion To Me? (Izzi) 7 Dreams Can Come True 8 Virtual Photography: Dani Geddes 12 Western Region Top 10 20 W Select Photographer Spotlight: Katie Andelman 30 2 Sisters, 1 Mission 36 Central Region Top 10 42 Central Select Photographer Spotlight: 52 Monika Cioban Cover Story: Mykal-Michelle Harris 58 SE Region Top 10 66 SE Select Photographer Spotlight: 76 Old Classic Photography NE Region Top 10 82 NE Select Photographer Spotlight: Lily Shames 92 Featured Designer: Katie Davis 98 International Region Top 10 106 International Select Photographer Spotlight: 116 How To Become A Model: Greyson Land 122

Cover Model: Mykal-Michelle Harris (@mykalscorner) Photographer: Elsie Rose Photography (@elsierosephotography) Dress: Love Baby J Couture (@lovebabyjcouture) Location: Los Angeles, CA Back Cover Model: Lala (@ooh_lala_mal) Photographer: AJ Johnson (@ajohnsonphotographyy) Dress: Christina Del Re’ (@petitetweets) Location: Jackson, TN Table of Contents Picture Model: Ciara (@ciaragarciadiaz_model) Photographer: Dani Geddes (@danigeddesphotography) Location: London, UK Editor: Damon Ross DDS Creative Designer: Anthony Naylor Graphic Designer: Mandy Hernandez Web Designer: Mandy Hernandez Consulting Editors: Angie Lozano, Erika Carey


18 IVFs), and see some amazing pictures from our Featured Photographer Dani Geddes and her virtual photoshoots. You will also read a touching story about how a younger sister saved her older sister’s life. Our Featured Designer is no other than child-sensation Katie Davis. Don’t forget to read the very informative article by Greyson Land on “How To Become A Model”. Oh and we can’t forget our Top 10 Models from all over the world as this is our first issue branchOur Cover Model, which you’ve probably already seen ing off internationally. on the ABC sitcom “Mixed-ish”, Mykal-Michelle is AMAZING! In her article, she talks about her journey, Thank you for taking the time to read our magazine! If her career, and she even gives advice on reaching your you would like to be published in our magazine, either goals. It has definitely been an honor to have the oppor- send us a message on Instagram and/or Facebook. You tunity to work with Mykal-Michelle and I can’t wait to can also reach us via our website at www.kidfashmagasee what her future holds. zine.com. For special events and opportunities, continIn our 22nd Issue you will see "What Fashion Means to ue to follow us on Instagram @kidfashmagazine. Hope Me” by Izzi, learn how Dreams Can Come True (after you enjoy the magazine, and I look forward to meeting you at one of our events in the near future!! Be blessed! When growing up, we all had dreams. Some of us dreamed to be a doctor, a policeman, a school teacher, famous, a movie star, and the list goes on. This is what is so great about kids, the fact that they feel they can do anything they want to do in life. The way I see it, if God put the dream in your heart, He can make it happen. So, I decided to put together an issue where we can see what dreams kids have and how to reach them.

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WHAT FASHION MEANS TO ME? Fashion to Me is a way to Express Yourself. It is always changing. Some may believe Fashion Means To Wear what is Popular. For Me, Fashion is wearing what makes me Feel Good. You can Create your own Fashion by Just Being True to Yourself and Not trying to wear what everyone else thinks is "trendy". While I am a Glitter and Sparkle Kind of Girl, My Fashion Staples are Blue Jeans, Boots, and a Tank or T-shirt. A Quote I like is: "Don't Change to Fit The Fashion, Change The Fashion To Fit You"

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Hetal Patel-White is a Dental Hygienist who always dreamed of being a Mom. She never realized it would be so hard to make that happen though. Her story is one of strength, loss, pain, adversity, heartbreak and most importantly perseverance with hope and love. Ever since she was young, Patel-White wanted a large family. She explains, “I love children, I wanted to raise children who I knew would make this world a better place. I have found that family is one of life’s greatest joys.” Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be easy for this family. She and her husband tried to get pregnant for about a year without success. That is when they decided to give In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) a try. Little did they know that it would take many years and countless procedures for them to have success.

At the fertility doctor, a blood test showed exactly how many eggs Hetal had left inside. Her numbers were high which was a huge relief to the couple, so they started their journey. 3 years into marriage they had 3 failed Intrauterine inseminations (IUI- a fertility treatment where sperm are placed directly into a woman’s uterus.) After that they knew IVF was going to be their only option. At the time, Hetal and her husband were both in college. Understanding that IVF treatments were expensive (usually between $17,000-20,000 per cyclenot including medication), the couple worked hard, saved up, and graduated with degrees that would help them pay for the costly treatment. 

IVF is a technique where a woman’s eggs and man’s sperm are combined in a laboratory in order to create an embryo(s).  At their first fertility doctor appointment, Hetal was  diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.  PCOS is a hormonal disorder causing enlarged ovaries with small cysts on the outer edges. She elaborates, “The cause of PCOS isn't well understood.  Treatment can help, but this condition can't be cured. Basically, I wasn’t ovulating regularly or at all.” That diagnosis made sense to her because her periods had been irregular since she was 12. Her cycle fluctuated greatly, sometimes going months without a period, and at other times she would have her period for 6-8 months straight.

“I love children, I wanted to raise children who I knew would make this world a better place.” KidFashMagazine.com/April 2021 9


At age 22, they began the more intrusive treatments. First Hetal was put on hormonal birth control to regulate her periods. Even though it seems counterintuitive, IVF requires the ovulation cycle to be precise. Next came multiple hormone shots to produce an egg. Each woman is different regarding what dosage she needs, how many times a day she will administer the shot, and if any other medications are combined with treatment. One cycle of IVF can take 3-4 weeks. In the 5th year of marriage, they did their first Of 18 IVF treatments. Hetal reminisces, “Each pregnancy test came back negative. It was heartbreaking. You want to have hope each time you try, but having your  hope shattered 17 times was traumatic.” One of the biggest risks in IVF is ovarian hyperstimulation. This occurs when the ovaries produce so many eggs that fluid from these eggs start to go up into the lungs. It can even cause death. Hatel had this happen during her 8th IVF cycle. She says, “You feel like you are drowning. The pain is awful, and you can’t even form a sentence because your chest feels like it is going to explode.” Normally she has daily ultrasounds to measure her eggs. Once the eggs are 2cm they are retrieved. Unfortunately, over Thanksgiving all the doctors were out of the office so she was unable to get the daily monitoring. She had to have emergency surgery where they dissolved all the eggs and removed the fluid. She says, “I had so much fluid in my lungs that when my doctor arrived at the ER he was crying. He felt awful, He even sat in the waiting room crying with my husband.”  It took her body months to recover.  They attempted adoption after the overstimulation scare but were repeatedly turned down. Hatel explains, “My husband and I both have autoimmune diseases. Neither of these diseases are debilitating. But many agencies said a mother is not likely to give her child up to a couple who are both ‘sick.” Next, they tried international adoption. Since Patel-White’s family is from India, they knew that India’s orphanages were overcrowdedmany having 3 babies to a crib. Again, the agencies wouldn’t look past their health issues, so IVF became their only option.

You want to have hope each time you try...


The entire experience was difficult and emotional. After each failed IVF cycle, Hetal would break down for days, weeks, and sometimes months. It took 14 years and 18 IVF cycles to finally achieve success. She says, “My prayers for a child never stopped. I prayed for strength to handle anything God had in store for me… After my 15th failed IVF treatment a friend said to me ‘What if your child is going to do something special on this earth? For instance he/she might help a friend stop themselves from committing suicide, or they might help a family member endure a very hard trial. And in order for your child to do those things they have to be born at a certain time.’ That gave me new hope. So I got up, tried hard to stay positive and put my trust in the Lord.” While waiting for the results of the 16th IVF cycle, husband Brandon grabbed Hetal’s hand and said a prayer. Hetal reminices, “He also asked our kids to start lining up so they can come to Earth because we are so excited to meet them. Brandon, God, and many others kept her going after each failed IVF. She explans, “I can’t tell you how many people have saved me during my hardest trials. Those people were placed in my life for a reason.” For the 18th IVF treatment, they tried a program where you pay for 10 IVF treatments up front and if you don’t give birth to a live baby then you will receive 90% of your money back.  That’s when their miracle finally happened- On the first attempt of the 10! Hetal gave birth to daughter, Malonni Nalin Patel White born 5 1/2 weeks premature. From that same embryo group, they also had 4 more healthy embryos. The family is keeping their extra embryos frozen just in case they decide to have another child down the line.

That gave me new hope. So I got up, tried hard to stay positive and put my trust in the Lord.” This whole ordeal has taught Hetal to always have goals but not to plan out your entire future and that everyone has trials. She realized that “We as women need to stop comparing ourselves to other women who have everything we think we need.  I have  learned to always congratulate any mother who announces she is pregnant. No matter how much pain I feel.”  Malonni is half Caucasian, half Indian and is currently 4 years old. She is funny, kind -hearted, and full of life. She loves to play doctor, play with dolls, makeup, cars, trucks, any sport with a ball, dancing, and riding 4wheelers. She speaks English and a little Gujarati but loves to watch TV in Spanish. When she grows up, she wants to be a race car driver and doctor.  Malonni has modeled for 8 international magazines and has been a Brand Ambassador for 23 clothing companies. She doesn’t know she’s a model- She just knows mom loves taking pictures of her! Hetal says, “She will see her photo in a magazine and just say ‘Mommy, that’s me’ and move on. I love that about her.” Patel-White’s dream for her miracle baby is that she grows up feeling loved, being accepting and non-judgmental, knowing God and how much He loves her. She wants Malonni to be kind, help others who are in other countries, to value education, and understand how Hetal’s parents sacrificed so she could attend college in America and how their ancestors sacrificed so that they could be born in America. Most of all, Malonni’s parents just want her to be healthy and happy. KidFashMagazine.com/April 2021 11


VIRTUAL PHOTOGRAPHY

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Dani Geddes is an amazing British photographer from a family that lacked creative interest. Unlike her family, Dani was a visionary. She constantly carried a camera to document the milestones of youth, studied subjects like media and drama, and, at the age of twelve, taught herself coding and graphic design so she could create fan-sites dedicated to the journeys of her favorite young television stars. She loved it, but she wouldn’t have even imagined that her passions would blossom into her future career. At the age of seventeen, Geddes was granted the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit Los Angeles, California. “I knew LA was THE place,” she gushes. “The website era was a job... that represented these kids in a way that many connected with... it was like having a connection on the other side of the world that was so rewarding and special…” That trip to LA proved to be a dream come true when she got the chance to meet some of her idols. On the set of Wizards of Waverly Place, she not only befriended the cast and crew, but also soaked up important information about public relations and the system involved. She explains, “I just wanted to apply that [knowledge] to my future of helping other young people in any way I could with a career in the industry.” By 21 Geddes photographed reality TV personalities from the Toddlers and Tiaras era. In 2013 she created a digital magazine to help parents and kids in the industry. At one point, she was up against a deadline and needed some killer photos STAT so she posted a Facebook call for local kids, created a backdrop, then photographed the kids and edited the pictures on the fly. “It ended up turning out great!” Dani exclaims. “Word of my creative photography got out through social media and that summer I created a series of shoots from Vampires to Fairies and Fairy Tales- everything I could imagine and more was literally exploding from my imagination.” That’s what really launched her career into overdrive.

“I just wanted to apply that [knowledge] to my future of helping other young people in any way I could with a career in the industry.” KidFashMagazine.com/April 2021 13


“When I look through the lens I imagine so much more than what I see. I know the possibilities are limitless.” Indulging her creative side is Dani’s favorite part of the job. She explains, “When I look through the lens I imagine so much more than what I see. I know the possibilities are limitless.” The most rewarding part of working with kids is seeing their confidence growing as they grow and capturing the memories. The worst part? When the creative block hits. She says, “When you have a long list of to dos and a lot of pressure of ’When will my photos be ready?’ it can be a really hard place to be mentally. And you just have to walk away from the computer... I overcome it by accepting I am human, and I deserve time to myself...” Pricing her work has also been challenging. She bases her pricing on the time and energy she invests, however it can be hard to find the balance between not undervaluing yourself and not overpricing yourself. Through the years Geddes’ style has evolved. Originally she created whimsical family photography and now it’s morphed into unique portfolio building for children’s fashion. Dani still makes time for creative artistry as well. She never wants to specialize in just one area because she likes the challenge of new ideas. For over two years, she has taken over the hair and make-up for her photoshoots because it was easier than trying to explain to someone else the vision she had in her head. When Covid19 started Geddes assumed she’d be working in a supermarket or 9-5 job by now. She thought that was the only way to survive. Luckily she was able to continue self-employment, but it has definitely impacted her business. Countless deadlines, trips, and projects had to be


cancelled or postponed. She admits that the pressure of it all is uncomfortable, however, when she thinks about all the people who respect, love and support her it helps Dani stay motivated and not give up. She adds, “Slowing down has helped me open my eyes and see a lot more. Not taking on too much and allowing more time is very important in the future planning of work.... I just see it as a bit of a pause button to society and hoping and praying we can all come out the other end in a productive, strong and creative way!” Another way Covid19 changed things is that it made Geddes focus on “Virtual Photography”. It started by taking Screenshots on Facetime which yielded surprisingly impressive results. Next she used the same method to test out different fashion ideas with a couple of children from the safety of their own homes. As the pandemic continued, a virtual photography app was developed and Dani used that to connect with a model in France.

“Slowing down has helped me open my eyes and see a lot more.


“It is very cool to be able to connect and use my creative mindset and shoot around the world!”

Since then, she has photographed virtually all over the UK and Scotland, Istanbul, Turkey, Puerto Rico and the USA. She also began offering virtual sessions for headshots and model updates. She was surprised about how willing people were to trust her in the process of creativity in this "new now" and how she could make it work from the comfort of her own home. She says, “It is very cool to be able to connect and use my creative mindset and shoot around the world!” 16 KidFashMagazine.com/April 2021


“Be prepared to just learn and develop. It won't happen all at once but you will find your niche and your signature along the way,

To aspiring photogs she advises, “Be prepared to just learn and develop. It won't happen all at once but you will find your niche and your signature along the way, don't try and become somebody else's reflective craft. Find your own with your drive and passion and what makes your interest sparkle.” She also adds, “Protect your work and make sure every shoot and every release of work to your client is signed and dated.... Always protect your craft.” Dani’s ultimate goal for the future is to take every day as it comes. She’d like to build a new studio in her garden and a new custom designed creative space. She’d also love to travel more and have creative adventures along the way. Eventually she’d like to relocate to the USA and set up her business there. KidFashMagazine.com/April 2021 17


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A ge: 12

Loc at ion: Cypress, CA

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One day I dream to spread kindness and make a difference in this world.

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 (@kayla.valentina_)

Age : 21 m ont hs ol d

Loc at ion: CA

P h o t o g r a p h e r : Elsie Rose Photography (@elsierosephotography)

One day I dream to become a famous model.

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 (@geiannagonzalez_)

Age :12

Loc at ion: Mountain House, CA

P h o t o g r a p h e r : Melissa Guerrero (@melissaguerrerophotography)

One day I dream to become a professional super model and an athletic olympian.

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 (@evelyn_dances)

A ge: 14

Loc at ion: San Jose, CA

P h o t o g r a p h e r : Melissa Guerrero (@melissaguerrerophotography)

One day i dream to make sure everyone has equal access to education.

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Age: 10

Loc at ion: Pennsylvania

P h o t o g r a p h e r : Jerry Hughes (@jerryhughesphoto)

One day I dream to be able to travel the world and visit all the countries of my family lineage.

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 (@official_josie_lynn)

Age: 8

Loc at ion: Los Angeles, CA

P h o t o g r a p h e r : Elsie Rose Photography (@elsierosephotography)

One day I dream to travel the world. New York, Paris, France, and Greece are on my top must visit list. I want to learn about different cultures, fashion and make friends from all over the world.

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 (@_carolveronica)

A ge: 11

Loc at ion: Lake Mary, Florida

P h o t o g r a p h e r : Miguel Trejo (@hardlightphotographygroup)

One day I dream to conquer my goals and soar high beyond my limits. I aspire to become the best version as an educated independent woman.

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 (@annadancinbanana)

Age: 8

Loc at ion: Waveland, MS

P h o t o g r a p h e r : Miguel Trejo (@hardlightphotographygroup)

One day I dream to have the opportunity to continue in the arts, as a model, dancer, choreographer, even a costume designer!

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  (@mikaylajean345)

Age: 15

Loc at ion: New Jersey

P h o t o g r a p h e r : Jerry Hughes (@jerryhughesphoto)

One day I dream to become a trainer for service dogs. I also dream of one day being on American Idol.

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 (@lyrically)

Age: 9

Loc at ion: Tampa, FL

P h o t o g r a p h e r : Miguel Trejo (@hardlightphotographygroup)

One day I dream to be a surgeon.

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2 Sisters, 1 Mission By: Gianna Simonelli Photographer: CreativeSoul Photography (@creativesoulphoto)


The old saying goes that sisters function as safety nets in a chaotic world simply by being there for each other. Seven-year-old Kennedi Dahnsaw and her five-year-old little sister Hayli have a bond that proves the significance of sisterhood with their unwavering support and unconditional love for one another. Kennedi was born in Portsmouth, Virginia with sickle cell disease, a rare disorder that causes red blood cells to break down. Now a second grader and aspiring model, Kennedi has been cured of her sickle cell disease with the help of her built-in best friend, her little sister. Kennedi’s congenital diagnosis compromised her quality of life. Her mother Collette reflected on the ways in which Kennedi’s sickle cell made her life inherently different from other kids’. She had to avoid friends and family members who were sick for the fear of falling ill due to her weakened immune system. While other kids cannonballed into the pool during the summer, Kennedi

had to ease her way in to limit her chances of going into crisis just jumping in the cold water. If she got hurt while playing, she risked having a crisis on whatever body part was affected. Kennedi frequented the hospital, whether it was a fever or intolerable pain. Collette embarked upon her greatest educational experience when her first-born daughter was diagnosed by immediately researching to understand sickle cell disease and become the best advocate and caretaker for Kennedi. Individuals with sickle cell disease have some red blood cells that are shaped like sickles, or crescent moons. These crescent-shaped cells can get stuck in blood vessels, therefore slowing down or blocking blood and oxygen flow to certain areas of the body. Collette advises other parents in similar situations to talk openly with their children about their disease, always consider their opinion, discuss the positives and negatives of your

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treatment options with your doctors, lean into your support system, and pray often. She explained, “In my researching process, I learned about what to feed her and what foods might trigger a crisis. I even learned it was possible for her to be cured with a bone marrow transplant.” According to leading medical researchers, there is a 25% chance that a sibling will be a compatible bone marrow donor. Fortunately, Kennedi and Hayli were a perfect match! With 100% compatibility, Hayli happily donated her bone marrow to cure her older sister’s sickle cell disease and continued to lend her moral support throughout the process. Although the pair hated to be apart when Kennedi was in the hospital, Hayli would remind her big sister of all the things they could do together when she came back home, that they weren’t able to do prior to the transplant.

In my researching process, I learned about what to feed her and what foods might trigger a crisis.


While Kennedi always had a natural interest in modeling, Hayli is passionate about dancing. In the future, the girls dream of being a hematology doctor and a dentist, respectively. Kennedi’s aspiration to be a hematologist is due, in part, to her having come across doctors without adequate knowledge of sickle cell. They currently live by the principles their mom Collette instills in them: to always love and respect one another, aim high, and shoot for the stars. It is evident that Kennedi and Hayli will be successful in all their future endeavors with their steadfast support system, genuine love for one another, and ability to stay positive in the face of adversity.

In the future, the girls dream of being a hematology doctor and a dentist, respectively.


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Age: 11

Loc at ion: Illinois

P h o t o g r a p h e r : Monika Cioban (@monikacioban_photography)

One day I dream to become an artist as it defines my inner creativity, passion, and helps me express my visions. My artistry gives me a sense of beauty in unexpected places and allows me to access my imagination.

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 (@nellusia01)

Age: 9

Loc at ion: Chicago, IL P h o t o g r a p h e r : Monika Cioban (@monikacioban_photography)

One day I dream to be a doctor. My goal in life is to help the less fortunate. I’ve read and seen videos of volunteers and doctors helping people in India & Africa because the hospitals are run down and expensive. If I were to open a clinic, it would be completely free for the less fortunate.

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Ag e: 11

Loc at ion: Chandler, AZ

P h o t o g r a p h e r : Blushing Lens Photography (@blushing.lens.photog)

One day I dream of becoming a Child Life Specialist in an Intensive Care Unit for kids. I want to help bring a little fun and happiness to the lives of several kids living in the hospital. While my Baby Brother was in the hospital, I saw first hand the impact that the Child Life Specialist had on my siblings & I, so I hope to one day do the same for others.

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 (@eastoncruzvillanueva)

Age: 8

Loc at ion: Austin, TX

P h o t o g r a p h e r : Katharine Deveise (@katleedphoto)

One day I dream to travel the world and be a builder so I can build houses for the homeless.

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 (@caillinkolb)

Age: 8

Loc at ion: Chicago, IL P h o t o g r a p h e r : Monika Cioban (@monikacioban_photography)

One day I dream of having a pet unicorn, traveling to Egypt and starring in a major film!!

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 (@callieisabellemodel)

Age: 8

Loc at ion: Chicago, IL P h o t o g r a p h e r : Marie Wild (@mariewildphoto)

One day I dream to travel to space to float in zero gravity and see the planets, moon and all the stars from there.

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 (@kathryn.abrahamson)

Ag e: 7

Loc at ion: El Paso, TX Ph o t o g r a p h e r : Kenn Hobbes Photography (@kenhobbesphotography)

One day when I grow up I hope to be a fashion model and a makeup artist.

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 (@poshacruzgomez)

A ge: 7

Loc at ion: El Paso, TX Ph o t o g r a p h e r : Ken Hobbes Photography (@kenhobbesphotography)

One day I dream to inspire all the girls in the world to be happy, confident and have fun!

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 (@sugarplumlamb)

Age: 6

Loc at ion: Omaha, NE P h o t o g r a p h e r : Colleen Christi (@collen_christi)

One day I dream to be an astronaut.

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 (@reginabedeski)

Age: 9

Loc at ion: Raytown, MO P h o t o g r a p h e r : Colleen Christi (@colleen_christi)

One day I dream to become a professional you-tuber/gamer.

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Mykal-Michelle Harris Lile Girl, Big Dreams By: Jennifer Pucci Starr Photography: Elsie Rose Photography (@elsierosephotography) Dresses By: Love Baby J Couture (@lovebabyjcouture)


Personality-plus child star Mykal-Michelle Harris, tiny starlet of the show Mixed-ish, has quite the career behind her at just 8 years old. KidFash had the opportunity to chat with this rising sensation where we learned more about her rise to fame and her big dreams ahead. Although her mom would say it started at birth, Mykal claims her career began when she was three, with the start of her viral sensation video, “Like Serena”. “Mom says I was always a huge personality — even before I could speak. But at three, I was a viral kid. “Like Serena” is how it all started,” says Mykal. “The video ended up with over 15 million views across social media and in 24 hours our lives changed. The hype of her video led to appearances on Good Morning America, CNN, and the clip went to international success. Serena Williams even invited her to the US Open as her special guest. “I was treated like royalty with interviews for many, many news, and sports outlets.” Indeed, the natural talent was evident in all Mykal did. “My mommy says that I would see things on television and would very quickly be drawn to them. I would stop in my tracks to watch something on TV that caught my attention and then immediately turn around and act it out,” says Mykal. Yet at that early age it never crossed her mind that she would act. But it was more than just acting. “I would act things out, I would sing and would also dance. During big holidays, my siblings and cousins and I would ALWAYS put an entire production together for our parents and perform after dinner. That was what would be expected, almost like a tradition of sorts.”

Mom says I was always a huge personality — even before I could speak.

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We work really, really hard but we have so much fun, Mykal feels she has been on a very blessed journey. After the whirlwind of excitement with the video, her mom received calls from the Ellen Show as well as Steve Harvey’s Little Big Shots. They decided to do Little Big Shots and while in town filming, were asked to meet with the top kid’s talent agencies in Los Angeles. “We partnered with Osbrink Talent Agency and we’ve been with them ever since,” says Mykal. The roles that have pushed me along all played a part in getting me ready for the big series regular role on Mixed-ish.” She has recurred on Big Little Lies, The Affair, and is a spokesperson for L.O.L. Dolls. On Mixed-ish, Mykal plays Santamonica Johnson, the little sister with sass. Mykal says it’s hard but rewarding work surrounded by such a family environment with extremely talented actors. “We work really, really hard but we have so much fun,” says Mykal. “Our entire cast AND crew are very, very close. My mom always says that we could not have asked for a better first experience as a series regular.” From television to the big screen Mykal has quite a lot on the horizon. She is currently in production for a 20th Century-Fox/Disney production “Cheaper By the Dozen!” “I am so excited and ready to go,” says Mykal.


Beyond acting, young Mykal is also writing and creating with the vision of producing her own shows. She was drawn to the production side early on while working with Anton Cropper, Mixed-ish Executive Producer who let her watch and help with the pilot episode. “I’m two years into studying this side. I ask the producers I work with questions and watch closely what they do and how they do it. They have been so kind to me to let me sit and learn.” So far she has had three pitch meetings for her own ideas that have gone very well. In addition to writing for her shows she also writes for her blog Mykals Corner. The topics are typically inspirational and supportive to other young fans. “I always say that you should NEVER give up on yourself or your dreams,” says Mykals. “It doesn’t matter how people talk about you or don’t believe in you, they are YOUR dreams, and you can’t quit. You will not achieve your dreams if you quit. NEVER QUIT and you will have what you dream.” Yes Mykal has definitely achieved her dreams for her career, yet she has bigger goals too. “My dreams for the future are to make the world a better place. In my little time on this journey, I have had some really great experiences, but I have also had some really bad ones,” says Mykal. “I want people to see that we are all the same and if we just love a little more, the world would be such a better place. I believe in God so I know that life can be so great and with Him I can do all things. So, dream big, dream bold and it will happen.”

I always say that you should NEVER give up on yourself or your dreams,


With all that has happened in the last year, this little one has not only had big dreams but also hope. “We have had to have family meetings and discussions about the pandemic of COVID, the pandemic of racism (my mom calls it) and how we cope,” says Mykal. “I’m a child but adults should not assume that kids don’t have thoughts and feelings about all of this stuff because we do. Sometimes, I think we kids have even better thoughts than the adults who can’t seem to make change. It’s been hard but we pray together a lot. One of the scriptures that my grandma taught me when I was young is “This is the day that the Lord has made, we WILL rejoice and be glad in it.” Since COVID Mykal has also had time to, as she says “just chill out”. “I sleep and play video games. If there was a positive from being at home for a year, it’s been being with my family,” says Mykal. “We get to spend time together, cook, bake, and play lots of board games. I also learned how to ride my bike, jumped rope and spent time outside playing with my neighborhood friends when I could.” A day on set is very, very different though and she loves it. Mykal says if she could choose where she spent most of her time, it would always be on set. “I just LOVE being on set and around the “biz.” So when I arrive (which is usually when it’s still dark outside), I go through the works (hair, makeup, costumes), have some breakfast, go to school, rehearse (multiple times a day because we shoot multiple scenes a day), shoot many, many takes of each scene in many different directions with different cameras, eat some more and hang out with my cast mates — especially my sis and bro (Arica and Ethan). It’s a super cool day!”

I just LOVE being on set and around the “biz.”

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“I love that people support me and I am so happy when they tell me how [Mixed­ish character] Santamonica makes them feel,” So how does Mykal feel about “The Fame”? Well her mom does a great job of keeping her grounded. They feel compelled to use the attention to give back. “I love that people support me and I am so happy when they tell me how [Mixed-ish character] Santamonica makes them feel,” says Mykal. “Like that is the best feeling in the world. To me, that means I’ve done my job. Super cool.” Finally, Mykal offers a few words to other young aspiring actors. “Well first, I would say don’t aspire to be like me (my mom says this all the time), be better than me. But it is hard, hard work! You must learn the craft and the business of show business. My mom has been teaching me all along, not only the craft, but also the business. I would say that if you do anything, take classes and be ready. Remember your dreams are just one chance away so BE READY...is what we say in my house.” Please follow Mykal-Michelle Harris @mykalscorner

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The Nashville native began competing in pageants 3 years ago and instantly fell in love with the experience. Some of her greatest accomplishments on the pageant stage thus far include being named a Mark Defang spokesmodel, receiving the Tennessee Volunteer Service Award and the Presidential Gold Service Award, and being placed in the Top 3 for Community Service out of 166 other contestants at the National American Miss Pageant in Orlando, Florida. Katie has never forgotten about the nursing staff who saved her life as a one-pound infant, and actively supports the Nurses for Newborns of Tennessee organization.The model-fashion designer spearheaded her own cause Katie’s Little Angel to commemorate the community of people who stood by her side as a NICU baby, and has collected over 15,000 donated items for the benefit of either non-profit. As of April 2021, she

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has been crowned America’s Elegant Miss National Jr. Teen, ANTSO Preteen 2020, and NAM Tennessee Jr. Teen, due in part to her extensive community service efforts. Pageantry has not only given Katie a platform to advocate and raise awareness for social causes that are near and dear to her heart, but also lead her to discover another passion, designing. Charjean Couture launched its initial line, “The Angel Collection,” at Cosmopolitan New York Fashion Week in February 2021 after debuting a sneak peek of three exclusive designs at the National American Miss pageant in late 2020. Katie Jean shared, “I love that I am able to design clothing that fits. Born at 21 weeks, I have always struggled with finding clothing [that is the right size]. It has been a dream come true to design clothing that not only fits me, but helps other girls and women, too.” By taking inspiration from deep within and applying the advice given to her by fashion industry greats, Katie Jean continues to achieve true succeed in spite of her young age and small stature. Owner of Prestige NYFW Sherri Dvorkin Carter encouraged her to follow her dreams and remain focused, and she extends this advice to all other kids who are interested pursuing careers in the fashion industry.


In the future, Katie plans to become a neonatal intensive care unit nurse to support infants just as she was supported, and will continue to grow in her passion as a fashion designer. Charjean Couture will release its latest “Reflections” collection with Prestige NYFW in September of 2021, followed by a showcase at the Fashion Parade in the Disney Swan Hotel in early December. A portion of all Charjean Couture’s proceeds are donated to Katie’s Little Angels, which in turn provides services to NICU families and graduates across the United States.

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One day I dream to be a Fashion Designer and a Top Model!

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One day I dream to be a professional dancer, dancing my way around the world.

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Ag e: 14

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P h o t o g r a p h e r : Naomi Mawson (@naomimawsonphotographer)

One day I dream to be driven by my heart, my creative talent in fashion and my true instinct, to own my own decisions and use them to better the world.

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Age: 14

Loc at ion: Toronto, ON

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One day I dream to be an inspiration and advocate for change! I support diversity and equal representation in the industry! I want to be a role model for other teen/ethnic girls!!

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Age: 8

Loc at ion: Toronto, ON

P h o t o g r a p h e r : Holly Cumming (@hcummingphotography)

One day I dream to perform and sing on stages all over the world and also help rescue animals in need. I love animals and performing both equally.

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Loc at ion: Sydney, Australia

P h o t o g r a p h e r : Naomi Mawson (@naomimawsonphotographer)

One day I dream to be a vet and help sick animals.

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“Of course as her mama I know I'm biased, but to me her uniqueness comes from her just being her”. Blue-eyed beauty, Greyson Land (@greyson_land) began modeling at just 6 months old. Coming from a family dedicated to faith, family, fashion, fitness and fun, together they have made Greyson's modeling more of a lifestyle. KIDFASH had a chance to sit with mom, Akeisha, and find out some of the lessons she's learned along the way. “Of course as her mama I know I'm biased, but to me her uniqueness comes from her just being her. She has personality PLUS, has tons of common sense and street smarts that make her wise beyond her years, she's book smart as well, hilarious, nurturing, athletic, and her beauty is beyond this world.

KEEP IT IN THE FAMILY Being a momager can be hard work, but when mom is also in the business sometimes that can be a bonus. Akeisha has modeled herself, and in fact, while she was on an audition she showed some photos of Greyson to some casting directors who said she should start posting photos of her on Instagram. "I did," says Akeisha, "and literally she started to go viral from just a few photos, and the rest is history as they say."

Dress: Kingdom Boutique

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Knowing the industry helps too. "I've done tons of print and commercial work locally, as well as some national spots," says Akeisha. "I think it has helped somewhat because I know what and who is legit, and who is not. It also helped with resilience because I know we won't be what every casting agent or brand is looking for, and that's ok." Greyson's mom warns that a legitimate agency will never ask for money up front. "If anybody ever asks for money upfront, run the other direction. For child models it's really pointless to pay for a full professional photoshoot because kids grow and change so quickly." Once you have found an agency you trust, you will maintain the relationship by continually sending updated clear and uncluttered head and body shots that you can take from your own phone. But if you do not live in an area with many agencies you may have to look farther. "If local is not a possibility then you can try for one of the bigger city agencies," says Akeisha , "but be prepared to pay a lot for travel just to go to castings etc, and they may not book the job. The only way to avoid this is with a "direct hire" job where they hire you based just on your portfolio." Having some skills with the camera is a plus so practice. "I actually shoot most of our campaign content for our Instagram page and they're all pretty fun to shoot, but I must say, shooting the fancy dresses are definitely my (and her) fave!" Keeping it in the family, means they often share images of their own family experiences with their followers. They have done some professional jobs together and even big brother Tristan, with the same gorgeous gaze has taken part, even though he's not a fan. "Because of our various schedules it's actually harder to do it all together," says Akeisha "But we have done some professional jobs together, some local gigs, as well as some Instagram brand deals."

"I think it has helped somewhat because I know what and who is legit, and who is not.” Dress: JyliDecor


"My goals and dream for her is to be truly happy in life, no matter where that is or what that looks like.”

KEEP IT FUN Of course, mom has big visions for Greyson's future, but boosting her modeling career is not her main focus. "My goals and dream for her is to be truly happy in life, no matter where that is or what that looks like. For her to continue to educate herself, be successful in whatever career she chooses, to have true love, to be healthy, and a relationship with Christ. But that's because I'm not in this to try to make Greyson successful. It's just something we started to do for fun and she enjoys it. Sometimes however it's not so fun, so when all else fails, bribery works too. "There are times she's just not into it, those times can get frustrating, if we're in the middle of shooting a big campaign. Depending on the situation I may start with bribes to get the job done (Greyson loves her some lollipops), nine times out of ten, they work so we can get the shoot and be done quickly. But when she's done, she's done! And we have to respect that.." Having fun is great, but it is important to make the most out of it as well. "I think this process is what you make it," says Akeisha. "It has been such a learning experience and propelled her in whatever direction it did. Teaching me many things along the way. The biggest of those being, to literally just slow down and enjoy each experience. No matter what it is or the outcome."


This is not an easy industry to just hop into and be wild ly successful.


KEEP IT UP For those wanting to get their children into modeling Akeisha says, it's really about making your presence known on the social media platform of your choice. For Greyson, they prefer Instagram and believe they would not be where they are today without it. "The only social media platform we use is Instagram, because with our busy schedules that's truly the only one I have time for. And it's enough of a job by itself!" In the very beginning a lot of the work will rely on the time you put into and the connections you make. "Reach out to brands and pitch them. Sign up for influencer platforms that match brands with influencers. Once you get into it and have done it for a while, brands should eventually start reaching out to you directly themselves if you've proven yourself to have a platform that would be a good match for them and has good engagement. You don't even need tons of followers; engagement is what's important. That and posting content that brings some sort of value or entertainment. Don't just post to post. At the beginning you'll likely have to do some brand deals for free. Once you get enough under your belt, when brands come to your page they'll be able to see what type of content they can expect and the engagement it garners. That's when you can start charging for your content creation. And while you don't need a fancy camera for this, because phones take such great photos these days, you will want to eventually invest in a dslr." Don't give up says Akeisha. "This is not an easy industry to just hop into and be wildly successful. You will (hopefully) have successes, but you will also have failures. Lots of them. You won't get every casting. You won't get every brand deal. You'll be frustrated when brands don't want to pay you your worth, and pleasantly surprised when you stick to your guns and they do. You'll lose and gain followers, and won't have any clue as to why. But all of these things are just part of the process. Stick with it. Take breaks when you (and your little) need them. Don't let the bad bring you down. If you find that happening, that's when it's time to take a step back and take a break." Dress: Lulu Bella Couture KidFashMagazine.com/April 2021 127


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