I never imagined that I would be the type of person walking down runways or posing in front of people for photoshoots. I was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, but the majority of my life was spent growing up in San Antonio, Texas. As a kid, I always saw myself broadcasting my talents as an athlete to a large number of people. Being an athlete gives you the opportunity to express yourself and show more confidence, while being able to showcase your athletic ability on the field. Off the field I was a completely different person. At school or out in general made me anxious and full of anxiety. I’ve never been the type of person to open up around people or be the one to stand out in front of a crowd. Being around a large amount of people has been a big fear of mine, even as a small child. In school, I was always studious and keep to myself. My parents always reminded me how education was always a main priority, which quickly solidified in my head as my number one objective. The summer of 2017 going into my senior year of high school was a very eye-opening experience, because I learned so much more about myself than I had in a long time. My dad always encouraged me to try modeling because I’ve been very tall most of my life. In school, other students would tease me about my height, which made me grow a hatred towards it. It wasn’t until high school when a strong appreciation and acceptance for it developed. I never pictured myself as a “beautiful, tall, confident” person that I assumed a model had to be. When the idea of modeling came up again that summer, my whole family was very encouraging towards it. I was finally in a headspace to where I believe it was the right time to start. The first time I went to my now mother agent (Lari Nelson of Nelson Fashion Group THE AGENCY) practices, I had no idea what to expect. Before that day I had no real understanding of what it was like in the modeling world. Stepping out in front of a room full of strangers was totally out of my comfort zone. To others walking out in front of people may see as a small task, but to me it was terrifying. I was so afraid that I wouldn’t be able to walk the way that everyone else was and if I did try be mortified at the fact that, potentially I could be made fun of. So, the first time going was more so a learning experience for me. I was too nervous to actually walk, so I decide to watch from alongside the runway. As each model passed with grace and such poise, it began to give me hope and curiosity towards the idea of modeling being a reality for me. The next time showing up at practice, I was determined to get on that runway and try to absorb as much knowledge as possible. I’m a very focused person in a way that I don’t want to ever do something knowing that 100% effort wasn’t given. In the first few months of beginning my modeling career I learned how to be confident and expressive while walking down the runway. I got a glimpse of what supermodels feel when walking on a runaway. Being in that state of mind almost transforms who you are while you’re wearing another person’s hard work and their passion, so you only want to give 100% when trying to make them full of excitement and their dreams a reality. I was very anxious when I began because my mother agent informed everyone that there was a big modeling expo, where hundreds of agents come to scope out new talent. This scared me but also excited me because if i went it could change my whole life. I started modeling in August and the Model and Talent Expo presented by Mike Beaty was in November, so I only had a few short months to get everything prepared for the agents to see me. This made me very panicked but going into this I knew I had to give my everything in order to chase something that I thought would never happen to me. Being at the expo give me a whole different outlook on the modeling experience. Getting to learn and meeting new people really made me open up and not be afraid to explore new things. In the final days of expo we ended with getting a callback list to meet with the agencies that had an interest in the talent. I was amazed by the amount of callbacks I received and felt truly blessed. I have now been modeling for a little over a year and I’m signed with the Campbell Agency in Dallas. I can’t believe I’ve been able to get to finally live the life that never would’ve happened unless I started believing in myself. I will forever be grateful for the people that have help me along the way and reaching my goals and have helped me become the person I’ve always wanted to be. God has truly blessed me with an immense amount of opportunities that I will never be able to express my gratitude for. I cannot wait to see the next chapter of my life unfold and continue to build the strength and courage that being a model has given to me thus far.
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