1. What is something not too many people know about you?
There is a lot people don’t know about me, like others I have a hard time opening up to people I don't know. But something a lot of people don't know about me that’s a huge part of my life concerns my siblings. My younger brother is 18, my older sister is mentally disabled and my older brother passed away just before turning 7 years old. Mental Health is not a subject that is often talked about. My sister is the strongest woman I know... next to my mother. She is funny, witty and brave. I wouldn't change her for the world and mentally disabled individuals are not to be pitied. They are just like everyone else with their own valid thoughts and range of emotions. They just convey them differently. I believe we should all be a little more empathetic and kind to these individuals.
2. What are your biggest passions or hobbies?
One of my passions in life is gymnastics. I grew up as a gymnast and it was my first love. Theres nothing like the magic of flooring the mat and defying gravity. It's one of those sports that requires grace, flexibility, discipline and a hell of a lot of strength. My gym was my home away from home. It’s a place that I believe saved my life more than a couple of times.
3. What are your goals for the future?
My goals for the future are to make a difference. I want to be a role model for the younger generation. I hope to figure out a path that will help make the world even an itty bitty bit better. My long term career goal is to take modeling as far as the industry is willing to let me. Within that time I would love to help the effort of seeking more rights for models, male and female. Hopefully I’ll be doing something that brings awareness to the needed shifts in the industry, such as creating a vital Union to supports models' rights as human beings.
4. What is your definition of success?
My definition of success is measured in the lives that I can help change for the better. Of course I have financial goals but they are mostly measured in what I can provide for my family. I hope to buy my mom her dream house one day and put my brother through school. Success to me is also measured in the laughs that I have with the people I love. It’s measured by good food on the table and moments that make you feel lucky to be alive.
5. Tell us something about the projects you're working on.
Currently outside of modeling I'm working with an organization called Sojourn To The Past. Sojourn is a fully immersive program that takes students on a moving journey along the path of the Civil Rights Movement through the American South. When I was a senior in high school, I went on this trip and it changed my life. It taught me not only what members of my family had gone through themselves, but also how to be more empathetic to all humans. In the spring of 2017, I had the opportunity to go on this trip again. Although moving through this journey as an adult is different because you are experiencing everything through a new lease, it still had an intense impact upon me. It is a program that I believe every high school student should experience. So my goal in working with Sojourn in bringing the organization closer to helping every student experience these incredible lessons from extra-ordinary civil rights heroes who are still alive today.