1. What is something not too many people know about you?
Anybody who knows me personally probably knows this already, but it’s my favorite fact about myself and I always have to represent my hometown! I’m from the Garlic Capital of the World: Gilroy, CA. Every year we have a garlic festival, featuring every garlic flavored food imaginable, including garlic ice cream.
2. What are your biggest passions or hobbies?
I started modeling roughly a year ago after hearing the experiences of one of my friends, and fell in love with it so fast. It’s made the biggest impact on my life, with all the new people that I’ve been able to meet and grow friendships with. It’s a creative outlet for when I’m stressed about school or life in general (which is most of the time). I’m a singer, mostly singing in the shower or along to the radio, and I teach violin at elementary schools in the Berkeley area.
3. What are your goals for the future?
My biggest goal is to finish my undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley and move on to a graduate program. I’m not exactly sure what I want to do with my degree, but I love the health field and I love people, so I’m looking into a Master’s in Public Health, Psychology, or Nursing! Ultimately my goal with this is to be able to make a positive impact in people’s lives.
Aside from school, I want to learn how to be a morning person, cook things (not in the microwave), and parallel park. The top items on my bucket list are to travel to 30 countries before I’m 30 (currently at 6), and to hike Mt. Whitney.
In terms of modeling, I’d love the opportunity to get contracted but I’m not quite ready to move onto that goal yet. I love working for myself and creating what and when I want to create. But I recognize the opportunities that come with being contracted and it’s definitely a big goal for the future.
4. What is your definition of success?
My definition of success is being happy with where you are in life, regardless of the number on your paycheck, or your job title.
5. Tell us something about the projects you're working on.
Photoshop! As a model, I’ve always wanted a chance to be on the other side of the camera, and while I don’t have the time to go out and take photos yet, I figured that I want to be ready for when I can. In my free time, I watch Youtube tutorials on Photoshop & practice on pictures that other people take of me, so that I can edit my own photography when I can get started with that.
I recently began doing research with the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, regarding racism and socioeconomic position and how they affect health patterns, with the goal of bringing light to public health policies that are in desperate need of being changed in order to help those who are discriminated against or disadvantaged. I’m super excited to have the opportunity to do something that will be important and helpful for countless people. My work here is the reason why I haven’t had much time for modeling, but it’s a sacrifice that I’m so willing to make!