I feel the pandemic forced me to be a bit more patient and resilient. I typically plan my life down to the second, and I’m super goal-oriented, but 2020 isn’t how any of us expected. It’s forced me to be more patient with myself and my goals, and with so many creative resources unavailable, I’m more creative with my ideas and artistic concepts. Lastly, I’m more socially aware.
2020 has unearthed many of America’s mistakes, and I can no longer sit quietly while this society continues to prosper over the systematic oppression of colored bodies, businesses, and wealth. It’s our responsibility to speak out on injustices against marginalized people and be the change we want to see.
Favorite designer, fragrance, and beauty/grooming:
I currently do a lot of commercial work, but I would love to do more editorial brands— Pyer Moss, Angel Chen Studio, Daniel w. Fletcher, Fenty, and Burberry.
What are some of your challenges as a model?
I would honestly say the diversity in the field. There are very few people of color in charge of casting, styling, hair, and makeup or behind the camera. I grow tired of explaining my hair or makeup preferences to people who don’t fully understand black grooming concerns.
If the brand can hire black talent, they must have more black photographers, videographers, makeup artists, and stylists. There’s no excuse.