Two years ago, I created A Model Transcends before I even considered myself a model. The main purpose of the blog was to showcase my passions and interests aside from modeling to keep myself inspired and motivated while on my journey to pursuing that career—a journey that hasn’t been an easy one. Much like going after anything in life, it has been a work in progress that requires much patience, self-confidence, and a whole lotta faith.
“There’s beauty in the struggle.”
While I’ve always been told that I should be a model, I really started to take it seriously when I was in college. I would throughly study agency boards, I learned about the different modeling markets, and then finally mustered up the courage to start attending open calls. All I ever heard was “no” or “we’re going to pass”, which was an instant confidence killer. I submitted endless submissions to any and every agency, and sent out cold emails to agent contacts I found online, all leading to no avail. I’d been scouted by an agency who really liked my look but wanted me to get my measurements down. I circled back around after putting in the work, and then they turned me down because they already had a girl who “looked like me”—aka a skinny light-skinned girl with curly hair. So many times I’ve wanted to give up. I told myself that this wasn’t for me. I’d beat myself up and stripped myself of my confidence.
A Model Transcends was my saving grace. It reassured me and gave me the confidence to believe that I was more than what modeling had defined me as at the time. My priorities shifted, and I started to focus heavily on the blog. That change in energy led to me getting scouted by my mother agent, and getting back out there again to start submitting to agencies. The rejection didn’t end there. She submitted me to all NY agencies, and I was denied by every single one. Again. This time around, I was a lot more head strong. I started telling myself that every “no” leads to a “yes”. And it certainly did.
“Trust the journey.”
In January 2019, I was offered a contract and I signed with Wilhelmina Models in New York. To this day, it still sounds CRAZY and unbelievable. I couldn’t believe that after all of that rejection that such a huge blessing was waiting for me on the other side. There truly is beauty in the struggle; I learned a lot about myself and about the power of timing through the tough periods. All those years that I thought I was ready, i wasn’t. I wasn’t confident enough, I wasn’t strong enough to handle the rejection, and I truly wasn’t at the best version of myself, all of which was a sign that my timing would come when I grew more into my own. Always trust the process, and trust the timing of your life.
A LOOK AHEAD
I would never have made it this far if not for the support of my family, friends, and even strangers who believed in me more than I believed in myself. Everything in life comes full circle, the title of my blog being one of them. I feel that I can finally strengthen the definition of my blog and brand, and truly show what it means to be A Model Transcends. I’m not where i want to be yet, but that’s where the excitement lies. I have so many plans and ventures I want to take on, Model Diaries being one of the first. I plan to document the journey into my new life and career as a model. I plan to be incredibly transparent with you all with everything I do; I want to inspire any and everyone out there chasing a dream. Expect to see a lot of new fashion, beauty, and travel content paired with insights on the my life as both a model and a young woman really just tryna get it in. Youtube will also be in the works for me soon as well. I’m trusting the process, and I know it will lead to incredible things. Here’s to the future, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store!