I AM Top Model
For this Challenge, I had to come at it with the mindset that I was already a Top Model! I was given a job to model both a beautiful beaded necklace and a fresh flower hat. As the model, the first thing I ask myself was “How could I show these accessories to the consumer and represent the company’s product well?”. I also had to look at it from the buyer’s view point and ask myself “What would make me look at these items and want to buy and wear them?” I know that when I look in magazines and at models, I am looking at everything from the hair, make up and clothing.
I approached this challenge feeling oh so dignified!! My hat, to me, is so classy and and very stylish. I matched my hat to this location because the old bridge put me in the mind of an old Victorian structure. I felt that it along with the hat went hand in hand. I chose to focus mainly on the accessories and the hat which is why I chose to conceal my clothing.
This challenge was the most fun, but it was also the most challenging! When I saw the BEAUTIFUL beaded purse and belt I received from Norla Beads to model with I got very excited. I immediately saw myself in a high fashion magazine. I envisioned the purses being highlighted with fabulous photography, styling and makeup. I researched online and bought multiple high fashion magazines for inspiration. All I saw was straight hair, and very few African-American models.
You Bettah Work!
Modeling is an industry where black women have always been on the back burner. We are slowly but surely making our presence known to the industry. Models like Beverly Johnson, Alec Wek and Iman have been able to show the world our wide array of beautiful features. The fact is that because of the complexity of our ancestors, there is still lots of beauty to show this world of ours. We are all beautiful and come in many shades, sizes, and backgrounds. Let’s give them a taste of just what we are working with!!!
My favorite this week is Kala. Girl, you rocked it! You are so beautiful and I loved the poses. The black and white photo was so fierce and very professional.
For elimination, I chose Desyray. I wanted to more variety in poses. You presented all headshots, which I’m sure was to highlight the jewelry, however it would have been good to see how the accessories added to your entire look if you had half-body or full-body shots.