As I sit here writing this blog post, I am literally holding back tears. Never in a million years could I ever imagined that I would land my first billboard in Times Square New York. Three years after signing with Marilyn Agency, my hard work and persistence is finally starting to pay off. To all of my aspiring models, it is so important to have a team behind you that shares your vision and is going to push
you to higher heights. There is a saying that “great things happen to those that wait.” This is indeed true, trust your journey and believe in your dream. As I look up at that billboard, I see a girl with a dream that never gave up.
When I got the news of my billboard debut, I stood in my hotel room in Chicago, in complete disbelieve, as tears rolled down my face. Mama, I made it! When your dream starts to come into fruition, your moments of success are shared not only for you but for those that are fighting for you, those that you inspire, and those that never got a chance to chase their dream. It is very rare that a dream is attained without any help, with that being said I have the utmost gratitude for SIX 02 for giving me the opportunity to work with such an amazing team, my parents, agents, photographers, and my support system.
This is just the beginning of a new chapter unfolding in my modeling career. 2017 is shining bright like a diamond and I am beyond excited for what the future holds. As I think about what’s next, I would be remiss to not mention my inspiration and mentor, Naomi Campbell. Thank, you for being you and always showing me constant support and encouragement.
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