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to know yourself is to be yourself.

HERstory.

 

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I get so many dms from different people asking me how did I become a model and get to where I am? So here’s how it all happened…..

Ever since maybe middle school, I was a tomboy. I never got my nails done, wasn’t into all the girly stuff really, a tad bit, but not like now. I played different sports and was really rough. In high school, I played basketball<yes I sucked, but I was iight> but I had suffered a very bad concussion that through everything off. I wasn’t doing well in school and I stopped playing sports. Eventually once I recovered and was able to be active, I just didn’t feel like my athletic ability was still there so I started modeling.

People always told me I should try it, but I never thought about it til then. I found a local designer to work with and started doing lots, and lots, and lots of fashion shows, meeting and networking with different people. <NETWORKING IS KEY> That, then, led me to New York Fashion Week twice! NYFW led to an invite to Paris Fashion Week.<didn’t end up going>

I stopped doing runway and started trying print/commercial shoots. I did a casting for Vixated Salon in Wilmington, DE for a beauty expo that featured many celebrity hairstylist and Blac Chyna as special guest. That experience opened many doors for me. Since then, I’ve been a hair model for celebrity hairstylist CliffVmir.

I’ve been working with Cliff since I was in high school, and we not only have a business relationship, but we are friends. We’ve done the Bronner Bros. hair convention twice a year for about 3-4 years now. We’ve done different hair photoshoots, promotion videos, etc. Modeling for a brand will definitely get your face out there. I’ve seen my pictures all over social media, pinterest, fake hair pages, you name it! And YES, it has helped me with branding my own self, gaining my own followers, and helping me find my purpose.

Other doors have opened for me, such as: being in music videos with T.I., becoming a brand ambassador for different businesses, becoming an entrepreneur myself, and many other blessings!

I want every person out there that is pursuing a dream to know that with time, patience, and prayer your dreams can become your reality. Nothing happens overnight! <Beyonce didn’t become BEYONCE overnight> Surround yourself with people who believe in you, motivate you, and help you become a better you. Most importantly, if you don’t believe in yourself, who will believe in you?

Orange is the new black!

I know I know, where have I been? Well being a full time student and working it’s been so busy & hard, but I’m back! 

Last week I attended a fashion show < I told myself I would never go to a fashion show B/c I should be in it > But I went, it was very inspirational and creative. 

I threw this fit together on some last minute bs, but it actually got a lot of compliments. I call this hood chic. Orange is definitely becoming a color that you can splash with anything. 

Bandana: beauty supply. Hoodie: Forever21. Jeans: H&M. Shoes: Simmi Bag: Aldo. Outfit can be purchased all under $100! 

Runway Qualities~

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KEN

Runway.Qualities is a personal blog created by Kendra, a young model from Baltimore, MD. It focuses on the basics of runway and creating edgy looks all while empowering women. Make sure to show Ken and her blog some love. Follow on insta @callherken and @runway.qualities

Ken’s outfit: hat-Pink, fur- Missguided, dress- American Apparel, bag- T.J Maxx! Outfit can be purchased under $100 ❤

 

Consistency

 Earlier this morning my cousin made me realize that in order to succeed in life, being consistent with your craft is key! INVEST IN YOURSELF INVEST IN YOURSELF!!! After my photoshoot today I flicked it up and I threw on any clothes that was in my set bag, not realizing how cute it would be. This whole look can be purchased for under $150!

Shirt: Forever21 $15

Bottoms: Forever21 SALE $5

Shoes: Vans $60

Jean Jacket: Forever21 $40

Jeremiah 29:11

In this generation that we live in, society plays a big role in judging people’s life. One socialite that many are familiar with is India Love, social media’s daring hot body sweetheart. Not everybody is perfect, and India has received harsh comments and reactions from social media for just simply being herself, “not being perfect”. It’s really a shame that one can’t live her own life without being judged. 1. We’re all young 2. We all love, fall out of love, and find new happiness
I personally love India because she’s herself! She had tough times dealing with hatred from people all over the world, and I’m sure we all have dealt with something similar. Instead of bringing somebody down, let’s try uplifting one another. 

Besides all that, India also expresses herself through her fashion sense. Always breaking instagram with crazy, cute outfits that some may or may not love. But at the end of the day she’s HERSELF. 

Niks. skiN.

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When I was younger I suffered from bad acne and sensitive skin breakouts. I never really knew too much about healthy skin rituals. I drank soda, ate candy, and barely drank water. As time went on and I matured, I realized that problematic skin was not CUTE!. I switched my diet up and started using an everyday facial cleanser, as well exfoliating every sunday and using a dry to oily skin mask. My face isn’t the best, but it definitely is more healthy and clear!

Everyday facial cleanser: Cetaphil, maybe like $5-6

Exfoliate: Clean & Clear morning burst facial scrub, $7

Mask: LUSH Herbalism face + body cleanser

Saturday Night

 This is by far one of my fav looks 😍 I got this 2 piece set from @goddessjuan on instagram! Her designs are amazing & fit the body like a glove. You can check out more from her Goddess collection by visiting her profile for further info…. 

this outfit can work for date night with bae, night out with girls, or even just something comfy to wear around the house…the knitted set is very warm and cozy and inexpensive!

Purchase this look for only $60 

would you risk it all?

So today I did a photoshoot for my friends brand “Risk Equals Reward” and the only thing I’ll say is stay tuned 👀 they definitely have big things going for their brand. #REQLR has products from custom dad hats and custom hoodies. More is to come 🙏🏽 #SecureTheBag 

  • @ffreshprince @reqlr on Instagram 

December 1st.

‘Tis the season in New York!

This is my best go-to look I ever just came up with…

So, I went to New York for a few days with my friend.. and we attended the Nets vs Bucks game. Usually, I would just throw on some sneakers with fitted dress lol, but I thought like..we’re in NYC, lets get cute! Olive is my favorite color so I had no choice but to throw that on, I hate wearing heels out to a game, but I didn’t wanna wear sneakers so I figured some thigh highs was my best bet. I got so many compliments on my outfit that day, NYPD was even tryna bag me…. 😉

shirt: Grizzly Grind Apparel (got asked to wear)

skirt: FOREVER 21 $15

boots: Lola Shoetique $50

camo fleece/throw on: FOREVER 21 $22

bag: boutique in Atlanta, I forget the name $50-75

You can seriously purchase this whole look for under $150 or even cheaper at select stores. 

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