How long have you’ve been modelling for?
16 years. I’m so blessed to be a working model to this day.
Every model seems to have a serendipitous “how I got discovered” story. How did you get discovered?
I discovered me. I’ve always wanted to model and had to fight to prove that I am one from day one. I didn’t have the luxury of being discovered.
What is your favourite photo of yourself?
That’s a difficult one as I have so many photos I love for different reasons. If I had to choose I would say Richard Avedon for Calvin Klein CKbe. That photo is me at my most natural state. The story behind being offered the opportunity to work on a Calvin Klein campaign with Mr. Avedon makes me love that picture even more.
What do you love most about being a model, and what do you hate most?
I love that I can get dressed up, emulating different personalities, while making a living at it. I love meeting and working with all the different types of fashion industry people, including photographers, designers, models, stylists, makeup artists and hairstylists. I also love the travelling (except for the flying part, LOL) and experiences of other countries, people and cultures. The one thing I don’t like about my industry is it’s not a steady income. For a lot of models, it’s not often that we work everyday, every week or every month. Numerous times I’ve went a whole year without a job within my career!
So what do you want aspiring models to know about the modelling biz?
In my Walk This Way Workshops, I stress to my students the importance of loving themselves, having a strong sense of self, confidence and a thick skin in order to be apart of this business. I also stress continuing their education so they have something to fall back on as modelling is a short lived career (for the majority). Treat modelling as a business and make the best of your modelling career, using it as a stepping stone for other avenues.
Your freckles are one of your trademark features. With all the advancements in laser skin technology, would you ever consider zapping them off?
No I will never remove my freckles. I am so blessed to have thousands of beauty marks instead one boring one. They should create a machine to bless everyone with freckles!
Nickname? Yes, Suki.
Hidden talent? I play drums!
Celebrity crush? Michael Ealy (he’s going to kill me!)
Favourite skin care product? Pure Shea Butter.
Best beauty advice? Be yourself and love you, flaws and all.
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