What can people expect to see from you in the future?

In the near future I hope to continue to build my portfolio! 2015 will be a huge comeback for me! It is a chance to prove to myself all over again that I can keep checking goals off of my dream list. Until my dreams become reality, I can’t give up. I am working on many projects currently to increase my exposure, because word of mouth is an amazing concept. I want to reach out to as many individuals as possible, to release my message. I hope my message shouts “WE ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL, WE ARE ALL STRONG, WE ARE ALL UNIQUE” I am working on personalizing my career. Too many people outside of the industry and many people inside the industry feel modeling careers strive for attention, and most times negative attention all for the wrong reasons, I aim to change that assumption. I aim to prove that in some cases, like mine, I strive to inspire. I want to be more approachable. I want people to know my story, hear my story. I want to be relatable, I want to be your inspiration, I want to help generations grow. I want to see change! Through whatever dreams someone may have whatever goals they may strive for; I want to be the voice and help people push through their hard times in order to help them reach their ultimate happiness, to become confident. So welcome to …..#4O1FIERCE -> My networking site which will combine all of my social media accounts, with constant updates and the ability to connect with me, because “who uses Facebook anyways?” haha, My site will be proof that sometimes the fiercest dream comes from the smallest state. STAY TUNED y’all xo!

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A toast to new beginnings! 

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Do you set goals? If so, can you describe how you do?

The most important advice in setting goals is to compare yourself to ONLY yourself. What things are holding you back that you wish you could change? See something that inspires you? Put your own twist on it! It is most important to set goals in hopes to be exactly who you were born to be! Always strive to self improve! Chances are, once you hit those goals, on the way you will find more goals, and the list will grow. Sometimes goals will seem not realistic, and let them feel that way! Just add baby steps in between those goals and you will soon climb!

Is there anything specific that you would like to accomplish in your modeling career?

I hope to accomplish a lot of goals throughout my modeling career. Of course everyone hopes to make it, but I would love to make it while making a difference! I have list upon list of goals in my head! These all help push me daily, especially when I have weak moments where I question if it is all worth it? When I see my daughter’s face light up when I walk through the door,that is reassurance. When I show her my modeling videos and she says “good job mommy,” that is my reassurance.  I will continue to set higher expectations for myself, because it is such a rush when I push myself to step into something uncomfortable, and step out proud!

Besides modeling, what else are you interested in and passionate about?

Aside from modeling, I have been most passionate about fashion in general; Fashion to me is a way to express yourself, and I feel that today, especially young women have trouble embodying who they really are due to bullying, and self-image struggles. After giving birth, it really hit me, how strong women truly are. I feel that lack of self confidence is a huge factor in hatred these days, for people towards themselves and towards others. Being passionate in fashion has given me positive attention from younger girls who say that I am an inspiration, and that is exactly what I aspire to do, be inspiring! Aside from fashion, I really enjoy spending time with my family! I am a very family oriented person, whether it’s with my sisters and brother, or with James and Avynn. I believe in traditions and that is something instilled in my family. To me, family is everything. World peace WILL begin in the home. 

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Who has been the biggest influence in your life?

I have had a lot of positive influences in my life, as well as negative influences which have built positive mindsets for me! My older sister Nicole and my family in general have all been such a HUGE support system for me as well as a select few friends who have always encouraged me! Nicole has influenced me to stick to my goals and dreams until they are accomplished, she is best at accomplishing hers! My daughter Avynn has now been my biggest pusher! Seeing her smiling every day makes me want to keep the smile on her face, and make her proud. I will never give up, because of her. She deserves a better life than I was given, and each day reminds me how crazy this world is, and how sad our economy is. Having a daughter at such a young age makes me strive even harder to become successful, so that one day, she too can do whatever she dreams to.

In your opinion: what does it take to be a successful model?

To be a successful model, first you need to make sure this is something you truly want. A lot of people think that modeling is easy, because a photo can look so simple, yet many don’t even know the half of it! I have been to endless amounts of shoots where models complain, complain, complain. Plain and simple, if you want it, there are no excuses! A successful model is someone who radiates determination! Shoots can sometimes be completely unorganized, and it takes a strong minded model to deal with whatever bumps are thrown in the way, and still come out with amazing work. A successful model is versatile, and can portray whatever the project is looking to announce! It is important that the model is prepared, and willing to take risks and step a few feet outside of their comfort zone! All of these traits build a strong model, and a successful model will portray growth, because growth is most important!

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How do you prepare for a photo shoot?

To prepare for a photo shoot, I like to stay very organized! I usually talk to the Hair and makeup artist HMUA, and photographer, as well as anyone else involved to make sure that I have full details on what to expect! I write a list of things I need to bring, and most times I bang out a huge workout the day before to make sure I feel just as great! 😀

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If you are interested in my workout plan email me @ Carvalhokasha@gmail.com to make a request! If enough people are interested I may post it! 

What was going through your mind before you did your first photo shoot?

Once I became a professionally signed model, I was so nervous yet SO excited for my first photo shoot! My mind was all over the place, I was over thinking, practicing, and reassuring myself that I was ready for it! What pushed me to show up was the fact that I finally was given the opportunity to start fresh and build an amazing portfolio, so positive thinking helped me go through with my first shoot! 

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When did you first become interested in modeling?

I first became interested in modeling when I was about 10 years old! Growing up with all sisters and 1 brother had a huge impact on me, because I was always surrounded by mostly females. Having an older sister to look up to influenced my decision to “hurry up and grow up.” On TV, in magazines, or even just in public I obsessed over clothing, looking and feeling pretty, and new style ideas. Family members, and even random strangers would always tell me “you need to model, you’re beautiful.” However, at that age I wasn’t fully interested in doing whatever it took to make it. I really became interested in modeling once I gave birth to my daughter! I realized how quickly life changes and before time kept passing by, I decided to finally fulfill my dream of modeling, especially to prove to my daughter that no matter what obstacles life may throw you, it’s

always important to believe in yourself, and do anything in your power to reach those goals!!

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