Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
My mother started my modeling career by submitting me to kid modeling gigs with southern department stores when I was just 4 years old. She would put me in front of every flower bush she could find and tell me to pose (what felt like) a hundred different ways. I fell in love with being in front of the camera but little did I know I would be signed to two modeling agencies today. After doing DIY photoshoots with my sister when I was about 12, we tried to do Barbazon, a modeling school, which was a total scam but it still made me want to pursue this career path. By the time I was 22, I decided to pack up everything in Alabama to drive cross country to the City Of Angeles… the city of dreams. This is where I had my first big break and am still being given the opportunity to chase and catch my dream jobs.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
The most interesting story that has come from modeling is being invited to events and parties I would’ve never thought I would be at. 2 years ago I was invited to Post Malone’s birthday party in the Hollywood Hills where I played beer pong with him, 21 Savage, and Kevin Durant. My mind was exploding… Can you believe Kevin Durant lost at beer pong?! I still can’t… funniest part about it all is that my heel broke off right when I arrived so I had to walk around with one normal shoe and one broke shoe on my tiptoes.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
I would tell anyone in my industry to not become complacent by doing the same thing over and over again. If you only get hired for lifestyle shoots and if you feel like you’re burning out, then collaborate with a photographer that specializes in beauty or high fashion. Exercise your model muscles often by shooting all different types of genres.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
My best friend Heather White has always lifted me up in times of defeat. Anytime I wouldn’t be casted after what felt like a strong audition, she would be there to remind that my beauty and talent isn’t measured by a casting director. She gases me up no matter if I’m happy or sad or somewhere in between… it’s the simplest words that always make the biggest difference.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I try to lead by example in everything I do even if it’s in a simple Instagram caption. It took me years to get where I am today and I still will have insecure moments of, “Why not me?” I am always trying to achieve the next big goal but then I remind myself to look at how far I’ve come… I try to be as vulnerable as possible so that someone who may be struggling or feeling insecure where they are at in their journey, can look at mine and be encouraged by it.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
“It’s just a pancake” My mom, Alissa. Whenever I have been upset about something small, but it feels like it’s a mountain-sized burden, my mom would always say this quote. It is a reminder that just like when you burn a pancake, it sucks and you’re upset that you wasted what could have been a perfectly good pancake, but it’s certainly not the end of the world. You just throw it in the trash and keep moving on to making the next pancake batter.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
You can follow me on Instagram under the username @dear.dorothy. I keep all of my content in one place so it’s easy for my audience to keep up to date on my life!