Thank you for this opportunity! I am a teen mom and model from Niagara, Canada. I’ve been modeling for almost four years now, self managed. I have walked international runways and represented Canada in Miss Progress International (a pageant solely based around womens progress), I’ve also competed in supermodel Canada search and have had training with the Toronto Fashion Academy.
Now I operate my own model and fashion house in Niagara, R House (@rmodelsm). I’m also just in the stages to launch my new project Safe Haven (@safehavenp) a project to bring humanity back into the community of Women and their children whom are children of domestic violence and abuse.
How did you get started into being a model?
To start modeling I reached out to a Facebook group, posted that I was interested in modeling. A student from Niagara College contacted me and gave me a shot! From there I continued to post on social media looking to build my portfolio. I was then connected with the local photography studio (That Photography Place) which unfortunately has closed down in recent years, however, I made a lot of connections and continued to network.
What do you love about being a model and is it a lot harder than it looks?
My favorite thing about being a model is the fact that I am the canvas of the art that is being created. I love being a part of something positive that people are actually interested and invested in. I also love to travel and meet new people at every job. For myself, modeling is a little harder on me, I suffer from scoliosis and a tear in my left ACL, but I don’t let any of that stop me from getting the shots!
Which is a memorable or unforgettable event or photoshoot you have done before?
I’ve had so many of these days starting with SMC and the first time working with TFA, but to top it all was my recent trip to Italy to represent Canada in an international pageant.
Do you have any quotes or mottos that you always use regularly?
There are a couple that come to mind. I’ve gone through a lot, although I’m young. I’ve come to realize this, “If you want something done, you’ve got to do it yourself.” It’s hard to depend on people these days, so don’t wait on anyone, especially if it’s in the way of your goal.
Where have you always wanted to travel to but have yet to find the time for it?
I would like to go to Greece! Absolutely beautiful architecture and scenery, I like to go sight seeing.
If you could learn anything, what will it be?
I would learn how to do my own hair and makeup, I sadly only know the basics.
What is a lame or funny attempt a guy has tried to know you?
No one has needed to try to get to know me, it’s easy to just walk up to me and start a conversation. To try to date me, a different story. The best one I can remember is when a high school friend of mine bought me a phone expecting something from it, even though I repeatedly told him that there’s nothing happening between us and to not buy me the phone…he bought it and I got a free gift!
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions Makayla. One question before we end, how do you define “sexy”?
For me, being sexy is more than just what you look like. You’ve gotta have a good heart too.
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