Beauty And BRAINS: Meet Model Taishe Abrams
Not only is she a model, but she is a college graduate who will change the world with not just her beauty, but with her mind as well. Taishe Abrams reminds us that it’s important to work on your inside beauty just as much as your outside beauty.
What made you first become a model?
Well my older sister always wanted to be a model, but never really tried to pursue it at a professional level. So I decided to start modeling with the hopes that she would see me doing it and want to do it.
How did you feel when you did your first ever fashion show or photo shoot?
I was nervous! I’m really shy…and also controlling. To have a camera in my face and to trust someone else’s judgement that the picture I am taking is amazing was very difficult at first.
I didn’t have a “role model” in reference to modeling as a child. I was more into track when I was younger. However, I would say someone who I look up to now is Tyrie Rudolph. She’s a model from Indiana, like myself. She is a couple years older than I am and she is on fire right now! Since I had the opportunity to meet her last year, she has been featured on so many different websites and Ads.
What did your parents first think of you being a model and were they supportive?
My family is very supportive with anything I do. If it makes me happy…it makes them happy
How do you feel about the controversy of the size 0 debate in the industry?
I have mixed feelings. I don’t really think the issue should be about size but whether or not you are at a healthy weight. I, myself, am a size zero sometimes double zero. I come from a family that consist of tiny people so it’s understandable for me to be small. There are so many factors that influence your weight that people do not always take into account when discussing why a person is the way they are. Honestly I feel that it’s rude for people to bash stores that cater to smaller people that’s like bashing a plus size store for catering to curvy woman. Yes everyone is not a zero, but there are people that are! Smaller women have the same problem as curvier woman. I remember being in middle school crying because most stores did not have my size and I couldn’t naturally gain weight even though I was healthy. Abercrombie gets bashed for their size range, but honestly they were one of the only stores that had my size.
Outside of modeling , what other professions do you hold?
I am currently a student advocate in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood and preparing to pursue my graduate degree within the next year & a half
Do you have any work out regimens? What are your guilty food pleasures?
Complain about everything your trainer tells you to do and the talking will get your abs tight lol just joking , but honestly I train with my brother Morris Smoot every other day . I think you should have consistency in your workouts. I don’t miss many days and I use my life goals to help motivate me through my workouts!
My guilty food pleasures are chocolate, bread. & cereal.
How do you cope under the pressures of being a model?
I take breaks. Sometimes I lose the joy in modeling & I feel it comes off in my pictures. So I have to stop & remind myself why I’m doing it. I enjoy modeling because it makes me feel like I’m helping someone’s vision come to life & I love seeing and helping people pursue their dreams.
What beauty tips do you swear by?
Coco butter, lip liner, & mascara! Modeling requires me to wear a lot of makeup, so if I’m not doing a photo-shoot I don’t really wear makeup.
If a young girl or boy wanted to be a model what would your advice for them be?
I would tell them to go for it! Maybe to get with an agency that they trust in order to get more paid work and connect with other models. Meeting other people in the industry provided so many opportunities for me.
What are your goals as a model? How do you see yourself progressing in this field?
As of now, modeling will continue to be something I pursue on the side while I continue my studies of becoming PA. However, once I get settled in my career, I am very interested in starting my own talent agency to help younger models break into the industry.