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Life and Work with Brandi Phillips

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brandi Phillips.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My model journey started over five years ago. Ever since I was a child, I had always dreamed of being a model. However, I lacked the resources to get my foot in the door. It was later in life when I met my first mentor whom gave me relevant tools and connections I needed to take off. Afterwards, I built my portfolio with more experience in the realms of runway, print, editorial and commercial model work. Initially, I reached out to multiple boutiques, specifically black-owned, in my hometown of Columbus, Georgia. Here, I practiced runway, posing and angles in front of the camera. I studied my own photos and other photography work, fashion and makeup trends. Then I developed my own sense of judgement of how I wanted my photos to look – clean and polished. I relocated to Atlanta over two years ago to pursue more opportunities. It has not been an easy journey, but I am grateful for the experience, the wisdom and connections I am learning along the way.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The journey to becoming a supermodel can be very discouraging at times. I am in a market particularly thriving for video vixens and strippers. Sometimes the inquiries I receive is for that type of work. You can see my model portfolio on Instagram is classy and tasteful. Besides getting those type of inquiries, it can be challenging regarding payment and income. Becoming a model requires you may have to book an entire styling team with your own expenses. I was taught to always have stylists on set to polish your every move whether you need extra powder or more hair spray. You or the photographer never know which shot could be your best shot. Other than photoshoots, you must branch out and explore other markets. In my experience I had to book my own flights and hotels for opportunities I thought would enhance my career, and ultimately, it did. It is very important to continuously make connections in this field from makeup artists to designers to photographers and so on. You never know when you will get your next opportunity.

My advice for young women is to stay positive, manifest this dream, create a plan or vision board and execute the path to get there. Also, do not compare yourself to other models. Everyone’s path is different. If you are consistent and determined to make this dream happen, then you will appreciate your own journey to greatness. 

Please tell us about Brandi Phillips.
Becoming a supermodel is a constant hustle. In between gigs, I had always worked regular jobs to pay the bills. Right now, I am a guest experience service provider with the Atlanta Hawks at the State Farm Arena. Additionally, I am a brand ambassador for Untold Truth Fragrance Line and Hennessy. I want to become more fruitful in my community, so I will be doing volunteer work with an afterschool program.

Often it feels as if the media, by and large, is only focused on the obstacles faced by women, but we feel it’s important to also look for the opportunities. In your view, are there opportunities that you see that women are particularly well-positioned for?
I am an advocate for women, especially women of color, in any market or field. Unfortunately, women are still belittled and mistreated today. On the flip side, we are thriving as the most successful business owners in this generation. I strongly believe there are an abundance of opportunities for women of color. We created our own destiny instead of waiting at the table to only receive a short end of the stick. In return, we pass our knowledge and resources to our communities to become blessing to others. 

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Image Credit:
Distressed jeans – @CTabPhotography, Mua @esharaymua and @MILES_models; 2-piece yellow set – @WyntonHarvey, Photographer; @makesupp, MUA; Hair @lavelleadorr; creative director: @iamfaithmallory; stylist: @_deandrasmith. Red stop sign – @nickfedyk, photographer; wardrobe @wardrobebyeryccaf, MUA @lizvmakeup, hair @_stylesbykfarmer_, creative director @niccoluscreations and @westhavenmgmt; White strips: HMUA @jazzyjill, photographer/ retoucher @amirleonimages

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