Today we’d like to introduce you to Cariyah Roper.
Hi Cariyah, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I am an upcoming mua, and freelance model born and raised in Cincinnati Ohio. I’ve been modeling since before I could remember I watched ANTM every day when I was ten to gain more confidence and become more professional as a kid. I had to start over due to lack of support and also because I had so many careers at once & didn’t know what my best interest was at the time but I didn’t let that stop me I used lack of support as a guard to come back harder than ever & not look at the past just focus on what’s ahead. I started from the beginning as a self-taught model I started off by practicing at home, taking classes, using social media & booking my own gigs. I would be in my room practicing for hours pushing myself to get better so that I could put myself out there more. I have a huge family that looks up to me so it gets tough I’m the oldest of nine I have six sisters & three brothers and I use that as an advantage to never give up & push myself even more for them it’s hard dealing with nine different personalities because we all have different careers we wanna succeed in. Growing up I was a part of a couple of runways shows that was run by one of my mom’s friends that was also a model her & my mom taught me to keep going which pushed me to become more successful today.
Since 2021 I’ve been all booked up with different themed shoots that I come up with a little help from my stylist RICO ENGLEMAN and my pose coach MILA WORKX they’ve taught me to be more comfortable in front of the camera & always bring your best to the table. I’m very hard working & dedicated I work two jobs I am a preschool teacher the joy I bring to their eyes when they see me in action as a model is priceless & my positive attitude rubs off on them to be the best you & they wish to do the same career as me when they get older I also do home health aid & it is very adventurous. I’ve worked so hard to get where I am today and I am still not where I wanna be it’s been days where I wanted to completely give up but I got little ones looking up to me so I know I gotta stay humble for them and for me I’m very different I don’t fit in & I’m not everyone’s cup of tea but that’s what makes me stand out I hope one day I can encourage someone to do something outside the box & strive for the best because everybody is unique & there is no one out here like you. I have so many plans in my future to have my own business & I’m gonna continue to work extremely hard so I can get there.
Alright, 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?
It hasn’t been the easiest, some of my struggles were gaining confidence, being more social, having a good attitude about certain situations I couldn’t change or help, bettering myself and showing myself more self-love.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m a freelance model that represents myself I don’t have a contract or I am not attached to any modeling agencies which makes me responsible to find & book my own jobs. I specialize in different varieties such as runways, fashion models & posing for different artists. I am most proud of how far I’ve come & how good of an impact I put in others’ life’s to push them to wanna be & do more. Me being a leader, role model wanting to stand out and want better for myself pushing myself to do more & to think outside of the box.
So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
They can work, collaborate & support me because I have the ability to lead a team, I accomplish goals, I have higher standards, good communication skills and I want to see everybody succeed and do what’s best for them to the best of their ability, I think outside the box, problem solver and positive energy.
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