Keishawna Mooer has just recently began to construct her portfolio and step into the world of modeling. Her passion for posing has been in conception for as long as she can remember, idolizing Victoria’s Secret Angels hoping to one day rise into their grace. Early 2016 was the year Keishawna started to bring these concepts to life. After testing the waters with a car show set, she reached out to photographers in the area, independently seeking to make it happen. Now, opportunity & optimism are knocking, year 2017 will see positivity & progress.
What are you most passionate about? what brings you joy? I will most definitely say modeling. It’s something I love to do. When I’m in action I feel the most joy.
Did you always know you wanted to model? When did you realize it? I realized I wanted to model very young, haha. I always wanted to be a Victoria’s Secret Angel. I never really took it seriously until people began to say I’m very photogenic and I could really make it. I took it into consideration about a year ago.
When was your first real photo shoot? How did it go? My first real photo shoot was last may I believe, for a car show flyer. I was super nervous because I had never really posed in front of a camera. It actually went great and the flyer was pretty bomb.
“I just knew if this was something I really wanted to do, I had to go do it. No one is going to do it for me.”
When you were ready, what were some steps you took to break out into the craft? I just knew if this was something I really wanted to do, I had to go do it. No one is going to do it for me. I reached out to some photographers and followed more fashion and modeling accounts on Instagram for some pointers.
Did you find a mentor or someone to help you along the way? No actually. When I reached out, many didn’t respond, which is fine.
Wow, so you really had to work on your own? What do you think has been the hardest part in your journey so far? I would say getting my work out there, networking, getting a fan base. It’s one thing to have people like your pictures. For them to interact and actually support you is another.
What’s your favorite shoot & why? My favorite shoot is probably between Brass Apparel and Aisha Jade. I loved the fact that Amber came to me with a vision she wanted for her brand and it was actually a shoot I always wanted to do. Rooftop shoots are life. And with Aisha’s, it gave me a chance to really show off my skills.
“Even today I still get a little discouraged but I just let myself know that I’m lit and I shouldn’t think of myself any less”
Do you have any photo shoot concepts in mind now? How do you decide which is a good look? I really want to do a shoot with a backdrop. Maybe an urban look or something, I haven’t really decided. I determine if it’s a good look when I’m comfortable with it, when I’m truly comfortable with myself and the look it really shows. I perform much better.
What do you think makes you different or unique as a model? Many models think that the “blank stare” is modeling.. I try to challenge myself when it come to expressions. Stepping out my comfort zones when it comes to looks and face expressions makes me unique. Plus, I’m not the smallest.
Did you ever have any issues with confidence growing up? Are you shy or outspoken? Did I ? Haha, growing up was the worst for me. Insecurities at an all time high. I just never thought I was good enough or pretty. It took me sometime to overcome them. And even today I still get a little discouraged but I just let myself know that I’m lit and I shouldn’t think of myself any less; I’m pretty outspoken aha, I’m just very outgoing and love to enjoy myself.
What type opportunities have shown up since you began modeling? First, I would say this interview is probably the biggest opportunity that has presented itself to me. I’m oh so thankful. But overall having photographers reach out to me from here and some In Atlanta is pretty dope.
What’s your favorite time of day (or night) to shoot? Do you prefer to be outdoors or on a set? I love a daytime shoot when the sun is shinning outdoors. Really shows that melanin, haha.
Modeling is an art form, art is subjective. Do you think it can go too far sometimes? Have you ever had to turn down a photo shoot? It definitely can, if you’re not comfortable with what an photographer vision is, you can turn down a shoot. So far, I haven’t turned down any shoots yet so fingers crossed, haha.
What established models motivate or inspire you? well they’re not so much as established but they do model. Anaya Roderick, she’s so dope. I love her style and passion for fashion. Plus she gives tips on how to secure the bag. She’s gorgeous; Amour Jayda also, she’s the same age I am, 19 and she’s doing more things than some older women are. She just makes me wanna grind harder!
“As long as you’re comfortable that’s all that matters. Negativity will not be able to touch that wall of confidence.”
Are there any photographers you look forward to working with? I haven’t really had many to catch my eye. But it’s two I’m very interested in to work with.. their both in Atlanta. Dennis and Ambus Jackson.
What is the most important thing about modeling that you’ve learned since you began? Confidence is key, also, learning about the industry is a plus. Preparation is everything. The more prepared you are for a shoot the more comfortable and easy the shoot will play out.
There’s a persona usually associated with models, that they’re vain, perfect, or snobby. How do you overcome the stereotypes? By being me. I’m pretty down to earth and just an all around cool girl. I feel that if you stay humble people will eventually will get it.
What allows you to be so comfortable in your own skin, what message do you have for young girls & women who are insecure about their body? The message I have for young girls/women is that it doesn’t matter what someone thinks of you or your body. It’s what you think. As long as you’re comfortable that’s all that matters. Negativity will not be able to touch that wall of confidence.