Akeya Garrett is a sophomore business management student at North Carolina A&T State University from Spartanburg, South Carolina.
You can catch Akeya slaying the runway, posing in front of camera, or definitely sporting the latest trends. Stay tuned to listen to her story of how she found refuge in her passion. Sometimes we don’t always find our passions, but our passions always find us.
1. What inspired you to start modeling?
I started modeling just because I was tall and liked being in front of the camera. I used to watch America’s Next Top Model and I would say, “you know…I think I could do that!” and people said, “…Keya, you should start modeling.” At first I was like….”nah” but then I said, “let me actually consider it.” What inspired me the most to become a model was my height. Growing up I was always considered tall for my age. I tried basketball, I tried volleyball, but I sucked basically at both, so modeling was my last option. I started getting familiar with the camera and taking pictures. It was mainly fashion back then, it wasn’t really considered modeling.
2. What are some of the experiences you’ve had with runway or print?
My mom put me in her hair show for Kenneth Shuler back in 2014. That was kinda dope! It was crazy ‘cause my first runway show I had this huge elephant pinned to my head and right when I walked on the stage, I completely wowed everyone. Recently, I did this show with Pish Posh, an on campus brand. It was so amazing! I had my hair braided up and my makeup was in an Egyptian style. Overall it was just a great experience! I have done many notable photoshoots. One of my recent ones was on a tennis court. The sun was beaming but other than that I had the time of my life!
3. Where do you see yourself in your modeling career in 5 years?
In 5 years I hope to have walked for Greensboro Fashion Week, New York Fashion Week, and just gain more exposure as a model and for my brand.
4. Do you have any advice for aspiring models?
If you are trying to be an aspiring model my piece of advice is don’t give up. Keep trying. Keep working to whatever goal you are trying to get. You can do it. I believe in you.