Good day, my lovely readers.
I have decided to start a new series on my blog, where I will be interviewing women who are doing exceedingly well in their fields by sitting down and talking all things business careers and empowerment
Today I caught up with my lovely, gorgeous longtime friend Mervielle Sene, she is a model who is taking the modelling scene by storm, at such a young age she has worked with: La Loupe, Lulu’s Collection and many more.
Who is a person that you considered as a role model early in your life? How and why does this person impact your life?
This may seem obvious lol, but I’ve always looked up to Tyra Banks as I grew up watching America’s next top model. And also Naomi Campbell, her elegance and strut on the runway are just amazing.
How did you decide to pursue the career that you are working on today? What was a pivotal moment?
I’ve grown up with people telling me that I’ve got the physic and look of a model. I always brushed it off the shoulder as I always see these tall models and I’m not the tallest lol until I thought maybe if I do a couple photo shoots people will leave me alone lol so I ended up doing my first photoshoot and I loved it. I enjoyed the photo shoot so much to the point I wanted to pursue it. Till now I’ve loved every moment and will continue to pursue as modelling isn’t a job for me but a luxury lifestyle travelling and meeting amazing people bringing ideas, designs, illustrations to life and creating great things.
What are you doing daily to ensure your growth and development continues as a model? If so, how?
Staying inspired, I follow a lot of models around my age, younger and older. Being able to see their journeys and how are they’re going and to come. That keeps me inspired. Seeing models are worked within the past getting signed and doing wonderful things keeps me going and motivated. Watching runway shows and so on.
What is the best and worst decision you’ve ever made?
Doing photoshoots or runways shows that wasn’t organised. Makes things much difficult and hard to deal with. Gotta be extra professional when you shouldn’t need to be due to their lack of organisation or ability to do things accordingly. Best decision I’ve made is getting out of my comfort zone and doing photo shoots and wearing things I wouldn’t think I’d ever wear and made it look amazing through my talent.
What was your dream job as a kid and why?
Surprisingly it was to be a model. It was one of those dreams you thought you’d never achieve or be.
What do you think is the most significant barrier to female leadership?
Women being taken seriously and being capable of having a leadership role
What woman inspires you and why?
Similar to the first question, but also including my mum. She’s done so much for me and I can only be so thankful and grateful for the number of things done for me and towards my future.
What will be the biggest challenge for the generation of women behind you?
This is a hard one, overcoming the need of needing or relying on people.
What made you decide to be a model? And how did your family react?
Going back to the previous questions, modelling became something I wanted to pursue because I started to see the vision and enjoyed doing what I loved. I found what I loved and continue to do it. My sisters and brother have always been supportive and try to attend events I model at. My parents sometimes wonder why lol, but have seen how happy it makes me.
You have worked with big brands was it difficult to get to the stage you are in and is it as easy as the public thinks?
It has been amazing working with such big brands, but it has been difficult and still is difficult. For a shorter model, not the typical height for a model and also a woman of colour. It is extremely difficult and not as easy as us models may make it seem. There are barriers and obstacles to still be overcome and models of today going through it all. The public only sees what you allow them to see, which majority of the time is the good.
What would you tell your young self about your career?
Don’t be afraid to take a risk, be open-minded and willing to try new things that you may not be used to. Keep on working hard, it will benefit in the future.