Maxim Cover Girl contestant Michelle sat down with BlaqueRabbit.com Editor-in-Chief Lovell Porter to discuss the contest, her passion for the medical field, and more! Cast your vote for Michelle here!
Congratulations first of all. You are currently in second place that must be an amazing feeling.
Thank you and it is. It’s a tough competition and rankings have been going back and forth.
How long have you been interested in modeling? Was it always a dream of yours?
It’s always been a dream of mine since I was little.
How did you get started in the business?
When I was little I always wanted to be a model. And then one of my best friends, she was studying photography so she said, hey I will help you move forward with your career if you want to work with me. So, she started with my photos, and we started submitting the photos. I think it was Onemodelplace.com. So we put my pictures on there and started getting work. We started building from there.
I have heard that your true passion is for helping others.
I do. I am currently studying in the medical field. It’s something that I have always wanted to do. I started out in high school biology class and, it sounds crazy but, we were dissecting and I then I was like, “oh, I want to do surgery”. Haven’t gotten to the surgery part yet, although, I do work in plastic surgery which is really cool. I just over the years started diving into medical. I have worked in geriatrics, worked in mental health and I have given myself a wide range of experiences. It’s just something that I can’t leave alone. I just find it very, very interesting.
The prize for winning the contest is landing the cover of Maxim, an exclusive photoshoot with the world-renowned fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon, and $25,000. What are your plans not if, but when you win?
So when I win, thank you, (laughs). With the $25,000 I plan on giving some to charity and the rest towards medical school. I want to help people as I help myself finish school.
Voting in the contest is free but there is an option that gives people the chance to support Homes for Wounded Warriors?
The free vote is just the free vote. It’s just one vote and I think right now for the Wounded Warrior for every vote, it starts at $10, It’s 10 votes toward me and that money goes to Wounded Warrior. If you also donate to the Wounded Warrior for every dollar you get five extra votes I belive for that dollar until Sunday, September 8th at 11 PM.
Do you think that your modeling journey can be used as a springboard for your philanthropic goals?
Yes, I do. I think all of this at the end of the day starts with leadership and being able to pull yourself through the hardest things you have probably ever been through. Medical being medical there is a lot of schooling and you have to build yourself and prepare yourself for all that comes with it. But for the modeling part, you have to build your personality, confidence, your body… you are in and out of these competitions of looks, size, culture, all this stuff so everything is very much a preparation for both. You are constantly building yourself.
Do you have any advice for young women with similar backgrounds and similar dreams?
My advice is to never let anyone bring you down. Never let anyone tell you you can’t do something. Build yourself in a way that you want to be built, have the confidence in yourself so that you know that you can do whatever it is that you want to do.