CW: Where are you based and tell us a bit more about your home country?
AF: I live in Grenada, an island with exciting annual cultural events. My African ancestors were transported to Grenada during the slave trade and later regained their freedom. I love my country and the one thing I look forward to every year is our Carnival. Growing up in Grenada was blissful. I remember the games me and my siblings and cousins used to play and the jokes we used to have during our summer vacation.
CW: Was this your first editorial fashion shoot?
AF: Yes! It was my first editorial shoot and I was honoured to work with such an experienced and professional team. It was twice as awesome shooting at La Luna Resort in Grenada. I had the chance to put the different poses and facial expressions I have been practicing into action and fully engage with the camera. I loved every moment of it.
CW: Why do you want to become a professional model?
AF: I developed a love for fashion from a very young age and watching shows like America’s Next Top Model gave me a little insight into the modeling industry. I wanted to start much younger, but due to lack of resources in Grenada I have remained patient and take part in mini fashion shows and beauty pageants to gain experience. I’ve been building my model portfolio with Grenadian photographers in beautiful locations throughout our island and I interact with models across the Caribbean who give me great tips and advice.
CW: With fashion season in full swing. What models and designers will you be looking out for and what Fashion Week do you dream of attending?
AF: Definitely Naomi Campbell, I would love to meet her one day. Naomi is a determined and fierce model, it’s even nicer to know she is of Afro-Caribbean descent and has broken down barriers in fashion. I love to watch the runway shows of classic high-end labels like Chanel, Valentino, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren. It would be a dream-come-true to attend Paris Fashion Week and walk for Valentino.
CW: What are some of the challenges of pursuing modeling in Grenada?
AR: The state of the economy and not being able to host a Fashion Week here. But in saying that, I have a very supportive management team pushing me towards the best agencies. A fellow Grenadian model and I were chosen to represent Grenada in the 2011 Elite Model Look Caribbean Competition, held in Trinidad. This really pushed me out there and also taught me to be a chameleon in every situation. It gave me the confidence and know-how to try different things on and off the runway and during photo-shoots.
CW: What makes you a ComplexdWoman?
AF: I am very disciplined and I can follow direction and take criticism without feeling defeated. I believe in change and I believe everyone can pursue their dreams once they pluck up the courage. I see each day as an opportunity to grow, achieve and aspire to be the best version of myself.
Swimsuit: Silhouette by Neisha La Touche/ Accessories: D’ Accessory Place Grenada
Swimsuit: Mostaza/ Chiffon Scarf: Silhouette by Neisha La Touche/Earrings: D’ Accessory Place Grenada
Swimsuit and wrap skirt: Silhouette by Neisha La Touche/Accessories: D’ Accessory Place Grenada
Dress:Jus Fashion Boutique Grenada/Bracelets: D’ Accessory Place Grenada/Sandals:A Step Above Grenada
Photographed by Salima Esmail – Lima Es Photography Model: Aria Francis @ Elite Model Look Grenada, Styling /Designs by Neisha La Touche, Makeup by Shelley Waldron and Hair by Keldon Roberts