Several models participating in Mid MO Fashion Week Sept. 29-Oct. 1 in Jefferson City are from central Missouri. Read about these models, and find out more about Mid Mo Fashion Week at MidMoFashionWeek.com or here.
Da’Jah Dale grew up in St. Louis and now lives in the Mid-Missouri area. She has worked as a model for Plus Appeal (Natasha Purdiman), Model Bootcamp with Gwen Devoe, Liv & Kiss (Whitney A. Jones), Shutterfest, Live Your Curves (Qristyl Frazier), Kansas City Fashion Week (backup model), Sara Kano Photography, Marco Patterson, TTL Productions and Mid Mo Fashion Week.
Da’Jah: I want to be a part of the ever growing and challenging world of plus modeling and would like to work as a plus-size model to fulfill my passion and pursue my dream of being a body positive activist.
Da’Jah: My goals as a plus size model are to promote body positivity and be a passionate role model. I want to step out of my comfort zone and show that a size 20 is as beautiful as a size 10.
Da’Jah: I respect quite a number of models in this industry. But there’s one woman I really love and appreciate her style and personality. She’s truly someone I look up to. That person is Toccara Jones. I look forward to meeting her in person one day.
Da’Jah: I would try and explain to them that I do not feel comfortable in that pose. But if I had to do it, I would try to the best of my ability to capture what the photographer is looking for.
Da’Jah: Following through with your aspirations and dreams, even if you don’t get to the “top”, you’ve worked hard to succeed. This is what being successful is to me.
Da’Jah: My most difficult pose was my recent photo shoot with Aaron Rhodes and we were at the devils icebox in Columbia and I had to lay on top of rocks with cold water on my back get the perfect angle for the picture. The rocks where are sticking me in my back and the water was freezing.
Da’Jah: Being a body positive activist, model, poet, designer, painter, teacher … yes to all of those titles, but more importantly I am an artist. An artist who enjoys having various forums to express my thoughts, moods, opinions and a voice to speak out on behalf of others and the community around me.