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.
Timyra Edwards was born in Kennett, Missouri, a small town in the Boot Heel. Raised in Jefferson City, she recently graduated from the Jefferson City Academic Center. She is now attending Lincoln University, have nine credits ahead of the incoming freshmen this fall through the jump start program. Timyra just started modeling and is hoping her modeling career takes off next summer. While working for Phoenix Home Care and attending school she plans to model part-time, while modeling full-time and traveling during the summer.
Timyra: What inspired me to get in the fashion business was watching America’s Next Top Model when I was younger. My favorite seasons were the third season with Eva Marcille and season 5 with Bre Scullark. I just knew they were going to be top models. Although Eva won cycle 3, Bre didn’t. When cycle 5 ended, she had potential and confidence. With that confidence she got picked up by a modeling agency because she didn’t give up. I always told myself I was too short to model but that didn’t stop me. I always knew I wanted to model or act.
My first photo shoot was with my mom; she love’s taking pictures. That probably was the hardest photo shoot because I had to look at her as my photographer and not my mom. I couldn’t joke around I had to be serious. I showed my boss my photos that my mom took and she loved my photos. She asked me to model for her upcoming project. I was very excited because I knew this could get me somewhere.
Timyra: I haven’t went to too many casting calls because I’m fresh trying to enter into the modeling world. I’ve been to two modeling casting calls. While being interviewed before cat walking, I come in standing straight and tall, with a smile on my face, greeting them and shaking their hand to let them know I’m here and that I want to earn their respect.
Timyra: So far all I have done are photo shoots. I started off doing fashion shows at my school, then I did a modeling project for my boss, who attended William Woods University in Fulton and majored in photography. I haven’t won anything big because I’m new to the industry but my goals is to be one of the best models in the future.
Timyra: I’m looking forward to meeting other models, meeting designers, asking lots of questions and hopefully meeting people from different modeling agencies.
Timyra: I remember when I had went to the casting call. Enjoli gave me some cat walking tips that will stick with me forever. She told me to wear a black or nude heel that is comfortable for me to walk in. … I came to the casting call she had for Mid MO Fashion Week with high heels on because I wanted to look tall so she picked me. She told me no matter if you’re short or tall, if she’s going to pick me to be one of the models, she’s going to pick me based on how good I walk.
Timyra: By next year instead of modeling being a hobby, I want it to be a job. Next summer my goal is to be traveling to cities like St.Louis, Kansas City and Chicago.