We had the good fortune of connecting with Soso Models and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Soso, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
I knew I wanted to model since the early 2000s when America’s Next Top Model came out. I just didn’t know how to start. After I graduated from college in 2012, I decided to take a risk and book my own solo photoshoot. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and results. From there I used the internet to search for local modeling opportunities. As I started to do more modeling work I had to come up with a way to market myself. My nickname is “Soso”, so I definitely wanted to incorporate that. I wrote down five to six options for names and Soso Models stuck out, so that’s what I went with. And I said this is how I am going to brand myself and have my own business.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am art. That is what I am most proud of in my journey, discovering that I am art. This road to discovery was not easy at all. I grew up getting teased a lot for the way I look. In my high school years I started to embrace my unique features. I have seen tremendous growth in my confidence about my looks. Every now and then I have days when I feel low but that comes with life so I don’t stress about it. I learned that my art is not only in still photos but now in acting as well. Moving to Atlanta helped me discover the many ways you can be involved in story telling. I want the world to know the reason I am here today is because I have never given up and I never will. When you are determined about what you want to do with your life you keep going no matter.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
If my best friend was in town we would definitely be eating out a lot. A few places I would take her is Slutty Vegan, Plant Based Pizzeria, Life Bistro, Ms. Icey’s Kitchen, Sublime Donuts, Richard’s Southern Fried and Desta Ethiopian Kitchen. Places to visit would be; Center for Civil and Human Rights, APEX Museum, Herndon House and Atlanta History Center. To hang out we would go to Bougaloo, Edgewood, The Painted Pin, the rooftop of the W hotel and people watch in Little 5 Points.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to my mother and the whole city of Orlando. My mom helped put together a lot of my concepts and looks for my photoshoots. Orlando is the city where I first started modeling and I collaborated with so many talented individuals. Atlanta has also been a mecca for creative people. I’m forever grateful for all the creatives I have connected with along my journey.
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