We had the good fortune of connecting with Trell “The Original Cocoa Goddess” and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Trell, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
I feel that outsiders may believe that modeling is easy, and it’s not. Full figured modeling is an even bigger task because we plus size models are critiqued and ostracized differently, we also have to take more measures to make sure that everything is “tucked and packed” together properly, including wearing the proper undergarments. Modeling is very rewarding but you must know how to focus past the numerous camera flashes and how to hold a few poses that may be a bit uncomfortable. Modeling is a work out!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a Curvaceous Model, hear me roar!! I have learned how to accept myself, flaws, scars, and all, yet I still see the beauty and love within me, and that is what I like to share with the world. I like to motivate all women and men, that we are all beautiful and we all have something to share with this world and each other. I live by the saying “Love Conquers All”. I started modeling when I was 8 years old, My Aunt Debra Samuel entered me in a pageant. I was the only plus size girl and the only African American. My Aunt said “Go out there and show them your heart and work that stage!” and that’s exactly what I did. I came in First Runner Up. From there I did in-store modeling for Macy’s and now I specialize in print and runway. It is my goal to teach the world to love yourself, while you are bettering yourself. While I am working to lose weight because I need to become more healthy, I am still beautiful and I can still look good. It is so important that we live and not just exist.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Little Five Points is Liiiiiiife!!!! Definitely going to The Vortex for a cool meal and cool people. Psycho Sisters is a MUST!! Whisky Mistress is where we will go to dance the nights away. I am definitely a Little Five Points person, that is my happy place.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First and foremost I always thank my children Derrick, Deon, Dylan and Lauren, along with my late Husband Robert “Biggs” Scott Jr. for being my support and motivation. My mother Maggie Samuel, who raised me to be confident and taught me to have high self esteem, and to love myself flaws and all. My sister Jasmyne, she’s my #1 cheerleader. My photographer Ricky Payne owner of Truviewz Productions, who saw beauty in my pain at my husband’s funeral in December, and referred me to my first modeling job of 2022 and re-lit my modeling fire. Owner of “Cute Pieces” Joyce Burson, who took a chance on me and made me her Curvaceous Brand Ambassador. Last but definitely not least my dedicated make-up artist Aisha Jones owner of Aisha Jo Make Up Artistry.

Instagram: theoriginalcocoagoddess

Facebook: Trell Reed

Other: Follow along with how I turned tragedy into triumph with the recent passing of my husband at theknot.com/trellandbiggsgetmarried

Image Credits
Truview Productions Snap Shot Photography Jacquline Belcher Photography

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