MORGAN BROOKE MCCARTY

It definitely does take confidence to put yourself in a vulnerable position like that, but as with any other art, if you love what you are creating then that's all that matters. So, enjoying what I'm creating is a big deal for me. I don't have to depend on other's approval of my art if I already see the beauty in it. Some of my most favourite photos actually barely got any love on IG at all, and that's okay. Once you stop looking for others' approval, you'll find your confidence. I used to be so shy and awkward when I first started in this industry, afraid and concerned if people were liking my look, my work, even the profession I had chosen of modeling itself. It became something where I was creating more art to be liked and accepted rather than because I wanted to actually create it. That will make any artist disheartened. I had no confidence at that time, and I wasn't really happy with what I was doing anymore so I asked myself, "Why are you feeling like this? Where is it stemming from?" Once I realized all the unhappiness and lack of confidence was coming from me not truly being comfortable in creating, I decided to change my whole mindset. I loved modeling and creating with fellow artists before I put so much pressure on myself. So, I started modeling for myself again; no more comparing myself to other models. I wasn't afraid to say no to people. I wasn't afraid to go out of my way and my comfort zone to work with bigger artists. I wasn't afraid to fail anymore. I've been so happy with my career and life since then, and each has only gotten better. You just have to put your mind, heart, and soul in the things you are truly passionate about. You can literally do anything you set your mind to! Confidence starts from within.

 

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I think every girl has some sort of insecurity with the ridiculous amount of pressure put on us to look perfect in this day and age. Before I started modeling, I never really thought of myself as being pretty. So, when my friend asked me to model for her for the first time I was really indecisive. That day ended up being so much fun, and I received the first picture ever I actually liked of myself. Before I knew it, photographers saw those pictures and were requesting to work with me. That was eight years ago. Over time, you will eventually get comfortable with something you do a lot, but the physical demands are still pretty tough today. You're suppose to have perfect skin, white teeth, healthy hair, the list goes on. So, for someone who struggles with skin problems it can be tough, but then again, who doesn't break out every once in awhile? I just try to take good care of myself and stay healthy. That's what's most important. It took me years to fully understand that and be comfortable in my own skin. I wish girls wouldn't feel so pressured to surgically alter themselves. As someone who was so self-conscience of her 34A cup, I'm so glad I learned to love and accept myself for who I am. I wish all girls would learn it's okay to look different, and not have the biggest lips, boobs, butts, etc. It's okay to have a little belly for lovin', and it's okay to be as skinny as a rail, as long as you are healthy and happy. Once you stop comparing yourself to others and holding yourself to ridiculous standards, you'll learn to love yourself.

 

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Like a lot of women, I absolutely love Victoria's Secret and Forever 21 so I naturally get a lot of wardrobe from there (laughing), but the top place I probably get my favourite wardrobe from is thrift stores! I love getting wardrobe inspiration from different eras and recreating it into something modern. So, I would have to say my favourite outfits to use are definitely thrift store finds (and my birthday suit obviously), but the most memorable item i've worn would have to be a gorgeous Anna Campbell wedding dress, adorned with gold beads and delicate detailing. The location was just as beautiful as the dress, surrounded by sunflowers in the Tennessee summer; definitely my most memorable. What I find the most comfortable though is just normal clothes (laughing). Whether it's my hiking get up or just a cozy sweater. I love it when photographers want to capture the natural me.

 

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I, of course, look for clean work and professionalism, but also a strong creative side. I love working with artists who are down to try new things. I always come prepared with an arsenal of ideas, inspiration, and wardrobe, so if the person I'm working with does as well, I know we will have an awesome shoot with an incredible outcome! In this industry, I feel like it will always be exciting for me. Don't get me wrong, sometimes I do get burnt out, but I truly love my profession and what I do. If I get tired of doing fashion photo shoots, I can go out and get some beautiful, nature-inspired artistic nudes. If I need a break from actual shooting, I will art model for classes. I just feel there's still so much for me to create, an infinite amount actually. Once I've created it all, maybe I'll get bored. (laughing)

 

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One of the most challenging aspects of my work but one that I am truly grateful for is: The fact it always pushes me out of my comfort zone to accomplish more, to aim higher.

 

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I am very optimistic about the future, and 2018 to be specific. I'm moving to New York for a little bit to pursue my career further. This has always been an opportunity I've dreamt about since I was a little girl. I'm also so excited and blessed to be marrying my fiancÚ this December in India or Cambodia. I just can't wait to keep travelling, experiencing new cultures, and exploring new places. To the future!

 

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The end of civilization will be caused by: The lack of the one attribute that makes humans what we are; compassion for fellow man.

 
















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Morgan Brooke McCarty // morganbrooke926

 

JUNNNKTANK is an online zine which has existed in one form or another since 2006.
For over a decade, the focus has been on highlighting the efforts of inspiring individuals and artists from around the world.

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