NAS'TASSIA SIMPSON

[Confidence is] definitely half and half for me. I call it "sometimesy" confidence, where sometimes I had it and sometimes I didn't. One day I'd wake up feeling like the shit, another I'd be feeling like I have no reason to be feeling that way. There's so many beautiful people in this world, and when you look at the big picture, you tend to look like an insignificant piece to the puzzle. There's another side to this story, though.

While you can be a small piece in a huge picture, you still have opportunity, just like anyone else... Some are more blessed than others, but if you're alive and living, you have opportunity to do anything or be anything you want, so long as you put your mind to it. You can quickly go from being an insignificant piece to a very important one. I won't say it's easy, but definitely possible. So when I finally understood that concept is when I finally stopped comparing myself to others. The concept is "be the best me I can be." It's that simple... Thinking about that helps boost my confidence when I need it. It's all in the head. 

 

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[Being comfortable in my own skin is] also definitely a gradual process. I'm still learning, to be honest; it's not easy having a camera on you for an hour or hours at a time. Naturally, I didn't shy away from the camera, even at a young age. I embraced it as much as I could and continue to grow in front of the lens. My thoughts on this subject are, you can always be better. If you look at celebrities who have to be in front of a camera almost every time they step out of their homes, you automatically think, "How? How do they look so natural and relaxed in front of a camera, even on their worst days?" I'm sure some of them have trainers on how to pose or act in public, but with or without training, if they can do it, so can I. Everyone has that opportunity, it's just something to put your mind to and actually work on... and I'm not afraid of a little work.

 

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I think it was pretty obvious to my folks and friends around me [that I would be doing this]. Growing up, my family called me their 'little cheerleader' because I had so much energy, I loved to dance, sing, and be in front of people at all times. Truth be told, I wouldn't consider myself a very outgoing person now; I love being alone and going on little mini-adventures by myself, just absorbing everything around me... but I have no problem, and even enjoy talking to strangers. I think that all plays into being comfortable in front of the camera... Just being comfortable in general. 

 

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First, I look up the photographer and see what style of photography he does. Then, I'll do research on some poses that will fit his or her style of work. I'll then mock pose in front of my mirror (sounds silly, I know... but it helps!), anything to make sure that I'll get the poses down. Muscle memory is so impressive and plays a big role in posing. After that, I'll probably do a little dancing to practice on my body fluidity, organize my wardrobe if need be, and then head to sleep early to prepare for the shoot the next day.

 

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I'm really not sure if I can answer this question, because everyone who knows me knows I just absolutely love clothes in general. Kind of. Let me explain.

My default mood is just to be naked, so when people hear that I love clothes, they ask "Well, how's that possible?" I enjoy having nothing on, but I also enjoy trying on my entire closet and making different outfits or go on shopping trips to find the perfect jacket or t-shirt that will go with an almost perfected outfit. I love the variety that clothing brings. It makes me feel like once I put on a certain thing, I embody that character or role of what the clothing depicts. My favourite outfits are always tom-boyish, because I like to move around and frolic without constraint.

 

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One of the most challenging aspects of my work, but one that I'm grateful for is: Working with photographers. It's probably one of the most difficult things a model has to deal with, because like models, photographers have their own style and specific ways they shoot. Some photographers love to give direction and know exactly how they want their models to pose, some prefer for the model to move on her own. Some love to shoot in studios, some prefer outdoor scenery. Some love props, others focus more on the body itself. You see what I mean? Models have to be versatile, because if you really want to make it in this industry, you have to be able to work all different types of photographers, and you especially want them to like you. Just as you want to be happy with your photos, the photographer wants to be happy with what he or she captured through the lens. Being able to be versatile not only makes you a better model, but it allows you to move fluidly through the different styles of photography.

 

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I'm very optimistic about the future. Our lives are generally short, and I find it to be a waste of time to mope over something bad that's happened in life, because time is our greatest asset. Of course, I'm not saying that people shouldn't mourn when they're sad, just not to stay in that mood for long periods of time. It's okay to be sad, but it's great to be happy. I look forward to my future endeavours as a model, and everything else my future has in store for me. I don't know what path life is dragging me on yet, but wherever it takes me... I'm extremely excited for.

 

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The end of civilzation will be caused by: Definitely when pigs fly. It's the only thing that hasn't happened yet! Or a zombie apocalypse. I'll be prepared though... My family is building a bunker under the house on my orders.

 















Nas'tassia Simpson // nastassiasays

Jordan Patterson // jordanjpatterson_ // jordanjpatterson.format.com

 

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