SHERICA SMALL

I believe that we were put on Earth for a reason... My motto has always been do what you love. I couldn't imagine spending my entire life doing what I'm not passionate about. Modeling is a career that truly brings me joy. God put these desires in me for a reason. I feel like if I were to just settle and not go after my passions then I wouldn't be living up to my full potential of what I'm truly capable of. It's not easy. You have to be courageous. Following your heart can be a little scary. You're following this blind little voice in the back of your head and you have to trust it, but it's so worth it and everything always works out in the end.

 

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What I've learned through modeling so far and also in life is just not to take things so personally. You know not everyone will like you. Just because someone doesn't like you, it doesn't mean you are less valuable. Your worth is not determined by anyone else except you and God! I believe we are all made in the image of God, which is perfect, whole, and complete... I wasn't always this confident though and on those days where you experience rejection after rejection in this industry, I just remind myself of this. Don't take it personally. I find it's really great to do affirmations. Affirmations are where you look in the mirror each morning and tell yourself five things that you like about yourself. Notice if you believe what you're telling yourself. If you don't, then figure out why it is that you don't... Once you start doing it more and more you will begin to love yourself.

 

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When I first started, I remember that posing was difficult. You go to a test shoot and you're put in front of a camera for the first time and you have no idea what to do; at least for me that was the case (laughing). The biggest challenge is often the arms and hands. Where in the world do I put my arms without them looking awkward or just laying there looking dead? (laughing). I was also not used to the serious look, so that took some getting used to. It wasn't comfortable for me at first. I always loved being in front of the camera but when it came to modeling, it was a bigger challenge. I had to learn to bring out my personality and convey different personalities as if I was acting... That was fun to learn. Eventually it brought other sides of me that I didn't even know existed.

I wasn't fond of my cheeks. I had a baby face when I first started. Through learning my angles, I learned that I have a great jawline. If I turn to the side, a little my jawline really pops and I love it! I think it's definitely one of my biggest strengths now.

 

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I actually started dancing right around the time I started modeling professionally. Dancing has helped me become more aware of my body, have more control over movement, and taught me how to appear graceful and elegant. I grew up as an athlete/tomboy, so dancing definitely helped enhance the feminine side of my personality. Taking Salsa lessons was one of the best decisions of my life. It is such a fun outlet and I encourage everyone to try it!

 

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The most memorable item was when I got to wear this blue sequin jumpsuit. The jumpsuit had a cape attached to it. I definitely felt like a superhero. --A really fashionable superhero (laughing). But really, the outfit is something I'd wear on a red carpet. It was amazing and my makeup was amazing with that outfit as well. Even though I love getting dressed up, I am most comfortable in yoga pants. When I'm not working, I'm usually wearing workout clothes. Anything stretchy is the most comfortable! 

 

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I think one of the most challenging aspects is travelling. I drive very long hours to go to most of my jobs and sometimes I wake up at 3am just to get there in time! However, I am grateful for it because I'm going to a job that I love and I also get to go different places instead of the same place every day over five times a week. I'm a person who likes variety. Routine is lethal to me, so I'm very grateful for the opportunity to follow my dreams no matter what the cost. I'm not someone who typically complains. : )

 

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Of course [I'm optimistic]. I know great things are coming. I'm preparing for them. I'm working hard to make sure that they do. It's never smooth for the whole ride and if it is, that means something is wrong. The best part of the future that I'm looking forward to is being able to spread my message with a larger audience; a message of loving yourself and being resilient and persistent with your dreams, a message that you can achieve anything you set your mind to and are willing to work really hard for. : )

 

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The end of civilization will be caused by: Division between us or a lack of understanding. I think one of the things that we crave the most as humans is to be understood. 

 
















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02 // Justin Macala // justinmacala
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16 // Justin Henry // jus10henry

 

Sherica Small // shericasmall

 

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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