“I’m not a typical model. I do commercial work, a little editorial, and no runway. I did a Benetton campaign a few years ago, which was cast by Brice Compagnon, the founder of WAD magazine. He also has this agency that specializes in unique beauty. Benetton is such an iconic brand, so that was a big deal for me. But in France, it can still be hard to get commercial work when you have such a specific look. People assume I get more work because of it, but it’s not true. I’m still dreaming of a Gap gig! [Laughs] My passion is actually this project I started with my boyfriend—it’s a food cart on a bike called Le Tricycle. We make vegan hotdogs and sell them during special events. It’s going so well that we started doing private catering, too.
Even though my hair is a big part of who I am and I could not imagine myself without it, it was really challenging when I was younger. There are a lot of clichés about redheads in the black community, crazy stories about sorcery or curses… My family and I were always moving around and we’d always settle into small towns where I was ‘the odd one.’ Kids and sometimes even parents would pick on me. At 13, I went through a phase when I wanted to dye my hair and have it straight—thank God my mom always told me that I should be proud of who I am. When we moved to Paris a couple years later, there were a lot of mixed-race people and I started to get compliments about my ‘look.’
Photo: Olga Logvina
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