African American Freelance Model:
“I am very professional, highly energetic, and take direction extremely well.
I no longer focus solely on glamour and sexiness and I don’t try to cater to the mainstream. My style has become more about art, personality, story-telling, and concepts. ART is an EXPRESSION of life. It’s constantly evolving.
I use my body as my paintbrush to create beautiful images that move others. One of the greatest things is the freedom to express yourself through your art. You should take on an emotions, feelings, or concepts to be different.
Being healthy, unique, and positive are things that I pride myself on. Reaching out to others is my passion. My success thus far into my career comes from being myself and finding my own way. I’ve never had an idol and I don’t believe in having idols. I will ALWAYS be a leader & I will NEVER follow. My head is set on achieving my own goals and becoming the person I was meant to be.”
Shoe size: 8
“Interview with Johnnie “Jai” Vaughan”
(1) What inspired you to start?
- Low self-esteem about my body image. Some people saw my beauty. Others downed me so bad until I was blinded by their opinions of me. My first photo shoot allowed me to see a woman of confidence that was there inside of me all along. From that point on, I was inspired to inspire others through my photos.
(2) What keeps you motivated?
- Motivation is a mental thing. I study my photos to see what I can improve on, getting better with each photo shoot. Seeing beautiful women & men confidence shown through a photo is priceless. It gives me the motivation I need to step my game up the next time around, as in a little harmless competition. It also helps peek my inspiration.
(3) What does your craft mean to you?
- My craft is well rounded. There’s no one genre for me. I do it all with taste & class. It speaks volume for me, “my art” using my body. My intentions are to draw the person viewing my photo in deep with different components. (Eyes, Smiles, Legs, Skin, Shoes, Poses, etc). I want my photos to make you ponder. It should bring movement to your mind.
(4) Who is one of your inspirations?
- Grace Jones. She was the most creative woman. None other could touch her confidence.
(5) When did you realize you wanted to start modeling?
- I was 20 years old. It was the beginning of my path to womanhood. Now, 9 years later, I have become a strong, confident, & powerful woman by taking my experiences with modeling.
(6) How would you define your personal style?
- My style is classic & chic. I let my shoes do the talking for me when it comes to my style.
(7) What is your favorite thing about your job?
- My favorite thing about modeling is the great connection between you and a photographer. It’s like both of you have a vision of your art but you have to use the other person to pull it through. The mental connection is the best feeling. It’s like reading each other’s mind. And of course seeing the finished product of your efforts.
(8) What advice would you give to someone who would like to start modeling?
- Study & practice. Always improve yourself. Get advice. And never give up on your dream.
(9) What is the most important thing about your brand?
- My brand is Bronzed In Beauty. Beauty is always more than skin deep. Beauty in the heart shines the brightest. It will speak for itself.
(10) Any pregame rituals?
- Stretching. Music. Dancing.
(11) What is a random or interesting fact about yourself?
- Im actually timid when talking about my inner personal thoughts. I also suck my thumb.
(12) Where do you want to be in 5 years?
Johnnie S. Vaughan
- I would like to teach a class for women on confidence. I will use modeling to break them of their walls they have built up in their minds. By the end of the class, they will know they are strong, beautiful, confident women. They will “strut their stuff”.