When you open Instagram on your phone, tablet, etc. your screen fills with vibrant colors and text. Then you start to see things take shape and fill your eyes with wonder and astonishment. If you’ve ever come across Jenny’s Instagram page, you’re in for a treat. Jenny takes the term “beautiful” to another level. Humble and driven to succeed, Jenny Bee is one to keep your eye on and it’ll be no surprise or secret if she becomes one of (if not) your favorite model. Take a peak into of the most exciting and talented women in the modeling industry today.
How did modeling interest you and get your attention?
Jenny Bee: I never thought I would model or even could model growing up. I always thought modeling was for extremely tall, slim women who never smile. I also didn’t know anything about the industry and didn’t put any thought into it because I didn’t think it was for me. One day a friend from high school asked me if I wanted to try modeling with a friend of his who was a hobbyist photographer. This friend knew I was outgoing and loved to sing so he figured he would ask. That shoot went so well, and I knew when I saw the pictures that I could do this professionally.
What was the hardest part of getting your modeling career started?
Jenny Bee: The first six months I did straight trade for print. This means every shoot was a collaboration to add to my portfolio, so I wasn’t making any money. Still, the hardest part was convincing my mom to give me the chance to prove to her that I could make money if she just have me some time and had patience!
At what point did you feel like you could be a model and be successful in the industry?
Jenny Bee: I try to think of a defining moment all the time, but the truth is, I still don’t really feel like a model. I just know I can do this job and I absolutely love it. Maybe one day it will hit me, or maybe I’ll just keep working until I collapse! Haha.
What makes you unique and stand out from other models?
Jenny Bee: A lot of models I meet just want to look pretty and get paid for it but they don’t know how to pose or connect with the camera. I can pose for days on my own, take direction if that’s how the photographer prefers to work, and I connect with the camera no matter who is behind it.
What inspires and motivates you?
Jenny Bee: It’s funny I should be inspired by models, and while some do inspire me, my true inspirations are women who fight for what they believe in and never quit, but most importantly, never stop being true to themselves. There are too many phony personalities out there, and I can’t get enough of real, down to earth people!
With the emergence of social media, women can now pursue a career in modeling like never before. What are your thoughts on that, and do you think it’s good or bad for modeling?
Jenny Bee: I think it has ups and downs just like everything else. Nothing is perfect, and while some of the social madness is overdone and makes many women say they are models when they’ve never done a professional photo shoot, there are also tons of girls and guys like me making a business out of social media and taking it seriously, and I love that!
Do you have certain things that you want to accomplish with your modeling?
Jenny Bee: I would like to do it all! I’ve done a lot so far, but to me, this is just the very beginning. I’m excited to work harder and keep expanding on my knowledge of the business!
When you see yourself published or featured, how does it make you feel and what does it mean to be a sought-after model?
Jenny Bee: Publications don’t mean the same thing they used to for a lot of online magazines, but I do still appreciate any and all publications or mentions I get. I’m always striving for more so I don’t let anyone accomplishment go to my head. I love the idea of being a model who is sought-after, and while I am in some places, there are many places who have no idea who I am, so I remain humble and keep working!
What’s the biggest misconception about you?
Jenny Bee: Haha! That I’m a witch with a capital B! My pictures give off somewhat of a diva vibe because of the looks I give the camera, so I’ve had many, many people assume I am not so nice and then when they meet me they’re like, “you’re so nice! And funny!” No one ever thinks I’m going to be funny, but my mom tells me I should be a comedian, haha! (never ever judge a model by her cover).
Besides modeling, is there anything else that you want to do and be successful at?
Jenny Bee: Now that I’ve learned a bit of the business side of things I am interested in taking a few business classes to further my knowledge about the industry and how to work it. I love the idea of being a true boss lady, and though friends of mine say I am now, I’m nowhere near as knowledgable as I want to be about business.
What can people expect to see from you in the future?
Jenny Bee: They can expect to see me fly. After all, I am the bee.
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