Model Q&A: MakaylaD

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Model: MakaylaD; Photographer: Mermaid Pictures USA

Where are you from? Where are you based now and do you travel for shoots?

I am originally from a small town in central Florida. At 18 I moved away and for four years I lived in multiples places, namely NYC, Sydney, Australia, on a small cruise ship, and Paris. I moved to Miami last September to be closer to my family and the Caribbean where I live part-time.

I typically travel for shoots two of the four weeks out of the month.

Who or what inspired you to become a model?

Watching America’s Next Top Model and the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows with my brother.

Model: MakaylaD; Photographer: Steven H

How and when did you start modeling?

I started modeling at 17. As soon as I could take myself to an agency in Orlando I went and was signed on the spot. It was a very proud moment.

What type of modeling do you enjoy the most?

Tougher question, I really enjoy fashion and edgy editorial work but I truly also love creative artistic nude shoots.

Model: MakaylaD

What do you look for when deciding to work with a photographer?

Their reputation with the people that they have worked with.

Which models or other artists currently inspire you?

I have always been a huge fan of Victoria’s Secret model, Candice Swanepoel. I love her spirit, her wanderlust, and her motherhood. I am a sucker for Bella Hadid. I am also very inspired by photographers that I work with and the models around me. Zoe West and Lucy are two women who inspired me to start art nude modeling.

Model: MakaylaD; Photographer: Sam Henderson

What would be your dream shoot?

A castle in Romania or Germany, or maybe my future wedding day.

How important is social media in your success?

Hugely important. For all of my businesses.

Model: MakaylaD; Photographer: Anmon Photos

What else do you like to do outside of modeling?

I truly love to work out and do yoga, I love the results it provides and the way it makes me feel to stretch and challenge my body. I’m a movie and documentary nerd. I love to be outdoors and to yes, to eat! I seriously love good food and coffee.

What’s the best career advice you can give to new models?

My advice to new models is to trust your instincts and never put yourself in compromising situations. Always be on time or early for shoots. Put yourself on as many channels as possible to get noticed for the next job. Be careful of agencies that just want to sign you for your money for a “portfolio shoot package.” Lastly, I’d say to be careful of who you follow on Instagram. I curate the people I’m following by accounts that make me feel confident and connected, being inundated with shallow Instagram models and influencers can be suffocating and demotivating.

I would just like to wrap this by saying THANK YOU to the photographers that have been a huge part of my success in my first year of working through Model Mayhem. Model Mayhem is a great platform to connect us and I’m super excited to see what this next year brings for my career!

Model: MakaylaD

Check out MakaylaD’s Model Mayhem portfolio to see more of her work. You can also follow her on Instagram, and Patreon.

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One Response to “Model Q&A: MakaylaD”

  1. October 02, 2019 at 6:01 pm, Dwayne Martin said:

    Fantastic interview Makayla!


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