The Wayans family is a powerful force to be reckoned with. They were welcomed by Oprah Winfrey on the OWN network where she sat down to speak with “the first family of comedy.”
Summer is a second generation Wayans who is making a name for the family on the runway. Summer is bold, beautiful, and fierce and is taking the modeling industry by storm.
Follow me as we journey through the world of Fashion Model Summer Wayans.
Renisha Marie: Who is Summer Wayans?
Summer Wayans: Summer Wayans is a down to earth, loving, caring, compassionate, sister, daughter, niece, aunty, grand-daughter and doctoral student in psychology with an emphasis in multicultural communities. I am a second generation Wayans and the world will come to know me as a model, a professional, an advocate and a philanthropist who is bound by no limits and striving for infinite destinations. I am a motivational speaker and love speaking to youth and different populations about my research—ethnic minority youth’s sexual health, bullying, trans-generational stereotypes and LGBT issues. I am a role model and I am showing youth that you do not have to choose between being a public figure and getting an education, you can do both. Furthermore, I am an advocate empowering others to not be limited by the constraints that others put on them but instead live free and fly high.
Renisha Marie: What inspired your passion for modeling?
Summer Wayans: I think, initially, my passion for modeling was inspired by my desire to show the world that I could be more than just a “pretty face” and that my body was beautiful, too. Although I still have that perspective, I quickly realized the platform that modeling could create to inspire and empower others to feel beautiful and be confident. I was inspired to be the model that I wished I would’ve seen as a young girl growing up in a society filled with self-hatred. My passion is empowering those who are under-represented— (they) inspire me.
Renisha Marie: What was your biggest opportunity in your modeling career?
Summer Wayans: Two opportunities come to mind—I think one of the biggest opportunities in my modeling career that I have had thus far was actually auditioning and being casted for Full-Figure Fashion Week in Los Angeles in 2010. It was the first time in my modeling career that someone had taken the time to constructively criticize my modeling skills and portfolio—it was raw but I could feel it was coming from a caring place of love. Also, I think of being able to be a part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim last summer. It was pretty amazing to be in Miami… at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim… and standing proudly as the only plus model in my segment.
Renisha Marie: What do you love about modeling?
Summer Wayans: I love the way that modeling makes me feel. It is like my alter ego where I get to let loose and go to my most creative place. The most important thing is that I am a healthy and positive role model. I love the diversity of the models, the energy that I feel from the photographers, the audience and the supporters—it is amazing! I love networking and having the opportunity to converse with people from different walks of life and being inspired by them. I love inspiring the youth today and being a representation of beauty that does not force me to be a size 2. I love learning and having the platform to mentor youth through my experiences. I love hearing from young girls and women alike, guys too, who tell me they were inspired to do something positive by something that I said or did.
Renisha Marie: What has been your biggest challenge as a curvy model?
Summer Wayans: I think that being a curvy model in itself is the biggest challenge because it goes against what society has known a model to be—very thin. I think one of the challenges of being a model is that you have to maintain your weight, stay groomed and eat healthy— despite the misconception, plus size does not mean big, sloppy, and unhealthy. I take care of my body; I do yoga on a regular basis, keep up with cardio and let’s not forget about those squats! I am a simple girl so the grooming part has been a bit of a challenge for me—I even made a video of me getting my eye brows threaded for the first time—ouch! These are things that I may not have otherwise done but I have learned the importance of grooming—how having immaculate eyebrows and a clean upper lip can make the difference in a photo. It has been a bit of a challenge getting familiar with knowing my angles and being sure that I am finding the right light—but I am growing every day and shocking myself along the way. I think that, on a personal level, it has been a challenge to allow myself to be beautiful and to not worry about what I think other people might think is beautiful and just allow myself to give little pieces of me to whoever shall see.
Renisha Marie: What motivates you?
Summer Wayans: I am motivated by the things that I see in the world. I see us putting down others and putting down ourselves. I see a lack of people that look like me but understand that everyone’s shape is different and sometimes we have trouble accepting something that is “different.” I’m motivated to make a change and, by making a change, I am starting with me. I am motivated to live by an example of struggle and triumph. I do not expect people to want to be like me but I am motivated to inspire them to be all that they are destined to be. To some, I may just be a model but I am motivated by all the possibilities that lie before me.
Renisha Marie: Tell Los Angeles what to expect from Summer Wayans in the near future.
Summer Wayans: I think most people are just starting to know that Summer Wayans exists! So, Los Angeles and the world can get ready for a lot more of ME...ME…ME! I am represented by IPM Model Management in both Los Angeles and New York, have an upcoming feature with Plus Model Magazine. I am shooting with some really great photographers like Inez Lewis and looking forward to working with more amazing designers and landing a major campaign. I am doing what I can to get out there and let the world see my shine.
Renisha Marie: What advice do you have for aspiring curvy models?
Summer Wayans: Love yourself, know your worth and move forward with that confidence in everything that you do…. And if you find that you do not yet have the self-love, self-esteem and self-worth needed to put forth that confidence, fake it until you can realize it. Do not expect this to be an easy journey but, if you give it your all and are open to learning, you will find it really rewarding. Everyone has a different journey, so embrace yours. Research is the key; you have to know your craft and you have to keep up with the new and classic trends of it.
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