Shot by Mark Anthony Smith Shot at The Modelwearhouse
24 year old Orlando Native Jenn Marie wahaba has IT: Beauty, Brains, and personality to boot! the recent University of Central Florida Graduate has a look that is undeniable and effortless talent! Read on to learn more about this egyptian goddess!
How long have you been modeling?
About 5 years.
Any basic principles or belief you stand by ? I always believe everything happens for a reason, not matter what it is.
What's your favorite part of the industry? The creative freedom! The fact you are able to create a picture and alter it with your body, your look, the pose, etc. I love being able to meet and collaborate with so many talented people.
What has been your favorite experience ? My first runway show. It was for Park Avenue’s Fashion week in Winter Park. The runway was HUGE and long. I was beyond nervous because it was my first real show and I was casted last minute. But once I got up there I felt a rush I will never forget. I knew this is what I wanted to do!
How was home life for you growing up? It was intense to say the least. I was bullied a lot for the way I looked. My family is from Egypt and having foreign parents made growing up in America a little hard
Were you always supported in your endeavors? No. My family used to think modeling was not a real “career” and not worth it. They were more focused on me receiving a degree then anything. It is not essentially a bad thing to be educated, but it caused me to delay my dream.
What has been your biggest achievement? Being able to finish my Bachelor's degree while working full time and modeling. There was many sleepless nights, a lot of driving, prepping etc. But by the time I finished my degree I had enough pictures to make a full and strong modeling portfolio.
What’s a typical day for you? I have an typical office job that consumes the majority of my days. Monday -Friday 11-8. After work I work out as much as I can. Then, I watch my favorite shows (Law and ORder SVU, WWE, and of course America's Next Top Model) and play with my 2 cats.
What is the biggest challenge you faced in your career Finding the confidence to put myself out there. Growing up I was beyond self cautious and not comfortable in my own skin. I fought mental illness growing up, and I am still dealing with it today. But I was able to find the strength to get the help I needed. Once I started to believe in myself and my look, I took it and ran. I have not looked back since.
Any other additional hobbies? I LOVE arts and crafts, sewing and graphic design.
What's your favorite quote? “C'est La Vie” which is french for “That is Life”
If you could have one superpower what would it be? Flying! So I don't have to drive everywhere
If you could shoot with your favorite celebrity who would it be. And what kind of concept? Bella and Gigi Hadid in a vintage pin-up photo shoot.
Who is your favorite designer? Betsey Johnson
Once act of kindness everyone should follow? Be kind to others no matter how evil they may be. You do not know the struggle they are currently experiencing.
What would you tell anyone doubting themselves? If you do not believe in yourself, no one else will. It starts with you!
Who inspires you? My mother. She has been through hell and back but is stronger than ever. Her drive inspires me to never give up.
What are your rates? Starting at $50 an hour. Rates can vary depending on the type of job!