Model: Joy R. Richardson @joyrichardson_ Photographer: Jayden Wiley @mrra_n_dom
Happy to have you here, Joy. Tell us your story, how did you get started modeling and where is your home at the moment?
Good evening, and im very grateful for the oppurtunity to present to you my story. i am 22 years old and i spent 5 years in the united states navy before my modeling journey began . the time i spent in japan is what sparked my love and passion for the fashion industry. Tokyo is where i learned the direction i wanted to take my future and once my time in the military was up i reocated to the city of Los angeles to further pursue these passions
What do you love most about being a model? And, what do you least enjoy?
The thing i love most about being a model is the platform it gives one to make a change in the world. for example modeling has allowed me the oppurtunity to showcase to the youth that their dreams are right there for their taking. especially the youth in my honetown of summerville south carolina. being from a small town makes the idea of the world seem very small which could negatively leak into your aspirations. i want to be apart of the change that allows our youth to know that no dream is to big.
What fuels your imagination and provides you with inspiration?
I believe the thing that fuels my imagination the most is the thought of being able to present all of my wildest ideas in a form that i see best fit.
In your own eyes, how has modeling experience changed you as a person? What have you learned?
The idea that everyone should fall inlove with their true selves is what has changed me the most in this industry. being able to present who i am at any day possible with or without flaws is more powerful than trying to be this idea of the "perfect model"
Is there anything you would change about the modeling industry if you could?
The one thing i would change about the modeling industry would be the wanting of more representation of all types of people. people of all types should be able to see themselves in any model. this would be powerful
Is there an artist you are fascinated about or you would like to work with in the future?
One person i would want to work with in this industry would be Maria Grazia Chiuri of christian dior. im so excited to see what she does at their creative director and hopefully one day our paths will cross
Besides modeling, what else are you passionate about? What are your hobbies?
Besides modeling i pride myself in being and spiring author. dont want to go too much into detail but i am looking forward to the day i will be able to release my books to the world and eventually have my storylines presented on the big screen.
What kind of life would you like to have?
The life i mostly desire would be a life filled with nothing but peace for myself and for the world
Tell something surprising about yourself.
The thing that suprises people the most i believe is the fact that i spent in the US navy. i guess through many peoples eyes i dont have that former military look
Is there anything you would like to do in the future? Someone you would like to work with or something you would like to accomplish?
I basically just look forward to walking for many of the top fashion houses in the world and getting to take advantage of the traveling oppurtunities im presented with
What has been the highlight of your career so far and what are your hopes/dreams for the future?
the highlight of my career has definetly been my time i got to spend back home mentoring aspiring models and providing the tools to allow people from my city to chase their dreams