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Daily Inspiration: Meet Jasmine Coleman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jasmine Coleman.

Hi Jasmine, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I’ve been modeling on and off since I was 16. My passion for modeling and modeling school was out of my mother’s budget. I got a job and paid for the classes on my own through Barbizon modeling school. My plans were to open my own school or agency, however, life happened.

I graduated from high school and studied accounting, and became a mother. I was able to do a few modeling jobs as well as act in commercials. I also landed some background movie roles but had to do more to take care of my family and stayed in the corporate world. Although I was working in the corporate world, my dream never left. I had children and a family to take care of as an adult so my dreams stayed in the dream world.

I looked at modeling as something that would never happen let alone photography. In 2017, my daughter became interested and involved in pageants. She ran for Miss Teen Arizona International, she was 1st runner-up. As a result, she ran again in 2018, however, I decided to run with her in the Mrs. category. My daughter encouraged me to try competing because I told her I wanted to be in pageants after seeing Vanessa Williams win her crown when I was about 6 years old. Long story short, I became Mrs. Arizona International 2018!

This restarted my journey into modeling. After my reign, I focused on modeling but also had an interest in photography. During a photo shoot with the amazing Mosi Jelani of BestVoy Images, I expressed my interest in also wanting to learn photography. He handed me a camera and said “here you go.” He handed me a Nikon D5300 and talked to me about settings, iso, and shutter speed.

My lesson was to shoot what I see and we would go over it together. Over time, I have grown to be a photographer and shoot still art, portraits, events fashion shows such as Phoenix Fashion Week and shows in New York. (It’s fun to go to NYFW as a model and a photographer) I now have my own photography business called Moments By JayeCole as well as provide model and pageant training through Ms.JayeCole Productions LLC.

My journey is coming full circle from the little girl who sparked a dream watching Vanessa Williams be crowned Miss America in 1984. It’s amazing to reflect on life and realize you are walking in your manifestation and purpose!

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has not been a smooth road. One of the challenges was balancing raising my children, working a full-time job, and having the bandwidth to also model/act.

I had to choose the path which allowed me to take care of my family first. I was also challenged with being overlooked because of my race and size. I have always had more curves than a standard model. I was trying to break into the fashion world when curvy and being black wasn’t widely accepted even at a size 6-8!

I had people tell me I needed to find a real career because my “look” wasn’t going to do it for me. I had low self-esteem became extremely overweight and stayed in my shell. I ended up in a very abusive relationship as well. I felt there was no way out and I would never see the woman I am today.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a model first! I love being in front of the camera. I’m a strong poser and know how to deliver a vision as well as put them together. My favorite pastime is creating scenes for photo shoots as well train others in posing. As a model/pageant coach teaching poise, attitude, walking, and confidence-building is my passion.

I specialize in those areas and am known for my work through modeling and fashion shows from AZ to NY! Being a photographer now adds to my creativity. I’m most proud of branching over to photography because I can experience both sides of the lens and make people feel good about themselves.

I take great pride in my still art and product shoots as this is therapy for me. One of my favorite pastimes is looking at an object such as a wineglass or a candle to see what visual can I come up with to create something amazing or tell a story. I stand out because I have an amazing eye for art!

So maybe we end by discussing what matters most to you and why?
My family is my heart! I value my family and most of the reason why I keep pushing is for them. Being able to build and leave a legacy is why I do what I do. I want my family to have a story to tell.

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Image Credits
Stella Crowl, Mosi Jelani, BestVoy Images, Joshua Oring Moments, and Ms. JayeCole

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