Mo is a Model and Wildlife Activist in Kansas City

How would you describe your style of modeling?

I live in the present. Whatever I may be doing at any given time is in the present, the now. I reflect this in my modeling. I am aware that “now” is happening. I want the beholder to see exactly what I am portraying the present, whether it be in a photo or in person.

What makes you unique as a model?

I always have a positive attitude about everything! I can make the most of any situation. I’m very easy-going and easy to direct. I also know my body and face type very well. I know when my body might look a little awkward and I know when I am really working a pose. Same with my face. I know what angles and lighting look best for the bone structure of my face. I think both of these characteristics benefit me exponentially because I am able to portray myself in a way that I really feel is “me”.

How would you describe your personal style?

Hippie chic! I am very influenced by the late 60’s, “free spirit” look. I also love cute, trendy clothing. The combination together is perfect for me because I can mix and match trends from different time periods. Sometimes it’s hard to find cute vintage pieces (that don’t smell 40 years old or are all torn-up), but I am very thrifty. If there’s a cute 60’s pattern on a dress that is four sizes too big, I can chop it up and make a skirt or pants. The options are limitless! Being thrifty or buying secondhand is resourceful. Looking cute while reducing and reusing is the way to go. It’s a win-win!

What are some important issues you feel need to be addressed?

There are so many things to be concerned about from environment to national health to animal abuse. I’ve found that it is easier to become involved in something you feel extremely passionate about. I’m very conscious about most issues, however, environment and animals seem to grasp my attention the most. There are so many details I could go into, I’m going to lightly talk about something simple we can all do. The simplest thing to do is pay attention to what items you buy and what those companies support. In the long run, that’s where your money is going. Most (I said most, not all) large-scale companies are running huge factories to profit as much as possible, not having any concern with pollution, employee salary, animal welfare, etc. Do some of your own research to decided where you want to put your money. I am strongly against animal cruelty. I have done research and investigations about brands that I do and do not support. It may not seem like a lot but it definitely counts!

Tell us a little bit about what is happening with endangered animals.

Humans make up for 99% of endangered animals. This is a man-made problem that we as humans are slowly trying to fix. For most animals, though, it is too late. There are a lot more conservation facilities now but the issue of endangered animals is still rising. Polar bears are becoming endangered in light of global warming. The ice is melting. That is the bear’s home and foundation. The Siberian tiger is endangered due to deforestation, trophy hunting, and the value of tiger bones. Elephants and rhinoceroses are endangered for their gorgeous ivory tusks and horns are hunted to sell on black markets. Habitat loss also contributes. The list for endangered animals is as long as ever and will keep growing if we do not do something.

Where can someone look to get credible information concerning these issues?

World Wildlife Fund is a credible source that has an extremely user-friendly website, as well as, great articles about what is happening to certain species. I also love national geographic. The articles are full of crucial information, not to mention the photos are mesmerizing! There are a lot of websites out there. Just be careful when reading some of these because things on the internet can be skewed. Make sure these websites credible. Check for citation of sources. I often watch lots of documentaries to learn about issues that are going on in the world and what we as individuals can do. My best advice is to be strong and have a positive attitude. You can make a difference. Be the change you want to see!!!

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