Ray Long

Q: How old are you and where are you from?

– I’m a 23-year-old Fashion Design Student, model, and promoter from Pretoria, South Africa.

Q: How did you start modeling?

– Funny story actually, my modelling career started randomly, I used to love taking  OOTD pictures of my outfits every single day when I could and posting on Instagram back in 2016,For into the groove of being in front of the camera, later on in 2017 a national Shoe brand called Tommy Takkies ran a competition and I entered, won 1 of the 5 spots on the campaign and rest is history .

Q: What is your dream modeling job?

– One of my dream modelling jobs is working on an international brand campaign like Nike, Adidas  or a streetwear fashion label, I’d love the task of being an ambassador for a cause ,I’m mostly an introvert so allowing myself to be in a huge campaign would allow change in my own personal growth and that on its own is a major goal I’m working towards.

Q: When you’re not busy modeling, what are some of your favorite things to do?

– I’m currently a 3rd year  Fashion Design and Technology Student,so I spend most of my time on campus, but when I do get days off I like spending them at creative spaces like social markets and events, music shows, trading events or just have an old  day in and read a book or two. One of my favorite books is “The Goddess BootCamp” by Local Author Kagiso Msimango, A handbook for the future empowered women. There’s a lot of designated creative spaces in my city and I can’t ask for anything more.

Q: If you weren’t a model, what would you want to do?

Hmh I’d probably be a writer, I’ve always been fascinated by the ins and outs of  writing though I never actually tried pursuing it,not just any writing though, movie review writing sit at a cinema all day watching a bunch of inspiring  movies and write all about it,is that even a thing ? I don’t know but I would. Haha

Q: What are the challenges and has anything surprised you?

– One of the most hardest challenges is getting yourself out there, I’m in an industry where all the deal makers work mainly with acquaintances and friends, and rarely ever a new face. An industry that is still caught on booking models according to how pretty they are, to me that’s the most shocking and surprising part of it all but I guess it sells,growing up I used to envision models that look like aliens,models that look like they from outer space  bringing In an awe of rawness and realness,I like to think of myself in that sense and that’s what I’m mainly focusing on,actually working with people who look different,a plethora of non-standardised looking human beings.

Q: What are you hoping to see in the future? Are there specific clients you are really hoping to work with? What changes would you like to see?

– More raw and unfiltered artistic work, I’d love to see a campaign where an actual model has a pimple on their face, humorous as it is the audience that actually gets to see these campaigns need to feel and see that models are human and the same as them. I’d love to work with streetwear clothing brands like DailyPaper and a few more in the future, goals that I’m working towards on a daily. I’d love to see a whole lot more of body diversity, I think it’s not represented enough, mostly in print workable angles are possible so why can’t an averaged sized model be prioritized.

Q: Do you have any advice for other aspiring models whether old or young?

– My Advice is to keep at It, legit keep at It! If you believe in yourself and you see your vision, and still have that hope, u owe it to yourself to make it work, I’m 23 probably a late bloomer in the game, sorta plus sized, average height but I don’t let it get in my way,but also create a box full of visions not just one,if the other one fails, on to the next one, your  gut knows when it knows,Trust It!

Love and light


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