Modeling a plan for her future

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Spontaneous advise rarely leads to someone finding a career all too often, but for junior Elissa Williams, the word of others may have kicked started her modeling career.

“People were telling me how i would be really good at modeling because I was tall and skinny and so I said sure I’ll think about,” Elissa said. “And later my mom asked me if I would like to sign up for this model search thing in Dallas and so I signed up the day before it ended and I ended up being a finalist in it.”

my mom asked me if I would like to sign up for this model search thing in Dallas and so I signed up the day before it ended and I ended up being a finalist in it,”

— junior Elissa Williams

Originally Elissa signed with the Clutts Agency but later started searching for a new agency

“The end of this year I submitted online to and agency in St. Louis which is called Mother Model Management and its like a development agency,” Elissa said. “I got an email back about facetiming and just learning more about our personalities.”

The agency in St. Louis invited her to do some modeling for them in the summer of 2018 which led her to another agency.

“They ended up really liking me so I went to St. Louis during summer and did some new face stuff with them and then later on in the fall I went to do a fashion show with them,” Elissa said. “After I did the fashion show, during the same weekend I went to casting to sign with different agencies. And one of those agencies which is world wide really liked me and so I signed with them, it’s called Next Models.”

The potential to pursue a career in modeling may bring her high school career to an early end.

“I plan on graduating early and my options are to either graduate before next year starts in August and if I do that then I would have to start my classes for next year like right now and I don’t think i’ll be able to do that on top of the school work I already have,” Elissa said. “And even if I decide to do that I wouldn’t be able to go to fashion week until I was 18 which is in October or I can graduate next December, which is the better option so that’s what I’m gonna do.”

Only 17, her agency wants her to travel and get a feel of what the life of a model can be like.

“My agency wants me to travel to LA, Mexico City and Tokyo, just places like that for the experience while I’m still 17 during during this summer,” Elissa said.

Throughout all of this, her parents feel that modeling is a great opportunity for her to chase something that can be good for her.

“We only wanted the best for Elissa from the very beginning,” her father Edward said. “The modeling to us seems to be more of a opportunity to chase what could be something very few people get to achieve which could be a major modeling career beyond that we’ve made sure, Elissa has made sure that she has the ability to still be successful in any career that she chooses if the modeling didn’t work out. We feel comfortable that she has the ability and the skill to do whatever it is that she wants to do.”

Along with modeling she is also going to get a college degree and for that we can’t be prouder that she is an independent young woman,”

— mom Tracey Williams

After graduating, Elissa hopes to move to New York.

“When I’m 18 and graduate December next year I will hopefully move to New York into a model apartment,” Elissa said. Which is basically an apartment where you live with models from the same agency and the agency pays the rent for us but we would pay them back later once we start earning our own money.”

Although modeling isn’t what her parents envisioned for Elissa, they are proud of her chosen path.

“It wasn’t what we pictured, but ultimately you have to let your child decide what they want to do in life and what makes them happy,” her mom Tracey said. “Along with modeling she is also going to get a college degree and for that we can’t be prouder that she is an independent young woman who knows what she wants and she goes after it.”