Itâ€™s A Lovely Day
â€œAs a single parent, I have a greater respect for my mother and all that she did to provide for our family,â€? Day says
[Our Model Of The Day]
Where She’s From: Pretty Day was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “My parents separated and eventually divorced when I was eight years old,” she tells The Black Star News. “My older brother and I lived with my mother but still spent quite a bit of time with my father until he moved to California when I was nine. I don't think I was truly affected by my father's physical absence until later in my teens and early 20s when I started dating. Although we were very close and still are to this day, I feel like not having a male figure in my life during my formative years played a huge part in how I dealt with men.”
Day has overcome a lot and adds, “As a single parent, I have a greater respect for my mother and all that she did to provide for our family. I have a better understanding of her struggles to do so. The two things I have learned from both of my parents is strength and independence.”
Day attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and worked in the retail industry for 10 years.
Where She’s At: “It wasn't until I moved to the Atlanta area in the summer of 2006 that modeling kind of fell into my lap,” she says. “A photographer saw some of my pictures on another website and offered to shoot me for free. I've always been really self-conscious about my body and I saw it as an opportunity to try to break out of my shell.”
The rest as they say is history. “I always get compliments on my youthful looks and that is my motivation,” Days says. “I want other mothers who are in their 30s who may have thought about modeling but thought they were too old, to see that you are only as old as you feel. It's about how you feel on the inside that matters, as well as believing in yourself. I not only want to be an inspiration to them but I also want to show the younger models out there that you don't have to be young and super-thin to be a model.”
Day’s priority is steady income for her two daughters so she models part time. “However if I should be fortunate enough to catch a break, I certainly will not pass up the opportunity,” she says. “I would love to one day see my face grace the pages of a magazine as part of a national ad and have my family and friends and enemies smile and say ‘wow, who knew?’”
“I think the main thing for me is letting photographers know that I do have limits,” Day says, of challenges encountered in the industry. “While I have posed in lingerie, I always have to be mindful of the fact that I have two daughters and I want them to be able to look at my pictures and be proud of me.”
Her beautiful looks and hard work have paid off. “I was a hair model for Patric Bradley at the Bronners Bros hair show in February 2007 and I have appeared several times in the online magazine, Urban Mainstream,” she notes. “You can look for me in there next month as well as part of a SafeSex advertisement campaign that will be launched.”
“As we get older, our looks change and so do our bodies. At some point in this industry, your opportunities will become less and less,” Day cautions. “That is why it's important to have your brainpower to fall back on. You should always have a plan B and not put all your eggs in one basket.”
So how does this beautiful mother of two prepare to step out? “I'm a real laid back person so I'm most comfortable in sweats and a tank. Anything Nike and I'm happy. Next to Nike, my favorite brand of clothing is DKNY. I love the way their jeans fit me. I'm not big on makeup so I use very little but mainly Fashion Fair and MAC, which is what most makeup artists I've worked with use also. My favorite perfume is Black by Kenneth Cole and I absolutely love Palmers Cocoa Butter moisturizing oil, put on after a shower using Suave Shea Butter Body Wash.”
Day’s Words Of Wisdom: “A quote that I once read by the actor from ER, Eriq LaSalle, ‘When it's right, it will present itself and GOD will let me know.’”
Day’s Secrets Of Success: “I just pray and put it in God's hands.”
Day’s Favorite Three Movies: "Love Jones, School Daze and Diary of a Mad Black Woman.”
Day’s Favorite Three Books: “The Bible, Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren and How Stella Got Her Groove Back by Terry McMillan.”
Three Leaders That Have Most Inspired Day: “Oprah Winfrey, Corretta Scott King and Betty Shabazz; the last two were leaders in their own right because they were the wives of two great leaders and were the backbones of their families.”
The First Three Things Day Would Do As President: “Bring home the troops from
Iraq, provide shelter for the homeless and pay our teachers more.”
Day’s Favorite Cars: “Denali and Escalade-I just love SUVs.”
Day’s Favorite Entertainers And Songs: “Stevie Wonder- Ribbon in the Sky; Eric Benet- Pretty Baby; Mint Condition- So Fine; and anything by Kirk Franklin.”
Day’s Five Favorite Websites: “MySpace, ModelMayhem, www.StreamingFaith.com, www.urbanmainstream.com and www.craigslist.com.”
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