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Inspiring Conversations with Jearlean Taylor of J & Company Modeling

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jearlean Taylor.

Jearlean, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
“Different to Make a Difference” I don’t look like what I been through. I developed a rare form of cancer (Rhabdomyosarcoma) at the age of three years old. As a result of cancer, multiple surgeries, chemo, and radiation treatments, I was forced to have ostomy surgery. An ostomy refers to the surgically created opening in the body for the discharge of body wastes. An ostomy bag (pouch) attaches to the abdomen and is fitted over and around the stoma to collect the diverted output, either stool or urine.

No one could imagine my difficulties, low self-esteem, disappointments, insecurities, too many surgeries to count, and my problem with loving me. I was suffering with low self-esteem, pity, depression, unhappiness, suicidal thoughts, and accepting my ostomy bags. I learned to love the person God created me to be. I understood I was more than my bags. To see the outer appearance, no one could ever tell I live with these adversities and what I deal with 24 hours/7 days a week. My ostomy “bags” do not define me.

It is a blessing to have my desires and passions come true. I have been a fashion (editorial and runway) model for over 22 years, yes with two ostomy bags. I want others to know all things are possible in spite of things we call “life”. I am not my bags. Bold, beautiful, and making moves!

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
There were major struggles along the way. Because of the type of cancer I was diagnosed with, doctors did not expect me to live. Imagine my parents thinking they may lose a child. But God. For me personally, I struggled with low self-esteem, not loving myself, depression, thoughts of suicide, loneliness, and not being sure of my future. The road we often travel is not always smooth. I believe it’s not supposed to. It’s those rough roads we learn to be strong. I am a survivor and living to share my story of hope and inspiration.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about J & Company Modeling?
J & Company Christian Modeling is where we build, train, and develop from the inside out. We are a modeling development company. We instruct and teach you all areas of modeling, but our focus is to prepare you for this industry by preparing you mentally and emotionally. We believe in building your self-esteem and self-worth. We teach you to love who you are and who you are becoming.

I am most proud that I can give back to any aspiring or experienced models that they are beautiful from the inside out. They can strut with their head high and walk with dignity no matter your size, color, or ethnicity. All are welcome at J & Company.

Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
Growing up, most of my life was in and out of the hospital. If it was not treatments, it was surgery and treatments again. I was not a very outgoing person. I stayed to myself, except with my siblings. But as I grew older, the neighborhood children were awesome to be around. We played, hung out, and were very involved in our community.

It was during my high school years that I developed the gift of doing hair. I took the trade cosmetology in high school when I graduated with a high school diploma and a licensed hairstylist. In addition, a career in Hotel & hospitality. I was a double career woman and proud. Now retired from both. My career in modeling is great and I love it. And later got involved in other aspirations of inspiration; author, mentor, public speaker, and owner of an online Ostomy apparel store.

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