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Life & Work with Mon’ae Amy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mon’ae Amy.

Hi Mon’ae, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Where do I begin? Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I was different. I never wanted the typical American dream with a 9 to 5 and white picket fence. I knew that I was destined to be famed. I’ve always had natural abilities such as singing, dancing, and modeling. I just so happened to be beautiful too!

I grew up in one of the toughest neighborhoods in Baltimore. Poverty and trauma were all I knew. When you grow up experiencing so many life injustices, your chances of becoming who you want to seem impossible. Despite my hardships, I sang in the choir and danced on my school’s dance team.

Creativity and art have always been a huge part of my life. Being able to express myself through my body without words was everything to me. However, I was an extremely shy kid. I remember always being an outcast. I struggled to fit in with peers and wasn’t supported at home. Soon I developed extreme self-esteem and body image issues. I was a pretty voluptuous girl. I became so ashamed of my body and talents that I decided to stop dancing, singing, and modeling. All creativity ceased, I completely gave up on myself.

Soon after, in 2015 became a teen mom, gained over 100 pounds, and struggled in an abusive relationship. Depression and mediocrity consumed me. I became extremely introverted. Scared to show the world the real me. These troubles carried into adulthood. I would scroll on Instagram and see women doing exactly what I wanted to do. Watching time and opportunities pass me by. There’s always been this voice in my head that would nag me about going after my dreams. I would try to ignore but this voice grew louder and LOUDER each day.

At some point, this voice was practically screaming GIRL GET UP. Some people call it your conscious & others call it GOD! The new life I had given myself wouldn’t suffice. I knew it would never be enough. In 2018, I decided that enough was enough. It was time to get to work because I knew I had to have everything I wanted. I turned my pain into purpose. Over the years, I dropped over 100 pounds, practiced self-love, shredded people’s opinions, and soon fell in love with modeling and influencing in 2020.

Yes, I’ve always been beautiful but I felt like I had much more to offer to the world! I just needed to tap into my potential so I jumped in front of the camera. Modeling has literally changed my entire life. It has boosted my self-esteem and helped me to tap back into my creativity. During my photoshoots, it’s just the camera and I. Modeling has allowed me to unapologetically embrace my beauty and to show others that they can too! That’s my goal.

To be the role model, I wish I had grown up promoting the importance of self-love. To show young women that despite their circumstances, they can be everything you ever wanted to be. To be honest, I’m just getting started. Life is just beginning for me. I want to be able to look back at the life and say I DID THAT!

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?
I wish I could say that this journey has been easy but I wouldn’t be telling the truth. I’ve struggled with my own personal identity issues along with caring about the opinions of society. I’ve been told that my dreams are just dreams and that I would never make them.

I’ve been told that my body isn’t fit enough. I’ve been told no much more than I can count. Through it all, I decided to keep moving forward and take things day by day determined to develop my skill set. I had to be my greatest cheerleader and believe in myself when no one else did, I still do! Hard work pays off.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m what I like to call a “Firestarter”. I have a deep craving to create and transform. Whether it’s through performing, modeling, or leadership. I wouldn’t put myself into one lane. I’m a creative soul. I thrive in an environment that encourages innovation, creativity, and rapid evolution. I like to color outside the lines. I’m so proud of the work I’ve done so far.

I’ve really stepped outside my comfort zone. I use my social media platform to inspire others to do the same. Everyone has a talent and a story. God didn’t put these gifts in me just to let them go to waste.

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
In my opinion, LUCK is just a word. You attract what you want in life by radiating love, light hard work, and consistency. Remember, the life you want is on the other side of your comfort zone.

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Trey, Shiquilla Walker, and Monae Amy

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