I had the privilege to interview Chay Crews an up and coming plus size model. Chay has been busy being a promo model as well as building her brand. She's definitely talented and will be a great asset for the modeling world. Here's her interview.
Jchell: Where are you from?
Chay: I'm from Gadsden, Alabama
Jchell: Where did you go to high school/college?
Chay: I attended Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tenn.
Jchell: What are some of your main interests and hobbies?
Chay: Besides modeling I'm an artist making a name for myself. I'm a singer-songwriter for D-4 Enertainment I rap also. I love the stage I'm very comfortable whenever I'm performing.
Jchell: How long have you been modeling?
Chay: I've been modeling for 3 years now mostly glam shots but I'm hoping I can expand to runway which is very rewarding to me. I recently became a model for Urban Thick a online consignment store. Ms. Dina is the owner and she took a chance on me and it has been great modeling for her company.
Jchell: What was it like starting out as a model?
Chay: Believe it or not I wasn't trying to model. People would always ask me when they see me if I modeled? I would quickly answer no because I didn't want it taking away my ability as an artist. As time went on I realize that modeling and music goes hand and hand and now I embrace all that it offers.
Jchell: Have you been published in any magazines?
Chay: Yes, I have actually. All have been online magazines companies. I've been in G Magazine, Billionaire Boyz Magazine, Whose Got Next Magazine, Queen Hype Magazine, Queen of the Curves Magazine and I've just been selected to be in Mic Magazine.
Jchell: Besides modeling, have you done any acting?
Chay: Yes, I have. I've writen 8 plays on my own and I've been in quite a few stage plays. I was recently casted in a Movie from Columbia Motion Pictures entitled Destined 4 Greatness which will be filming this spring. I'm very bless to be chosen for this project!
Jchell: Let's talk about your beauty regimen: How do you keep your hair and skin looking healthy?
Chay: I'm very old fashion...lol I stopped using perms and now I get my hair pressed. Being on stage alot performing and sweating it does something drastic to my hair so now I get a hot oil treatment that feeds my hair the nutritions it needs. I get my hair braided a lot because I do wear wigs or sew ins whenever I'm traveling. Worrying about my hair is the last thing I want to deal with. When it comes to my skin I haven't found anything better then water. During a photoshoot or video shoot I make sure I take the make up right off with simple hot water and I moisturize at night and in the morning.
Jchell: What are your favorite fashion trends you love?
Chay: Some of mine is anything black! My stylist is going to kill me...lol she's trying to get me away from that but I can't help it. The rebel look in a new form of modeling. It stands out to me and it draws me in. I'm such a happy person, so you wouldn't think black would be in considering it's known as the dark look but it works for me. Me and black rock out together!
Jchell: Every girl has a special “can't live without this” in her closet, what's yours?
Chay: I really don't have that, crazy I know. I've never been girly girly, so I pretty much go by day today. Whatever I see I grab it and go. It's not that serious to me.
Jchell: Who is your favorite photographer(s)?
Chay: Wow! I've never been asked that which is refreshing. I've had many photoshoots over the years but If I have to say Focused Photography right here out of Gadsden, Alabama. Emma Hazelwood is the owner and I must say her techique is one of a kind. She made me go through hell and back for some incredible shots! She has a great great eye and that's what I love. She tells you the truth and you get nothing but quality shots! I'm working with a few more photographers now and each one is different and unique in their own way.
Jchell: Knowing what you know, what advice would you give to other models trying to establish themselves?
Chay: If you can accept being plus size then do so. People use to ask me how is it ok to tell someone you are a plus size model? Easy, once you recognize that you are plus size own it and embrace it. How can you get the world to see your confidence if you haven't excepted yourself? Love who you are as hard as you can! Once you realize that you will see this whole time your worse enemy was you!
Jchell: Is there anything else you would like to add?
Chay: Yes, I'm working on my own clothing line Bama Breed. I was hoping to have it by this summer but it doesn't look that way. Everything comes in due time and this will too. Have faith, work hard, stay humble and most of all always pray! Know that God is forever good!
You can connect with Chay on the following social media outlets:
Facebook fan page: Jchell Plus Size Model On Deck