We had the good fortune of connecting with Whitley Queen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Whitley, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
When I was younger I loved experimenting with my image. As a teenager I dyed my hair weekly, followed countless makeup tutorials, and had my nails done regularly to match the new crazy trend. When it was time to start thinking of careers though, becoming a hair stylist or makeup artist never felt like the right choice for me. Then, with the help of a few friends, I was slowly introduced to modeling. Through this career I am able to express any emotion, showcase the art tattooed on my body, and even collaborate with other creatives to mold ideas into a work of art. Modeling has strengthened my confidence and self-love, as well as shown me how beautiful humans can be and what can be created together.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I like to think of myself as a “Jack Of All Trades” by exploring various types of modeling, which allows me the opportunity to showcase my creativity. When you look at the creative individuals in this industry, many of them have a single theme or style that they pursue, which is wonderful! For me, I like to keep my friends and followers on their toes; with creepy, surrealism one day to covering myself in gold body paint for a goddess look the next. Getting to this point certainly wasn’t simple, I had to network constantly to meet new photographers and build a wardrobe to deliver the concepts we decided on. This industry has taught me several things needed to grow my success, but the most important lesson is this: every photoshoot (whether good or bad) is an experience to learn from. Sometimes you won’t be compatible with other creatives but you still understand how to get results. Regardless of what resources you have at your disposal, you work to create the concept intended. Even when shoots don’t go as planned,there is always something to take away from them that can be applied to the next one. There is always room for improvement. I hope my interview can inspire other creatives to just go for their dream and work hard until they achieve it. I quit my job of 7 years and took the risk of modeling full time, with no regrets. Now nobody has to go that extreme, but finally driving all your determination into something you’re truly passionate about is the most rewarding and exhilarating feeling you can get. Every day I feel more accomplished, ready to put forth all my effort with each shoot to create something memorable.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Everyone needs time to relax and recover, so King Spa in Dallas is definitely on the list. There you can get massages, facials, or just soak for hours in their heated spas. Relieving all that stress certainly works up an appetite, so I would take them somewhere like Jinya ramen bar for something savory, or Whisk crepe cafe for something sweet. These places are still affordable but with the most delicious flavors to ever sit on your palette. Needing to walk all of that food off, a walk through the Arts District or Dallas Arboretum never fails. Not only could you take some great pictures there, but they’re filled with so much expression and beauty for us to take in and appreciate fully. With such a busy day behind us, it’s time to sit back and have some good laughs at the Addison Improv Comedy Club. Showing support to fellow up and coming creatives while also getting your fill of fun and laughter can never go wrong. These places are just a few of what makes DFW worth while for those to come. It’s the little things in life.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This community definitely proves that working together creates monumental results. Although there are several fellow creatives in the industry who have helped me fine tune my skills, I feel there are two incredibly important people to me who deserve credit for my continuing success. Shoutout to my good friend (and inspiring model/photographer) Charissa Menken. She brought me further into the modeling community, all the while being there to answer any questions I had and continuously showing support when I created something new. I also owe a shoutout to my loving, supportive boyfriend Tyler Dawson. He is always encouraging me to push forward and strive for greatness; he even graciously critiques my work in order to help me put forth more effort and improve within my career.
Ambition has taken me further than expected, but with these two people cheering me on I feel unstoppable.
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