Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle
Model & Stylist: Samantha Watson
Place of birth: London, England
Height: 5› 9»
After finishing school with 11 GCSE, I went on to college firstly to do a Literacy level 3, in which I achieved a distinction. Then I went on to do a GNVQ UK Leisure & Tourism course where I got a distinction as well. I’m also a trained UK professional dancer with a collection of medals for ballet, jazz, rock and roll and disco dancing.
Country of origin or parents’ origin:
My father Peter (RIP) was from Belfast, Northern Ireland and my mother Roselyn was born here but her mother came from Montserrat in the Caribbean
How would you describe yourself?
I’m smarter than people think.I’m fun loving, kind, humble, a muse. I’m a glass ‚half full’ kind of girl, not judgemental, I’m a big box of tricks that i can’t put a label on. I’ve got a good side but never an ugly side and always a Lady.
Why did you choose to become a model?
I don’t think you choose to be a model. I think you are born one.
I was a very cute and pretty child and started modelling as a child. I’ve always loved having my photo taken and as I was dancing up and down the country in full glitz, it was easy to get into modelling. As a child, I was in a few runway shows and beauty contests and won a few too.
Any interests in acting? If so, what type of roles attract you?
Why yes, I am an actress as well. I’ve done a few musicals. My preferred roles of course are of a leading lady but I think I would play a good villain or a spy. Acting is a real passion of mine, eiter film, stage or TV. I hopefully will be on all three in the near future.
What’s the part of your body you like most?
I love my legs. I think they are long and sexy and they never let me down, they are very strong and i couldn’t live without them. I’ve been a trained dancer from the age of 4, and I still dance, to cheer me up or because I’m sad.
What are the qualities of your ideal man?
Someone who loves me for me, not because of the way I look, someone who doesn’t mistreat me, someone who knows that is about give and take, someone who’s got brains not just looks, someone who’s a real man because only a real man knows how to treat a real Lady.
What would you like to achieve in life?
As a mixed race female, I have found a very good role model in Halle Barry. Halle went from dancer to beauty queen to model to Hollywood actress. I feel that this is the same path that I am taking. I have always said that when I die, the world will know my name for good not evil. I’ve always known I was meant to be a Star.
Any advice to those aspiring to become models?
My advice is in the form of questions. Can you work well with others even if they may not like you? Can you get back up after you have a knock-back, wether it one knock-back or ten? Can you rock an outfit wether it’s made out of black bags or silk and not moan or complain about it? Can you handle the fact that you are there firstly to make the designer and their garment look good, and that your feelings about the look or theme of the show/shoot is not important, you are there only to do a job? Do you know it takes a lot of hard work and effort to make it in the fashion world, and that acting as if you’re a Diva from the start will hold you back?
It is alos about being one with who you are, learning from others, showing a willingness to do whatever it takes to make it (within reason) and knowing that even if you are pretty you have to have and give more than just a good face.
As a model, is there any particular thing you’d like to campaign for or against?
Yes, I would like to campaign about a few things 1) Against Age limits set in the modelling world – I believe that as long as you still look good it shouldn’t matter what your true age is. So if you look like you are 20 years old when you’re really 30, why should it matter?
2) I’m campaigning for more mixed race people to be on TV and as supermodels.We all know there are few black people in both areas but even fewer mixed race people. We are a fast growing race, but with few people to look up to. We are not black and we are not white. We need role models for our children whom they can watch and relate to.
3) I have dyslexia and I want to show others that you can be and do more than you think you can, and nothing needs to hold you back as long as you have faith in yourself.
4) I’ve been a campaigner for more help and understanding for women’s mental health issues.
What’s your message to those who organise fashion events in UK but deny models of colour a chance of taking part?
All I would say to them is this: “could you imagine this world without different colours, no green grass nor blue sky and no yellow sand”. If the answer is that we can’t live life in shades of grey, it’s the same for fashion. Only using white models or really dark models is not allowing the beautiful colour palette that exists today in the world. Models come in every shade but grey, so show that you can see the whole range.
Any other information you’d like to share with our readers?
As well as being up for a BEFFTA for Best Female Model, I’m also up for a BEFFTA for Best Wardrobe Stylist. I started as a stylist when asked to assist at London Fashion Week events in between my shoots. Since then, I have done a 1940 Vintage photo shoot, bridal shows, African outdoor events and urban catwalk shows. I was inspired to create a company named Bouyon Inc. My team consist of a professional Model Coordinator, a photographer and myself as Stylist and Creative Designer. Bouyon Inc has a website and is on Facebook. I have developed a clientele of designers who have used my skills as both stylist and creative designer to present professional themed fashion shows, venue decor, commercial or private photo shoots. I get the greatest pleasure from seeing the smiles on the designers’ faces when they see how I have made their designs, craft and accessories comesto life. I am overwhelmed at being nominated for the Stylist BEFTA award for sharing the vision and inspired presentations that I enjoy producing. I aim to continue using my gifts to keep reflecting the designer’s concepts into reality.
How can someone book you?
Through my agent
Fashions Finest: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deborah St. Louis
Mob: +44(0)7525 148 327
Tel: +44(0)845 388 0525
Award Winner – Best Event Company 2011
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