Bold sat down with APM fashion model Jessica Spangler to discuss her blooming modeling career, including her latest national ad campaign with Kohl’s. Spangler has her sights set on the silver screen, but it’s her commitment to self-confidence and firm belief that beauty is more than skin-deep that make her bold.
Bold: What is your definition of beauty?
Jessica Spangler: Beauty is a quality that shows through in your personality and confidence.
Bold: How has your perception and acceptance of beauty changed or impacted your career?
Jessica Spangler: My perception of beauty has impacted my career very positively. I just have fun and be myself and people love it.
Bold: Did you deal with any bullying in school and if so, how did you overcome it?
Jessica Spangler: Girls in high school can be very mean. I dealt with a lot of bullying my freshman year. I overcame this with the help of some good friends and by showing these girls they could not bring me down.
Bold: What is the biggest misconception about Millennial models?
Jessica Spangler: The biggest misconception is that they are not hard-working. Many of the girls I have worked with work very hard to be successful.
Bold: What is the hardest part about your job?
Jessica Spangler: The hardest part is scheduling and trying to be in five different places at once.
Bold: What message do you have for young girls dealing with image and body issues with self-acceptance?
“My main slogan is ‘be you’ and by that I mean be proud of who you are. Dress the way that you feel most confidence. Don’t worry about what others think of you and focus on what you think of you.” ~ Jessica Spangler
Bold: Who are your top three role models?
Bold: How do you mentally prepare yourself for a casting call?
Jessica Spangler: I always try to make sure I feel confident in how I look and feel by having a healthy breakfast and dressing in a favorite outfit. Confidence is key.
Bold: How do you deal with rejection?
Jessica Spangler: There really is only one way. The second you leave the casting, just forget about it and move on to the next opportunity.
Bold: How do you plan to use your influence to empower young women?
Jessica Spangler: I have worked very hard to use all my social media in order to show girls that they are good enough just the way they are and that you are at your best if you just #beyou.
Bold: Where would you like to see your career go from here?
Jessica Spangler: I would like to continue to work with new clients and also start getting into the acting side.
Challenging the traditional roles women are often cast to play, Denise Mobolaji Ajayi-Williams has created a revolutionary organization for women worldwide to be a part of. Denise’s organization “Working Moms in 20’s” comes from a unique concept all her own, the idea that women can redefine their position in history and establish themselves as the true leaders that they are to their homes and communities. “Women are the pillars of communities,” asserted Denise, “They are the driving force of success, stability, and growth.” The mission of the organization is to theoretically go back to the 1920’s and to rewrite history, celebrating our racial, cultural, ethnic, and religious differences while making visible the parts of history not often celebrated. Denise’s vision is to go back in time to create a mindset that there are no limitations for women and highlight the unsung female heroes. In addition to being the founder of “Working Mom in 20s” Denise is a mother, wife of Hayden Williams III (her husband Pre-Med Student at University of San Francisco, Healthcare Innovator & Professional), she is a child of God, and like most moms a truly ambitious woman taking on the world.