Friends of Extra Butter: To celebrate Black History Month, EB caught up with local Black creatives that are friends of the brand to discuss their personal experiences in the industries they work in and motivation for other Black creatives out there.
We wanted to highlight what it takes being a Black creative today, but also show what is possible for all young professionals that have a dream.
Meet Cherrelle 'Cherry' Moore - Freelance Model & Creative
As a Black model in the fashion industry, how do you navigate through it?
As an African American model in the industry, it can be tough especially since our culture is glamorized by multiple industries and agencies. Success is mostly prevalent in large social media followings and the pressures of having the ideal “look.” I just happen to be so blessed by having amazing friends and people in my life that I’ve met through social gatherings or mutual friends to navigate by getting more bookings, which eventually helped me in building a personal connection with brands/clients.
What are some thoughts/mantras you tell yourself to keep yourself centered and focused on your goals?
The key is manifestation. As much as I can, I manifest by speaking things into existence when working on a project or gig. I also journal from now and then to reflect on how to achieve these goals and manifestations, while keeping a positive attitude and energy especially when times are rough and my mental can often drift into a dark space due to the industry.
"... I’ve been modeling since 2015, around the same time I started to break out of my shell by putting myself out there, especially by being in the right places. I remained true to my genuine self."
What advice would you give to young future artists?
My advice is to never give up. Do you know how many people have turned me down and doors slammed in my face? I’ve been modeling since 2015, around the same time I started to break out of my shell by putting myself out there, especially by being in the right places. I remained true to my genuine self. It is tough out here – this shit is not easy at all but you have to at least TRY and don’t give up if you are passionate about something or even want to try something new.
What do you hope for in the next generation of young Black professionals?
What I hope for the next generation of young Black professionals is to connect connect CONNECT! I hate when people gate keep and don’t share the wealth when most of us were born in poverty and struggled to get to where we are. Our past generations have sacrificed and walked for us to run. We as the black community need to be in sync and aligned when working on our goals and aspirations so we can thrive and build that foundation for our future generations to come.
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