As the city of Miami experiences record growth in numerous creative sectors (art, design, fashion), there has never been such an opportune time for women to build dynamic entrepreneurial careers in South Florida.
Especially in the talent world, as economic conditions have provided a sustainable and high growth marketplace for models, influencers, and designers.
Ocean Drive had the chance to catch up with a few of the city's most promising young Entrepreneurs in fashion to gain their insights on why Miami changed their lives and propelled their careers.
Fashion Model & Financial Day Trading Entrepreneur
Miami is very accepting of women with curves & its ok to have a body here. Although we are definitely starting to see a shift in that throughout other markets in different cities.
I’ve been able to adapt to the change by spinning it to my advantage honestly. Now it is much easier for me to book a test shoot because of instagram & collab with brands, again because of instagram. It is so simple, you kind of just “slide into their dm’s” I think that it helps me grow & along that it helps my social media platform grow as well. I can’t imagine how models lived without instagram even back in the early 2000’s.
In Miami, I support charities & women’s shelters. I am very passionate about giving back especially to vulnerable people such as women & children. I always, since I was a little girl, would collect items that my friends don’t wear or I don’t wear or my family doesn’t need & I would ask my mom to drive me to these places to drop of big bags of toys & clothes for the less fortunate. I think its important to give back.
I have been in the process of putting together a website/videos for a youtube channel on how beginner or struggling models can make extra cash in fields not related to the fashion industry. I am very passionate about finance & day trading in particular. I remember when I was struggling to pay rent & pay for food & had to figure something out that didn’t require me getting a full time job that would interfere with my modeling career. My boyfriend at the time was a day trader & I kind of picked that up form him, further educating myself on the matter. Its not easy but I think with the right education & guidance it can be super beneficial to young girls. And the best part is, you don’t need thousands of dollars to start up. You just need the proper education & I think I can help them out with that.
Fashion Model, Women's Empowerment Activist
Miami’s market is different from any other market since it’s multi-cultural and accepts all different types of shapes and sizes. It’s my favorite city and not just because I live here but everything is so accessible and affordable for young models just starting out. It’s a great place to get your foot in the door and build a portfolio for yourself.
I support young females and women groups here in Miami called Girlfriends for Girlfriends. It’s a group who help women and children of domestic violence and homelessness obtain safe and affordable housing. I think it’s very important in this day and age to show young women the power they truly have and how beautiful life can be with just the simple things.
My favorite way to spend the day in Miami is anywhere by the water. I love being 10 minutes from the beach and just being able to swim and tan with my friends is always a good time. Of course a day on the Vandutch is a bonus to any regular day in Miami nothing like cruising on the water in style.
Designer & Blogger
I moved to Miami when I was 19 and I fell in love with the beaches and weather so much I decided to stay.
I have always had a passion for designing swimwear and in 2017, I decided to use my platform and launch my own swimwear line, Tosh Swimwear. In 2018 I launched my beach handbag line, Sirena Tosh.
I love the tropical and friendly vibe of Miami! The sunny weather, the beautiful beaches and it’s own unique culture is very appealing to me.
I have always tried to live a healthy, active lifestyle and try to fit in a workout￼ on most days. It keeps me focused and gives me the energy I need.
Having recently signed with AC Talent Management, I am very excited to see what amazing adventures are to come. I have been blessed with the opportunity to be included in the roster to participate in the upcoming Miami Swim Suit Week 2020.
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