Chekira Hill is a Teen fashion model from Richmond, VA. She has done print, fit and runway modelling. Having started modelling at the age of 13 she appeared in her first fashion runway show for a non-profit charity event held in Richmond, VA. Chekira has gone on to walk the runway for the HMRM Cancer Awareness Fashion Show helping promote Brest Cancer awareness. Since then, she has been booked for numerous fashion shows, appeared in music videos and on TV. Her most recent role was portraying a bullied teen’s friend on Law and Order SVU – a topic that’s very close to her heart. Whilst we could go on and on about Chekira why not check out her interview below.
1.When did you first realise you wanted to be a model?
I realized I first wanted to be a model when I was a young girl and used to watch ‘America’s Next Top Model’, practicing way too hard to walk and ‘smize’ in the mirror.
2.At what age did you first start modelling
Around age 13.
3.What was your first big break and how did it arise?
After I did a show for Hype Hair Magazine, everything kinda just took off from there, with me getting signed to my agencies and getting castings.
4.What would you say is your biggest achievement so far?
I think my biggest achievement so far, is performing at Disney World! That was so wonderful for me. It was a dream come true.
5.How do you like to stay fit?
Im a cheerleader, so that has a lot to do with how fit I do stay. But also dancing helps too.
6.What’s your favourite food?
My faaaaavorite food is macaroni & cheese.
7.Any advice for people wanting to start modelling?
It’s not going to be easy. There’s always going to be people who are rude, there’s going to be people who you don’t want to work with, people who may lie to you, but you have to stay positive, stay vigilant, and work hard.
8.What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
At my high school, I take cosmetology classes. When we go into our “lab” (that’s where we practice hair styling), we’re in there for a while and it’s early in the morning. I had sat down to rest my legs and ended up falling asleep and the girls in my class took pictures of me. Not my proudest moment!
9.What’s song best describes you?
I’d say ‘Free Somebody’ by Luna. It’s an upbeat kpop song and it’s about you and someone else being free and following your dreams.
10.What would you be if you weren’t a model?
I’d be dancing full time again! I love doing both, but I’ve been a dancer since I was three.
11.Tell me something about you not many people know?
I’m double jointed in both my thumbs!
12.What do you like doing in your free time?
I usually like to write, read, or find new music to listen to.
13.What do you think is the most interesting thing about you?
I think the most interesting thing about me is that when I’m faced with a challenge, I don’t throw in the towel. No matter what, I try to reach the good points of the challenge and come out on top in the end.
14.What was your nickname at school?
Currently, I have a couple. “She-Kira”, “Chuh-kira”, and “Cheeky”.
15.What three things do you need to be successful in this industry?
Perseverance, thick skin, and a strong support system.
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