Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel solo?
So many people want to travel but it takes a lot of guts to do it on your own. When Unique stepped into my studio she not only blew us away with her gorgeousness, but she graced my team and I with her amazing life stories. She had just returned from her travels so of course the typical questions come to mind:
“Where did you go?”
“What did you do”
She did see really cool places and did awesome things, but when she told us that she was alone throughout her trips my jaw dropped. I couldn’t imagine being in a new country with a different culture and not knowing a single person. She told me that she was lonely at first, especially on her birthday. I mean being alone on your birthday, but in a really cool place, with so many things to do and experience, but to not have anyone to share that with? I would feel super lonely.
But then Unique said something interesting. She said that even though she didn’t have friends with her, someone she talked to remembered it was her birthday, and put together surprise celebration for her. Which was awesome but I think the best part of this story is what she learned from her solo traveling experiences.
“I don’t purposely travel alone, but I don’t mind being alone. I have told myself to not be afraid of being alone and to embrace solidarity. This allowed me to get over any fears that came up before my first solo travel. Because I decided to travel alone the first time, it became easier and easier with every trip. Traveling alone has given me an identity. I am now able to know myself, have more confidence in myself, be easily adjustable, and open-minded. I would recommend taking a least one solo travel trip because the things you learn to face about yourself by yourself is the biggest gift that can be earned.”
Beautifully put. She had inspired me to travel alone too! I am so happy I got to work with Unique, she’s a lovely person, kind, funny and though she’s young she seems to have this secret knowledge and views on life. You can read the rest of her interview below:
“My name is Unique Love, I am 24 years of age, and to be honest my mission at the moment is staying happy while continuing my journey to full stability.”
1.) Why did you want to work with me?
“I wanted to work with you because I saw your work a few years ago. I loved your style of shooting and editing.”
2.) What was the experience like?
“Working with you was very relaxing. It seemed as if we’ve worked together before even though that was our first time meeting. You were great at giving directions and working well with myself and the team. I enjoyed the shoot, that’s for sure, but I enjoyed getting to know you.”
3.) How do you feel about your self image and confidence? Did it change after our photoshoot?
“We all have something about ourselves that we wish we could change, I am guilty of this. However, I have worked on being a confident person over the last years and I have accomplished that for the most part. Shooting with you not only made me happy but it was reassured that I had made the right decision in contacting you.”
4.) You mentioned at our shoot the racism that occurred during your travels, how did you overcome this/not let it affect you?
“In the beginning of my travels the racism was something that bothered me a lot and kept me in a sad place at times. I didn’t allow that sad place to keep be from exploring and staying myself. I look at racism as something that is not my fault. I choose to ignore the racism and confront it with knowledge if I feel the situation can be changed and if I’m in position to influence the change.”
5.) You’re a writer/journalist, what do you like to write about?
“My passion is writing and inspiring children. Before modeling, I wrote books for fun and would read them to my family. Back in 2013 I worked hard for months in order to apply for a program that would allow me to teach children writing around the world. In 2014, I received a great job offer to teach in South Korea but, unfortunately I had to reject the offer to continue my modeling career. While modeling, I still had the urge to teach and inspire children. Therefore, writing became my platform. I wrote books, short stories, and poems throughout my years of traveling alone. Needless to say, writing was and still is my therapy. I realized that my stories inspired me to keep going, and I wanted to give others, especially children, that same feeling. I love children; I love the art of following one’s dreams, being educated, and independent. “
6.) You wrote a children’s book about following your dreams, despite what other’s think about them. What compelled you to do this?
“While in Cape Town, I randomly wrote a book for some children and the next thing I knew I was submitting my first book to a publishing company. I was very proud of “A Sloth Named Peaches, Has a Dream.” It was little short creative stories like this that helped me keep pushing to attain my dreams in this tough business. If it helps one child, than I have done my job.”
7.) What is your plan for the series in the future?
“My plan for the five book series is to release one book once a year. It will continue the story telling of Peaches helping others obtain their goals.”
Hair: Unwana Rose Beauty
Makeup: Jocelyn Morris Makeup
So who else is going to plan some solo trips now? 🙂
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