noun || yəNG ˈhefā
Kayla Moniqué is a model and musician.
YJ: Has what you’re doing now been a life-long interest?
FF: When I was little I wanted to be everything in the world. But as I got older, reality sunk in as did low self-esteem. Ironically, modeling helped me find a sense of self and so did singing.
YJ: Where do you find inspiration, when needing it?
FF: I find my inspiration through life experiences. Everything I’ve been through has helped shape me into the woman I am today. And when I need a break from everything in my professional life, I find strength in my family.
YJ: What do you think is different about your creative process?
FF: I burn a whole lot of sage. And honestly, I’m a hermit. I like being indoors — I require a certain amount of alone time to be functioning. I also do a lot of reminiscing in the older vintage era and I enjoy perfecting my craft.
YJ: What would you say to someone who may think that their talent is not an ideal career path?
FF: That’s me! Affirmations are important and I tend to make sure I take a day out of my week where I can relax and show myself self love.
Everyone has a journey and a purpose. No one is to be compared to and no one is alone. A lot of creatives have a persona that is “What you see if what you get” and that’s not always the case. It’s important to know and see where you are in your craft.
It’s also important not to get caught in perception and to focus on yourself.
YJ: If you could tell your younger self one thing about life, what would it be?
FF: Take everything with a grain of salt. And that “you are beautiful, intelligent, and you are going to grow if you stay true to yourself.”
YJ: What are 3 activities still left on your bucket list?
- Bunjee Jumping
- Getting My License
YJ: What are you still looking to achieve?
FF: A certain level of personal happiness and I want to be content. Wherever life leads me, I’ll be happy if I continue to do what I’m doing.
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The featured images were taken by Mark Clennon.