What does beauty mean to you?
Beauty is something that I believe we never stop chasing. Currently I have begun plus-sized modeling and I’m learning from other beautiful women that it truly is more inside than out (even though these women are physically gorgeous). I am learning to embrace and accept my little flaws and in turn, love myself because they are all part of me.
When do you feel most beautiful?
I feel most beautiful when I’m with my boyfriend. He has been very influential on me learning to accept myself and recognize my natural beauty.
What does being a woman mean to you?
Being a women means being the glue to society to me. We are the mothers and teachers and also the professionals.
What do you love about yourself?
I love that I am very resilient. I’m not fearless but I am courageous. I look for challenges and ways to further achieve my dreams at all times.
Tell me your story.
I am from East Saint Louis, IL and come from a very loving family. A lot of who I am has come from the women in my life including my mom, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-aunt. They have been the backbone of my strength for years.
Even though only my mom is still alive, I carry their stories with me. They are my secret motivation. I want to reach all the goals that they aimed for during their lives in my small town. I want to complete their dreams.
What do you think was the biggest turning point in your life?
The biggest turning point in my life was starting college. It wasn’t the first time I was away from my mother, but it was the first time I didn’t have any family within arms reach. It has been a struggle and a great period of personal and professional growth and development. I am very glad I was able to go through this “finding myself” period of life.
Please finish the statement- I am a person who…
loves to bring out the best and help other people.
Tell me about a goal you are working on.
I just graduated from college May 6th. My next adventure will be starting my first career job and I am extremely excited and nervous to be the youngest in the office. My goal is to be promoted within 10 months due to the company’s average promotion time being 10-13 months.
Toma Houston Photography is a member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Specializing in children’s and portrait photography, serving the Greater Chicagoland area. You can view more of Toma Houston Photography’s portfolio here.