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Conversations with Imani Jackson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Imani Jackson.

Hi Imani, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I’m a model and wellness influencer who moved to Los Angeles from Baltimore, Maryland. In addition, I am a former student-athlete so health and fitness is very important to me. My body is also my art, my canvas that I enjoy expressing via photos/videos. My journey has been much of me doing just that for others. Beauty work is my favorite and being in a warmer climate has allowed me to continue my fitness and health goals while still maintaining modeling. Being here in California has allowed me to pursue the dreams that now I can say are becoming a reality…

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Obstacles always come around but I feel that each time they did come, I just got better at handling them. The minor struggles of moving across the country was difficult to leaving family/friends and this being my first time moving out in general. Other than the obvious I had to find a way to create income yet stay creative in what I wanted to do. In addition, I did not have a car originally here so I had to find ways to get to castings/interviews and gigs. Of course one of the biggest letdowns is not hearing back from castings that I really want. These obstacles shape me and motivate me to want more and to never give up. Challenges are temporary, my mind is here forever…

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I push off nothing but natural energy to the world. Earlier in my career, I wanted to focus more on how versatile my modeling was. Doing different editorial shoots was where I feel most people known me for. My goal is to show the world that I’m a beautiful canvas. I push that more now. Wearing colors that match nature and little to no makeup for most shoots to allow my art to show freely/truly. Nonetheless, like I mentioned before Beauty is my favorite and I have done grungy work for LA brand hellonhood, skincare & swimwear brands and worked with music artists like “Bia”, “Gherbo” “Marshmellow”. All my work is freelance and that makes me proud within myself. I want to show my natural vulnerable feminine energy to the world and I’m not scared to do so.

I want people to feel the beauty of being and looking themselves when they see my work. Next step for me that are challenging yet possible is finding an agent/agency.

Is there something surprising that you feel even people who know you might not know about?
I’m a plant mom! Specifically, cannabis plants because they have so many medicinal properties. I’m a huge believer for herbal medicines. Currently getting my master’s in Cannabis Science and Therapeutics. I will have an upcoming cannabis business soon.

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