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Conversations with Morgan Gibbons

Today we’d like to introduce you to Morgan Gibbons.

Hi Morgan, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I was born and raised in West Philadelphia. I am currently a freelance model looking to create timeless art. Growing up, I never thought I’d be this much into fashion and the arts, but I quickly grew a love for being able to express myself without saying a single word. As a kid, I was such a tomboy. I was tall, lanky, very rough and always wanted to hang around my brothers being considered one of the “guys”. It wasn’t until one day in college I stopped getting asked the question of “Do you play basketball? You’re so tall!” and some said to me, “Wow, you’re so tall! You should model!” Then it just clicked. I’m like hey, why not try it out. I attended my first ever casting call for Philly Fashion Week and got selected! From there, the rest was history! I loved everything that came with modeling. Being able to meet new people, bounce ideas off other creatives, and being able to wear garments designers put their all into is my favorite part of it all! I’ve been modeling now for five years and I love that I have created a space for me to express myself artistically.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It definitely has not been a smooth road. In modeling, you have to prepare yourself to receive some NO’s. That doesn’t mean you’re not a great model, it’s just leaving room for the next opportunity to present itself. One of the hardest things for me that I had to learn is figuring out the best way to market myself as a model. What lane did I want to present myself as, a print model, runway model, e-comm? There are so many lanes to explore in this industry and it’s easy to get lost in it. I always tell myself to just remain true to me.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I always love when people ask me about my career path. It’s always expected for me to be working in the fashion industry but it is quite the opposite. I hold by both academic and practical experience in the in the role of a Human Service Professional. For as long as I could remember, I’ve always wanted to just help people in any and every capacity. I really took a liking to providing support for our youth and adults with intellectual disabilities, the homeless and emancipated youth in my community. It is very fulfilling to serve as an advocate for those who can’t speak for themselves in receiving fair treatment and access to resources that would benefit them regardless of their disability. One of the things I really pride myself in is being able to empathize and have compassion in a field like this. It takes a strong and patient person to handle the emotional toll it takes on you hearing difficult cases.

Any big plans?
I hope to one day be able to combine both of my passions for mental health and fashion. I’m in the early stages of developing my own modeling agency or program for young adults with disabilities. Right now, it’s still just a thought but I plan to pursue this!

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Jared White, Allen Johnson, Tyler Davis, @alanz0.

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