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Meet Lihem Russom

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lihem Russom.

Hi Lihem, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I am an upcoming 2021 UCLA graduate. I find it difficult to sum up my life in a few sentences, but I can start by saying that I always used to be ashamed of not having a passion for the entirety of my life. I would mask this by saying that I wanted to be something that was socially acceptable, like being a nurse or lawyer. Yet, I would still have no special talents that I would excel in. Then one day, a photographer walked by me and said that we should do a photoshoot together sometime. It was something I was uncomfortable with at the time but I tried it out anyway. After a short amount of time, I realized that I found my passion. Modeling is my form of expression. Modeling is something that I actually enjoy. It was like finding the piece I was missing my life.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It hasn’t been the smoothest trip, imposter syndrome and self-doubt always seems to reach my mind. I also pride myself in my Eritrean roots, so being someone who comes from a strong traditional background, there have been lots of mental battles that I force myself through. It was always a constant battle of the pressures of accomplishing what is accepted as a “successful” pathway to life. After some time, my brother, Awet Russom, told me a quote that changed my perspective on life. “Be true to the person you know you are, it will bring you more success.” Once I realized that I need to stop living to fulfill the pleasures of everyone around me and start living for myself, everything started to align into place.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a model who focuses on creating images that represent me. I specialize in beauty, editorial, fashion and commercial modeling. Modeling is a form of expression through many different realms. I strive to be the representation that I once needed when starting out my modeling career. Seeing little to no high fashion Eritrean models in the industry led me to focus on being the representation that matters.

So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
I would love to connect with the community. Always open to create amazing content, I am just one email or DM away!

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Image Credits:

Bertram Knight Nassir Ward Cozy Perkins Jordi Foster Daniel Leka Mahal Williams Elaija Jenn Collins Senpai Le’Monstruex

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