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Meet Mia Yarborough

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mia Yarborough.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Mia. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I first fell in love with modeling when I was ten years old. My family and friends convinced me to try out for my school fashion show and as soon as I stepped on the runway, I knew modeling was my calling. For most of my teenage years, I modeled in Baltimore (which is where I am originally from) and the DMV area. I did photoshoots, runway shows, and even minor magazines here and there. I always knew that I wanted to do more than just small-town shows, so, at 19 years old I moved across the country to Los Angeles by myself to follow my dreams. It’s still one of the biggest risks I’ve ever taken, but it’s been the most rewarding.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
My modeling journey has been anything but smooth. I remember going to New York year after year to meet with agencies. I went to every open call I could, and I was constantly told no. When I came to LA, I struggled to get signed as well. I literally had every door shut in my face. Agencies refused to sign me, I had a hard time finding photographers who wanted to work with me, I was also 19 and living in an unfamiliar city by myself with barely any money in my pocket. I fell into a deep depression, I saw no reason to continue on with a dream that at the moment was going nowhere. But I couldn’t give up on myself. I knew that in order to reach my goals, I was going to be tested. The universe isn’t going to just hand you everything you want in life, that’s not how it works. In one year, I had everything taken from me; my career, my self-esteem, my drive, and people I held close to me. So much came crumbling down around me and I knew I had a choice. I could either give up and just move back home to Baltimore and work a 9-5 or I could get up, dust myself off and try again until one door opens. I’m so proud of myself for never giving up on myself because I look at where I am now, and I am just so grateful and blessed.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I feel like everyone knows me as a model but I’ve been trying to show a different side of me. I’ve already shared a little of my love for writing with the world but in the coming years, I plan to do more than just post about it. I want to release my first book soon and give everybody a deeper look into who I am at the core.

I started writing poetry when I was 16, I used it to cope with my depression and anxiety. I never thought that one day I would share such intimate thoughts with those around me, but as I’ve grown older, I realized that my poems and my stories could help others heal and feel like they aren’t alone. I write about mental health, love, heartbreak, growing pains and the black experience. I want to inspire people. I want those who feel silenced or misunderstood to find comfort and safety in my words.

One of my favorite pieces below and you can also check out some of my poetry on my Instagram (@MiaYpoetry)

Silence by Mia Y
I’ve grown to love the silence that surrounds me
How the wind blows softly past my window
And the birds sing a soft tune that bounces off these four walls.
I remember a time when silence was my enemy.
And instead of peace, I found myself making small talk with my demons.
Their words were like nails on a chalkboard and suddenly, these four walls felt smaller and smaller.
But as I’ve grown older, I’ve learned how to find beauty in even my most terrifying thoughts.
And soon, I found myself captivated by the peace and quiet that is all around me.
I cherish these moments few and far between as they may be.
Because these are the moments where I get to fall in love with myself again.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I’d be lying if I said luck hasn’t planned a huge role in my journey. But my luck came in the form of people not material wealth or opportunities. If it wasn’t for the constant support from my family and the beautiful souls I’ve met in LA; I have no idea where I would be today. My modeling journey has been so rocky and full of ups and downs. I’ve been homeless, dead broke, I’ve had every door shut in my face. And even when I felt like giving up, I had strong, beautiful and encouraging women right behind me lifting me up. I guess I could say meeting them was lucky, but it was honestly written in the stars for our paths to cross. And as I continue on my course to becoming a supermodel, I know that no matter what obstacles I’ll face, my best friends will be right beside me cheering me on.

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Image Credit:

Photographer Mitchell Aragon, Makeup Artist Cora McCarty, Stylist Feturi Talaga

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