Today we’d like to introduce you to Mystique Anderson.
Mystique, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Well, my story is pretty unique to say the least. I was born and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles to a single mother. I was a very different type of kid. Very whimsical. My childhood was discreetly rough, but I always found a reason to smile or tried my best to make someone else smile. I most definitely stood out and as a child, I always dreamed big.
I’ve always been fascinated with the entertainment world. (Singing, music, dancing, modeling, art, etc.) And my mother was my biggest fan. She would always tell me the story of when I was a baby and she took me to church to get “christened” (bless the baby) and how the pastor told her that my name would oneday be in lights. So that caused me to dream even bigger. I always had dreams of being singer and dancer a model. I wanted to do it all.. lol.. it wasn’t many things I was able to get into as a child that involved modeling due to my mother being sick and struggling with drug abuse, so time and her health kind of forbidded that. But I always stayed in the school choir and dance teams just to stay close to doing what I loved as a kid freely. Also, I never really got into anything modeling related as a child. I’ve always struggled with my confidence. Even as a young child. Believe it or not, I actually hated taking pictures. I just wasn’t confident and I compared myself a lot. I knew I was different. And knowing that and accepting that at a young age was hard for me. But I knew modeling was something I did want to do.
When I turned 18, I took a shoot at modeling. I Did a couple of photoshoots but I wasn’t comfortable with my body and being as small as I am at all. I wasn’t confident and it showed. I felt like no one wanted to work with me and that I wasn’t getting noticed at all so I just gave up. I didn’t believe in myself at all. And I just decided I was gonna live a regular life.But I’ve always known that I wasn’t put on this earth to just live… but to live MY DREAMS.
When I turned 28 (two years ago), I felt like something in my life was missing. I felt like I had nothing going for myself and I wanted MORE out of life. Also, My mother passed away when I was 15, and I felt like I wasn’t doing anything or had done anything in my adult years to make her proud of me. And I know she would have wanted me to chase my dreams. Plus, I’m a Christian! So I am very much on fire for God but at that time, I never actually took that Big leap of faith when it came to the gifts God has blessed me with. So I literally woke up one day and made it up in my mind that I was gonna BE A INTERNATIONAL MODEL AND I WAS GOING TO INSPIRE PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD TO GO AFTER THEIR DREAMS AND TRUST GOD, and I was gonna do whatever it takes to do so!! I made the decision that I was gonna make myself, and my mother proud. I wanted to set an example… BE THE EXAMPLE!! Even if it’s not religion that drives you.. FOLLOW YOUR HEART. I was blessed to cross paths with some Amazing photographers and other aspiring models. I started going to model meets, casting calls and just putting myself out there. The rest has really just been God, dedication, and consistency.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It most definitely has NOT been a smooth road. The worst critic you’ll ever come across is yourself. When I first started out, I would pinpoint every little detail and find something wrong with it. Then I’d rant and use that as explanation as to why I wasn’t where I wanted to be yet and why no one “big” wanted to work with me. Not realizing that this is all a process. But it’s extremely important to love yourself and never compare yourself to anyone else. We are all created in God’s image. Differently and beautifully. Beauty is most definitely in all of us. It took a long time for me to simply Just be me and except my beauty. Another struggle for me to even get started was my age. I’m 30 years old now. I didn’t think that anyone was gonna want to sign or work with someone who’s gonna be 40 in ten years…. lol.. especially with how fast time is flying… lol, I thought I was jumping into the “modeling game” too late and I’ll get overlooked by all the younger models. But those negative thoughts eventually went away with prayer and self-motivation. I just thank God that I still look 12 in the face. That’s most definitely my advantage. Lol.
Believing in myself was also a major struggle. And it’s still something that I struggle with. But you have to love yourself with everything you’ve got in you. No one is gonna chance you out like you… Tell yourself everyday that you can do it and let nothing stop you. It’s gonna be an obstacle, but with God and good faith anything is possible.
Negative thoughts and nonsupport has been an obstacle as well. Not everyone is gonna believe in you. And your “look” may not be for everyone, but there are people and agencies out there that YOU are just what they are looking for. You just have to keep pushing forward until God opens that right door. It will be many. But that one special door is coming. Just have faith and be patient and BELIEVE IN THE PROCESS. I’m still learning that today.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I typically shoot fashion/editorial, urban, commercial, print, beauty, music videos/visuals, and I do runway. I’ve walked in 8 fashions in Los Angeles including the model experience. I’ve also been published in Picton magazine in August of 2019. I also sing and Im a dancer. One thing that sets me apart from others would have to be my uniqueness and how versatile I am. I don’t think I have a style like anyone else but I never would call myself better than anyone. Every experience that God allows me to encounter is a learning experience for me. I don’t think I’ll ever get to the point of perfect, but learning is great past time for me and I want to learn from everything I experience. Good and bad.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
God gets all the credit! I have been a Christian all my life. My faith and prayer life has played a major part as to why I am where I am today. Another person I feel that deserves credit is my mother. My mom passed away when I was 15. And although my mother struggled with her demons she would always uplift me and tell me I can be whatever I want to be. Wanting to make her proud of me has played a big role in where I am today. The closer I get to my dreams, the more I know my Mommy is smiling on me. I’m also extremely grateful for every photographer that has collaborated with me. I would also like to shout out VoyageLA magazine. Thank the whole entire team for wanting to get to know me personally. This truly means a lot to me. I’m so thankful.
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