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Meet Starre James

Today we’d like to introduce you to Starre James.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’ve always had a love for modeling and fashion, but I really started to embrace it when I moved to Orange County for college. I did not know what college had in store for me, but I always knew I would come out of it a different person. I remained diligent in my studies for the first three years of college, majoring in biology and then later exploring sociology as well. During my third year of college, I started going out and exploring the nightlife in Newport beach with my friends. They would always compliment my style and ask me to dress them before a night out. That is when I first started to think I could possibly step into the world of fashion and become successful. Later that year, I got a job in Los Angeles working at a celebrity style house/ PR firm which led to me making the right connections and which landed me a job being an assistant to a well-known celebrity stylist. It was a thrilling experience to be thrown into the glamorous yet hardworking world of “Hollywood”.

As much as I treasured my time behind the camera, I grew more and more anxious to be in front of it. Once I admitted to myself that I wanted to model, I immediately started to build my portfolio and went to every casting I could find. I took every job in the first year of modeling no matter how small. It was the best decision I ever made, I made so many connections at those smaller jobs which led me to working with Karen Yoshida and her partner, Project Runway winner, Kentaro Kameyama, walking in NYFW, and playing a small role in a music video with Ozuna.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has definitely not been an easy road, as a freelance model work is not always guaranteed. Growing up, my family always placed so much value in education, which I still agree with, but being my own worst critic, I put a lot of pressure on myself to stick with the “safe” route. After college, I dove right into modeling full time and my family has supported me ever since. Of course, there are still a lot of outside voices who always have something negative to say, but I firmly believe I am on the right path and nothing can shake me.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
Every time I step foot on a runway or a set, I am immensely proud of myself. My younger self would’ve never thought I would be where I am today and that is what keeps me going. Every single year I am in a better position than the last because of my hard work and consistency. I came into this world two months too early a little over two pounds. The doctors told my parents to expect many complications as I grew up. Today, I am a very healthy and very tall woman haha. On average, 11.4 percent of all pregnancies result in early delivery and that number is rising every year. In the future, I hope to have a larger platform to raise awareness on preterm birth and spread hope with my story.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
The modeling industry is constantly changing, The look casting directors are going for changes with the wind and I think we will start to see a big change in who is accepted in the modeling industry. Yes, there are several models breaking down barriers and stereotypes, but over the next decade, I anticipate an industry that is truly 100% inclusive and no one has to feel out of place.

Contact Info:

  • Email: starrefjames@gmail.com

Image Credit:
Joshua Ford, Alan Kwok, Chippie Carcamo, Ed Chavez

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