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Rising Stars: Meet DeVogue Johnson

Today we’d like to introduce you to DeVogue Johnson.

Hi DeVogue, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My career started in 2015 when I was brought in as a model for a makeup class for my fiancé. I found that I enjoyed it and was encouraged to pursue it further. In my past, I survived abuse, both verbal and physical and even sexual assault. These traumas left physical and emotional scars. At this time, I was quiet, letting my past control my future. Through modeling, I rediscovered my confidence, shed my inhibitions and gained acceptance. By doing character modeling, body art and special effects makeup, I found that I could lose myself in a persona, bringing out different aspects of my personality and I embraced my sexuality on my terms. I was able to face the toughest critics in my life and found my wings, the fire in my heart helped me break my chains and rise above all the obstacles that were thrown at me. I defied the conventional beauty standards, withstood the criticism and found myself. I realized that I was beautiful and even sexy.

There are lots of people out there, like me, that don’t believe they are good enough and are afraid to go for their dreams. Survivors of undeserving abuse who need to know that they did nothing wrong and they have the right to feel sexy and the freedom to be the amazing person that they were meant to be. There are some wonderful, like-minded people out there that will value your work and show you faith and support, but it takes patience and hard work. It is not always easy or quick to get to what you want, but I’m here to tell you there is hope. In order to further explore my creativity, I switched to fashion and other genres, ones that give me joy and allow me to express myself. I now have a successful platform and a blooming career that I hope to use to empower and inspire others and find their beauty within.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
This road I chose has not been easy by any means; however, I still love it. The first week that I made my portfolio public and started accepting shoots. Sadly, I was quickly met with hate, some even telling me things like to lose weight, I was too dark, or even that I needed to have fewer skin imperfections like my scars from work. Hearing people rip apart your body can be humiliating and mentally tiresome, thankfully growing up, I was kind of use to this from my very critical mother. I have days. After all, I’m human that I can sometimes get sad and or depressed cause I still get that harassment even now, it never goes away. People will judge you no matter what you do, be happy modeling is something I love to do, so these racial and size walls I come across will keep knocking them down and go beyond for my goals/ dreams.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a freelance multi-genre model. I don’t stay or do any one particular style of modeling, so one week or even on a shoot, I can do pinup, cosplay, body art, artistic nude, and many more. I love modeling it allows me to try and do so many different things with the wonderful benefit of using my body and creativity to bring to life looks requested by clients or collab personal projects.

What was your favorite childhood memory?
One of my fondest childhood memories is when I first saw Eartha Kitt as Cat Woman from Batman, the classic tv series. Her feisty attitude and unique voice, combined with her unapologetic ownership of who she was, not needing or wanting anyone’s approval stuck so much that she became someone I admired and wanted to be growing up. I was just a child; little did I know till I was older her whole amazing backstory.

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Photographer for all the images is Mickey Imbroane the red and black tape photo where I am on the beach that has a body artist her name is Erris Mari Bam Purnell Makeup and hair is all me.

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