Before interviewing Makayla London, I initially thought that she was a radiant soul with a captivating personality and purpose in life. It turns out that my thoughts ring true. Native and resident of Southern California, Makayla London is not only a street-wear model, budding YouTuber, and student at Cal state Fullerton, but she is an positive influence among her peers.

“I want to educate the masses on the different ranges of skin tone in black people. We are so vast, and come in all shades. Black is beautiful, dark skin is beautiful, and light skin is beautiful.”

Amidst the discrimination and oppression that minorities currently face, London strives to praise, and preach, equality, self-love, value, and work ethic. With an ambitious stigma, London plans to push the envelope and make metaphoric changes to become the best version of herself through self-love and discipline.

 

Q: What is your current occupation? 

A: Currently an independently represented street-wear model, and full time student at Cal State Fullerton.

 

Q: Where were you born/Where do you currently reside? 

A:  I was born in SoCal, and still live here – currently in OC. 

 

Q: Has modeling always been a part of your life? 

A: Yes, and no. It was always entertained, and dabbled in – but, never taken as seriously as a career as it is right now. 

 

Q: Are there any moments in your childhood that resonate with your career today? 

A: Yes! I would play dress up when I was a young one so much, just dancing, strutting the ‘cat walk’, and posing in the mirror for hours in extravagant looks. Little has changed. 

 

Q: What has been the most challenging part about your modeling career? 

A: The most challenging part is keeping the ball rolling. It’s so easy to tap out, drop the ball, and sabotage your own momentum. I think focusing in on the bigger picture helps me stay consistent, and constantly striving harder. 

 

Q: With the rise on the topics of culture appropriation and the lack of diversity in the modeling agency, what are your personal thoughts on these topics? 

A:  I think that if you want to use a specific culture’s attire, use a model of that culture. Like, it shouldn’t be that hard as people make it. Want to shoot a beautiful, traditional Indian gown? Hire an Indian model. Want to shoot bantu knots? Hire a black model. Want to shoot a traditional kimono? Hire a Japanese model. Like, if we just did that, and that was a RULE – there would be more representation, and less appropriation by just acknowledging a culture’s beauty in it’s people, too. 

 

Q: Do you have any personal/career goals that relate to ending the disparity in the diversity of the modeling industry? 

A: Absolutely! I want to educate the masses on the different ranges of skin tone in black people. We are so vast, and come in all shades. Black is beautiful, dark skin is beautiful, and light skin is beautiful. Most importantly, fuck lightskin vs. darkskin beef. I feel like that isn’t broadcasted enough. I’m mixed between black, and white – so, being represented for younger mixed kids to identify with is so important to me.

 

Q: If you could describe your personality in three words, what would they be? 

A: Animated. Empathetic. Smiling. 

 

Q: Best photoshoot ever done? 

A: This a hard question! I love all my shoots for different reasons. It’s good that I love almost all of them, that means I love what I do. 🙂

 

Q: What can you tell us about your recent appearance at the Girl Boss rally? 

A: That shit was so amazing! Sophia Amoruso put on an incredible event. I was so pleased to be able to experience Girl Boss Rally. I am absolutely going every year from now on – seriously, such a mind-changing experience. 

 

Q: Would you say that, you yourself, are a Girl Boss? 

A: Yes! I am a queen, Girl Boss, hustler, feminist, and a young mogul. There is no limit over here!

 

Q: When you’re not working, what do you love to do? 

A: When I’m not working, I love having alone time. My alone time is my sanity. I could be in my room for hours, just pampering myself, listening to music, cleaning my space. That is my therapy. 

 

Q: How do you remain focused and accomplish all your tasks at hand? 

A: Make fucking lists. I swear. I have a Google calendar list, planner list, a journal, and daily to-do lists. They are the reason I am able to survive amongst the chaos. 

 

Q: What is your definition of self-love and how do you express it? 

A:  My definition of self-love comes in many forms, all representing self-value. Self love is doing the right thing, putting yourself in the position to succeed, doing all that is necessary to move forward. Self-love is being your own person, and not letting other’s dictate the world for you. Self-love is treating yourself, knowing yourself, being your own fucking best friend. Self-love is also being disciplined, knowing what is harmful to us, and what is good for us. Self-love is getting out of that shitty relationship, self-love is a good night’s rest, self-love is putting on an outfit that makes YOU feel amazing, self-love is complimenting someone else, out the goodness of your heart. Self-love is listening to what YOU want from this life. 

 

Q: Where do you see your personal/career life 5-10 years from now? 

A: To be honest, my life changes 180 degrees every month. I can’t tell you where I’ll be in 5 years, I might have a small idea – but honestly, it’s in God’s hands. Every time I think I know what’s gonna happen, it doesn’t, the universe fucking laughs at me, and something even better is blessed in my life. So, I’m just going to keep rolling with the punches. Who knows, I might be a florist in New Jersey in 5 years, or a humanitarian in South Africa. But, until then – I’m just doing my best! 

 

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in 2017? 

A: For 2017, my goal is to push the envelope harder than it’s been pushed before. For all the right reasons, and to show that you can make it from nothing. 

 

Q: Is there anything you would like your supporters to know? 

A: I just want to let anyone who supports me know that –

I am grateful. I am honored. I am stronger with the people on my side. I have no choice but to persevere, and push forward. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Whatever y’all take away from this piece, please know that there is more to come, and I will always fight for what’s right.

 

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