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Daily Inspiration: Meet Chatrea’l Waters

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chatrea’l Waters. 

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Ever since watching America’s Next Top Model and seeing how those girls confidently strutted on the runway, I have always wanted to be a model. I began taking acting and modeling classes when I was a young girl, but after seeing I wasn’t going to be as tall and skinny as your typical model I kind of forgot that dream. From my appearance and the way I present myself, someone would always tell me I should take up modeling. After much thought and seeing how the world was slowly becoming more diverse, I decided to not let my size discourage me and model again. I started taking pictures with my sister who went to school for cinematography, and I began taking more modeling classes. In the process, I have learned a lot as well as met many great people. From there, I went to many auditions and landed many gigs bringing me to where I am today. 

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?
When it comes to the modeling/acting world you can always expect it won’t be a smooth road. I have put a lot of time, energy, and money into perfecting my craft, but the biggest struggle along the way was/is COVID 19. Getting auditions and landing gigs are already hard enough, but since the pandemic hit it has been a little more difficult. Even through the pandemic, I have been able to do photoshoots, participate in fashion shows, as well as do commercial work, so I am still grateful despite the virus. 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a model. I am considered a commercial/print model to be specific. The reason I am considered a commercial/print model is because of my appearance. When it comes to my “look”, I am more along the lines of the everyday people you’d usually see in commercials rather than a Victoria Secret model. Although I am considered a commercial/print model I have participated in many fashion shows, so I specialize in print, commercials, and runway. I am known for being a professional, pleasant model to work with no matter the project. I am most of proud of the fact I get to make a difference to the modeling world and inspire others who may not have the “look” to go for it anyway. What sets me apart from others in my profession is my integrity. When I model, I make sure to stick to my morals and beliefs even if it pays lots of money. 

How do you define success?
I define success when an outcome of something I’ve worked very hard on turns out well. 

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Ron Vaz Mallary
Denson Jay Thompson
Andrew Adaire
Lovedy Lafontant

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