Let me preface this post by making one thing clear: Phaedra Parks is not my favorite person in the world. After all of the low-blowing that went on during the last season of the Real Housewives of Atlanta it’s been a breath of fresh air not seeing her on TV this year. Also, not for nothing, the jury is still out about her involvement in Apollo’s criminal activity.
All that being said, when US Weekly announced that Phaedra has been signed to Wilhelmina Models I was immediately here for it. Not because it’s Phaedra, per say, but because Phaedra is 5’1, 44 years old, and not a stick figure. She is, for all intent and purposes, the anti-model and I love that the modeling industry is embracing folks of all different ages and sizes.
Phadre told US Weekly:
I think I’m the face of “yes you can.” I’m a small town girl who has followed her dreams. Yes you can be a mom, yes you can be a lawyer and yes you can be a model. When the opportunity presented itself some people asked me “Why?’ and I said “Why not?” A supermodel started this company and she wanted to give power back to the women and I think I stand for the same things. I have the opportunity to show people that beauty can come in every size, shade, color and age. It’s exciting and an adventure!
I feel great about being different, in light of what’s going on now, politically … I think women need to be empowered to stand in their truth, to be different, dare to be diverse and stand up in times of controversy. I’m excited for that part.
I’m 5’2 and well into my 30s, so I’m actually, surprisingly, inspired by Phaedra. When folks tell me I should model, I always respond, “That ship has sailed, sister.” But who knows? If Phaedra can do it, so can I? I see you Ford modeling agency. Call me!