So I was planning on moseying down to a wine tasting by Wineluv.com at the Blu Restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel in SF and who did I run into but the Bay Area fashion legend Charleston Pierce himself! He happened to be standing near the bar and I mentioned to Darryl, the CEO of Wineluv.com, that I was a model and he said to me, “You must meet my friend Charleston!” I was thinking to myself, was this in fact Charleston Pierce, the runway guru who knows every agency in SF? He walked up to me and introduced himself. I was flabbergasted! I had no words. He presented me with his business card and told me he’ll connect me to all the agencies in SF! I was amazed that we had finally crossed paths! I had taken modeling classes with his good friend Natalie Smith at City College last semester and I had hoped we would connect somehow. It was truly cosmic! Moments like this make one really believe in destiny. I had tried modeling years ago at the age of 10. I had been stopped in the Short Hills Mall in NJ by a NYC agent and the interview somehow fell through. I always knew I wanted to be a model, but I decided to hold off on pursuing it until I graduated from college, which was in 2011. I began the search after graduating from Mills College in Oakland, but had no real luck landing a job at any agency. It is all about who you know, I later realized with the job hunt. I feel truly blessed to have met Charleston Pierce! One of many future doors to success has opened for me! I went through crazy ups and downs dealing with unemployment and having no money, but I have kept on that path towards my real passion: fashion and know I’ll keep on striving until the close of my life!