Hype Hair magazine and The Bailey Agency School of Fashion recently announced NJ- native Tabbrea Walker as winner of our first annual Hype Hair Model Search.
Model and reality TV maven Cynthia Bailey and The Bailey Agency School of Fashion hosted and coordinated the model search, which took place in Atlanta at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel. Bailey, Hype Hair magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Adrienne Moore. celebrity hairstylist Derek J and celebrity photographer Derek Blanks served as judges.
Tabbrea dazzled judges with her natural poise, sparkling personality and her fresh look. Not only does she grace the cover of our April 2015 issue, she also won a one-year modeling contract with the Bailey Agency! Check out our exclusive interview with our beautiful model search winner!
Hype Hair: Tell us about yourself.
Tabbrea Walker: I was born in Trenton, NJ and am currently residing in the first state. My parents and biggest supporters are Gerald and Tabitha Walker. I have four sisters and three brothers. I graduated from Woodbridge High School and am currently enrolled in college studying for a degree in General Business. I’m a person of many talents and passions, some of which include art, fashion design, and computer graphics.
HH: How did you get into the modeling?
TW: Getting into modeling was all about perception for me. I had to know it and feel that I was the chosen one in order to make it happen. I knew I had the gift and I knew what my goals were so all it took was the right opportunity and the right moment, then I had to go for it! But in the end I had to learn how to humble myself and listen to God’s guiding voice. That is what has gotten me this far.
HH: How long have you been modeling?
TW: I’ve always had a gift for modeling and capturing people’s eyes; it’s just a part of the many blessings God has given me. Throughout the past three or four years I’ve done local fashion shows in my area. One of my first major shows was the Delaware Technical Community College’s annual fashion show, which is held every year and displays our local fashion boutiques’ designs. This year I was published in our local newspaper (Seaford Star).
HH: What prompted you to enter our Hype Hair Model Search?
TW: I entered the Hype Hair Model Search after my mom told me she had read about it on Instagram through Cynthia Bailey’s page. We knew winning this would open many doors and opportunities for me and my career, which it has! I was so excited to just be a part of it. I’ve also been a fan of Hype Hair and Cynthia, so seeing these two collaborate was definitely a huge motivation to strive through this journey.
HH: What did you enjoy most about being in the competition?
TW: During the competition, the workshop was my favorite and most memorable part. During that process a lot of unanswered questions I had were answered and I received a lot of motivation and guidance in the places that I lacked. I was also able to network and meet all of the professionals which was very exciting. Meeting all of the other beautiful ladies was unforgettable as well.
What advice would you give those that wish to model and be part of a competition?
TW: Don’t think about it as a competition, period. Think of it as another stepping stone you have to overcome to reach your goals. Be true to who you know you are and let it radiate onto others, that way the people around you will recognize that and accept it. Also, most important, remain focused and humble at all times.
HH: Tell us about our style for the Model Search photo shoot.
TW: For the photo shoot, I wore a leather top and cream bottom one-piece styled by the suave Q, Maurice of SUPERDOPECLOSETQ. I loved how simple and clean the piece was. That way my hair could really show off!