We had the good fortune of connecting with Joy R. Richardson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Joy R., what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
The most important lesson I’ve learned throughout my time in modeling is one must be willing to trust their own thoughts and creative ideas. I have learned to steadily invest in myself and not let outside energies corrupt my own process.there’s absolutely nothing wrong with seeking out knowledge from those that have a successful storyline before you, but at the end of the day this is your story to write. A lot of times people take advice on a path that may have worked for someone else, and that’s where they go wrong. Taking to much outside advice a lot of times may steer you in the wrong direction. Believing in myself and my own ideas has always brought me the most success.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a model who loves to be captured through the eyes of a dark gloomy and euphoric look. There has always been something about dark and very minimal color patterns that has always made my beauty stand out( in my own eyes at least). A message that I want to get across through my work is that art has no gender. You should never be afraid to do something or capture a certain look because you’re afraid someone might tell you “that’s too girly” or whatever people say these days. Don’t be afraid to tap into your divine femininity because I believe that is what will take me to the next level. I got to where I am by staying consistent in what I’m doing and staying true to my ambitions

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I had a friend visiting we’d have to take a quick road trip go to one of my absolute favorite spots in the city of San Diego known as sunset cliffs. There’s something so breathtaking and inspiring about this spot to me that I would absolutely have to share it with a loved one. When I’m here I feel the world around me pause for a second and I can just think about my life and what’s next to come. To be able to share this with someone would make my soul happy. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The person I want to shout out is a lifelong friend by the name of Keiko Dempsey. Keiko is a model in the industry who takes my breath away with everything that she does. She was and still is my biggest inspiration to finally make a career out of what I’m doing and give my all into every shoot. And for her beauty and grace I am forever grateful. I look forward to collaborating our genius ambitions in the future to make absolute magic.

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Image Credits
Photographer: Anthony bello

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