We had the good fortune of connecting with Lena H and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lena, what do you attribute your success to?
Determination creates a positive environment even when in vulnerable situation and embraces the “Can Do” attitude. Life is not easy but when I am determined to succeed, its only a matter of time to attain it. Determination will not be attainable if there is no positivity. Everyone’s mind think all the time, so I ensure to remind myself to think positive and keep my hopes that drives me to dream and make it reality. And lastly, Faith. My faith keeps me grounded, keeps me attached to my family and love ones, keeps me wanting to be a better person, and keeps me fulfill my mission.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Starting a modeling career at age 40+ is not easy but is attainable. My response to questions of “Why now?,” is “Why not?” It may have not been originally part of my bucket list but had cross my mind several times. Ask me again, “Why now?,” because not only modeling nowadays embraces diversity, it accepts uniqueness and originality, updated the new “model standards” of inclusivity, and artist’s willingness to expand their collection, create diverse pieces, and move away from “one-standard-type” lines. This is the right time to start. Although the process had several bumps and few huge bumps along the way, knowing myself, understanding my limitations, taking control of my destiny, and being 100% responsible for all my own actions delivered the results I dreamed to achieve. With the right support system and right mindset, I was able to be part of high fashion runways, brand prints and website, advertisements, pageant judge, podcast interviews, and soon to be part of royalty queen.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
To my husband for his continued support and reminders. To my mother, for being a role model of kindness, perseverance, and forgiveness.
To my dad, for my gift of “Jane of all trades.”
To Farhan Chowdury, for his persistence to have me take the leap of faith in the modeling industry.
To Chuck Pfoutz, for discovering me by not giving up, and believing in me.
To Paige Hubbard, for seeing my potential at my age and her continued support.
To Sherrie Gearheart, for giving me my first gig and teaching me good “model standards.”
and to my daughter and son, for keeping me feel loved, important, and responsible.
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