We had the good fortune of connecting with Lihem Russom and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lihem, career-wise, where do you want to be in the end?
I found it difficult to answer this question because it’s difficult for me to express a goal that’s so subjective on where I am in life. With my current mindset, being an established supermodel in the industry is the plan, but I would be lying if I didn’t express that my end goal was to be content. Not happy, but content. I want to be fulfilled with where I am in my life and that is always going to be my end goal. To ensure that I get to live for myself always, whether that includes my current goal or not, I will strive for my purpose.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a model originally from the Bay Area, who moved to Los Angeles with a million doubts in her head. I was surrounded by individuals who took the traditional route – go to college and get a job. So there was limited imagination and support when it came to expanding your goals. Always doubted if modeling was an ideal route to take but with time I realized that it doesn’t have to be ideal to be possible. I dealt-and still deal with- imposter syndrome and constantly doubting if I can even reach my goals, but It’s a journey that I’m willing to take. I’m trying to make the life that I want to live, not that others want me to live. So by all means, I will make that happen.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’m shaped by the roots that I’ve flourished with, so I couldn’t nearly be how far I was without the support of my family and the country that I am so proud to be from, Eritrea.
Nassir Ward, Daniel Leka, Bertram Knight, Orlando Perez, Anthony Hollis, Sensei Le’Monstruex