We had the good fortune of connecting with Ria Prince and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ria, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
I think what is most important is to first discover what is truly meant for you. It isn’t as easy as it sounds AT ALL. At first, I was all in in the music industry, writing in sessions for several artist, but I was finding myself in less than desirable circumstances and was being met with resistance. But when it came to modeling everything fell into place so naturally. Music will always have my heart, and I wouldn’t say that I’ve completely given up, but learning to accept what comes to you organically is so valuable. And who knows maybe the doors that opened easily for you, will have the keys to the other ones inside it.

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’ve been modeling professionally for over three years now.I find it to be so interesting and amazing to use my body as an art form. I’m always in pursuit of challenging myself to be more creative and evolved when it comes to posing. Which is something that recently came into play when I modeled for Savage X Fenty. The direction of the shoot was so creative and I really had to push myself to think outside the box. To date, it’s one of my favorite jobs that I’ve done. Getting to this point was not easy, and I’m always getting asked how I got started or for advice, and what find to be most important is consistency. I know that it sounds cliche, but staying consistent allows you to refine your craft to a point where people will expect nothing but great things from you. It’s the practice and dedication that will always set you apart from others. Being dedicated also helped me with other avenues of my life. I recently started vlogging my mental health journey to launch on my YouTube channel called “The Healing Corner”. On there is where I’ll have candid discussions about my own journey battling anxiety and depression. It will feature guests and gripping story times. This channel is my baby, and I’m so excited to be sharing it with the world soon.

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?
I would start my bestie off at Leo Carrillo State Park in Malibu, its a super fun hike and so scenic, and then we’d head to either of my favorite brunch spots: Toast on third street or blu jam on melrose, both places serve up amazing lattes, food, and are in great locations to do a little shopping afterwards. And then we’d go have a bougie photo op at Ysabel in West Hollywood, get dressed up and pose on their beautifully lit up stairs, and then enjoy some of their amazing cocktails. Lastly, we’d finished the night off at EP & LP’S rooftop bar in Melrose. It has an amazing view of the city, and is always so electric and filled with fun people and drinks. We’d order the tipsy boba and dance the rest of the night away on their dance floor.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have someone people that I’m grateful for in my life, but someone who has been integral to my modeling dream, has been Elizabeth Bensinger. She is my manager and mother agent. But more then that; she’s been my confidant and confidence. Her belief in me keeps me going. She works so hard on my behalf and I’m eternally grateful. My motivation is to keep making her proud.

Website: https://www.imgmodels.com/riaprince

Instagram: @riaprince

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/RiaColee/channels

Image Credits
Stylist and photographer: Elizabeth Bensinger

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