Congratulations on your cover feature how do you feel?
Thank you so much! I am so honored to be a part of the Holiday issue of Jenleeion Magazine. I am grateful and excited.
What’s your favorite holiday memory?
I have so many holiday memories. Growing up as the only child and with my birthday the day after Christmas, my parents made sure my holidays were very festive. My favorite holiday memory is listening to Christmas songs while decorating the tree with my mom and grandmother and the traditional, baking cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve.
Can you tell me about “Passion by Paris” and what’s the inspiration behind it?
Passion by Paris is a business I launched in 2021 that allows people to find their passion through modeling. I provide creative directing, pose coach, and styling needs for clients who would like a photo shoot to celebrate a major milestone such as birthdays, graduation, etc.
The inspiration behind it was my believing that once you find your Passion in life, I believe you have found your purpose. My motto is Ignite your Passion, Spark your drive. When you find your passion, you must keep the flame.
If you could choose anyone as a mentor, who would you choose and why?
If I could choose anyone as a mentor, I would choose Rochelle Foster (@iambeauticurve). She is a dynamic mom, wife, and influencer in the plus industry. I feel like she could provide me with guidance on balancing motherhood and being a trailblazing model and influencer. I love how she built her brand from the ground up and began collaborating with world-renowned brands such as Adidas and JCPenney. Her style and transparency with her family life and influencing are what I aspire to be.
What creative abilities and strengths help you in your community work when giving back?
The creative abilities and strengths that help me in my community work when giving back are networking, my personable personality, and my ambition. I think with those three strengths I can remain relatable and understand what the needs of my community are and how to help them move forward.
With all of your many business attributes, which one of them is your true passion?
My true passion is modeling. After I had my daughter in August of 2021, I was afraid that my passion and drive for modeling would fade since I became a mother. I remember my first shoot after I had my daughter and it was an adjustment, but fast forward a year later and I still get that excitement when I’m in front of a lens that I did 10 years ago. It’s a crazy feeling when you have a passion for something I really can’t explain it.
What advice would you give a young girl struggling with self-esteem issues in today’s times?
My advice that I would give a young girl struggling with self-esteem is to let them know that they are unique and beautiful in their way. Everything that you see on the internet or in society is not always what it seems. I would also tell them that being a leader is better than being a follower and following your dreams.
What do you want your legacy to be?
I would want my legacy to be someone who was a great friend, mother, wife, and associate. I would want to be remembered as someone who showed up for the job and remained resilient through trials and tribulations. A God-fearing woman who loved to give back to her community and be the best version of herself that she can be.
What is the best way for our readers to engage more with you?
You can engage with me on my Instagram and TikTok at @plusmodelparis
Paris Phifer better known as Plus Model Paris is a Full Figured Model and Brand Ambassador from the DMV Area. She has a passion for modeling and loves being in front of a camera. Paris has been doing a variety of modeling such as print, showroom, and runway for 10 years. Her experience includes show room modeling, runway and as well as being featured on several websites. She has been a brand ambassador for Ebony Bea Beautique, TOLD Boutique, ShapeWear LLX, and Pure Confidence Beautique just to name a few. She recently was selected as the Cover Model for Crusade of Curves which is Curvy Community Fashion week that takes place every year in different cities. Paris enjoys her craft and continues to thrive and be an inspiration and advocate for women to love themselves and be confident within their bodies despite society’s standards of what a full figured women is. Paris also is the creator and founder of Passion by Plus Model Paris which is a creative directing, pose coach and model development source that helps and encourages men and women to find their passion through modeling. She also loves giving back to the community as she began a Plus Size Prom Giveaway that helped one lucky plus size teens prepare for one of her most memorable nights. Paris loves to inspire and own her confidence as that is the first thing people notice when you walk in a room.