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Amanda Rodriguez, a Force to Be Reckoned With

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Have your modeling opportunities increased or decreased after becoming a mother? Why do you think that is?

Honestly, motherhood did not impact my job opportunities as much as I thought it would. I receive the same type of booking opportunities; I think it just all boils down to what I am comfortable with and willing to do now. 

What bothers you the most about today’s society?

Currently, I am really bothered by the disregard the fashion industry has towards predatory behavior. I believe not only should predators be held accountable for their inappropriate or damaging behavior but also the institutions that surround them or “protect” them. There should be serious model protection implemented in every fashion company and if that protection is violated there should be serious consequences. 

What is the message you’d like to send to young aspiring models?

Always remember your worth. Stand up for yourself. Don’t do anything that makes you uncomfortable! And if something does make you uncomfortable, please say something. Mental and physical health comes first. Your voice matters.

How can someone discover their self-worth? If they are feeling down, this can be hard.

That’s a great question. I have struggled with that often in my own life. Whenever I get to that point of questioning my own self-worth, I know it’s time to immediately start looking inward and focus on whatever healing needs to be done. 

I think an important reminder to tell yourself is that no one else defines your self-worth. You do. So, despite any feedback you may be receiving from friends, family, workplace, or home life… That does not determine your self-worth. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in our surroundings or believe we are only what others say we are. But in reality, we are worth so much more than that.


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