Katie Kearney who is a successful model, Miss Missouri winner, and Miss USA contestant who has worked with esteemed brands such as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Redken, Escada and more. Katie has a dream life that involves travelling the world modelling and engaging in her passions of golf and altruism.
Katie has taken time out of her schedule to speak about her inspirations, and advice for anyone that is interested in making their dream life a reality. Katie also shares some information about some exciting projects that she is involved with at the moment.
Hello Katie, can you recall what first inspired you to get into modeling?
Since I was young, I knew I was going to be a model. I had no idea what that meant at the time but, in my mind, this was my destiny and there was no other path for me. Aside from being awkwardly tall and thin from a young age, I loved fashion, dressing up and being in front of the camera. I felt at home which is what inspired me to become serious about it. I signed my first contract on my fifteenth birthday and was thrilled. When I started out, there was no such thing as social media or “Instagram models”. You had to work hard as a model to be successful, these days you have to be “famous” in order to book work. As I grew older and learned more about the industry, I fell in love with the travel aspect. Traveling continues to inspire me everyday and motivates me to be my best.
I admire the way that you followed your desire and did not consider any other path. That shows commitment, so what would you say is your personal definition of success?
I believe success comes in many forms, both personally and professionally. My ideal definition of success is the perfect balance of those both; a lifelong, happy marriage and family alongside a career that I love and enjoy everyday. Once you have found the happy medium of both is when you’ve achieved success. All too often, I feel people give up their dreams for someone causing unsettled resentment in the future. Alternatively, having an amazing career with no one to share with is equally disheartening. Being fortunate enough to have both is a true blessing.
It certainly is indeed. What are some things that you have been proud of in your career so far?
Out of all my achievements, I’m most proud of earning a journalism degree from Saint Louis University. In the fashion world, your youth is VITAL. Most models begin young and, hopefully, complete high school. After their career is over, they are left with nothing. Taking four years off to study was hard but I knew modelling wouldn’t last forever. I now have the luxury of enjoying my job and not worrying as much about the future. I love journalism and, once that day comes, I think that transition will be very exciting.
That was a very smart move, and it showed a lot of forethought, so is there any advice that you would give to a young person who is thinking of getting into modelling today?
Before getting into modelling, understand it’s far from the fabulous life people often perceive. It’s incredibly hard work which requires will power, thick skin and independence. It is not a life for everyone. You spend long periods of time away from your family and friends. Essentially models are athletes training everyday and competing against hundreds of others who want your job. Your body and measurements are your well-being so maintaining a healthy lifestyle is crucial which is why there are so many models who develop eating disorders. However, if you are able to navigate through, it is a career that is truly unique and rewarding.
Do you believe in setting goals or just taking each day as it comes?
Taking each day as it comes because you never know when it will be your last. Obviously setting goals is important but, ultimately, you only have today so I just take small steps one day at a time. A good friend of my mine taught me to set three small goals and three big goals each morning as I drink my coffee. I focus on the small goals and those bring me closer to the big ones without even realising.
That is a really nice way to look at it. Do you have anything exciting going on now that you would like to share?
I have been working to fight human tracking for years now. It’s a cause that is very dear to my heart. I started with The Crisis Aid International, a St. Louis based nonprofit that works with victims of sex trafficking by focusing on sustaining life and bringing encouragement to victims across the globe as well as collaborating with other organisations by brining food and medicine to those in need. They work with each girl to escape sex trafficking and transform their lives. Those interested in learning more or helping can get involved here: http://www.katiekearney.com/charity
That is a very noble cause to be involved with, and I hope that they receive lots of help as a result of spreading the message about what they do. Is there anything else that you would want to add before we finish?
Thanks for chatting with me! XX
Thank you very much Katie and we will certainly be keeping an eye on the things that you are involved with.
Katie’s website: http://www.katiekearney.com
Katie’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/KatieKearney_
Katie’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katiekearney