In Her Own Words... Autry Haydon-Wilson
I've mentioned several times that I spent much of the fall working on building my book by testing with several new creative teams and models. Autry Haydon-Wilson (represented by Major Model Management) is one such model who I had the chance to work with. During the shoot, we had some great conversations about her life as an actress and fashion model and the ways those experiences have affected her. The more we talked the clearer it became that she would be a perfect candidate for this interview series. And so without further ado here is Autry, In Her Own Words...
Where are you from?
I’m from Los Angeles, California.
How do you define success?
Success, for me, will be the day that I am doing what I love with a stable income, but will also be the day that I am surrounded by people I really love as well.
If you weren’t a model what would you be doing?
I’m trying to make my dreams come true and become an actress, so hopefully that is what I will be doing in the near future!
Best piece of advice you were ever given?
Always stay true to yourself, cliche but very true.
“Everything happens for a reason.” I don’t agree with this quote all the time, but my mother used to say it to me a lot as a kid. Sometimes when I’m upset or confused by life, it really comforts me.
What is your favorite book?
My favorite book right now is, We Should All Be Feminists, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. It’s a short read and a very good one! Adichie approaches feminism in a light, comedic way, but while doing so she teaches very important lessons.
What achievement are you most proud of?
Being 19 and financially supporting myself without the help of my parents.
What do you like most about yourself?
I can make people laugh which is always nice. I also surround myself with people I really care about, instead of people that can bring me popularity.
Do you think about beauty differently since you became a model?
I think about myself differently, I’ve become way more self-conscious since modeling. Everyone in the fashion world has their different opinions but they aren't afraid to say to your face exactly what they think is wrong with you.
How do you feel about the way women are depicted in the media, and what (if anything) do you do to effect that?
I don’t even know where to begin, there’s so much wrong with the way that women are depicted in media. Even after years of fighting, women are still forced to see themselves be objectified in media everywhere they go. I try my best to stay educated and not be depicted [similarly] in the work I do. I hope that I’ll have a bigger voice in the future to really start making a change, but right now I do everything I can to help make a change.
How have your opinions of beauty changed since becoming a model?
I think my opinions of myself have changed as I said earlier. I’ve always been one of those people who finds beauty in most things. I have a lot of really beautiful, special people around me who aren't models. I think the beauty you need to be a “model” is b.s.