“I use modeling as my artistic canvas.”
The words of this quote stand as motivation for Brooklyn-born and Sunshine State-native KeAsia Jackson. As a traveling plus size model, Jackson says she was not met with a fanfare of acceptance when she initially tried to break into the fashion industry as a teenager. “I would get turned away and people would say, ‘she’s too plus; she’s too big.’” But this early denial didn’t stop Jackson from pursuing her dreams as an adult. “Honestly, to be in this industry you have to have thick skin because you’re always going to be critiqued.” Jackson says.
Jackson got her official start as a fashion model in Nov. 2016 when she was cast for a spot in Fashion Week West Palm Beach . Ever since then, Jackson has hit the scene full throttle, modeling in popular shows like New York Fashion Week and Miami Swim Week. She is also a brand ambassador for Freeman Jewelry Collection and The Bombshell Boutique.
Jackson says she enjoys runway modeling, but is gaining love and respect for editorial and print modeling. She says that in print, models can really make fashion and garments come alive. Jackson pulls inspiration from plus-size model Ashley Graham and fashion icon Naomi Campbell. But she is determined to pave her own lane in the industry.
Ultimately, Jackson says she wants to encourage women who may not be considered mainstream in their given industry to never give up on their dreams. “I want to show women that no matter what, you can always press the reset button.” Jackson says.