Today we’d like to introduce you to Khadeejah Abdul-Azeem.
Hi Khadeejah, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I’ve always had a passion for style and the fashion world. It started when I was a little girl admiring the clothing my older sisters and mother wore. Growing up I was taught to dress modestly for religious reasons, so my choice in clothing was somewhat limited, but I always found myself drawn to everything fashionable. I watched every fashion-related show and played countless dress-up games. I saw it as wearing art that you can showcase and take anywhere with you. I started modeling seriously in 2020. I was getting more in touch with myself by re-exploring things that I used to enjoy but left behind as I got older and fashion was one of those things for me. I had a ton of clothes and shoes I never really got to wear and I wanted to enjoy them so I started taking photos.
I was enjoying the fashion process and creating different moods. I started to wonder if there was a modeling agency out there for me that wasn’t like the typical agencies I grew up knowing, that didn’t mind me not being 5’9, being dark skin, and having 4c hair. After much research, I found MARZ Enterprise, a woman and black-owned modeling agency out of Baltimore and New York. MARZ is dedicated to changing the narrative around the agency standards of beauty by highlighting the beauty that agencies often overlook. I was honestly grateful to have even found an agency like this. I immediately sent off my homemade digitals. Shortly after that I had an interview with the owner and was welcomed into the family.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has been a little of both. Smooth because of the support and guidance I get from the agency. Rough because I have moments when I find myself comparing my journey to other models’ and begin to doubt myself. In those moments I try to remember my purpose and remind myself to have fun through the process. I try to appreciate all of the wins and each moment of growth.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I’m a model, mostly commercial. I would say I am most proud of my perseverance, the projects I’ve had with collaborating artists that provided a lot of growth, and the first real photoshoot I had. The project was called “We Belong Beyond Diversity and Inclusion.”
This project was the first one that I traveled across the country for and it taught me a lot about the intricacies that go on behind the scenes of a professional shoot. What sets me apart from others is that I genuinely root for others to win. I know how much hard work goes into becoming a model and everyone who puts the time and energy into their passion deserves a win.
Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
I always allow myself to make mistakes. If you don’t allow yourself to make mistakes, you lose the ability to experiment with your talents.
- Website: https://www.marzenterprise.com/khadeejah-abdul-azeem
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/khadeejah.a_a/
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