Just a kid with dreams


Layla Welch is 11 years old. But already, she has established a strong hold on the world of fashion. She also has been working toward being an actor and a songwriter.

But the Pensacola, Fla. resident also recognizes her relative youth.

“I will keep pushing forward,” said Layla in an email. However, she said, she doesn’t want to “forget how to be a kid.”

Layla is a recent winner of the Magnifique modeling competition in Atlanta. Magnifique is operated by Victoria Henley, who was a competitor on “America’s Next Top Model.”

Layla started working toward being a model when her age was still in single digits. After three years, she graduated from the Barbizon USA modeling program. She also has competed in two Barbizon regional competitions and will be competing in another one in December 2021. Also, she will be in Barbizon’s Passport to DISCOVERY competition in August 2021.

Layla has walked for One of a Kind Models in Baton Rouge, La. as well as Coastal Fashion in Dallas, Texas and Daphne, Ala. She is also set to walk for Coastal Fashion during New York Fashion Week in September 2021.

In addition to putting her fashion passion to work as a model, Layla said she has begun to design her own clothes.

Acting is also on Layla’s agenda. In February, she signed with Lisa Fuller of Actors Choice Talent Agency. She has stepped forward for some film auditions in which she is hopeful they will prove fruitful.

Layla also said she has begun to write her own songs.

Photography: @lynnhenleyphotography,  Stacy Khaeler Photography

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