by MIKE CHAIKEN
Modeling is an outlet for Genesis Prestage to express herself.
But for Genesis, fashion is about even more. It’s about exerting a positive influence in the world.
Genesis was a recent winner of Victoria Henley’s Magnifique Showcase. Henley is an alumna of “America’s Next Top Model.”
“One goal (is)… I want to influence people to be themselves,” said the 17-year-old from Alabama.
“In my generation,” she explained in an email, “there are people constantly trying to fit in… (looking to be) approved by society to the point where they lose themselves.:
By being a model, and an actor, Genesis wants to show people this is not true. Success can come, she said, by being one’s self.
“It doesn’t matter if you have a ‘pretty face’ and it doesn’t matter what size you are,” said Genesis. “What matters is what is within you.”
Genesis also wants to show others that persistence is key to success.
“For every yes there are 100 noes,” said Genesis. “That is perfectly fine.”