Meet Halle Deneen,
Model. Entrepreneur. Body Positivity Activist
Modeled for: Ashley Stewart, Macy’s, LA LA Anthony- Lord & Taylor
Featured in: British Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Plus Model Magazine, Black Women Style Report
1. What do you think it means to be a good girl?
A good girl is someone who is comfortable in their own skin. A good girl is someone who embodies confidence! She knows her worth and won’t settle for less than what she deserves even if that means saying no to certain things in order to stay true to her goals, values, and vision. It doesn’t matter what you say or think about her because she knows who she is and is determined to make a difference in the world. A good girl cannot be stopped and walks in her purpose with tenacity and resilience. When she faces obstacles, she learns from them and knows that her come up is coming up.
2. How did you establish your confidence with being a plus size model?
Growing up, I’ve always been curvy. At that time, curvy body types were not deemed “acceptable” by many people because everyone viewed the perfect body type as being a size 0 or a coke bottle. One thing that I want to emphasize is that establishing confidence is not as easy as it seems. It took YEARS for me to truly be confident within myself. It got to a point where I was tired of trying to fit into this unrealistic standard of beauty. I realized that I am my own standard of beauty. Also, I think that it is important to surround yourself with people who embrace you for who you are. For me, my support system was my family and friends. They looked past how I looked on the outside and highlighted my inner beauty.
3. How did you break into the industry?
I started modeling when I was in the 8th grade and before that I LOVED playing dress up and taking pictures. At the time, I didn’t think that I could actually make a career out of it because I didn’t see women who looked like me when I would flip through my favorite magazines, walk pass store-fronts, etc. After many photoshoots, runway shows, casting calls, and trips to New York with my mom, I finally got my first break by doing a spread in Plus Model Magazine. We shot the entire feature on an Iphone. It was the first time it had ever been done in Plus Model Magazine. Shortly after, in 2013 Dorothy Combs Models offered me a modeling contract.
4. Who’s your Man Crush Monday (celebrity or boy next door)
If you know me, you know that my all time Man Crush Monday is Drake!
5. What’s your love language?
My love language is definitely very expressive. Actions speak louder than words to me. I go out of my way to show those around me that I love them. Whether it’s a letter, gift, verbal expressions, surprises, etc! I think it’s important to show people how much they mean to you!
6. Everyone is talking about the term “adulting”…How was your transition of leaving a stable income to chase your dream?
Chasing after your dreams wholeheartedly requires you to take a leap of faith. Taking a leap of faith is NEVER easy. I had to completely trust God and when you trust Him, you will never fail. Knowing this made the transition feel seamless even when things didn’t look or seem that way. One thing about me is I can’t stay where I am unhappy and unfulfilled. I needed to move from being comfortable to uncomfortable in order to make my dreams come true. I do believe that you shouldn’t quit your day job if you’re just starting out with chasing your dreams because it takes money to make money. I advise everyone to save and learn as much as you can from your day job. You will know when and if it’s time to leave and pursue bigger things.
7. Describe yourself in a song.
I would have to say Golden by Jill Scott right now! Lately I have truly been living my life like it’s golden. I value each and every day. I seek to make the best out of every situation and live FREELY.
8. You’re in the process of hosting seminars and women empowerment events. What keeps you empowered? Why do you choose to do this work?
I think in the society that we live in, women empowerment and uplifting others is so important. In the midst of social media, society has created this illusion that women need to compete with other women. I think that women should collaborate versus competing. Women should be supporting and uplifting each other instead of tearing each other down. I see it too often. This doesn’t only exist amongst adults, but also with our youth.
What keeps me empowered is my urge to keep learning and inspiring people across the world. Its believing in my dreams and helping others become confident in achieving theirs!
9. What made you choose hair as a business venture, and what sets your hair apart?
As a model, I found that I was constantly wearing extensions. Sometimes I would pay a lot of money for extensions and the extensions would not be of great quality. I knew that I wanted to be a business owner and an entrepreneur. I found that I wanted to provide women with luxurious tresses at a fairly affordable price. I want women to feel good both inside and out. I am so excited for the future with HDLUX! We have a lot of events and special projects coming up!
10. For us girls who aren’t as photogenic, what are some quick tips you would give us to get that IG worthy flick?
CONFIDENCE IS KEY when taking pictures! Your confidence is highlighted in every single picture that you take, so the biggest thing is being confident in yourself! Always yourself. The candid moments are the best!
Another tip is the lighting and angle. Make sure that wherever you are taking your picture there is good lighting that makes your skin glow. Also, the angle has to be on point so that it is flattering to your body type!
11. Since you’re a model do feel the pressure to be “on” all the time?
To be honest, I use to. When I first became a professional model I felt like I was held to such a high standard to always be dressed up and never have a chill day. I would ALWAYS leave the house with makeup on. I quickly learned that there are days when I want to put on sweatpants and wear no makeup. Over the years of building confidence and being secure with myself, I found that my natural beauty is just as beautiful as when I have makeup on.
First I want to say thank you for this feature!
Good girls, remember to always be yourself!
Here are some wisdom keys that I love to say to myself everyday and I know that these will help you along your journey:
1. You are loved.
2. You are worthy and appreciated.
3. You have a purpose in life.
4. With God, you lack NOTHING.
5. Don’t let your circumstance define you. Everything in life seeks to BUILD you.