This post kicks off a series of interviews we’ll be doing with models, bloggers, entrepreneurs and other badass babes doing cooler things than you. (Just kidding. I’m sure you’re all doing cool things.)
I spotted Gleveen in a Facebook group I’m in for women in LA. It’s a super-secret group, so that’s basically all I can tell you, but think of it as an online sorority where issues ranging from guys on dating apps to foster kittens to human rights are discussed. That’s where I noticed Gleveen Mcbeth – she had “Liked” a few of my comments relating to some serious topics covering the current state of affairs regarding race relations and social injustice in the U.S. It’s hard to not notice her, with her model-esque looks and seriously awesome hair. So over the weekend, she answered some questions for us, where we learned she’s originally from Jamaica (super cool), keeps a slim figure with a lot of cheat days (super jealous) and has great advice for responding to haters on Instagram.
Name: Gleveen Octavia Mcbeth
Hometown: St. Thomas, Jamaica
Current city: Moreno Valley, CA
Career: Fulltime Model
How did you get into modeling?
I had a free Sunday with no plans and a friend told me to go to an open call for an agency and a week later I was handed a contract. The rest is history!;)
What are some of your current fashion obsessions?
I am very obsessed with the over exaggerated baby hair trend, septum piercings and mix-matched print pieces.
Who is your style icon?
I am constantly raving about the styles of Solange Knowles and Robyn Rihanna Fenty.
What’s the best thing about being a model?
The best part of being a model is being constantly giving a platform that I can use to spread awareness on different issues I am passionate about. I also love free clothes! Lol
It can become very overbearing sometimes to be constantly scrutinized on your appearance and being judged solely on what you look like to establish your income.
What do you do to stay in shape?
Hehe! I have my cheat days way too often! I generally dance a lot, do squats, sit-ups, jumping jacks and push-ups maybe 5x a week and keeping up with my adorable baby brother is a workout in itself!
Where do you want to be in 5 years?
In 5 years, I would like to be the founder of an organization where young women who were bullied like myself can undergo a self-esteem uplifting boot camp and [be] given the opportunity to work with professionals within their varying areas of career interest as mentorship.
There are a lot of assholes on the Internet. What’s your take on people who troll and leave nasty, rude or overtly sexual comments on your Insta?
I am a pretty dry humored individual so sometimes I respond with a compliment and it throws them off!
Our country is going through some radical stuff right now, with social media bringing attention to issues black Americans are facing every day. How do you use your platform as a model to represent black women in America?
So I am constantly being given the opportunity to diversify any given set. I’ve been honored to work for some of the world’s biggest brands and sprinkle my black girl magic and let girls who look like me know that the sky is the limit and you are the beauty standard you want to see. I also am privileged to be apart of this group of phenomenal, woke women of color from different walks of life who are social activists and make me proud to be a black woman in America with their vigor, undying love and dedication to spreading the seed Martin Luther King and others have planted. 50 Shades of Bae has definitely helped intensify my passion for speaking out against social injustice while spreading love.
What are you doing this weekend?
This weekend I will be attending church with my family then getting a manicure and perhaps making dinner plans with a friend.
What’s the last thing you Google’d?
The last thing I googled were probably song lyrics. I love singing!
What’s the greatest life advice you’ve ever received?
Give all your burdens to God.
Your hair is ah-maaaaazing. Are there any products you use that our readers should know about?
Thank you! My stylist Breanna Reynolds is incredible! Coconut oil is a necessity & I love Eco-styler gel to define my curls.
If you had to give up your favorite food or Instagram for one year, which would you give up?
Sorry favorite food, you’ve got to go!
Keep up with Gleveen Mcbeth on Insta by following her @afro.vogue.
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