Twenty4Seven Beauty: Tissa Boswell
Tissa Boswell is an aspiring model from Detroit, Michigan.
We understand you’re from Southwest Detroit, known as “The Hole”. What was your childhood like growing up there?
Growing up (in poverty) in Southwest Detroit was pretty rough. There were some good times but for the most part it really wasn’t a “silver spoon” kind of life for me. I grew up in a very strict, two parent household. I had to work for everything I got because nothing was ever handed to me. Also while growing up I noticed some of my peers came from single parent households and were able to do pretty much anything they wanted to do. I wasn’t allowed to do everything my friends did or even hang out late. My curfew was 8pm every night and even in the summertime. Today, my sister and I are very grateful because we realize why they were so strict on us. They didn’t want us to fall victim to the streets.
What got you into the modeling field and how long have you been at it?
I was introduced to the modeling industry at the age of 15 by a childhood friend. I was in the 10th grade and I attended Southwestern High School. The school had put on a fashion show and that was my first time being on stage in front of people. Hearing them cheering my name and the all around energy motivated me. I believe that was the day I fell in love with it and started the process of mastering my craft.
Which part of modeling do you enjoy the most and why?
The favorite part is being able to tell my story through different facial expressions while walking in different designs. They help bring out my personality.
What are some of your major accomplishments?
A major accomplishment was being able to walk in NYC fashion week and traveling to major modeling states and working with different designers outside of Detroit because it humble me and motivated me to go harder when I returned back home.
Who has been the biggest influence on you in this field?
My biggest influence was my runway coach, Rozeta Rox because she made me see things in myself that I never paid attention to and she genuinely and truly wants to see me win within this industry. The modeling industry is so cut throat but she sees my potential.
What would you say has been your biggest obstacle in modeling?
The biggest obstacle for me was entering this field of work with nothing. I didn’t come from a rich family and people don’t understand that “it takes money to make money”. I’m not ashamed to say I didn’t have a lot of it. When you’re doing fashion shows, it costs money for makeup, hair and a host of other things that don’t come free. Despite it all, I’ve learned that if God wants me to do this modeling, he would provide a way for me and he did all the time. I still can’t believe what I was able to do thus far with the little coins I had. Lol, to God be the glory!
People say that anyone can be a model these days. What do you say about that?
I believe that you should do whatever you’re passionate about. If the modeling industry is something you’re interested in go for it but if you can’t take strong criticism and more NO’s than YES’s then this isn’t the field for you. Believe it or not, I think I’ve been told no majority of my career in the modeling business. But, I’ve learned that you’re not going to get picked all the time so you have to learn how to get back up, dust yourself off and try again.
What’s your stand on women getting the body parts redone for success in the business?
I’m not really for or against the body work movement. I believe every woman is beautiful in their own special way and every woman has an “It factor” about themselves. They just have to dig deep within to find it and no makeup or injections, etc. would ever help that.
What was your worse experience thus far as a model?
I wouldn’t say I’ve had a worse experience because everything that I was ever involved in was a learning experience that helped me make better business decisions going forward within this industry.
What do you feel you have learned with modeling that can be used in everyday life?
Modeling has taught me a whole lot but one thing in particular I’ve learned was to never limit myself because sometimes everything doesn’t turn out the way I plan. That only means that the plan that didn’t work always leads me to my divine plan. I’ve also learned that we have so many hidden blessings inside of us that we haven’t even thought of yet. If your dreams don’t scare you, the dream isn’t big enough. Lastly, ask God to position you to show you his divine dreams for your life.
Do you have someone special in your life and does your career hurt having a relationship?
Hmmmmmmm, Lol. I’ll say that I’ve finally witnessed up close and personal what it’s like to be genuinely and willing loved and cared for.
Other than modeling, what else do you have going on?
At the moment I’m transitioning more into being a spokesmodel on the television side and possibly I may be gracing a stage play near you. So, stay tuned because I can’t give away all the juice, Lol.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years.?
In the next five years I believe I will be living in California, well off into my career as a television spokesmodel for top brand companies like L’oreal etc.
Contact Tissa Boswell via Instagram @imacommercialmodel, Facebook: TissalmaaModel and via email at email@example.com.
Photo By: Terance Drake
Hair By: Tiffany Beard (Heiress Hair Studio)
Designer: Rodney Hughes