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Conversations with Emma Dodson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emma Dodson.

Hi Emma, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I used to model briefly as a child before middle and high school took up most of my time. I always told myself I would continue to pursue my interests – modeling and figure skating to name a few after I was finished with school. In 2017, in my senior year of high school, I was in a car accident that landed me in the coma in the neuro ICU for a week and left me with permanent changes – including bells palls, a partial facial paralysis. This, more than anything, let me know how important it is to pursue your interests before it’s too late. I eventually graduated and began studying computer science in college, which took me to Japan, where I began modeling again during my studies, as well as began figure skating again. Although it was difficult, I was determined to work through my conditions and not let them hold me back. I ended up graduating college in 2021 – as well as getting signed to Tribe Talent Management in Nashville. I now work as a cyber security engineer as well as a model in Nashville, where I am fortunate enough to work with many spectacular local brands and artists.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Being a black woman, I never saw a whole lot of role models, both in the worlds of modeling and figure skating. Finding role models I could look up to, as well as still pursuing my dreams, despite my disabilities, were definitely obstacles that I grew by overcoming.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’ve loved photography and modeling for years, and I think having been a photographer makes me able to see modeling in a different light. I love avant-garde, high fashion, or just plain unique clothes and concepts, and think that the world could always use more things that are interesting and thought-provoking. When modeling, I like to not only showcase the item that I’m modeling – whether it’s clothes, a purse, or a company – I like to express the feeling, the history, and the story behind it. I also love bridging the border in art and modeling between masculine and feminine and showing that beauty comes in all forms and expressions.

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@draebrown615 @hannahcarriebelleturner @jonesjamesisaac @luisquintanastudio @t.anderson.photography @maggiepinsonphotography

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