Ladies (and gents) it is such an honor to present a woman that Versatility Beauty&Fashion has had the chance to interview. Her beauty is outstanding and her freckles makes her even more uniquely gorgeous. Meet Taii Gordon from the UK, who used to be teased as a little girl because of her freckles, but is now making everyone wishing they had those stunning freckles! In the interview, Miss Gordon shares about her career as a model, about her hairtreatment, favorite make up-line, her fashion of style and her opinion about todays dominant ideal of beauty.
Versatility Beauty&Fashion wants to know who Taii Gordon is?
I am a 19 year old daughter, sister, niece, soon to be aunty and model from London, England.
You are a model, but how would you describe yourself as a model: a fashion model, high fashion model, beauty model catwalk model, commercial model or catalogue model?
I work across the board really; commercial, beauty, fashion and a few shows/presentations. I haven’t done catalogue modelling yet. Only when I was a little girl, which doesn’t really count I guess.
Versatility Beauty&Fashion adores your freckles and thinks that you are uniquely beautiful. Versatility Beauty&Fashion is also more than happy that models with freckles are progressively appearing in the beauty commercials etc since freckles used to be viewed as unattractive. Another model with beautiful freckles called Nikia Phoenix was interviewed on Tyra Banks show where she shared her story to Tyra on how she used to be teased as a little girl because of her freckles. Today she has embraced her beauty and now making a statement that freckles is attractive! Did you as child have the same experience as Nikia being teased about her freckles or have you also loved your freckles and could careless about what other thought about them?
Thank you! I love Nikia Phoenix, her face is amazing. Yes, I was picked up for my freckles when I was younger, especially with a name like Taii. It was all too easy for the children to make fun of me, didn’t help that I was the tallest too. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t let them get away with it lightly. I guess it effected me as a child, as it would anyone, I got teased quite a bit for many of things. And though it got me down, I was always the girl to fight back and not show it! I’ve always believed in putting on a brave face and if you want to have a good cry at home in private, than you do that!!!
Every girls dream is to become famous in entertainment industry and modeling is one of them. As we all know the modeling and fashion world is a very hard industry and is not as glamorous as it may seem to be. Three years ago, the documentary called “The Color of Beauty” about an African Canadian model named Renee who’s struggling through New York’s top agencies in the hopes to be a part of New York Fashion Week 2008. Furthermore, in the documentary a model agent uttered that if they ever hire a black model she has to look like a white girl dipped in chocolate. What are your thoughts about the mentality they have in the fashion industry? Have you ever experienced the same kind of bad treatment as Renee?
The mentality of the fashion industry, one I cannot answer. It’s a tough, tough industry and you have to have a thick skin and learn to take “constructed criticism”. I don’t know what it is like to be turned down for your skin colour, it must feel awful. Even being rejected from a casting last year because my hair is ‘Afro/Caribbean’ that was a bit like ‘woah, what the hell?’ I’ve witnessed racism though, against black and white girls! If I’m perfectly honest, somethings that have happened to me, I have wanted to pack it all in and go and work in a supermarket or something but it’s a world full of ups and downs, but you have to try and turn a bad situation into a good one, hence why I am in the gym everyday.
In what countries have you been modeling?
Mainly in England as for now, I’ve had campaigns in other countries though. I’ve had friends come back from India and Thailand saying that they have seen me in a MASSIVE poster for Adidas. I’ve done two world wide posters for Adidas which was quite cool. They are a fun team to work with. It’s still very weird to me to think that people from all over the world are seeing my face. It’s something that I don’t ever think I will get use to.
What is your goal in five years in the modeling industry?
To be someone! I want people to know who I am, not because of fame reasons, but because I want to make a mark in my career. And yes, I won’t lie, even though making money is a good aspect of the job, I want people to be able to say I’m one of there role models or favorite model! Also to prove some people wrong.
Apart from being a model you are also a blogger. Please do share the name of your blog and what you write about?
My blog to me is just somewhere to reblog/post pictures that I absolutely love or have an interest in. I also post updates of my work and talk to people who leave me messages looking for help or advice in the modelling industry. Which is quite cool, because I’m constantly talking and looking to help people. It’s a place where I do not censor myself, so if I see nude pictures I like, I will post them and naughty words. Purely because if people do not like it, they do not have to look. I do have nice stuff too.. like cats and kittens. I’m a bit of an addict!
What is your natural hairtype?
My hair is like a chameleon what ever you want it to be. It can go sleek and mad. My Jamaican blood keeps it thick, curly and strong!!
How do you take care of your hair?
Honestly, I am really rubbish with my hair. I’m not girly in that division, which is bad because I’m a model. Make sure I use a good condition treatment every once in a while. After I wash it I always put leave in conditioner in along with a dab of serum and french plait it.
What products do you use that you’d like to recommend others with your type of hair?
A good leave in conditioner will leave it smooth and tamed. I tend to use one for curly hair along with a bit of serum. I also try and match my conditioner and shampoo to my hair type, so either products for brunette (or blondes, when I was blonde) and for curly hair, to help the natural curl.
What mistakes have you made to your tresses that you have learned from?
Erm… To be honest I don’t really have any mistakes. Just learning curves. I remember cutting my hair which didn’t go too well, but I’ve been doing that since I was younger ( I remember cutting my fringe off at 3 years of age) I’ve had blue hair, pink, blonde, ginger, green, fringes, short and long. I love changing my hair, it grows back, or you can dye it back after all and if it doesn’t, get yourself down that wig shop!!!!!
Make up or natural?
Depends on my mood, I’m very creative, but at the same time I cannot be bothered. It’s nice every once in a while to get made up, but other times maybe just a bit of tinted moisturiser, mascara and blusher. And if I want my favorite Chanel lipstick which is a dark berry colour!
Do you have a favorite make up line?
I just see what I like on shoot’s or anything that my sisters have.
What tips can you give to those who have freckles when using make up?
DON’T COVER THEM UP!!!! Sometimes it look’s weird and blotchy! But if you do, make sure it’s done properly without a 1nch thick foundation mask!
Do you have any beautytips you’d like to share?
Do you? I should probably take more care in that department. But whenever you don’t feel your best a bit of make up can help like a nice expensive piece. I do love my MAC skin illumination powder and Chanel lipstick.
How would you describe your style of fashion?
Whatever I feel like the moment I’m getting dressed. I tend to wear black most days and live in the Creeper shoes. But sometimes I will be like: “Hey, I’m going to wear some colour today” I don’t like looking too girly, but then sometimes I do. If I feel too girly, I’ll pop my big black leather studded jacket. It normally does the trick.
Do you have any celebrity you look up to when it comes to style of fashion?
Not really people, more era’s and styles that ‘have been’ I love the whole Mods and Rocker style, and punk and then the elegant 40s and 50s! But then I love the 80s and 90s. I can just be a big mix of all era’s.
Where do you go for shopping or is there a certain fashionbrand that you prefer to buy?
I love Topshop, Urban outfitters and Asos. Anywhere really that have good stuff in!! I need to make a trip to more charity shops actually. If I’m honest, I love clothes, but not on me, but I am MAD about jewelry and shoes! I have been known to spend £98 on jewelry in topshop. I felt bad!!
Last question: What are your thoughts about the dominant mainstream ideal of beauty?
The thing about modelling is that every season it is different. A new type of face is in and it fascinates me. The only thing dominant in the fashion world is to be slim, espcially on runway work, where I guess I fail at. But I won’t say “oo it’s wrong” and whatnot, the clothes look good and the girls look elegant. Whether people like it or not, that is the industry. There is work for a wide variety of girls out there, you fall in and out of different places in the job on a daily basis. It’s all part of the fun!
Interview: by Charity Odum
Text: by Charity Odum
Photos: borrowed from Taii Gordon