Reminiscent of an old Hollywood starlet mixed wid a likkle bad gyal, Cindy Wright is breaking down barriers and defining what diversity + inclusivity should look like within the modeling industry. International Model, Social Influencer, and mommy, Cindy Wright was inspired to create The Wright Walk. A platform to assist aspiring models first address issues of anxiety and low self worth to ultimately embrace and celebrate the very things that make them different.
What does inclusivity mean to you, and have you seen a change in the fashion/modeling industry since you began your career?
Inclusivity means everything to me my motto for my platform The Wright Walk is ‘We are all Models’.
I don’t think that beauty can be defined or measured. The industry has changed rapidly and I love it!
It blows my mind the faces and styles that are the leading in the industry. I can only imagine the liberation it would have given 19 year old Cindy back then. Agencies where changing my hair styles, looks every other week and all I wanted in my heart was to feel accepted for being myself.
As an aspiring model what are/were some of the challenges you face both on a national and international level?
To be honest, the challenges never cease. When starting out, I had a hard time proving I was an editorial model. Agents would see me and say “Oh she’s pretty“ and automatically categorize me as a commercial model. What I really loved to do was the editorial shoots. My young mind didn’t understand that there were different markets and that there was a great difference in earning potential. Eventually, as I knew what I wanted was editorial, I fought to build my portfolio to prove it.
I have been faced with a lot of rejection throughout my career. For example, when I won “Miss Jamaica Universe” competition in 2006 the audience was not pleased with my look as it didn’t represent the diaspora of Jamaica. This was not helped by the fact that I suffered from chronic shyness whilst answering the questions in my native patois. In order to continue on my journey with its challenges and all… I had to adopt a keep going mindset!
How did you get into modeling?
When I was in prep school in Jamaica, my older cousin Michelle Wright competed in the Pulse Model search competition. I thought she was so graceful, so beautiful, so cool and that was my first experience of the runway but, even then, I didn’t think I embodied any of those things like she did. When my family moved to the states, I had a very tom-boy style, that was the first time I saw Victoria Secret magazines with glamour models and wondered if I could be admired and beautiful like they where. When we moved back to Jamaica, I gave it a shot and started with Mr. Cooper at the same model search my cousin did years before so, a combination of that and winning the “Miss Jamaica” title gave me the courage to go after it.
How would you describe your sense of style?
I would say I am a tom-boy, I am a sneaker head all the way, but, when my mood changes I would say sexy bohemian chic.
How has being a mommy to a three year old boy changed your outlook on life?
My 3 year old has been nothing but a transformational rollercoaster.
It has broken me, it has built me up, it has stripped me to my core.
He has forced me to stand in my authenticity.
He is my greatest gift. And, being a single mother has been a battle but, I wouldn’t change anything about it because, he is so perfect and a pain in the ass at times but, his soul is so special, he makes me feel blessed.
Whom or what is a driving force in your life?
My mother, she is the reason I did Miss Jamaica because, if it was just me, lawd knows I wouldn’t have followed through. My mom is the type of mother that always shows up, never leaves and always supports.
Tell us about the Wright Walk?
I have achieved more than I could have ever imagined. Nowadays, I turn my attention to being the kind of woman I wish I had known coming up through the industry. Whether you want to become a model, pageant queen or just want a confidence boost or to be more comfortable in front of the camera, the Wright Walk is here to expand your opportunities, as a beauty/fashion influencer or simply personal development. The Wright Walk offers an online course, a series of masterclasses and events to teach you everything you need to make your dreams a reality.