When it came to modeling for our site, the lovely and talented Mercedes really brought her A-game. This ambitious college student illuminated our set with her gorgeous smile — and now, she shares her inspirations, positive outlook, and snazzy aesthetic in our monthly model Q&A!
As a kid, what was your favorite game, hobby, or pastime?
I cheered competitively for 13 years, starting with a junior program when I was five and switching over to competition squads two years later. I enjoyed cheering because it kept me fit, busy, and let me spend time with my friends, doing something we all loved.
What about your on-camera style differs from your off-camera style?
My style off-camera is a mix of modern day hip-hop style with a classy edge that makes it tasteful. For the most part, though, I can create a style of my own personalty with each garment I’ve ever modeled in at ModCloth.
Describe your proudest moment.
Getting accepted into college and presenting the letter of acceptance to my parents. I had made them happy as well as proven to myself that, with a positive outlook, I could do all things.
Who inspires you and why?
Jay-Z, Oprah, and Obama. And, my mother and father inspire me mentally. They’ve been together for 23 years now, and I look up to them. They both have been there for me through everything.
When you’re not modeling, what other interests, jobs, or pursuits fill your time?
While I’m not modeling, I’m out shopping, hanging with friends, networking, working out, and attending community college to pursue a career in international business management.
If you could trade wardrobes with anyone in the world, whose would it be and why?
Rihanna. Everything that woman wears describes my style. She’s amazing.