This week I am proud to present Ms. Tamarah Purifoy, a young woman that has been on the grind since the age of 16 trying to achieve her goal of becoming more than a model - a SUPERMODEL. But after realizing that an education is the only guarantee in life, she decided to take a break from modeling and focus on her studies. After completing her studies, she decided to move from Milwaukee to Atlanta in order to be in a location that would help her be in a position where she could make some moves in the industry. After moving, things picked up quickly and the networking opportunities and work steadily increased. Ms. Purifoy is now a promotional model for Remy Martin Cognac and been able to meet celebs very few "regular" folks could dream of meeting. In 09, Tamarah plans to work harder than ever to achieve her goal of becoming a household name.
DJ Grain: What's your name?
DJ Grain: Where are you from?
Tamarah: I'm from Milwaukee, Wisconsin but I live in Atlanta now.
DJ Grain: How many years have you been modeling?
Tamarah: I've been modeling since I was 16yrs old but took a break and I've been back for almost 3yrs.
DJ Grain: What are the misconceptions people commonly have about models that are untrue?
Tamarah: That we all have the same mind frame. I always have to let people know that I'm not the average model and that there's so much more to me than my photos.
DJ Grain: What shows, videos, magazines, etc. have you been featured in?
Tamarah: I've been featured on BET's "Black Carpet, Hell Date" and I was also featured on BET.com as the B-Girl of the week, "Atlanta Homicide". Video's I've done are Nelly - "Let it Go", Case - "Lovely", Dream ft Dear Jayne - "Fall Back". Print work I've been featured in are "Upscale Mag", Print Ad for "Miller Lite Beer", Urban Curves, and I'm the cover girl for the latest issue of "Omigawd Mag." I've also been featured on a few online sites as well.
DJ Grain: What photographers have you worked with?
Tamarah: Allen Cooley, Tim Rogers, D.Austin, Ralph Lenard, and James Rich just to name a few.
DJ Grain: What photographers would you like to work with?
Tamarah: Oh my gosh, I have to work with Leo Marshall, Derrick Blanks, and Hannibal just to name a few.
DJ Grain: Can you describe the grind of a model trying to break into the industry?
Tamarah: A model trying to break into the industry always has to be on the grind. That means you have to eat, sleep, and breathe this industry, it has to be the last thing you think about before you go to sleep and the first thing you think about when you wake up. You have to stay trying to meet new people, networking letting people know that you're serious about what you're trying to do and not just talking about it. I send out tons of emails everyday with my pictures to people that can take me to the next level. My motto is you have to be a hustler - No Grind, No Shine.
DJ Grain: Any words for the ladies out there that have aspirations of entering the modeling industry?
Tamarah: If you're serious about it, do your research, don't just talk about it. Know what category of modeling you fall in, where you can be the most successful in. Use the resources that surround you everyday as networking tools, like the internet. Also if this is your dream, know that it's not going to happen over night but if you have faith and believe you can do anything you put your mind to.
DJ Grain: How can people contact you for booking?
Tamarah: Serious inquires only can contact me at Modeltamarah@gmail.com or my MySpace.