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Iru Magazine - Tabitha Wolf

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Tabitha Wolf is a model and aspiring actress hailing from Memphis, TN. You can see her gracing the pages of Elements Magazine and Essere Magazine and is represented by Americana Models. Her journey to becoming a model in New York has been rife with challenge, but throughout each endeavor she has risen above, and become better because of it.

                                         Tabitha’s Start in Modeling

At the behest of a family friend Tabitha began modeling at the age of 16. She was soon whisked off to underground runway shows where her modeling career began. Although Tabitha started off in runway she later learned that her true passion lay in print and editorial. She is never one to be shy in front of the camera, Tabitha’s passion extends to nude modeling, where she is free to express her femininity. Far from being raunchy, her nude portraits tastefully convey her zeal for art, and desire for all women to be as comfortable in their skin as she is.

What made you choose to start nude modeling?

“Originally I started off for the wrong purposes, I just wanted to do it cause I looked good. And I remember when I started, there was a lot of people that told me, “You can’t do that, you’re going to ruin your career.” And I think it was just me being rebellious, my response was, “Well who are you tell me what works for me? What works for you might now work for me, and vice versa.”

“Even though I’m posing nude, you don’t have to. And that’s a point I really want to make; you decide which path you want to take, whether you want to wear clothes or whether you want to be butt-ass naked, it doesn’t matter. What matters is you, and your character, and what feels right to you in your soul. If it doesn’t feel right don’t do it. There’s a lot of intelligent women that take their clothes off, and there’s a lot of intelligent women that keep their clothes on.”

Tabitha considers herself a feminist, who advocates for the equal treatment of all women regardless of their of preference of dress. In stark contrast to the stereotypical model, Tabitha actually supports and crusades for her fellow models. She uses any opportunity she can to uplift and strengthen other peers, which she was kind enough to elaborate on:

“If I come across castings, or even advice, if I have information that can help someone in some way, I share it. That’s what I’ve been working on, but my newer goal is trying to build a team. I’m trying to find people who are good at something, whether it’s photography, videography, makeup, whatever it is, and trying to find a way that we can benefit from each other. Recently I’ve been researching local businesses to see what ones I want to invest in. For instance I’ve been transitioning to a vegan diet, and because they’re vegan restaurants that are near me, I want to start giving back and supporting in that way. I also want to do interviews, interviewing models maybe a little more successful than I am, and get their insight into modeling. That’s a question models often ask, “How do I get started?” I want to give them good advice so when they do get started they don’t have to make the same mistakes. As of right now my means of helping is giving out knowledge, any knowledge that I come across.”

Tabitha is a strong and focused woman who knows what she wants, but her journey to success was not without strife. Growing up as a biracial child in Memphis, TN, she was unaware of her African heritage. Her oblivion ended one day when she posed a question about her race to her mother:

“I was 8 or 9 years old and I went to my mom, and said, “They keep calling me black at school, am I black?” And she just looked at me crazy and said, “Yeah. I thought you knew,” and I was like, “No I didn’t get the memo.” She thought I already knew, but I didn’t have any figures around me for me to put two and two together. I guess it was one of those things where, you’re common sense is not someone else’s common sense. For her, she thought it was obvious, for me it was like, how am I going to know this?”

Learning the truth about her heritage left Tabitha feeling that she was the last to learn a secret that everyone else already knew. I wanted to know how this event lead her to deal with adversity in the present day:

“I deal with difficulty a number of ways. I’ve had times where I just shut down, I‘ve had times where I felt overwhelmed, and didn’t know what to do, and didn’t even want to get out of bed. So I say to myself:  let’s go outside, let’s go for a walk, let me re-channel my energy and calm myself down, then go back to the process. If I can’t handle it right now, if it’s something I know is not in my reach, I have to take a second, step away from it, and come back to it. I try to revamp, and assess the situation. Maybe it was my thought process, maybe it was the actions I was taking or the way I was going about it, but I need to take a step away, give myself a chance to breathe, and come back to it. I think that is how I usually solve my difficulties or find ways to handle them. And, it doesn’t always work out that way. Sometimes I break down, if it’s a lot and I don’t know what to do with myself sometimes I cry and I cuddle up with myself. But it’s having those self talks, and telling myself, okay, you can only do this for an hour, and then we gotta get moving. I tell myself, we can only do this for so long. So I try to take a step away from it, come back to it, and find a new solution, cause clearly my first solution wasn’t working. Sometimes that happens, sometimes a bunch of stuff just happens out of nowhere. And I have to tell myself, “Look at what I’ve gotten through. I can handle this, and I will.”

 //Aisha Marie Sho @Shaka_Sho