Ivy is more than just a model. When you work with children who inspire beauty, strength, and courage…modeling can seem even more superficial. While her priorities are the kids she teaches every day, Ivy hopes to someday use modeling to raise awareness through the community. Here’s an insight into her experiences and her youthful enthusiasm. We revisit our model of the month for September with another “Model’s Diary”.Over the past five years, I’ve been involved with many organizations relating to children and those who have special needs. I was part of the Big Brother Big Sister organization for two years and am still in contact with my “little”. I think that my experience with her is what really made me want to make a difference in the lives of those who either can’t stand up for themselves or who are too young.
When I turned seventeen I began working at a camp for people who have special needs. Even though that first week was the hardest week, emotionally and physically, of my life, as I was waving goodbye to my campers with tears streaming down my cheeks, I knew that I’m destined to become a special education teacher. I’ve continued working at that camp for another two summers, and I most definitely will be back for another year as a counselor soon.
Since moving out on my own when I turned nineteen, I’ve created my own babysitting business. I have about ten families who have me over on a regular basis. It’s been such an incredible experience to see the children grow from infants to toddlers to young, and sweet kids.
Because of all these awesome experiences relating to children, and considering what I want to do with my future as a special education teacher, I’ve let modeling take a backseat to work and school. I still love doing a few photoshoots here and there though. Working with children has given me a new perspective on modeling. I make sure my photos are family appropriate, and I would love to do some modeling work to raise awareness for those with special needs if the opportunity arises. The kids I care for love to see me all dressed up in the photos, and some have even started calling me “Princess Ivy”. I hope to continue modeling for a long time to come, but school, and the children I’ve grown to love dearly will always come first.
If you want more information on helping out special needs children, feel free to contact me through this website. If there are many interested in donating time and energy, Ivy and I will be happy to brainstorm ways to help.