Photographs by David Sutton

Lydiah, why don’t you tell us a little about where you grew up, where you are living now and how you got into modeling.
I grew up in a small town of Wisconsin. I had an awesome childhood filled with riding ATVs and playing backyard games with neighborhood friends. I moved to St. Louis when I was a freshman in high school. I realized I love the city life now I want to move to an even bigger city, Chicago. I have dreamed of modeling since I was a young girl. My sister and I would always put on fashion shows and pretend photo shoots. So my goal was set when I was young and I get to fulfill it now.

Do you have any goals to take modeling in any certain direction? Where would you like to go with it?
As I actually got into the industry I realized that its not just pretty girls in a picture. Modeling and the fashion industry is a business. I want to be a part of that business. I like the fact that I don’t have to be in an office or the same setting every day like a nine to five job. I like that I can make my own schedule and be my own boss. I plan on continuing getting modeling/acting jobs, however I want to get a degree in fashion and start my own line one day. I have been designing and sewing for about 9 years. I hope modeling can help me network to start up a business of my own.

If you could have 3 wishes for shoots that allowed you to travel, where would you want to go?
Another reason modeling has caught my interest so much is because I would be able to travel. I grew up traveling all over the US, but was never able to explore other cultures and countries. If I were able to shoot anywhere in the world I would have to choose Brazil. I have always wanted to travel there and see the rain forest. Also, I would love to go on an African safari. I want to see animals in their natural environment. Last place I would want to visit is Australia. I have heard wonderful things about its people and culture.

Where will we see Lydiah in five years?
I’m moving to Chicago soon, but hopefully that lands me an opportunity to travel the world. I hope to have my business started and I want to still be modeling. It’s what I love to do and I don’t plan on giving it up so soon.

Lydiah’s Image Gallery

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