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Alysia takes on New York

Published:Monday | August 11, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Pulse's newest up-and-coming international star Alysia Francis is currently in New York, where she has been introduced to the elite of the city's modelling agencies. Some have already offered to represent her in the market and she is mulling them over to make a decision this fall when she is expected to commence her modelling career.

Flair caught up with this vivacious personality and posed and spoke with her about prospects in the industry, and making it in the big city.

1. What are your thoughts on modelling?

I love it. I love that it allows me to be a canvas for the creations of so many different designers. I also love the relationships and experiences one can garner as a model. It's such a dynamic and exciting industry-runway, catalogue, editorial - here, there and everywhere!

2. How does modelling fit within your life's goals and philosophy?

I think it fits in with my overall plan. In fact, while I was in New York, I met someone who said: "Despite what people may think, modelling is a skill and really can teach you a lot about yourself and your goals." I think it'll be a career that pushes me to improve and also something that teaches me about the ups and downs of life.

3. How has New York been so far?

It has been incredible. Between visiting agencies, going all over the city and having various 'New York experiences', I had a ball. It really is a place where anything can happen. I love the city; it's a place that makes you want to constantly move forward, but it also allows for little moments to pause, relax and reflect ... just like at home in Jamaica.

4. What have you enjoyed most so far in your life?

That's a pretty broad question. I don't know what I've enjoyed the most, but, recently, I have found myself thinking a lot about the friendships and various relationships that I've had over the years - ones that I've lost, gained and built, and I've really enjoyed the experiences and memories that these relationships have given me.

5. What was it like meeting the model agents and getting a sense of what the international modelling industry is like?

You really do get a sense of how the different agencies operate and their different cultures, and how fast-paced of an industry it is - it's fascinating. I found everyone really welcoming, positive and charismatic and, of course, loved that I'm Jamaican!

6. What has been the most important lesson you have learnt so far?

I think one of the most important lessons I've learnt is to always let the people who mean something to you know how important they are in your life. Make the most of your relationships and experiences, learn and grow from them. My Grandma taught me that by example.

7. What will you take away from your first visit to New York?

A list of things to do. I know what I need to work on and improve. I am extremely grateful for the experience, travelling around a city like New York by yourself for the first time isn't an easy task. Several people say that New York can "eat you up" ... but they also say that if you can do well in New York, you're set for anywhere - not just in the fashion industry, but in any career. So I am proud of the positive feedback I received and am looking forward to returning to have fun and put myself and Jamaica on the map!

8. Which high school did you attend? Did you enjoy it?

I went to Hillel Academy and graduated in May of this year, and yes, I definitely did enjoy it. Made some great friends and learnt some valuable lessons, and even though there were some inevitable ups and downs, overall it was great.

9. After modelling, what career would you most like to pursue?

I want to travel the world, document my travels and help people, leave a mark. It's as simple as that. Anyone can create their own career these days, be an entrepreneur - that's what I'd like to do.

Credits: Photos by Luca Khouri • Hair and Make-up Andrea E. Wilson