Phaedra Parks has another job to add to her resume.
The 5’1 lawyer, mortician, and former ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ cast member has announced she’s signed with Wilhelmina Models.
She spoke with Us Weekly about her new gig and what it means for her future.
Check out a few excerpts from their interview:
Stylish: Tell us, what are your goals for modeling?
Parks: I think I’m the face of “yes you can.” I’m a small town girl who has followed her dreams. Yes you can be a mom, yes you can be a lawyer and yes you can be a model. When the opportunity presented itself some people asked me “Why?’ and I said “Why not?” A supermodel started this company and she wanted to give power back to the women and I think I stand for the same things. I have the opportunity to show people that beauty can come in every size, shade, color and age. It’s exciting and an adventure!
Stylish: Tell US about how you feel about representing an under-served market.
Parks: I feel great about being different, in light of what’s going on now, politically … I think women need to be empowered to stand in their truth, to be different, dare to be diverse and stand up in times of controversy. I’m excited for that part.
Stylish: Who are your biggest modelings inspirations?
Parks: Of course [Naomi] Campbell, she is everything, so fierce. Also Nicki Minaj. She’s done such a great job reinventing herself and changing the standards of beauty. And she’s been a big supporter of me.
Stylish: How do you feel about showing some skin and really taking it off for the camera?
Parks: I don’t mind baring it all, I have been wearing g-strings and baring it all really every season for seven years. I had two children on national T.V. I love nudity! I’ve brought a lot of exotic entertainers on the show, so I love my body and I’ve got curves. I’m a mother of two children, so I’m not perfect, but I have no problem getting naked.
Stylish: How are the businesses?
Parks: Being a mortician is a passion of mine and everything I’m passionate about I just dive right in. This is our peak season actually, the peak season from deaths is from Halloween to around Valentine’s Day, so we’re very busy — people are going to glory pretty regularly. I’m directing a few funerals this weekend. I know it’s morbid, but I love being the final party planner.
Do we know any other mortician-turned-models? It’s not everyday a woman decides to go from the crypt to the catwalk!