This evening we were able to sit down with MadisonJarae and talk about her modeling career, her future endeavors, and goals.
MadisonJarae was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. However, she was raised as a Georgia Peach in the northern suburbs of Atlanta, Ga. MadisonJarae is the middle child of 5. Although her parents divorced when she was just nine years old, she was always shown love and support of her goals and dreams from both parents. Family is very important to MadisonJarae. She credits her mom for being a very strong woman, and that’s where she gets her strength from. Seeing her mom as a single parent, doing what she had to do to care for her family without complaint. During that time, MadisonJarae said that she and her older sister stepped up to care for her younger siblings while her mom worked.
RS - When did you start modeling?
MJ - “In my senior year of high school, I was asked by a few classmates, who were creative innovators, to do photo shoots. That’s where it started. I didn’t model much in college, I was focused on school.”
Last year, MadisonJarae started posting more pictures of herself on Instagram. As beautiful as she is, she was noticed on IG. Then she started modeling for different brands. Her modeling career began taking off with great momentum for a steady four to five months, pre COVID-19. MadisonJarae mentioned that she believes everything happens for a reason. She stated, “You know, sometimes the photo or video shoots weren’t smooth, or things just didn’t go right. That made me question, ‘Like, God, is this what I’m supposed to be doing? I know I’m not suppose to be an extra, but I’m supposed to be the artist. I believe now that this is God’s Devine timing.”
MadisonJarae expressed her true love and passion to me. Now that we’ve been faced with this pandemic, she has been able to put more focus into her dream.
MJ - “I love to sing! I’ve always wanted to sing! I believe I am a ‘Powerhouse! Music is what I love to do l, but modeling was paying my bills.”
RS - Being a ‘Powerhouse’ is a big deal. When I think of a powerhouse, I see Beyoncé or Mariah Carey. Those are big shoes to fill, do you believe that you can share the stage with either artist?
MJ - “Yes, yes I do! I definitely have big vocals.” She says with a big smile! “I actually started recording when I was like fifteen and sixteen years old. Back then the timing wasn’t right for my music. I then kind of lost touch with my dream, and getting caught up with what others wanted me to do. As well as keeping my parents happy. Now that I’m doing what I love, it’s like life is starting to show me the blessings of doing what you love! I mean, I started getting opportunities everywhere I go. I focused on what I wanted and I just started attracting that energy.”
RS - So, how has the transition been for you, going from a model to now making music?
MJ - “I was lucky enough to meet people along the way who taught me that confidence is key! Believe it or not, I was shy growing up. I didn’t speak up for myself. I learned in this business, closed mouths don’t get fed. Upon learning that, I became more vocal in the decisions that I wanted for my career. I say what I want, I say what I feel. You are your power! You are your greatest weapon! Things don’t happen to you, they happen for you! When you know who you are, and what you want, people respect you different.”
RS - As a singer, do you still use MadisonJarae?
MJ - “No, My modeling name is MadisonJarae. As an artist, I go by Jarae.”
RS - So what is your music genre? How would you categorize your music? Who is the audience that you seek to relate to?
MJ - “I see myself as an R&B, POP artist. I’m like a Beyoncé,with a mix of Christina Aguellera, with an Alicia Keys tone. I haven’t heard another sound like mine. I want to change the world. I want to leave an impact that will help young girls, you know to make people feel good about themselves. Modeling has brought me closer to learning myself. People were always staring at my face, like, what’s behind the face, is there a story? There is, a big story. My music allows me to tell my story.”
RS - So are you done with modeling?
MJ - No, I wouldn’t say that I’m done, I’m low key retired for now, (laughing) to focus more on my music. However, I will have to still continue with photo shoots as an artist. So the modeling never really stops for me. It just enhances with my singing.”
RS - With your music, what are you currently working on?
MJ - “My first single will drop soon, aiming for the end of the month, and I am so excited!”
RS - So what is a typical day in the life of Jarae?
MJ - “Well a typical day for me, well I like to start off with a little wake and bake,” as she giggles. “Uhm, eat fresh fruit or a smoothie for breakfast. Listening to music, dancing in my room. I like to draw. I love to paint. I am very artsy. I teach myself everything! I want to be able to say that I’m the most talented person in the room! (Laughing). I taught myself how to be number one! Oh, and I am also working on two books, so I’m an author in the making as well. I love to stay busy, you know listening to beats, working on new music. I’m always trying to be better than I was the day before.”
RS - Where do you see yourself five years from now?
MJ - “I can’t say, because I don’t know. But I do know that it’s going to be bigger than I imagine. If I keep on the path that I’m on, I know that God’s plan is bigger than what I can even see. I do know that five years from now, you will definitely know my name and who I am. I will be a walking testimony for others to learn, and grow from. If I can help one person a day, I know that I am serving my purpose in life. Five years from now, I know that I will definitely be changing the world! I don’t want to only be classified as a singer or model, but someone who left their legacy that made a positive impact. Right now, I am a star. Five years from now, I will be a Super Star!”
In closing, we want to thank MadisonJarae for taking time from her busy schedule to speak with us at RealStarr. To contact MadisonJarae she can be found at:
@madisonjarae on IG
@madisonjaraemusic on IG
April 13, 2020
March 21, 2020
So Real, So Pretty
On this amazing afternoon, we want to thank the beautiful, Koren Gibbs, also known as, SoRealSoPretty, for taking time to sit down with us.
Koren is a native of Anderson, Indiana. She started modeling at the tender age of 15. I asked Koren, “Who/what inspired you to model?” Responding, Koren states, “It came natural.” She was given an opportunity by a photographer in her hometown who believed in her talent. Growing up, she was often told that she is ‘So Pretty’. Without a doubt, very befitting for this young beauty. The So Real was added a little later in life. I asked her how did that name come about? She states, “I always say what’s on my mind. I do believe in keeping it real. Anyone who knows me says that I ‘Always keep it real’. So, I made it my name on Instagram, and the rest is history.”
Koren has been living in Atlanta since 2013. Her modeling career allows her to be a hands on mom to her handsome four year old son. I saw a few pictures of Koren’s son. He definitely gets it from his Mama with the posing, and natural beauty gene pool! I asked Koren if she thought that her son would be interested in modeling? “Though he loves the camera, and takes amazing pictures, he’s not that type of child. He’s a man’s, man. He’s not afraid of getting dirty and playing rough!” She says with a bright smile! Koren has a great support system, and the full backing of her son’s father. This allows her to pursue her career as a model. Koren is seeking opportunities from vendors who, not only she can work for, but who can also work for her. She takes her craft very seriously. Her current interests are building her brand, and becoming an ambassador supporting designers who are up and coming, as well as established in the modeling industry.
A typical day for Koren is running errands, always on the phone setting her schedule. Koren also enjoys cooking, and kicking back with her girls in her off time. She states, “I love to party! I’m young, and I like to get out and enjoy myself.” (laughing)
I asked Koren where did she see herself five years from now? She states with great enthusiasm and confidence that she will be, “A Guru in real-estate!” She has great ambitions to place people in their dream homes. With her endearing , pleasant, and warm demeanor, she will definitely be the people’s choice is realty.
We here at REALSTARR will continue to support Koren, SoReal,SoPretty in all of her future endeavors. If you would like to book this bombshell, you can reach her at @sorealsopretty on IG.