My name is Trisha Noël (like Christmas). I am 28 years old. Haitian. I’m Broward and raised in Tampa. Been here for about 9 years. I have an educational background working with youth for about 10-12 years. From the age range of newborns to 18 years old. I took a break from the education field and pursued modeling about a little over a year and a half ago. Yes, I’m new to the game but true to it! A good photographer friend of mine named Terrol Henderson has constantly encouraged me time after time again to try out modeling. So after finally making time, I did my first photo shoot with him. Since then, I took off and have been loving EVERY chance/moment I get to be behind the camera.
1. We want to bring awareness to the beauty community that long hair or short hair does not define someone’s beauty; how do you stand on the issue?
I’d like to begin by saying YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL NO MATTER HOW YOU LOOK!! It took me years to find my TRUE SELF! And oddly enough I feel my most true self WITHOUT hair. While most women & men I know feel complete with having hair—and that is okay. However, I remind those women & men: DON’T ALLOW YOUR HAIR TO DEFINE WHO YOU ARE! I know many women & men who treat their hair as an idol, then a blessing. Remember YOU make your hair—DON’T let your hair make you! Having hair is a gift from God. Be grateful you have it, as other people who battle with cancer treatments, it’s taken from them. Rather than having the option not to have it, such as myself. Hair is beautiful but not as beautiful as your soul. So, I encourage people to let the soul shine rather than their experience.
2. How do you stay confident?
I stay confident by praying. I pray every day to my good Lord that, “this career path is in your will. Use me as your servant Lord. Help me to change this industry by spreading love and positivity.” Through prayer, I find the confidence that I need to go about my everyday life. Don’t get me wrong, I'm super shy. But once you get to know me, I’m comfortable and you can’t get me to stop. But through laughter, prayer, and soul-searching, confidence comes easy right behind it! All you have to do is give yourself time to get to know your true self.
I have dealt with obstacles. No one said pursuing anything that you’re passionate about will come easy. Two obstacles I’ve faced are:
1. Not everyone will support you.
2. Not all designers and photographers like / want your look.
And that’s okay. It comes with the territory of this industry.
I overcome these obstacles by not taking them personally. Not everyone will support you the way they claim they will. Not everyone will like my look. Whether it’s because of jealousy or them just not liking you in general. Just don’t take it personally. The number of supporters I have will ALWAYS trump the ones that don’t believe in me. I'm a FIRM believer in ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS !! As long as you stay true to who you are you’ll reap the fruits of your labor.
The love that my supporters (family, friends, colleagues, etc.) give me on a day-to-day basis. It’s overwhelmingly enriching! From as little as liking & sharing a post, to as big as buying a magazine I’m featured in and sending pics that they purchased! The love is real and felt! I will and forever am humbly grateful for the outstanding amount of love I’ve received throughout my modeling journey. Thank you ALL! I do it for my people.
I hope and pray that one day I can change this industry. I pray that instead of models constantly conforming to the industry standards that the industry conforms to their models! For example, the classic line of “you have to be at least 5’8” or taller to walk a runway '' I think NOT! My motto is I may be small, but I walk TALL! It’s not the height that gets you notice it’s your confidence and how you carry yourself
We asked Trisha Noel what Valiance means to her,
“Valiance means FEARLESS to me !! Be fearless in pursuing your dream. Go after what you believe in and stand for it day in and day out! Stay true to who you are and always remember to spread love & positivity. Keep the faith and you’ll reap the benefits of your labor.”