Today we’d like to introduce you to Christy Noad.
Hi Christy, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I’m originally from a small town called Rome, New York. My mom was from New York and my father was originally from Jamaica. He was stationed in the Air Force in New York, where he met my mom. I am the youngest of three. Upstate New Yorkers are very Italian and Irish. I am mixed with Irish German French on my mom’s side and Jamaican on my dad’s side. I had a lot of people not believe my dad was actually from Jamaica. It was a weird situation for me as a kid because I am very proud of my heritage and diversity. Jamaica is a very beautiful country with the best beaches in the world, great music, great food and amazing people. It was a weird situation for me as a kid. Growing up in a military family, I moved every year for five years. I was always making new friends and trying to fit in. Also, instead of getting upset about moving, I actually enjoyed it. It was a great way to see the world at such a young age. Learning a new language, eating new food and learning the culture was just so amazing. I lived in Taiwan when I was eight and remember people so amazed by my eyes being so big. I think the attention got to me a little. I had a moment of fame when I’m in a car and see people staring at me because I have big eyes and my mom because her eyes are blue. When i would go to the night market I had a bunch of people flock around me and touch my face. It was so different for me experiencing that when I was 8. I felt like I was famous or something.
So as a kid, I focused on sports and fitness. I was on the swim team, cheer squad, soccer team and track. I also was a band nerd. Then when I became 12, my dad let me do a photoshoot and I really enjoyed it. I felt as if it was part of my creative freedom. I got more into modeling in college. I studied at the University of Miami. Lots of great photographers in Miami. That’s when I really began to put together my modeling portfolio. As a 5’2 model, it’s tough to get booked for work. My strategy was to apply and hope for the best. Some companies/ agencies would hopefully choose me for the diversity I offer. I had a lot of no before I had the yes’s. Let’s say I didn’t give up. I am grateful I have had the experience in fashion shows, been in magazines, and met many great people along the way. I had the opportunity to be in a Bud Light Lime commercial and was really excited to be part of that. This industry is ever-changing and so is life.
On May 20, 2016, I had lost my father, Keith Noad to the H1N1 virus. He had gotten the virus from going to a Relay for Life event. My dad was very outgoing and very much part of the community. He was an engineer at lockheed and I was Daddy’s little girl. This was before the covid pandemic. My mother became my rock and she is one of the strongest ladies I know. She is so amazing. With things changing, I remembered not to give up on my dreams and the values that I was raised on. I became more of a workaholic and submerged myself into a different realm of entertainment; social media. It takes a lot of dedication.
I joined an app called Bigo Live and became one of the top broadcasters in the USA there in less than a year with 154k fans. I was a co-leader of the mecha family and also started my path with Tiktok. Later, I ended up switching platforms to Tiktok. I had gone to the playlist and met other creators. I fell in love with Matt Mckinney, a viral TikTok star in which we both met on Bigo Live. This pandemic has been tough on a lot of models. It’s a crazy world wind of an industry. I am happy with the connections I’ve made and the people I’ve met along the way.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It’s been really tough being short in the industry. I could have had it easier if I had the height, but God knew I was the one who would try to change the industry. I didn’t give up and I won’t. I’ve had lots of people approach me and say wow, I thought you were a lot taller. That is the beauty of photography. Also losing my father was tough. He died from a virus and now we are in a pandemic. This virus stuff has stopped a lot of work. I am happy to have made the transition to social media before the pandemic even hit. I don’t know this industry is always changing and it’s all about jumping on the trends when they first start.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a model with a Degree in Prelaw from the University of Miami. I specialize in social media and content creation but also management. I am most proud of my viral video of 34k views. I am determined and try my best to stay positive.
Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
I am happy when I can be creative and have that creative freedom. I am also happy when I travel and eat food or try things for the first time. You only have one life and might as well live it to the fullest.
I am also doing a competition to be on the cover page of Jet Set Magazine and can win up to $50,000.
The profile link is https://miss.jetsetmag.com/2021/christy-noad
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Photographer: Matt Mckinney