The 25-year-old first shook up the industry in 2017 when she wrote a personal letter about her experience as a victim of agencies' mistreatment. She also addressed that Black women weren't being properly represented in the the modeling industry. She penned about how these agents' European standards of beauty weren't inclusive of what the definition of beauty is and what it actually looks like.
Prior to writing the letter, her options as a model were laid out in front of her: Be the "token" Black girl and stay silent about her suffering or take the risk and be the voice to enact change. She decided to make a bold statement and cut her hair off and embrace her natural hair as a model which goes against the norm.
She was told by agents that she wouldn't find work, but a month later after her decision she was booked for a Calvin Klein ad and she has been on fire ever since. She has modeled for GAP, magazines such as Vogue & Elle and recently became a part of Sports Illustrated's Rookie Class.
While she is still growing and learning as a model, she continues to use her platform to advocate for inclusivity and also shares encouraging messages to keep her followers in high spirits. She is a light for others when their own light may be flickering.
It's truly an inspiration to see a model fully embracing her kinks and coils because there are days where as a natural girl I don't feel pretty enough. There will be times where I'll look in the mirror and feel like something is missing even though wearing my natural hair is when I'm supposed to be 100% myself.
People can take such representation lightly, but Ebonee is helping Black girls like me be able to confidently walk out the door with our kinky crowns. My hair is 4C and my favorite phrase after a disappointing twist out is, "I'll just put it in a puff". My dissatisfaction did a 180 when I saw Ebonee wearing a puff recently to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2018 launch. I was in awe. I told myself that from now on I'll be going out thinking, "My puff is high fashion too".
Ebonee's initial fear of rejection turned into not only her success as a model, but also she became an inspiration for Black women of all backgrounds. She is an example of what the process looks like to become completely grounded in who you are, what you look like and experiencing the life changing results.
Being aware and accepting who you are is when your best foot will be put forward in all that you aspire to do and then is when you can walk into your destiny. Her intention, grace and beautiful spirit is what will keep her thriving in the industry and I'm excited to see what else she has in store for the modeling industry.