Haileyann Sophia - Texas Nomination by Marc Harvey Celebrity Make-up Artist Photography by Ruben Stunner @ Stunner Studios Issue 58 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Haileyann Sophia is inspiring to many. She is beautiful (inside & out), strong, bold & talented. Haileyann enjoys reading, modeling, acting, dancing & singing. Haileyann is supportive of everyone she works with and meets. Haileyann takes direction and criticism well. Haileyann has a big heart and spends a lot of time helping others. Haileyann’s hope is to inspire other teens to find & ignite their passion/dreams & be strong future leaders.
Photography by Ruben Stunner @ Stunner Studios
What was your experience like with Marc Harvey Celebrity Make-up Artist? What did you love most about it? Honestly, I’ve known Mr. Harvey for quite a while, he calls me his protege. Every time I get to work with him I get so excited, he’s always giving me tips and motivating me, he’s very talented and super entertaining. The thing I love the most about working with Mr.Harvey is he’s very professional and he always manages my work behind the camera to help me become better.
Why did you choose Ruben Stunner for your photographer? What was the best part of the day? Marc Harvey referred us to Ruben Stunner because of his experience, (he shot a Guess model recently- super cool) I have been able to shoot with him now twice, once at the very beginning and recently, it was really awesome to see how far I have come :)
Tell us about your modeling career. My modeling career is a lot of work and started recently in November of 2021. I was super excited because this was something I have always wanted to do. Modeling is everything from posing, discipline, fashion, keeping your energy up, keeping your face clean, eating healthy, exercising, and practicing - it’s a lot of work but very rewarding … I did my first professional photo shoot with Marc Harvey and Ruben Stunner, they helped me build my initial portfolio -and to be completely Frank, it was very nerve-racking. In January of 2022, I was scouted by an agency that now represents me. In a small amount of time I have been to NYFW, I have taken a 7-week runway class, I walked on a runway in Houston for 4 scenes, and I have had about 6 photoshoots with 4 different high-profile photographers and I am ready & looking forward to photoshoots and runway in fall for NYFW!
What do you love most about modeling? Well, I love the photoshoots the most because I love posing and it’s natural for me. I also like that I get to travel to new places and meet new people.
Photography by Kevin Jeffries
What have you acted in and which has been your favorite? I just started acting, I was in the theater at school last year and I am excited about making the production theater this year. I was in a group acting school last year and switch to a private instructor this summer. I’ve done some incredible castings as well but sadly haven’t scored a role yet, but I do have an agent and hopefully, I get into something that fits my skills soon. But if I have to choose, it would be my Cinderella play that I did in middle school, I was one of the step-sisters and I felt like I fit that part so well.
Share your dance career with us. When did you get started and what dances do you practice? Well, I got started when I was very young, maybe around 4 with tap and ballet, I did dance classes for a while but then needed something more intensive. At the age of 7, I joined a competitive salsa group called “El Sabor de Houston”. I worked very hard many hours a day to compete & met some very good teen friends. Right now I’m in dance at my school and looking forward to the dance team when I get to high school.
What do u think non-dancers don’t realize about dancers? To be honest, I think they don’t realize how much time and effort u put into dance, I mean it looks easy but In reality, it’s really not. I consider it a sport because it’s just as active as football or baseball if not, more. I'm currently burning 300 calories a day or more because I am active so much.
What type of music do you like to sing? Do you have a favorite go-to song? What is it? I like to sing anything in the range of 50’s songs to current generation songs. My go-to favorite song for karaoke is Olivia Rodrigo, I love her so much, and hopefully, when I launch some music of my own I will get to collaborate with her, she’s so sweet and she’s literally my idol.
Tell us a favorite memory from singing. My favorite memory of singing is probably the first time I ever sang with my grandpa. I loved watching a children’s show called “Olivia” and I would sing it all the time and my grandpa would sing it with me.
What is a favorite accomplishment from modeling, acting, or dancing? My favorite modeling accomplishment is recently I cast for NYFW this fall in NYC for a couture line. Follow me and you will get to see who it is soon!
Photography by Kevin Jeffries
What is the hardest thing you have ever accomplished, and how did you do it? I think it was my fear of rollercoasters, I hated them growing up and once I went on one I felt so much better.
What advice would u give to someone who wants to be where u are today? Probably to always be you. Growing up, I got bullied a lot which grew into insecurities and I was really never myself but if u just be yourself, you’ll get through, Don’t be someone you are not.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years/what are your plans? Well, I’m currently 12 so I’ll be about 17, my plans are to succeed in school, get a car ( I’m looking forward to that) and probably to travel a lot more. Now if I do get a cast for a movie I’ll have to switch to homeschool and eventually when I turn 18 I want to go to NYU. At some point, I want an apartment in Paris.
What is your favorite activity or pastime that was not in your nomination? I love hanging out with my best friends, they mean the world to me whether they are on my Facetime screen or in person.
Do you have a hidden talent? What is it? My hidden talent is that I can tie and untie a cherry stem in my mouth. I know, cool, right?
3 Things on your bucket list Paris, Met Gala, Oscars
Who do you find inspiring? Olivia Rodrigo, she’s so sweet and inspiring and she’s my biggest role model, hopefully, I get to meet her one day.
What about you inspires others/why do you think you are inspiring? Probably my kindness, I’m always putting people first before myself because they deserve it. I think I’m inspiring because I’ve had a lot of struggles that most teens go through, and I overcome them in a positive manner whether it’s dance, reading, or even modeling.
Is there anything else you would like to tell us? I’m thankful for the struggles that I’ve been through all my life, especially bullying, because if I didn’t have all of these struggles, I wouldn’t be strong and who I am today.
Look for Haileyann in issue 58 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!