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Check Out Asia (Effy Trinket) Hamm’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Asia (Modeling name is Effy Trinket) Hamm.

Hi Asia, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I started modeling back in 2012 with the online site modeling. That was how I got my foot in the door. When I turned 18 I began looking for photographers and Booking shoots. I’ve been published many times since then and started hitting the road and traveling. I absolutely love modeling and love that I get to do it for a living. It has boosted my self esteem so much and I’ve met so many amazing people along the way!

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
A few struggles I’ve experienced was getting my name out there. Always having to promote. Another struggle was when covid hit. No one wanted to shoot or couldn’t due to travel bans. I actually ended up leaving my full time job in January to start modeling full time. At first, it was a struggle because I had no clue how it was going to work and if I could actually do it. After the first week, I was able to manage and get a nice flow setting up shoots and getting a schedule going. Honest was the best decision I’ve ever made! Since doing it I’ve been surrounded by positive people who share the same passion as me and I get to do what I love for a living. It has helped with my mental health so much.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a model. I feel I specialize in outdoor shoots and boudoir. I feel I am known for being an African American who is part of the alternative scene or afro punk and breaking a lot of stereotypes. I’m proud of how far I’ve gone and grown with modeling at first I was very shy and kind of not wanting to be my actual sew so I wouldn’t express myself through my hair or by outfit s and just be an innocent baby with shoots. But then I realized I could actually express myself and not get judged so I started dressing how I normally dress into my hair how I normally do my hair during shoots and people loved it and I loved it. I feel what sets me apart from other models is that I grew up wanting to always be a model. Like I said back when I was about 14 I would do the online emo site modeling till I turn 18 then I actually worked hard on achieving my dream. But due to my history and experience another thing that sets me apart is I will only do TFP with certain photographers and mostly do paid shoots. I feel I think about it differently and I know with my experience I am worth getting paid to do it and not paying someone if that makes sense I know a lot of new models believe they have to pay photographers and I tried to preach to them to just stick with TFP till you build your portfolio then start modeling because we all have the same and goal and that’s to make money doing the thing we love; not to get in debt.

Risk taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
My view on risk taking is go for it if it’s not too risky. A good example is probably how I’m a traveling model. Normally what I do is I plan out my travels, pay for my Airbnb and then once I get it all paid for I’ll start looking for photographers in that area. Normal red flags for me are If they take forever to respond or is the photographer is late to the shoot, or afterwards how long it takes the photographer to get you your photos back then I start to raise an eyebrow. Green flags though are when they communicate before I make the travel and we actually form a plan on concepts and everything. An example of a very big risk was last summer I had a photographer hit me up letting me to come down to Florida for a week to shoot. But photographer said that he would have me a place to stay all I would have to do is cover travel cost. I agreed but the dude never sent me the address till I crossed the Florida state line. Once I got there it wasn’t at all how he explained it. I didn’t feel comfortable so I ended up staying in a hotel and camping the rest of the time there but when it came to the time for us to shoot said photographer was 3 hours late. I was so scared that I made the drive down to Florida for nothing. It was an interesting trip haha. Also, another red flag to go along with the story was that the photographer lost all the photos. Needless to say, I have been more careful and setting up my own sleeping arrangements for my travels but I feel that one bad experience won’t stop me from pursuing being a traveling model because I love seeing our country and seeing the ocean and the mountains and desert well at the same time being able to model and meet other models and photographers in the area and learning their favorite spots to shoot.


  • $100/hr per shoot

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Teresa Fry
Robert Santiago

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