Texas Top Model, August Elise: An Inspirational Modeling Journey.

Texas Top Model, August Elise: An Inspirational Modeling Journey.

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to modeling. Have you ever wondered how models are able to transform their emotions and sculpt their bodies to fit any atmosphere? If you gaze into their eyes and look beyond the pretty cover, you’ll see that models tell a story, and often times it’s their own personal story which is much more inspiring than the beautiful images they create. From a small segregated town in Texas to a high fashion runway model, and pose coach August’s journey is a deeper story than the mere glamour and success you currently see online.


Seen here, model August. Photo by Saige Thomas Photography


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August’s past starts in the town of Jasper, Texas. Unfortunately, this town is surrounded by a still segregated environment and a tragic past of racial turbulence. In 1998 an African American man but the name of James Byrd, Jr. tragically died by being drug to his death by three white supremacists. Around this time, August’s birth mom, a caucasian 19-year-old woman, became pregnant by an African-American man and soon suffered from her antiquated family views while facing threats to her unborn child and birth father. August’s birth mom was forced to San Antonio, Texas to a women’s home where she was kept secret from other family members and soon, gave birth to August, who was quickly given up for adoption.


Photo by Saige Thomas Photography

Despite her birth history, August has been eternally grateful to have been adopted in San Antonio, Texas. She mentions growing up without fear, and into a family who showed her unconditional love and guidance.

“I feel very very grateful that I was adopted because I know that if I was in that town of Jasper Texas, I might not have been here and I would have not been able to start my modeling career and cross paths with the many people in my life that I know now. This is what truly inspires me to keep going.”

While growing up in San Antonio, Texas she enjoyed the arts and spent much of her developing years singing in a choir. Like many young girls of this generation, watching her favorite tv show was an every week pastime. America’s Next Top Model was among her list of inspirational television shows and it soon planted the seed that maybe one day, this could be her destiny.

Throughout elementary and middle school she began to delve into the world of fashion and modeling. Together with her best friend Emma, they grew an affinity for photography and posing. At the early age of 10 years, with a Canon Rebel TI in hand, they would style themselves for photoshoots and head to the nearby ditch to reenacting moments from America’s Next Top Model. Through her youth, she practiced and studied top models, and by 2018, after high school, she signed on with her first modeling agency, Lari Nelson Modeling Agency. Through this, she modeled for Neman Marcus at La Cantera giving August her first taste of modeling for a big fashion brand.


Photo by Saige Thomas Photography

Since this local opportunity, she has been determined to be her own boss, managing her career as she sees fit, and putting in the work while advocating for herself. With that determination, she signed with her most current modeling agent, Sue Weather of Campbell Models Dallas, Texas, but like many special models with an entrepreneur spirit, seeked additional ways to also advocate for herself.

During the pandemic, August was not the type of woman to take the inactivity laying down and her unique look managed to catch the eye of many independent opportunities. With so many people reaching out to her personally, August rolled up her sleeves, and managed all the job proposals herself, booking and solidifying each and every opportunity that came knocking at her door. During this time, her business-minded ways and natural leadership traits lent themselves to begin a side-job. August has recently added styling and model pose coaching to her list of talents and services and is currently boasting a strong fan base at @ModellMama on Instagram.


Modell Mama Instagram Profile


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Now as an independent model and young businesswoman with a fierce passion to teach others, August is posing her way through south Texas from cities like Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio Texas, and into major cities such as L0s Angeles and New York. She has also recently caught the attention of America’s Next Top Model mogul, Tyra Bank’s, coming full circle from her innocent youth and receiving kudos from their styling team.

The moral of the story that we have learned from August, be grateful for all the experiences in her life, even the tragic times, we learn from every single one of them. Continue to live knowing every moment, is an opportunity to sculpt your destiny.

Love August? So do we. Follow August’s modeling career and business ventures with these links below:
Modeling on Instagram: @augusthemodel
Modeling Coaching Services: IG @ModellMamma
Styling Service: IG @AugustStyles


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Kaia is a Trendsetter Member of the Texas Fashion Industry Initiative currently learning about online fashion media and content creation through its mentorship opportunity. A fashion and music entrepreneur who is local at heart with an international outlook, Kaia Dublin is a Texas digital influencer, and fashion blogger who enjoys expressing herself with trendy-chic looks for the women on the go! Kaia also has a background in behavior health, working with children and families with special needs. Most recently she has been modeling and styling campaigns for her local fashion community and enjoys her position with Style Lush TV as their Fashion Services Coordinator.