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A Beautiful Transition Ft. Eliza Jeffers | Watertown, New York PDF Print E-mail
Angels - Interviews
Written by Khalid "Bless Theangels" Bey | Editor in Chief | As Seen in the NY Times Bestseller: Rat Bastards   
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“Well,” Eliza Jeffers begins thoughtfully, “since I was little my mother and I were approached quite a bit about having me try out but we never perused it. I took photography and film and loved it while in school. We had to do portraits and one of my friends asked me to be her model; I did and posted the photos.  After that people have been contacting me. I never expected to go anywhere with it. I didn’t officially start modeling until about eight months ago and my first official shoot landed me in a magazine, since then I have been published nine times in print magazine and have been chosen to be a cover model three times.” Eliza also found herself published on numerous website, found agency representation and joined a few promotional modeling groups. “I also have been given the opportunity to model for a few clothing lines,” she adds. “I am very blessed to have been given all these experiences so far. My journey seems to be just beginning.”



Her journey may seem like it’s just the beginning but I feel Eliza is well on her way to achieving great things with her modeling. “Sometimes my modeling choices can cause tension [in] my relations,” she says of the sacrifices she has made. “Even though I always have support from the people in my life, sometimes I have to fight and do things my way whether they think its right or not.” Eliza’s friends and family have been mostly supportive of her career despite the occasional friction. “I don’t meet any requirements many people associate with being a model,” she mentions, “I am very passionate and professional about my work. I am adventurous and I love to create art out of images and ideas my photographer and I collaborate on.”



Eliza’s journey began differently than the average person. “I am from all over,” she divulges. “I grew up army.” I myself have heard stories of ‘army brats’ and their traveling childhood. “Well, growing up I had to adapt to different neighborhoods; meeting and leaving some amazing people along the way.” Somehow she manages to stay in touch with a small selection. “There are a few people I have gotten back in touch with,” she says with measured excitement. “It’s amazing to see where life has taken us!” Being a child of the army, Eliza was forced to move around a lot so it was hard to call any place home. “Although I moved around quite a bit growing up I always considered Georgia my home state. I loved it there for the most part. Leaving was sad but the life I was starting there was not good for me. Now I live in New York and a few years later it is starting to grow on me.” She lives in a tiny village just outside Watertown. “One stop light, one gas station, a small central school and lots of farm land. It’s a nice place to walk around though,” she says. “The nature trails can be very peaceful.”



“I would go to Belize,” Eliza says, denoting the one place on earth she’d love to visit as a getaway. “My mother’s family lives there and I have always dreamed of meeting with them. Visiting the small Mayan village my mother grew up in and experiencing some of the memories my mother shares with me.”



Our lives are made up of stories; chapters if you will, with segues between them that ultimately connect them. In the end there is a book of your life; full of unforgettable moments.  “During the Iraq war in 2013, I was nine years old, my family was going through our first deployment,” Eliza submits a story of her own. “My dad was an infantry man which worries my mother like crazy. Life without dad was hard and even scary at times for only us girls; my mom and two sisters. I was always a daddy’s girl, so I missed him terribly. Months went by and him not being home became normal, still not easy but I understand my dad had an important job to do. As the winter holiday season approached, the thought of my father not being there was expected. During break I was spending the night at my friend’s house across the street; I washed up and went to bed, thinking everything was normal. Early that morning I felt someone picking me up; someone strong and familiar. It was my dad. At first I didn't know what to think, before I could process what was happening I was overwhelmed with emotion. I was so happy I was in my daddy's arms; I began to cry and hold him. He carried me home. My heart was filled with so much love and happiness at that moment; even now I tear up thinking about it.”



A daddy’s girl, any man interested in her has a lot to measure up to. “I like a man that respects my choices, a man that accepts me for the crazy, unpredictable, stubborn person I am,” Eliza states matter-of-factly. “He has to be tall and strong with kind eyes and a big heart.” And something all you fans may not have known… “I love being outside,” she offers conspiratorially, “I’m not scared of bugs or reptiles. In fact I’d be the first one to try and catch one! My father taught me how to tell the difference between what’s venomous and what’s not.” She has been out hunting, something I may never do, and fishing, something I have actually done, but what’s most significant is her ability to clean and skin her catch. “People look at me and see a pretty little girly-girl but they have no idea. I love rock climbing and hiking into the mountains but I always have to look good doing it; make-up and having a cute outfit is a must.”



“I may be tiny but I am pretty close to fearless,” she insists. “Right now I am a level six college cheerleader. I am a flyer; the girl that gets tossed around and stand on top of people. Most people find it scary being tossed so high and having to flip and twist, believing and trusting your bases to catch you. I am the type of flyer that will try anything with full trust in her team.” Outspoken, Eliza voices her opinions when she sees fit and is quick to protect the defenseless. “Just because I am tiny doesn’t mean I am intimidated easily. Most people don’t expect that I have a background in Jujitsu either,” she says, “my father thought it was a good idea to get me and my sisters to learn this form of martial arts because it teaches us it doesn’t matter how big the person is you can still defend yourself. It promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger person by using proper technique and leverage; taking the fight to the ground then using joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat their opponent.” Eliza is a Virgo, and apparently being fierce and independent is just part of her sign. She says, “Virgo is a very independent sign. They are fully able to put their intelligence to use and get things done for themselves. They are warriors and will fight for what they think is right.”



The impression one leaves on another is a sure testament to the person you are and sometime a compliment says it all. “I was over one of our family’s friend’s house,” recalls Eliza, “this guy has two daughters; a newborn and a toddler. This guy has known me for years and sees what kind of woman I have become. We were all messing around,” she says. “My father and he were picking on me and I was giving it right back. Then he looked at me and said when my daughters grow up I want them to be just like you. That was the best and biggest compliment I ever received.” Her father was born in Australia, German, Irish and Polish with her mother’s roots is part Mayan stemming from the country of Belize. Impressive alone is her mixed heritage, her character and promise has access to diverse cultures from which to draw influence. Eliza has certainly left quite an impression on us… Thank you for being an angel.




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