Meet Morgan Kitchen: a film and video major, model, creative, and someone you ought to know!
What do you do/want to do in the future?
I model now. I figured since I work in front of the camera, I might as well get behind it too. So, I got into studying film and video. For the long term, I hope to work my way up to being a director.
How did you get into modeling?
That’s actually a funny story. Ever since I was little, people have been telling me that I should model. “oh, you’re so tall, you should model!” or “you have the face you should model!”. Back when I use to work at root 21 in Savannah, my manager at the time introduced me to a photographer (a founder of a modeling organization on campus) and she bribed me to do a photo shoot with him. I went to the shoot and I was nervous, but when it was over, I realized that I really liked it and from then on, that’s what I wanted to do. That was about 2 years ago.
My favorite part about modeling is walking. I’m not as confident in other areas of modeling because I still have a lot to work on, but when I’m walking I’m comfortable and feel like I’m the best one in the show.
What’s your ethnicity?
My mom is white and my dad’s black. More specifically, my mom is Russian, German, Irish, Polish, and Greek.
Tell me a little about your hair.
This is actually the longest my hair has been that i can remember, but when I was really little it was long. I always had it in a fade throughout my childhood and early teens. In 11th grade, I thought I wanted to grow it out and then went through a phase of about 5 years that I went back and forth between cutting it and growing it out. I would say I was going to keep my hair, then summer rolls around and it gets too hot, then I would cut it. Eventually about a year and half ago I decided to keep growing it out and I bet all of my friends that I wouldn’t cut it that time (none of them believed that I would do it). That was a profitable summer. Funny enough, though, my mom is a ginger and has red hair, so when my hair grows (even my facial hair) it fades back and forth between black and red. People often think that I dyed the ends, but it’s just my natural hair color.
What is your hair routine?
Honestly, I just wet it to get it curly. I try a bunch of different hair products. I use ‘All Natural Curl Cream’ by Dark and Lovely. I also love Shea Moisture’s products. When my hair is in a fro, I wash it once a week maybe 2 times. I stick to cold water on my hair, deep condition it once or twice a month, and recently I’ve been getting it twisted . This is only the 5th time I’ve had it done. I actually need to get my ends trimmed now. For some reason the red part of my hair is the most difficult to manage, that’s where I get all my knots. I mostly just wet it and shake it.
Do you do twist your hair yourself? or does someone twist it for you?
Usually I get my sisters to twist it. I tried to do it myself and it didn’t turn out very well. They love doing my hair. When they see me, before even giving me a hug, they play in my hair. It’s pretty weird.
Do your siblings have similar hair as you?
All of my siblings have afros. My best friend (she’s like my sister) she ironically looks the most like me. My biological sister is a little darker than me but has an afro too. All of my close friends and siblings have natural hair. I have a full white brother on my mom’s side and on my dad’s side I have a black brother and black sister. It’s funny because whenever I have a hair question, I know who to call. My sisters and my friends know all about natural hair, so they’ve got my back.
I draw a lot, I read, I’m kind of a book nerd. I love video games (i actually have a video game tattooed on my ribs). I love skate boarding. It’s so awesome to feel the wind my hair. I’m also working on a clothing line that will be out in the fall of next year. We’re doing basic apparel: t-shirts, sweaters, hats with graphics first, and then extending it further to other things like music and art. I want it to develop into a brand. It’s called Demigod Apparel. The first several designs, I literally stayed up for 28 hours straight to get it done. I was just so motivated and couldn’t stop until I got it done.
I actually have it tattooed on my back: “Pain is inevitable, suffering is an option”. I got that because I have a lot of health issues and people often feel bad for me, but I look at it as this: if I can get up every day and do what I have to do then I’m not suffering from it. I have a bone disease in my neck called degenerative disk disease. My neck is essentially rotting away because I’m loosing spinal fluid and it causes extreme migraines on a daily basis. It’s like an advanced form of arthritis. Most people’s pain is on a scale of 1-10, but mine is on a scale of 1-20. This illness is more common for people in their 50’s, but I was diagnosed when I was 18. I also have a Phoenix feature tattooed on my other rib. It reminds me of how I manage my illness. No matter what, I gotta keep rising.