Morgan Pete is a recent graduate from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a major in Biology. While in school, she started a non-profit organization to give back to the community called Sky is NOT the Limit. Recently, Morgan signed a contract with Your Time Publishing and published the book, Nothing Like A Little Bit of Confidence: Living Past Society’s Definition of Beauty. Nothing Like A Little Bit of Confidence was written to help young adults learn the importance of inner confidence and to help them truly understand that it doesn’t matter how they are portrayed by others, but to love themselves for exactly who they are. She has also traveled and modeled in New York Fashion Week, Macy’s Fashion Show, Dillard’s Fashion Show, Raw Los Angeles Fashion Show, New Orleans’ Fashion Week, Miami Swim Week, bySmithNY, Inexchange, Rue 21, Mimosa, and more. In 2015, Morgan was invited on Q95.5 Radio Station for Women’s International Month and was recently invited by the Southern University program to host an invent for the Back To School Summit in 2016. Earlier this year, she did a magazine spread in Southern Tea Magazine; invited on KLFY News Channel for a special event with Michelle Colligan to work with special needs children and adults. She is also a 2017 Miss Louisiana Contestant. She has run 3 model camps in Lafayette, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans, Louisiana and 2 seminars to for the community in Lafayette, LA and Breaux Bridge, LA, which was also featured on KLFY TV 10 News Channel. In October, she was named the entrepreneur of the Quarter in Billboardgang Magazine and featured in Magazine in the Creative Spotlight for Entrepreneurs. In January of 2017, Morgan was asked to have a reward named after her called the Morgan Pete Award which recognizes someone deeply rooted into the community or someone who does a lot of community service and giving back. AMOlso, in January of 2017, Morgan launched Acadiana's very first fashion week called Acadiana Fashion Week.
UM: Welcome Morgan! Let’s start off with you telling us a little bit about what has inspired you to take the path you have taken in Life?
Thank you! Everything that I have been through led me to this. I struggled with my confidence at a young age, so I want to be a voice for the people who’s going through the same thing I went through. That’s what led me to start my non-profit, Sky is NOT the Limit, write the book, Nothing Like A Little Bit of Confidence and start Acadiana Fashion Week. As competitive as the modeling industry is, it actually helped me build confidence in myself.
UM: What were some of the major obstacles you faced when going down the path of entrepreneurship, and how did you overcome them?
I think some major obstacles I’ve dealt with was learning not to be too hard on myself and to understand that not everything will happen right when I want it to. Success doesn’t come over night and there were many times when I felt like I should just give up and let someone else handle it, but at the same time, I’d tell myself “I can do this.” So, I’d put aside all of my emotions and work twice as hard. I was given each vision for a reason and when you’re passionate about something you never let people or anything stop you from making it happen.
UM: Who are 3 people that you would love to work with in the future and why?
I would love to work with Kevin Hart, Zendaya, and Keke Palmer. All three of them motivate me to keep going. They’re hardworking, outspoken and don’t care about fitting in with anyone else. I also love how they use their platform to raise awareness about different issues so for that I’ll always have respect for them.
UM: What would you say is your biggest accomplishment yet, and why?
I think my biggest accomplishment is getting my first book published. I wasn’t expecting a publishing company to be interested in it, but it happened. When I read the press release, it was so amazing reading about it. I’m really an author. Who would have thought?
UM: What made you want to bring Acadiana Fashion to Lafayette, LA?
I think having a fashion week here is way overdue. We have everything we need to make this a successful event here, now all we need is the support. There are so many talented people right here in our state, but most think that the only way they can get exposure is by going to LA or New York and while those are definitely some big fashion market states, I want people to get the same feeling here in Acadiana.
UM: When will Acadiana Fashion Week take place, and what can we expect to see?
Acadiana Fashion Week will take place in Lafayette, LA from July 26-30. All I can say is get ready for a show without giving too much of it way. It’ll be a great time and definitely something new.
UM: Where can our readers go to keep up with the latest regarding Acadiana Fashion Week and any other upcoming projects you may be working on?
We are working on a blog, but everything will be posted on the
website, www.acadianafashionweek.com and also on our Instagram and Facebook pages, @acadianafashionweek. We hope to see everyone there!
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