Brushana Montgomery, professionally known as Brushana Wrezay, is a 24-year-old African American model based in Northern Louisiana. Born in Shreveport, on January 15, 1997, the fashionista is the second oldest of her mother’s three children. Throughout her academic life, she made rather decent grades, placing herself frequently on honor roll. In May of 2015, Montgomery graduated from Neville High School in Monroe, Louisiana. Because of her primary craft pathway being modeling, during our interview I really focused on her experiences.
“I was really infatuated with fashion design in the 7th grade,” she said. The Louisiana native further explains how watching shows like “America’s Next Top Model” also shaped her views on super modeling. Growing up, Brushana was very dramatic and she really exhibited a unique sense of style at a very young age. This really highlights the “it begins with your childhood” narrative. Later on in life, she got the chance to model for local and out of state photographers, and modeled dresses in West Monroe’s Bridal Fair.
However, her first professional modeling gig was in August of 2018 with Kenita Augerson, a local Monroe designer and seamstress, and owner of Kenique, her brand. Under Kenita, Brushana was exposed with working with different materials and fabrics. 2 months later in October the same year, she participated in a fashion show hosted by Signae,
CEO of Blackpreneur, in Dallas, Texas. It was the first annual Blackpreneur festival and Brushana walked for Kenique and N’omose couture (an African fashion brand.) Later that year on November 15, 2018 with JJAM Photography. This particular shoot focused on her creative pose abilities in a nature setting, as they were at Black Bayou here in Monroe!
In the year of 2019, Montgomery did a few video shoots with local rappers here in the city. She appeared in gospel rapper Big “AL” Cherry’s “Feel that drip” music video, Starringo’s “Different”, and Main Main’s “LLGODJSTAR”, a tribute to a beloved.
As we all are aware of, COVID did a number on society early last year in 2020, ceasing opportunities and temporarily hindering peoples’ circumstances in general. Montgomery was no exception to this, so unfortunately our dear model did not get a lot of chances to showcase her talent then. Her latest involvement with the modeling world dates back to a couple of months in February, where she modeled for “test shots” with Toussaint Photography. COVID may have put a temporary pause in her life to slow her down, but she still perseveres. So be on the lookout for our cover girl! (No pun intended.)
By: Rhiana Thomas