Model Rachel Thomas has appeared in the pages of Interview, L’Officiel and Black magazine, but it is her work with non-profit Life Vest that has transformed the way she engages with the world. I caught up with her as talked about her role as a Kindness Ambassador for Life Vest and discussed her future plans.

How did you get started in the fashion business?

I got started in the fashion business by competing in the Kim Dawson Model Search 2009 in my hometown Dallas, Texas. I was a finalist in the competition and received a contract afterward. I then started to learn about the industry and work in Dallas while I was finishing high school.

How did you get involved with Life Vest?

I came across Live Vest and instantly was drawn to it because I support anything that spreads kindness throughout the world. When they offered me the role of Celebrity Kindness Ambassador I was thrilled.

What does your role as an ambassador for Life Vest entail?

My role as an ambassador at Life Vest requires me to perform a specific act of kindness that I receive by email every Monday. Along with that, I spread kindness to those around me everyday. I love empowering others and working with Life Vest allows me to do that.

How can people get involved?

Anyone can get involved with Life Vest by simply going online and clicking Get Involved. They are always looking for Kindness Ambassadors. Kindness is contagious so the more people who get involved the better.

What impact has social media had on your career?

Social media is starting to have a huge impact on my career. I’ve noticed that clients take social media very seriously and they’re paying attention. They want to book girls with a strong following. I treat social media professionally as part of my job as a model but I also recognize that there is huge potential. I’m also using social media as part of a growth strategy for my career beyond modeling.

What upcoming projects can you share with us?

I have some really exciting upcoming projects in the near future. I am doing an Instagram takeover for Serendipity Casting  on October 24 and 25 and I am working on a design project which has always been a dream of mine.

Follow her on Instagram