Olivia Ponton has beauty, care, and brains as she makes her way up in the entertainment industry. Having moved to Los Angeles after her social media presence skyrocketed, she just became the newest member of Hype House and has been working on different videos and content. With love and faith in her heart, Ponton hopes to guide her audience on a path of self-love and nurture; a little something we could all use, especially in these trying times. Having faith in her heart and light in her smile, the beautiful model/content creator welcomes all opportunities as she strives to make the world a better place, a little every day.
By Alexandra Bonnet
Congrats on being the newest member of Hype House! What do you look most forward to about it?
Thank you so much!! I was really looking forward with being surrounded by all of the amazing people and just having a super busy schedule. I love living in the Hype House, it keeps me motivated!
Have you always wanted to become model?
Not until about a year and a half ago! I was so blessed to sign with my agent at Wilhelmina. It was a dream come true and I’m excited for this chapter of my life.
Before beginning your career, what are some things you were “worried” about?
I wasn’t really worried about anything. I have full faith in God and his plan for my life, so I try not to stress about things I can’t control.
Share with us why it is important for you to speak to your audience about mental health.
I think social media can get pretty toxic at times and that negativity will have an effect on anyone. Most of the content creators I know are struggling with their mental health, including myself. I just want all of my fans that are going through similar problems to know that I’m here for them and I know what it is like!
Can you tell us about a time in life where you were faced with many obstacles? How did you overcome them?
Every day, I struggle with body dysmorphia. It is incredibly hard on me especially with the pressures of social media and the hateful comments I receive. One of the ways I am focusing on self-love and overcoming the negative voice in my head, is by writing positive affirmations on post-it notes and putting them on my mirrors. Whenever I start having those negative thoughts while looking in the mirror, I see my sticky notes and remind myself that all bodies are beautiful the way they are!
What is one of the bets pieces of advice you have ever gotten about overcoming fears/obstacles?
You have to go through the rain to reach the rainbow!
Growing up, how would you have described your style?
Super sporty!! I loved pairing sneakers and jeans together. I was also always in a Bikini, since I grew up on the beach. I have probably 6 full drawers of Bikinis. This is why I am super excited about my new swim line that I designed with White Shore swim that will be released very soon!
In what ways do you believe people can truly give back?
There are so many ways. Handing out food to the less fortunate is a great one. I am currently working on partnering with the World Harvest Food Bank to pack meal boxes and hand them out to those in need around LA. The homeless population in LA is something that shocked me when I moved here and I want to do whatever I can to help them. I am super excited to bring awareness to this wonderful organization and I can’t wait to do my part!
What do you believe is your purpose as a content creator?
I think my purpose is to spread positivity and encourage people to be kinder to themselves and to others. This is quite hard because sometimes people perceive your actions in the wrong way. I’m not perfect and I make mistakes, but I’m doing the best I can to continue spreading love and light!
Message to your fans.
For the ones who have stuck by me through this journey so far, I love you and thank you so much for sticking up for me and for motivating me to be the best I can be all of the time. I love you angels. Xoxo!
Talent OLIVIA PONTON @olivia.ponton
Photography ASHLEY ROBERTS @ashleyrobertsphotos
Stylist JAZMIN WHITLEY @jazminwhitley
Make-Up & Hair JACLYN B @jaclynbmakeup
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