We had the good fortune of connecting with Rikki Grant and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rikki, how do you think about risk?
Risk is a hard thing to take. I am a person who enjoys security, and being able to map out my future. Taking risk eliminates the ability to control the outcome which can be scary. The greatest risk in my career that I have taken was dropping out of school, studying biochemistry to pursue modeling full-time. I have not, regretted my decision to take the risk knowing the high possibility I would not be able to make a living income. Here I am 3 years later, and not only am I surviving, but I am thriving in a career that fulfills every aspect of my life.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am an androgynous model specializing in alternative fashion for both men and women. I would say what sets me apart is my diversity, and versatility. I am not limited to just one particular style. I am very fluid and enjoy playing with different gender norms. As well as identifying as non-binary I am very proud of who I am. I had to really accept myself first, before I was able to express myself to the world. Though I would not change my niche in the fashion industry, it does limit some of my opportunities. I am shorter compared to most high fashion models, as well as androgynous models are still seen as taboo. I do not let any of this stop me. The greatest lesson I learned was try for ever audition/interview because you never truly know what someone is looking for. Someone out there is looking for someone with your specific talents and abilities, you just have to find them. I started my career lost, with many wrong paths along the way. However, even the worst paths led me to the right people.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live in beautiful Colorado Springs! Though I primarily model in Denver, the springs as locals call it is my home. Some of my favorite places in or near the springs are Manitou Springs, with the quaint hippie vibes, and fantastic eateries, as well as small gemstone shops. Manitou is always full of life and I love watching the sunset after grabbing ice cream at Josh & Johns! When I am not shopping or outdoors I love grabbing a bite at Skirted Heifers in downtown Colorado Springs. Skirted Heifers is by far the best burger place I have ever had, and they also feature a vegetarian option for non meat eaters’.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Oh gosh! I wish I could name the many people who have helped me on my journey. I will start with a few that are a little close to my heart. I would love to recognize and empower Practice Magazine for my first publication. As well as, The Nick Ricardo Collection which was my first major out of state work. The Nick Ricardo Collection is a fragrance brand which caters to the LGBTQ+ community. Last but never least United UK for the multiple collaborations and allowing me to be apart of a movement that empowers the LGBTQ+ and Allies. Along side my many dear friends who have been with me since the first step, none of this and who I am could have been possible without them.