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Yay! Happy Model Monday again! Let’s meet Penny Keys. Keys is a model and influencer. She’s also one of our fabUffiliates!
Keys is a 35 year old single mother to a 13 year old son. The youngest daughter to two teachers both of which have passed. I have 2 older siblings. She is currently living in Aurora, CO and “just enjoying life.” Her free time is usually spent hanging out with friends, attending concerts, and getting tattoos.
“I do bookkeeping for a local grocery store which isn’t my ideal career but it’s fun nonetheless. ‘Treat others the way you want to be treated’ is a golden rule in my life. Respect is key, kindness is vital.” – Penny Keys
Name: Penny Keys, Influencer and Model
Facebook: Penelope Rockets
Pinterest: Penny Keys
Tik Tok: @pennywallets
fabuplus Magazine: How did you get started as an influencer? What kind of content do you create, and what’s your main channel?
Penny Keys: I’m not currently a dedicated “influencer” but it’s the direction I would like to take. It all started after my depression hit me very hard and I had no other choice but to find peace. In doing so, I started a small personal blog. The blog (that I named PK’s Gabspot) focused on my dark thoughts and finding my way through them. It also helped me acknowledge traumas in my life that I pushed way to the back of my mind. In doing so, I made the blog public and found that people were finding inspiration and motivation to acknowledge their own issues. I even started getting flooded with messages from people wanting advice or telling me they had been through something similar and wanting to find a path to peace. I found a lot of joy in being a sign of hope for my friends and sometimes even strangers, for the first time in my life I felt like I knew why God kept me strong and why I always had hope even during my darkest hours.
fabuplus Magazine: What type of modeling do you do? How did you get started as a model? What’s an average work week like for you?
Penny Keys: Not a model but wanting to try it out! I’m told a lot I have a very unique look and I want to see what everyone else is seeing! Plus my self confidence has grown so much, I feel like I have a lot to offer.
fabUplus Magazine: Describe your personal style. What are some of your signature colors, styles, and accessories?
Penny Keys: I am a tomboy, who enjoys t-shirts, hoodies and jeans. But every so often I get super girled up and shock the masses with a skirt (lol). I’m tattooed, heavily and I really enjoy the culture behind tattoos so anything associated with that really captures my style. As far as colors, I like neon colors or black there is no in between. Accessories- because of my tattoos I’m not big into jewelry only because I feel like it clashes. But anything else I’m okay with. Graffiti and hip hop are essentially what influences by style.
fabUplus Magazine: What are some tips you’d like to share with aspiring influencers or models?
Penny Keys: NEVER APOLOGIZE FOR BEING EXACTLY WHO YOU ARE. But be considerate, empathetic, and stay kind.
fabUplus Magazine What are your goals and dreams as an influencer or model? What
accomplishments are you most proud of?
Penny Keys: To become an inspiration to others, to help others feel comfortable with who they are and help them own their story. My blog is something I’m extremely proud of- it’s not big but I used to be a very private person so to allow myself to expose so much was huge.
fabUplus Magazine: How has body image and self-esteem changed over the years?
Penny Keys: I went from avoiding the mirror to now telling myself how pretty I am every day. I have my days of inadequacy but I try very hard to redirect my thinking whereas before, I’d sulk and let it get me depressed.
fabUplus Magazine: What message would you like to leave our readers with?
Penny Keys: Do you have a message you want to leave with our readers? Don’t let people tell you who you should be. Own every roll and every awkward gesture you make because someone, somewhere will find it to be beautiful. You could be the change the world needs, so just own who you are and don’t ever apologize for it.