LaWanda Cherry is a petite, plus-size model from Moss Point, MS. She started her modeling career back in 2015 at Grade A Images with photographer Jay Cannon in Jackson, MS. She signed her first modeling contract with Models on Demand in Mobile, AL back in 2018. LaWanda has been featured in different magazines, local fashion shows, and boutiques websites throughout her career. She has even appeared on Great Day Houston with Influential Petite Shadana Miranda last year.
LaWanda was not always as confident as she is now. She dealt with bullying from kids from school and family members due to being overweight. She started to believe those rude and disgusting things people said about her until her mother gave her words of wisdom, "ignore the stupid things people say." The older she got the more those words helped her. She built her confidences and decided she wanted to be an inspiration to others just like her, plus-size as well as petite. She became a petite, plus-size model. Though she went through the hassle of being told she was too short, she didn't let that stop her. She began to love the idea of being unique and believed that anything she wanted to do, she could.
LaWanda had dreams of owning her own business someday, a modeling agency. In January of 2020, she decided to start a modeling consulting service, Cherry Vine Modeling and Consulting Services. Her goal is to help aspiring models to jumpstart their modeling career. Her business consist of model coaching on catwalk, poses, facial expressions, and advisement on the modeling industry. She wants to pass along the knowledge she learned over the years that she wished that she had learned beforehand.