Gwendolyn “Empress” Hayles is a native of Mississippi and she brings southern hospitability and charm with her wherever she goes. Empress began modeling at the tender age of 5 and has since turned her hobby into a career. Empress is CEO & founder of Creative Directions which is a fashion consulting company focused on empowerment and positive self-image for young girls and women. Creative Directions has been the driving force behind many aspiring models in the 518 and beyond. Empress believes in utilizing her skill set as an advocacy tool and that is the core essence of Creative Directions.