Feature Friday: Riskay Business - Founder & Leader of Heels For Combat Boots

Feature Fridays are BACK!  Several years ago, we never let a Friday pass without featuring someone super awesome on this little piece of the interwebs! I can't wait for you guys to see the Features we have in store for you!

To kick things off, TBetty sat down with Riskay Business, leader & founder of Heels For Combat Boots! Check it out!

 Q:We understand that you're not only an alternative pin-up model, but, also the founder and leader of Heels For Combat Boots! Tell us a bit about you guys/gals, and what you stand for!

A:Our main focus is veterans with PTSD & TBI. When one of the chapters raises funds. They choose a local organization to benefit from the money. We do a 80% to 20% split. HFCB holds the 20% to cover overhead such as cards, banners, supplies, products etc. If there is anything remaining I donate that as well.

Q:How many chapters do you currently have involved, and where? 
A:We currently have 40 US chapters, Australia, Canada and Europe. We are also always looking to expand into other areas as well.

Q:Tell me about what motivates you.
A:Being Buddhist my personal understandings and opinions of the world are to understand that there is much pain and suffering in the world and to not line up with the many who blatantly choose to turn a blind eye. I have the goddess of wisdom and compassion tattooed front and center on my chest and throat. The sea of hands represents reaching out and helping others. The eyes in the palms of those hands represent acknowledging the pain and suffering in the world and the refusal to turn a blind eye. The multiple heads represent placing yourself in another's shoes and looking at a situation from multiple view points. The gratitude shown by those HFCB has assisted keeps me motivated along with the constant selfless acts shown my HFCB members.

Q:If you could start the entire organization over again, what would you do differently (if anything)?
A:I would have actually had a plan to turn HFCB into an organization. When I started the idea of what eventually turned into HFCB, it was solely to release a book with pinups across the world and donate the funds. I would have preferred to not be so ill equipped and prepared.

Q:Tell us a bit about your experience in modeling! What are some of your biggest accomplishments in your modeling career?
A: I don't consider my modeling a career, it's simply a hobby. Frankly there is no money in pinup. The biggest names in pinup all have some form of job, business and flow of income coming in aside from the modeling. I've been extremely blessed to be given the wonderful opportunities I have. I've been on a ton of book, magazine and calendar covers, I get the opportunities to work with the best in the business. I've gotten to work with many companies, walk runway and have my expenses paid to travel all over the US and starting this year internationally. People that truly do well in this industry do it because they love it. This is an industry full of give and take and feeding one another. This industry is a family and a unity and best functions as such.

Q: What are your future goals in modeling?
A: Oh lord, tough question. In all honestly I don't have any modeling goals. My only goals are with HFCB and how to get it to where I want. Very large strides have already been accomplished and set in line to happen. It's all just a waiting game at this point.

Q:How many tattoos do you currently have?
A:257 hours. When you get to the point I am at, you stop attempting to count and you solely go off of hours. I have a lot more coming, I just need my schedule to agree with me.

-Favorite one?
My portrait of my dad and I, hands down. He is who raised me, taught me and loved me. At both my best and worst moments. He's my best friend, inspiration and my rock. I would be lost without him.

-Any that you hate?
Nope! Every single one of my tattoos was custom designed for me and all have a deep and permanent meaning. One, which is a remembrance tattoo actually has the ashes of my best friend who passed after taking his own life.

Q:What do you do in your spare time?
A:What's that? Ha! Between HFCB, modeling, my business, going back to school and prepping to go on tour with Volatile Beauty Photography this year. I honestly have no spare time. Each of my days are meticulously planned out. Every time I believe I have an open day, something fills it. So I am always on my toes. I am slowly learning the lesson that I need to take time for myself. In the days of having free time, I spent it working on cars, hunting and fishing with my dad. I finally am getting back to hunting this year. Something I haven't been able to do since starting HFCB. I am also going back to school to fully get into taxidermy. Which is something I have always wanted to do. My dad was a taxidermist in Colorado before moving to Alaska, where I was born. So I guess I'm following in his footsteps.

Q:What was the biggest risk you ever took and what did you learn from it?
A:The biggest, hmmm... I suppose that could be closing up my business in Alaska where I was making more money than I could handle and starting my life over in Colorado. Which, financially a huge mistake. Then venturing even further across the country and ending up in the Carolinas where I am still sorting out all the changes. I seem to keep migrating south. Ha! I learned the lesson of truly understanding who has your back is extremely important.

Q:What is the most challenging problem you’ve faced?
A:I guess trying to find balance between my self and everything I am involved with. I tend to place too much of myself into everything. Leaving myself lost, wondering around with nothing and losing enjoyment. 2016 I am really taking my life back and getting back into things I like to enjoy apart from everything else.

Q:What message do you hope to send to other women who dream of modeling and alternative pin-up lifestyles?
A:Just do it. Stop the excuses. So many times I hear 'maybe when I lose ten pounds.' I've had a lot of health issues, which has caused rather intense weight changes. Over the last year alone I went from 140 lbs to pushing 200 lbs. At my heaviest, I was still being booked by companies, sought out, placed on covers etc. Your weight has nothing to do with modeling or being a part of the industry. It's also important to understand the the industry is always changing. Don't think for a minute you know it all, or will ever know it all. Be open to change, trying something different and don't be afraid to say no. Not everything that comes your way is the right move for you and what you're trying to accomplish. Most importantly, never forget where you came from and don't be a dick.  

Simple as that.

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