Growing up Marquis Jones wasn’t given a path but instead he was forced to find his way. Being put in a foster home by the age of five Marquis bounced around from group home to group home and then from foster home to foster home after having been taken from his mother. His tumultuous journey from home to home eventually ended as he landed back in a group home where he was only allowed to take five minute showers and the kitchen was locked from the time he got up until the time he went to bed. Marquis wasn’t even able to eat unless they told him he could. That is how Marquis grew up and the only life he ever knew.
During his young adult years he struggled a lot with his personal demons. Having never really had any direction Marquis eventually slipped into a state where he truly felt lost. It wasn’t until the day that Marquis began gravitating towards music that he began to understand hope. He would sit there in his room and feel the lyrics speaking to him. Filled with emotion Marquis began using the words in his favorite songs as his way of expressing himself. Without ever letting go Marquis held onto that expression and turned it into personal inspiration. By the time he had finally reached the age of twelve Marquis had his first breakthrough. He still remembers to this day the exact moment that he was sitting there while watching communal television and it was at that very second that he realized he wanted to become a model.
For six years as he continued to age as he positioned himself for a shot at a modeling career and when he was finally eighteen he auditioned for America’s Next Top Model. From there he met a man named Johnathan Gibson who believed in Marquis and helped him get other auditions. It was from that moment forward that he knew what he needed to do. Marquis channeled his inner passion and persevered through audition after audition. He eventually landed his first photo shoot and it was a small one but he had made the most of it. From there as word began to circulate around about his talents so did his happiness. For the first time in his life Marquis felt at peace because he was able to do what he loved most. It was in that moment that he realized that this is what it takes to be happy. He had to put all of the bad things behind him and learn to live in the moment. Marquis realized that he no longer wanted to dwell on the past because he was given so much in the present.
As his modeling career began to take off Marquis explored other avenues and now also considers himself a hip-hop dancer and an entertainer along with being an adult swimwear model. That wasn’t the end point of his story however because as Marquis grew he also realized that the most important part of completing his journey to happiness was that he needed to help others. So with that thought in mind Marquis founded his own personal website called TheUntoldStoryOfMarquisJones where he dedicates his free time to talking to others about growing up in a difficult place. He was left all alone and forced to figure life out by himself but it was from that experience that he became a stronger person.
Marquis hopes to talk to children because he wants to tell them that no matter how difficult life gets they can always overcome it if they stay strong. Even in the harshest of times when Marquis wanted nothing more than to give he up he continued to press on. That is why he wants to share his journey with others because he realizes that we are all human and we are all here together and sometimes each of us need a little bit of help. Marquis Jones wants to be that help as he hopes to continue giving back to kids, young adults and so many others in his community through expressing his journey as motivational speaker.