Zachary Willmore brought all of his charisma, fashion and cheerleading skills along for his Columbia, Mo. high school senior session! We started off at Shelter Gardens with bright sunshine and flowers in full bloom. Zachary is a natural in front of the camera.
Zachary was a cheerleader on the Rock Bridge High School’s varsity team and has over 1.7 million followers on TikTok. On the app, he started out posting videos in which he advocated for changes in the school’s dress code. Zachary became the first male homecoming queen at the school. The influencer put a poll on social media asking if he should aim for the title of homecoming king or queen. “They thought queen could look prettier on the sash,” Willmore explained. “So I chose queen.”
Recently, Zachary was diagnosed with HIV and is now vlogging his experience of living life with HIV. He said, “information is power so he really wanted to help people to understand.” He made his initial announcement a week after his diagnosis on TikTok.
Check out this recent article on NBC where he talks about how he hopes these videos will help others.
If you haven’t yet, give his Tik Tok account, @zachwillmore a browse. His platform is all about self love, combating social norms as a proud part of the LGBTQ community, and most importantly keeping it fun and producing lots of smiles. While there is definitely a giant dose of humor, he also keeps it vulnerable and honest so that others may be inspired by his journey. Zachary could probably teach us all a thing or two about being unapologetically ourselves…and maybe give us all a few makeup tricks as well. Sidenote- we’re still a bit jealous of his stunting while wearing platform heels!
Zachary plans to pursue a career in fashion in LA. We can’t wait to see where life takes him! Also, be sure to check out the amazing artwork of Abbey Gorsage who created a wonderful paper collage inspired by the photo below of Zachary on the yellow mums…you can find it at the bottom of this post.
If you’d like to have some fun and create some amazing senior photos, we are ready to help you out!
-Shannon and Scott