Monique Leahey was born on October 1st 1991 to parents Hassan Freeman and Dawn Leahey. Monique is of a Mixed Descent, father being African-American and mother being Italian/Irish. She was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Bedford Stuyvesant. Monique grew up with a wide range of family members, who pushed her to believe she had something the world would want to see which was her beauty, not on the outside but within. Monique later grew to attend fashion shows and partake in various makeup assignments with her stepmother Chrisander Wells, who influenced her to become a model. At the age of 18 years old, Monique started to do photo shoots with various photographers and started a portfolio. As Monique continued to make a name for herself in the modeling world, she changed her name to Mercedes Fox and started working with New York best model managers Artistic Curves LLC. As Mercedes continues to network and make a name for herself within the business she will not forget who she is, or what she stands for. Stay tuned for a lot more to come.