Thank you for being apart of our Holiday issue. Can you tell our readers a little about yourself?
JA: I’m an 18 year old from MD. Fashion has been my fashion for as long as I can remember and I’m also a singer/songwriter.
NO: What is your favorite holiday memory?
JA: My favorite holiday memory would have to be when my whole family went to a cabin for a couple of days. It was amazing just being with family and spending the holidays with everyone you love.
NO: What inspired you to start fashion designing?
JA: My main inspiration for design started when I was around 8 or 9 years old and my mom was doing a hair show. She had a designer make the outfits for the models and just seeing that and being around such creativity really sparked my interest in creating.
NO: Do you feel the society accepts kurvy women?
JA: If you asked me this question maybe 3 years ago I would say not at all. However recently there has been such a shift in the way society views women’s bodies. It’s almost as if everyone all of a sudden realized the normal woman isn’t a size 2. Society has began to celebrate women and their Kurves due to magazines such as this one and its an amazing thing to witness.
NO: What is the one thing you would tell a young girl looking in the mirror who is having a hard time loving her kurves?
JA: I would tell her that her body is beautiful the way it was created. I would also tell her that once she chooses to look in the mirror and love what she sees, the world around her will become brighter and that the only way to receive love from the outside is to start with loving everything about yourself on the inside and out.
NO: 2020 is just weeks away! What are you looking forward to in the new year?
JA: I am looking forward to all my blessings that have my name written on them in 2020. I feel like 2019 was such a stepping stone in my life and it’s almost as if 2020 is the year of a shift. 2020 starts the decade of my career, my life, and most importantly my dreams and I am ready to start it off on the right foot.
NO: Can you define the word “ESSENCE” to you?
JA: Essence to me is character. When I think of the essence of something it’s the way you describe the nature of something. To have a great essence is something I aspire to have daily.
NO: What do you want your legacy to be?
JA: I would love for my legacy to be someone that never gave up on herself no matter how hard life got and made an empire. I want to be someone that people can use as an inspiration to go harder for what they want.
BEHIND THE COVER
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT @ispyjyrrel
CREATIVE DIRECTOR @onlymissno
CELEBRITY PHOTOGRAPHER TERRELL EDMONDS @pvstudioz www.pvstudioz.com