NO: Thank you for being apart of our Holiday issue. Can you tell our readers a little about yourself?
SI: I was born in one of the most creative, influential, cities in the world, New York City. Growing up there, I was immersed into multi cultural lifestyles which helped nurture my own creativity. I developed a love for fashion from watching the people in my environment as well as the music artist through television. My family taught me the value of love and togetherness and I hold those lesson dear to my heart. As an adult, I’ve learned that life is the perception you create and I choose to see the positive, learn from the negative and keep pushing forward.
NO: What made you decide to become a model?SI: What made me decide to become a model is that I always had an affinity for fashion & style. My creativity enabled me to be unique at an affordable price point. I’ve watched how fashion and styles have changed and even returned throughout my life which also encouraged my personal style to evolve. As a model, I also have the opportunity to use the platform to inspire others to live their lives by embracing and expressing their individuality.
NO: Do you feel the society accepts kurvy women?
SI: Society in this space of time seems to be more openly accepting of kurves. There have been kurvy women since the beginning of time and there will always be. The more we show how comfortable we are with ourselves, the more others will accept us; and if they don’t, oh well. I also believe that it is important to incorporate a healthy lifestyle that compliments your body type. The culture has changed so a question I would raise is, “Is society influenced by the culture, or is the culture influencing society through media” ?
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?
SI: For me, I’ve been “kurvy” or thick since birth lol, so I was that young girl looking in the mirror feeling insecure about the way my body looked. It was the natural way my body was developing and I didn’t have anyone in my family whom I could identify with because they were a slimer body type so I had to learn acceptance of myself. It wasn’t something that happened immediately but I came to the realization that I had a healthy body and I Chose to love it regardless of societies shallow judgments. To the young ladies who are going through similar body image issues I would encourage them to do the same. Learn to Love who you are and all your parts because we are Intentionally created to be different which makes us beautiful.
NO: Can you define the word “ESSENCE” to you?
SI: The energy exuded by your presence is your Essence. It’s what’s remembered when you leave the room. As we go through the stages of life, we have many experiences which builds upon our foundation and that creates who we are. Understanding this, we have a choice to choose which energy, positive or negative, we want to present to the world. It will constantly change because we are always evolving and no one can imitate your Essence because it’s specific to you.
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CREATIVE DIRECTOR @onlymissno
CELEBRITY PHOTOGRAPHER TERRELL EDMONDS @pvstudioz www.pvstudioz.com