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SEPTEMBER LUXE BEAUTY OF THE MONTH: NIKITIA SHE’COLE

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REVOLUTION IN OUR COMMUNITIES 

MISS NO: Congratulations on being our Luxe Beauty of the month. Can you please tell our readers a little bit about Nikitia?

NIKITIA: Hello, my name is Niktia She’Cole I hail from North Mississippi and I currently live in Memphis, TN. I graduated from The University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Leadership. Later, I obtained a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching and Learning with Technology. I work in the field of IT while also pursuing my artistic passions: singing, songwriting, modeling, and acting. I was recently filmed for an up and coming BET show called ‘Curves’ and I have two singles, ‘End of it All’ and ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ streaming on all major platforms.
MISS NO: September is our Fashion issue! Who are your favorite designers and why?


NIKITIA: I am a really big fan of House of Chapple by the designer Rico Chapple. I love his creativity and his boldness because he is not afraid of Avant-Garde clothing. Another favorite of mine is Van Miller International by Vannessa Henderson. Her designs are elegant and timeless. She uses beautiful fabrics that look good on any age. Model Haven Design Group by D’An Harrold is also a favorite. She creates modern and classy pieces with a trendy silhouette that I adore. Another favorite is Diva Bigg by LaQuinta D. Her fashions are edgy, sexy, and out of the box. She takes plus size to the runway with no shame.  I love all of these designers because they create fashion-forward apparel for all body types.


MISS NO: What can we do more as an industry to advocate more women embracing their bodies and loving them without the pressure of the media?

NIKITIA: Over the years the industry has grown, however, there is more work to be done.  The industry can advocate for women by creating more global campaigns with popular hashtags encouraging self-love and promoting more realistic models that look like the average woman. Major fashion designers can partner with one another and create a body image fashion show featuring all body types. This would create a sense of community and show women that the industry is not afraid to tackle body image issues while embracing all women from different backgrounds and ethnicities.

MISS NO: What are your views or thoughts about the current state of the kurvy/ plus size industry?

NIKITIA: I can say that I am happier now than I have been in the past because retailers are driving growth by investing more in plus-size collections. I can remember growing up going into department stores seeing really cute clothes, not in my size and I would always say, “I wish they made this in my size.”  Retailers are using plus-size mannequins creating a more welcoming display and I am also seeing more plus-size women becoming entrepreneurs and launching online-plus-size boutiques.
MISS 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?
NIKITIA: You are beautiful, your strong, you are enough, and you are wonderfully made.  Love yourself and celebrate the awesome person you were created to be.
MISS NO: The Black Lives Matter movement along with COVID has taken over 2020. What are views on both matters, especially the BLM?
NIKITIA: Covid-19 is real and I am a survivor. My Mom and Brother both survived as well and I am truly thankful that we are still here. COVID has truly disrupted 2020 however, our new normal has brought families together and more people are following their dreams as entrepreneurs. The Black Lives Matter movement has shifted the atmosphere and I believe inequality has gone on for far too long. Black people are tired and want change to happen at this moment. BLM has encouraged so many young people to get involved and people across cultures and ethnic backgrounds are coming together and using their privilege to stand up and fight. This movement has also encouraged me to get involved by expressing my feelings through song and participating in peaceful protests. I partnered with my friends at R.M.P. Studios and used music to channel the thoughts, fears, and frustrations of my community on a song titled “Revolution.” We all have a responsibility to our community in fighting for injustices.
MISS NO: What do you want your legacy to be?


NIKITIA: I want to be remembered as someone who took action and made my dreams come true.  I want to leave a legacy of giving back, inspiration, loyalty, and love for those I come in contact with.  People may not remember what you said but will remember what you did for them.

BEHIND THE SHOOT 

Model: Nikitia She’Cole @nikitiashecole
Photographer – Cat Harper, @catharperphotography
Stylist – Angela Mullen,  @theclosetassociates
Makeup Artist – Alexis Williams,  @lexmixx
Hair Stylist – Marqueetta Heard, @styledby_lasha