Thank you for being a part of our power issue dedicated to survivors of cancer and domestic violence.
MISS NO: Can you tell our readers a little about yourself?
TAMIKA: My name is Tamika, I have been a model for 8 years. I love traveling, bowling and spending time with my family and friends.
MISS NO: Define being a survivor in your own words.
TAMIKA: A survivor is Living to tell your story. Making it through the fire of any situation whether it be cancer or a domestic violence relationship.
MISS NO: Do you have any survivors in your family? If so, how did you help them overcome?
TAMIKA: I do have survivors in my family. I helped them to overcome by praying for them, being a listening ear and by being supportive of their situation.
MISS NO: What can we do more as an industry to advocate more for our cancer and for domestic violence survivors?
TAMIKA: In our industry, we need to bring more awareness to cancer and domestic violence survivors by having survivors speak on panels. We can even invite survivors to speak at fashion shows by sharing their stories and even slay the runway with an amazing outfit.
MISS NO: Can you share your experience with the late Ms. Jacqueline Chase- Hudson what she meant to you?
TAMIKA: I am trying not to tear up as I answer this question. Ms. Jackie was an amazing woman who meant a lot to me. She opened up the door to my first magazine shoot and many more modeling opportunities. When I first met her we had a one on one talk about being in her first show and she read me like a book. She told me I was in a toxic relationship and I needed to get out of it. The crazy thing about this is she was right because I used modeling to escape it all. I talked to God about it a lot but I never talked to anyone else about my problems. I was truly amazed at how she read me like she knew me for years. She prayed with me and encouraged me to go before God. After that my life changed.
MISS NO: What would you like her family to know?
TAMIKA: Family, Ms. Jackie will definitely be missed. She was a great mother and friend to many. Her work never went unnoticed. When the audience at fashion shows saw her designs they were totally amazed and always wondering what new designs she would come up with next. ‘Till this day I still wear the first wrap coat that she designed for me. I will forever represent Pearlina Designs.
MISS NO: Why was it so important for you to be apart of this particular issue?
TAMIKA: It was so important for me to be apart of this issue because I wanted to pay tribute to the late Ms. Jacqueline Chase-Hudson the woman who helped paved the way for my career as a print model.
MISS NO: What advice would you give a young girl struggling with her self-esteem and embracing her kurves?
TAMIKA: My advice to a young girl struggling with her self-esteem and embracing her Kurves would be: Babygirl, embrace your beautiful kurves. It’s ok to be the size that you are. Wear your kurves with confidence. Learn to love yourself.
MISS NO: What do you want your legacy to be?
TAMIKA: The legacy that I would like to leave Is to encourage the young to always be true and honest with yourself about who you really are. Work hard for the life you want because sometimes it doesn’t come easy. Never give up on your dreams. Always forgive quickly and always be slow to speak and quick to listen in any situation.