My name is Feana Hodges. I was born In Detroit Michigan and moved to Arizona 6 years ago to pursue my modeling career. I started modeling at the age of 17 and of course, Tyra Banks was my idol. As I got older I began to admire Victoria's Secret models such as Joan Smalls and Alex Wek.
After realizing my passion I started to put myself out there more. I started by visiting Chicago agencies in person.
My first big break was gaining an audition with Cynthia Bailey. I did not land the audition however it opened my eyes as to what I wanted in life. I drove 13 hours for This casting and that alone showed my true passion. After relocating to Arizona I gained the opportunity to audition for Angel Brinks, I walked for K- Swiss for LA fashion week, I walked for Society gal for New York fashion week, and I gained Naima Mora as my model coach.
As of last year, I was signed to priority talent in Arizona. I had the opportunity to be on set for my first commercial with Joan Fabric. I also landed a call back with Good American at the end of 2022. I was published in Vogue Italia, Selin magazine, Vigour magazine, and Gmaro magazine. What’s new for 2023? I started an accessory business at candiirush.com. I plan to hire a new agency to further my commercial opportunities. I am happy to confirm I am also taking posing classes with Keenyah Hill. I look forward to opening more doors and most importantly never giving up!
Imani Barnes is a multi-faceted North Carolina native and serial entrepreneur currently residing in Atlanta, GA. She is the owner and Lead Esthetician at Glitter & Glory Enhancement Bar, a progressive spa whose sole goal is to enhance what you already have while giving you the tools necessary to maintain the overall health of your skin. She is also a creative director and professional makeup artist interested in the industry's editorial and high fashion sides.
In addition to being a seasoned beauty pro, Imani is a UNC Greensboro and Georgia State University Alumna. With a bachelor's degree in Social Work and a Masters's degree in Marketing, she is also an active Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated member and a Non-Profit organization founder.
The evolving mogul is in tune with details, but always keeps the bigger picture in mind. When asked about long term goals, she often speaks from a place rooted in community, servant leadership, authenticity, the full expression of self, and values that your ideal teammate would have.
Shamara “Star” Cox is a TV Producer and innovative content creator who has
designed a platform that inspires entrepreneurs to grow their faith and influence. She is the founder of Karmelrose Production Incorporated; a fully operated production company supplying various video services including reality, scripted and short form branded content. Her creativity dominates the social media space with viral videos that both inform and empower.
Growing up in an under-resourced community, Star was inspired early on to
amplify Black Women’s Voices. She wrote and directed two short films that were recognized as an official selection in the San Francisco Black Film Festival and Brooklyn Girl Film Festival. Through her blog and ministry Whisper: Hearing God, she shares personal stories and practical techniques to grow spiritually and achieve a fulfilling life. As a creative woman of faith, she is committed to spark transformation in the lives of visionaries around the globe for years to come.
Halliethebaddie is a multi-talented Nigerian-American creative from Los Angeles, California. She is a well-rounded influencer who loves perfecting her craft in different niches and incorporating her skills into entertainment as illustrated on her multiple social media accounts.
As her social media shows, she loves fashion and has a versatile style that would fit perfectly with many brands and the different aesthetics they represent. Some of her talents include dancing, making music, writing scripts, beauty, fashion, modeling, cooking & acting.
Being a young black woman who is an artist, she works with companies and individuals that encourage the representation & inclusion of other people like herself. Her versatility extends to her academics as she is currently a Junior studying psychology in the UC system.
She currently has a song titled “Don’t Bring Your Friends” currently out on all streaming platforms. She plans on putting out even more amazing music and content into the universe. She is like a wildcard because you never know what to expect when it comes to her ever evolving talent. Stay tuned for this starlet, she is sure to become an icon!
Bianca Swaray is known as Blanco, B, and Swaray) is a Liberian-American Model and Actress. Born in Philadelphia PA but spent her childhood years in a small town name Salisbury, North Carolina. Throughout her childhood years, Bianca played basketball from small tournaments to playing AAU. Soon after her mother saw her potential talent; Bianca and her mother moved to West Chester PA. As Bianca continued to play AAU strangers or friends would tell her that she should also be a model or looked like one.
Through struggles and her triumphs 7 years later Bianca signed with a reputable modeling agency; worked for notable big brands such as urban outfitters, Neutrogena, Burlington Coat Factory, shea moisture IT cosmetics, Stuart Weizmann... etc. Watch out for her! Bianca Swaray also sells African fabric/ clothing from Cape Town South Africa if you are a designer or need fabric email her @ Fashionqueenb7@gmail.com or ig queenswaray
My story is definitely still being written but for the most part, I am enjoying my quest. My name is Thandie Kris. I am an inspiring supermodel from Newark, New Jersey. I grew up wanting to fit in, not really knowing myself, and assimilating to the crowd. I was not the confident girl that knew what she wanted to do and who she wanted to be in this world.
From the age of 3, my mother immersed me in the arts. I was constantly dancing and acting. I performed in an annual recital at NJPAC, where I was able to meet and perform alongside other creatives. Those experiences helped me to be outgoing and develop my personality. I didn’t truly understand the value of creativity until I graduated from my arts program and enrolled in college at 18.
A lot of people try to convince you that college is the key to success; I’ve learned that happiness is true success. In college, I was left to try to find myself and didn’t know where to start. I became depressed because I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do with my life. The truth was I was only in school because that was what my mother told me to do. I was living for her because I didn’t want to disappoint her. I didn’t see a “successful” path for myself as a creative. I thought I had to work towards a “stable” career and work a conventional job.
The depression only increased. I stopped attending class and was eventually dismissed from Rutgers University. The interesting thing is - throughout my life - I was given glimpses of what I was truly capable of. I have been a background actor for two Spike Lee projects: She Gotta Have It and BlacKkKlansman. I attended Black Girls Rock as a seat filler but the production invited me on the stage with Queen Latifah. I was selected to model for Zendaya on Good Morning America. I walked for my city’s fashion show and appeared on the cover of a magazine. Even with all of these opportunities, I still didn’t believe in myself. I didn’t think I was pretty enough; I didn’t think I was the one.
My mindset began to shift when I started praying. Having faith in your higher power is vital to being successful and happy. When I started praying, a lot of things began to be revealed to me. Many of my friendships suddenly ended and I was forced to think for myself. I had to be real with myself about what I wanted to do with my life. For the first time, the energy that I had poured into others I was focusing on myself. My perspective on life changed. I finally realized that I didn’t have to be like everyone else. I could ride my own wave and still be successful. I stopped beating myself up for not graduating from college within four years.
Every adversity I have and will face is preparing me for modeling. I am so blessed and thankful for my journey. I know what it’s like to be depressed and uncertain. Now I stand in my confidence knowing that I will be a supermodel, actress, and stylist. The passion I have for modeling and networking with others in the industry is legendary. One day I will be on billboards and people will know my name.
What I want young African-American girls to know is that even though being different may feel difficult, it is better than fitting in. Nobody wants to be an outcast but when you are self-assured, no one can break your spirit. Everyone’s story is different - don't compare yourself to someone else and remember that every loss is a lesson. When something negative happens, think to yourself, “What lesson can I learn and what can I do differently?”. I want our young girls to know that they don't have to be what social media tells them to be.
Meditate. Focus on finding out who you are and how you will get from point A to point B. It is easy to say “I have confidence” but it is important to always remember - God put you on this Earth for a reason. Once you pray and find your answer - keep going hard and be consistent until you reach your pinnacle.
African-American women have to work 10 times harder than anyone else but that is what makes us so magical. We are strong and resilient. My story is just beginning but I know I’m going to make my mark on this Earth. When I reach my pinnacle, my goal is to teach young girls the importance of perspective, loving and valuing yourself, and knowing that you don't have to conform to anyone’s standard of beauty. You write your own story, ride your own wave and watch people follow your lead.
My name is Javia Robinson, I am from Jacksonville, FL, a sister to 4 siblings. Three younger one older. I am a United States Navy Sailor part-time and an entrepreneur full time. In the Navy, I am an FCA Spy Tech, a fire-control man aegis. I maintain a massive radar system that detects and acquires threats to the United States of America and our forces. On the other hand, I have my own women’s boutique, The Olympian Experience, www.theolympianexperience.com.
We specialize in making women feel and look good all over. Get luxury and stylish items for half the price. Since a young girl I’ve always loved fashion and clothes. I always loved dressing up and going to dances or balls. Though I have a lot on my plate I feel that giving others confidence is my purpose in life. Both of my careers are my absolute passion.
My name is Lillian Parham. I started modeling back in 2017, my first year of college at UNCG. I have been in many fashion shows, photoshoots, and even a music video since then. Outside of modeling, I am a 21-year-old college student majoring in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology and a minor in Psychology. I graduate in May 2021 and I plan to go into the HR or Public Relations work field after graduation. I am a brand ambassador and influencer for different brands such as Fabletics. I also work at a local Black-owned restaurant as a waitress. I love to use my platform to highlight and lift other Black creatives.
My name is Sha’Tyla Nicole known as “TylaAnn”. I am from St. Louis, MO. I moved to Chicago to go to school at Columbia College Chicago for fashion merchandising. I also moved to Chicago for my fashion career! I love fashion and I feel as if it is how we express ourselves.
Fashion plays a part in our everyday life and I love seeing everyone with their own sense of style! I love being in the busy city of Chicago and I love to travel! I currently have my own fashion brand called “MÍOR” that I am currently working on from the ground up which is @miorapparel on Instagram.
Being your own entrepreneur is such a great feeling because you’re your own boss! Being a black woman is important, it is good to have your own and it is important to stand up for what you believe in! Melanin is such a beautiful thing! Everyone should take pride in what they believe in and what they love! Never give up on your dreams and always stay strong!
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