Surely, you are familiar with model Nikia Phoenix. If you are not, where have you been? Nikia will be leading an event in Los Angeles October 15th, entitled Black Girl Beautiful. This annual event promises to be a unique beauty shopping experience for women of color filled with black girl magic.
In an intimate discussion with Naturally Curly, Nikia discusses how she came to find self confidence.
“Still, I definitely have moments when I am feeling ugly and ashamed.
To be completely transparent, I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety my entire life, and these illnesses make me second-guess myself often; whenever I feel the doubt creeping in I close my eyes, take a few deep breaths, and whisper to myself that I’m okay. I think of it as a quick meditation. I know that I am beautiful and at the same time I’m still learning to fully embrace that. I have to remind myself that I’ve come this far because I’m supposed to be here and that I still have a ways to go. Discovering our own beauty is a journey.”
On her lovely freckles:
“There are times when I look at myself and I don’t see freckles. Then there are other times when all I see are freckles.
What people need to understand is my freckles are not a choice but I choose to embrace them. I can’t put them on or take them off. Over the years folks have picked on me or stared at me like I’m an alien because of the spots on my face. Dealing with that has made my skin thicker and in turn I have been able to stick up for myself and others that may not know how to speak up for themselves.”
The inspiration behind Black Girl Beautiful:
When you look through beauty ads, you may see one black face that is supposed to represent all black faces. But how are we supposed to see if this foundation or lipstick works on us if it’s only being shown on one black model? And in my own experiences modeling, several makeup artists and hairstylists have not known what to do with my melanin or my hair texture.
There's not enough platforms where the accomplishments, the joy and positive contributions to society women of color put forward are celebrated, so we created ADELPHEE. If I am not sharing black girl magic on ADELPHEE you can find me on blacknaps.org where I share natural hair care advice and tips.