|Photo shoot by KID Images & Sound. His only request . . . "wear your hair in an afro puff."|
Since I was a teenager, people used to say I should model, but I never had a real interest because I felt I was so much more than a "look." As a top student in my class, it was important for me to have a career using my mind rather than my appearance. Also, I never had an interest in designers or anything that would be considered popular fashion. I like what I like, but I've never been one to follow fashion trends, so I felt the industry wasn't for me. I did a couple of fashion shows in college, but it was clear to me that I'm no model. When KID Images & Sound asked me to do a photo shoot, I said no for almost a year before I finally said ok (talk about persistence!) I'm glad he didn't give up on me because together we created beautiful images of natural beauty.
Since I'm on this journey of turning heads and changing minds, why simply stop at showing the beauty of natural hair? Although I haven't officially joined the "Black Women Do Workout" movement, I think it's important that we take care of our minds and bodies. It's extremely difficult to do because we take on so much that it's hard to find the time. For vanity reasons, I try to make time for the gym (although I've been slacking lately), but most importantly, I try to make time for health reasons. I credit my cardio workouts for keeping me away from high blood pressure medicine for over 10 years when I was informed for the first time that I was pre-hypertension. When it got to the point where it appeared that my cardio workouts weren't enough, then I adjusted my eating habits and so far although high blood pressure "runs in the family," so far I've been able to out run it!