Winner of America’s Next Top Model Cycle 4 Naima Mora, is sharing both her personal and professional experiences in her new book Model Behavior. Always having a love for writing, she also has a blog that helps her connect with fans and express herself through the written word. Growing up in Detroit, she is returning home this Saturday (12.8.12) to host Walk Fashion Show at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The event will take place at 4:00 and 7:00. She took some time out of her busy schedule to chat with us about her book, event, and upcoming projects.
1. What piqued your interest to write a book?
I love writing. I went to school as an English major, so it wasn’t anything foreign to me at all. I just felt this really strong desire to create something tangible to give back to all the people who supported me over the last several years. I wrote Model Behavior to help encourage those people in a positive light based on my experiences in the fashion industry and in life. I hope that readers will take with them a greater sense of confidence and a greater sense of self after reading my book. I know from personal experience, that people feel empowered when they hear the triumphs of someone else, and that is the experience I want readers to capture with my book.
2. Do you have advice for people who would like to work in the industry?
The most important piece of advice I can ever give anyone who wants to become a model or entertainer is to never give up, believe in yourself and keep your integrity! Belief is the first step. Acting on that belief is the next. Lastly, maintaining a healthy mindset as to who you are based on your own morals and integrity. These three factors will definitely help more than you could ever believe in determining your success in the fashion and entertainment industry.
3. Tell us about your event in Detroit?
On December 8th I will be hosting the Walk Fashion Show! It is an exciting event that gives local designers a chance to showcase their current collections. Local vendors will have a chance to speak with potential customers on a one-on-one basis. I think there is so much talent at the local level, and people should support that talent. It is easy to go to a department store and pick out a dress, and you may show up to an event in the same dress as someone else. It is much more rewarding to have something specially altered for your body and be uniquely beautiful, while supporting a local designer. When I get a chance to be involved in a Fashion related event in Detroit, they are always filled with an energy I don’t find in other cities. I think that energy and fun will translate into the continued success of emerging talent from the city that I grew up in. Last year I hosted a fashion competition held at the African World Festival. This Saturday, I am hosting the Walk Fashion Show. It means so much to me and it is such an honor to be such an integral part of these fashion based events in Detroit.
4. Any new projects coming up?
Model Behavior was the first book that I published with Possibility Publishing. It is such an exciting venture! We are now in works of producing a follow up book called Model Citizen. This second book will feature the stories of my fans, meant to lend a voice to their struggles and victories! Anyone can submit a story on my blog’s fan corners page. Model Citizen offers people the chance to come together and form a community of people who encourage each other based on their own victories in life, thus becoming Model Citizens. I am also working with my band Galaxy Of Tar and we will be releasing our second album in January 2013.
Event Information: Walk Fashion Show|12.8.12 |4:00 & 7:00 |Tickets
Peace and blessings,