Plus Model On The Rise: Nakia Williams From Pennsylvania
Many of you are aspiring plus size models and to give you an inside look at what it takes to be a model, each month we introduce you to plus models on the rise.
Today we meet Nakia Williams, a plus size model from Pennsylvania who is currently signed with MSA Curve.
DailyVenusDiva.com: How long have you been modeling and when did you realize you wanted to model?
Nakia Williams: I first attended John Casablancas modeling school in 2002. In 2007 I first began modeling with The Full figured Divas- Stilettos and Curves tour in Maryland doing runway shows.
I realized I wanted to model when strangers, family, and my now deceased brother ( biggest fan) would always say that I was beautiful, and that I look like a model and I should look into pursuing it. But I was in nursing school, newly married, and a new mother at that time, so I put modeling on hold. Once I became a registered nurse, and my family was established, I then pursued my dream of modeling, and I continue to do so.
DailyVenusDiva.com: What type of modeling do you do ?
Nakia Williams: I do runway, print, and e-comm modeling at this time. I tried Fit modeling, but I was always too tall for most of those jobs.
DailyVenusDiva.com: Which companies have you worked with and what’s the best way to find out about castings?
Nakia Williams: I have worked with the Full Figured Divas, Signature Ink Models- MD; Tropical Divas- Va; Sean Anthony Designs- PA; Mano Swartz Furs- MD; Flaunt Model Management- NYC; Full Figured Fashion Week 2012- NYC; Curvy Closets; Plus Night Out 2012; Ashley Stewart
I found that the best way to find out about castings are on Facebook, Instagram, Model Mayheim, Curvy magazines, and sometimes craigslist.
DailyVenusDiva.com: What are your thoughts about diversity in the plus size modeling industry?
Nakia Williams: Diversity has changed a lot since I first began modeling. I believe diversity is being accepted more and more as evidenced by the many different nationalities I’ve seen in fashion shows, modeling campaigns, fashion magazines, and clothing websites. I have worked with so many different nationalities these past 7 years, and I just love how we are all being accepted and embraced in this industry.
DailyVenusDiva.com: Describe your personal style when you’re not modeling?
Nakia Williams: My style is simple and classic with a hint of afro centric. I love to wear my TWA ( teenie weenie afro), with big earrings. I love skinny jeans, with a cute shirt and blazer, with pumps or a bad pair of boots…
DailyVenusDiva.com: What has modeling taught you about yourself?
Nakia Williams:It has taught me that my curves are sexy and that my size is being accepted more in today’s society. It has also taught me that I have a gift that can help other females like myself love the body that they are in,and being plus size is a beautiful thing. Last of all it has taught me that I had a hidden gift of make up artistry. I found this out from being a model in several fashion shows that I had to apply my own make up, due to there not being enough make up artists or there was not enough time to do my make up. Therefore I had to beat my own face, in which I did very well. I wanted to develop this newly found skill and become great at it, so I became a Certified make up artist in 2011. Now I love to Beat faces as well as model!
- Photographer: Doug Swaim of Never Forgotten Photography
- Stylist: Beauty Box Style