Updated: Apr 22, 2020
Kamia is our featured Black Forward Life model this campaign. We got a chance to catch up and speak with her about self-care, black women and her experience modeling for BFL.
Tell me a bit about yourself. Where are you from? How old are you? Kamia: I was born and raised in Charlotte. I am 19 years old. I attended Ransom Middle School and grew up in a single-parent home but took advantage of opportunities like Robotics Club. It was a club that took us to visit Discovery Place and showed us how to build robots. I also took martial arts for two years and became an orange belt. At age 13 I joined the YMCA and volunteered to help the swim instructors. I was asked to be a lifeguard and have been for the past two years. What are your self-care regiment? Desired self-care regiments? Why is it important?
Kamia: I enjoy washing and re-twisting my hair as well as shaving. I take a day out for myself. I would like to eat healthier. Self-care is important because it allows you to pay attention to your mind, body and spirit. If you don't take care of yourself, you can't take of your life. It is also important to listen to your body and get that proper rest. What are your thoughts about self-esteem?
Kamia: My self-esteem has never been the best but recently I am working on it. I was put down when I was a child and family members would project their weight issues onto me. I often would compared myself to others. Soon after I began writing, taking care of my appearance and started loving myself more. What are your plans to continue boosting that self-esteem?
Kamia: I now work on surrounding myself with people who motivate me. I want to improve my thoughts patterns and make them more positive. I want to be more optimistic. I am changing my atmosphere into one which I can positively thrive. What motivates you?
Kamia: My younger sisters because I've always done things for them. I have made them my motivation for success and want them to have a safe space to go. I want to motivate them to be positive. I also motivate myself because my past has taught me to be self-accountable. You are the first model of Black Forward Life. How was your experience with BFL?
Kamia: I got to model which is something I would have never done. It was about me putting my input on things and allowing myself to be free. It was a fun experience. What products did you try? What are your thoughts? Kamia: I use the loc'ing butter and body oil daily! I love natural products and I feel like it is driven toward people like me. My hair has grown and feels softer. The products don't have that heavy feeling. Where do you see yourself? Kamia: I see myself traveling and doing business with Black Forward Life. I want to be an advocate for the products. I'm all about supporting other people and I want to create products of my own. I also would like to learn how to crochet and design clothes. I know that I want to be an entrepreneur! What is your message for black women? Kamia: Do not lose yourself. We must learn to stand up for ourselves and not allow other people to control us. I feel that people look at models on social media especially those with lighter complexion and then we judge ourselves. Color-ism is a real thing. We need to appreciate ourselves and not be apart of what society expects us to be.
Written and published by Queen Stoney.
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Kamia is modeling a Statement Energy (left) and Chakra Energy Bracelet(right).