Raven Briana, Pride Of Ocala
Summ: â€œI don't let other peopleâ€™s perception of me affect the perception that I have of myself. One of my greatest accomplishments was graduating Summa Cum Laude with a 4.1 GPA,â€? she adds. Just the type of model The Black Star News lovesâ€”a braniac.
Where Sheâ€™s From: The best way to describe Raven Briana is a heavyweight-boxing phrase---the perfect knockout.
This 18-year-old beauty was born and raised in the small city of Ocala, FL., where, she confides to The Black Star News, she hopes to one day raise her children. Meaning once she has them of courseâ€”right now, she's enjoying her teen-age years building her career and earning an education.
â€œI'd have to say the most important thing that my parents taught me, is the importance of spirituality and putting God first before anything,â€? Raven says. This young stunner just graduated from West Port High school in May, 2006. She hopes to be soon enrolled in college at the University of Florida or the University Of Central Florida, even though, she notes, sheâ€™s a Seminoles fan at heart. She plans to study business, with a minor in Fashion Design.
Where Sheâ€™s At: â€œMy acting career actually started when I was about five. I did a few commercials, then took a huge break and when I was about 15, I started modeling and that's what I'm working at right now. I've got so much planned for my modeling career.â€?
How does Raven prepare her winning looks? Well letâ€™s listen to her then: â€œMy absolute favorite clothing and shoe brand is BCBG Max Azria/BCBGirls. In my opinion, it's the epitome of style. Very feminine yet strong; everything makes a statement. As far as makeup, the only makeup I've ever worn is Cynthia McMillan. McMillan Makeup Studio.Â It's my Mother's cosmetic line. The foundation is smooth, the eye shadows are rich and the glosses are super shiny!â€? Her mother has operated the business for 12 years now (www.MySpace.com/McMillanMakeup)
Where Sheâ€™s Heading: Raven hopes to become a Victoria's Secret model. â€œI always thought they were some of the most beautiful models in the business, especially Tyra! But really it's mostly about having fun and hopefully making some money along the way.â€?
She knows that itâ€™s not always going to be smooth sailing but Raven believes she has the fortitude to make it in the industry. â€œItâ€™s hard being analyzed all the time on looks alone, so its a challenge to prove to people that I'm more than just a pretty face in front of a camera,â€? she says. But she is indeed pretty, readers.
â€œI don't let other peopleâ€™s perception of me affect the perception that I have of myself. One of my greatest accomplishments was graduating Summa Cum Laude with a 4.1 GPA,â€? she adds. Just the type of model The Black Star News lovesâ€”a braniac.
â€œI would say brainpower is above all most important. It's so vital to be more than just a beautiful person in today's society if you want to stay ahead of the game and be successful,â€? Raven continues. â€œA pretty face only lasts so long but knowledge is everlasting, that's what matters in the end.â€? This past summer, Raven was named one of Ocala Magazine's Top Models; in June 2006.
Ravenâ€™s Words Of Wisdom: â€œIf youâ€™re young, set the highest goals possible and set them early to get a head start. If youâ€™re older, I always tell my mom, it's never too late to get what you want out of life. Once you've met one goal, that's just more incentive to set another higher one.â€?
Ravenâ€™s Secrets Of Success: â€œI've never let anyone tell me that I â€˜canâ€™t or I'm â€˜not.â€™ I set goals and I do what I have to get around the road blocks.â€?
Ravenâ€™s Favorite All Time Three Movies: â€œThe Lion King, because I'm still a kid at heart; Pirates Of The Caribbean, Johnny Depp is a genius; and, Two Can Play That Game, Morris Chestnut is gorgeous!â€?
Ravenâ€™s Favorite All Time Three Books: â€œThe Color Purple, Pride and Prejudice, and Any book written by Terry McMillan.â€?
The First Three Things Raven Would Do As President of USA: â€œPut an end to all the quarrels over money and power, try to repair the economy and abolish poverty, and enact some policies and procedures to restore the environment.â€?