The Lovely Na'Tasha
Na'Tasha: "Not all models weigh 100 pounds. Urban models represent curves and natural bodies that most women have."
Black Star Talent
Where She's From: Lovely Na'Tasha Salimi, whose Zodiac sign is Aries, was born in Germany with Egyptian and Persian background. "I lived there until about elementary school and moved to Virginia with my family at the age of 10," she tells The Black Star News. "My family always taught me to set high goals for myself and how to achieve them."
Na'Tasha graduated Westfield High School in Virginia in 2006 and moved to New York City to continue her modeling career. "I also attend John Jay College in Manhattan to get my degree in forensic psychology and then move on to Law school to become an entertainment lawyer," she continues. "I've been modeling here and there since the age of 16, but I'm finally now giving it everything I have and taking advantage of the city that I am in."
Where She's At: Na'Tasha has high goals. "Urban models have become very popular and are easier to relate to with the average woman," Na'Tasha adds. "Not all models weigh 100 pounds. Urban models represent curves and natural bodies that most women have. My message is that you don't have to starve yourself to be beautiful, or to get more jobs in the modeling field. Hips are sexy!"
"I'm only 19 and out here in New York by myself. It gets hard sometimes because I do get homesick," Na'Tasha says, when asked how she handles some of the industry's challenges. "But at the end of the day, this is what I want, so I'm going to stick through with it."
She also boasts of recent achievements: "Educational wise, getting an A on my Psychology final. Modeling wise, I've been doing fashion shows here and there even though I never thought I could do runway simply because I have curves. It's nice to see that the industry is finally appreciating curves."
"Looks are just on the outside; your brain is what makes you," Na'Tasha warns other aspiring young models. "People stereotype and say pretty women are stupid anyway, so I believe that women need to step up and prove that wrong. Like 'yes I am beautiful and smart! I can model and go to school! I have other goals other than just posing.'"
So how does this beautiful young model prepare to step out? "I am a make-up artist as well so I love make up," Na'Tasha says. "I wear MAC only. I love Apple Bottom; I like how the jeans fit. BCBG, xoxo, Miss Sixty--I could keep going all day. I love to shop."
Na'Tasha's Words Of Wisdom: "Don't let your possessions posses you."
Na'Tasha's Secrets Of Success: "Be yourself; work hard because no one else is going to work harder for you."
Na'Tasha's Favorite Three Movies: "Crash, Diary Of A Mad Black Woman, and Love And Basketball."
Na'Tasha's Favorite Three Books: "Coldest Winter Ever, Black Like Me, B-More Careful."
Leaders That Most Inspire Na'Tasha: "Martin Luther King-inspires me to fight for what I believe in, no matter what other people say; Tyra Banks- she went from a supermodel to really trying to make a difference in the world; and, Oprah- she's always helping people in need and I respect that a lot."
The First Three Things Na'Tasha Would Do As President: "Stop the war; help families that are in need; and, build more shelters for all the homeless."
Na'Tasha's Favorite Car: "I love Mercedes. I currently own one and I just think it's the best car ever."
Na'Tasha's Five Favorite Musicians: "Beyonce, Jay-Z, Ne-Yo, R. Kelly, and Avant."
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