Sunday, January 13, 2013

Model Spotlight: Yakima Whitehead

(As part of our mission to provide accessories that help women "identify their femininity" IdentiFemi  utilizes real girl models in all of our product shoots. Each model brings a set of skills, experiences, goals, and style preferences that make her amazing! We want to share our amazing models with our customers and blog readers.)
 Meet Yakima!
Yakima "Kima" Whitehead
Relationship Status
In a relationship
Career Aspirations

I want to be a nurse practitioner. I’m working on getting there. I graduate on December 15th, 2012. I’m going to try to get into some type of grad school program and work my way up.

Describe Your Style

My style is sort of chic, a little bit modern, and very girly, like classic girly.
Who is your style icon?

I don’t think I really have a style icon. [I wear] what I like and what I see. I kind of put my own stuff together. I may take bits and pieces, I may look at Vogue or Elle or Cosmopolitan but it’s not one  particular person that I always [am inspired by], because style changes. I take what I like and put a twist on it.  

Describe what femininity means to you?

Being a woman. Being comfortable with yourself. Feeling liberated and feeling like your own. Being unique in your own type of way and being able to open up.
Have you experienced a time when your style and femininity were challenged?
Coming to college, transferring from [having a] teenage, young girl style to young adult style. [That battle] between “do I still dress like I’m in high school or do I dress like I’m in college now?” It was challenging trying to find out how I should look since [ I was] transferring to a different stage of life.
Feeling beautiful can be a challenge in today’s world. What are some things that make you feel beautiful?

When my hair is done. I love coming home and washing my face,  giving myself facials or having natural facial remedies. Just being comfortable in my skin just and relaxed.  [When] I’m not too dolled up, just effortlessly beautiful. 

 If you could give advice to your younger self what would you say?

Less is best. Let your inner beauty shine [by] not putting on so much makeup and jewelry to mask how you feel or how you view yourself. Most people find you more beautiful when you don’t have all that on you. I’ve heard that from lots of people, “ohh you look so much prettier without the makeup.” Just find your own personal look. Even if you want to put on a little make up, look like you’re not trying.
How do you stay confident?

Telling myself I’m beautiful. I may not be the prettiest girl in the world, there is always someone prettier than you, but as long as I’m happy with myself, then that’s good enough, that’s all you can ever really be. If you’re happy with yourself, other people become happy with you too. 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?  10 years?
[In] five years, probably still going to school (laughs). Probably trying to be a nurse practitioner.
And in 10 years,  I am a nurse practitioner, traveling, just enjoying my life. Taking every aspect of it and enjoying my life as I can. 
Congratulations Kima on your recent college graduation! We are sure you will go far!!!