I have to leave a positive message with any and everyone I come in contact with. We all face our battles, and I want everyone to know that we can't push forward with negative thoughts.
Najeedah, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
My first time getting a chance to use my natural talents came at a runway show for the Plitz Fashion Week in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was a show and moment that would catapult her into a world of fashion and entertainment that she has loved ever since. Not too long afterwards I enrolled in classes in Fashion Marketing at the Art Institute of Charlotte. Here I began networking and building my brand as a model and creative director. It was that first show, however, that fueled her journey to be in the spotlight as a model creative director and actress.
Who is your inspiration in life Najeedah? How do you keep inspired?
My mom! When I'm feeling blue, She knows just what to say to lift me up & then I turn on DMX music and remind myself how great I can be if I don't give up.
We all make mistakes Najeedah; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Model; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I overbooked myself one day; I worked 13 hours and those 13 hours ran into the next shoot day. I was so tired that day I fell asleep on set. I learned never to overbook myself, if it looks like it'll be a 13 hour day I give myself a days rest.
Najeedah, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Model, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
I believe it's about knowing the reason you are there, doing my research is "SUBER" important!
Please tell us Najeedah, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
Being strategic is a task I have to take care of daily, it's important to me to have clear skin, so makeup artist doesn't have to do a ton of work on me. My number one priority is to practice a daily skin regimen.
Najeedah, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I've worked with people who don't know the importance of time management, and I insisted on them arriving to set an hour before call-time, which will give them time to enjoy a meal and not feel like they have to rush.
Najeedah, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest moment was Jet Beauty of the week in October 2015 because It was my first Model publication expressing beauty is who you are inside and out.
Najeedah, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
During photo shoots, I love when I'm collaborating with other creatives, and they allow me to showcase looks and ideas they didn't consider. I love being in front of the camera.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
Don't quit because you aren't doing what everyone else is doing, and don't let the numbers stop you from expressing yourself. Create your own lane and make the world love it.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I would love to be a model for major brands, but I would love to be the Creative Director for major brands like Gucci, Louis Vuitton and many more.
Photographer: Curtis Baker MUA: Micah