Sheniqka Miller
United States
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Honestly, I never thought of myself as a model. I only felt I was being a creative individual that was given the platform to express herself. Now that photographers request to work with me as simply a model/ the thought now registers in my head. I was simply being myself and doing what I found to be natural for me and it transcends into recognizable good work. The thought now makes me proud.
I initially began this journey, writing articles in contribution to publications (both online and print) as I am a Contributing Writer. Most editors prefer that you provide your own visual content with the inclusion of written works that you submit to be featured. All of the concepts I came up with moved me. I felt very connected with what I was creating. I decided to become both the writer and my own muse to ensure the passion I was evoking about the project was fully captured behind the lens. I wanted to show others that by finding their own self-worth and confidence, by utilizing the power of self-love they too could transform pain and fear into trailblazing accomplishments. 

I pretty much began in humble beginnings in the country towns of Florida. Was raised to be independent and studious in everything that I do. I am always silently observing and ensuring I have thought about my next move before taking action. I am a thinker. This is why being able to express me creatively is so therapeutic.

With my love for collaborations, I found that I enjoy being among other like-minded individuals and decided to give modeling a try. But through some bad experiences, I find myself wondering in regards to most creative artists (stylists, designers, photographers, etc) what do they do any of this for? Money for self? For the sake of art like me? Or for notoriety for self through your contributed blood, sweat, and tears? Because of these possible factors, the world of modeling proved to be a risky place to start fresh independently in. I have suffered losses and setbacks because of other people who meant no good for me but wanted self-gain for themselves. So I now proceed with caution. In my opinion, my limitation is simply not knowing enough and not having enough good people around me from the industry. I am constantly seeking to learn more. You can never have enough knowledge to grow and succeed in whatever you decide to do. I simply hope to experience better. It's sad that you do not have support from your home base but others celebrate your accomplishments big or small that knows nothing about you. But I aim to turn those lemons into lemonade. Those experiences simply have toughened my skin and motivate me to keep it going!

I have no education in regards to modeling. My education falls in the lines of looking to the past legends before me. I love Grace Jones and Twiggy in their era. My style screams individual very much like their style and persona screamed. Like Twiggy, I am petite but I do not allow that to hold me back. Fashion is about individualism. Betsy Johnson is one of my favorite designers because of my love for being a rarity. At least the creators of a new look, the innovators of a trend would understand. It is a form of live artistic expression. And that's the part of fashion I live for. The extravagance of the garments or the eccentricity of a look moves me. Creatively, I believe I have much to offer. I have been exposed to fashion shows and events as a behind the scenes spectator for so long that it became ingrained in me how to pose, and be unafraid to get into character. My goals to deliver an amazing experience through the items I am modeling or the environment in which I'm in is the number one priority. I believe that my passion in this way makes me fit to be a model. I am a person that loves to talk and interact with the photographer. I have most recently started to include the use of music during shoots. It helps to keep the flow going. It all can be artistically expressive and that's the exciting part for me. The open space to become and do whatever creatively in front of the camera helps me to accept that I am more than a girl who takes pretty pictures- I am a model.

I am finding myself as an artist. I am finding that I am a creative person that can do whatever she sets her mind too. I love all expressive art. Modeling allows me to express myself as much as my writing does. As I develop, I hope to encounter and interact with others within the industry that may become a mentor and guide me to a place of total accomplishment for us all. I hope to finally acquire a dynamic team that together we all can get to the next level. I want to encourage other young women/men that through hard work, faith, creativity, and perseverance their sunlight will still peek out through the rain. Until then, I blaze ahead in spite of the setbacks, the naysayers, and the fake people around me. I believe that I represent something bigger than myself. I hope that my story will inspire another, then another to go after their dreams. Whether they think they have to do it alone, keep God in mind. You only have to believe that you can and just do it! We are all little Engines that Could!

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Our readers would love to get to know you more Sheniqka. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?

I am a Contributing Writer for several online and print publications.

Sheniqka, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?

The secret to understanding real growth in all aspects of your life is to seek guidance from those like-minded individuals who have sojourned on the roads before you. The lessons bestowed upon me ranged from self-care tips to the importance of being gentle with your spirit, back to the different forms of expressing oneself that best reflects our passions. Because of their transparency, a Diva was found! Inspired by this: I decided to use my light to strike a fire flame in another Queen as these women have done for me. We lose no shine at all by shining light on others. Initially, I began writing articles with the inclusion of creative visual content I helped to create with the collaboration of photographers and me as the muse. After a couple sessions, the photographers asked me to resume working with them as a model.

Who is your inspiration in life Sheniqka? How do you keep inspired?

My mother, with her humble and gentle spirit, inspires me to go after my dreams. She literally supported me and offer a platform to me as a young child to be able to express myself. I now keep inspired with that reminder that I am a creative person who has to create and express herself in order to survive. It's not what I do. Its who I am. I am thankful to have a mother who nurtured the artist inside.

We all make mistakes Sheniqka, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Model, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
As a model, we have opportunities presented to us to travel and meet new people. When the opportunity presented itself to go to New York I froze up and did not go. I allowed fear to hold me back. I will not make that mistake again. 

Sheniqka , 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 prioritizing your clients’ needs?

I schedule my time, generally on a first come/first serve basis. Once I am booked, your time slot will be secured after confirmation of concepts, booking (payment processed), and a location verified. Your scheduled day for the shoot will not change because of a conflict in my schedule. I ensure that I direct my full attention to one client at a time. No matter how hectic our schedules can be, great customer service is a priority.

Please tell us Sheniqka, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model?

I love collaborating with other creative entrepreneurs whom I can learn from. Being able to
communicate and network with a variety of business owners and vendors who are extremely
effective in meeting their end goals has truly been a learning experience. So far, I have been
profoundly blessed to work with a few companies and even landed some amazing mentors
along the way! This strategy of networking/collaborating with individuals within the industry has helped me develop and progress as an independent model.

Sheniqka, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I am an advocate for communication. It is very important. With the help of some team building exercises that are designed to show participating players the importance of open communication, I was able to decipher among each co-worker the type of communicator they were. This process improved our communication skills among our group because we now utilize tools that identified ways we could speak with understanding to each other.

Sheniqka please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest moment as a model was getting an invitation to participate in a hair show as a 24-hour hair salon brand ambassador. I enjoy promoting other brands.

Sheniqka, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
My favorite part of being a model/brand ambassador must be the freedom to try out new things and can
give my honest feedback and opinion of the product to my followers. My followers expect full
honesty and I am all for delivering the scoop on new and amazing products that promote
and encourage self-love for its consumers! I am currently reviewing the "Blueberry Bliss Curl Collection" for the brand @FrizzFreeCurls! The
Blueberry full-length liquid hair growth vitamin is guaranteed to make your natural hair thicker,
fuller, and longer! It is very important to take care of your hair inside and out. What better way
to show yourself some love by treating your hair with proper care!

What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?

Staying true to who you are is very important! Being yourself and maintaining your authenticity
is very important in this industry. Keep
your content as original as you can make it. Quality over quantity is also important to keep in
mind because you will build a dynamic portfolio that will attract the desired attention since more people are attracted to quality visuals.

Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands, and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
All of the above. I am not confined to one type of collaborations. I am open to exploring all avenues. I aim to maintain my versatility as a creative myself. I believe that would be my signature style as a model. I am not one dimensional.

Now for the best part Sheniqka! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photo Credits:
Cover Photo- Photographer: Ryan Hemmingway @visualsbyrashad
HairStylist: Nataria @queensofegyptoasis

Photo 1-Photographer: Candiace Williams @tinycandi
MUA: Courtney @cakefacecourtney

Photo 2-Photographer: Kevin Green @debrynegraphics

Photo 3-Photographer: Kevin Green @debrynegraphics
HairStylist: Nataria @queensofegyptoasis

Photo 4-Photographer: Ryan Hemmingway @visualsbyrashad

Photo 5-Photographer: Candiace Williams @tinycandi
MUA: Courtney @cakefacecourtney

Photo 6-Photographer: Candiace Williams @tinycandi
MUA: Courtney @cakefacecourtney

Photo 7-Photographer: Kauvinsky Desance @kingdomphotos
HairStylist: Nataria @queensofegyptoasis

Photo 8-Photographer: Kauvinsky Desance @kingdomphotos
HairStylist: Nataria @queensofegyptoasis


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