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Odds are you’ve come across and been enchanted by Nikia Phoenix. The stunning model with a very unique look has graced a bevy of campaigns, including Coca-Cola and Target. Phoenix recently shared with the Huffington Post how she remains positive while working in and industry that isn’t always inclusive of her race and her unique look.
“I’ve been to castings where the clients, photographers and casting directors will speak negatively of you in front of your face as if you can’t even hear them,” Phoenix told HuffPost Style. “I’ve been dropped from shows because of race. When that model of color quota has been met, that’s it.”
Phoenix said, “I know that I’m not perfect. I have these spots all over me and stretch marks and scars. When I look in the mirror sometimes I see those things, and sometimes I don’t. Yes, I’ve had my moments when I wished that I could just fit in with a crowd, but I’m glad I stand out. Through the good times and bad, I’ve learned to love what makes me me.”