Jchell: Where are you from?
Nicole: Born in Lincolnton, NC and grew up in Charlotte, NC
Jchell: Where did you attend high school/college?
Nicole: Providence High School in Charlotte, NC, I attained my Bachelor's Degree at Montreat College also in Charlotte.
Jchell: What are some of your main interests and hobbies?
Nicole: Fashion Design, sewing, writing and modeling. I am a self-taught designer with my own ready to wear clothing line under the name Nicole B. Designs established late 2016. I have also pushed myself and introduced my lingerie collection ThickUMS in January of 2017. Now I'm very excited to continue to push myself and created a collection of high end couture gowns known as NicCouture.
Jchell: Who inspires you?
Nicole: I find inspiration in a number of things, people, and places. I can't specifically say that there is one person. I tend to take characteristics from a number of individuals that are positive, courageous, hardworking, and generous. It could be anybody. When I see someone or something doing good things it makes me smile, it makes me want to fight and stay encouraged.
Jchell: How long have you been modeling?
Nicole: I have been modeling for 3 years now.
Jchell: Are you an independent or agency model?
Nicole: I'm currently independent but actively seeking representation.
Jchell: What was it like starting out as a model?
Nicole: I started out modeling by chance. I accompanied my oldest daughter to a casting call at which she was selected. The judges saw me and asked that I cast as well. I did, and was selected. Modeling took off like a whirlwind! After my first show I was requested to do more shows and I've even been international. Starting out was an escape for me, I love it! Traveling, meeting new people and wearing great fashion and make up renewed a confidence in me that had been lost for a long time.
Jchell: Who is your favorite photographer(s)?
Nicole: Jerry Barnes out of Atlanta Georgia.
Jchell: Have you been published in any magazines?
Nicole: Yes, I've been published quite a few times and have even graced a few covers.
Jchell: Besides modeling, have you done any acting?
Nicole: Yes, I have done extra work on tv shows and movies.
Jchell: Let's talk about your beauty regimen. How do you keep your hair and skin looking healthy?
Nicole: one very important thing I've learned in the modeling industry is no matter how flawless your make-up is….You have to wash it off at night before bed. I moisturize my skin every morning and night and I drink lots of water. As far as my hair I wear a lot of protective styles since the demands in the fashion world change often.
Jchell: What are your favorite fashion trends you love?
Nicole: You know….I don't really have one. I match to the beat if my own drum. I don't really follow trends, if it looks good and makes me feel good I wear it. I do tend to mix vintage and modern styles together, I'm a sucker for that.
Jchell: Every girl has a special “can't live without this” in her closet, what's yours?
Nicole: That would be my camouflage jacket, black crop top and combat boots. Crazy, Sexy, Cool.
Jchell: Knowing what you know, what advice would you give to other models trying to establish themselves?
Nicole: My advice that I always give aspiring models is “Walk with confidence and they can't help but notice”. As long as your confident hold your head high and show the world what you're made of.
Jchell: Is there anything else you would like to add?
Nicole: I just want to point out that people will tell you that you have to have tough skin in this industry...its true. I'm still working on my tough skin and you'll get more no’s then yes’ but if it's something you want, stay determined and don't give up.
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