OUR AUGUST MODEL OF THE MONTH, NAIMAH TERRY, GIVES US A SNEAK PEAK AT HER LIFE AS A TRUE MODEL.
Name: Naimah Terry
TM: What are some of your interests and hobbies outside of modeling?
NT: Planning for my future! I am always actively seeking ways to better myself – physically, spiritually, and financially. Outside of that, traveling, swimming, shopping, going to any beach, and simply enjoying life.
TM: What is your favorite place you have traveled or place you would love to visit?
NT: My favorite place is Dubai! I went there earlier this year and fell in love. If I didn’t live in the States, I’d move to Dubai!
TM: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
NT: Raising a family and building businesses.
TM: How did you get started in modeling?
NT: I have been modeling since I was a baby, in fashion shows and commercials with my mom so her hobby turned into my hobby throughout high school and college… Now it’s my career!
TM: How do you keep your body measurements consistent?
NT: Walking and Water!
TM: What is your favorite type of workout?
NT: Right now I can’t work out as much as id like to because I need to keep my measurements consistent. So now I have been mentally working out, programming my brain to eat right all the time no excuses even if I’m on vacation, take lots of vitamins, and the most challenging of them all, I’m working towards no more alcohol by the end of the year! Pray for me on this journey 🙂
TM: What is the hardest part or being a Fit model? Print model?
NT: I am extremely fortunate to be a fit and print model! Not very many models have done both without having to drop one area. Scheduling is the hardest! Just recently TRUE wanted to submit me for a 10 page spread in an international magazine and it’s next week on a day where I have regular fit clients. While that editorial would have helped my print career tremendously, I have a responsibility and I am loyal to my fit clients.
Another hard part of being both a fit and print model is being in conflicting conversations almost daily about your body. You have to have a tough skin in this business and love yourself. That’s something that you have to learn fast in this industry. I hear comments between tech and designers all day saying “she is too perfect here” or “she has too much butt” and these conversations just go on as I am fitting and I have to just do job and listen as they talk. Then, when I get on set for a shoot I am suited up with 2 body shapers and the client will say you fill our clothes out perfectly! We are so happy we don’t have to pin you 🙂 Moral of the story is you have to be confident and happy just as you are and be grateful for each and every opportunity!
TM: What is your favorite healthy food? guilty pleasure?
NT: I’ll start with the guilty pleasure… Chocolate! Chocolate anything and I love it! But, I do love greens just as much as I love chocolate… I can eat asparagus, spinach, or kale with any meal at any time of the day and I usually do!
TM: What is something most people don’t know about you?
NT: I am a Muslim and a very spiritual and humble woman! I know that’s the reason for my continued success because of my relationship with God! While I don’t wear my hijab, know that my faith is there.
TM: What is the craziest thing that has ever happened to you?
NT: Becoming a plus size model 🙂 I enjoy it and thank God for every moment!
TM: We hear that you “move like a dream”. How did you get so good at posing for shoots and what tips can you give to someone who is trying to practice?
NT: Research and watch other models! Keep shooting! Keep studying your own pictures to see what’s working and what’s not! Have fun and keep doing what works for your body and look!
My first test ever was with Stanley Desbas and I was on set with Lily Cummings…that girl can move! I was amazed and I studied that film and realized I wasn’t moving on set. Often times we think we are so pretty all we have to do is stand there, but we have curves whether we are a size 2 or 22 so move them! I just keep on moving when I’m on set!
TM: What tip would you give someone starting out in modeling?
NT: Research, network, and plan! I don’t know about the straight size industry as much but for my curvy girls read Plus Model Magazine and industry blogs.
TM: What is the biggest misconception about plus models?
NT: That we don’t have to maintain our shapes! I bet the plus models in this industry might be some of the healthiest women on this planet!
TM: Who are some of your dream clients?
TM: What did you do before working as a model?
NT: It was a full time job trying to break into the industry lol. It didn’t happen over night, but once I booked my first client the momentum never skipped a beat!
After college I worked in local politics in my hometown of Jersey City. I was an Aide for former Council Woman Kalimah Ahmad, who was the youngest woman and the first Muslim ever on the Council. I also worked in youth development with the Urban League of Hudson County. Planning and Developing Communities is a passion of mine.
TM: How did you come across TRUE Model?
NT: Networking, Networking, Networking! So, after I realized I could actually be a Professional Plus Size Model for a living. I submitted to all of the top agencies that I knew of not realizing I wasn’t ready for that. I didn’t even have real pictures. I networked with some of the most talented, beautiful, and good hearted people in this industry at NJFFFW in 2012: Christina Mendez, Tricia Campbell, Jeanie Ferguson, and Susan Moses. They saw something in me and opened up to me about agencies and the wealth of opportunity for me in this industry. Somehow, that weekend I found out about TRUE and submitted. Tashina met me right away in the dressing room of a store on 5th avenue for a potential client she wanted to submit me to for fit (I had no idea what that was). We tried on clothes, she took my measurements and I have been in love with my agents ever since 🙂 They have developed my career while in the process of building their plus board. So, it has been a learning experience on both of our ends but we both just keep getting better and better! While I have had the opportunity now to go to some of those agencies that I submitted to back when I didn’t know what I was doing, I enjoy growing in this industry with my agents and I love them.
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