4 years ago today

"The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle." -Steve Jobs

Four years ago today I won a model search for American Apparel which became my 2nd photo shoot after Seventeen Magazine. It was one of the pivotal points in my mind that started my career. I had been blogging for a year or so and Gabi Gregg hit me up like "you should apply for American Apparel's model search, you'd win" I was like yeah iiiiight, I'm not a model. But then I got to thinking like maybe she's right. I remember saying to myself, I'll never win if I don't even try. The worst that could happen is not winning. They contacted me later and I flew from Florida to LA, shot with them and then when I arrived back home, I told my mom I needed to move to NY to really start whatever it was I wanted to do. I wasn't sure what I wanted at that time but knew I couldn't grow anymore where I was. If I wanted to be successful in the fashion industry, I needed to be in the middle of it all. I needed to be in NY to make myself more accessible. Shooting with AA changed my life because it made me realize I wanted more for myself. I gave my job in Florida a two weeks notice, packed up the back of my car, and drove up to Ny with a thousand dollars. It took me 2 months to land a solid job and during those 2 months I kept thinking how depressed I was to be there with little money, no fam, no job. It wasn't enough for me to leave though. I finally landed a job and ended up working 50+ hours a week to be able to afford my thousand dollar studio apartment in Harlem. I love reflecting on what it took for me to get where I am and I appreciate all the brands along the way whether or not they think they have impacted. So thank you to American Apparel for lighting a bigger fire in me. I needed to be more passionate about myself and what I wanted. Also thank you Gabi.

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  1. the pictures are amazing. you're rocking those red pants, so beautiful! x

  2. Congrats on all your successes. It can't be easy to gamble on your future in a strange city. But, here you are :) it's a lesson to all of us that we can'talk make it if we don't even try.


  3. love you Nadia!
    you are such an inspiration.
    thank you for being amazing

  4. Congratulations on your success, keep doing your thing girl!

  5. The street photos are gorgeous <3

    Thanks for sharing such an inspring post.

    Love from Best Bags 2016

  6. Yay <3 This black & White Lining Outfit Is classy :)

  7. Nadia, what are You doing to keep so thin waist? I'm also curvy girl and I wonder about it. I'm waiting for Your aswer.

    XoXo Paulina from Poland :)

  8. Great to hear about your story, just goes to show that road to success is not always paved with gold, its tough, it takes sweat, blood, tears but you have to forge on...and we all need a Gabi, someone that sees in us what we cant see initially in ourselves...Inspiring stuff...(:

  9. I'm so proud to see everything you did, you killed this game Mama!!

    Lilas ♡



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