When you first see Nikia Phoenix, you’ll likely be as struck by her unique beauty, name, and style, as we were. Having worked with Nikia before and in getting to know her over the past couple years, we’ve learned there is so much more than meets the eye. She continues to captivate us with the depth of care she has for her community and the way she thinks about the world and her place in it, she is a true freedom fighter through and through. Using modeling, blogging, and insanely good style as a platform, she is working toward a brighter, more just world. We asked Nikia to share her thoughts on a few questions with you, we hope that you are as inspired as we are by her responses:
What is your dream for a brighter future?
I hope that in our near future the playing field will be leveled so that more women and young girls are afforded the same opportunities around the world. We are strong, intelligent, and more than capable of performing at the same level as men, so why can’t we? I’m not saying we are better than men, but we are most certainly equal to them. Our emotions, our compassion, and our willingness to help others are what make us undeniable forces on this earth. Unfortunately many would like to suppress that power because they are afraid of what we might do with it. All we really want t do is make life better, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
What tenet of the Sseko Brave Manifesto resonates most with you and why?
Stand up for yourself and those who can’t.
If you can believe it, I was a quiet, nervous kid. I was afraid of the world and everything in it. I didn’t know how to speak up for myself, then one day this booming voice came out.. “I’m here and I’ve got something to say!” Ever since I’ve been calling out the injustices and unfairness and holding people accountable. I will always speak up for those who haven’t found their own voice.
Any words of advice / inspiration to our Sseko fans?
Be proud. Be humble. Be present. Know that you are a force all on your own, but imagine how powerful you can be standing beside others just like you.
Nikia took her Caramel T-Straps and some fun interchangeable accents with her to the beach, were both she and the sandals had some fun in the sun!
(Pictured: Sseko Designs Caramel T-strap sandals with the Talula T-strap Accent, Elba T-strap Accent, and Plain Caramel T-strap Accent)
Be sure to head on over to Nikia’s blog modelliberation.com, be inspired, and check out her post on Sseko!