You may recognize Coura as one of our stunning models for Sseko’s latest collection, but you might also recognize her as a contestant on this season of American’s Next Top Model (Season 24). Coura has a rich cultural background and we love the empowering advice that she offers other women who want to achieve their dreams. Read her interview to get a glimpse into this amazing woman’s life…
Share a bit of your personal background
I’m Senegalese and Creole. My father was born and raised in Senegal and my mother is Creole (French culture). I proudly claim both sides of my ethnicity!
What was it like transitioning from Senegal to the U.S.?
There are so many differences from California compared to Senegal. When you’re younger you don’t realize it as much, but now I go back to visit Senegal from time to time and each time it’s such a culture shock! They live so differently over there and it’s so beautiful. Everyone there is so sweet and humble and LOVING! My dad’s side of the family is all Muslim and my mom’s side is all Christian, so when I was little it was always confusing to me because my mom and dad had different beliefs. I grew up Christian like my mom. I talk to my family in Senegal all the time and they are so supportive of me and my career. I’m extremely close with my family here in the US as well! They’re all like my best friends!
What was your favorite Sseko product from the photo shoot?
My favorite Sseko product? So hard to choose! Ummm I would say the Kaftans! They are so flowy and pretty. They feel very light and the material is so soft! You can wear those anywhere and dress them up or keep it casual as well. I also loved the hair scarves!
This collection is a celebration of paradoxes, what is something about yourself that seems like an unexpected paradox?
Hmmm paradox, ok, well I would say, I’m so talkative and friendly with people but I actually have really bad anxiety. When I talk to people, meet new people and am in large groups I get bad social anxiety. It’s interesting that when I tell people this they’re always so surprised! I thought it was obvious, but I guess I do a good job of hiding it!
What’s one piece of advice you have for other women?
A piece of advice I would share with other women is to ALWAYS be yourself. It is really important to know what it is that you want and you also know how to get it. Don’t silence your voice for anyone. If you have something to say, you should say it.
Embrace whoever is it that you are! Those are really important things that I feel women should know. We are growing up in a world that is shamed for so many things and I have high hopes for this to change in the future!
If you’re looking for an opportunity use your voice and energy to speak up for equality and justice in the world, we would love to invite you to join our community at Sseko where you will earn an income, receive mentorship and support… all while you make a difference for women in the world! Whether you want to work at home full-time or do it alongside your current job, there’s something for everyone! Learn more or schedule an interview with a woman at Sseko today to see if we’re the right fit for you!