We interviewed Nicole to learn more about what drives her to break all the rules in "standard beauty". Through her journey of self love and self appreciation Nicole has become an influential petite, plus model dominating the Instagram game!
Q:How did you get into modeling?
A: Oh goodness. When I look back, there seems to be a dozen of separate events that lead me here. I grew up in an era where there weren't women in media that represented my body type or color. So I spent too many years trying to look like someone else that fit society’s standards of beauty. I just wanted to be seen and appreciated so badly that I was willing to work out obsessively, change my hair color, wear colored contacts, and take diet pills. All to be loved, essentially. I think that after being shown unconditional love from my husband and learning that I was created wonderfully, I began to actually appreciate my body. I didn't want my daughter to grow up hating her body and I knew that it would have to start with me creating an environment centered around acceptance and self love. As an exercise in body positivity, I booked a boudoir shoot with Christine Shields and was shocked how liberating it was to have my body in front of the camera instead of trying to hide it. That sparked something within me that lead to booking other shoots and posting more full body photos sharing my journey. I've always had a penchant for fashion and beauty so this has been a great creative outlet and therapeutic experience. And now not only do I get to share my story but I get to model clothes and collaborate with other artists to represent brown skinned, petite, bigger bodied women!