DJ Damo: How long have you been modeling?
Amirah: I have been modeling since I was 17 years old. My first professional shoot was an ad campaign for Applied Scholastic International.
Damo: Who or what inspires you?
Amirah: Watching the strong women in my life who push through and conquer gives me inspiration. Living with a painful auto immune disease can take its tole on your body mind and spirit and they keep me focused and remind me to keep moving forward.
Damo: What has been some of your greatest accomplishments as a person and as a model?
Amirah: My greatest accomplishment as a model and a person is building the relationships and connections with everyone I’ve worked with throughout the years.
Damo: Have you done any acting or ever thought about acting?
Amirah: I would be open to acting but my passion is more behind the scenes; being a writer, voice over work and editing.
Damo: Have you ever had a problem with sexual harassment in the fashion industry? If so, how did you handle the situation?
Amirah: No, I can’t say that I have but I have dealt with it working on other jobs but never modeling. I believe it’s because of the team I work with. I’ve been modeling for Phyllis Morris for over 10 years and I know she would never allow that to happen to one of her models.
Damo: What are common mistakes that most women in the fashion industry make and should be aware of?
Amirah: From what I have seen, people sometimes develop what I would call the “Big Head Syndrome”. Basically the model gets some attention, people want to take the model’s pictures and ask them to do shows and it goes straight to their head. It’s always best and more attractive to be humble and respectful.
Damo: Compare your first fashion show to your last fashion show?
Amirah: Every show is like the very first show, the stage is set, the crowd is waiting for you to dazzle them. The camera’s are out and you’re peeking from behind the curtain hoping you don’t fall. Your nerves are up, your heart is pumping, then you walk out and there is nothing but love and before you know it, the show is over.
Damo: What mistakes are made by models in the fashion industry?
Amirah: I think one of the most important things you can do as a model for trying to have a successful career is to focus on building your brand.
Damo: Do you have any advice for up and coming models?
Amirah: My advice would be to have fun but be smart and do your homework.
Damo: What are some of your plans in the immediate future and what are some of your long-term goals?
Amirah: My immediate plans are building my YouTube Channel called “Chronicling My Journey Through Interstitial Cystitis” which is a bladder pain syndrome. I’m hoping that it brings more awareness to the disease. I have also started working on new music. My long-term goal is to publish my current book and help people who suffer from chronic illness.
Damo: Are you involved in the community with any organizations? Which ones and what organizations would you like to work for?
Amirah: I help to make meals for the homeless shelter here in Saint Louis but I would also like to partner with the Interstitial Cystitis Association.
Damo: Do you have any upcoming shows?
Amirah: One of my upcoming shows is a charity event which is a fashion show for the Alpha Pi Chi National Sorority.
Damo: What are some of your hobbies that you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Amirah: Writing, creating music, Hulu or Netflix with a snack.
Damo: What type of music would be people surprised that you listen to?
Amirah: Classical, I love instrumental music.
Favorite Movie: Depends on my mood but I love Disney Movies and anything Samuel Jackson is starring in.
Favorite Male Rapper: Slick Rick, Sugar Hill Gang and Snoop Dogg
Favorite Female Rapper: Queen Latifah, Eve, Left Eye
Favorite Male R&B Singer: Lenny Williams, Otis Redding and Al Green
Favorite Female Singer: Erykah Badu and India Arie
Damo: What are your social networks so that people can stay updated with your activities?
My YouTube Channel: “Chronicling My Journey Through Interstitial Cystitis”