William Powell: Height / Weight?

Nyesha Whitten-Wilson: 5’8, 110lbs.

WP: Describe your life growing up.

NWW: I am the youngest of five siblings, the spoiled one that got away with self expression and creativity. We had a family rich in the arts and music industry in New Orleans; our family hardly ever had quiet nights or weekends. Our home had tons of great jazz musicians passing through, playing music (jam sessions) and sharing stories of the road life. My life was full of love, laughter, and sounds of pleasure.

My home was a first stop for out-of-towners to eat my mom's great feasts of creole stylings.

WP: Describe your modeling experience; how did you start?

NWW: Well, as a teen I was always told that I had a very deep defined bone structure which played well to the camera. I was asked to do a few promotional shots and the rest is history.

WP: What type of modeling do you prefer (promo, runway, glam, fashion, urban, etc.)?

NWW: I definitely love promo and print modeling simply because you never know where you’ll be when you see your face staring right at you from a booklet, sign, or other promotional material, even bus stops and taxi signs!

WP: Briefly describe a fun photoshoot that you were on.

NWW: I did a photoshoot for a glam book and on set was a pre-teen kid whom I found out to be the photographer's son. His desire is to become a better photographer than his mom, and I allowed him to take some shots, and they came out awesome. I came to find that he had such a natural eye and that gifts and talents aren't limited or defined by age.

WP: Favorite model/inspiration?

NWW: My greatest inspirations are Alek Wek and Iman; they are absolutely stunning and are also foundation builders in the African or African American girl glam and fashion [scene]. They both move so confidently and smoothly. I would love to work with either of them in my modeling career future.

WP: How do you stay in shape? Do you have a routine, or is it easy to stay fit with your daily activities?

NWW: I drink a lot of water to keep my skin moisturized and hydrated. I eat avocados and try to stay busy running after my kids. I try to park farthest from any store I'm going to, and I meditate daily. I give myself the option to get up and move, but a lot has to do with genetics – my parents are pretty slender in build also.

WP: Compare Washington DC’s fashion scene to other markets.

NWW: Well DC is very eclectic and nothing standard, so to speak. There is a great need to see all shapes and sizes on the runways because the designers see fashion for all, not just slender ladies. The designers here have an ability to think outside of the box because fashion should be for everyone.

It's refreshing here in the city.

WP: What is your favorite charity or cause?

NWW: Right now it is the Black Lives Matters movement that is sweeping across the nation, shedding light on the disparities towards black and brown people here. BLM focuses on how we must teach others and our children that they can be, are, and most definitely should be acknowledged for their excellence and their contributions to our nation, and their lives matter in the building and foundation of America.

WP: Most rewarding moment or experience?

NWW: My most rewarding experience is always that phone call from a friend or family member who sees my face in their town and are excited to tell me about telling their friends about it also.

That never gets old.

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