1. Tell our readers about yourself.
My name is Nykia Moné Whitaker, I am 25 years old, from Long Island, New York.
Some nickname’s I like to go by are Rose / Sehkmet. Sekhmet (Sakhmet) is one of the oldest known Egyptian deities. Her name is derived from the Egyptian word “Sekhem” (which means “power” or “might”) and is often translated as the “Powerful One” or “She who is Powerful”. She is depicted as a lion-headed woman, sometimes with the addition of a sun disc on her head via ancientegyptonline.co.uk
I am the oldest of 8 children. (between both parents)
I am a student, mom, aspiring fashion stylist and entrepreneur. #FRIENDS4FASHION
2.What is your passion?
3.How did you discover your talent?
Growing up I always looked forward to the end of the summer. My birthday as well as the start of the school year. My parents would take my siblings and I shopping at Jamaica Ave Queens,NY. As I got older my mother would start to allow me to shop on my own. I began to find myself there. That was middle school 2005-2006. Also when I fell in love with Air Jordan. I always looked up to my mother who had me when she was 15 years old. She has a beauty and elegance to her. Some of my very first shoots showcase her classic Gucci items.
4.What changes are you trying to bring to your community, and the world?
I feel like many individuals both young and old can both benefit and contribute to the movement. I just want to be the best at what I love. If one person is inspired by my story I have made a change. Hopefully that would create a domino effect until we see a more creative friendly world.
5.Tell us about the best moment you have had doing this?
A local NYC designer small label Dare To Be Vintage, invited me to assist with styling in an upcoming shoot. They had a line of jackets for me to style around. This was February 2017. I had just did backstage NYFW, Zero + Maria Cornejo show Pier 59 studios. I was assisting, stacking cups, and making Starbucks runs I loved every second of her and the experience. Fashion a wonderland for people like myself. I was even able to get a sneak peak at some of the shows from backstage. Although that was great this was the first opportunity where I had a creative role. Of course I had my own personal projects, but now I could showcase my talent. I was to style 4 models in total, 2 men and 2 women. I began to prep visiting some of my favorite thrifts for looks.
6.What was the worst?
Overly excited my adrenaline rushing day of styling job. I had everything I could pack into my car looks, props steamer $10,000 fur no big deal. I was ready to kill it. I was able to find parking, not too far from the location. The shoot was to start at 12pm. With my suitcase and props, orange hair I began on my way to the building. Not being too familiar with the area, I was a little lost and completely overwhelmed. Some how I ended up on the wrong floor. On the wrong side. Still have all my bags props and orange hair. Looking around see all these beautiful super models I was in awe! Felt like a homeless circus clown. Finally after asking and being given the correct directions I made my way down, As I waited for the elevator I wept. These people were all so beautiful and carefree, if only I could have that. Can be difficult at times being a creative. Fortunately enough I was able to pull things together and had a great shoot. Tried some gender reversal in that shoot as a mix up, I like to have a dramatic twist on style at time.
7.What is something that sets you apart from others doing what you do?
Love, Transparency. I really am an open book. Right now I am grateful, for every look in my direction. I have been given a second chance to be great at what I love. I intend on being completely real with myself and everyone around me.
8.What does your closet look like?
Right now my closet is pretty organized. I am most definitely on the Type B side, usually its pretty happy medium. Every day is a journey.
9.Do you see yourself doing this in 10 years? If so, what will be different?
I would love to be doing this and much more. I would one day like to explore song writing and video production.
10.Tell our readers your message.
To inspire those around me to follow their dreams. With hard work, and dedication anything is possible.