My Story

My life is a work in progress. If you had asked me ten years ago what I'd be doing at this moment, I would not have said modeling. I'm sure my parents always thought I'd be a lawyer or an activist considering I was campaigning for local politicians when I was only seven. The truth is I've still got a freedom fighter inside of me.

A graduate of the University of South Carolina, I started off as a television news producer before becoming a model. Besides Journalism, I've also studied German and Fashion Design. Growing up with a family full of educators has taught me that learning is a lifelong process. Who knows... I may study molecular biology in the future.

Let's skip to the chase. How did I go from quirky Southern belle to hip-funky-fresh model? While grabbing coffee and bagels one morning, I was discovered by Greg Altermann of Alternative Apparel. We struck up a conversation about vintage t-shirts, and by the end of it he was asking me to model for his company. Even with a hat pulled down over my face, he saw my potential. Who knew that one chance meeting would lead to my face in campaigns, billboards and commercials.

I've been blessed to be surrounded by people that believe in me and encourage me to keep going. Being a freckled-faced, natural-haired girl isn't easy. I've always felt different. Because of faith, I've been able to embrace who I am and prosper. God created me this way for a reason, and everyday I thank Him for that.

With love,
Nikia Phoenix