Self Image and Identity is a segment of the visual project for Celebrate Black History its takes a positive approach on the issue of dark skin versus light skin, as well as, one's cultural experience with the stereotypes and idealizations regarding the definitions of beauty and body image in African-American women. Model Grace Modi is ripping on the runway showing the Importance of a positive self image we caught up with her for a interview and this is what she had to say.
How did you get started in your career and/or Organization?
Well it started as a hobby when I was in Hilbert college and then by chance I saw a designer who was throwing a modeling event in Niagara falls. It wasn't until I got into "Mercedes- Benz of Buffalo Fashion show" that I realized this could be a career. Buffalo New Generations is an organization that I started after working in a recording studio. I saw many inner city kids that needed a helping hand. Between the connections I met modeling and the artists, i knew that I could tie them together and give back in a major way.
What were some of the cultural influences that made an impact on you?
Having such dark skin and moving to America was definitely a culture shock. The culture that is popular here often times leaves people like me out .I was always taught to love who you are and to judge people based on character, so everyday I challenge the "Norm" by embracing my roots. These challenges made me stronger.
How important is History to you and how has that shaped who you are today?
It’s odd, because in Sudan, there are wars that are ripping my country apart. The laws that people live by yesterday are challenged today and sometimes forgot about tomorrow. History reminds me to be grateful for what I have and to remain humble.
If you could go back in time as one person in Black History who would it be and why?
I would be Harriet Tubman, because not only was she free from slavery but she went back to help others get the same freedom.
As we look at the rich cultural history of Buffalo visually from the project how does it make you feel and what do you feel people should take from it?
I think people should take note that celebrating your culture is what makes places what they are. It makes me feel honored to have an opportunity to take part in celebrating black history and our culture. Projects like this should inspire people to not only embrace there roots, but share their culture.
Any project coming and where can people find your work, ,business and/or organization?
People can find my work @ www.facebook.com/Gracemodi.model
BUFFALO NEW GENERATIONS on Facebook.
What footprint on History would you like to leave or open the doors too?
I just want people to love who they are, and go for what they want. Many doors were open by strong people in the past which showed people that "you can do it too". I want to continue that work.
For more info on Celebrate Black history go to: https://www.facebook.com/celebrateblackhistorybuffalo
Styling by Tamora Lee Grace is wearing Zulu tribal attire from Global Villages https://www.facebook.com/pages/Global-Villages/417253704995597