She’s drop dead gorgeous with legs that go on forever…and an amazingly sunny, friendly, warm attitude to go with it!

I’ve been an admirer of Tennessee-born model Wakeema Hollis from afar, but this incredible interview by Vogue Black – done by the legendary Bethann Hardison – charmed me completely. Hollis is the kind of beautiful, friendly Southern bella that I’d love to hang out with.

Now she simply goes by her last name, “because it’s easier, people can pronounce it, it’s user friendly, and nobody gets it confused.” And her views on being a successful model are so genuine and helpful, even if you’re not in that industry.

Hollis: “It is a hard industry to break in. There’s constantly something going on.there’s contstant rejection. You cannot please all the people all the time. So you have to be true to you. And I think this helped me to always stay very appreciative of where I am, and what I have, and what I’m doing.

Bethann: Because you’re living in the now?

Hollis: “I like to keep my feet firmly planted on the ground.”

In the future, Hollis dreams of owning her own business, returning to her roots, and passing on the knowledge she’s gained. Love that!

Click here to watch the whole video over at Vogue Black.



Olivia says:
April 21, 2010, 10:34 am
She's so beautiful, love Hollis. She seems low-key, level headed & business savvy. Its good to know who you are in that industry, good for her :)
Yvette says:
April 21, 2010, 10:24 pm
This is my first introduction to her as well & I'm definitely on team Hollis. She seems to be a really sweet girl and just honest. All the best to her.
LBell says:
April 21, 2010, 11:01 pm
OMG she's sooo skinny...! But gorgeous. This is the third time today I've had Italy in my sights...the first two involved Italian men and it's true, they love the sisters! lol...ahem...I'm so glad you're working with Vogue Black, Bella!
Nikia says:
April 22, 2010, 10:01 pm
Oooo..thanks for introducing me to her via this post! I love discovering fresh faces in the modelling word. I like the name change to Hollis. Very cool.
Nikia says:
April 22, 2010, 10:01 pm
"world" not "word". LOL!
vonnie says:
April 25, 2010, 7:09 pm
hey bella! I looooooove wakeema hollis, she is one of my huge hair inspirations. What a beauty, just a great style, look, presence. Great spotlight choice :)
Valarie says:
February 15, 2011, 5:39 pm
Ms. Hollis is very stunning, and her hair is beautiful. She definitely has the model look. I love the comment that she made about "keeping her feet firmly planted on the ground." She was so right on with that message. We as women of color are so talented, and blessed. History demonstrates that we are survivors, and can do whatever our hearts desire. To all my sisters, keep on striving with your feet planted on solid ground. Walk by Faith, and not by sight! God Bless.


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