brown girls. Like I said, I didn’t know that I was so impactful. I didn’t know there were a lot of little girls who wanted to get into modeling, and thought they had to be light to do so. I feel like my complexion is what will actually give me an advantage and set me apart.
EBONY: From the gate, people will always probably ask what your background is. So let’s get real here: what is your background?
BS: My mom is from St. Vincent in the Caribbean and my dad is from Costa Rica. My mom is bi-racial, so I feel like I can kind of relate to a little bit of everyone. But seriously, I’m Black. [Laughs]
EBONY: So do you get the whole exotic Black beauty treatment?
BS: Yeah, sometimes I take it well and sometimes I get offended. Because I’m like, “What does that even mean?” I’ve heard, “Oh, you have such nice hair. You don’t have the typical Black girl features.” I’m like, “What are the typical features?” It’s a backhanded compliment and I hate it. I know Haitians and Southern girls who have the same hair as me, and that’s only to name a few ethnicities.
EBONY: You’ve made a little bit of a name for yourself being in Kendrick’s video, but what’s next for you? What are you looking to do in the future?
BS: I graduated from St. John’s last year with my master’s in international communications. I did the whole marketing and advertising thing. I really want to see the world. I’m trying to tap into the commercial field. I also have my personal website, From B to You. I want to do more volunteer work. Me and my friends have been talking about volunteering with orphans and just giving back in general. But as of now, I’ve been doing a lot of auditioning. I hope opportunities like the one I had with Kendrick propel me, and I hope I can use my master’s later on in life to take me to the next level. I’m just really focused on being successful and possibly helping the next girl be successful too.
Melanie Yvette Martin is the Beauty and Style coordinator for EBONY.com and the writer behind Beautifully Brown. Follow her on Twitter (@MsMelanieYvette) and Instagram (@MelanieYvette).