Today, we’d like to introduce you to Evelyn Orusa. Evelyn was introduced to us by the brilliant and talented Nala Jackson.
Evelyn, thank you so much for joining us today. We’d love for you to bring our readers up to speed – can you introduce yourself and share your story?
I am a first-generation immigrant who grew up in a Nigerian household. For those in my situation, we know living this life definitely comes with its challenges and many benefits as well. Often I was torn between Nigerian and American culture and stumbled into what I would consider an identity crisis. As I grew, I got more in touch with myself and what my culture means to me. I became interested in modeling around age 13, mainly because many people would ask me if I modeled. The answer would always be no due to external forces swaying me away from that interest. As I ventured through high school, I dropped the idea of modeling in a faraway corner in my head. Finally, at the big age of 20, I decided to throw my hat in the ring with modeling. Most times, I’m pretty confident in myself, but modeling took it to a whole other level. I love being the center of attention for that brief moment when I’m shooting. It’s an indescribable feeling, and I appreciate my siblings and friends who supported this unexpected love of mine.
Let’s talk about your work and career – what else should we know?
I am a recent graduate from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, Cum Laude. Currently, I am a medical scribe at Piedmont, and I love what I do; however, I do not love the pay. I would recommend scribing to any pre-med or graduate student looking for clinical experience. While I plan to go to medical school, I am an aspiring model. Like I stated previously, modeling gives me such confidence high. It’s like a pick-me-up/self-care session. Every time I look at one of my pictures, I see this brave, fierce, and devastatingly beautiful woman confidently ready to take this world on. I pray that when other brown women and little brown girls see me, they feel like that.
Nala Jackson and Belle Collection LLC have been great to us and I know you’ve got a great relationship with them as well. Maybe you can tell our audience a bit about Nala Jackson and Belle Collection LLC and your experience with them.
I love Belle Collection LLC! I’m like the aunt who tells you, “I used to carry you when you were this small.” I’ve seen Belle Co’s birth, and I was so excited when Nala shared that she would be launching her baby. Side story, It was Nala who first got me into the idea of modeling back at age 13. She kept pushing me to step out of my comfort zone, and I’ll forever be grateful for that. When she came to me about modeling for her store, I was so honored and have loved every second of it! Belle Collection, to me, is about getting in touch with your divine feminine goddess energy. When I put on clothes from Belle Co, I feel ready to show myself off. When you look good, you feel good! Belle Co was created with love, and the pieces chosen for this store are for customers to fall back in love with themselves.
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