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NEJILKA: Q&A

Amid the excitement of welcoming Nejilka to the Nevs fam recently, we decided it was time to finally introduce you all properly, and find out a little bit more about the Brooklyn babe! 

We caught up with her on set yesterday (and she looked A mazing!)...

Age: 21

Nationality: Dominican / American

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY (broooooooklyn stand up!)

What were you doing before you were a model?

I have always been interested in fashion since I was in the womb! Before modelling, I set my eyes on the business side of fashion, so I started as an intern for the production management at Marc Jacobs 

How were you discovered? 

I wasn't necessarily discovered. While I was interning at Marc Jacobs, my boss Jina suggested to get into Modelling. I submitted to a few agencies - and here we are!

How excited are you to be a part of the Nevs Fam?

I don't think there's a word for my excitement - I am SUPER DUPER excited, and mostly fortunate. I'm really looking forward to my future with Nevs - its like my new little family in London, and to me, that's very important

How is 2016 shaping up for you so far?

2016 I'm coming for you! It's actually been quite a great year, I got with the Nevs family, and got to return to Japan! I think this is my year. So fortunate so far! 

Are you enjoying London and our British Summer Time? (apologies on the rain!)

Welp! It's my first summer in London! The weather was amazing when I landed, but i'm so ready for the rain. Come at me

What makes you tick?

I really love taking long walks in massive parks. There's one in Greenwich where you can see the entirity of central London. I have an interest for everything. I love art so I'm going to spend my days off in art galleries. I'm really looking forward to taking photos around the UK/EU with my film cam

What are your super essential items you carry with you to castings? 

Super essentials include facial moisturiser from Botanical, oyster card, Fiji water, and my Camel Crush cigarettes

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Meeting the creatives behind the editorial stories. Picking their mind is my specialty!

What is your most treasured possession?

My Polaroid Camera and Cigarettes

Dream Vacation? 

Im a bit of an adventurist and really love scenery, so at the moment I'd say dream vacation would be Angkor Watt in Cambodia

Favourite Designer?

I don't just have one, I have quite a few. I like each designer for different reasons, but these are the designers who I am currently obsessed with!.. 

Ann Demuelesteer, Yohji Yamamoto, Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Demma Gvasalia! Oh and of course Riccardo Tisci. Each designer has their own set of rules - so much diversity!

Couldn’t live without?

Music

Currently on your playlist? 

It's such an odd mix of 90s hip hop and deep/trans house

What makes you smile? 

Chipotle burrito with extra guac please!

Most recent purchase? 

American Apparel High Waist Jean skirt! You should see how it looks on me, I look like a walking AA campaign

Fave movie of all time?

Classic Scarface. You can learn so much about life in the film itself. "The world is yours!"

Highlight of your career so far? 

It has yet to happen! Currently my highlight is signing with Nevs this year! (aw - we love this!)

Currently reading?

I'm currently reading an E-book "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho

Biggest fear?

I don't have any fears. I'm fearless. There's nothing to fear in life darling 

Biggest challenge to date?

The time my boyfriend took me to some war bunkers in Shoreditch and trying to climb out of there

Whats your secret to a happy life?  

There's no secret! I think just being happy and fortunate with what you already have. Just living in the now and loving yourself. Life is beautiful‚ú®

Your mantra is? 

"Never give up, always believe in yourself" 

Obsessed with right now? 

I'm currently obsessed with cuddling French bull puppies. They're so cute

Sum yourself up in three words

Ambitious, Free Spirited, Vibrant

What do you think is the key to a good work / life balance? 

I have this idea that love is the key to a good life. In a life balance wheel love is in the centre of everything in your life (finance, work, family, friends etc). I really believe in this

What does the rest of 2016 hold for you - anything exciting in the pipeline? 

Haha, I am not entirely sure what it holds! So far I will be doing my first Europe Fashion week in London this season - excitement! :) 

 

Follow Nejilka on Instagram: @nejilka