When it comes to defining who we are and what we stand for, friends, family and colleagues are a good starting point. All three present plenty of opportunities to review and refine our behaviour, hopefully with the aim of becoming the best version of ourselves.
Beyond our family and friends, we look at films, magazines, public life, and colleagues to find people on whom we can model ourselves and who can inspire us.
I got the amazing opportunity to finally meet Kamela in person. We met at the 14 plus foundation U.S open Charity event In NYC in between running around for fashion week. Working with Susan Gossage, who works alongside the foundation to help raise much needed funds to build schools in Zambia.
Kamela, can you tell me a little about yourself?
I was born and raised in Nassau, Bahamas, and after attending college at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I decided to hold my business degree in my back pocket and pursue a career in modeling.
A day in the life of Kamela Forbes?
Every day is different! That’s what I love about it...some days I have a super early call time and shoot all day, other days, I just have castings so I’m moving around the city all day, or traveling to another city/country for a shoot and other days that are slower I work on my Stella & Dot stylist business.
What is stella and dot?
Stella & Dot is a social selling company that creates flexible entrepreneurial opportunities for women. Our boutique-style jewelry and accessories line is available exclusively through in-home trunks shows by independent stylist and online.
When did you start modeling?
I started modeling in the Bahamas when I was 11
What made you chose certain career paths?
I started modeling when I finished Business School because of my love for travel and adventure. I knew I would always have my degree to fall back on but wanted to explore the world in my youth. Now that my entrepreneurial spirit has kicked in, I wanted to find a career that mixes my love of fashion with the flexibility I need to continue modeling.
As in any business and in every lifetime you face challenges ...they joy is in overcoming them and realizing how strong and resilient you are!
Anything you’d like to say to anyone who doubts themselves?
You can achieve anything you believe...a little hustle and heart will set you apart!
Anyone you’d like to thank?
I’d like to thank my parents who have instilled such great values and confidence in me to make me the woman I am today and I would like to thank my husband for being there to support me every step of the way
How would you describe your personal sense of style?
Sophisticated with a little edge!
Is there a celebrity style that inspires you?
I’m more of a “Jackie O” type lady.
Who/what is your favorite designer/boutique/brand?
I love Cushnie et Ochs, they embody sophistication with sensuality.
What is your favorite tv show/netflix series?
Empire! Things you’d like to see happen within the next five years. (for yourself, family, or the world in general). I’d like to have my own lifestyle brand, start a family with my husband and live in a world that safe to raise kids.
Why should woman chose stella and dot?
Stella & Dot is affordably priced, great quality, and trendy accessories. They stand behind their products and every purchase of Stella & Dot helps support a woman in business. Also, they donate millions of dollars to support charities such as breast cancer and autism.
Final words from Kamela
If there is anyone who is interested in a part time flexible home based fashion business, I would love to share some info with you about how this opportunity could change your life whether your goal is to make more money, have some girl time, become more fashionable or just become a better version of yourself!
You can find more information on the work of the foundation at www.14plusfoundation.org.
Article and interview by Streetfashion MagZZine editor Briana DeShields.