self love

You’re Okay

My soul felt like it was fighting to disconnect from my body. The edges of my reality were caving in. My vision went from normal to blurry and dark. Moments before I was fine. I was happy. I was dancing. How in mere seconds could I go from blissful to terrified? It’s called anxiety. In […]

Reveal the True You w/ Almay

Makeup isn’t about covering up. Like many women, I know this firsthand. I remember being introduced to makeup as a teen and trying on foundation for the first time. Because I wanted so badly to cover my freckles, I figured heavy foundation was the way to go. So I tried. But layer after layer I […]

Blocking Out Self Doubt

Doubt and I are very well acquainted. We’ve known each other for years. I’ve seen Doubt hang out around my family and my friends.  I have even seen Doubt when I look in the mirror. She looks worried and then half shrugs as I walk the other way pretending not to see her. Doubt acts […]

Our favourite Body positive Instagram accounts…

Sometimes it’s hard to be positive all the time, especially about ourselves! We’re only human after all and with the continued rise of social media and the seemingly perfect people…

The Power of Forgiveness

Practicing love for all humankind is what I do regularly, so this next admission may come as a shock. There are a few people that I don’t give a shit about. I’m no saint or angel with a golden halo. Sure, you can call me petty. Harboring these feelings isn’t healthy, but the truth is I’m […]

This isn’t Love: Gaslighting & The Emotional Hostage

It happened again: the nightmare that my ex-boyfriend is holding me hostage. Although he never physically held me against my will, he wouldn’t let me go emotionally. Nearly five years after our relationship ended and I am still mending my scars. I try not to talk about it much publicly, because it’s really nobody else’s […]

The Nikia Phoenix Podcast Ep. 1: Shawanna Davis of Be Beautiful LA

A little over a year ago I set out to start a new venture, one that would open eyes, hearts, and be soothing to your ears. That day has finally come with the debut of The Nikia Phoenix Podcast. The vision is to inspire you to do you. I want you to dream big and […]

The Importance of Self Care

Let’s be completely honest. I haven’t always been the best at taking care of myself. I used to put my emotional and wellness needs on the back burner in order to be the best student, the best friend, and eventually the hardest worker. On the outside I’m sure I looked like I had everything together. […]

Press Love: I’m in Essence

Self love is the cornerstone of my message to women and young girls. If you ever pay attention to any of my social media through my personal account or Black Girl Beautiful, you’ll hear me talk about it nearly everyday. I’m also incredibly passionate about embracing yourself regardless of so-called flaws and imperfections. It’s always […]

Women Unedited: Diana

Last spring I had the honor of having an article published in Darling Magazine called The Models and the Madness. As part of my process, I interviewed a couple of model friends who could shed a light on the difficulties of tackling self esteem, body issues, and self love when your job is to be […]