There’s a lot of models that have the “wow” factor, but Nikki Cole takes it to another level. She’s an Affliction Clothing brand ambassador, professional promotional model, published model, and she was Miss Coed July 2014. Nikki has a lot going for her, and you’ll soon be inundated with her in not only this interview, but in other publications as well.
How did you into modeling?
Nikki Cole: I got into modeling when I was 19-years-old, and working at the local Hooters. Some local photographers kept asking me to do a photo shoot, and I finally gave in. I was hooked ever since!
When you first started modeling, did you set any goals for yourself?
Nikki Cole: Modeling has always been more of a hobby to than a career. I enjoy it and I try not to put too much pressure on myself so that I don’t ruin all the fun. Every time I accomplish something it makes me work harder towards the next thing. My success is what fuels my determination. I try not to set unrealistic goals, but I also try to not limit myself; I take each day as it comes.
What makes you stand out from other models?
Nikki Cole: I think my carefree spirit and sense of humor makes me stand out. I don’t take myself too seriously, and I’m always having fun; I think it’s contagious.
What’s it like to be in front of the camera during a photo shoot?
Nikki Cole: Believe it or not, I am not the type of girl who enjoys being the center of attention; it makes me really nervous. When I’m in front of the camera, I feel like a different person–I kind of go into what I call my “work trance.” I can’t really describe it, but it’s like I become someone else in front of the camera; I love that side of me!
What motivates you?
Nikki Cole: My family and friends are my biggest motivator. They are always pushing me and encouraging me. I attribute all of my success to them.
Have you had to endure any hardship in your modeling career? If so, how did you overcome it?
Nikki Cole: It’s always hard when you get rejected or something you worked hard for doesn’t work out, but you have to look at it as a learning experience and get back out there. Hardships just teach you to try better next time; I think they play a huge part in being successful.
What is the hardest part about modeling?
Nikki Cole: For me, the hardest part about modeling is the attention I receive. I don’t like big crowds and people staring, compliments make me uncomfortable, and I hate being the center of attention! I guess I should have thought about all of that before I became I model!
Besides modeling, what else are you interested in and passionate about?
Nikki Cole: I am a huge dog lover–my two dogs are my world! I treat them like my children. When I’m not working, I am spending time with them: at the park, on walks, swimming in the lake. My world revolves around them.
Who do you look up to in your life and why?
Nikki Cole: I really look up to my mother. We lost my father when I was eleven months old, and up until the time she remarried, she raised me by herself. Being a single mom has to be the hardest job in the world, but she never gave up and made it look so easy. If she can overcome the loss of her husband and raise a baby by herself at the same time, then I can overcome anything!
What can people expect to see from you in the future?
Nikki Cole: I have a bunch of stuff in the works right now. I wish I could share them all with you! I am currently doing a lot of work with Affliction Clothing. Keep an eye out for more of that!
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