Naima Mora is an American fashion model. She is also the winner of Cycle 4 of America`s Next Top Model. Born on 1 March 1984, in Detroit, Michigan, Naima is the daughter of jazz vocalist and entrepreneur Theresa Mora. Meanwhile, her father was jazz percussionist- Francisco Mora Catlett.
No doubt Naima comes from the family of intellects. Her paternal grandfather Francisco Mora was a painter while her grandmother, Elizabeth Catlett was a sculptor, painter, and printmaker. Inspiring one another runs in the family, and is what has kept the bonding even stronger.
Naima is the inspiration for her grandmother's 2001 black marble bust titled 'Naima.'
Naima Mora's Bio & Career
Naima grew up with her family on the northwest side of Detroit near West McNichols and Schaefer. Her father being an African-American and Mexican and her mother being Irish and African-American, Naima visibly embraces a mixed ethnicity. Named after the song by John Coltrane called "Naima," she has an identical twin called Nia.
Talking about her education, Naima attended the Bates Academy from where she completed her middle school education. She graduated from the Cass Technical High School in the year 2002. She was also a ballet student, and she attended the Ballet Renaissance as well as the American Ballet theater’s Summer Program in Detroit.
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She started her career as a model at the beginning. On 2012 she released the iBook named Naima Mora’s Model Behavior. Since then she appeared on The Tyra Banks Show and also on the premiere of the second season of Veronica Mars. She has also appeared in the advertisement of CoverGirl with Yoanna House.
At the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2005, Naima and Ann Markley were named the 'Trophy Girls,' and Naima also served as the judge in the Miss Teen USA pageant in the year 2005.
Naima has modeled for different magazines such as Fuego Magazine, ELLE Magazine, Radar, US Weekly Magazine, Teen People, CoverGirl, Star and also in In Touch and on many other such magazines.
She has also done various shows in the runway including Christopher Deane Spring 2006 Collections, Walmart, New York Fashion Week 2007, Gharani Stock Fall 2005, and much more. She has also appeared in music videos and film like Sarbanes-Oxley.
Talking about her finances, her net worth and salary have not been disclosed in the media till now. They are as secretive as her personal life. She is active in social media like Instagram. She has 41k followers as per recent 2017`s record. She stays connected with her fans and followers through such social media sites. Her bio is also found on wiki pages and IMDB site.
Married To Husband?
Naima, who has managed to keep her personal life in a very low profile. Seems that she has not been married yet and does not have a husband or children. She has not openly admitted herself to being in a relationship as of now. However, there was a time when she used to boast her romance confidently, especially in her social media pages.
Naima Mora tweeting about her boyfriend, Josh Stevens on 14 January 2016 (Photo: Naima Mora's Twitter)
Naima was dating Josh Stevens- a singer and songwriter from the industry and the couple were believed to go a long way. However, for some reason, the relationship came to an end amidst.
And, while in recent times (2018), Naima filed a suit against the Alberta Ferretti boutique located in West Hollywood, California. The stunner claimed that she was showered with inappropriate comments and unwanted advances while working as a sales associate in the year of 2015.
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Moreover, she testified that her manager heightened the harassment by "spanking her butt" in front of her co-workers, humiliating her after a staff meeting. She then added that the manager physically attacked her by shoving her head.
The incident must have traumatized her. It is hard to imagine just how much the event must have troubled her- keeping all that to herself for such a long period.