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21 Questions With… Model Ebonee Davis

Ebonee Davis

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“I was told that brands only booked black girls if they looked like they’d been ‘plucked from a remote village in Africa’ or like a ‘white model dipped in chocolate,'” Ebonee Davis wrote in an open letter in July. Risking her standing as one of the most promising up-and-coming models, Davis has been vocal in fighting against racism and prejudice in the fashion industry. While there’s still a long way to go, Davis is leaving her mark, appearing in Sports Illustrated‘s Swimsuit Issue, on Victoria’s Secret’s website and in a Calvin Klein ad embracing her natural hair. We spoke with the American model and asked her our quickfire questions.

  1. My morning routine includes… meditating, gym and breakfast to start the day.
  2. My beauty essentials include… African black soap, shea butter, coconut oil and tea tree oil.
  3. I’m dying to splurge on… nothing at the moment.
  4. The person I’d love to work with is… Oprah.
  5. I knew I “made it” as a model when… I still don’t feel like I’ve “made it.” I’m enjoying my success, but I’m not comfortable enough to say I’ve made it.
  6. When it comes to my fitness routine… I don’t have one. I just do what I feel like my body needs at the time. I try to go to the gym as consistently as possible, though.
  7. When I can’t motivate myself to work out… I really treat my body like a temple. It’s my holy place and my vessel. That’s enough to motivate me.
  8. If you looked in my fridge you’d find… champagne.
  9. In speaking out about racism in the industry I found… happiness, I found purpose and I found strength.
  10. One thing people don’t know about modeling is… it’s a real business that requires a lot of skill and focus.
  11. My favorite beauty trick is… drink water!
  12. A tip for looking good in a picture is… smile!
  13. When it comes to dealing with my own insecurities… I look to God. I was created in this world to be exactly who I am and so was everyone else. Insecurity and self-doubt happen when we start comparing ourselves to others. It’s important to remember how great you are and how special and unique you are.
  14. If my days had one extra hour I’d… probably get an extra hour of sleep.
  15. The best place I’ve ever traveled is… India.
  16. In 20 years hopefully… I can look back at this time and smile.
  17. If you looked at my desktop you’d see… my writing.
  18. If I wasn’t modeling… I have no idea. Never had a plan B.
  19. The best piece of advice I ever got was… be yourself and know that you’re good enough the way you are.
  20. My biggest pet peeve is… when people chew their food hella loud.
  21. One thing I wish people knew about me is… I love people. I really love people.